Australia is not just a new destination; it is a whole new continent. Understanding the local dynamics and planning your trip can be a bit tricky, so here are 5 essential tips for you to be prepared to get the best of your vacation to Australia!
1. Check out the customized – guided tours
You might know how to get around as a tourist, but when it comes to Australia, some local guidance is necessary. Make sure that the tour guide is local, and your tour is customized for your needs. If you walk through Blue Mountains without a tour, you will miss out all the cultural aspects of UNESCO sites, and you will never know where to get the best kangaroo steak in the Hunter Valley!
2. Don’t stick to one city!
You might be tempted to spend all your time in Sydney – but there is a lot going on in other cities. You have to visit the best tourist spots of Sydney – that be Hunter Valley or the Blue Mountains – but you will miss a lot if you don’t make it to Tasmania, Melbourne, or Adelaide. The Barossa Valley Experience in Adelaide or the Cairns Hinterland Tour will definitely be worth it. Make sure you experience other incredible Australian destinations.
3. Decide on the type of experience you want
Australia has it all: You can get a city style vacation by visiting the Sydney, the major city on the East coast, or go for a coastal experience by going whale watching! So decide on what you wanna get out of Australia: A coastal experience, a historic-aboriginal experience, connecting with nature, the best Australian beaches, or be catered to food-and-wine in Australia’s finest valleys?
4. Timezones matter in Australia!
Australia has three time zones, and if you forget that, you can end up missing your flight, or be late for your cruise. Eastern Standard Time is for the eastern states, and the Central Standard Time applies for the Northern Territory and South Australia, whereas Western Standard Time is for the west. Make sure that you check out the time-zones before planning your vacation to Australia if you are going to switch from a city to another.
5. Tell your bank that you are traveling
When you shop from another country, credit card companies might automatically mark your credit card activities as fraudulent. Having your credit card blocked will be enough to ruin the rest of your trip, so if you don’t want to have a long talk with your bank during your vacation, make a call now and let them know!
Do your homework well, and don’t let your vacation get ruined. Australia will astound you with its amazing beaches, nature, and history, and all you have to do is plan ahead. If you are not sure how you want to plan our your Australian tours, check out these 9 incredible Australian destinations to visit.