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Australia

AUSTRALIA

Workin' it Down Under

Australia is one big adventure. So big, we recommend you stay for a while. Spend your gap year in Australia with our unmissable work starter packs, cheap flights to Australia and awesome adventure tours and live the Aussie lifestyle - surf before work, spot Aussie wildlife in spectacular natural settings, dive the Great Barrier Reef and meet like-minded backpackers on the way. Crikey!

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Australia Costs

Languages Spoken

The official language spoken in Australia is English, although the Aussie slang is definitely its own language!

Currency

Name: Australian Dollar
Code: AUD 
Symbol: $ 
$100 is approx £60

Time Zone

Australia has 5 time zones: Australian Western Standard Time (UTC+8:00), Australian Central Western Standard Time (UTC+8:45), Australian Central Standard Time (UTC+9:30), Australian Eastern Standard Time (UTC+10:00) and Lord Howe Standard Time(UTC+10:30)

The 8 states of Australia

NEW SOUTH WALES

New South Wales

The lively and vibrant state, with Sydney at its core and loads of cool, beachside towns throughout (Bondi, Byron Bay & Coffs Harbour to name a few). 

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QUEENSLAND

Queensland

Home to Mother Nature's greatest masterpiece (The Great Barrier Reef), tropical rainforests, beautiful beaches & amazing weather.

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VICTORIA

Victoria

Home to hipster city, Melbourne, an epic road trip (Great Ocean Road) and a whole heap of culture.

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SOUTH AUSTRALIA

South Australia

Includes the laid-back city of Adelaide, premier wine regions like the Barossa Valley, and beautiful, scenic landscapes. 

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WESTERN AUSTRALIA

Western Australia

All the way on the other side, but don't let that deter you! With cosmopolitan Perth, wine regions and beautiful places like Margaret River, incredible beaches and islands - this state packs a punch!

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NORTHERN TERRITORY

Northern Territory

Where you can truly get back to nature, with an array of diverse landscapes, tropical rainforests, local culture and year-round sunshine - plus the bustling hub of Darwin!

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TASMANIA

Tasmania

Affectionately known as 'Tazzy' and dubbed as a mini New Zealand, this is one not to miss out (although travellers often do!) Dramatic scenery, friendly locals, and a cool and calm lifestyle.

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AUSTRALIAN CAPITAL TERRITORY

Australian Capital Territory

Home to the capital city of Oz (and the Government) - Canberra! Come here for a taste of political Australia, as well as beautifully manicured gardens and national parks.

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Fast Facts

cost of beer in australia

Beers

Beer is served in either a pot (285ml), a schooner (425ml - most popular) or a pint. The average price for a schooner of beer is around $5 (approx £3.80). FYI - they don't drink Fosters.

cost of food in australia

Meals

Want to go out for lunch? An average meal will cost you about $10-$15 AUD (about £6-£9). Pies and burgers are the food of choice, but you can grab a Domino's or Pizza Hut value pizza for $5 (about £3.80)!

cost of a taxi in australia

Taxi

Taxi fares start at about $4 and will add $2 (£1.50) on for every half a mile. Australia is very much like the UK, in the fact that people use Uber as a cheaper way of getting around.

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Transport

It's very easy to get around Australia, whether it's local trams or buses (approx $4 a ticket = £2.40), trains or planes across the country (domestic tickets as low as $90 = £54) or even car and campervan hire. The possibilities are endless!

cost of a hostel in australia

Hostels

The price of a hostel for a night in Australia can range, but only slightly. The average price is about $20-$25 a night (approx £12-£15), but they also offer weekly prices at a discounted rate due to backpackers staying for longer durations.

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Hotels

The cost of a night at a budget hotel in Australia will range from $80-$130 (approx £48-£78) with the cost of a double room in a midrange hotel costing between $130-$250 (approx £78-£150).

How to get there

With international airports in each state, Australia is well connected with the rest of the world and getting around in Oz is easy with domestic flights taking you even into the most remote areas. The long flight is so worth it and we work with top airlines to ensure that your journey is comfy.
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Getting around Australia

Campervan Hire Australia
A road trip is one of the most flexible and fun ways to explore Oz whether you hit coastal roads in funky campers or unearth the outback in a 4WD campervan.
Free nights in Australia Hotels and Hostels
From budget backpacker hostels in Sydney and Melbourne to beachside hotels in Perth and Cairns, we've got heaps of accommodation options in Australia to suit all budgets and travellers.
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Hop-on Hop-off Bus Passes
In a country as vast as Australia, a bus journey becomes an unforgettable part of your holiday experience. Travel on some of the world's most incredible overland routes with our Australian hop-on-hop-off passes.
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Australia Adventure Tours

queensland tour
Brisbane to Cairns Experience - 10 Days
Journey between two of Queenslands hot spots, Brisbane and Cairns on this 10 tour. Explore the incredible scenery of Fraser Island, go snorkelling in the Great Barrier Reef and camp out under the stars in an authentic Australian 'swag'. Your time here may not last long, but your memories will last forever.
Now from £983 | Was £1,229 | 20% off
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east coast tours
Beaches and Reefs – 14 Days
Let your imagination run wild as you travel along Australia's East Coast, where stunning scenery and wonderful wildlife will fill your wanderlust. Sail the Whitsundays, explore Fraser Island, learn to surf in Byron Bay and sip sunset cocktails in Sydney, all whilst travelling with your new mates.
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The Red Centre to Melbourne – 10 Days
Its a wide-open space between the Red Centre and Melbourne, and we intend to make the most of it on this 10-day tour. From trekking national parks to wine tastings in the Clare Valley to hitting up the iconic Great Ocean Road, you'll get a feel for the Outback that can only come from travelling in a close-knit group.
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Australia highlights

VICTORIA
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Great Ocean Road

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QUEENSLAND
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Great Barrier Reef

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NORTHERN TERRITORY
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Uluru

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Working holiday visas

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Check out our travellers own Aussie Adventures below for inspo!

Want to head to Oz? Share your own Aussie experiences or dream Aussie adventure with us! Simply tag @STATravel and #myaussieadventure in the caption of your best Australia pics*

How long is the flight to Australia?

The flight duration depends on where in Australia you fly to. Flying to Perth, Darwin are the quickest routes and depending on your flight connection and lay-over time, you could get to Oz in 17 hours! Flying to Melbourne, Sydney and Brisbane takes on average between 21 and 24 hours. We know it's long but don't sweat,  we work with great airlines that offer in-flight entertainment to waste the time and you can finally catch up on your beauty sleep.

Do I need a visa for Australia?

All visitors travelling to Australia need a visa, which one depends on your circumstances, nationality etc. British citizen can enter Australia either on a free eVisitor visa for holiday purposes or on a Working Holiday visa. We can help you find the visa that is right visa for you, contact Travel Experts for visa assistance now.

How long can I stay in Australia?

How long you can stay in Australia, depends on your visa. On the free eVisitor visa Bristish passport-holders can travel in Australia for up to 3 months but this visa does not allow you to work in Oz. The Working Holiday visa entitles you to work in Australia for up to 12 months and can be extended to up to 24 months. Contact our Travel Experts to find out how.

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