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AUSTRALIA

Travel guide and inspiration

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!

Fast facts

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)

Places to visit in Australia

New South Wales

Sydney

Queensland

Brisbane

Victoria

Melbourne

South Australia

Adelaide

Western Australia

Perth

Northern Territory

Darwin

Tasmania

Hobart

Australian Capital Territory

Canberra

Costs

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.

transport in australia

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.

cost of a hotel in australia

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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The great Aussie roadtrip: Suggested itineraries

Got a few weeks to get under Australia's red, rugged skin? Amazing. Koalified to drive? Even better!

Australia is one of the best roadtrip destinations in the world, and we've been providing adventurers Down Under with wheels, support and bags of advice since we first touched down there ourselves and fell in love. Speed towards the horizon on some of these recommended itineraries for two, three or 4+ week trips in a campervan or hire car...

East coast itinerary
East Coast Roadie
Duration: 2 weeks

Day 1: Sydney to Coffs Harbour. Day 2: Coffs Harbour to Byron Bay. Day 4: Waterfall hopping in Springbrook N.P. and sunset surfing in Gold Coast. Day 5: Brisbane! Day 6: Sunshine Coast (overnight stop in Noosa). Day 7: Rainbow Beach - the jumpiung off point for Fraser Island. Day 9: A ten hour drive to Airlie Beach and the Whitsundays (worth it). Days 11-14: Mission Beach and Cairns!

west coast
West Coast roadie
Duration: 3 weeks

Day 1: Head from Perth to Nambung and the Pinnacles. Day 3: Head from Cervantes to Kalbarri N.P. Day 4: Shell Beach and the surrounding coastline Day 6: Shark Bay. Day 7: Shark Bay to Monkey Mia. Day 9: Head to Coral Bay Day 10: Explore the Ningaloo Reef. Day 11: Ningaloo to Exmouth Day 13: Exmouth to Karijini N.P. Day 14: Karijini to Port Headland Day 15: Port Headland to Eighty Mile Beach Day 16: Broome, and then optionally tag Kimberley region on the end!

 

The big all-rounder

Duration: 4+ weeks

Starting in: Cairns. Ends in: Alice Springs

Weeks 1-2: Soak up Australia's amazing East Coast via the Whitsunday Islands and Byron.

Week 3: Pacific Highway between Sydney and Melbourne (allowing a few days to soak up the best of both cities). Head off down the Great Ocean Road toward Adelaide

Week 4: Head north into the Red Centre via interesting outback towns.

Oz Campers from £25 a day!

Australia's travel 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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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.
From £19pp per day
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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.
 From £15 pppn | Stay 4 nights, pay for 3
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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.
Up to 30% off bus passes
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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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