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Best Things to See in Australia

By on August 16, 2017

Australia is more than just another country to visit, it’s an entire continent. This means that everything from weather to local customs can vary depending on what part of Australia you are visiting. You’ll find that Australia is a land of extraordinary contrasts. From Australia’s highest peak at Mount Kosciuszko to the Great Barrier Reef in Queensland, the Sydney Opera House, and Bondi Beach in New South Wales, there’s something that will delight everyone when you visit Australia.

Pick Your Season

Many people think that because Australia is in the southern hemisphere, they have seasons that are opposite from those in the northern hemisphere. While this is somewhat true, it’s important to remember that Australia’s temperatures not only vary tremendously from season to season, but also from north to south.

The northern part of the country is typically warm year-round, while the southern states tend to have cool winters. Summer falls during the months of December through February. Winter runs from June to August with spring arriving in September and lasting through November; and fall runs March through May.




If you live in the northern hemisphere, you’re probably accustomed to temperatures getting warmer the further south you go; however, in Australia, the temperatures get cooler as you travel south and are warmer the further north you go.

April through September tend to be peak travel times in Australia. You’ll generally find these months have comfortable temperatures, especially in the north, with little rainfall. This makes it a great time to get out and see the magnificent sights in Australia. If you’re considering Australian vacation packages, be sure to book early if you want to travel during this popular time of the year.

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What to Pack

The type of clothing you’ll need will depend on the areas you plan on visiting as well as the time of year you will be traveling. Generally speaking, it’s best to bring a light jacket as well as items you can layer if you encounter cool weather.

Of course, the activities you’re planning will also dictate the items you’ll need. If you’re planning on doing some serious hiking in the bush, then a good pair of hiking boots might be an excellent idea; however, most people will be just fine with a comfortable pair of walking shoes. If you plan on spending time at the beach, you might also want to include a pair of sandals. Since you’ll likely have plenty of sunshine, be sure to pack a wide brimmed hat, sunglasses, and long sleeve shirts.

If you’re bringing along any type of electronics, you’re going to definitely need not only a power or voltage converter, but also a plug adapter.

You Can’t See It All in One Visit

Australia is a big country with wide open spaces making transportation between major points of interest a bit more time-consuming than many people are used to. Flights between major cities are frequent, so getting around Australia should not be difficult. Of course, just like you probably wouldn’t expect to see all of Europe in one trip, it’s important to be realistic about what you’ll be able to squeeze into your itinerary on a trip to Australia. You might want to pick an area to concentrate on, and leave other areas to explore on future visits.

Useful Information for Your Trip to Australia

The currency in Australia is the Australian Dollar (AUD), which comes in $5, $10, $20, $50, and $100 AUD notes. Travelers are allowed to bring $10,000 Australian dollars or its equivalent into the country.

Tipping is not generally expected, but in high end restaurants, it is common to tip 10% of the bill if you get good service.

The legal drinking age in Australia is 18, and you will need proof of age, such as a passport or driver’s license.

The best way to get the most from your vacation downunder is to work with an experienced travel company. They’ll be able to help you choose the best places to stay in Australia, but they’ll also be a tremendous help when it comes to booking your hotels, transportation and special events. Take advantage of the knowledge of agents who have gained expertise in arranging all types of vacations to Australia.

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How to Migrate to Australia – Three Steps to Make the Move Easier

By on November 29, 2014

 

That perfect sunrise view.

Many are contemplating a move abroad. Many families and businesses dream and discuss a relocation from the UK to Australia — and they do so for various reasons. Unfortunately, most people will never follow through with the move. Because moving so far away can be intimidating, and help and advice is lacking; ones desiring a move to Australia are unsure of where to begin. Although the thought of moving to another country is thrilling, it can also be tremendously overwhelming, and locating support from experts can mean turning the dream into reality. Below you will find three tips on accomplishing your move to Australia, with expert advice and tricks on how to make the move easier and less costly for you and your family or your business

  1. Request a Moving Guide for Australia: When hearing the word ‘Guide’, travel books, pamphlets and tour guides may come to mind. Although traveling books and literature can be exciting to read and somewhat helpful in your move, you will need a much more detailed guide in progressing with the actual move. In regards to asking for a ‘Moving Guide’, you should locate a personal guide; one who will have expertise on the legalities of the move, as well as tips and tricks to overcoming obstacles, necessities and much more. Finding a personal moving guide will make your move to Australia from the Uk a more pleasant experience.
  2. Plan, Plot & Prepare: For a successful move, you will need to have an organised plan-of-action, a strategy and plot for the trip itself, and be prepared for the move – both financially and emotionally. Researching the location of the move, as well as the area in Australia you intend to live is a critical step in the process. The more effort you put into the relocation before you move, and you will be prepared and have a general plan and prospect for what to expect. Having made plans and steps to ensure your housing, travel and work; the closer you are to realizing your dream.
  3. Prepare Yourself Mentally: Once you have made all of the necessary plans for your move – finding a job, packing, saying your goodbyes – you will need to prepare yourself, your family or your business for the mental aspect of the relocation. Keeping your expectations in check, keeping check on your mindset, and keeping a good attitude with improve your first impressions and prepare you for accepting the unexpected when you arrive in Australia. Stressing yourself out over the move, and blind optimism will negatively affect your transition. Taking the steps to formulate a plan and to manage your expectations will ensure that your move goes as smoothly as possible.

Last but not least, you will need physical help with your move to Australia. With a big move like this, you will need extra hands for physical and mental support. Moving to Australia will most likely be the biggest change of your life. A personal guide – one with knowledge of this type of move, as well as the expertise of making your dreams a reality – will guarantee that your new-found life will be both exciting and everything you hoped it to be. You will need help with the big migration to Australia from the UK, and the Expat Concierge has the expertise and know-how to help you with your move from the UK to Australia. Visit their website at http://www.theexpatconcierge.co.uk/ for professional assistance with your transfer.

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1001 Places I’d like to visit before I die #19 – Brisbane

By on March 18, 2013
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Whenever Sydney, Brisbane or any part of Australia comes up in a conversation, I would be reminded of my first ever childhood friend who gave me a koala plush toy, one that I treasure until now. Yes, 22 years later and I still have the lovely little koala and I’ve associated both of them to anything about Australia. It would be nice to see her once again, perhaps take a trip down memory lane or better, somewhere at the land down under. Australia, and Queensland  have a lot to offer when it comes to tourism and Brisbane is one of the cities worth visiting this summer. What with its many parks and wharves and the first ever koala sanctuary, it’s a must-see city for the adventurous.

Here are some of the top vacation spots one shouldn’t miss when in Brisbane.

1. Brisbane Forest Park. A place where waterways meet, Brisbane forest park is home to the Walk-About Wildlife Centre. The centre in turn features Australian wildlife on display at that includes Australian native birds, a platypus, sugar gliders, wallabies, wombats and other animals we wouldn’t see around or in any other parks.

2.  The Old Museum Building of Brisbane. Originally called the Exhibition Building and Concert Hall, it was built in 1891. It is home to the Queensland Youth Orchestras, who use the building as a rehearsal, performance and office space. The building is also home for theBrisbane Philharmonic Orchestra, Queensland Youth Choir among other performing groups.

3. City Botanic Gardens. The perfect spot to read a good book or have lunch under cycads, palms, figs and bamboo trees. Don’t be surprised to see brides and grooms brimming with happiness as you stroll around this garden, it’s a favorite wedding venue too.

4. Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary. Wanna hold a real koala? This is the only place for it. The sanctuary began with two koalas called Jack and Jill and now holds  kangaroos, Tasmanian devils, wombats, echidnas, and other reptiles as well as kookaburras, emus and cockatoos. This place will be especially enchanting for kids and kids at heart or the animal-love in us all.

5. Kangaroo Point Cliffs. Kangaroos – another lovable creature native to Australia, so popular that a rock climbing area. Try it for yourself or if you ain’t the type then spend some time for barbecue just by the foot of the cliff. 🙂

There are a lot more places that one can explore in Brisbane, that a week would not be enough, with all the scenery, river and those, a cruise should also be in order. Or one can book car hire in brisbane with DriveNow and simply drink in the beauty of the surrounding, the sunsets and take a million photos of the wildlife that is native only to the land down under.

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