Australia, surrounded by the Indian and Pacific oceans is famous first and foremost for being a surfer’s paradise, but it’s also known for its deserts, “the bush”, Australian natives “Aborigines” and a vast interior desert wilderness called “the Outback”. Australia’s main cities, Sydney, Brisbane, Melbourne, Perth and Adelaide are all coastal, only the capital city Canberra, is inland. Sydney Opera House, the Great Barrier Reef, kangaroos, platypuses and last but not least cuddly koala bears are also huge incentives for millions of tourists to flock to Australia each year.
AUSTRALIA TOP 5 THINGS TO DO
Sydney Opera House
Let’s call this a cultural adventure! Although the only blisters you might get will be from wearing high heels, you can’t not include the Sydney Opera House when creating an Australia Bucket List. The Sydney Opera House is a multi-venue performing arts centre at Sydney Harbour in Sydney, New South Wales, Australia. The Sydney Opera house is an iconic Australian structure built by Jørn Utzon, a Danish Artist. It’s also one of the 20th century’s most famous and distinctive buildings. Within the complex, that resembles a yacht’s sail, are five performance spaces where concerts, dances, opera, and theater take place.
Great Barrier Reef Scuba Diving
For the most experienced diver or the complete novice, scuba diving on the Great Barrier Reef presents a dazzling rainbow world of coral and sea-life. Cairns and the Great Barrier Reef represents some of the finest and most exotic scuba diving and snorkeling in the world. Australia’s Great Barrier Reef is a once in a lifetime destination to scuba dive and snorkel.
Uluru, or Ayers Rock, is a massive sandstone monolith in the heart of the Northern Territory’s arid “Red Centre”. The nearest large town is Alice Springs, 450km away. This red rock dome is considered as one of the most famous tourist attractions in Australia. A big sandstone monolith in the northern part of Australia and close to Alice Springs in Australia, Uluru is sacred to indigenous Australians and believed to have started around 550 million years ago.
World Heritage Listed Fraser Island is the largest sand island in the world and the only place on the planet where a rainforest grows on sand! Off Australia’s eastern Queensland coast Fraser Island stretches over 120km. Panoramic viewpoints include Indian Head and the Cathedrals, this amazing camping and ecotourism destination also has beaches and swimming sites at Lake McKenzie, Lake Wabby and some other freshwater pools.
Diverse landscapes, beaches, parks, forests and mountains, exceptional hiking, jaw-dropping beautiful beaches, Tasmania is the perfect place for adventure travelers to explore. Take in the Hobart’s attractions, enter the wilderness of Tarkine, hike in Cradle Mountain and see penguins at Bicheno.
Read more: 13 amazing things to do in Australia
Bucket Bunny List of the top 25 travel adventures in Oceania.
Road trip New Zealand in a camper van, scuba dive the Great Barrier Reef or visit Ayers Rock. Enjoy browsing our top 25 Oceania Travel Adventures and be inspired to tick off a few yourself.
AUSTRALIA TOP 3 FESTIVALS
Each year, Sydney becomes a canvas for brilliant light installations and projections. Vivid Sydney is an annual festival of light, music and ideas, and attracts more than 2.3 million visitors. It includes performances by local and international musicians, and an ideas exchange forum featuring public talks and debates with leading creative thinkers.
Melbourne International Comedy Festival
The lights of Melbourne shine a little bit brighter when the Melbourne International Comedy Festival takes over town! The Melbourne International Comedy Festival is the largest stand-alone comedy festival and the second-largest international comedy festival in the world. It takes place annually in Melbourne over four weeks, usually starting in March and running through April.
Woodford Folk Festival
This is one of the biggest cultural events of its type in Australia and the Woodford Folk Festival is an iconic music, arts environment and performance event featuring more than 2000 performers, 35 venues and nearly 500 acts. This annual music and cultural festival is held near the town of Woodford, 72 km north of Brisbane and every year approximately 125,000 patrons attend.
Language: Though Australia has no official language, English is considered the national language and Australian English has a unique accent and vocabulary. However, Australia is a linguistically and culturally diverse country with influences from more than 160 spoken languages.
Currency: Australian Dollar (AUD).
Visa: To enter Australia you will need an approved Electronic Travel Authority (ETA). Most E.U. and U.S. passport holders traveling to Australia for tourism or business purposes for less than 90 days can obtain an (ETA). Use these free online visa checker and calculator tools so you know if a visa for Australia is required (which depends on the country you are from) and how long it will take to process your visa and the cost.
Electricity: In Australia the standard voltage is 230 V and the frequency is 50 Hz. You can use your electric appliances in Australia, if the standard voltage in your country is in between 220 – 240 V (as is in the UK, Europe, Australia and most of Asia and Africa). Buy a Universal Travel Adapter so you don’t need to keep buying new adapters for each new country you visit.
Lonely Planet Australia: Check price on Amazon
WHAT TO EAT IN AUSTRALIA
Some traditional dishes that you must try in Australia are listed below.
Vegemite: This brown spread is exclusively Australian and looks just like Nutella, but the taste is entirely different. The paste is made of Yeast extract and is a bit salty and somewhat bitter. Aussies spread it on a piece of toast and enjoy the fact that what they are eating is rich in Vitamin B and Folic Acid, and fat-free too.
Australian Barbecue: “Throw another shrimp on the barbie”. Australians will literally have a barbecue anywhere, not just at home. Australian barbecue is so diverse that they can throw anything on the grill, ranging from shrimps to burgers and snags or sausages.
Chicken Parmigiana: This doesn’t sound particularly Australian, but this is one of the most common foods you’ll find in an Australian pub. Chicken Parmigiana also called ‘chicken parma’ locally and is chicken schnitzel topped with lots of melted cheese, ham and Napoli sauce. It is then served with fries or chips or a salad.
Fairy Bread: Fairy Bread is simply white bread with butter sprinkled with hundreds and thousands! The perfect reason to look forward to children’s parties.
Witchetty Grub: If you want to try some proper Aussie Bush Tucker then a Witchetty Grub is for you. Australian Aborigines have eaten these for years and the nutritional benefits may just help you to overcome the, let’s be real, grossness. These taste a bit like chicken and contain the same amount of protein as an entire steak.
WHERE TO STAY IN AUSTRALIA
Australia is a generally affordable destination to visit. Finding excellent accommodation in Australia is super easy because there’s so many options whatever your budget.
Hostels and dormitories make travel to Australia affordable for backpackers and any travelers on a shoe-string budget. Whether you’re a backpacker, flash-packer or a luxury vacationer, Australia will not disappoint you. A basic hotel room in Australia can cost less than $100.
If you’re looking for accommodation that includes luxury amenities and comforts then there will be endless options to choose from in the big cities and popular tourist hotspots like Sydney, Brisbane, Melbourne, Perth, Adelaide and Cairns. Whatever month you choose to visit Australia, it’s wise to book your accommodation in advance. Don’t wait until you arrive to see what’s available or you may be disappointed to find that all the best places to stay have been snapped up already. Australia is a very popular all-year-round destination with backpackers, vacationers and business travelers alike.
Jetset Bunny recommends using Booking.com for the best accommodation deals in Australia. However, if you are backpacking in Australia or traveling on a tight budget then Hostel World is another great option. Staying in hostels makes travel in Australia very affordable and is also a great way to meet new Australia travel buddies where ever you go.
PLAN YOUR TRIP
BEST TIME TO VISIT AUSTRALIA
The best time to visit Australia is September and October, when it’s still warm enough to hit the beach in the southern states but cool enough to tour Uluru, and the humidity and rains have not come to Cairns yet. Generally, the best time to visit Australia for good weather is from late October to early April and the best months to visit for sightseeing are October, November, March, and April. The best times to visit Sydney are September through November and from March to May because these months skirt Sydney’s high and low seasons, which means less tourist crowds.
AUSTRALIA TRAVEL BUDGET
Australia is generally an affordable destination for travelers on all budgets. The cost of your trip to Australia really depends on the level of comfort you want. If you are backpacking and planning on staying in dormitories, hostels and eating fast food then budget between $50 to $80 per day. If you prefer to stay in 3-4 star hotel rooms and eat in mid-range restaurants you could spend anywhere between $80 to $150 per day. If you want to enjoy luxury 4-5 star accommodation and gourmet restaurants then budget at least $250 plus per day.
IS AUSTRALIA SAFE FOR FEMALE TRAVELERS?
Australia is a relatively safe place to travel, although natural disasters such as bushfires, floods and cyclones wreak havoc regularly. Although Australia has a stable political system and a low crime rate you should still observe the same precautions with your personal safety and possessions as you would when traveling anywhere, whether at home or overseas. Based on my own travel experiences in Oceania I wouldn’t leave home without travel insurance and I recommend checking out the travel insurance plan that World Nomads can offer you a few weeks before your trip to Australia.
AUSTRALIA VISA CHECKER
AUSTRALIA FLIGHT DEALS
AUSTRALIA TOURS & ACTIVITIES
AUSTRALIA PACKING TIPS
Packing for a trip to Australia, like most other places in Oceania, is a breeze. You really don’t need as much travel gear as you may think for a trip to Australia.
That said, the gear you do bring on your trip should be the very best option available for you and that doesn’t always mean the most expensive. Jetset Bunnies around the globe are always discovering the latest and the greatest in travel gear for women and this is where we share our awesome finds with you.
Packing for a trip to Australia, like most places in Oceania is easy, just remember to pack lightweight and breathable clothing for dry season and warm, waterproof clothing for trips during the rainy season. Be prepared for the weather to get extremely hot during the summer so pack a high factor sunscreen and a sun hat.
Other essential items to pack for a trip to Australia include, most importantly, a good quality travel backpack. Choose the brand carefully and make sure you find the right size backpack for your torso. Believe me, doing this will make all the difference and prevent major backache. Read our related blog post with advice on how to choose the best backpacks for women travelers. Smaller items to pack include a padlock, sleep sheet and a money belt to keep important documents close to you.
So if you’ve found your travel inspiration, figured out the practicalities and got the travel gear it’s time to stuff it all in a bag and go right? Well, no, hold your horses, you see there’s an art to packing which we have (almost) perfected. Hop to our Travel Packing Tips for all of the latest on this topic.