1. Because of its immense size, Australia offers a wide range of climatic zones – from the temperate climes of Southern Australia to the tropical humidity of far north Queensland and the dry desert heat of the interior. The summer months (December to February) are generally the most popular for visiting coastal areas such as Sydney and Melbourne, while winter (June to August) is a good time to explore the Red Centre.Have a look at Source for more info on this.
2. Winters are generally mild throughout the southern states, but temperatures can be surprisingly nippy in Tasmania.
3. In Australia, the long summer, especially the two weeks around Christmas Day, is the busiest time of the year and you should book flights and accommodation well in advance if you want to be in Australia during this period.
4. Also bear in mind that hotel accommodation is at a premium during major sporting events such as the Melbourne Cup (first Tuesday in November), the Australian Open (also in Melbourne, every January), Adelaide’s motor event in March and the Australian Grand Prix held in Melbourne during March.
5. Unless you are an Australian or New Zealand citizen, you will need a visa to enter Australia. You can apply for a range of visas, including tourist visas and working holiday visas, but you must do so before leaving home.
6. In Australia, tipping is now becoming much more common, especially in restaurants and bars. Giving 10 per cent of the total bill is generally considered appropriate
7. In Australia, driving is on the left, so most UK visitors will feel right at home.
8. Australia is an informal society – don’t be surprised to be called “mate” by complete strangers.
9. Dress codes are equally relaxed: when eating out, except in smart restaurants, men wear shorts and T-shirts.
10. Australians have a robust sense of humor.
11. If you’re aged between 18 and 30 you may be eligible to apply for a Working Holiday Visa, allowing you to live, work and travel anywhere in Australia for one year.
12. You can apply for holiday working permit if you meet up with the following conditions
• Be aged between 18 and 30 (inclusive) at time of applying
• Not have previously entered Australia on a Working Holiday Visa.
If you are granted a Working Holiday Visa, you can:
• Enter Australia at any time within 12 months of the visa grant date
• Stay for up to 12 months in Australia
• Leave and re-enter Australia any number of times in the 12 months from the date of first entry
• Undertake temporary employment in Australia for up to six months with any employer
13. With a second Working Holiday Visa you can either extend your stay in Australia or come back again for another year before you turn 31. To get the second visa, you need to have completed a minimum of three months ‘specified work’, such as fruit picking, in an eligible regional area.
14. Australia is an incredibly diverse island, continent, and country- both culturally and geographically speaking.
15. Nearly all of Australia’s population lives within 50 miles of the coastline.
16. As a former penal colony, the country is now a mixture of modern cosmopolitan culture and ancient Aboriginal traditions.
17. A visit to Australia guarantees fantastic sightseeing, nightlife, and adventurous experiences to remember forever.
18. The best time for Australia travel is between mid-April to late August, when airfares are the lowest, while the peak travel season in most parts of Australia is during their winter, the most pleasant time to travel to Australia is from April through September.
19. Daytime temperatures are warm, and it rarely rains. September and October are ideal, when the warmth is sufficient to shield you on the beach in the southern states and the wildflowers of Western Australia are in bloom.
Hostels start at 20 AUD per night for a dorm room, though they get as high as 40 in the big coastal cities. Private rooms with a double bed and a shared bathroom in hostels range between 80-100 AUD per night.
20. For budget hotels, you are looking to spend at least around 75-95 AUD for a double room, private bathroom, TV, and breakfast. Larger, chain hotels cost closer to 200 AUD. Camping costs between 15-30 AUD per night (cheaper if you bring your own tent, more expensive if you’re parking an RV).