Plan Your Trip
By Larry Rivera, About.com Guide
Most first-time visitors to any country go for pleasure, sightseeing and adventure in a new and different place, whether it's close by or on the other side of the globe. Here's why you may want to come Down Under and visit Australia. Or if you've been here before, why you'd like to return.
Before You Go
You can have an itinerary as detailed as you wish, knowing exactly where to go at any stage of your trip, or you can have an open-ended general plan touching only on main destinations, discovering places you'd like to visit in the course of your journey.
For large numbers of visitors to Australia, entering the country for a short period of time requires no complex nor extensive documentation, often requiring only a valid passport, return tickets, a stay of no more than 90 days, and an electronic travel authority. But with growing worldwide security concerns, entry requirements may change.
- Do You Need an Australian Visa?
- Where to Get a Visa Outside Australia
- Do You Qualify for an Electronic Travel Authority?
Australian motorists drive on the left-hand side of the road. For those used to driving on the right-hand side of the road, this may need getting used to, but many drivers can quickly switch from one driving method to another.
- Can You Drive on Your Current Licence?
- Traffic Rules and Regulations
- Parking and Roundabouts
- Renting a Car
If you come from an English-speaking country, you won't find much difficulty understanding Australian English, although some may find the Australian accent "weird" in the same way some Australians find difficulty with other countries' spoken English. And, yes, there are a number of words and phrases that are particularly unique to Australia. So is it necessary to learn Australian English? The short answer is No, but you may want to know a bit of the language...
Weather and Climate
If you come from the northern hemisphere, remember that the seasons in Australia are the opposite of yours, so don't expect to fly from, say, the United States in summer, and arrive in Australia also in the summer. It will be winter here. And while most of Australia has four well-defined seasons, the continent's tropical north is just that, tropical. And up there, it's either the wet season or the dry.
Destinations, Activities, Events
As part of planning your trip, you may wish to consider particular destinations, activities you can do, and what events and festivals take place during your proposed travels.
Find Suitable Accommodation
The matter of finding suitable accommodation on your trip to Australia is certainly an important factor in any travel needing at least one overnight stopover stay in any city, in any state, in any country.
- Sydney Hotels and Other Accommodation
- Sydney Five Star Hotels
- Where to Stay in Darling Harbour
- Melbourne Hotels and Other Accommodation