What to See in Australia for First Time Travelers?
Australia is a vast country with so many wondrous sites to see from natural scenery to majestic architecture. The cosmopolitan cities of Sydney, Melbourne, Cairns and Adelaide should be on the list of your first Australia tour package. You could enjoy leisure time with bright sunshine at the Bondi Beach, marvel at the extraordinary designs of the Sydney Opera House and the Harbour Bridge, be astonished by the magical creativity of nature at the Great Ocean Road, appreciate the world's largest colorful coral reef in the Great Barrier Reef and taste the best wine at Adelaide's top winery.
Our Australia tours have very flexible durations. You could plan a tour to match your vacation days. 6 days is enough to visit Sydney and Melbourne. If you have more days, you could extend the tour to the north to visit Cairns, or to the south to include Adelaide, or even to the central area to travel through the red desert.
Great Ocean Road
Country Side Scene
When is the Best Time to Travel to Australia?
There are four seasons in Australia. It is spring from September to November when the climate is lovely and pleasant. Summer is from December to February with very hot weather. Autumn also has a mild climate from March to May. It is cool in winter of June to August, but not too cold.
As Australia has a wide range of territories, the best time to visit each part varies. The hot tourist cities are mainly in the southeast coast, in the north, south and west parts. The best time to visit the southeast coast including Sydney, Melbourne and Gold Coast is from October to April. In the tropical north of Cairns and Darwin, the best time is from May to October, when it is the dry season with less rains and not too hot. While for the south and west parts of Adelaide and Perth, the best time is in spring and autumn from September to December and March to May.
Do I Need a Visa to Visit Australia?
Yes, a valid visa is required to enter Australia. It is also called Electronic Travel Authority (ETA) for some EU countries. Usually, an ETA is valid for 12 months with multiple entries. Travelers could stay three months per entry at most. The visa or ETA could be applied at the local Australian Embassy or through the official website online. Please make sure your passport with at least a 6-month validity and prepare the credit or debit card to pay.
How to Get to and Travel Around Australia?
Australia is in the middle of the ocean, so the best way to arrive there is by flight. There are international flights to all the major cities, like Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane, Cairns, Perth, etc. As Australia has a vast territory and the popular tourist cities locate far away from each other, the domestic flights are the most suitable way to travel inside the country in terms of time and cost. Train is also available, but it takes a longer time and the train fare is not cheap. So unless you are really fond of train and have enough time, choose the flight instead.
What is the Currency in Australia and the Best Way to Pay for Things?
The official currency is Australia Dollars. You could use the major credit cards during your Australia tours. Also the cash machines are widely available. You could withdraw some cash. There is another simple way to buy local currency, which is through a currency card to lock in a great exchange rate before travelling. The most popular currency card is the "Global Traveller" MasterCard, issued by Caxton FX.