AUSTRALIA: TRAVEL GUIDE

Spectacular and long beaches, wild nature, unique animals and aboriginal culture

Do you dare to live the Australian adventure? 

Australia is a fascinating country, the dream trip of those travelers who want to live experiences such as diving in the world's largest barrier reef , entering ancient forests, learning about the oldest living culture in the world, enjoying paradisiacal beaches , surfing classy waves. world and delight in the unique animals that inhabit this great island of Oceania.

As we already made clear on the home page , Sun Tours and Fun is above all a Travel Blog for Australia and in this section we have summarized all the information we have collected in these almost 6 years living in Australia and traveling the country, creating thus a complete GUIDE TO TRAVEL TO AUSTRALIA.

You can go by clicking on the links that we leave on the page to expand the information that interests you the most and if you have more questions we also recommend that you become a member of the Facebook Group: Travel Australia, New Zealand and the Pacific Islands that we have created to help us among travelers to plan our trips through Oceania.

AUSTRALIA GUIDE INDEX

You can click on the link and go directly to the information about Australia that interests you the most:

We want to start this travel guide showing you the m apa of Australia so you can easily locate where the places you want to visit and can organize your way around Australia are more easily.

Australia is made up of eight territories :

  • Australian Capital Territory (ACT) - Australian Capital Territory
  • New South Wales (NSW) - New South Wales
  • Northern Territories (NT) - Northern Territory
  • Queensland (QLD)
  • South Australia (SA) - South Australia
  • Tasmania (TAS)
  • Victoria (VIC)
  • Western Australia (WA) - Western Australia

On the interactive map that we leave you, you can locate each of the Australian territories .

If you click on any of the Australian states, it will take you directly to the articles we have written about that specific state.

Locate Your Trip

Access the articles through this interactive map

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Most important cities in Australia

The most important and most populated cities in Australia are Sydney and Melbourne . However the capital of Australia is Canberra.

If you are an urbanite and you like visiting museums, going to restaurants, bars, cinemas, theaters and walking through parks on your travels, these are the main cities in Australia.

To take into account : We have not selected these cities only because of their economic importance or their size, but also because of their tourist importance and because they can serve as a base to get to know some beautiful area of ​​Australia.

You can click on the names of the cities to see the articles we have written about each one of them. Some we have pending (We have visited the city, but we have not had time to write an article), but as we always tell you, do not hesitate to leave us a comment or ask us on social networks ( Facebook , Twitter or Instagram ), if we can give you a hand or give you some advice we will be delighted.

Perth. Australia que ver

Perth

Hobart. Australia lugares para visitar

Hobart

Darwin Principales Ciudades de Australia. Australia Fotos

Darwin

Adelaide Principales Ciudades de Australia

Adelaide

Newcastle. Ciudades más importantes de Australia

Newcastle

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Sunshine Coast

Alice Spring Ciudades más importantes de Australia

Alice springs

What to see in Australia

The first thing we have to decide when planning a trip to Australia is what places to visit in Australia .

Australia is a huge country and we have to carefully choose which destinations in Australia we want to visit during our trip .

Although some of the main cities of the country are essential in any trip through Australia, it is important that you bear in mind that Down Under (term by which Australia is known) is above all a country of landscapes and nature .

Australia icons

National Parks

Australia has more than 500 national parks that cover almost 4% of the country.

If like us you are what you like to go hiking, camping and enjoying nature in its purest form, in Australia you will find your paradise.

Many of Australia's national parks have been declared a World Heritage Site by UNESCO . These are in our opinion the most outstanding:

In Australia there are many other national parks that are spectacular, if you have the opportunity to spend some time in Australia we recommend that you spend some getaways to know the nature of the country and discover the impressive landscapes of Australia because they have no waste whatsoever.

Beaches of Australia

Are you interested in knowing how many beaches Australia has ? The answer is more than 1,000 beaches, some of which have been classified as the most beautiful in the world.

Our Top 5 beaches in Australia at the moment are:

Sorry, but even though it is the most famous beach in Australia, we don't include Bondi Beach in our Top 5.

If you are interested in knowing more about Australian beaches, you can read our article The Best Beaches in Australia where we talk about more wild beaches in Australia.

We also have a selection of the best beaches in Sydney that you can see in the article: The 16 best beaches in Sydney .

Islands of Australia

In Australia there are more than 8,000 islands, a little less than beaches 🙂 There are for all tastes: more touristy, wild, familiar, lonely ...

We highlight these islands , although we already anticipate that some of them have prohibitive prices:

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Tasmania

Magnetic Island. Qué ver en Australia

Magnetic Island

Rottnest Island. Qué ver en Australia

Rottnest island

Lady Elliot Island Australia

Lady Elliot Island

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Lord Howe Island

East Coast of Australia

The east coast of Australia is the most inhabited in the country, the one with the best communications and therefore the easiest and cheapest to visit.

We have prepared the maps of the most famous routes so that you only have to choose the trip along the Australian east coast that you prefer : 

The Legendary Pacific Coast

It is the famous road route from Sydney to Brisbane

The Pacific Coast Touring Route

It's the road trip that runs along the east coast of Queensland from Brisbane to Cairns .

  • To rent the car and do any of these routes through Australia we reserve it with Airport Rentals . It is the comparator of rental car companies that we always use and with which we find very good offers, that is why it is the one we recommend.

  • If you want to make the trip by van or motorhome, we recommend that you look at Motorhome Republic . You will be able to compare between many motorhome rental companies and find the one that best convinces you to tour Australia.

West Coast of Australia

The west coast of Australia is much wilder , less populated and has a bit more complicated logistics to organize a trip, which makes it much more interesting.

The most popular coastal trips in Western Australia are:

  1. From Perth to Esperance via Margaret River
  2. Exmouth, Ningaloo Reef and Shark Bay
  3. Broome, Cable Beach and Karijini National Park
  4. The Kimberleys.

This is our selection of places to go in Australia , we have listed some of the tourist areas of Australia and other lesser known but also spectacular places to visit in Australia .

In our article The 19 most outstanding places in Australia we make you a more rigorous selection of the most spectacular places to visit in Australia , to help you decide where to travel in Australia and what to know about Australia.

What to do in Australia

In Australia it is very difficult to get bored. Although the offer of restaurants and nightlife venues is not as wide or good as in Europe, in Australia there are a million things you can do to enjoy its beaches and taste the Australian way of life that is so much talked about.

Surf

Surfing is one of the most popular sports in Australia and surely the most practiced. We live in Houston Beach, a surfing beach and from dawn you can find dozens of Australians catching waves before going to work.

If you want to learn to surf there are surf schools in almost all the most popular beaches in Australia such as in Bondi, Houston or Manly in Sydney, in the Gold Coast or in Byron Bay .

If you are going to spend a season in Australia you can also sign up for a Surfcamp. They are weekend excursions in which they teach you to surf with a group of travelers. You spend practically the whole day in the water and they say that almost everyone who goes gets to stand up on the board.

If you already know how to surf in the article Where to Surf in Australia we will tell you which are the most famous waves in Australia and where to find them.

Australia Surf

Barbecues

They say that barbecue is the national sport of Australia, and it is not a joke. Almost all Australians have a barbecue on their terraces or patios and you can find free barbecues on many beaches and parks in Australia.

Having a barbecue with friends is one of the activities that we recommend doing the most in Australia, and the best thing is that it is free.

BBQ. qué hacer en Australia

Excursions in Australia

Although Australia can be perfectly visited on your own, there are a series of excursions and tours in Australia that are very popular and recommended, among others:

In search of Australian animals

Another of the best things you can do in Australia is see Australian animals in their natural habitat.

Why go to a zoo and see caged animals when you can go to a beach and see kangaroos jumping in the sand.

If you travel to Australia take the opportunity to try to see kangaroos, wallabies, koalas, wombats, platypus and other Australian animals , the experience will be unforgettable.

Sharks and other dangerous animals that we have in Australia if you do not find them, nothing happens either.

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Hiking, camping and nature

Australia is the perfect place for nature lovers . Australians love to do outdoor activities and that shows a lot in the facilities that you can find in all the national parks and how well cared for they are.

Some national parks and areas of Australia where we have been to hike and have loved it are:

Golf

If you are a golfer you will adapt very well to Australia. More than 450,000 Australians belong to a golf club, so as you can imagine it is a very popular sport.

The Australian Open is Australia's oldest and most popular golf tournament, held every year in November and organized by Golf Australia.

If you are interested in knowing more about golf in Australia you can take a look at the Golf Australia website .

Australia Golf

Tennis: Australian Open

If you are a tennis fan and you are in Australia in January, you cannot miss the Australian Open held in Melbourne.

Australia: Tennis Open

When to travel to Australia

What is the best time of year to travel to Australia is without a doubt the question most asked by those planning a trip to Australia . And we always answer the same thing: It depends on where you are going to travel in Australia.

As we already told you at the beginning of this guide, Australia is a huge country and therefore there is a diversity of climates that cause the best date to travel to Australia to vary greatly depending on the places you want to visit.

Climate in Australia

You will be surprised to know that in Australia you can find equatorial, tropical, subtropical, arid, semi-arid and temperate or Mediterranean climates.

In this map you can see what climates are in each area of ​​Australia .

Australia Weather. Australia when to travel

And what does this translate into? Well, it is always a good time to travel to Australia, it all depends on which places you want to visit.

For example, if you want to travel to Australia at Christmas, it is an ideal date to visit Sydney and see the New Year's fireworks in Sydney Harbor and Darling Harbor. It is also a very good time to visit the red center of Australia (Uluru, the Olgas Mountains and Kings Canyon) and to see Melbourne and the Great Ocean Road.

You already know that summer in Australia is from December to February and traveling on this date has the plus that you can enjoy the beaches of Sydney and the east coast of New South Wales. It is also the best time to visit Kangaroo Island, which is wonderful.

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However, if you want to know the tropical areas of Australia where Kakadu National Park or The Kimberleys is located, you will find the rainy season, which will make your trip a little more uncomfortable.

If you want to enjoy the landscapes of the tropical north of Australia and take a dip in the pools of the Liechtenstein National Park, it will be much better for you to decide to travel to Australia in July or August.

Northern Australia Route. Jim Jim Falls

Anyway, nowhere in Australia is the climate extreme, so all areas of the country can be visited at any time of the year. As always happens on travel, you have to be willing to adapt to whatever arises.

The safest options to be able to visit everything are to travel to Australia in November or April, but still no one assures you that the weather will accompany you.

In this infographic that we have prepared we show you which is the best time to travel to each area of ​​Australia:

Inform the best time of year to travel to Australia

If you want to know more about the weather and the best dates to travel to Australia follow this link and take a look at our article : The best time of year to travel to Australia .

Requirements to travel to Australia

The Border Security: Australia's Front Line program has done a lot of damage to Australian tourism and many people now think that entering Australia is practically mission impossible, but it is not.

If you want to go to Australia on vacation, you only need your passport , a visa to travel to Australia as a tourist and fill out the entry card for passengers that will be given to you on the same plane with which you land in Australia.

If you want more information about documentation to travel to Australia in the article Tourist Visa to travel to Australia we explain the visa you need to travel to Australia depending on your nationality.

We already anticipate that if you are European and you are going to travel to Australia for less than three months, the visa that interests you the most is the eVisitor (subclass 651) .

Passport. Requirements to travel to Australia

I want to travel to Australia: What do I need?

In addition to the essential documents (Passport and tourist visa) that we mentioned in the previous section, we recommend you to travel to Australia:

Travel insurance

Trips where you travel do not forget your Insurance . And this is something that we cannot recommend more in the case of Australia.

Australia is an expensive country, so imagine what the joke can cost you if you have an accident and have to be seen by a doctor.

Don't gamble with insurance, Australia is a super fun country to do water sports, enjoy nature walks and take great routes by car. But all these activities have their risks, so don't forget about your travel insurance.

We use IATI Insurance and it is the one that we recommend to our family and friends when they come to visit us. Following this link you have a 5% discount: 5% discount in IATI Seguros.

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Australia vacunas. Para viajar a australia que se necesita

Vaccinations

The only mandatory vaccine you need to enter Australia is yellow fever, if you come from a country classified as risky.

If you have more questions about vaccinations necessary to travel to Australia, you can also take a look at the Travel Service website of the Spanish Ministry of Health, Social Services and Equality .

Return flight

Although it is not mandatory to have purchased the flight out of Australia before entering the country, it is recommended.

Immigration laws in Australia have become quite tightened in recent years and immigration agents suspect that young people traveling to Australia for long periods of time may have intentions to stay in the country illegally when their visa expires or to work without rights in Australia.

If you want to avoid suspicions and questions at the Australian border, it is better to also have a flight purchased to leave the country, so you can show that you are only going on vacation to Australia.

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Viajar a Australia con mascota

Traveling to Australia with a pet

If you are planning to travel to Australia with a dog, cat or any other pet, get ready because you will have to follow a tedious procedure.

Australia takes the conservation of native fauna and flora very seriously and to avoid any type of biological risk the Department of Agriculture and Water Resources has created a complete guide with the import conditions required to bring your dog or cat to Australia.

You have all the information you need in this link:Bring Dogs and Cats to Australia

In the article 10 Things you need to travel to Australia We leave you the 10 essentials to pack to Australia.

You can find more official recommendations of the Spanish Government to travel to Australia on the website of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Cooperation of the Spanish Government.

Although our blog is dedicated to travel and specialized in Australia, we cannot deny that we ourselves came to Australia almost five years ago to study English and work, so many of you ask us about our experience in Australia.

If, like we did, you are thinking of traveling to Australia to study English or traveling to Australia to work, then you will have to plan your trip more carefully and make sure that you meet the requirements to apply for any of the visas that allow you to study and / or work in Australia.

If you want to travel to Australia to study English or take a course then you will have to apply for a student visa. There is no one better to advise you on studying in Australia than Diana Yañez from LEARNSYD.

Diana is a great friend of ours and I would not recommend her if she did not strike us as the best student agent in Australia. We know that moving to live in Australia is a very important decision and that choosing one agent or another can greatly affect your experience in Australia.

Diana will be in charge of advising you to apply for your student visa in Australia, she will help you choose the study center that best suits your needs and best of all, she will accompany and advise you throughout your experience in Australia . We have seen her deal with her students and she is a sweetheart, she cares a lot about them.

If you want to speak with Diana to find out about your options to study in Australia, you can contact her through this link: LEARNSYD. How are you doing on our part will give you a $ 50 discount on your course tuition. You will not regret contacting Diana, she is the best .

Travel to Australia to Study and Work

Cheap flights to Australia

Although I do not know if the title for this section is adequate or not because flying to Australia is not very cheap , it is true that there are some tricks to find flight deals to Australia .

If you want to know how we do it to find cheap flights to Australia, take a look at our article Travel to Australia cheap where we tell you step by step how to find low cost flights to Australia .

Some tips that we give you to find the cheapest plane tickets to Australia are:

  • Avoid the high season in Australia , that is, traveling to Australia during the months of December to February.

  • Be proactive: Buy the plane ticket to Australia five months in advance of your trip and you will find the best offers.

  • Be flexible with your flight hours: If you are willing to make more stops and take a longer trip, you will find cheaper flights.

To buy our plane tickets to Australia we always use the SKYSCANNER search engine because no matter how much we compare there we always find the best deals.

How much is it worth to travel to Australia

The price of a trip to Australia can vary considerably and will depend on how flexible we can be with the dates of our trip, how we decide to move around Australia and the type of accommodation we choose during the stay.

If you expect us to tell you how to travel to Australia for free or with little money , we are very sorry but we do not know either. Australia is an expensive country, but it is worth scratching your pocket a bit and encouraging yourself to come to Australia, because it has so much to offer.

What we can do is help you get an idea of how much a trip to Australia costs . In this infographic you can see the budget to travel through Australia that we handled in February 2017 when we spent 21 days touring Australia with some friends.

Budget trip to Australia 21 days

If you want to know more details about how much a trip to Australia is worth and how to travel to Australia cheaper you can find more information in these articles:

Routes through Australia

Organizing an itinerary to visit Australia is not easy and will depend on the time you have to travel around Australia , your budget and which places in Australia you are interested in knowing.

In the blog we have written several articles with routes to discover Australia by road and moving by plane. Depending on the time you are going to spend in Australia, these are some itineraries that you could copy and customize for your trip:

Australia trip 3 months

If you are so lucky to be able to spend three months touring Australia then do not hesitate, get a motorhome and hit the road.

As you are going to spend a few months in Australia, a good option for you is to buy the vehicle in which you want to move and then sell it at the end of your trip.

If you decide to buy a van or a motorhome you can compare prices on these web pages:

If you want to know some routes to travel Australia on wheels follow this link: The 9 best routes to travel Australia by motorhome or by car where you will find tips and maps to travel Australia by car and the best places to stop along the way.

You may also be interested in these articles

Trip to Australia 1 month

If you are planning a trip to Australia in a month you have several options:

Sydney Tourism in Australia

3/4 days to visit the city and make an excursion to the Blue Mountains.

Cairns, Tropical North Queensland. Australia travel

3 days to see the Great Barrier Reef, visit the Daintree Rainforest and the Atherton Tablelands

Uluru and Kata-Tjuta

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2 days to visit Uluru and Kings Canyon.

Travel to Melbourne Australia

4 days so that you can also get closer to knowing Phillip Island.

Darwin and Kakadu National Park

Australia Darwin. Kakadu National Park

3 days to visit Kakadu and Liechtenstein National Park

Adelaide and Kangaroo Island

Australia Adelaide. Kangaroo Island

You will need 4 days to get to the island and visit it well, the logistics are a bit more complicated.

Tasmania

Australia Tasmania

5 days to visit Hobart and get closer to the most popular places on the island.

Perth

Australia Perth y Margaret River

4 days to meet Peth, take a trip to Rotten Island and explore the Margaret River surf area

Islas Whitsunday. Excursiones Australia

2 Days at least because you will have to get on a boat to tour the islands and snorkel or go on a plane excursion and see the coral reef from the sky.

Some examples of one-month routes through Australia could be:

If you travel to Australia in spring - summer

(From the end of October to the end of March)

Ruta de verano 1 mes por Australia

If you travel to Australia in autumn - winter

(From the end of April to October)

Ruta de invierno 1 mes por Australia

Australia in 3 weeks

If you are going to make a trip to Australia for 20 days, we recommend that you choose four of the areas that we have discussed in the previous section.

If you are going to travel from May to October, we propose an itinerary to visit five of the most beautiful areas of Australia in 20 days : the Great Ocean Road , Kakadu National Park , Whitsunday Islands , Fraser Island and Sydney . Follow this link to read the full route: Three-week trip through Australia (May - October).

What to see in Australia in 15 days

If you don't have more than 15 days to get to know Australia, you have to make the most of your time.

In our article Australia in 15 days you will find all our tips and recommendations to organize your two-week itinerary in Australia.

Here you can see directly 4 itineraries with our favorite places for a 15-day trip through Australia:

15-day Australia tour: Itinerary 1

Travel Australia 15 days. Itinerary 1

Tour Australia in 15 days. Itinerary 2

Tour Austalia in 15 days. Itinerary 2

Travel to Australia 15 days: Itinerary 3

Australia Tour 15 days: Itinerary 3

2 Week Australia Trip: Itinerary 4

2 Week Australia Trip: Itinerary 4

Australia in 10 days

If you are going to do a 10-day express trip through Australia, we recommend that you do a classic route: Melbourne and Great Ocean Road , Sydney andthe Great Barrier Reef .

How to travel around Australia

Deciding how you are going to move around Australia is one of the most important points that you must take into account when planning your trip to Australia because here the distances are immense.

Internal flights in Australia

The price of flights within Australia is not cheap, but it can be the best way to get around Australia, especially if you travel to Australia for less than a month.

In Australia there are airports in every major city and iconic place in the country.

Australia's domestic airlines are Qantas Australia , Virgin Australia , Jetstar , Tiger Airways and Rex . The cheapest are Jetstar and Tiger Airways.

The best advice we can give you to make your flights in Australia cheaper is to avoid flying on Fridays and Sundays. The days when you can find cheap domestic flights in Australia are usually Tuesdays and Wednesdays. If you want to know how to get the most out of the Skyscanner comparator, visit our tutorial and you will learn how to find the cheapest flights.

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Travel Australia by motorhome

Taking a trip to Australia by caravan is a great option, especially if you are going to spend more than a month in Australia.

You will be able to save on accommodation and food and you will also have the opportunity to get to know Australia at your own pace, spending the night every day where you most want.

If you want to tour Australia by motorhome you can find more information in our articles The 9 Best Routes to Tour Australia in Motorhome and Motorhome Rental in Australia.

Traveling by bus

If you don't like driving and you have time to explore Australia quietly, you can also do it by bus.

Greyhound is Australia's national bus service and offers daily tickets with unlimited travel. For example: 7 days for $ 249 or 45 days for $ 449.

It can be a bit heavy because the distances in Australia are very long but it is a low cost way to travel Australia.

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Recorrer Australia en coche

Rent a car in Australia

Moving by car through Australia is a great option, especially if you combine it with flights.

We normally organize our trips like this: We take a flight to a specific area of ​​Australia and rent a car with which we move around that region.

If you are going to rent a car in Australia remember to bring your international driving license and if you are wondering where they drive in Australia the answer is on the left! Don't worry about that, you sure adapt quickly.

If you want to rent a car you can use the Airport Rental Cars comparator that will help you find the best prices.

Travel by train

You can travel by train throughout most of Australia , but it is not a cheap or fast option, so unless you are a fan of trains, we do not recommend this option.

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Transporte Público en Australia

Public Transport in Australia

In the main cities of Australia public transport works acceptably , so to move around Sydney or Melbourne for example we recommend that you park your car and use public transport.

Types of accommodation in Australia

Australia Hotels and Motels

In Australia you can find very good hotels , especially in the big cities and in the most touristy areas.

If you are going to stay in a hotel, we recommend that you book through Booking.com because it allows you to compare prices, choose the one that best suits your needs and book it without additional costs. In addition, most of them have free cancellation which will allow you to book several and decide at the last minute which one you prefer.

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Hostels

This is the preferred option for backpackers and those on a budget for the tightest trip.

We really like YHA Australia hostels because they tend to have a very good quality / price ratio .

House / Apartment Rental

This is one of our favorite options, especially when we travel with friends .

Renting a house can greatly lower travel costs because it allows group members to share expenses and make meals at home. Also if you have gotten together a group of friends to tour Australia it is a super fun option.

To rent houses and apartments we use Booking.com which now also offers houses and apartments and Airbnb . If you have not yet registered on Airbnb and you want a discount of $ 55 AUD click on this link If I want my discount on Airbnb!

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Hacer camping en Australia

Camping

If you like nature a lot, camping is your best option , especially if you travel through Australia in summer.

We brought our tent and sometimes we go camping because Australia's national parks are beautiful and worth making the most of them.

Australian gastronomy

Gastronomy is not the strong suit of Australia, having said that some of the typical Australian meals and foods that Australians consume frequently are:

Meat Pie. Australia comida típica

Meat pie

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Vegemite

Pavlova Postres Típicos de Australia

Pavlova

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Tim-Tam

Anzac Biscuits alimentos tipicos de australia

Anzac Biscuits

Barramundi Australia Gastronomía

Barramundi

Lamingtons postre típico de Australia

Lamingtons

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Fish and Chips

These are, in our opinion, the most typical Australian foods and meals .

We do not know why but many ask us what they have for breakfast in Australia: During the daily days children usually have toast with butter and vegetables and a glass of milk and adults drink a lot of coffee (which in Australia they make it delicious) and a piece sweet like banana bread, which is also a very popular dessert in Australia.

On weekends, Australians go out to the terraces of the cafes to enjoy their typical brunch that is delicious and although I don't know if we could treat it as part of Australian cuisine , for us it is the best food in Australia. Brunch in Australia is delicious and super varied: Sourdough toast with avocado, salmon and poached eggs, scrambled eggs and bacon, pancakes with honey…?

Although a good brunch costs around $ 20, it is worth going to a good cafeteria and enjoying an Australian brunch in the sun on a terrace.

If you want to know more traditional Aussie foods and dishes, we invite you to read our article: 13 typical Australian dishes that you have to try during your trip.

Combine your trip to Aust ralia

Once you set out and dare to cross half the world to visit Australia, why not take advantage and combine your trip to Australia with another destination ?

Australia-Asia

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If you travel to Australia from Europe, a wise option is to stop along the way and spend a few days touring a country in Asia. For example you can spend a few days in Indonesia that the tickets from Bali to Australia are quite cheap. Thailandit is also a fantastic option.

There are also many that combine Australia and the Maldives Islands, so you can take the opportunity to relax a few days after your trip to Australia before returning to the routine.

Australia and New Zealand

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Traveling to Australia and New Zealand is a classic and if you have a lot of time for your trip it is a great option. Both countries are quite remote from the rest of the world so it makes sense to combine the trip.

Sometimes we have been asked if it is better to travel to Australia or New Zealand and the truth is that they cannot be compared because they are very different countries: Australia is more exotic, with different landscapes caused by its variety of climates and New Zealand has spectacular landscapes , for many the most beautiful in the world.

Australia and the Pacific Islands

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Vanuatu, Fiji, New Caledonia, Tonga, the Cook Islands ...

The islands of the South Seas are paradisiacal, but they are also very isolated, so it is a good idea to take advantage of your trip to Australia to discover some of them.

Can you imagine taking a trip to Australia and French Polynesia or Australia and Fiji ? Just thinking about it makes our hair stand on end.

Honeymoon trips to Australia

Are you also one of those who are about to get married and want to make your honeymoon to Australia ?

Well, we believe that it is a great option because in Australia you have everything: beautiful cities like Sydney or Melbourne, paradisiacal beaches, exotic places, wild nature.

If you want to make your honeymoon the trip of a lifetime come to Australia because it will surely be unforgettable.

If you have also managed to gather several vacation days for your honeymoon, you can also combine your trip to Australia. Here are some ideas to combine your honeymoon to Australia:

For the most exotic

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Honeymoon Australia and Bali

For those who want to relax

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Honeymoon Australia and French Polynesia

For the more adventurous

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Honeymoon Australia and New Zealand

Doubts that arise when planning a trip to Australia

Travel on your own or with an agency to Australia

Australia is a very safe country and therefore there is no problem if you want to travel to Australia on your own .

Traveling to Australia on your own is a very good option whether you are traveling as a backpacker or if you are one of those who like to indulge themselves on their trips.

If you are planning to travel to Australia on your own, take a look at our article travel to Australia on your own.

Traveling alone to Australia

If you are going to travel alone in Australia, you will be interested to know that there are many young people traveling alone and that there are many travel agencies in Australia that organize trips and excursions to the most popular places.

Even if you travel alone most of the trip, you can always sign up for one of these excursions and spend a few days meeting new people.

Traveling to Australia without knowing English

Traveling through Australia without knowing English may seem complicated, but it is not so difficult. If you defend yourself a little with English you will not have any problem.

In Australia there are people from all over the world, here almost everyone speaks with an accent and will try to understand you and understand them. Also lately we hear a lot of Spanish in Australia and we will always have Google Translator.

To complete this information, we recommend that you take a look at our 25 Tips for Traveling to Australia because they will be very useful.

About Australia, Australians, their culture, their language and other curiosities

If you are one of those who, before traveling to a new country, are interested in knowing a little about the place you are going to visit, keep reading this section because here we are going to give you a very complete technical sheet of Australia, you will not miss to know any detail of this great island.

This point is suitable only for very curious travelers.

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Where is Australia located?

We are going to put Australia on the map , for some little mischief. Australia is located in the southern hemisphere of the Earth, belongs to the continent of Oceania and is surrounded by the Indian, Pacific and Antarctic Oceans.

Australia is one of the most distant destinations for any Spanish-speaking traveler, regardless of where you live (unless, like us, you have moved to live in Australia)

As we say here, Australia is far from everything and that is precisely what makes this country so special and unique: Australia has managed to conserve a unique fauna and flora.

Australia size

One of the most surprising things about Australia is its size. Australia is the sixth largest country in the world and occupies an area of 7.692 million km². Australia is also the largest island country in the world.

The truth is that Australia is huge and this is something to keep in mind if we want to travel to Australia. In fact, if we took Russia out of Europe, all of Australia would fit in Europe.

If you are organizing a trip to Australia it is very important to take into account the distances. For example, Melbourne is located almost 3,000 km from the Great Barrier Reef of Australia.

The size of Australia also influences the variety of climates that can be found throughout the entire country.

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How many inhabitants does Australia have?

Australia's population is about 21 million and 45 million kangaroos?

That is why, among other things, the Australian government encourages the population to consume more kangaroo meat. The number of kangaroos in Australia is twice that of humans.

The majority of Australia's population is concentrated in its coastal cities especially in Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane and Perth and also in the capital, Canberra.

Time in Australia

We've already told you how big the country is, so as you can imagine Australia has more than one time zone. Specifically, it has three: the western (UTC + 8), the central (UTC + 9.5) and the eastern (UTC + 10).

Here we leave you a map with the time zones of Australia so that you can do your calculations when you need to get in touch with someone in Australia or from Australia.

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What language do they speak in Australia?

English is spoken in Australia. That is why it has become so fashionable as a destination for those who want to learn or improve their English.

Australian English has a very unique accent and a singular vocabulary. If you decide to travel to Australia to study English, you will realize that Australians are not only more relaxed than English in their lifestyle, but this character is also reflected in their way of speaking. Australians are always trying to shorten words.

It is also important to know that in Australia not only English is spoken. Australia is a country forged by immigrants and around 30% of the population in Australia speak another language at home : Chinese, Japanese, Arabic or Spanish among others.

Before the first Europeans arrived in Australia, the first settlers of Australia, the Aboriginal people spoke different languages, it is believed that about 250 of which still survive today 20. The most widely spoken Australian Aboriginal language is Kriol and contains some English words, many of them spelled just as they are pronounced.

Currency in Australia

The official currency of Australia is the Australian Dollar.

If you are wondering how many Australian dollars in a US dollar? You can watch it on this web page: XE Currency Converter.

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The flag of Australia

The national flag of Australia

On a blue background, the United Kingdom flag is drawn in the upper left corner. Below this is a 7-pointed white star representing the original six states of Australia, and the future states and territories of the country. On the right, 5 five stars are drawn, 4 of them the same size and the other one smaller, representing the constellation of the Southern Cross.

The Australian Aboriginal Flag

This flag represents the Australian aborigines. The black part of the flag symbolizes the indigenous people, the red ocher color symbolizes the land, which also has a special meaning in the sacred ceremonies of the aborigines and the yellow circle represents the sun.

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Australian history

The island that we know today as Australia has been populated for more than 65,000 years. The first settlers of Australia are the indigenous people we know today as Australian Aborigines and the exact moment they arrived in Australia is still under discussion among historians.

  • If you are interested in learning more about the aboriginal culture in Australia, you can hire a tour in Uluru, Darwin or Blue Mountains where they explain how they live and what their traditional beliefs and customs are.

Although Australia was apparently sighted by Portuguese and Spanish sailors as early as the 16th century, it was in the early 17th century that the Dutch discovered what we Westerners call the newest world .

The Dutch described Australia as " uninhabitable lands" , thus leaving the field open to the British explorers who invaded and colonized this territory.

It was in 1770 that the famous Captain James Cook first landed in Australia, at Botany Bay and shortly thereafter claimed the Australian east coast and named it New South Wales.

In Great Britain they thought that this great island isolated from the rest of the world was the ideal place to send some of their convicts and thus solve the problem of lack of prisons that they had in the country. Between 1788 and 1868 some 162,000 convicts were sent to the Australian penal colony by the British government.

It never goes without saying that the English invasion and colonization led to the massacre of a large part of the Australian aborigines and of course an irrevocable alteration of their way of living and understanding the world.

Australia has a black history marked by the atrocities that the British did to the Aboriginal community well into the 20th century.

  • If you are interested in the history of British colonization in Australia you have to visit The Rocks in Sydney , which is the first British settlement in Australia. You can also visit the Hyde Barracks Museum in Sydney.

In 1901 the Australian Confederation was created as a domain of the British Empire.

A very important moment in the history of Australia was his participation in the First World War. Australian and New Zealand ANZAC troops fought for England, the mother in World War I. Many young Australians and New Zealanders volunteered for the army, proud to fight alongside the British. The result was a massacre of Australian and New Zealand troops at the famous Battle of Gallipoli in Turkey.

The battle of Gallipoli is said to have shaped the spirit of the Australians and the birth of the nation.

  • If you want to know more about ANZAC and the Battle of Gallipoli in Australia, there are several museums that tell us the story of how the spirit of Australia was forged, such as the Australian War Memorial in Canberra.

In 1942 the UK finally accepted the 1931 Statute of Westminster where most of the constitutional connections between Australia and the UK were abolished. The last links with the United Kingdom were eliminated in 1986 although Australia continues to be a constitutional monarchy with the crown of England at the helm.

The culture of Australia

Australian Aboriginal culture is the oldest culture in the world, dating back more than 60,000 years ago.

The aborigines lived in tribes, each of them with their own language, customs and beliefs, although there are certain similarities between their different cultures: A special connection with nature that is sacred to them and a belief in Dreamtime (El Tiempo del Sueño ).

Music also stands out from the aboriginal culture, which was played with different musical instruments in each tribe but which was a fundamental part of their rituals and ceremonies.

And of course art. In Australia we can find evidence of Aboriginal art over 30,000 years old in cave paintings.

  • To see cave paintings in Australia you can go to Uluru, Kakadu National Park in Darwin or Ku-ring-gai Chase National Park in Sydney.

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In addition, Australia has a Western Anglo-Saxon culture that in our opinion is not very interesting.

  • If you want to know more about Australia you can read our article: How is Australia like in which we give you some more details about Down Under.

  • And if you still have any questions about whether you should spend your next vacation in Australia or not, we recommend that you take a look at the post 9 Reasons to travel to Australia.

And so far our guide loaded with recommendations for traveling to Australia . If you want more tips to travel to Australia you can become a member of the Facebook Group: Travel to Australia, New Zealand and the Pacific Islands which is a forum of tips to travel to Australia and this part of the world.

If you have missed any type of information, advice or recommendation that you consider necessary to plan or organize a trip to Australia, do not be shy and leave us a comment because we will be happy to expand this travel guide and make it more complete for all travelers

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