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What can I expect from Australia?

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.

Things to See and Do in Australia

Visit the Sydney Opera House
Climb the Sydney Harbour Bridge
Wine, dine and shop in Melbourne
Drive the Great Ocean Road
Visit the Great Barrier Reef
Visit Uluru (Ayers Rock)
Do a road trip around Tasmania
Relax on the beaches in Perth
Visit WA's South West wine region
Explore WA's Kimberley region

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Typical Costs When Travelling

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!)

Money Saving Tips

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Cook/prepare some of your own food Eating out for every meal can be expensive and exhausting. There are plenty of grocery stores in all areas throughout Australia where you can purchase food to cook your own meals. Cooking or preparing one or two of your meals each day can save a lot of money!
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Choose free activities There is definitely no shortage of beaches, national parks and reserves to visit and spend your days, most of which can all be accessed for free.
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Opt to camp if you're doing a road trip If you decide to do a road trip through more remote parts of Australia, consider camping to save money on accommodation. This is a very popular option for people travelling around and there are plenty of campgrounds that are very affordable and usually in great locations, close to popular attractions or sights in the area.
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Travel outside of peak season Flight and accommodation prices can skyrocket in peak travel periods. You can save a lot of money travelling in the shoulder seasons, just outside of peak season. It is also a good idea to avoid school holidays (you can check each states school holiday periods by doing a Google search).
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