Prepare your trip to Australia

Prepare your trip to Australia

Before you travel, you need to know Australia’s travel formalities and other important information:

1. Visa requirements

It does not matter how long you plan to stay in Australia, you will require a valid visa to visit the country. You can obtain some Australian visas online, such as an eVisitor visa, or an ETA visa, if you are traveling as a tourist. If you wish to study or work in Australia, you will require a different kind of visa for a longer period of stay.

To figure out what type of visa is right for you, ensure you check out the our page dedicated to the required formalities prior to your trip of home affairs page to see the types of visas available.

Note that while some countries will require your passport to have a six months validity, Australia does not have a minimum passport validity period, that means you can travel to Australia as long as you have a valid passport.

2. Quarantine laws are strict

Australia is a large island with beautiful landscapes, it is free from certain diseases and pests. To maintain it that way and to manage a growing agriculture industry, the Australian Government takes quarantine laws seriously.

When you visit Australia, you will be required to declare all plant material, food, and animal products to make sure nothing bad is brought into the country. This includes fruits, seeds, feathers, skins, and leathers.

You will receive an Incoming Passenger Card on your flight, which you will need to complete and also declare any goods you have on you. If the goods are observed to be low-risk, they will be returned to you. But if the bio-security agents at the airport think the goods are hazardous, they will be seized, and you will have to pay a fine. If you are visiting Australia with banned goods and you do not declare them, you will be faced with fines.

It is a good idea to know Australian quarantine laws before you pack for your trip, and if you are not sure if you will need to declare a good or not, you should declare it anyway.

Note that each Australian territory and state also has border quarantine laws, and certain plant products and food will need to be declared before you can visit another territory or state.

3. Be prepared for the weather

It snows in areas of Tasmania, Victoria, and New South Wales. Melbourne has four seasons in a day. It can experience sun, wind, rain, and storm, in less than 48 hours. Australian summers are usually hot and harsh. You should be prepared and do a bit of research into the Australian weather forecasts for the regions you are visiting.

Sunburn, heatstroke, and dehydration can all occur if you do not plan well for the weather.

UV rays are generally strong in Australia, so it is advisable to wear sunscreen and reapply regularly. You should also be hydrated throughout the day.

4. Plan your trip – Australia is a big country

If you fantasize flying to Sydney, traveling through Melbourne, having a peek at the Great Ocean Road before viewing the Uluru the next day. These are not possible.

This island-continent is enormous, and this usually gets underestimated by visitors.

Australia is one of the largest countries in the world and is almost the same size as the United States, which means you have to be prepared for long distances between areas.

When preparing for your trip, you should give yourself lots of time to enjoy the country. You cannot explore Australia in two or three weeks. If you want to see different areas, flying is the best option. You can schedule tours that cover some of the main tourist attractions, like going to see the Uluru from the main cities like Sydney or Melbourne.

Preparing your trip with the knowledge of the distances between different areas will help you to plan a smoother trip and avoid disappointment. If you intend to view too many areas in a short time, you will be overwhelmed, and you will not enjoy the beautiful country.  If time is not on your side and you cannot travel around Australia for more than a few weeks, you should consider spending a long time in fewer areas to enjoy them. To get more info you can check what you should know before travelling to Australia.