How to plan a trip to Australia
Australia is known for its large cities, spectacular wildlife and beautiful beaches. It is the 6th biggest country in Universe and the lone country which is too a continent. Australia is home to more than 22 million people, most of whom speak English, and the climate is arid and semi-arid in the center, temperate in the south and east and tropical in the north. Australia is a huge country and there is much to see and do. Make the most of your trip to Australia by starting to plan and prepare, including the passport and visa application, establishing a route and booking flights and hotels at least 4 to 6 months in advance.
Plan your trip
Discuss your projects with your family and friends. When planning to travel anywhere, especially abroad, it is important to discuss your plans with family and friends. Maybe they could give you valuable advice about planning a trip abroad. Throughout the planning process, select one or two family members or trusted friends to keep you informed about your travel plans. Being able to talk with someone about your projects and brainstorming will facilitate the planning process.
Canberra is the capital of Australia and seat of Parliament and the central government. Australia comprises 6 states (New South Wales, Queensland, South Australia, Tasmania, Victoria and Western Australia), each with its own capital and 10 territories (Ashmore and Cartier Islands, Australian Antarctic Territory, Christmas Island, Cocos Islands, Coral Sea Heard and McDonald Islands).
The main Australian cities and their sites are: Sydney (New South Wales), Melbourne (Victoria), Brisbane (Queensland), Adelaide (South Australia), Perth (Western Australia), Darwin (Northern Territory) and Hobart (Tasmania ).
Australia is separated into 6 climatic regions categorized by alterations in average regular temperatures, rainfall, humidity and vegetation: tropical (north), equatorial (extreme north), subtropical (east coast), desert (south coast and most of the center) , meadows (surrounding the desert in the center) and temperate (southeast and southwest coasts).
Most major tourist destinations, such as the Great Barrier Reef and the largest cities, such as Brisbane, Melbourne, Sydney and Canberra, are located in the eastern part of the country, along the coast.
Australia was first colonized by the ancestors of modern Aboriginals over 40,000 years ago. Australian aboriginal culture is incredibly diverse. In the 18th century, more than one million aborigines occupied Australia, divided into 300 clans and speaking more than 250 languages. The Kakadu National Park in the Northern Territory is one of the best places to visit Aboriginal art and culture sites. The National Gallery of Canberra has 13 galleries dedicated to aboriginal art.
Australia is home to some of the most beautiful beaches in the world, such as the Beach of the Twelve Apostles in Victoria. You can also swim with the sun in Dolphin Bay, South Australia, take a break from Sydney to Bronte Beach or visit the Aireys Lighthouse to East View Beach in Victoria. You can also rent a car and go through the beaches and destinations along Great Ocean Road in Victoria.
Book hotels or hostels in advance. Having a safe, convenient and affordable place to stay will reduce stress and give you peace of mind when traveling. You can also read reviews and compare prices of hotels and hostels online. Review customs laws and regulations. Avoid confiscation of items or the payment of duties or taxes by reviewing Australia’s laws and customs restrictions on the reporting of items, payment of duties and prohibited goods. You must complete an import declaration form for products with a value greater than AUD 1,000 that you import and leave in the country. You must pay duties and taxes on products such as tobacco or alcohol, regardless of their value.