Australia travel guide

Work hard, and play harder, in Australia

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!

Australia fast facts

Languages Spoken

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


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)

Where to visit in Australia: states and top cities




New South Wales




Western Australia

Darwin, Uluru &

Northern Territory

Adelaide &

South Australia





Australia costs

cost of beer in australia


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


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 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


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


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


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).

Travelling to Australia

It might feel like a bit of a mission to get there, but it's worth it. Plus, we work with top airlines to ensure that your journey is comfortable (and stocked with really good films and/or drinks). Each state in Australia has an international airport, and getting around in Oz is easy, with domestic flights taking you even into the most remote areas.
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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: 14 days

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: 16 days

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.

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Australia's travel highlights


Great Ocean Road

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Great Barrier Reef

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Working holiday visas

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Travelling 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.
 From £15 pppn 
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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.

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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