Australia Travel Guide

Looking for places to visit in Australia and how to make it the dream trip of a lifetime?

Australia IS everything you've dreamed of and more. It's a land of colors and contrasts: from the red, dusty outback to the lush, tropical rainforests, with moutains, vineyards, and the most beautiful beaches in the world in between.

We're Aussies who have travelled the country extensively for 3 years. We road tripped around Australia for 18 months in a caravan/ travel trailer with our two daughters Kalyra and Savannah.

You can hear more about that in this podcast episode.

We're from the Central Coast in NSW, and have also lived in Broome, WA, Mooolaba on the Sunshine Coast, QLD and Burleigh Heads on the Gold Coast, Queensland.

We've also taken many short trips to explore our beautiful country even further.

We have a huge amount of useful travel tips and destination highlights on Australia to help you plan your trip.

We've grouped them into the categories below so click to the one that suits you most. You'll find a complete list of all the posts below the categories so keep scrolling.

You'll find our best travel tips and general Australia content under the Best of Australia!

We hope you enjoy traveling either to, or around, Australia as much as we do. She truly is one of the most exotic and beautiful countries in the world.

UNIQUELY AUSTRALIA - TRAVEL IDEAS AND HIGHLIGHTS

No matter your interests, you can find experiences to match in Australia. Click the image below to find experiences and attractions that suit what you're looking for! It will take you to a wide variety of articles designed to inspire and help you plan. Almost all of our content and tips are based upon personal experience!

I must say that your travel blog of Australia is the best I have ever seen. You have really shown how incredible Australia is. You have encouraged not only Australians, but travelers from overseas to visit different regions of Australia. Your beautiful photography makes you want to travel around Australia. Often tourists only get to see the East Coast of Australia, and mainly the commercial parts and don't get to see the raw beauty of Australia. I do believe a lot of tourists will come to Australia because of your travel blog. They will see places that are unheard of. Keep up the great work and can't wait for you to do a travel blog on South Australia.

Louisa Kilmentos

IMPORTANT THINGS TO KNOW

LANGUAGE

British English is the main language spoken in Australia. But, be warned - Australian's have their own lingo. It's full of rhyming slang and shortened words. Don't be surprised if you have no idea what an Aussie is saying. 

CURRENCY

Australia's national currency is the Australian Dollar, which comes in denominations of $5, $10, $20, $50 and $100 notes. Coins come in 5, 10, 20 and 50 cent and one and two dollar denominations. 

SAFETY

Australia is generally a very safe and welcoming place to visit. It consistently ranks as one of the safest countries in the world ... despite its dangerous animals ;)

ACCESSING MONEY

Credit Cards are widely accepted. However, many smaller, local business will only accept cash, so always have some on hand, especially when traveling in the Outback. Amex will almost always incur a fee. 

POWER

In Australia the standard voltage is 230 V and the frequency is 50 Hz. Plug Type is I, which is the plug that has three flat pins in a triangular pattern.

WI-FI & INTERNET

Free Wi-Fi is not readily available and it's expensive. Australia's internet can be slow and non-existent outside of urban areas. The two main mobile networks are Optus and Telstra. Telstra is the best.

BEST TIME TO VISIT AUSTRALIA

Sept- Nov | March - May

SPRING | AUTUMN

Mild temperatures in the South and still great for swimming. It's cool enough to tour Uluru and the Red Centre, and the humidity and rains won't be around up north in the tropics.

Dec - Feb

SUMMER IN THE SOUTH

Summer in the Southern regions of Australia is a popular time to visit. You'll find fun festivals. a festive spirit, and beautiful beaches. Some areas will be hot, but the ocean breeze will offer relief. 

Nov - April

WET SEASON IN THE NORTH 

The worst time to visit the entire Top End of Australia. It's EXTREMELY humid, with PLENTY of rain, potential cyclones & road closures. It's stinger season, so terrible for ocean swimming (like die from a box jellyfish sting kind of terrible)

WINTER IN THE SOUTH

Temperatures in the South will vary for levels of coldness. Aussies will find anything under 19°C cold. You may find winters pleasant. Probably too cold for beach swimming. Bryon Bay to Fraser Island will have the mildest winter temps.

April - Nov

DRY SEASON NORTH

Absolute BEST time to visit the Top End. You won't see one cloud. Warm, dry, fantastic for swimming, and daily adventures. The beginning of the dry will be most lush and green. 

BEST AUSTRALIA BEACHES

After traveling in-depth for three years around Australia, and spending 22 years traveling through over 50 countries (many in-depth) we are quite confident in saying Australia has the best beaches in the world. 

You cannot beat them for pristine beauty, endless space, and a laid back lifestyle to match. 

AUSTRALIAN ICONS

These are the places you think of when you hear the word Australia. I'm sure many of them are on your Australian bucket list. 

We visited almost all of them. Browse around for our best tips on things to see and do for each one. Our 3-week itinerary below will help you visit several!

OUR AUSTRALIAN FAVORITES

Hover over each card to reveal our Australian favorites, which was SOOO hard to pick!! You can use the search bar below to find out information on each one. 

FAVORITE TOWNS

  1. Broome, WA
  2. Bright, VIC
  3. Burleigh, QLD
  4. Margaret River, WA
  5. Port Douglas, QLD

FAVE CITIES

  1. Sydney (beauty)
  2. Melbourne (culture)
  3. Adelaide (food and wine)
  4. Darwin (chilled uniqueness)

FAVE NATURAL BEAUTY

  1. Uluru, NT
  2. Kakadu, NT
  3. Kimberley Region, WA
  4. Daintree Rainforest, Qld
  5. Freycinet, TAS

FAVORITE WINE REGIONS

  1. Margaret River, WA
  2. Barossa Valley, SA
  3. Hunter Valley, NSW

FAVORITE ADVENTURES

  1. Snorkeling Great Barrier Reef
  2. Horizontal Falls, WA
  3. Working on a pearl farm, Kimberley Region, WA
  4. Swimming with manta - Ningaloo, WA
  5. Swimming with seal lions, SA

FAVORITE ROAD TRIPS

  1. Gibb River Road
  2. Port Douglas - Daintree
  3. Red Centre Way
  4. Sydney to Gold Coast

HIDDEN SECRETS

  1. Wilsons Prom, Vic
  2. Mudgee, NSW
  3. Noosa Everglads, Qld
  4. Karijini NP, WA
  5. Flinders Ranges, SA

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ALL AUSTRALIAN ARTICLES

Browse through to see all our articles on travel in Australia! 

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Don’t Miss The Spectacular Bondi to Coogee Beach Coastal Walk, Sydney

By Caroline Makepeace | March 15, 2011

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Hot Air Ballooning over the Hunter Valley with Cloud 9 Flights

By Caroline Makepeace | February 27, 2011

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Sydney Harbour YHA Hostel – The Rocks District

By Caroline Makepeace | February 21, 2011

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Fear, Success and the High Ropes Challenge

By Caroline Makepeace | December 27, 2010

Actually the high ropes challenge didn’t really teach me anything about fear that I didn’t already know, it just helped remind me to be alert to it, what it’s purpose is, and how to overcome […]

Moonwalk Royal National Park

Moonwalk in the Royal National Park

By Caroline Makepeace | November 24, 2010

There are certain moments of our life that will always be brought back by a special song that captured the essence of an experience. As I sat on the bus watching Centrepoint Tower and the […]

Terrigal Beach Travel destinations

Terrigal Beach, NSW Australia- Things to do and see

By Caroline Makepeace | October 21, 2010

The scenic Terrigal Beach, on the NSW Central Coast, Australia is just over an hour drive from from Sydney and is missed by most travellers, generally because the main north/south freeway bypasses this beautiful area […]

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