30 Things to Know About Australia Before Visiting

Given that we were both born and raised in Australia, we feel as though we’re pretty qualified to share these things to know about Australia before visiting. There is so much to love about this beautiful country. From the wide open roads that are perfect for road-trips, to the thousands of incredible beaches with breathtaking sunsets and friendly locals.

If you’re reading this post, you’re probably planning to do some travelling around Australia. If so, you’ve come to the perfect place. We’re about to share some of the most important things a first time visitor to Australia should know, before jetting off on what will probably be one of the biggest adventures of your life! (Mainly because we’re soooooo far away from most countries. Sorry about that).

Although Australia is one of the most amazing countries in the world (we’re not biased though, promise…) there are some things that some people might not be aware of.

For example: Did you know that crocodiles can be found in almost the entire top half of Australia? So if you’re planning to visit the Northern Territory, Western Australia or Northern Queensland – be careful!

30 Things to Know About Australia Before Visiting

There is a lot that people aren’t aware of when it comes to traveling to Australia and surviving while you’re here. We’re a very large, densely outback country, so if you plan to spend an extended period of time here, you’ll need to be prepared.

Here are some of the most important things to know, before visiting Australia for the first time.

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Travel & Transport

The cost of getting to and from Australia and how long the journey takes, are probably two of the most commonly asked questions. Here is everything you need to know when it comes to travel and transport within Australia.

Travel time to and from Australia

The length of time it takes to travel to and from Australia varies, depending on where you’re visiting from.

Los Angeles to Melbourne – 14 hours one way (non stop)
New Zealand to Melbourne – between 3 and 4 hours one way
London to Melbourne – 22 hours one way
Canada to Melbourne – 18 hours

These are purely estimates, and are based on flying into the East Coast states of Australia. So make sure you’ve got a great pair of headphones, a good book or Kindle and plenty of entertainment – you’re gonna need it for the journey here!

Cost of flying to Australia

Similar to the travel time, the cost of flying to Australia varies depending on where you’re traveling from. Prices can start from anywhere between $150 from New Zealand to $1,800 from London.

Like the rest of the world, the cost of traveling to Australia will vary based on the time of year and where you’re flying from. Be sure to book as early as possible, for a better chance of scoring a great deal.

Visit Webjet to search and compare the price of flying to Australia from your nearest airport.

How big is Australia?

You’ve more than likely seen a map of Australia before. But have you noticed just how big we actually are?

Australia is the sixth largest country in the world, and is almost as big as the United States. Twenty percent of Australia’s land mass is desert outback, so setting off on an epic Australian road trip might sound like fun, but it’s certainly a big task. Prepare to see tons of red sand, and a whole lot of nothing during your travels.

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Public Transport

Unfortunately, one of the worst things about Australia is our public transport system.

In most states across the country, public transport isn’t reliable nor anything to brag about. You’re much better off catching an Uber to get where you need to be. Uber is relatively well priced in Australia. Major cities might be a little more expensive, but generally speaking, it’s the best way to get around.

That being said, if you’re planning to spend an extended period of time in Australia (visiting multiple cities over a few weeks or more) consider hiring a car. You’ll have a lot more freedom, not to mention the convenience when it comes to luggage. There are tons of hire car companies in Australia, but on our visit to Queensland in October 2017, we hired a car for 12 days with Thrifty. They were great, and we had no issues with our car. We were even given a free upgrade, which was a nice little surprise!

Road trips are the best way to explore

Australia is one of the best countries in the world for a road trip. You’ll see far more than you would traveling by air, and will have the freedom to travel and explore at your own pace.

Heading off the beaten track and discovering some of Australia’s incredible hidden gems is all part of the fun on an Australian road trip. Consider hiring a camper van, because it’s definitely one of the best ways to explore as much of Australia as possible.

There are lots of RV and camper van companies in Australia that hire out all sorts of road trip vehicles. Check out Britz or Apollo for a wide range of camper vans that are available for hire. Campervan Finder or VroomVroomVroom are also great for comparing prices across all companies.

Choose domestic flights for fast paced travel

If you’re short on time and money, flying domestically within Australia is the best option. There are always great deals on Australian domestic flights, especially if you book ahead.

If you’re not keen on braving the Australian outback, flying from state to state is the best way to go. Most flights are under four hours, with the exception of west coast (Perth) to east coast (Melbourne) flights, which can be up to four hours each way.

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Seasons & Climate

If you’re from a country that doesn’t really have a proper summer, our weather will probably shock you.

Our summers can (and will) be disgustingly hot, especially if you’re visiting the top half of Australia. So here is everything you need to know when it comes to the seasons and climate in Australia.

Our seasons are opposite to the northern hemisphere

If you live in the northern hemisphere, keep in mind that our seasons are the opposite to yours. So when you’re stuck with snow up to your knee caps during winter, we’re sweating and sleeping under the air conditioner.

These are the four major seasons in Australia:
Summer – December, January and February
Autumn (Fall) – March, April and May
Winter – June, July and August
Spring – September, October and November

So if you enjoy waking up on Christmas morning with snow falling, rugged up in a cosy blanket – we wouldn’t recommend visiting Australia during December.

The Northern Territory is always going to be hotter

If you plan to visit the top half of Australia, keep in mind that it’s always going to hotter than the rest of Australia, all year round. Except highs of over 40 degrees celsius (over 100 fahrenheit) in the summer, and late 20’s to mid 30’s for the rest of the year.

We lived in Alice Springs for almost a year back in 2016 and 2017, and definitely struggled during summer. If you choose to visit the Northern Territory during the hottest months of the year, be prepared for some scorching hot days.

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Travel during the cooler months for less crowds

Summer is the busiest time to visit Australia.

Everyone loves the thought of relaxing on our beautiful beaches, soaking in the sunshine. But did you want to know a secret? Our beaches are still here during the cooler months of the year, and will be a lot less busy. So if you’re hoping for a more relaxing and quiet Australian adventure, we recommend booking your visit between April and August.

That being said, if you hope to actually participate in some of Australia’s summer activities and don’t mind the crowds, November through to February are the best times to visit. Tourist attractions and theme parks will be a lot busier, but the overall atmosphere will make up for that.

Costs and Currency

Potential visitors to Australia seem to have a lot of questions about the cost of everyday items in Australia. So much so that we’ve actually published an entire post all about the cost of travel around Australia.

Here is a brief recap about the most important tips when it comes to the costs and currency in Australia.

Australia is expensive

Unless this is the first article about Australia that you’re reading, you probably already know that Australia is an expensive country to visit. Trust us, we hate to admit it just as much as you hate to read it. There’s nothing that can really be done about it, either. Unless you’re a fantastic budget shopper.

Alcohol and cigarettes are generally the biggest expense, if you’re into that sort of thing. A carton of beer can cost anywhere up to AUD $70, and a bottle of spirits generally starts at around $30. Our advice is to learn to love wine. I almost exclusively drink wine and not much else, purely because of how cheap it is.

Australia can be done on a budget, though

With all of that being said, it is possible to travel around Australia on a budget. Keep an eye out for cheap flights and any package deals with hotels included, and fly during off-peak season.

For the cheapest alcohol, head to a big liquor chain like First Choice or Dan Murphy’s for great weekly deals.

Food can be fairly cheap if you shop at the big brand supermarkets like Coles and Woolworths. Stick to their home brand products, and you can definitely survive on a budget. If you’re doing an Australian road trip, buy essentials like water and snacks in bulk at Coles or Woolworths so you don’t need to keep repurchasing them every couple of days.

The currency in Australia is the Australian Dollar

Australia’s currency is the Australian Dollar (AUD).

Keep an eye on the exchange rate, and if you already have a trip booked, exchange some cash each time the dollar is decent. This is the best way to make sure you’re getting good value for money and aren’t losing too much in the exchange rate.

What about tipping?

We’re about to share some pretty awesome news.

Tipping isn’t required in Australia.

You won’t need to tip for any service you receive, whether that’s in a restaurant, hotel, Uber or Taxi. The hourly rate at most companies is very decent, so employees can rely solely on their weekly wage, therefore tipping isn’t required!

Alcohol, Food & Shopping

You’ve made it to the 3 most important topics: alcohol, food and shopping – three of my favourite things!

Australia is one of the best places in the world for wine, so we suggest developing a love for fermented grapes before you arrive. South Australia and Western Australia are known for their beautiful vineyards, so prepare to indulge.

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Australia’s liquor laws are very strict

The legal drinking age in Australia is 18 years old.

In all states across Australia, you’ll be asked for ID if you look under 25 years old. If you don’t have the acceptable form of ID, you will not be served.

An acceptable international form of ID can be a Passport or international drivers license (Northern Territory, New South Wales and Queensland only). Both of these need to have a photo and your date of birth, be valid, in date and of course, real.

If you plan to purchase alcohol or cigarettes while you’re in Australia, make life easy for everyone and take your Passport with you everywhere you go.

If you’re visiting the Northern Territory, New South Wales or Queensland, a valid international drivers license will be accepted.

The Northern Territory has much stricter liquor laws

Since we lived in Alice Springs for 8 months, we learned a lot about the crazy differences between living in a big city and living in the Australian Outback. And trust us, it doesn’t get more Australian Outback than Alice Springs.

Due to come restrictions on local members of the Northern Territory community, there are a few stricter liquor laws put in place.
1) Cask wine (goon) is a restricted product and is therefore very rarely sold, and if it is sold, there are limits on how much you can purchase.
2) Fortified wine (port or tawny) is only available after 6pm (in most places( and is limited to one bottle per person, per day.
3) As well as needing to show an acceptable and valid proof of age card if you look under 25, each person purchasing alcohol is required to have their ID scanned. This is a procedure put in place to make sure the people who are restricted and cannot purchase alcohol, aren’t slipping through the cracks and doing so anyway.

Basically, if you are visiting the Northern Territory, always have your acceptable and valid ID with you.

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Kmart is great for cheap essentials

Kmart is the best, and is perfect for almost everything you could need – other than food. If you’re moving to Australia for a semi-extended period of time and need house supplies, Kmart has tons at extremely affordable prices. You’ll also find clothes for every member of the family (including your pets!), shoes, underwear, toys, books and more.

There are Kmart locations all over Australia, so do a quick Google search to find one nearby.

Australia has a wide range of food options

Australia is great for a wide range of cuisines and food choices. Whether you’re a picky eater, meat lover, seafood fan or vegan – there’s something for everyone.

Most of the major cities in Australia have a seemingly endless amount of international cuisines. Either do a quick Google search for the city you’re visiting, or ask around for some insider tips. Locals generally have a favourite restaurant, so have a chat to a nice looking Australian for the low down!

Our snacks are delicious

We’re probably definitely biased, but we truly believe that Australia has some of the best snacks in the world. 

Have you ever heard of Tim Tams, Fruchocs or Barbecue Shapes? Well those are some of our most delicious snacks, and what Australians who move abroad generally miss the most.

Do yourself a favour and save some space in your luggage for snacks. Your friends and family back home will love you for it.

Things to see & do in Australia

There are so many things to do in Australia. Whether you’re a dedicated wine drinker, adventurous thrill seeker, museum appreciator or a super outdoorsy person, there’s something for everyone.

Here are just a few examples of things to see and do in Australia.

Queensland is perfect for theme park fans

Queensland’s Gold Coast is home to most of Australia’s major theme parks. It’s basically a thrill seeker’s heaven and should definitely be included on your itinerary.

There are 5 large theme parks on the Gold Coast: Movie World, Dreamworld, Wet n Wild, White Water World and Sea World.

We suggest spending a week doing all of them, especially if you haven’t visited Australia before. Movie World and WetnWild are our favourites!

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Wine tasting in South Australia

South Australia is home to some of the best wineries in Australia. We both work in the liquor industry, so we’ve learnt a lot about South Australian wines, and have come to familiarise ourselves with some of the best.

Spend a day exploring the Barossa Valley, McLaren Vale, the Adelaide Hills or Clare Valley, and enjoy a few delicious glasses of wine!

Australia has some of the world’s best beaches

Given that Australia is its own continent, the entire country is surrounded by water. This basically means that no matter which major capital city you visit, you’re always going to be super close to the beach.

From Bondi Beach in Sydney to the almost endless amount of beautiful beaches up and down the coast of Queensland, there’s no shortage of incredible Australian coastline to admire.

Some of our favourite beaches are Mooloolaba Beach and Noosa Beach on the Sunshine Coast and Semaphore Beach and Glenelg Beach in our home city of Adelaide.

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Other things you should know

Australians do indeed talk weirdly

Us Aussies definitely do have a different version of the English language.

Our very cliche way of talking can confuse tourists and visitors to Australia. Sorry about that. We’re normal, promise. Don’t worry though, if you stay for long enough, you’ll be saying no worries and calling everybody mate along with the rest of us.

You’ll also own more pairs of thongs (the flip flops, not underwear) than you ever thought you would. You’ll be buying expensive stubbies (bottles) of beer and throwing them back late in the arvo (afternoon). You will also be spewin’ (devastated) if you miss out on that delicious brekkie (breakfast).

You’ll get the hang of our lingo eventually.

Internet kinda sucks here

Internet in Australia sucks. It’s slow, expensive and extremely frustrating. If you choose not to purchase a sim card to use for data while you’re in Australia, there are plenty of places that offer free wifi – like McDonalds.

If you’d prefer more freedom and don’t want to rely on free wifi, we suggest purchasing a pre paid sim card or look into a portable wifi device.

We actually do call everyone ‘mate’

It’s not a myth – us Australians really do call each other (and everyone else) mate. 

Even I – a female – call almost every male customer mate. It’s become a habit and sometimes I don’t even notice that I’m doing it. If you spend long enough in Australia, you’ll be calling every second person mate as well.

Aussies are pretty chill and friendly

Other than the odd exception to this rule, generally speaking, Australians are a pretty laid back bunch of people. As I’m sure you picked up on with the whole we call everybody mate thing.

You might come across the occasional person who hasn’t had their morning chill pill, but most of the time we’re super approachable! If you’re ever stuck and need help with something, either go into a store and ask a sales assistant, or ask someone who is walking by.

It’s rare that someone will just ignore you or be a downright asshole. But if they are, simply say ‘no worries mate’ and walk away!

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If you’re traveling solo, keep your wits about you

Australia isn’t an unsafe country per say, but we’re definitely not crime free.

If you’re traveling alone, have some common sense and a basic knowledge of street smarts. There are stupid, heartless people everywhere in the world, so regardless of where you’re traveling, it’s best to remain vigilant.

Important Tip: If you do get into any trouble or need Police, Ambulance or Fire assistance, the emergency phone number in Australia is 000. If anything seems strange or out of the ordinary, or someone is making you feel uncomfortable, always reach out to a Police officer immediately.

Yep, we do have a lot of dangerous animals & insects

Unfortunately it’s true. Australia is home to a ton of dangerous animals and insects. We’ll refrain from sharing any super scary statistics, because we’re trying to get you guys to actually visit Australia. Not making you hide in the corner, repeating the phrase ‘I will never go there, I will never go there’. 

Basically, if you’re visiting Australia during summer, keep an eye out for snakes (brown in particular, but avoid them all) and black spiders. They love this country, and roam free despite everyone calling the snake catcher or slamming a shoe down on those pesky spiders.

We guarantee you won’t want to leave

Sure, we’re biased. That fact has been established many times. But Australia is still a pretty incredible country.

No matter how long you stay, you’ll always wish you stayed just that little bit longer. If your budget allows, definitely try and stick around for as long as possible. You’ll see a lot more and will really get the chance to appreciate Australia for the magnificent beast that it is.

Well, there you have it. Our guide with 30 things to know about Australia before visiting. It might be expensive, and we do talk funny sometimes, but it’s definitely a place that everyone should visit at least once.

From the endless amount of beaches, to the amazing wineries, bustling city centres and the impressive Australian outback. There’s something for everyone in Australia, and we’re both so thankful to call this incredible country our home.

No matter how far we travel, we will always appreciate and look forward to coming home.

I hope you found our list of things to know about Australia before visiting, somewhat useful. Have you visited Australia before? What did you like best? Tell us in the comments below!

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  1. June 2, 2017 / 3:36 am

    I love reading and hearing tips from locals as I find them the most useful! Awesome post, Rhiannon!

    • June 2, 2017 / 10:54 am

      Thank you! I’m glad you found it useful. I always try to share as much helpful tips as possible! Thanks for reading 🙂

  2. June 2, 2017 / 6:15 pm

    These tips are very handy for us who are coming to Australia to travel next year! Thank you

    • June 3, 2017 / 1:05 pm

      That’s exciting! You’ll have a great time in Australia. Which parts are you visiting? Thanks for reading! 🙂

  3. Mainak
    June 3, 2017 / 2:27 am

    Such a helpful guide, especially since I am planning for a visit very soon.

    • June 3, 2017 / 1:04 pm

      That’s awesome! You’ll love Australia – it’s a beautiful country. Thanks for reading 🙂

  4. June 3, 2017 / 11:28 am

    As a fellow Aussie I love all of these tips! I get asked these questions all the time and I will direct them here 🙂

    Thanks Rhiannon!

    Lucy x

    • June 3, 2017 / 1:04 pm

      Thanks so much Lucy! I appreciate that. I definitely think they are general questions that everyone would want to know before visiting Australia, so having them in the one place will hopefully help some people! Thanks for reading 🙂

  5. Julia Dent
    June 3, 2017 / 12:39 pm

    This is such a helpful guide! When do you think the best time to visit would be? Is it very hot in December?

    • June 3, 2017 / 12:58 pm

      Thanks so much, Julia! Yes, December is summer in Australia, so depending on where you visit, it will be pretty hot! I would say between August and November are prime times to visit (in regards to weather) as it will be Spring and most days are very nice! Thanks for reading 🙂

  6. Jean
    June 3, 2017 / 4:11 pm

    Oh as a fellow Aussie I love this! Our poor little country gets such a bad wrap from ignorant travellers thinking it should be Asia level cheap!

    • June 3, 2017 / 4:56 pm

      We really do! It’s frustrating on the one hand that everything is so expensive, but at the same time, I get frustrated with people (customers in particular, since I work in liquor) complaining about the prices. This isn’t Thailand. Things cost more here! haha. But I certainly love Australia and wouldn’t call any other place home 🙂
      Thanks for reading, Jean 🙂

  7. June 3, 2017 / 4:41 pm

    Great post Rhiannon, from another local 🙂 So glad you mentioned little ‘ole SA and the Barossa! The most underrated places to visit I think! (I may be biased though!)

    • June 3, 2017 / 4:54 pm

      Another fellow South Australian, yay! I love SA. Living in Alice Springs has definitely made me appreciate Adelaide, can’t wait to move back next Saturday! Thanks for reading, Josie 🙂

  8. June 3, 2017 / 5:45 pm

    Awesome post, Rhiannon! We are hoping to make it to Sydney this December. It’ll be my second time in Australia, but the last time was so long ago it hardly counts! 🙂

    Totally cracked up at the comment about Australians speaking weirdly. My best friend is from Australia and I LOVE listening to her talk!

    • June 3, 2017 / 10:20 pm

      Thanks, Sarah! Oh I hope you get to visit! Sydney is actually the only main city I haven’t visited yet! I’m sure you’ll have an amazing time 🙂
      Haha, we really do speak funny! But I’ve heard it’s entertaining for non-Australians 😛 Thanks for reading!

  9. June 3, 2017 / 9:44 pm

    Oh gosh! I was so intrigued reading this list! Australia is still on my must-visit list! Due to how expensive it actually is (thanks for admitting to that btw) and how far it is as well, it has actually been a struggle to make my way there! I love your slang section (that was really fun to read) and how down-to-earth you wrote this article. Like literally thinking like a tourist in terms of prices (expensive!), distances (car vs. planes) and the endless and confusing choices there can be (things to do)! Awesome post!

    Oh, I also wanted to say about the wi-fi portables – sometimes you can buy it from the departure city and rent it out for a few days and take it back when you return ‘home.’ It can be cheaper than getting them in Australia – food for thought! 🙂

    • June 3, 2017 / 10:22 pm

      We are expensive, but it’s also doable on a budget. Just gotta plan ahead! I’m glad you liked the post, and found it useful!
      That’s a great suggestion! I didn’t know that you could rent wifi devices that way, thanks! I’ll definitely keep that in mind.
      Thanks for reading, Charmaine.

  10. June 3, 2017 / 10:18 pm

    I’ve been twice for work, but I’m DYING to go back with my husband. Problem is that we don’t want to go until we can do it justice and I’m not sure when in the next few years we’re going to have 3-6 months to take off!

    • June 3, 2017 / 10:25 pm

      Ahhh, you’ll have an amazing time! It could definitely be done in under 3 months, you’ve just gotta prioritise what you would want to see and experience! 6 months is just a way to explore as much as possible, at a slower and less fast-paced way. Either way sounds great and would be an awesome experience 🙂
      Thanks so much for reading, Kristin!

  11. Kelly
    June 3, 2017 / 11:04 pm

    I am dying to visit Australia but since I live in New York, the time and expense of t all has always gotten in my way. But I know I will get there one day. Thanks for the tips about how to sae money and what to expect because I think many people forget how diverese this country is and how much time it will take to try and see as much as possible. So helpful!!!

    • June 8, 2017 / 11:59 am

      You live in my favourite city in the world! haha. I hope you do visit Australia one day! I’d love to hang out and do some exploring with you! It’s definitely a huge place, tons to see and do. Thanks for reading Kelly! 🙂

  12. June 3, 2017 / 11:16 pm

    Love reading about this! In high school, I was so close to leaving the US for an Australian university (Universty of Queensland) but I chickened out and never went! It’s still an absolute must visit and its always great to hear it from locals. Thank you for sharing!


    • June 8, 2017 / 11:57 am

      I hope you get to visit one day! I definitely suggest visiting Queensland if you get the chance. Especially if you like theme parks! 😀
      Thanks for reading, Rebecca 🙂

  13. June 4, 2017 / 10:57 am

    What a great post. My dad first immigrated to Australia (Adelaide) before moving to Canada. It’s a must visit for me.

  14. June 4, 2017 / 1:52 pm

    Great tips Rhiannon!
    This has all the information needed for first timers!
    Thanks for sharing your local expertise with us.

    • June 4, 2017 / 5:49 pm

      Thanks so much! I’m glad you found the post helpful! Thanks for reading 🙂

  15. September 2, 2017 / 2:45 pm

    Love it! You have some awesome tips. Totally agree on Kmart as well, its the perfect place to shops for everything #kmartislife

  16. September 2, 2017 / 5:17 pm

    What a brilliant post! Absolutely top notch advice, and Semaphore Beach has a special place in my heart. My mum was an expat in Addie, and this was the local beach. I blame you Aussies for my addiction to avo toast.

  17. Soraya
    September 2, 2017 / 6:36 pm

    These are great tips to visiting Australia. I love Australia and totally recommend this beautiful country to all travelers alike.

  18. Perri
    September 2, 2017 / 7:01 pm

    Wow.. this made me want to plan a trip to Australia right now! It’s such a humongous, diverse place.. I can’t wait to visit. Will def be using these tips! Thanks!

    • September 3, 2017 / 3:19 pm

      Thank you so much! I hope you get to visit one day soon. You’re right, it is a huge and diverse country! 🙂

  19. September 2, 2017 / 7:36 pm

    Absolutely love this post! So detailed and comprehensive. I’m definitely going to use this to plan our first trip to Australia 🙂

  20. September 2, 2017 / 10:17 pm

    This is really an helpfull and comprehensive guide! Wow! Will save this for my visit!

    • September 3, 2017 / 3:16 pm

      Thanks so much, Lina! I hope you make it here one day soon 🙂

  21. September 2, 2017 / 10:24 pm

    I enjoyed reading your tips! Although Australia is for me very far and it would be bit expensive, I still hope once I will be lucky enough to visit this wonderful country!

    • September 3, 2017 / 3:16 pm

      Despite the distance and cost, Australia is definitely a must-visit! 🙂 Hope you make it here one day. Thanks for reading 🙂

  22. September 2, 2017 / 11:44 pm

    Aww yeah, Australia! It’s so huge I couldn’t cover everything I wanted in 18 days! You’re right, it is so expensive but it can be done on a budget. After all, there are a lot of awesome sights that we can see for free. your post makes me want to go back sooner! I may be lucky because I only stayed in sydney and melbourne– maybe transpo there is significantly better againts the other parts on the country or my country really just have terrible one! Again, you’re right about the road trip, though! <3

    • September 3, 2017 / 3:14 pm

      Visitors often underestimate just how big Australia is! Yeah, Sydney and Melbourne definitely have the best public transport in the country – you lucked out there! Adelaide where I’m from, is pretty awful when it comes to buses and trains! Thanks so much for reading, Stella 🙂

  23. September 3, 2017 / 1:00 am

    I’ve been dying to get to Australia — I’ll definitely be bookmarking your post for future travels!

  24. September 3, 2017 / 2:44 am

    This is so useful for me as I’ll be in Australia for the first time in December for a year. Bit worried about the costs and the slow internet (I work remote) but I’m sure I’ll have a great time. Thanks for the tips!

    • September 3, 2017 / 3:09 pm

      Although Australia is expensive, it can definitely be done on a budget. Where abouts are you moving to? 🙂 That’s exciting! Thanks for reading, Jen 🙂

  25. September 3, 2017 / 3:11 am

    These are great tips! We loved our time in your great country even though we always had all the things that could kill us in the backs of our mind 🙂

    • September 3, 2017 / 3:08 pm

      Haha yeah it’s hard not to think about them! Even I freak out whenever I see even the smallest spider lol! But regardless of our scary creatures, it’s still a great country! 😛 Thanks for reading 🙂

  26. September 3, 2017 / 11:12 am

    As a born and bred Aussie, can agree to this comprehensive list! It’s funny though to see some of the perspectives of a traveler in Australia, like how expensive it can be to get/be here and our shitty internet! Haha

    • September 3, 2017 / 2:49 pm

      Yeah I think it’s funny too! I work in liquor, and it’s funny seeing people’s reactions when they see or hear our alcohol prices! And yeah, our internet sucks doesn’t it haha. Where in Australia are you from?
      Thanks for reading, Kirstin! 🙂

  27. September 3, 2017 / 11:17 am

    Really great post, girl! I have never been to Australia, so this is really the perfect post for me to get all of the basics down. I hope I make it there soon! It sounds and looks like an amazing country.

    • September 3, 2017 / 2:47 pm

      Thanks so much! I’m glad you found the post helpful! I hope you make it to Australia one day soon. It definitely is an amazing country 🙂 Thanks for reading, Kristen!

  28. September 3, 2017 / 3:34 pm

    Wow what an informative post!! I haven’t been to Australia yet but it’s high on my list. Good to know about the crocodiles and the insects etc! It’s been tough finding a reasonable flight price there and I would love to do a road trip and visit Barossa Valley. Funny about “mate”!

    • September 13, 2017 / 3:28 pm

      I hope you make it here one day soon! Yeah, because we’re so far away from everywhere else in the world, it can be quite pricey for flights. You’ll find a good deal sooner or later! Just keep an eye out 🙂
      Yes, highly recommend the Barossa Valley! I’m from Adelaide, and I live less than an hour away from the Barossa Valley! 🙂 Thanks for reading 🙂

  29. September 3, 2017 / 9:33 pm

    This is a brilliant list – very comprehensive and it would be invaluable to a first-time visitor. I enjoyed reading through it as a reminder of certain things even though I’ve visited Australia before. Great article 🙂

  30. September 6, 2017 / 8:03 am

    This reminds me of my time in Australia. I actually took the greyhound bus around. Not the fastest way, but it was affordable with the hop on/off! I also have never seen a prettier beach than one in Australia.

    • September 13, 2017 / 3:26 pm

      That’s a cool way to see Australia! No stress of driving, but you still see a lot! Yes, we are very very lucky to have incredible beaches in Australia! 🙂 Thanks for reading, Stephanie 🙂

  31. Cat
    April 30, 2018 / 12:15 am

    Love this post and the pics. I actually can’t believe after 5 years living in Aus I have not tried bbq shapes or fruchocs. I must rectify!

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