Seven things you must know before you travel to Australia

Have plans to travel in Australia? Sounds very exciting, you're in for some mind blowing nature and big vibrant cities. Yet, there are certain quirks and important must-knows to be aware of, to ensure the travel is a breeze! With this in mind, here are some important Australia travel tips you need to know before you start planning your trip.

Size of Australia isn't a joke

Australia is very vast, and it is a massive piece of land. The cliched cities that every traveller wants to explore on their visit, Sydney and Melbourne might look like neighbourhoods. But it's a straight one hour drive without any pit stops in between. Though driving is a very much convenient way to commute as a result of its properly laid out roads and scenic spots along the way, it is difficult in reality.

So, I'd recommend you to take domestic flights to travel in Australia as it is very much comfortable and a faster mode of transportation as well. Flying saves a lot of money too, with flights being cheaper.

Everyone loves road trips and long drives, the experience can't be put into words. You will have to consider domestic flights only if you are travelling for a limited time. Go for a self-drive option if it is an extended vacation. It is especially very picturesque during spring with golden leaves and attractive blossoms.

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Keep your sunscreens handy

The summer here is unquestionably hot. Sunscreen is essential if you are in Australia. Not only during summer, be sure to apply sunscreen even after your swim or surf. Surfers Paradise, Cairns or Byron Bay, be it any beach destination, cover-up yourself adequately.

Don't get sunburnt in the scorching sun and make it a habit to apply it every two hours once

G'day everyone!

Understanding the Aussie language is quite tricky as they love shortening the words. So you can expect an afternoon to be called 'Arvo' and mosquitoes as 'Mozzies'.

Secondly, remember you're in a foreign country so you shouldn't expect the slang to be the same. Gas is petrol and thongs are flip flops here. Thus, it is always helpful to brush up on some Aussie language and know a few colloquial words to know when you arrive in Australia.
Do not worry much; there are usually at least some fluent English speakers loitering around the cities.

Oh yeah, G'day everyone is not Good Day Everyone, it is Hello Everyone! Pat on your shoulders, you've already learnt a few Aussie words.

Expect customer service to be a snowman on skis

Customer service is very friendly and warm in Australia. Be it restaurants, retail shops or street stalls; tipping isn't mandatory. Workers here are paid with a very decent wage, in fact; best paid in the world. So they don't expect tips, yet they treat every person with so much respect and care.

Of course, if you feel satisfied with the fantastic service, tips are always welcome. Tip jars are available in restaurants, cafes or shops and 10 to 15 per cent is usually the standard tip.

I hope you like Beer

Being in a country known for its vibrant nightlife, partying is the foremost thing you want to do. If you're going to indulge in different varieties of alcoholic drinks, then do a pub crawl or head to one of the many micro-breweries.

Aussies are fond of ciders and beer. So, you'll find plenty of them. Green beer is a must if you want to try an eco-friendly drink.

Look out for red and yellow

Beaches of Australia are always flocked with crowds, and it isn't even fair to blame them. Who wouldn't want to surf or swim in the chilly waters of the gorgeous beaches? But it is not always safe as strong currents can sweep you off into the sea if you aren't careful. So it is still better to swim between the red and yellow safety flags that indicate the safe region. Watch out for these two colours always when you are on an Australian beach.

It's all about the weather

Australia Beaches

The weather in Australia isn't always lovely. In fact, the climate varies in every part of the country. Generally, spring and autumn are peak seasons as the weather is pleasant. Yet, summer is also flooded with tourists all over the world for Christmas and New Year celebrations. So, with this in mind, sort out your preferences before planning your holiday. Based on your preferences, you will get a bit of an idea about the budget and ideal time to visit. Also, it is better to book accommodation and flights in advance to save money.

Like the tips? Keep them in mind when you plan your holiday to the country of unparalleled beauty - Australia. Follow Pickyourtrail for more travel tips and hassle free planning. Book your australia tour packages


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