Australia Travel Guide

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Australia Travel Essentials

Ideal Duration: 10-14 days for exploring cities like Sydney and Melbourne; 3 weeks to a month for a more comprehensive exploration of multiple regions

Currency: Australian Dollar

Best Time: Spring (September to November) and Autumn (March to May) Read More

Budget for Food & Drinks (per day in USD): Budget: $20-40
Mid-range: $50-80

Accommodation Cost (per night in USD): Dorm bed: $15-30
Budget: $50-100
Mid-range: $120-200
Luxury: $250 and above

Visa Policy for Indians: eTA (Electronic Travel Authority) or Visa, depending on the purpose and duration of stay

Visa Policy for Other Nationals: eTA or Visa, depending on nationality and purpose

Getting In Australia: Sydney Airport (SYD), Melbourne Airport (MEL), Brisbane Airport (BNE) Read More

Getting Around Australia: Trains, buses, domestic flights, and rental cars Read More

"Land Down Under"

Australia Tourism

A land of breathtaking contrasts, Australia beckons with its unrivaled natural wonders, vibrant cities, and diverse cultural tapestry. From the sun-kissed beaches of the Gold Coast and the rugged majesty of the Outback to the mystical allure of the Great Barrier Reef, every corner of this vast continent is a testament to its awe-inspiring beauty. Immerse yourself in the bustling urban charm of Sydney and Melbourne, or delve into the ancient tales of the Aboriginal culture. With its unique wildlife and iconic landmarks like the Sydney Opera House, Australia promises an unforgettable journey into the heart of Down Under.

Discover the enchanting wonders of the Tasmanian wilderness, with its untamed beauty and diverse wildlife, or traverse the breathtaking landscapes of the Kimberley region, where ancient rock formations narrate the story of time. Engage in the vibrant festivities of the Adelaide Fringe Festival, a celebration of art and culture that echoes throughout the city, or explore the historical significance of the convict sites in Tasmania, offering a glimpse into Australia's rich colonial past.

Experience the untamed allure of the Whitsunday Islands, where crystal-clear waters and secluded beaches provide a sanctuary for relaxation and adventure alike. From the verdant vineyards of Margaret River to the rugged cliffs of the Great Ocean Road, Australia's diverse offerings promise a sensory journey that captures the essence of this remarkable continent.

Must Know Before You Travel to Australia

1. Tipping isn't mandatory in Australia.

2. Australia drives on the left. Which means they also walk on the left on the pavements, stairs, elevators, etc.

3. When crossing the road, cross only when the light is Green for pedestrians. You will be fined otherwise.

4. Australians tend to swear a lot in their general conversations and that is not something to be alarmed about as it is not personal.

5. If you are planning to cover various destinations in Australia, do note that it is a large country. Travelling across cities can take up to 10-30 hours if you choose to drive. Instead, you can make a roadtrip out of it and explore some offbeat destinations that fall in between!

6. While you are here, try the (in)famous Vegemite that was all the rage. 

7. Australia is famous for its Beer, which is different across its 6 states, as well as their coffee, and their all-day-breakfast menus. 

8. 18 years is the minimum age to drink in Australia.

9. Fip-flops, or as the Australian's call it, Thongs, is an unspoken rule that one has to wear it to beat the heat. But do not wear it to restaurants or clubs.

10. Everyone knows about Australia's deadly wildlife. But in truth, they are as scared as you as you are of them. And they aren't as commonly found as one would imagine.

11. It is not permitted to pat a Koala and is a regulation by the NSW Government.

12. European's you're in for a surprise. Smoking is frowned upon in Australia. You can smoke not closer than 3 meters outside entries or exits of eateries or pubs. Smoking isn't allowed in cars if there are children in it. Many beaches are smoke-free so read signs very thoroughly before lighting one. And most importantly, DO NOT THROW CIGARETTE BUTTS OUTSIDE. This is the cause of bushfires. 

13. Swim only at patrolled beaches and between the yellow and red flags as the lifeguards have determined these areas to be safe to swim. 

14. Rules of the 'mate'. On landing in Australia, it can be quite hard to resist to using the word 'mate almost everywhere. After all, its quite catchy. But, here are the rules
   -Men say 'mate' to other men. Never to women
   - Women never say the word 'mate'

15. Don't climb Uluru. Although it is not a rule, it is considered highly offensive to the Aborginals.

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Best time to visit Australia

The best time to visit Australia is Spring (September to November) and Autumn (March to May). Australia has four seasons and three different climate zones. Australia is an outdoor co (Read More)untry that is accessible across various seasons. The warm sunny days provide great opportunities to explore the beaches and engage in various watersports. During the fall you can visit the rainforests, wetlands and wildlife sanctuaries. Spring is the best time to visit national parks and go hiking. Winter is generally a low season but provides an excellent opportunity to learn skiing and head to the mountains.

Holidify's opinion on Travel to Australia

What's Great?

Diverse food options, Cosmopolitan vibe, Natural beauty

What's Not So Great?

Extreme weather conditions

For Whom?

Adventure seeking people, Wildlife lovers, History lovers

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Nightlife in Australia

Australia is an incredibly diverse country and this is reflected in the nightlife. In the major cities, like Melbourne, Sydney and Perth, you'll find bars and clubs that wouldn't look out of place in any part of the world. Gold Coast is where the Australians go to party. The area is well-known for having awesome pubs, clubs and bars. Whether your going out style is live bands, solo acts, DJs or pop music there'll be an awesome club with a night for you on the Gold Coast. Some of the biggest and best include Cocktails Nightclub, Club Liv, Sin City, Vanity and elsewhere bar. If you like your beer al fresco check out Surfers Paradise Beergarden and Surfers Sandbar too.

Shopping in Australia

You'll find high end shopping and shopping precincts across Australian cities, markets in the cities and local communities. Don't forget to explore the opportunities to shop in Australia. Shop for some ancient mystery of Aboriginal culture with an Aboriginal artwork or artefact. Buy a signature piece of jewellery made from opals, the national gemstone, or Australian pearls and rare pink diamonds found only in the Kimberley. Your Australian holiday wouldn't be complete without shopping for uniquely Australian gifts and souvenirs which can be found in every city.

Festivals of Australia

Some of the most famous festivals all round the year in Australia are: Adelaide Fringe Festival, Bathurst 1000 V8 Supercar Race, Big Day Out (BDO), Byron Bay Bluesfest, Falls Festival, Melbourne International Comedy Festival, Melbourne International Jazz Festival, Splendour in the Grass Festival, Sydney Mardi Gras, The Melbourne Cup Carnival

Hygiene in Australia

It is a very hygeinic country for tourists and there are no vaccinations needed to visit as such. However, check if you are allergic to certain seafood, since the country is surrounded by waterbodies and seafood is a regular cuisine around this area.

Customs of Australia

Tipping for food has become a common practice for people in Australia even though it's a non-tipping country. Australians love a drink and the tradition is generally everyone takes turns and buying everyone in the group a drink. When it is your turn, it is called "your shout". Due to the weather much dining is done outside and if you are invited to someoneƕs house, it will quite often be for a barbeque. Other things you may not be used to is that Australians ride in the front seat in the taxi.

Tips for visiting Australia

Carry your passport at all times with you, in case of emergency. Get a MyCard made for easy tranportation around the different cities. Just keep an eye out in general. The crime rate is very low and the people are friendly. So do not hesitate to ask for help!

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How to reach Australia from India?

One can board the flight from Mumbai, New Delhi, Kolkata, Chennai, Bangaluru, for Adelaide with a minimum of 1 stop over in between. The flights which fly to Adelaide are - Air India, Sri Lankan Airlines, Malaysia Airlines, Singapore Airlines, Vistara, Etihad Airways, Qantas Airways, Bangkok Airways, Emirates, Qatar Airways, Jet Airways, British Airways, Cathay Pacific, Thai Airways, Dragonair, China Southern Airlines, Lufthansa


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