Australia is one of the most exciting travel destinations in the world. However, there are a few things to consider before booking a trip to Australia. Find out what they are in the video below!
The Entry Requirements
It’s important to be completely informed about the entry requirements before heading to Australia. A valid U.S. passport, as well as a visa or an authorized Electronic Travel Authority, are required for American travelers. You will not be allowed into the country if you arrive without the required documentation. And for the majority of passengers, it’ll be a long flight out!
Since Australian customs and quarantine laws are notoriously strict, it’s a good idea to learn what you can and can’t carry into the country before you travel. Anyone who disobeys the law could face severe consequences.
Dairy products, beeswax, edible and non-edible animal products are only a few examples, At the airport, feathers, sports equipment, juice, lighters, pasta, nut products, and other items would need to be registered. Fresh fruits and vegetables, as well as pets and live plants, are usually forbidden. In order to bring certain products into the country, special permission may be required.
The Weather Patterns (Which Can Be Extreme)
Since Australia is such a large country, weather conditions vary greatly from city to city. It’s important to be aware that the weather can be severe at certain times of the year, and to schedule your trip accordingly.
Summer in Australia lasts from December to February, though the heat can last well into March. Summer is the most famous season to visit the nation, which boasts miles of breathtaking coastline. Many foreigners underestimate how hot it can get—temperatures in South Australia have reached 122 degrees Fahrenheit.
In contrast, winter will bring rain, wind, and, in some places, snow. The country’s northern regions have a tropical climate with plenty of rain during the summer months. Bring enough clothing and weather precautions if you decide to fly. You’ll need a protective hat and good sunscreen with a high SPF, particularly in the summer (sun protection factor).
The Risks You Should Be Aware Of
Though Australia isn’t quite as dangerous as popular culture portrays it, there are still some risks to be aware of. In terms of the weather, in Australia, if you don’t adequately shield yourself from the sun, you’ll have a higher risk of developing skin cancer, with two out of every three Australians diagnosed by the age of 70.
While you won’t have to battle toxic creatures the moment you step outside your hotel, it’s always a good idea to be wary of wildlife. Just swim between the flagged areas that are patrolled by lifeguards at the beach. Pay attention to any signals that indicate the presence of sharks, crocodiles, or jellyfish. When walking through rugged bushland, use caution and always wear protective footwear and clothing.
Finally, if you’re not in a nature preserve, don’t touch or antagonize any native wildlife. Both koalas and kangaroos will inflict severe damage when they feel threatened, despite their sweet and cuddly appearance.
The Country’s Dimensions
Many newcomers have misconceptions about Australia’s size. With just six states and two mainland territories, the nation has a comparatively small population of 24.6 million people. However, it is the world’s sixth-largest country by area, larger than both India and Argentina combined. This is certainly something to consider when making plans.
For starters, there is a lot to see in Australia, so make sure you budget enough time for your journey. You won’t be able to see the entirety of the country in a single ride, but the more time you give yourself, the more you’ll see.
Because of the country’s size, travel times inside the country can be longer than you’re used to. A drive from Melbourne to Sydney can take up to eight hours, while a flight from Perth to Brisbane can take up to four hours.
The Hidden Gems To Discover
It is worthwhile to visit Australia’s most popular tourist destinations. There are plenty of other secret treasures to discover, in addition to the Sydney Harbour Bridge and Opera House, the Great Barrier Reef, and Uluru.
Margaret River in Western Australia has breathtaking scenery and some of the finest food and wine in the world without being overrun by visitors. Similarly, South Australia has a plethora of otherworldly pink lakes as well as a thriving wine region, while Queensland has a plethora of magnificent national parks that go unnoticed.
Do some research into some of the country’s best-kept secrets when preparing your trip and include them in your itinerary. To get you started, here are a few places to look:
Margaret River, Western Australia
Lake Bumbunga, South Australia
Yarra Valley, Victoria
Minerva Hills National Park, Queensland
Lorde Howe Island, New South Wales
Nelson River Falls, Tasmania