For many, Australia is the ultimate destination on their travel bucket list. And it’s easy to see why: this incredibly diverse, culturally-rich country ranging from dusty towns in the breath-taking outback to urban metropolises where you’ll be welcomed like an old friend really gives you the best of both worlds.
And while it’s incredibly easy to get excited about your adventures down under, you must plan ahead and conduct a little research first. No one wants to be flawed by culture shock or end up stuck in an embarrassing situation. Here we’ll explore some important things you need to know before you visit Australia.
Get your money sorted before you travel
Imagine visiting one of the most beautiful and diverse countries in the world and then running short of money just a few days into your trip. Ensure you have a travel budget in place and that you’re covered for all kinds of financial emergencies. If your parents wish to send money to Australia either as a gift or to help you out, then they should always research the cheapest and safest transfer options available.
Wear a strong sunscreen
Even if you’re from a country that gets a lot of sunshine and you’re used to sweltering summer temperatures, you shouldn’t underestimate the power of the Australian sun. Whether you’re sunbathing along its many famous coastlines, hitting the waves, exploring the wine regions of Southern or Western Australia or you’re simply out and about exploring the local area, you’re going to need plenty of strong sun protection and remember to keep yourself hydrated.
If you want wildlife, head to a wildlife park
Kangaroos sunbathing on the roads at dusk, koala spotting in the trees, deadly spiders hiding in your boots. Of course, Australia is famous for its eclectic mix of beautiful yet dangerous wildlife. It’s every traveller’s dream to see these native animals in action, however, unless you spend time inland or in the bush, you may be disappointed. To enjoy the best of both worlds, head to an animal park where you can not only see these stunning creatures in action but you can also learn a thing or two about them!
The emergency number
If you’re caught up in an emergency situation whilst you’re visiting Australia then imagine how helpless you’ll feel if you don’t even know how to get in touch with the emergency services. Forget 911 or 999, Down Under dial 000 to be put through to the service you require.
You don’t need to tip
If you’re visiting from the USA, you may be surprised to know that tipping isn’t required in bars or restaurants in Australia. In some establishments, you’ll find service charges are included in your final bill. However, in other eateries, pubs or bars you only tip if you want to!
And finally, never swim alone
Swimming and water-based activities are a part of Australian life. So, it’s natural to want to hit the water and enjoy the surf. However, be smart and follow the instructions of the lifeguards. Only swim between the flags and never swim alone or under the influence of alcohol.