Both the world’s smallest continent and largest island, Australia or ‘The Land Down under’ calls travellers to its shores time and time again. Surrounded by the Indian and Pacific Oceans, blessed with tropical tranquil waters, pristine beaches, ancient eco systems and arid desert plains, you can experience remote wilderness and staggering coral reefs while never being too far from bustling metropolitan cities. Whether kangaroos and koalas 0r cricket and tennis have tempted your travel, this destination does not disappoint.

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Planning your trip

There are no direct flights to Australia so you will have one or two stops dependent on your starting point to get there. Common stopovers include Singapore, Dubai and Los Angeles. There are many connections so you can make the most of your flight itinerary. Dependent on the type of trip that you are doing, different modes of transport such as private car, motorhome, train, boat or local airlines will be used to get to your destination. Self-drive is one of the best ways to explore this great country, however there are fantastic pre-planned itineraries with a range of excellent tour providers.

 

Quick country facts

  • Recommended airlines
    Qantas fly via Asia and the USA. Singapore Airlines fly via Singapore. Emirates flies via Dubai.
  • Flight time
    Minimum flight time is 22 hours. Depends on the length of connection and transit destination. An overnight stop in one or both directions is                                recommended if time permits.
  • Time zone:
    ACT/NSW GMT +11 QLD/TAS/VIC GMT +10 NT/SA GMT +9:30 WA GMT +8
  • Visa requirements:
    Electronic Travel Authority (ETA) or E-Visitor Visa required.

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Accommodation and costs
There are plenty of options across Australia with something to suit all types of budgets and itineraries planned. A mix of luxury, boutique and larger hotels with more facilities, motels and apartments for self-catering, backpackers both upscale and budget, hostels, bed and breakfasts, campsites and motorhomes. Due to the strong economy and currency, costs of accommodation, food and fuel (if self-drive), should be considered carefully to ensure your budget and expectations are met. If travelling in peak seasons, especially around the Gold Coast during Australian school holidays, International sporting and events in Melbourne or Christmas time, you may wish to investigate pre-booking accommodation, self-drive vehicles and popular sightseeing to avoid disappointment or a lack of availability.

How long to stay
With the time taken to get here, 14 days would be about the minimum we’d recommend in Australia although shorter city stop-overs are also possible. In two weeks a fairly comprehensive itinerary can be achieved, with three to four weeks needed if combining areas. To see nearly everything you would need several months, but the beauty of Australia is that each part is so unique that each region according to the different states can be parcelled up into manageable chunks, and then visited on separate trips. The average itinerary visits either the East or the West Coast. Northern Territory can be combined with the North- East Coast or the North West Coast. Tasmania can be combined easily with Melbourne, Sydney, Brisbane or Cairns. 2-3 night stays are recommended in each chosen location. For longer circuits, Australia also makes a great combination with Indonesia or New Zealand.

Weather and when to go
With the time taken to get here, 14 days would be about the minimum we’d recommend in Australia although shorter city stop-overs are also possible. In two weeks a fairly comprehensive itinerary can be achieved, with three to four weeks needed if combining areas. To see nearly everything you would need several months, but the beauty of Australia is that each part is so unique that each region according to the different states can be parcelled up into manageable chunks, and then visited on separate trips. The average itinerary visits either the East or the West Coast. Northern Territory can be combined with the North- East Coast or the North West Coast. Tasmania can be combined easily with Melbourne, Sydney, Brisbane or Cairns. 2-3 night stays are recommended in each chosen location. For longer circuits, Australia also makes a great combination with Indonesia or New Zealand.

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