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5 Things You Must Do Before You Travel to Australia

It is unsurprising you are planning a trip to Australia. After all, it is a beautiful country filled with amazing landmarks and friendly locals. However, there are some things you must do before you decide to head down under.

5 Things You Must Do Before You Travel to Australia

Know When to Travel

Many people often opt to travel to southern Australia between December to February, because of the region’s hot temperatures. As a result, this is also one of the most crowded times to visit Australia, which means the flights and hotels might be more expensive. If you want to save money and avoid a crowd, it’s recommended to travel from October to November or March to April, as you can still enjoy the beautiful Australian sun.

However, if you are planning a trip to northern Australia, the summer season can often be quite uncomfortable due to extreme temperatures. So, if you dream of visiting Queensland, it might be worth booking a holiday during the winter months, which is from June to August.

Holiday Vaccinations

It is worth consulting a medical professional to see if you require any holiday vaccinations before you travel. It is advised you receive any travel vaccinations eight weeks before your trip. Also, if you have travelled from or visited a yellow fever infected nation within six days of travelling to Australia, you will be required to show proof of a yellow fever vaccination or you will be denied entry into the country.

Consider Your Budget

Do you know how much an average meal costs in Australia? It’s worth mentioning that Australia isn’t cheap, so try to have a least $100 per day to make the most of your time in the country. Camping is a great way to avoid expensive hotel prices, and you could always opt to cook your own meals a few nights if your budget is a little stretched.

Travel Restrictions

Australia has many travel restrictions in place, which prevent you from bringing certain items into the country. For example, fruit, vegetables, meat and eggs are strictly prohibited. You also won’t be allowed to bring any seeds, plants, skins or feathers into Australia. It is also important you are aware that various personal medications maybe subject to controls, so make sure take a letter from your doctor stating your medical conditions and necessary medications.

Visa Requirements

Tourists will be required to obtain a visa when visiting Australia, unless you are a New Zealand citizen. How you apply for a visa will depend on your country’s regulations. For example, UK residents can apply for an Australian visa by visiting the Department of Immigration and Border Control, whilst US, Canadian, Brunei, Hong Kong, Japan, South Korean and Malaysia citizens can apply for an ETA online.

Whether you are travelling to Melbourne, Queensland, Sydney or another destination, you can guarantee you will experience the trip of a lifetime, but you must ensure every box above is ticked to create memories for all the right reasons.

Article written by Adam Boston

Discover the most inspiring travel stories, must do adventures, and photography of the world seen through the eyes of Adam. Uncovering what the world has to offer, from one country to another.


Currently there's 12 comment(s)

  • Agness Walewinder

    Commented on 29/12/2016 at 04:10

    Visa is actually quite easy to get for poles. I applied online and received it within 24 hours. Can’t wait to hit the road in Australia next year! 🙂

    • Adam Boston

      Commented on 06/01/2017 at 08:12

      24 hours is good time! Looking forward to hearing all of your travels this year Agness

  • Tim UrbanDuniya

    Commented on 02/01/2017 at 04:13

    Yes!! THe travel restrictions – don’t even think about taking fresh food (and a lot of other things) into Australia, the customs officials are so strict, and it’s something that we travellers don’t even consider a lot of the time!!

    • Adam Boston

      Commented on 06/01/2017 at 08:13

      I don’t know about you Tim, but having previously seen a tv programme on what people try and smuggle in, it’s crazy!

  • Jean | Holy smithereens

    Commented on 05/01/2017 at 09:53

    Great tips you’ve got there! yes december- feb is definitely peak season. sydney especially is so unbelievably crowded during christmas its almost impossible to enjoy the tourist spots. although spending new years in sydney is really quite worth the crowd-jostling stress.
    and agree on the travel restrictions especially with fresh food and native products. if in doubt, always best to declare. its best to have it confiscated rather than get fined.

    • Adam Boston

      Commented on 06/01/2017 at 08:15

      I may have to add spending new years in Syndey to the list, but completely agree with declaring and have your items confiscated, even for a simple life.

  • Becky Moore

    Commented on 05/01/2017 at 12:03

    Great tips, The budget is so important as I was a little shocked how expensive was on my trip over there!

  • Astrid

    Commented on 30/01/2017 at 09:08

    Hi Adam and Kate,

    great advcie! We’re planning a trip down under for 2018. Specifically for surfing. Hubby’s the surfer, I just sun worship! Bells Beach in victoria is a DEFINITE and hopefully surfer’s paradise near brisbane, depending on our finances.

    I’ve only just begun making plans and that’s how i ended up here. I’m researching self-catering options to save on costs. although we’re avid campers, I never considered camping as an option. Thanks for the tip!

  • Terry Wilson

    Commented on 18/06/2018 at 08:41

    Hi Adam,

    Great post, appreciate the effort. As you said that most people travel between Dec and Feb.

    Besides the cost and crowd, it is also the perfect time to explore the most of Australia, I think that people should travel during these months. The cost can then be adjusted in the stays as you mentioned further.

    One of the ways to save some bucks could be by using the public transport to visit place which can be travelled to through them.

  • redcat adventures

    Commented on 30/08/2018 at 13:49

    good site thanks for sharing 🙂

  • Melissa C.

    Commented on 07/09/2018 at 07:12

    Solid advice! I’d also say to find out when Chinese New Year takes place and then avoid visiting at that time. During our week in Queensland *everything* was extremely crowded, and it’s not a region with the tourism infrastructure to support additional bodies.

    One more rec: if you’ll be on the east coast and have a few days to spare, consider driving between melbourne and sydney. It’s a gorgeous stretch of coastline and much quieter than the Great Ocean Road!

  • whitsundays tour

    Commented on 14/09/2018 at 15:51

    great site thanks for sharing


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