Australia

AUSTRALIA

Travel guide

Live the Australian dream on this guaranteed adventure - full of surf vibes, coastal towns, coffee lovers, and insane natural surroundings, you'll never want to leave this incredible country! Camp under the stars in the Outback, roadtrip along the east coast, or go diving in the Great Barrier Reef - the adventures are endless.

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 $80

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: top states and cities

QUEENSLAND &

The Gold Coast

EXPLORE

New South Wales

EXPLORE

Victoria

PERTH &

Western Australia

Darwin, Uluru &

Northern Territory

Adelaide &

South Australia

NEW SOUTH WALES

Sydney

VICTORIA'S CULTURE CAPITAL

Melbourne

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 $4).

cost of food in australia

Meals

Want to go out for lunch? An average meal will cost you about $10-$15 AUD (about $8-$12). Pies and burgers are the food of choice, but you can grab a Domino's or Pizza Hut value pizza for $5 (about $4)!

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Cabs

Cab fares start at about $4 and will add $2 ($1.60 approx) for every half a mile.

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Transportation

It's very easy to get around Australia, whether it's local trams or buses (approx $4 a ticket =$3.24), trains or planes across the country (domestic tickets as low as $90 = $72) or even car and campervan hire from $33 a day.

cost of a hostel in australia

Hostels

The average price of a dorm bed in Australia is about $20-$25 a night (approx $16-$20), 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 $64-$105) with the cost of a double room in a midrange hotel costing between $130-$250 (approx $64-$202).

How to get there

It's really easy to get into Australia, with international airports in each state, and lots more small domestic airports dotted around the country. With domestic flights within the country from as low as $50, it couldn't be easier to travel around Australia! 
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Australia's travel highlights

VICTORIA
Explore

Great Ocean Road

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QUEENSLAND
Explore

Great Barrier Reef

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NORTHERN TERRITORY
Explore

Uluru

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Explore

Working holiday visas

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Getting around Australia

Campervan Hire Australia
Grab your mates, pack up the barbie and head off on your camper road trip! Take a trip along the Great Ocean Road with the wind in your hair; drive through the Outback towards Uluru, sleeping under the stars each night; or beach hop along the coast of Western Australia. There's so much to see in Aus, and going by camper means that you can decide on what to see, when to see it and for how long.
From $33 a day
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Australia rail
In a country as vast as Australia, a train journey becomes an unforgettable part of your holiday experience. Instead of flying up in the clouds, you can weave your way through Australia's stunning scenery, through the dusty red outback and along the divine eastern coastline. Travel on some of the world's most incredible train journeys with our Australia rail passes.
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Hop-on Hop-off Bus Passes
Australia is a huge country but we think that traveling around it is all part of the fun. Hop-on hop-off bus passes in Australia are easy to get, and means you get to jump off wherever you like the look of! Plus, you get to see all of the amazing scenery across the country.  Australia is also almost purpose-built for a road trip with your best friends or new travel buddies - in fact, it's a rite of passage.

Australia's climate

Australia has two climate zones – tropical and temperate.

Tropical

The tropical zone is in the north above the Tropic of Capricorn, encompasses about 40% of the country, and experiences two seasons – summer (wet) and winter (dry). The summer rain brings the lush rainforests of the tropical zone to life.

Temperate

The temperate zone has all four seasons. For up-to-the-minute weather information, visit the World Weather website.

Conditions in spring and summer are tropical in the north with high humidity and temperatures ranging between 86 and 122°F. Temperatures in the south sit at around 86°F during the day, with mild temperatures at night.

In fall and winter, northern and central Australia have clear warm days and cool nights, with an average temperature of around 68°F. The south has cool days averaging around 59°F with occasional rain but still plenty of sun.

Do I need a visa to travel to Australia?

All travelers visiting Australia require a visa to enter the country - if you're a US citizen and visiting for less than 90 days you can get an Electronic Travel Authority (electronically attached to your passport). If you're looking to work in Australia, and are between 18 and 30 years old, you can apply for a working holiday visa (subclass 462). 

How long can I stay in Australia?

How long you can stay in Australia, depends on your visa. On the ETA you can travel in Australia for up to 3 months, but this visa doesn't allow you to work. The Working Holiday visa entitles you to work in Australia for up to 12 months.

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