Tips for Visiting Australia: 4 Key Things to Consider

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Heading to Australia as a first-time visitor? If so, there are a few things you should know besides official travel advice before going down under. The locals might speak English, but you’ll find the landscapes, conversations and customs a far cry from those in the UK.

Travelling to Australia? Four Essential Checks Before You Go

Australia is an incredible country to visit, all year round. From blazing hot summer days on the beach to all-out adventures in the Alpine National Park, there’s so much to see and do. In this article, we’ve summarised four of the most important things to bear in mind before you say g’day.

#1. Visa and permissions

It’s likely that you’ll need a visa to get into Australia in the first place, so your first step should be choosing the correct type. There are several available, so make sure you’ve done your research and pick one that aligns with your travel plans.

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If you intend to visit Australia multiple times in one year, for example, an eVisitor subclass 651 will give you flexibility and freedom. Otherwise, it’s best to find out which one is best tailored to you. Remember that it’s harder to secure long-term stays in the country, so you might need professional exemption.

#2. Culture and etiquette

The locals are friendly in Australia, so you probably won’t be criticised if you fail to pick up on a couple of social cues when it comes to etiquette. Commenting on anyone’s manners can be seen as too formal, but just remember that mild swearing is commonly accepted amongst groups of friends. There are a couple more things to bear in mind. While you might be seen as polite for holding open a door in the UK, it might be seen as patronising if you do it in Australia. When you’re out for a drink and a meal with friends, split the bill equally or buy round - everyone who gets a drink will be expected to pay for one round.

#3. Sunshine and heat

Everyone knows how hot Australian summers are cracked up to be, but there’s something humbling about experiencing one for the first time. If you’re visiting between the months of December to February, don’t underestimate the power of the summer sun. Pack plenty of sunscreen and remember to stay hydrated, too.

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Even if you’re set on getting a good tan while you’re there, you need to put sunblock on every day. Due to Australia’s position on the Southern Hemisphere, the summer sun is up to 10% stronger than countries at similar latitudes in the Northern Hemisphere.

#4. Wildlife

Lastly, Australia is famed for its huge tarantulas and poisonous snakes. While these critters do exist in certain parts of the country, the reality is that you probably won’t need to worry too much about getting bitten or stung. Most of Australia’s native animals live away from urban areas or even densely populated towns. If you’d like to experience the local kangaroos, your best option is to go on a real wildlife safari tour in Tasmania and Kangaroo Island. Or, if you’re happy to see some in captivity, head straight to the Australian National Botanic Gardens in Canberra.

Any Australian adventure will be truly incredible, but it’s important to be quizzed up before you go. Show up with authenticity and try to learn a few things while you’re there!

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We overland. We eat plants and fungi. We live outside as much as possible. We are all connected. A female travel blogger overlanding and writing about ecotourism, ethical and sustainable travel, socially conscious travel and housesitting. An online travel magazine since 2015.


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