Image: View of Sydney Harbour, Australia (photo via africanpix / iStock / Getty Images Plus)
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Australia Travel Guide 

Australia is the ultimate destination for every adventurer, explorer, and lover of beautiful things. 

This country will steal your heart faster than you can say, “G’day mate!” 

From blue waters to the great Outback, there’s always something to marvel at down under.

Australia is the sixth largest country in the world! There’s a lot of ground you can cover in one trip, and planning this out may seem daunting.

We’ve found that, at first glance, it may seem that trains and planes dominate travel, especially for cross-country trips. However, these costs can accumulate quite quickly. 

If you don’t mind a road trip, we suggest hiring a car. This will give you the freedom to go where you want to, while the magical landscape rolls by before your eyes. 

If you’re on a budget, you’ll be pleased to know that Australia’s bus system is efficient and well-equipped. While this option may take a bit longer, it will get you where you need to go. 

If you’re staying in one city and want something quick and convenient, we suggest taking an Uber. It is a quick, easy, and reliable option to get you from place to place.  




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Australia makes use of the Australian Dollar (AUD).

National Languages

Australia is a culturally diverse country that attracts people from all over the world. However, you’ll find that English is the most common language. Under 1% of people actively speak the original Aboriginal languages.

You’ll also find there are over 400 languages spoken throughout Australia, including Mandarin, Arabic, Vietnamese, and Cantonese.

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A woman gazes into the rainforest in Daintree National Park, Queensland, Australia. (photo via AustralianCamera / iStock / Getty Images Plus) (Photo Credit: (photo via AustralianCamera / iStock / Getty Images Plus))

Time Zone

When it comes to time zones, Australia is right at the front of the queue. This country can be almost one day ahead of the rest of the world! 

Note that Australia makes use of multiple different time zones. The time on your visit will depend on where you end up staying. The six main time zones are:

  • Australian Eastern Standard Time (AEST) UTC+10
  • Australian Central Standard Time (ACST) UTC+9:30
  • Australian Western Standard Time (AWST) UTC+8
  • Australian Central Western Standard Time (ACWST) UTC +8:45
  • Australian Central Daylight Time (ACDT) UTC+10:30
  • Australian Eastern Daylight Time (AEDT) UTC +11


Climate And Weather

Similar to the time zones, the climate and weather may change depending on the territory. Australia does remain consistent in being a warmer climate. This country is still subject to summer, winter, spring, and autumn. However, as you travel north, you might also want to take the wet and dry seasons into account. 

While the wet season will be from November to April, the dry season takes place from May to October. 

Here are the months in each season in Australia:

  • Summer:  December - February
  • Autumn: March - May 
  • Winter: June - August
  • Spring: September - November

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When To Visit Australia

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The Rocks, a historic district in Sydney, Australia. (photo via TTC Tour Brands) (Photo Credit: (photo via TTC Tour Brands))

We know everyone has preferences when traveling to a new country. Some are hikers and nature lovers, while some are there for history and road trips. Others simply want to relax on a pristine beach. Luckily, we’ve come to love Australia for being able to cater to all of those. 

If you’re gearing up for the ultimate summer holiday in Australia, we’ve found that planning a visit between the months of December to February is best.  You can expect a sunny holiday, perfect for surfing and getting a tan.

If you’re excited about the scenery and long road trips, consider planning a visit between either March and May or September and November. In our experience, the weather is slightly cooler and the skies are crystal clear during these months. 

Best Places To Stay In Australia

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A kangaroo stands in long grass on Kangaroo Island in South Australia, Australia. (photo via Ben Goode) (Photo Credit: (photo via Ben Goode))

  • Sydney: This vibrant city is home to the legendary Sydney Opera House, as well as the Harbour Bridge. Visiting Sydney, we found a constantly buzzing city packed with cuisine, culture, beaches, and more! 
  • Gold Coast: If you’re looking for golden sand and blue waters, we suggest stopping off at the Gold Coast. This coastal town will have you surfing waves and riding buggies. It's also home to buzzing nightclubs and restaurants. The party never stops!
  • Melbourne: If you’re traveling with family, make sure to swing by Melbourne. Melbourne’s rooftop restaurants and quaint coffee shops are an absolute must. For an insider tip, this family-friendly city hosts underground theaters and other activities that are cost-effective. 


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