10 Things First-Time Visitors Need to Know About Australia
Travelling to Australia? Going on a road trip through the Outback? Want to know the top beaches to visit? Well you have come to the right place. Our useful travel tips can help you prepare for your next Aussie adventure. It is best to be prepared for a stress-free holiday.
1. A country for all seasons
Oi! You can travel and do anything, at any time of the year in Australia. The best time to swim the beaches of Sydney is from December to February, while March to May signals autumn in Australia. If you enjoy snow skiing in the Australian Alps, then you can book your flight from June to August. The wet season in Australia is from December to March, so take this chance to see waterfalls thunder through Litchfield and Kakadu National Parks.
2. Know the main rules before driving in Down Under
Driving in Australia can be quite an adventure. There are many things to consider. The vast distances between cites, the condition of the roads you intend to travel, parking fines, and speed limits to name a few. Another thing to remember is that this is a left driving country. If you are used to driving on the right side of the road like in the United States, then drive carefully or let someone else drive for you. Note also that drink driving or driving under the influence of a band substance is a serious offence in Australia.
3. No shortage of romantic getaways
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5. Love Affair with Pokies
Australia is known as the capital of online slot machines, or “pokies” as they call them, according to Australian Times. To date, there are close to 200,000 poker machines in Australia and about 100,000 pokies are in New South Wales (yup, you read it right – almost half of all poker machines in NSW), which can be found not only in casinos, but in pubs and clubs as well.
6. Meet some koalas
Aside from the kangaroo, another much-adored animal in Australia is the koala. which by the way is not a bear. Usually heavier, Koalas are marsupials, cuddly and sharper-clawed than commonly expected. Schedule a meetup with Archer the Koala, who resides in the Koala Sanctuary at Featherdale Wildlife Park in Western Sydney. Archer was named 'Australia's Cutest Animal' in 2015.
7. To tip or not to tip?
Do you tip, or should you tip? Like in any place in the world, tipping in Australia is purely voluntary, and no one is obligated to give a tip.
8. Aussie Mateship
Calling someone as “mate” is considered a popular Australian trait. For them, this is not just a sign of friendship or brotherhood – it could mean more than that. However, don't presume easily that just because one Aussie called you "mate" means he/she likes you as there is key nuance in how long the letter 'a' is spread out for when pronounced. If it's a long “mate”, you can breathe and smile, because that means he/she approves you. But beware if it's a brief, sharp "mate" because you might be in trouble.
9. Well-travelled people
Australians ranked ninth, according to Oyster as the most well-travelled citizens. Yearly, Australians make a total of 3.8 trips, which include 3.4 domestic getaways and 0.4 international vacations. Their favourite destinations include London, India and Bali.
10. Travel in the off season for great deals
Have we missed any tips? Let us know in the comments - and do share your thoughts about whether tipping is a good idea or not.