Australia is a country that is on the bucket list for a lot of people to visit and is often a once in a lifetime trip. Planning a trip to Australia can require a lot of research and planning as it’s a big country which quite often people don’t realise just how big it is. In this post I am going to include some tips for planning a trip to Australia, some of these are what I did when planning my trip or what I wish I’d done.
When travelling to Australia from the UK it is not uncommon for people to go for 12 months as they will choose to travel around the country so they getting to see as much of the country as possible. Some who do choose to go for 12 months sometimes take up some farm work to help them with money whilst in Australia. It’s important to decide how long you are going to be visiting Australia for as this will determine how much of the country you will be able to see.
It’s important to set a limit of what you are prepared to pay for your trip. If you don’t set yourself a budget there is a chance you could end up spending a lot more on your trip than is necessary. Decide whether you want it to be a budget trip or a luxurious trip as this will help when choosing accommodation.
In Australia there are various types of accommodation to choose from as you are able to choose to stay in a luxurious hotel or a budget hotel but there is also the option of staying in apart hotels or apartments. For my trip to Australia I chose to stay in accommodation which was luxurious as at the time of booking I thought it would be a once in a lifetime trip but Australia is somewhere I’m determined to visit again. When also choosing your accommodation it’s also important to consider the location as you need to decide whether you wish to be central for attractions or if you wish to be further away from them.
Once you’ve decided how long you are going to spend in Australia and also set a budget you need to consider which parts of Australia you wish to visit and potentially put them in order of preference, as it may not be possible to visit everywhere you wish. One of the best ways to do this is by using a map of Australia which will also help to plan a route for your trip. It’s also important to consider how you are going to get between locations as some may require an internal flight or some may be driving distance.
After deciding where you are going to be visiting it’s important to consider your flight options to Australia. If you are travelling from the UK I would recommend the direct flight from London Heathrow to Perth with Qantas which I did when travelling to Australia last year. This flight takes 17 hours which may sound daunting to some people but after taking this flight last year I found that it was a good flight with plenty of entertainment onboard as well as food and drink. Other flight options to Australia from the UK do stopovers at Dubai or Singapore so if you do a stopover at these places you may consider stopping at one of them for a few days. When travelling home from Sydney last year the flight included a stopover at Dubai so I decided to stay for a few days which helped to break the flight up as it was going to be two long flights.
Whilst in Australia if there are some things that you are certain you would like to do such as wine tours I would recommend booking these before you leave. There are some other attractions that need pre-booking before leaving for Australia such as Sydney Harbour Bridge climb.
At the time of this being posted there are travel restrictions in place, please check these before travelling.