Fun fact: Did you know that 1,004 people visit Australia every hour? Undeniably, Australia has become one of the world’s fastest growing travel destinations for international and local tourists.Their location on the global map has made it more accessible for foreigners to travel to this beautiful continent.
Australia’s biggest service export industry is tourism, and you’ll easily understand why. Lush greenery, beautiful beaches, and breathtaking sceneries are what makes this country alive.
For amateur travellers, it can get a bit overwhelming to travel to Australia. But don’t worry, we’ve got 15 useful tips on how you can make the best out of your Australian travel experience.
Create a detailed itinerary because Australia can’t be completed in one month’s travel.
If you think that Australia is a small country to travel, hold your horses! Remember, Australia is not just a country. It’s a continent that’s almost as large as North America or can even fit up to ten small countries! If you want to have the coolest Australian travel experience, it’s better to decide on which specific city you want to explore and create a detailed trip itinerary in advance.
It sounds a bit of a waste of time to write down a detailed trip itinerary but trust us, it’s worth it. Aside from saving time on finding local places on-the-spot of your trip or unexpected expenses during the trip, we’d choose to plan it out instead. It’s the first step you need to take to ensure that you’ll make the most out of your travels. Here’s how you can create a detailed itinerary for every place you want to visit in Australia.
Know when are the best times to visit your desired tourist destinations.
Australia is a well-known haven for international and local tourists at any given time of the year. If you’re a newbie traveller and you want to spend less and save time from hustling during the peak travel seasons in a year, plan your trip during the mid- or lowest travel seasons.
But, when? It actually depends on the place you’re going to visit. Generally, the highest tourism seasons are during December to 2nd week of January because of the holiday traffic while the lowest travelling seasons is around May to June and the 3rd week of July until the 3rd week of September. But you also have to consider the season of the place you’re planning to visit. Australia’s cities experience different seasons.
Here’s a great starter guide for first-time travellers.
If you want to save more, research for cheaper alternatives because Australia isn’t cheap.
By cheaper alternatives, we necessarily mean every bit of expense you’ll be making all throughout your vacation. Australia is one of the most expensive countries, even locals are finding means on how they can save up on everyday expenses.
If you’re a traveler with a strict budget, you might want to create a detailed rundown of all your expenses and find the cheapest alternatives before you book that flight and go.
Always keep an eye for the latest plane, vehicle, and tour discounts.
A good traveller knows how to find the best travel, tour, and vehicle discounts, and it sure can save tons of money. Thankfully, there are different travel and tour booking websites that you can easily access through the Internet, but beware of online scammers who might seem a bit sketchy with their very cheap travel and tour packages.
Don’t forget to pack your travel essentials, depending on the season.
Travel essentials includes the following: universal adapter, waterproof smartphone case, sunscreen, reusable water bottle, sarong or wide summer hats in case you’d spend most of your time on the beach, a pair or two of sweaters in case it’s winter, first aid kit, and your other daily necessities.
Another essential when traveling but is entirely optional is travel insurance. Why? Just in case the worst scenarios happen while you’re travelling, you’ll be protected and covered by your insurance.
Never forget to bring sunscreen at all times.
There may be different climates across different parts of Australia, but they’re typically known for having a tropical season on most parts of the year. Don’t forget to bring your sunscreen whenever you hit the beach, while on a tour, or while doing adventurous things such as canyoneering or mountain climbing.
Preferably, it’s best to use at least sunscreen with SPF 50 or higher because Australia’s sun is hotter than anyone can think of. Trust us, your skin will thank you for it.
Have the best camera or smartphone so you can preserve your memories.
It’s a no-brainer to bring your trusted smartphone or camera whenever you travel. Don’t forget to bring extra batteries or power banks in case your gadget gets drained while visiting different places.
Looking for an affordable place to stay? Choose living at a locals’ homes or farm instead.
There’s nothing more comforting than being able to travel and live in the locals’ homes or even in their farm. Aside from being able to get familiar with the neighbourhood locals and saving some money, you’d be able to visit some of the hidden attractions in the city coming straight from the locals’ experiences. In exchange for living with the locals, you can render a couple of hours of household work or farm work duties on the daily.
Don’t forget to go on road trips and meeting new friends along the way.
Most of Australia’s best attractions are either travelled by riding an airplane… or get going on the road. There are different vehicle rentals in Australia, but another great idea is to actually connect with someone who’s willing to go on a roadtrip with a bunch of other travellers. That’s one way of being thrifty and making new friends, it’s hitting two birds with one stone!
Socialise with the locals, you might have an unexpectedly great experience!
One of the best ways to enjoy your travel is to get to know the locals depending on the city you’re in. Aside from getting the best tips on what to do or where to go such as underrated sceneries or restaurants, the power of getting in touch with fellow Aussies never fails to do wonders while you’re travelling.
Don’t be afraid to explore and interact with Australia’s wildlife and sea creatures.
Aside from the usual kangaroo, platypus, and koala that Australia is known for, they have some of the most exotic animals including the Southern cassowary, wombat (which by the way, is a cute and fluffy mammal) and the tasmanian devil, all of which are found in most of Australia’s conservation parks or while trekking in the rainforests.
Sometimes, dare to try the most luxurious things even if it’s expensive. It only happens once.
We all know that Australia isn’t an affordable country, but trying a 3 or 4-star restaurant in Sydney or Melbourne that’s famous for its unique international cuisine? You can definitely add that to your bucket list! Just because this country is one of the highest cost of living rates in the world doesn’t mean you should prevent yourself from indulging in the most luxurious things that Australia has to offer.
Beaches are everywhere, even in the city. Enjoy and have some fun under the sun.
Australia is also pretty much known for having city beaches because most cities are often near the coast. When you’re in the city, don’t forget to explore the city beach. You can check out the best beaches in Australia here and include them in your itinerary.
You can still have fun for free (and it’s in the city!)
Aussie might be costly, but there are some places where you can go for free! This country is also home to museums that don’t charge admission fees like Sydney’s Museum of Contemporary Art or gardens and parks where you can walk and have some quiet time like the Brisbane’s Botanical Gardens.
Drinking in Australia is quite expensive, buy wine boxes instead.
Every Aussie will tell you this: going to the local pubs are expensive. Don’t wonder why some prefer to bring to go at pubs where they can bring their own liquor or beers because it drinking in Australia is generally costly.
However, if you can withdraw yourself from going to the bars for some occasional drink while you’re travelling, you can easily opt for buying wine boxes at the local supermarket instead. Not only are they cheaper, but they’re also of good quality since Australia is home to one of the world’s best grape vineyards.
Enjoy every minute of your travel, because travelling your hometown is the best for keeps.
Last but not the least, enjoy travelling in your own country. Treasure every second of your travel, it’s more than just an experience. Travelling changes the perspective of people and creates an impact on your life. So make the most out of your Australian travel.