So you want to go Australia but need some top travel tips? Look no further. After growing up in Australia and travelling most of the East Coast and to the top end (Northern Territory) I can give you a few tips to make your journey run smoothly.
Are you travelling for less than 3 months?
The government basically wants to know who is coming into the country. Jump on the Aussie government website and apply for the Electronic Travel Authority before you fly. There is a service of AUD$20 and it will take less than a day to complete.
Want to work in Australia?
This option will require you to obtain a visa. Head to the border website to choose the correct visa. The most common one for travellers between the ages of 18 and 30 is the Working Holiday Visa.
Drive on the left side of the road
If you are hiring a car or even crossing a road, remember to drive on the left side of the road. An easy way to get into the habit is to have the steering wheel side closer to the centre of the road.
Check out what you can bring into the country
As it is an island, Australia has a unique ecosystem and is prone to diseases. The highly popular TV show, Border Patrol, is a reality programme showing real laws put into place. Head to the declare it website to see the full list and remember to declare it on arrival.
Determine the distance between places
Australia is huge! If you are travelling for a short period of time, look into how long it will take for you to visit a few destinations. The time zones can also change with some states implementing daylight savings.
Drink plenty of water
It’s a hot old country and there is no better way to beat the heat than drinking plenty of water. It is recommended at least two litres a day but if it is hot drink about 3 litres. Please note this information is suggestive only and I am not a doctor.
Slip, Slop, Slap
Slip on a shirt, slop on sunscreen and slap on a hat. Like the popular 1970’s TV commercial and the revitalised early 2000’s TV commercial. It is highly recommend to protect yourself from the sun. Sunglasses not only look cool but they also protect your eyes.
When should you go?
The weather plays a big part of making or breaking your holiday. In the North, the wet season can run from November through to April and has a probability of a cyclone hitting or at least disrupting coastal towns. All across country you can be hit with a heat wave. Temperatures can soar into the 40’s. This is most common between December and February.
How to speak the lingo
Aussies have a tendancy to shorten any word possible. Afternoon is known as Arvey, Mcdondalds is Macca's and Sunglasses are Sunnies. Aussies will also greet you with 'How's it going?' They are not asking where you are going but rather how you are.
What is Eftpos?
EFTPOS is payment by either a debit card. It is an acronym for 'Electronic Funds Transfer at Point of Sale'.
Can everything kill you?
No. In saying that, there are animals which can, but you will most likely not come across them. In fact you will be quite lucky to see them. Take care if you are out and about and remember to look both ways before crossing the road.
Do I need to tip?
Australia does not have a culture of tipping. If at a restaurant they bring you a bill for $46.75, you can leave the exact amount and not feel bad. However, if you feel there was great service, you could round it up to $50.
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