Australia, my home country – there’s no place quite like it. Surrounded by stunning coastline, it is famous for it’s breathtaking beaches, wide open spaces, urban cities and array of fauna including kangaroos and koalas.
As one of the largest countries by total land area, Australia is a vast country with an endless amount of things to see and do. The East Coast of Australia houses the capital city, Canberra, along with other popular cities including Sydney, Melbourne and Brisbane. Darwin is the main city in the northern part of Australia. Adelaide is the main city located in South Australia. On the West Coast is Perth, my home city where you’ll find some of the best beaches on the planet.
Because Australia is such a large country, there are different ideal times to visit certain places. This depends mainly on whether you are visiting the northern or southern parts.
In the south, Summer is from December – February which can bring extreme temperatures and heatwaves. This is the busiest time for tourism in Australia due to it’s coastline and outdoors lifestyle. Autumn is from March – June which brings cooler, milder temperatures. Winter is from June – August which is when rainfall is generally at it’s highest. And Spring is from September – November where temperatures start to rise and the days become a little longer.
The northern parts of Australia have a more ‘tropical climate’ with May – September being known as the dry season which is most definitely the best time to explore these areas. Temperatures are warm however humidity is low. October – April is known as the wet season and brings very hot weather with high humidity levels, as well as high rainfall, storms and cyclones at times.
“Bunker Bay, Western Australia”
“A friendly Aussie local”
Accommodation – From hostels, to Air BnB’s and luxury hotels, Australia has accommodation types to suit all budgets. Air BnB’s and hotels are popular choices in the main cities and if you’re travelling to more secluded areas, bed and breakfasts and boutique hotels are a great option.
Food – There is so much delicious plant based food if you’re dining out in the cities and in smaller towns and the suburbs, there are always options too. If you’re eating out in cafes and restaurants for most meals, it can get very pricey – food in Australia is standard western pricing. Take-away and fast food is relatively affordable and there are always grocery stores with easy meal and snack options if needed.
Transportation – Australia is very vast and many of the cities and main tourists areas are spread out and can be quite a distance from the main cities. If you’re staying in a city, the best way to get around is by using public transport. This is the most affordable and convenient as parking spaces can be limited. If you’re travelling around and exploring areas outside of the cities, then a hire car is an absolute must.
Suggested daily budget – $200 AUD (Note: This is a suggested budget assuming you’re staying in a hotel or Air BnB, eating out for most meals using a hire a car. Using the budget tips below, you can always lower this number. However, if you stay in fancier accommodation or eat out in more expensive restaurants, expect this to be higher!)