Australia was never on the top of my list for places to live and travel.
Seeking magical adventures and trying to get out my comfort zone, I felt more inclined to Asia & countries that were contrasting to what I was used too.
After an unbelievable and magical 6 month trip around South East Asia, I headed over to find some kind of base and of course a new experience and explore a new country.
I was not let down.
Saint Kilda / Melbourne
Australia is one massive country filled with a diverse variety of things to do and places to go.
Every Tom, Dick and Harry seems to be hopping on a flight to the other side of the world seeking the Aussie experience.
I don’t like telling people too much about where to go and what to do but I’ve come up with my top tips for traveling Australia. These are just a few things I thought you should know.
With the second-highest human development index globally, the country ranks highly in quality of life, health, education, economic freedom, and civil liberties and political rights.
1. It’s a continent.
Australia is massive!
It’s bigger than Europe and the world’s sixth-largest country by total area.
2. There are countless things to do.
Australia offers loads of things to get up too. From some of the best camping spots and of course the best places to surf.
It offers nature, rainforests and jungles, the outback, mountains and major cities. There’s places to ski, places to shop, places to explore and so much more.
3. Make the most of brunch.
Chapel Street / Melbourne
Brunch in Australia is a thing, something they do very well. All over the country on every menu they ‘do’ brunch. The best thing is, it’s normally all day. Well done Australia.
4. Most of Australia is just land
Australia is actually a lot of land. With the size of the country being ginormous and a population of 24, 520, 898. It’s mostly land.
Only 2% of the population of Australia live in the yellow area.
5. You can’t buy booze from the supermarket
They have bottle shops, and sometimes small stores attached to supermarkets, however, Australia doesn’t sell booze in supermarkets. They seem quite strict with selling, buying and even public drinking over in Aus. There are normally plenty of 24/7 hour bottle shops about.
6. 81% of the worlds deadliest animals come from Australia
I thought this was an interesting fact I found out a while ago while on a tour in Queensland’s rainforest.
After completing my farm work, living out in the Australian bush, I did see a lot of amazing wildlife and insects! Yes there are snakes, spiders, toads etc.. but its really not that bad. Trust me.
It’s worth knowing some more on the deadly animals in case you do come across any.
Warning – Scary spider
7. Best hospitality in the world
Make use of the hospitality over in Australia. A very westernized, sanitized country and pretty expensive but you can find the best places to eat in the drink. A massive coffee culture with some of the most phenomenal places to eat out. Everything is accessible in the major cities.
Rooftop bars, quirky cafes, local markets, fine dining and tasty street trucks are all over.
8. Wear suncream
The sun is stronger then you think. With a lot of Australia not covered by the ozone layer, the sun is powerful. Even those who don’t normally wear sun cream, it’s worth having some with you.
No one wants sun spots and wrinkles when they’re older.
9. You can’t enter without a visa
The visa restrictions are pretty strict. Despite the entry being easy every time I’ve flown into and across Australia, you need to make sure you have the right documents. There are all sorts of visa types including tourist, residential, working holiday. There are different requirements for each and may vary depending age and where you are from.
10. There is a difference between Wallabies and Kangaroos. FYI.
After living in the outback I sure have seen some pretty awesome animals. Tropical Queensland is nature at it’s finest.
Running along side wallabies during my weekly runs, it was pretty surreal. However, there is a big difference between the two animals.
They’re both marsupials, meaning mothers carry their young around in built-in pouches. And scientists have even grouped them into the same order, family and subfamily.
The kangaroo’s legs are built for speed on open terrain. The wallaby’s more compact legs are built for agility in forested areas.
11. It’s westernized.
Okay, so coming from Asia this was a real shock. Don’t expect a massive culture shock, everyone speaks English, you drive on the left and it’s simply very westernized.
12. David Attenborough favourite Jungle is in Queensland
Not that he would need any introduction, Sir David Attenborough is a British writer, presenter, narrator, broadcaster and naturalist who has had an awe-inspiring 70-year long career.
Daintree Cape Tribulation Rainforests, North tropical Queensland is his favourite place in the world.
Very close to where I did my farm work!
13. There is a time zone across the country.
The time difference in Australia is crazy. I’m 11 hours ahead from home, UK. Even across the country they have a time difference.
Aborigines are Australia’s indigenous people. Recent government statistics counted approximately 400,000 aboriginal people, or about 2% of Australia’s total population. Australian Aborigines migrated from somewhere in Asia at least 30,000 years ago.
The history is pretty interesting and you will normally see aboriginals especially out the major cities.
15. Free BBQ’s everywhere
One of my favourite things about Australia is that they cater so much for outdoors. Everyone is active, enjoying life. There are bbq’s everywhere. Keep an eye out and make use of them!
16. Surfing is a culture
Australia offers some of the best surf spots, surf training and just the all round culture of the activity.
Top places are Gold coast, Torquey, Surfers paradise, Bryon bay, Bondi beach, Central coast, Anglesea, rainbow beach and loads more.
17. Don’t hesitate to come on your own
This is something a lot of people have expressed to me. They made a decision to come on there own for the first time, and it’s all worked out. Solo travel is my favourite way to travel, if you’re thinking about it. Give it a go!
18. Try have contacts within the country
It’s always good to know someone in the same city as you, let alone the same country however can’t always be the case.
I’ve been tons of places and known absolutely no one. Keep in contact with backpackers, friends, friends of friends who are somewhere in Aus. It’s all about who you know. Luckily I have some great friends who were already over here!
19. Embrace the lifestyle.
All over Australia the lifestyle is active, outdoors, positive and fun. Embrace the beach lifestyle, camping trips, random styles and everything Australia has to offer.
You may jump out a plane, trek through the rainforest and jungles, go out vintage searching in Melbourne, sail past the Sydney opera house,
Embrace it. Chase it. Enjoy it. Australia is a cool place with awesome things to do and tons of places to go.