Stuff You Need to Know Before Heading Off to Australia

21 February 2020

I know that Australia is one of those destinations everyone wants to visit at least once in their lives. It’s known for its beautiful nature, brilliant weather and unbeatable beaches, which makes it a natural choice for a getaway, but if you’re planning to jet off to Oz, there are a few things you should know first…

You’ll Need a Visa

Whether you’re visiting Australia for a short holiday or planning to stay there for months at a time, you will need a visa. You can generally apply for visas online, but there are several different ones depending on what you’re planning to do once you get there, so be sure to read the guidelines and choose the right one or you could be denied entry!

There are Strict Quarantine Laws

Australia is home to some of the most beautiful natural spaces and animals on the planet and we want to keep it that way, which is why Australia has strict quarantine laws to prevent the introduction of various diseases and pests to the country. That means you’ll need to declare any food, animal products, anything containing plants, or wood-based items that you take into the country. If you don’t or if you take something that is prohibited into Australia, you could be very heavily fined, so do check the regulations before you fly.

The Weather Can Be Extreme

The recent, devastating bushfires in Australia have really brought it home to us all just how extreme the weather in Australia can be, and if you’re heading out there you need to be prepared for it. As well as often being very hot and humid, Australis can experience heavy winds and rains, and you can see a whole host of different weather conditions in a short space of time., That means you need to check the forecasts carefully before you fly and pack for every possibility, making decent sun protection a particular priority.

Have a Plan

Australia is a huge country and that means that, if you want to pack as much into your travels as you possibly can, you’re going to need a plan. Whether you check out this 10 day Perth travel guide or read a Lonely Planet guide, it makes sense to identify the things you want to do most, whether that’s snorkelling the Great Barrier Reef or touring climbing the Harbour Bridge, and working out a time table that will allow you to do it all.

Swim Between Flags

Most people who visit Australia end up spending a lot of time of the beach. If you plan to do this, and you plan to go for a swim, you should know that Australian beaches always contain safety flags which highlight which areas are safe to swim in and which you should avoid. It's a rule a lot of tourists miss, which can have devastating consequences.

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