A trip to a country like Australia, which can be one of your biggest dreams, requires some basic preparations to make sure that everything will go well once there. We answer some questions that you may be asking yourself.
1. When to go to Australia?
Choosing the date to visit Australia is the most important thing. With the seasons opposite to those of the northern hemisphere, Australians enjoy their winter in our summer, and vice versa, so it is important to take this data into account. In conclusion, if you want to enjoy your summer, you will have to travel in winter.
Another important piece of information is the difference between the dry season (May to October) and the wet season (December to March) in tropical Australia. During the second, many areas of the country are completely flooded and inaccessible, and they become the best home for hundreds of crocodiles of which you have to be very alert and warned.
2. What to bring?
Due to the size of the country, traveling from one state to another can involve a change in time zone and considerable temperature differences. That is why I recommend you to prepare a varied suitcase with clothes that allow us to take a dip in the coast to shelter us properly on the coldest nights. Comfortable footwear, sun protection, sunglasses, cap or hat, and a small first-aid kit are the basics for exploring these wild lands.
3. What itinerary to choose?
Regarding the route, it is important to be clear about what we want to see and prioritize proposals. Australia has infinite options dedicated to nature, its fauna and its flora; endless stretches of coastline with dreamy beaches; and interesting cities to get lost in. My advice is to try to cover a little of everything so that we do not have the feeling of having missed an important part of the destination. If you wish to experience Australia in a different light, you can reach out to Australian organizations like Welcome To Country. Booking in advance internal flights, rental cars to move around the different areas and accommodation will be of great help to make the most of the time available.
4. How to get there?
The companies Qatar Airways (stopover in Doha), Etihad Airways (stopover in Abu Dhabi) and Emirates (stopover in Dubai) offer the fastest and most direct options to get to Melbourne or Sydney, the two Australian airports with the most air traffic.
5. What documents do I need?
It is necessary to apply for a visa before leaving the country of origin. For more information, you can visit the Australian Immigration website. It is also necessary to carry a valid passport and an international driver's license to be able to rent any vehicle.
6. How do I get around?
The more than 7.5 million km² that make up the entire country - the sixth largest in the world - make this destination a place to travel thousands of kilometers on our journey. For this it is important to take into account internal flights. They are the fastest and most effective way to move from one state to another without wasting too much time. For these trips, Qantas is Australia's flag carrier. However, the option of renting a car or caravan to visit different areas is also an interesting idea as long as there are enough days to make these tours without rushing.
7. Will I go hungry?
I don't think so, although Australian cuisine is not one of the richest and most varied in the world, and this is noticeable when going out for lunch or dinner. Barbecued meats, burgers and savory cakes are some of Australians' favorite dishes. As a typical sweet, there are the Tim Tam chocolate cookies, which you will find in different versions in any supermarket. In Sydney, be sure to visit his fish market.
8. I have more doubts ...
If you have doubts about the itinerary, browse the official Australian Tourism website. You will find loads of information there on how to go about travelling the Land Down Under.
Now, are you ready to experience Australia?