If you’re planning a visit to Australia, or have just booked your next Aussie Adventure tour then there’s a lot to consider before you leave.

Before you head 'down under' there’s no doubt you’ll be asking yourself a few questions, like which parts of Australia should you visit? What will the weather be like? How long should you go for? What about travel insurance and visas?

We’ve summed up all the practical information you need to know including visa requirements, insurance, climate, and the best times of year to visit Australia.

How long to visit Australia?
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How Long to Visit Australia for

The first thing to decide when planning your next Australian adventure is how long you’ll be going for. As Australia is a vast country with many cities to choose from, it can be hard to plan your time there. To make the most of your trip down under we would recommend staying for a minimum of 3 weeks, anything less and you’ll be seriously pushed for time.

If you have a longer time to travel and you’re looking for more flexibility in your travels of Australia then maybe consider doing a hop on/hop off style tour. Or if you want to see a bit of everything then check out our Full Cheers Mate tour, which has stops in Cairns, Sydney, Melbourne, Adelaide, Byron Bay and Darwin!

The main highlights to tick off the bucket list are the Opera house in Sydney, The Great Barrier Reef from Cairns and Uluru in the Northern Territory region, or centre of Australia if you are looking at the map. These 3 things seem to be the top of everyones check list when planning a trip. We would recommend you have at least 2 weeks to visit those places.

For example spend your first 5 days in Sydney city to explore then head to Uluru for 4 days. You can easily fly from Sydney to Ayres rock airport (Uluru airport) and start your 3 day Uluru tour in the morning. Then on day 3 we finish in Alice Springs so you can fly off to Cairns on the morning of day 4 to start your Great Barrier Reef visit. Spending 5 days in Cairns would be a great way to end your adventure in Australia as you can relax, snorkel on the reef and visit the Daintree old growth Rainforest and Cape Tribulation. Perfect two weeks in Australia.

 

Sunrise at Uluru

If you have longer for example coming to Australia for your summer vacation or 6 weeks school holidays then larger overland tours can be planned. For example our 17 day Melbourne to Darwin tour would be perfect at that time of year. That leads us nicely into the perfect time to visit Australia.

 

When to go

One of the questions we get asked here at Real Aussie Adventures the most is when is the best time to visit Australia? It really depends on which destinations you want to see the most? Is it the East Coast Sydney to Cairns? Up the middle from Adelaide to Alice Springs to Darwin? Or from Perth to Darwin all along the West Coast? As Australia is so large there are many areas perfect to travel in throughout the entire calendar year. You just have to be well planned!

December to February are the hottest months in Australia, so the beaches will be packed full of Aussies and tourists alike soaking up the summer sun. If you prefer less crowds and cooler weather, then March to April or October to November would be the best time to visit.

If you’re planning on heading to Darwin in Australia’s tropical north, you’ll need to consider the wet and dry seasons there. The wet season runs from November to April and is typically very humid with heavy rainfalls. The dry season runs from May to October and during this time you’ll experience warm, dry sunny days and cooler nights. So its much more comfortable weather wise to visit Kakadu National Park during May to October, however its great any time of the year as we wrote about in our recent blog; When is best to visit Kakadu and Litchfield National Parks. 

Where to go

Australia is an incredible country to visit because it truly has something for everybody. If you love surfing or swimming, then head to the beautiful beaches of Perth or Sydney and you won’t be disappointed.

If camping and getting back to nature is your thing, then Australia is abundant with beautiful national parks and wildlife experiences. Highlights would include Karijini National Park in Western Australia, Uluru in Central Australia, Ningaloo Reef in Western Australia and Kakadu National Park in Australia’s Northern Territory.

If you’ve got a passion for sailing or snorkelling, a visit to the breathtaking Whitsunday Islands off the coast of Queensland or The Great Barrier Reef are not ones to be missed.

If you prefer a more urban scene or love a good café, then make sure to add a few days in Melbourne to your trip down under. While you’re there make sure to head to the Great Ocean Road to see some of Australia’s most stunning coastal scenery.

When to book

If you are wanting to do escorted tours in Australia or fully guided trips it’s best to book as far in advance as you possibly can. That way you’ll make the best of any early bird specials on offer and have plenty of time to get everything organised before you leave. Flights to Australia are always cheaper when booked in early. If you book 90 days in advance you’ll get amazing discounts on a wide range of our tours, so it definitely pays to be organised! Check out all our early bird special prices here.

Insurance

Travel insurance is not included when booking one of our tours, but we strongly recommend you get covered in case anything happens whilst you’re on holiday. Make sure that your travel insurance policy provides cover for emergency medical expenses, evacuation, personal belongings and interruptions to your trip that may prevent you from travelling on the confirmed departure date.

For more information check out our full info page on travel insurance here.

Visas

Unless you’re an Australian or New Zealand citizen, you’ll need a valid Australian visa to enter the country. You can apply for a range of visas and will need to do so before leaving for your holiday. Visa types including tourist visas and working holiday visas, and you can apply for them at your nearest Australian Embassy or Consulate, or on the Department of Immigration and Border Protection website.

Common Questions about your Australian Travel trip

Got any more questions about your Australian vacation? Check out our tour FAQ page here or head to the Tourism Australia website for more info on currency, tipping, electrical plugs and international dialing codes.

Happy Travels!

Have you read our blog posts on: The Top Australian ExperiencesAirport Transfers or Where to see Native Wildlife in Australia.

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