A Comprehensive Guide to Australia: Tips For First Time Visitors

Having been born and raised in Australia, I feel as though I’m fairly qualified to share this guide to Australia. There is so much to love about Australia. From wide open roads that are perfect for road-trips, to thousands of incredible beaches with breathtaking sunsets and super friendly locals. You can’t really visit Australia and not enjoy yourself. If you’re reading this article, I’m willing to bet you’re planning a visit to Australia. If so, you’ve come to the perfect place!


Although Australia is one of the most amazing countries in the world, there are some things that people may not be aware of. For example: did you know that crocodiles can be found in almost the entire top half of Australia? So if you’re visiting the Northern Territory, Western Australia or North Queensland, be careful!

A Comprehensive Guide to Australia: Tips For First Time Visitors

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A Comprehensive Guide to Australia: 30 Tips for First Time Visitors

There is a lot that people aren’t aware of when it comes to traveling to Australia and surviving while you’re here. We are a very large, densely Outback country, so if you’re planning to spend an extended period of time here, you need to be prepared. Here are some of the most important things you should know, before visiting Australia for the first time.

Travel & Transport

If you’ve never visited Australia before, the cost of getting here and how long it takes are two of the most commonly asked questions. Here is everything you need to know when it comes to travel and transport within Australia!

Travel Time to and From Australia

The length of time it takes to travel to and from Australia varies, depending on where you’re visiting from. For instance, a non stop flight from the United States to Melbourne takes around 14 hours. It takes between 3 and 4 hours to travel to Australia from New Zealand, 22 hours from London and 18 hours from Canada. These are purely estimates, and are based on flying into the East Coast states of Australia. So make sure you’ve got a great pair of headphones, a good book or Kindle and plenty of entertainment – you’re gonna need it for the journey here!

Cost to Fly to Australia

Just like travel time to and from Australia, the cost of flying to Australia varies, depending on where you’re traveling from. Prices can start from anywhere between $150 from New Zealand to $1,800 from London. Like the rest of the world, the cost of traveling to Australia will vary based on the time of year and where you’re flying from. Be sure to book as early as possible, for a better chance of scoring a great deal.

Australia is a Huge Country

I’m sure you’ve seen a map of Australia before. But have you noticed just how big we actually are? Australia is the sixth largest country in the world, and is almost as big as the United States. Twenty percent of Australia’s land mass is desert Outback, so embarking on an epic Australian road trip is a big task. Prepare to see tons of red sand, and a whole lot of nothing during your travels.

Australia’s Public Transport System

One of the worst things about Australia is our public transport system. In most states across Australia, public transport isn’t reliable nor anything to brag about. You’re much better off catching an Uber or Taxi to get to where you need to be. Uber is relatively well priced in Australia. Major cities tend to be a little more pricey, but generally speaking, this is the best form of transport.


That being said, if you’re going to be spending an extended period of time in Australia, consider hiring a car. You will have a lot more freedom, not to mention awesome convenience when it comes to luggage. There are tons of car hire companies in Australia, but on our visit to Queensland in October 2017, Russell and I hired a car for 12 days with Thrifty. They were awesome and we had no issues with our car. We were even given a free upgrade, which was a nice little surprise!

An Australian Road-Trip is the best way to see the Country

Australia is one of the best countries for a road-trip. You will see far more than you would traveling by air, and the freedom to travel and explore at your own pace. Heading off the beaten track and discovering some of Australia’s hidden gems, is all part of the fun on an Australian road-trip. There are a ton of RV and camper-van companies in Australia, hiring out all sorts of perfect road-trip vehicles. Check out Britz or Apollo for a wide range of camper-vans available for hire. Campervan Finder or VroomVroomVroom are great for comparing prices across all companies.

A Comprehensive Guide to Australia: 30 Tips For First Time Visitors

Flying Domestically is Perfect for Fast-Paced Travel

If you are short on time and money, flying domestically within Australia is the best option. There are always awesome deals on Australian domestic flights, especially if you book ahead. If you’re not keen on braving the Australian Outback, flying from state to state is the way to go. Most flights are under 4 hours, with the exception of West Coast to East Coast flights, which can be close to 6 hours.

Seasons & Climate

If you’re from the United Kingdom (or anywhere else which doesn’t really have a proper summer), our weather could shock you. Our summers can be horrible and disgustingly hot. Here is everything you need to know in regards to seasons and climate in Australia.

Our Seasons are Opposite to the Northern Hemisphere

If you live in the Northern Hemisphere, keep in mind that our seasons are different. Summer in Australia is from December until February, autumn is from March until May, winter is from June until August and spring if from September until November. If you enjoy a white, snowy Christmas, I wouldn’t recommend visiting Australia during December! Instead of snow, you’ll be stuck with scorching hot days in front of the air conditioner.

The Northern Territory is Always going to be Hotter

If you’re planning a summer trip to Australia, keep in mind that the temperature is going to be higher in the Northern Territory, year round. Expect highs of over forty degrees celsius in summer, and late twenties to mid thirties for the rest of the year. Russell and I lived in Alice Springs for almost a year back in 2016/2017, and I definitely struggled during summer! If you’re planning to visit the Northern Territory during the hottest months of the year, be prepared for some very hot days!

A Comprehensive Guide to Australia: 30 Tips For First Time Visitors

Travel During Off-peak times for Less Crowds

Summer is peak time to visit Australia. Everyone loves the idea of relaxing on our beautiful beaches, soaking in the sunshine. But guess what? Our beaches are still here during the cooler months of the year, and they will be a lot less busy! So if you’re hoping for a more relaxing, quieter Australian adventure, book your visit between April and August.

Of course, if you are hoping to experience some of Australia’s summer activities, then November through to February are going to be the hottest months in the year. Just keep in mind that it will be quite a bit busier, and there will be a lot more people around, especially at the popular tourist attractions and theme parks across Australia.

Money, Prices & Currency

Visitors to Australia seem to have a lot of questions when it comes to the cost of everyday items in Australia. So much so that I’ve actually published an entire post, dedicated to the cost of traveling to Australia. Here is a brief recap of the most important tips when it comes to money, costs and currency in Australia.

Australia is Expensive

Unless this is the first article about Australia that you are reading, you would have probably already learnt that Australia is an expensive country to visit. Trust me, I hate to admit it just as much as you hate reading it. There’s nothing that can really be done, either. Food can be fairly cheap if you shop at the big brand supermarkets, Coles or Woolworths. Stick to their home brand products, and you can definitely survive on a budget.

Alcohol and cigarettes are the biggest expense, with a carton of beer costing upwards of $70 (Australian dollars) and a bottle of spirits starting at $30. My advice is learning to love wine. I almost exclusively drink wine and not much else, purely because of how cheap it is. I frequently buy a particular 1L bottle of Sauvignon Blanc for $7. No it doesn’t taste award winningly incredible, but it’ll do. Sticking to wine is the best way to keep to an alcohol budget in Australia!

That being said, Australia can be done on a Budget

With all of that being said, it is possible to travel in Australia on a budget. Keep an eye out for cheap flights and package deals with hotels, and fly during off-peak season. For the almost cheapest alcohol, head to a big liquor chain like First Choice or Dan Murphy’s for great weekly deals. If you’re doing an Australian road-trip, buy essentials items such as water and snacks in bulk at Coles or Woolworths, so you don’t need to keep re-purchasing them every day or two.

The Currency in Australia is the Australian Dollar

The currency used in Australia is the Australian Dollar. Keep an eye on the exchange rate, and if you have a trip already booked, exchange some cash each time the Dollar is decent. This is the best way ensure you’re getting good value for money, and aren’t losing too much in the conversion.

Tipping Isn’t Required in Australia

Generally speaking, tipping isn’t required in Australia. We do not need to tip for any service, whether that’s in a restaurant, a Taxi or Uber driver or a hotel staff member. Employees across most parts of Australia get paid a very decent hourly rate, therefore tipping isn’t required.

I have never been anywhere, in my 25 years living in Australia, where I was required to leave a tip. This may sound strange for Americans and other countries that have the tipping system, but it’s perfectly normal for us Aussies!

Alcohol, Food & Shopping

Ahh, now we get to the most important topics: alcohol, food and shopping. Three of my favourite things! Australia is one of the best places in the world for wine, so I suggest developing a love for fermented grapes before you arrive. South Australia and Western Australia are known for their beautiful vineyards and delicious wines, so prepare to indulge.

Australia’s Liquor Laws are very Strict

The legal drinking age in Australia is 18 years old. In all states around Australia, you’ll be asked for ID if you look under 25 years old. In New South Wales, you’ll be asked for ID if you look under 40 years old. If you don’t have the acceptable form of ID, you will not be served. An acceptable international form of ID can be a Passport or international drivers license (Northern Territory, New South Wales and Queensland only). Both of these need to have a photo and your date of birth, be valid and in date and of course, real.


If you plan on purchasing alcohol or cigarettes, be sure to take your Passport with you everywhere you go. If you are visiting the Northern Territory, New South Wales or Queensland, a valid international drivers license will be accepted.

Alice Springs (Northern Territory) has Much Stricter Liquor Laws

Russell and I lived in Alice Springs for 8 months, during 2016 and 2017. We learnt a lot about the crazy differences between living in a big city and living in the Australian Outback, and trust me, it doesn’t get more Australian Outback than Alice Springs. Due to some restrictions put on local members of the Alice Springs community, there are a few different liquor laws put in place.

Cask wine (or goon) is a restricted item and therefore not sold anywhere in town. Fortified wine (port or tawny) is only available after 6pm, and is limited to one bottle per person, per day. Other than needing to show an acceptable, valid proof of age card if you look under 25, each person buying alcohol is required to have their ID scanned. This is a procedure put in place to ensure those who are restricted and cannot purchase alcohol, aren’t slipping through the cracks and doing so.

Basically, if you are visiting Alice Springs or the Northern Territory in general, always have your acceptable, valid ID with you.

A Comprehensive Guide to Australia: 30 Tips For First Time Visitors

Kmart is Great for Cheap Essentials

I love Kmart. It’s hands down my favourite Australian store, and is perfect for almost everything. If you’re moving to Australia for a couple of months, Kmart has an endless amount of kitchen supplies at extremely affordable prices. You’ll also find men and women’s clothes, shoes and underwear; as well as kids clothing, toys, books and more. There are Kmart locations all over Australia, so just do a Google Search to find one nearby!

Australia has a Wide Range of Food Options

Australia is great for a wide range of cuisines and food choices. Whether you’re a picky eater, meat lover, seafood fan or vegan, there’s something for everyone. Most of the major cities have a seemingly endless amount of international cuisines. Either do a quick Google search for the city you’re visiting, or ask around for some insider tips. Locals generally have a favourite restaurant, so have a chat to a nice looking Australian for the low down!

Our Snacks are Delicious

I may be biased, but I truly believe Australia has some of the best snacks in the world. Have you ever heard of Tim Tams or Fruchocs, or even Barbecue Shapes? Well these are some of Australia’s most delicious snacks. That’s one thing I miss when I travel to somewhere other than Australia – our snacks. Do yourself a favour, and save some space in your luggage. I promise, your friends and family back home will love you for it.

Things to See & Do in Australia

There are a butt load of things to do in Australia. Whether you’re a dedicated wine drinker, thrill seeker, museum appreciator or outdoorsy person, there’s something for everyone. Here are a few of the best things to see and do in Australia.

Queensland is Perfect for Theme Park Fans

The Gold Coast in Queensland is home to most of Australia’s major theme parks. It’s basically a thrill seeker’s heaven, and should definitely be included on your itinerary. There are five large theme parks on the Gold Coast: Movie World, Dreamworld, WetnWild, White Water World and Sea World. I suggest spending a week doing all of them, especially if you haven’t visited Australia before. Movie World and WetnWild are my favourite!

Related: WetnWild Gold Coast, Queensland: Australia’s Biggest & Best Water Park

A Comprehensive Guide to Australia: 40 Tips For First Time Visitors

Wine Tasting in South Australia

I’ve lived in South Australia all of my life. That’s 25 years living in the same place. South Australia is home to some of the best wineries in Australia. I work in the liquor industry, so I’ve learnt a lot about South Australian wines, and have come to familiarise myself with some of the best. Spend a day exploring the Barossa Valley, McLaren Vale, the Adelaide Hills or Clare Valley, and enjoy a few delicious glasses of wine!

Australia has some of the world’s best beaches

Given that Australia is an island in itself, the entire country is surrounded by water. That means, no matter which major capital city you visit, you are always going to be super close to the beach. From Bondi Beach in Sydney, to the almost endless amount of beautiful beaches up and down the coast of Queensland, there’s no shortage of incredible Australian coastline to admire.

Some of my favourite beaches are Mooloolaba Beach and Noosa Beach on the Sunshine Coast and Semaphore Beach and Glenelg Beach in my home city of Adelaide. If you’re spending any time in Queensland during your visit to Australia, I recommend hiring a car and driving into the Hinterlands. In particular, if you are visiting the Gold Coast, as you will be rewarded with incredible views of the coast line and Surfers Paradise while surrounded by beautiful nature.

A Comprehensive Guide to Australia: 40 Tips For First Time Visitors

Other Tips & Advice

Australians do Indeed Talk Weirdly

Us Aussies definitely have a different version of the English language. Our very cliche way of speaking can confuse tourists and visitors to Australia. Sorry about that – we’re normal, I promise. If you stay for long enough, you’ll be saying no worries along with the rest of us. You’ll own more pairs of thongs (flip flops, not underwear) than you ever thought you would. You’ll be buying super expensive stubbies (bottles) of beer and throwing them back late in the arvo (afternoon). You’ll also be spewin (really angry) if you miss out on that delicious brekkie (breakfast). Don’t worry, you’ll get the hang of it eventually.

Internet Kinda Sucks in Australia

Internet in Australia sucks. It’s slow, expensive and extremely frustrating. If you choose not to purchase a SIM card to use for date while you’re in Australia, there are plenty of places that offer free wifi, such as McDonalds. If you’d like more freedom, and not have to rely on free wifi, I suggest purchasing a pre-paid SIM card, or look into a portable wifi device.

We Actually do call Everyone Mate

It’s not a myth – Australians really do call each other and everyone else, mate. I work in a liquor store, and I call almost every male customer, mate. It’s become a habit, and sometimes I don’t even notice that I’m doing it. If you spend long enough in Australia, you’ll be calling every second person, mate too.

Aussies are a Pretty Chilled Group of People

Other than the odd exception to this rule, generally speaking, Australians are a pretty laid back bunch of people. You’ll occasionally come across someone who hasn’t had their chill pill, but most of the time, we’re super approachable! If you’re stuck and need help with something, either go into a store and ask a sales assistant, or just ask someone who is walking by. I can honestly say, it’s rare that someone will just ignore you or be a downright asshole. And if they are, just say no worries mate, and walk away!

A Comprehensive Guide to Australia: 30 Tips For First Time Visitors

If you’re Traveling Solo, Keep your Wits about you

Australia isn’t an unsafe country per say, but we’re definitely not crime free. If you’re traveling alone, have some common sense and a basic knowledge of street smarts. There are stupid, heartless people everywhere in the world, so no regardless of where you’re traveling, it’s best to remain vigilant.

Important Tip: If you do get into any trouble or need Police, Ambulance or Fire assistance, the emergency phone number in Australia is 000. If anything seems strange or out of the ordinary, or someone is making you feel uncomfortable, always reach out to a Police officer.

Yeah, we do have a lot of Dangerous Animals & Insects

It’s true, sorry. Australia is home to a ton of super dangerous animals and insects. I’ll refrain from sharing any super scary statistics, because I’m trying to get you guys to actually visit Australia. Not hide in a corner repeating the phrase I will never go there, I will never go there. But basically, if you’re visiting Australia during summer, keep an eye out for snakes and poisonous spiders. They love this place, and roam free despite everyone calling the snake catcher and slamming a shoe down on them.

I Guarantee, you won’t want to Leave

I might be biased, but Australia is a pretty incredible country. No matter how long you stay, you’ll wish you stayed just that little bit longer. If your budget allows, definitely try and stay in Australia for as long as possible. You’ll see a lot more, and really get a chance to appreciate Australia for everything that it is.

Related: Australian Winter Travel Essentials – 5 must pack items

There you have it, my guide to Australia for first time visitors. Australia may be expensive, and we do talk funny sometimes, but it’s definitely a country that everyone should visit at least once in their lives. From the endless amount of beaches to amazing wineries and bustling city centres, and even the Australian Outback. There’s something for everyone in Australia and I am so thankful to call this incredible place my home. No matter how far I travel, I will always appreciate coming back.

Related: Check out the rest of our Australia archives!

I hope you found my guide to Australia helpful! Have you visited Australia before? What did you like best? Tell me in the comments below!

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  • I love reading and hearing tips from locals as I find them the most useful! Awesome post, Rhiannon!

    • Thank you! I’m glad you found it useful. I always try to share as much helpful tips as possible! Thanks for reading 🙂

  • These tips are very handy for us who are coming to Australia to travel next year! Thank you

    • That’s exciting! You’ll have a great time in Australia. Which parts are you visiting? Thanks for reading! 🙂

  • Mainak

    Such a helpful guide, especially since I am planning for a visit very soon.

    • That’s awesome! You’ll love Australia – it’s a beautiful country. Thanks for reading 🙂

  • As a fellow Aussie I love all of these tips! I get asked these questions all the time and I will direct them here 🙂

    Thanks Rhiannon!

    Lucy x

    • Thanks so much Lucy! I appreciate that. I definitely think they are general questions that everyone would want to know before visiting Australia, so having them in the one place will hopefully help some people! Thanks for reading 🙂

  • Julia Dent

    This is such a helpful guide! When do you think the best time to visit would be? Is it very hot in December?

    • Thanks so much, Julia! Yes, December is summer in Australia, so depending on where you visit, it will be pretty hot! I would say between August and November are prime times to visit (in regards to weather) as it will be Spring and most days are very nice! Thanks for reading 🙂

  • Jean

    Oh as a fellow Aussie I love this! Our poor little country gets such a bad wrap from ignorant travellers thinking it should be Asia level cheap!

    • We really do! It’s frustrating on the one hand that everything is so expensive, but at the same time, I get frustrated with people (customers in particular, since I work in liquor) complaining about the prices. This isn’t Thailand. Things cost more here! haha. But I certainly love Australia and wouldn’t call any other place home 🙂
      Thanks for reading, Jean 🙂

  • Great post Rhiannon, from another local 🙂 So glad you mentioned little ‘ole SA and the Barossa! The most underrated places to visit I think! (I may be biased though!)

    • Another fellow South Australian, yay! I love SA. Living in Alice Springs has definitely made me appreciate Adelaide, can’t wait to move back next Saturday! Thanks for reading, Josie 🙂

  • Awesome post, Rhiannon! We are hoping to make it to Sydney this December. It’ll be my second time in Australia, but the last time was so long ago it hardly counts! 🙂

    Totally cracked up at the comment about Australians speaking weirdly. My best friend is from Australia and I LOVE listening to her talk!

    • Thanks, Sarah! Oh I hope you get to visit! Sydney is actually the only main city I haven’t visited yet! I’m sure you’ll have an amazing time 🙂
      Haha, we really do speak funny! But I’ve heard it’s entertaining for non-Australians 😛 Thanks for reading!

  • Oh gosh! I was so intrigued reading this list! Australia is still on my must-visit list! Due to how expensive it actually is (thanks for admitting to that btw) and how far it is as well, it has actually been a struggle to make my way there! I love your slang section (that was really fun to read) and how down-to-earth you wrote this article. Like literally thinking like a tourist in terms of prices (expensive!), distances (car vs. planes) and the endless and confusing choices there can be (things to do)! Awesome post!

    Oh, I also wanted to say about the wi-fi portables – sometimes you can buy it from the departure city and rent it out for a few days and take it back when you return ‘home.’ It can be cheaper than getting them in Australia – food for thought! 🙂

    • We are expensive, but it’s also doable on a budget. Just gotta plan ahead! I’m glad you liked the post, and found it useful!
      That’s a great suggestion! I didn’t know that you could rent wifi devices that way, thanks! I’ll definitely keep that in mind.
      Thanks for reading, Charmaine.

  • I’ve been twice for work, but I’m DYING to go back with my husband. Problem is that we don’t want to go until we can do it justice and I’m not sure when in the next few years we’re going to have 3-6 months to take off!

    • Ahhh, you’ll have an amazing time! It could definitely be done in under 3 months, you’ve just gotta prioritise what you would want to see and experience! 6 months is just a way to explore as much as possible, at a slower and less fast-paced way. Either way sounds great and would be an awesome experience 🙂
      Thanks so much for reading, Kristin!

  • Kelly

    I am dying to visit Australia but since I live in New York, the time and expense of t all has always gotten in my way. But I know I will get there one day. Thanks for the tips about how to sae money and what to expect because I think many people forget how diverese this country is and how much time it will take to try and see as much as possible. So helpful!!!

    • You live in my favourite city in the world! haha. I hope you do visit Australia one day! I’d love to hang out and do some exploring with you! It’s definitely a huge place, tons to see and do. Thanks for reading Kelly! 🙂

  • Love reading about this! In high school, I was so close to leaving the US for an Australian university (Universty of Queensland) but I chickened out and never went! It’s still an absolute must visit and its always great to hear it from locals. Thank you for sharing!

    Best,
    Rebecca

    • I hope you get to visit one day! I definitely suggest visiting Queensland if you get the chance. Especially if you like theme parks! 😀
      Thanks for reading, Rebecca 🙂

  • What a great post. My dad first immigrated to Australia (Adelaide) before moving to Canada. It’s a must visit for me.

  • Great tips Rhiannon!
    This has all the information needed for first timers!
    Thanks for sharing your local expertise with us.

    • Thanks so much! I’m glad you found the post helpful! Thanks for reading 🙂

  • Love it! You have some awesome tips. Totally agree on Kmart as well, its the perfect place to shops for everything #kmartislife

  • What a brilliant post! Absolutely top notch advice, and Semaphore Beach has a special place in my heart. My mum was an expat in Addie, and this was the local beach. I blame you Aussies for my addiction to avo toast.

  • Soraya

    These are great tips to visiting Australia. I love Australia and totally recommend this beautiful country to all travelers alike.

  • Perri

    Wow.. this made me want to plan a trip to Australia right now! It’s such a humongous, diverse place.. I can’t wait to visit. Will def be using these tips! Thanks!

    • Thank you so much! I hope you get to visit one day soon. You’re right, it is a huge and diverse country! 🙂

  • Absolutely love this post! So detailed and comprehensive. I’m definitely going to use this to plan our first trip to Australia 🙂

  • This is really an helpfull and comprehensive guide! Wow! Will save this for my visit!

    • Thanks so much, Lina! I hope you make it here one day soon 🙂

  • I enjoyed reading your tips! Although Australia is for me very far and it would be bit expensive, I still hope once I will be lucky enough to visit this wonderful country!

    • Despite the distance and cost, Australia is definitely a must-visit! 🙂 Hope you make it here one day. Thanks for reading 🙂

  • Aww yeah, Australia! It’s so huge I couldn’t cover everything I wanted in 18 days! You’re right, it is so expensive but it can be done on a budget. After all, there are a lot of awesome sights that we can see for free. your post makes me want to go back sooner! I may be lucky because I only stayed in sydney and melbourne– maybe transpo there is significantly better againts the other parts on the country or my country really just have terrible one! Again, you’re right about the road trip, though! <3

    • Visitors often underestimate just how big Australia is! Yeah, Sydney and Melbourne definitely have the best public transport in the country – you lucked out there! Adelaide where I’m from, is pretty awful when it comes to buses and trains! Thanks so much for reading, Stella 🙂

  • I’ve been dying to get to Australia — I’ll definitely be bookmarking your post for future travels!

  • This is so useful for me as I’ll be in Australia for the first time in December for a year. Bit worried about the costs and the slow internet (I work remote) but I’m sure I’ll have a great time. Thanks for the tips!

    • Although Australia is expensive, it can definitely be done on a budget. Where abouts are you moving to? 🙂 That’s exciting! Thanks for reading, Jen 🙂

  • These are great tips! We loved our time in your great country even though we always had all the things that could kill us in the backs of our mind 🙂

    • Haha yeah it’s hard not to think about them! Even I freak out whenever I see even the smallest spider lol! But regardless of our scary creatures, it’s still a great country! 😛 Thanks for reading 🙂

  • As a born and bred Aussie, can agree to this comprehensive list! It’s funny though to see some of the perspectives of a traveler in Australia, like how expensive it can be to get/be here and our shitty internet! Haha

    • Yeah I think it’s funny too! I work in liquor, and it’s funny seeing people’s reactions when they see or hear our alcohol prices! And yeah, our internet sucks doesn’t it haha. Where in Australia are you from?
      Thanks for reading, Kirstin! 🙂

  • Really great post, girl! I have never been to Australia, so this is really the perfect post for me to get all of the basics down. I hope I make it there soon! It sounds and looks like an amazing country.

    • Thanks so much! I’m glad you found the post helpful! I hope you make it to Australia one day soon. It definitely is an amazing country 🙂 Thanks for reading, Kristen!

  • Wow what an informative post!! I haven’t been to Australia yet but it’s high on my list. Good to know about the crocodiles and the insects etc! It’s been tough finding a reasonable flight price there and I would love to do a road trip and visit Barossa Valley. Funny about “mate”!

    • I hope you make it here one day soon! Yeah, because we’re so far away from everywhere else in the world, it can be quite pricey for flights. You’ll find a good deal sooner or later! Just keep an eye out 🙂
      Yes, highly recommend the Barossa Valley! I’m from Adelaide, and I live less than an hour away from the Barossa Valley! 🙂 Thanks for reading 🙂

  • Excellent comprehensive overview of Australia. Love your photos too.

  • This is a brilliant list – very comprehensive and it would be invaluable to a first-time visitor. I enjoyed reading through it as a reminder of certain things even though I’ve visited Australia before. Great article 🙂

  • This reminds me of my time in Australia. I actually took the greyhound bus around. Not the fastest way, but it was affordable with the hop on/off! I also have never seen a prettier beach than one in Australia.

    • That’s a cool way to see Australia! No stress of driving, but you still see a lot! Yes, we are very very lucky to have incredible beaches in Australia! 🙂 Thanks for reading, Stephanie 🙂