Friday, November 24, 2017 Edition: U.S. & World | Regional

Travel Guide to Australia – A Visitors Guide to Australia

Australia travel exposes visitors to sights and experiences they cannot find anywhere else. Vast mobs of kangaroos (yes, that's the term), the lonely majesty of Uluru, and the wilds of Tasmania are uniquely Australian. Visitors to Australia can choose from an expansive variety of attractions, from the rich underwater world of the Great Barrier Reef to the vast desert stretches of the Outback to the cosmopolitan urban vibes of Sydney and Melbourne.

Australia
Capital
Canberra, Australia's capital, is located inland near the southeast coast. Surrounded farmland and nature reserves, the focal point is picturesque Lake Burley Griffin.
23 MILLION People
Australia is a country and continent surrounded by the Indian and Pacific oceans. Its major cities – Sydney, Brisbane, Melbourne, Perth, Adelaide – are coastal. Its capital, Canberra, is inland.
Main Airport
Sydney Airport
Sydney Airport is located 8 km south of Sydney city centre, in the suburb of Mascot. It is the oldest continuously operated commercial international airport in the world.
When to Go
Best Time
  • Spring: ~18°C (64°F)
    September - October
  • Summer: ~22°C (72°F)
    November - March
  • Autumn: ~17°C (63°F)
    April - May
  • Winter: ~13°C (55°F)
    June - August
Currency
$
Dollars
10 Fun Facts
  • • Australia exports camels to Saudi Arabia.
  • • Australia has 10 times more camels than koalas.
  • • In Australia, there are more kangaroos than people.
  • • In Australia, Burger King is called "Hungry Jack's".
  • • Australia is the world's sixth-largest country by total area.
  • • The city of Melbourne in Australia, used to be called Batmania.
  • • It's estimated that 75% of Australia's living species are unknown to man.
  • • Australia is the only Western country in the world to not have a Bill of Rights.
  • • In Victoria, Australia, only a licensed electrician is allowed to change a light bulb.
  • • Australia has over 10,000 beaches. You could visit a new beach every day for over 27 years.
Basic Phrases
English
  • Ace!
    Excellent
  • Chockers
    Very full
  • Bonzer
    Good

  • Mozzie
    Mosquito
  • Servo
    Gas station
Food and Drinks
  • Prawn cocktail
  • Seafood pizza
  • Crocodile Tim Tam
  • Sausage rolls
  • Meat pies
  • Fantales
  • Grilled kangaroo
What to Tip
  • Optional
    Waitstaff
  • None
    Bartenders
  • None
    Taxi Drivers
  • None
    Porters per bag
  • None
    Tour Guides

Australia is a country and continent surrounded by the Indian and Pacific oceans. Its major cities – Sydney, Brisbane, Melbourne, Perth, Adelaide – are coastal. Its capital, Canberra, is inland. The population of Australia is approximately 23 million people. Australia's currency is the Dollars.

Canberra, Australia's capital, is located inland near the southeast coast. Surrounded farmland and nature reserves, the focal point is picturesque Lake Burley Griffin.

The main airport serving Australia is Sydney Airport. Sydney Airport is located 8 km south of Sydney city centre, in the suburb of Mascot. It is the oldest continuously operated commercial international airport in the world.

Australia experiences four seasons.

  • Spring: September - October. Average temperature is ~18°C (64°F).
  • Summer: November - March. Average temperature is ~22°C (72°F).
  • Autumn: April - May. Average temperature is ~17°C (63°F).
  • Winter: June - August. Average temperature is ~13°C (55°F).

Visitors will want to be sure they don’t miss these top tourism attractions in Australia.

Here are some interesting and fun facts you may not know about Australia.

  • Australia exports camels to Saudi Arabia.
  • Australia has 10 times more camels than koalas.
  • In Australia, there are more kangaroos than people.
  • In Australia, Burger King is called "Hungry Jack's".
  • Australia is the world's sixth-largest country by total area.
  • The city of Melbourne in Australia, used to be called Batmania.
  • It's estimated that 75% of Australia's living species are unknown to man.
  • Australia is the only Western country in the world to not have a Bill of Rights.
  • In Victoria, Australia, only a licensed electrician is allowed to change a light bulb.
  • Australia has over 10,000 beaches. You could visit a new beach every day for over 27 years.

Don't leave your electronics at home. Here are the best Australian travel apps you'll want to download to your iPhone or Android device before your visit.

For a real Australia experience, you need to try these iconic foods and drinks. Some are traditional Australian dishes while others have been "borrowed" from immigrants and neighbors.

  • Prawn cocktail
  • Seafood pizza
  • Crocodile Tim Tam
  • Sausage rolls
  • Meat pies
  • Fantales
  • Grilled kangaroo

Work off that amazing food, enjoy the great outdoors, or just try something new. These favorite Australian activities let you get out and enjoy the country the way the locals do.

Every country has its own ideas of who should be tipped and how much. Nobody wants to overtip or, worse, be considered a rude guest. Here’s what to tip in Australia.

  • Waitstaff – Optional
  • Bartenders – None
  • Taxi Drivers – None
  • Porters per bag – None
  • Tour Guides – None

From casual comfort to luxury accommodations, Australia has plenty of great hotel choices for you to relax and unwind.

  • Pier One Sydney Harbour – Pier One Sydney Harbour Autograph Collection, features a very unique Federation-style architecture blended with contemporary chic.
  • Lizard Island Resort – Lizard Island Resort is the northern-most resort located directly on the Great Barrier Reef, with 24 powdery-white beaches and 40 luxurious suites.
  • The Westin Sydney – This luxurious hotel is surrounded by Sydney's most exclusive designer shopping,best restaurants, theatres and nightlife.
  • Royal Pines Resort – Set on a world-class golf course, this resort offers everything needed for a sun-kissed holiday on surfers paradise, Queensland's famous stretch of coastline.
  • Shangri-La Hotel – The hotel encompasses 255 spacious guest rooms and suites offering Cairns' most spectacular views of the Marlin Marina, tranquil Trinity Bay.
  • The Lyall Hotel and Spa – This is Melbourne's only privately owned and operated 5 Star hotel offering grand hotel services and facilities on an intimate and personal scale.

Australia is the only country that encompasses an entire continent, and in many ways, it seems a world apart. At the same time, it is very accessible to Western travelers due to its familiar social, political and economic structure.


5 Comments

  1. Madeleine
    September 8, 2017 - 3:31 am

    We were on a visit to the Great Barrier Reef during one of our studies, it was a great place to be, and we learnt a lot. Personally, I can’t fail to commend the services of Lizard Island Resort with the Trip Planner we used. We couldn’t catch much fun by visiting other places because we had limited time for our studies, but I’d definitely visit Australia again.

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  2. Halyna R.
    September 8, 2017 - 8:53 am

    I’d love to visit Australia one day and explore its beautiful nature and scenery. All the stories about the Australian wildlife and its dangers make me think that it would be quite an adventure. The fun fact that that’s only a quarter of what Australia has really got to offer is really tantalizing. And then there are the beaches. So many opportunities to relax and enjoy your vacation! Although I’m not a big fan of sun bathing. I get sun burnt very easily. But I’m all for surfing and scuba…

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  3. Mitchell
    September 9, 2017 - 5:54 pm

    I have always loved to Give Australia a visit because I have heard so much about the country. This review has further whetted my curiosity. I can’t wait to be there next summer to see those live kangaroos I only see in documentaries. Eureka Skydeck 88 is a must visit of all places.

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  4. Richard G.
    September 12, 2017 - 7:29 pm

    WOW! This was a lot of information!! Great tips! I think you practically covered everything. I’m am hoping to put Australia on my upcoming travel list.

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  5. Caitlin
    September 30, 2017 - 6:39 pm

    I have always wanted to visit Australia! My younger sister visited when she was younger and I’ve wanted to make the trip, myself, ever since she came back! The sights of the Great Barrier Reef and the beauty of the continent are sure reasons to visit. I didn’t know that camels were so numerous in Australia, though! That’s very interesting! There seems to be more than enough to see and do, mixed with the opportunity to take a lively vacation to a summertime climate in the middle of winter in…

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