Located in Oceania, Australia is the world’s 6th largest country by area. Sometimes referred as “the island continent”, the country is famous for its natural wonders and endless stretches of surf beach, its iconic wildlife its friendly and funny locals and the endless bucket list of experiences you can find here. It is definitely an adventure destination.
Why Visit Australia
There is no surprise that Australia boosts an incredible array of diverse landscapes. The country has some of the most unique and fabulous natural wonders in the world, like the famous Great Barrier Reef, (the only living piece of Earth noticeable from space), Uluru, the Shark Bay, The pinnacles and much more for you to explore.
The beaches of Australia deserve a section for themselves. With over 23,000 miles of coastline (37,000 Km), the country is home to some of the best beaches on the planet, from crystal clear relaxing beaches to the surfers paradise. Hyams Beach is known for having the whitest sand in the world, while Noosa beach is reserved to those seeking adventure.
With such a diverse landscape, we couldn’t expect nothing else from Australia. The majority of its wildlife is endemic (meaning it can’t be found anywhere else on the world). The country probably has between 200,000 and 300,000 species of animals, highlighting of course, the kangaroo, the largest surviving marsupial of the world and a well known icon of Australia.
Australia is the perfect place for adventure junkies. You could go to explore the outback, to hike, to surf and to sail all in the same day.
Australian cities have something unique to them. The majority of them are near the coast, modern metropolis boosting beautiful harbors and a relaxed lifestyle while offering enticing attractions and a vibrant culture.
What to expect in Australia
English is the national language in Australia.
In Australia the standard voltage is 230V and the frequency is 50 Hz. That’s the standard voltage in the UK, Europe, Australia and most of Asia and Africa; If you are traveling from the US you will need an adaptor.
The Australia Dollar is the official currency in Australia. Other foreign currencies, like dollars and euros, might be accepted at tourist attractions and hotels, but they won’t be accepted at other establishments. Credit cards are widely accepted, and you can exchange your money at any bank, hotel, at the airport or your by withdrawing it directly from the ATM. 1 USD equals 1.46 australian dollars (as of 2020).
Due to the huge size of the country, Australia has several different climate zones. It is a seasonal country, where summers are warm to hot and winters are mild. It is recommended to research a little further regarding the area you are visiting before packing your bags.
Australia is very safe, with low crime rates. Even petty crime, such as pickpocketing, is not common. However, crime rates might shift a little in big cities. Be cautious and use your common sense like you would anywhere else.
Nationals of the following countries are required to apply for a eVisa (more or less like an ESTA) to visit Australia for unlimited times, up to 3 months per visit: All european Union Citizens, Andorra, Iceland, Liechtenstein, Monaco, Norway, San Marino, Switzerland, UK and Vatican City.
Citizens of Brunei, Canada, Hong Kong, Japan, Malaysia, Singapore, South Korea and United States can visit Australia under the ETA, and stay for three months each visit. There is no visa application charge for an ETA, however a $20 service charge applies for online applications only.
Citizens from all other countries need to request a visa in advance through the embassy.
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