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Australia Travel Guide

Australia is admittedly my favorite country in the world. During my trips there I fell in love with its diverse landscape that ranges from the 25,000 km long coastline with it picturesque beaches to the red deserts in the Red Center.

With the famous Great Barrier Reef in the east and the Ningaloo Reef in the west, Australia has an incredible marine diversity and is thereby a divers dream.

You can explore the big cities like Sydney and Melbourne, and relax in smaller towns like Byron Bay or Broome.

I used to live there and keep returning there, so it is safe to say that Australia has a very special place in my heart.

I love a sunburnt country, 
A land of sweeping plains, 
Of ragged mountain ranges, 
Of droughts and flooding rains. 
I love her far horizons, 
I love her jewel-sea, 
Her beauty and her terror 
The wide brown land for me! 

– Dorothea Mackelle

Places to See:

Sydney Skyline

Things to Know before you Visit Australia

Colorful Sunset at Nilgen Lookout, Western Australia

Language:

English

Currency

Australian Dollar [1 AUD = 0.61 EUR = 0.68 USD; 1 EUR = 1.63 AUD; 1 USD = 1.47 AUD (Aug. ’19)]

Credit Cards & ATMs

In Australia you can use credit cards at 90% of all shops and businesses. On the east coast ATMs can be found everywhere, while there are fewer in the west.

Plugs

Type I (Voltage 230V; Frequency 50Hz)

Visa

Unless you are a citizen of Australia or New Zealand, you need a visa to enter Australia. In order to obtain said visa, you have to create an account on the immigration website. Use the visa finder to explore you visa options and to find the one that is best for you.

Safety

Australia has a very low crime rate and is one of the safest countries in the world. It is perfect for female solo travelers.

Theft is not a big issue except for in Sydney and Melbourne. Those the live in Australia tend to simply leave their stuff at the beach when they go for a swim. A practice that you will quickly get used to.

The only thing to fear are natural hazards and animals. Some of the most poisonous animals in the world live in the country and you’ll find sharks and box jellyfish in the water. Therefore it is important to inform yourself of necessary precautions and to head warning signs.

Always bring enough water and inform others if you plan to explore unpopulated areas. Keep your UV exposure in mind and do not forget to apply reef-safe sunscreen.

When to Visit Australia

The best time to visit Australia depends on your plans within the country. As the seasons are opposite to those in the Northern Hemisphere, the summer months are December to February.

When planning a trip to Australia it is important to take a look at the local weather as there are vast differences. Additionally it is always a good idea to look up the time of semester breaks, as prices tend to rise drastically.

Tropical North (Queensland)

It is warm year-round with tropical temperatures between 25° C and 35° C. The summer is rainy and the winter is dry.

If you want the see the sunshine state in its element and do not mind higher numbers of tourist, it is best to visit the northern part of Queensland between May and October.

The weather in Southern Queensland is not as affected by the rainy season, so it is a good destination year-round.

Southeast Australia (NSW, Victoria, South Australia)

Tasmania

Red Center / Outback

The summers in Australia’s Red Center are very hot with temperatures between 30° C and 45° C. Therefore it is best to avoid exploring this area in the summer months. The high temperatures can become very dangerous if you have car issues and run out of water.

Meanwhile winter in the Outback has warm days with very cold night. So be sure to bring suitable equipment if you plan to camp there.

Top End (Northern Territory)

People watching the sunset over a hilly landscape and the ocean in Western Australia
Watching the Sunset in Western Australia
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Sydney Opera House
Fern Pool, Karijini National Park, WA

Southwest Australia (Western Australia)

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