Australia is a vast island continent situated south off Indonesia and Papua New Guinea between the Pacific and Indian oceans. The world’s sixth largest country, Australia measures some 4000km east to west and 3200km north to south. Much of the interior of the country is flat, barren and extremely sparsely populated. The bulk of the population live on the narrow, fertile eastern coastal plain and on the southeastern coast. The Great Barrier Reef lies between 50-300km offshore and extends 2000km from the Torres Strait to Gladstone. Australia offers a world of adventures. From world-renowned beaches to the rugged outback, lush rainforests and amazing wildlife, to restaurants and the sophisticated cities.
Whatever location you choose Australia’s states and territories, each offer their own unique options for your holiday. Discover youthful energy of cities throughout Australia. From Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane, Adelaide, Hobart, Perth, and Darwin, there is something to suit every visitor.
Australia States and where to holiday
New South Wales offers experiences – from lively, cosmopolitan Sydney to lush rainforests, sandy beaches, and rugged mountain peaks to the Outback.
Victoria, in the southeastern corner of the continent is compact geographically, but the state is packed with beauty and excitement.
Picturesque Tasmania with its rugged mountains, rolling pastures, dense ancient forest and pristine white beaches provide the setting for a holiday that can be as busy or relaxed as you like.
The Outback Northern Territory offers vast regions of red-gold desert contrast with lush green rainforest. The beauty of the Northern Territory is truly remarkable and uniquely Australian.
Queensland, the ‘Sunshine State’, is the second largest Australian state, boasting perfect tropical weather and the world’s largest living organism – the Great Barrier Reef. Queensland is renowned for having some of the best beaches, rainforests and reefs in the world. Whatever location you choose Australia’s states and territories, each offer their own unique options for your holiday. Discover youthful energy of cities throughout Australia. From Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane, Adelaide, Hobart, Perth, and Darwin, there is something to suit every visitor.
Australian Restaurants & Food
Restaurants are very good value, particularly as many restaurants are BYO (bring your own): you buy your own wine or beer and bring it with you. There are also lots of excellent cafes and coffee shops. Fast food is widely available, with all the usual burger, pizza and chicken places offering a quick bite. In cities and bigger resorts you will find a greater variety of fast food in food courts, where dozens of small stalls compete to offer Thai, Chinese, Japanese or Italian food as well as burgers, steaks and sandwiches.
As well as beef and lamb, you may also find exotic meats, especially in the more upmarket restaurants. Emu, buffalo, camel and witchetty grubs are all served, but the two most common are kangaroo, a delicious, tender and virtually fat-free meat, and crocodile, which tastes like a mix of chicken and pork and is at its best when simply grilled.
At the coast, and elsewhere in specialist restaurants, there’s great seafood: prawns and oysters, mud crabs, Moreton Bay bugs and yabbies (sea- and freshwater crayfish), lobsters, and a wide variety of fresh- and seawater fish. In the cities and resorts, cafes will be open from early in the morning until late at night, serving food all day; in the country, they may stick more or less to shop hours.
Accommodation, apartments, houses and hotels in Australia
Hotels and Accommodation in Australia is divided into categories based on facilities and location.
5 * International-style establishments of superior standard with an extensive range of first-class guest services and luxury hotel accommodation
4 – 4* Exceptionally well-appointed establishments with high-quality furnishings and a high degree of comfort
3 – 3* Well-appointed establishments with comfortable, clean rooms and quality furnishings
Less than 3* A range of establishments offering a basic, well-maintained standard
Serviced apartments: Fully equipped apartments, 1-3 bedrooms with living area, complete with kitchen, laundry and separate bathroom.
Motels: Motels offer comfortable accommodation across the country. Rooms typically include a private bath or shower, television, tea/coffee-making facilities, and a small fridge. Most have in-room breakfast menus, while the larger ones have restaurants. Motels are generally found on the outskirts of town and are the ideal choice for motorists.
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Weather in Australia and When to go
The climate is generally pleasant without extremes in temperatures. Broadly there are two climatic zones. In the north, above the Tropic of Capricorn, about 40 per cent of Australia is in the tropical zone. The remaining areas lie in the temperate zone. However, because of Australia’s vast size, there are variations within these zones. The temperate regions have all four seasons, while those in the tropical zone have two (summer “wet” and winter “dry”).
Australia’s seasons are the opposite to those of the Northern Hemisphere. Spring: September-November Summer: December-February Fall: March-May Winter: June-August
Australian Banks and Currency
Australian currency ($A) is decimal with the dollar as the basic unit (100 cents equals one dollar). The most commonly accepted credit cards are American Express, Bankcard, Diners Club, MasterCard, Visa and JCB.
Banks and various locations have ATMs (Automated Teller Machines). Credit cards may need to be enabled for international access so contact your credit card provider.
Currency exchange: Exchange facilities are available at international airports. Changing foreign currency or traveller’s cheques can be done at most banks
Banking hours are Monday to Thursday 9.30am to 4pm, Friday 9.30am to 5pm, though in country areas some agencies will be open later, and some big-city branches might also have extended hours. All post offices act as Commonwealth Bank agents, which means there is a fair chance of changing money even in the smallest Outback settlements, withdrawals at these places are often limited by a lack of ready cash, however, though less remote post offices may even have EFTPOS facilities.
Australia Visa Requirements
All visitors to Australia, except New Zealanders, require a visa or Electronic Travel Authority (ETA) to enter the country; if you are heading overland, you will obviously need to check visa requirements for countries en route. You can get visa application forms from the Australian High Commissions, embassies or consulates.
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Honeymoon in Australia
If you want a honeymoon to remember then a trip to Australia will give you just that. The country offers so many options for Honeymoon couples all year round. When travelling from the UK the options for stopovers are endless. If you have at least 2 or 3 weeks available for your honeymoon then consider a 3 or 4 centre holiday to Australia. Stop off in Hong Kong on the way out bound have a city experience in Sydney and then drive up into the Blue Mountains and wine region for some green scenery. Hop on a plane from Sydney to Ayres rock and experience the sunrise and sunset as you walk around the base of the Uluru.
Then choose from Broome or Port Douglas and visit the Great Barrier in the north or Wine Glass Bay of Tasmainia in the South for to end your first tour of Australia.
Getting Married in Australia
A wedding in Australia is very easy to organise and with no minimum residency rules you can literally step of the plane and get married. The couple both need to be 18 years and over and have applied at least one month and signed with witnesses a Notice of Attended marriage. The ceremony can then take place anywhere in Australia whether a civil or religious wedding.
You will also need both the bride and grooms valid passports and Visa ETA. If either of the bride or groom has been previously married, then the original divorce decree or, in the case of a widow or widower, the original marriage and death certificates will be required to be produced.
Events in Australia
Australians are always keen to celebrate. Christmas is part of the long summer school vacation and during December and January you can be forgiven for thinking that half of Australia is on holiday. National holidays peculiar to Australia include Australia Day (January 26), which celebrates the arrival of the First Fleet, and Anzac Day (25 April), which commemorates the landing of Australian and New Zealand armed forces at Gallipoli in 1915.
Australia’s arts festivals attract visitors from all over Australia to see mainstream and fringe drama, dance, music and visual arts. The huge Festival of Sydney, which takes up most of January, is the umbrella for a number of events from open-air concerts, to street theatre and fireworks. The Adelaide Arts Festival takes place at the beginning of March in even-numbered years. In odd-numbered years, Womadelaide, Adelaide’s outdoor festival of world music and dance, is in February. Melbourne has a Comedy Festival in February and the Melbourne International Festival in October, which includes the world’s biggest Writers’ Festival.
Driving in Australia
Australia’s huge size makes distance, a major feature of any stay in the country. In general, public transport will take you only along the major highways to capital cities, the bigger towns between them, and popular tourist destinations; to visit more remote locations you will have to consider driving. There are plenty of very isolated spots, even between Sydney and Melbourne. Seek reliable advice on conditions and how to equip your hire car (from the local police or a roadhouse) before starting out.
Most foreign licences are valid for a year in Australia. An International Driving Permit (available from national motoring organizations) may be useful if you come from a non-English-speaking country. The rules of the road are similar to those in the US and UK. Driving is on the LEFT. Maximum speed limits outside built-up areas are around 100kph, in all built-up areas, the speed limit is 60kph.
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Essential Facts of Australia
Flying time from London approximately 19.5 to 23 hours
Time difference +9.5 hours to +11 hours
Capital City Canberra
For more information browse the official website for the Australia Tourist Board