Travel Planning
Australia
Travel Planning
Australia

Australia at a Glance

Australia's wealth of inland terrain and its fabulous seacoast make it hard for travelers to decide how to visit the country. Let this diversity encourage you to chose your own adventure and then return again later to cover some more ground. 

Australia's cosmopolitan cities are destinations of their own. West Coast Perth is laid back and relaxed with beaches, gorgeous sunsets and booming population. Melbourne and Sidney on the east coast have arts, history, football and more beaches. Since 70% of Australia's population lives in urban areas, cities are expansive and cater to a country's worth of different tastes. Find your niche whether it's beach bumming, gallery hopping, coffee shops, restaurants, brewery tours or techno dance floors.  

As for the food, enjoy traditional Aussi BBQs with island grown chicken, pork, beef and lamb. Alternatively, feast on seafood or the flood of Asian fusion cooking coming in from the northeast.  

For the adventurous, scuba dive in the Great Barrier reef, surf while avoiding sharks, bungee jump, para-glide, kite sail or skydive. There will be all manner of activities to thrill you in Australia. 

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Regions
  • Queensland Queensland
  • Northern Territory Northern Territory
  • South Australia South Australia
  • New South Wales New South Wales
  • Victoria (AU) Victoria (AU)
Popular Places
  • Great Barrier Reef Great Barrier Reef
  • Sydney Sydney
  • Melbourne Melbourne
  • Perth Perth
  • Adelaide Adelaide
  • Alice Springs Alice Springs
  • Twelve Apostles Twelve Apostles
  • Tasmania Tasmania
Getting There
Major Airports
  • Major Airport Sydney Airport
  • Major Airport Melbourne Airport
  • Major Airport Perth Airport
  • Major Airport Brisbane Airport

Passport / Visa Requirements

All tourists need a visa to visit Australia with the exception of New Zealand nationals. Contact the Australian Consulate for more information. The U.S State Department website has information to help guide American citizens. 

Need to Know

Severe Weather Australia can be very hot and dry and wildfires occur. Southern portions can have cold winters. Since Australia is such a large country its important to research the climate of the portion you are visiting so that you are prepared. 

Safety Concerns It is important to stay alert while in Australia's urban areas. Pick-pocketing, theft, car break-ins and other crimes occur. Don't accept drinks from strangers and don't set yours down anywhere. In the wilderness, avoid snakes and wear insect repellent. Speak with locals to learn about dangerous insects and animals and how to avoid them. 

Health Concerns Ticks, snakes and mosquitoes spread diseases and infections. When spending time outdoors, protect yourself by wearing sturdy shoes and covering your skin. Check for ticks a few times a day if you are hiking. Get immediate medical attention if you receive a snake bite. For travel in remote areas, consider taking a wilderness first aid course. Whenever you are outdoors in a hot climate take steps to prevent heat-related problems by staying cool and well hydrated. 

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