Australia is an amazing destination for both business and leisure travelers. It has the distinction of being the sixth largest country and the smallest continent in the world. Australia is a land of world famous cities such as Canberra, Brisbane, Melbourne, Adelaide, Sydney and Perth. It’s also a place that offers an incredible variety of flora and fauna. From the mountains to the oceans, one can experience sights and sounds that can’t be witnessed anywhere else on earth. If you are thinking about visiting Australia it is important to find out as much as you can about your destination. The last thing you want is to walk out of the airport and be hit by a car travelling on the wrong side of the road!
For leisure travelers planning to travel to Australia, here are a few important things to keep in mind:
Distances: When preparing for your trip, remember that Australia is around the same size as the 48 adjoining US states and as large as Western Europe. Sydney is a long day’s drive from Brisbane and Melbourne, whereas driving from Perth to Sydney can take almost a week. The cheapest and most popular way to travel across Australia is to drive yourself. Flying can be extremely costly because of limited competition and should be avoided unless you’re pressed for time.
Weather: When it’s summer in the Northern Hemisphere, Australia is experiencing the Southern Hemisphere’s winter, and vice versa. The hottest period in Australia is from November to March, whereas midwinter is July and August. Leisure travelers visiting Australia should keep in mind that unlike the Northern Hemisphere, the further you travel south in Australia the colder it gets. The most ideal months to travel to Australia are from September through October when it’s usually cool enough to visit Ayer Rock (Uluru), warm enough to go to the beach in southern states, and the rains and humidity haven’t come to Port Douglas, Cairns and the Top End (though it gets very hot by October). This is also the time to see wildflowers in full bloom in Western Australia.
Health and safety: Those traveling to Australia need not worry much about their health and well-being. The country has high hygiene standards, modern hospitals and well qualified dentists and doctors. Because of the long distances, you may sometimes be far away from a doctor or healthcare facility, but help is always available, thanks to Royal Flying Doctor Service. However, travelers are advised to buy travel medical insurance before they go.
Accommodation choices: Holiday accommodation available in Australia caters to every budget and taste. Options range from budget backpacker dorms to five-star luxury resorts and hotels. Major towns and capital cities boast both boutique and conventional hotels. Capital cities also usually have self-catering apartments.
By keeping the above information in mind it’s possible to find various affordable tour packages that can suit your budget when in Australia and have those great memories for the last of your life and you’re sure to get around Australia with maximum enjoyment and minimal fuss. So now you’ve got every reason you need to embark on your journey to Australia.