WONDERING, IS AUSTRALIA WORTH VISITING?
If you’re considering your next adventure on the world map, you might be wondering, ‘Is Australia worth visiting?’
Well, who better to shed light on this question than a true blue Aussie? That’s right I am a born and bred Aussie who has lived in Brisbane my whole life.
With its stunning landscapes that range from the iconic Sydney Opera House to the breathtaking expanses of the Outback, Australia has long captured the imaginations of travellers.
But is the Land Down Under really all it’s cracked up to be? Especially since it is quite a hike to get here!
In this blog post, we’re going to dive into the heart of Australia from a local’s perspective.
We’ll uncover the hidden gems, what to expect, and give you an honest take on whether Australia should be your next bucket-list destination.
So grab a cuppa, mate, and join us as we embark on a journey through the sunburned country, guided by the insights and experiences of someone who calls it home.
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Is Australia Worth Visiting?
So is Australia worth visiting or is not worth the long journey?
Now I may be a little biased, but as an Aussie, I have travelled far and wide, lived and breathed the culture and driven the roads less travelled. So I think I’m qualified to give the following piece of advice.
Absolutely, without a doubt, Australia is a country that’s worth every bit of the hype it gets as a travel destination!
From the rugged beauty of the Outback to the stunning beaches, vibrant cities, and unique wildlife, there’s something here to captivate every type of traveller.
But hey, don’t just take my word for it – in this post, I’ll break down what it’s actually like here in Australia so you can have a taste before you jump on that place.
So whether you’re drawn to the iconic landmarks, eager to explore the indigenous cultures, or simply want to experience the laid-back Aussie way of life, read on to discover why a journey to the Land Down Under should definitely be on your travel radar.
What is Australia Known For?
Australia is known for a variety of unique and iconic features that have captured the world’s imagination.
Here are some of the things that make Australia the incredible place it is.
- Stunning Landscapes: Australia boasts diverse landscapes, from the famous red deserts of the Outback to lush rainforests, pristine beaches, and the rugged coastline of the Great Ocean Road.
- Unique Wildlife: The country is home to some of the world’s most unusual and iconic wildlife, including kangaroos, koalas, wallabies, wombats, and the elusive platypus.
- Indigenous Culture: The rich and ancient Aboriginal cultures and traditions have left a significant mark on Australia’s identity, with art, storytelling, and cultural practices being an integral part of the nation’s heritage.
- Laid-Back Lifestyle: Australians are known for their relaxed and friendly attitude, embracing a work-life balance that emphasizes enjoying the outdoors and spending time with family and friends.
- Beaches: With thousands of kilometres of coastline, Australia offers some of the world’s most pristine and beautiful beaches, such as Bondi Beach in Sydney and Whitehaven Beach in the Whitsundays.
- Culinary Scene: Australia’s food scene has evolved into a mix of global influences, creating a unique fusion of flavours. You can’t miss trying Vegemite, meat pies, and the famous Aussie barbecue.
- Sporting Culture: Australians are passionate about sports, with cricket, rugby, soccer, and Australian rules football being some of the most popular, especially when paired with a cold one.
- Vast Outback: The Australian Outback is synonymous with the country’s vast and remote interior. It’s a place of rugged beauty, where you can experience solitude and connection with the land.
- Multiculturalism: Australia is a melting pot of cultures, and its cities reflect this diversity through neighbourhoods, festivals, and an array of global cuisines.
These are just a few of the many aspects that make Australia a remarkable and unforgettable destination. Whether you’re seeking natural beauty, cultural experiences, adventure, or relaxation, Australia has something to offer every type of traveller.
12 Things To Expect Travelling To Australia
What better way for you to personally answer the question, is Australia worth visiting, than by diving into what it’s actually like here down under?
Here are 12 things you should expect when travelling to Australia.
1. Australian Native Animals
Starting with one-of-a-kind native animals.
Australia is home to a unique range of incredible animals such as kangaroos, koalas, echidnas, dingoes and wombats. I mean who wouldn’t want to see a kangaroo carrying a joey in its pouch hopping along the stunning coastline?
Now I’m sure you want to see all the cute Aussie animals out in the wild, but you do need to be aware of the dangerous ones. Avoid coming into contact with redback spiders, brown snakes, cassowaries, box jellyfish, crocodiles and sharks, basically use your common sense, and when in doubt stay away.
Some of the top destinations to spot wildlife in their natural habitat are:
- Kangaroo Island, South Australia
- Great Barrier Reef, Queensland
- Daintree Rainforest, Queensland
- Cradle Mountain, Tasmania
- Philip Island, Victoria
- Rottnest Island, Western Australia
2. Unbelievable Beaches and Reefs
Is Australia worth visiting for the beaches?
In my humble opinion, Australia has some of the best beaches in the world.
White sandy beaches, curling waves, beautiful hot weather and sandstone cliffs are undeniably spectacular.
And don’t forget about The Great Barrier Reef, the world’s largest coral reef system and one of the world’s natural wonders. Explore the magnificent underwater world by booking a snorkelling and diving cruise from Port Douglas.
Some of the best beaches, reefs and lakes to experience crystal clear blue water, powdery soft sand, jaw-dropping scenery and surf-worthy waves are:
- Lake Mckenzie, Fraser Island, Queensland for its two-toned crystal clear water (pictured above)
- Bondi Beach, Sydney, New South Wales for it’s Bondi Iceberg views (and it’s an Australian icon)
- Vivonne Bay, Kangaroo Island, South Australia for its natural beauty and wildlife
- Whitehaven Beach, Whitsunday Islands, Queensland for Incredible photo opportunities and Great Barrier Reef marine life
- Bells Beach, Great Ocean Road, Victoria, to test your surfing skills
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3. Diverse Culture
Australia is a vibrant, multicultural country with around 30% of people in Australia born overseas.
The top 5 countries of birth outside of Australia are England, India, China, New Zealand and the Philippines.
There’s no surprise that collectively, Australians speak over 200 languages!
4. Insane Breakfast & Coffee
Australia is known for its espresso-style specialty coffee that is smoother and lighter compared to a lot of US coffees. Is Australia worth visiting? In my opinion it is worth visiting just for the coffee!
Coffee is a big part of the Australian lifestyle. And you will find a lot of us Aussies are very particular about what constitutes a good cup of coffee.
“You wanna grab a coffee” is a typical conversation starter between friends, coworkers or even on the dating scene.
Expect coffees to be stronger and smaller if you are coming from the US. Australians also keep their coffee orders simple and less sweet (we don’t have creamer) such as a flat white or long black.
I guarantee the first sip of an Australian latte will have you hooked and coming back for more!
Whilst you’re visiting a local cafe to grab a famous cup of coffee, grab a table and enjoy the art of Australian Breakfast. The Breakfast menu is so popular it is often available all day long!
Try the signature avocado toast, which is much more than it sounds and be sure to grab a side of bacon to experience the heavenly breakfast meat.
5. Thongs Are Worn At The Beach
When we Aussies refer to thongs, we mean flip-flops, not underwear! With the Australian heat and abundance of beautiful beaches, thongs are a staple in many if not all local wardrobes. They are worn on the beach, by the pool, to the shops, out at cafes and even at the pub.
Looking to grab yourself a pair for your upcoming solo travel to Australia?
Havaiana’s are by far the most iconic brand, I guarantee you will see them everywhere!
6. Australia Is Very Safe
Australia is an incredibly safe country. It’s the kind of country that provides free healthcare to its citizens.
Guns are also illegal in Australia if you don’t have a license and self-defence is not an acceptable reason for obtaining a license. Gun violence, mass shootings and homicides are therefore significantly lower than in some other countries.
Moreover, the tech-hungry culture, high-skilled talent force and scientific institutions have also greatly contributed to the infrastructure advancement and safety regulations put in place by the government.
And for the most part, Aussies are good people. Travellers visiting Australia are often shocked at our friendly the locals are! Aussies are welcoming, helpful and always up for a chat. If you pass a stranger on the street smile and say g’day or don’t be afraid to spark up a conversation with the barista making your coffee.
Although Australia is a very safe country, you always need to be smart, aware and prepared.
Don’t get too comfortable and accept a false sense of security in Australia. Anything can happen, and it’s best to remain conscious of your surroundings at all times.
If you’re hanging out in backpacker areas or hostels, be aware of petty theft and avoid leaving your drink unattended or accepting drinks from strangers.
Tourists who are drinking can be a target, don’t let this be you. Below I’ve listed some quicks tips on keeping yourself and your belongings safe while solo travelling in Australia or anyone for that matter.
- Do your research on the places you are visiting
- Don’t leave your drink unattended or accept a drink from a stranger. Spiking can happen here too.
- Avoid walking solo late at night in secluded areas
- Trust your gut. It’s always better to be cautious than sorry
- Australians love their booze. Don’t overdo it
- Lock your valuables
- Avoid carrying loads of cash
- Purchase an international travel SIM card so you can review maps if lost or contact someone for help
- Pin your hotel on Google Maps so you can get home
- If you need Police, Fire or Ambulance help call 000
- Share your location with someone you trust such as a family member
7. We Drive On The Left Side
If you are planning on road-tripping around Australia, be sure to read up on the rules. Here in Australia, we drive on the left side of the road. The same goes for walking up stairs, escalators and passing others on the street or shopping centres, we stick to the left side.
Australian road rules are strict and can differ from state to state. Tough penalties are enforced for breaking road rules including a $1000 fine for touching your phone in some states.
The positive of tightly enforced road rules is that driving in Australia is very safe. Experiencing the endless honking in New York City, the loose rules in Greece and the constant weaving around mopeds in Bali has highlighted how great the road system is in Australia.
But not all trips in Australia are equal, but if you are travelling solo to the land down under for the first time, I wouldn’t recommend driving solo off the beaten path, such as the Outback.
Australia is a very large country, however, the population in some areas such as Central Australia is very low. If you were to break down, get lost and lose reception you could find yourself in a bit of trouble.
On a final note, if you notice plates with an L or a P on them, that signals novice drivers who have just got their license. L stands for learner and P stands for provisional. I heard it confuses a lot of tourists!
8. Grabbing a Cold One
Australia is known for its drinking culture. Friday afternoon work drinks with colleagues often turn into long nights out, and boozy Sunday brunches are a common way for friends to catch up and grab a cold beer on the beach to watch the sunset.
In my personal opinion, Australian craft beer is a must-try for travellers. Some of the world’s best beers come from Australia, with many brews constantly winning awards.
Be sure to visit a local pub or brewery and ask the bartender for a schooner of their most popular pour.
Oh, and you must try my all-time favourite beer from Byrom Bay, Stone and Wood Pacific Ale! If you aren’t a fan of beer, you will be after you try it, it’s very tropical and refreshing!
9. Christmas is Hot
Yep, that’s right, there ain’t no white Christmas here in Australia! It’s scorching hot! Christmas is typically spent by the beach, surrounding a BBQ, or in air conditioning.
Trade the winter coats for summer bikinis when travelling to Australia over the holidays.
Expect seafood such as prawns and grab to be featured at a Christmas lunch alongside a honey-baked ham and perhaps a turkey. Yum, now I’m hungry!!
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10. Balancing Work and Travel is Possible
As mentioned earlier, Australians are pretty good at work-life balance
If you are considering working remotely while travelling in Australia I say go for it! Australia is a very well-established country with plenty of Wi-Fi spots, cafes and public libraries.
It is also known for its laidback culture, perfect for combining a business and leisure trip.
Picture this, spend the morning working at a local cafe, take a break for lunch in a nearby park, stop by a library for a quiet space to finish up work, and then finish your evening watching the sunset by the beach with a cold beer (in true Aussie style).
For all the must-know details about work and travel in Australia check out: How to Work and Travel in Australia
11. Aussies Love Their Slang
You guessed it! Aussies have pretty much invented their own language with all the slang, abbreviations and acronyms we used. And just for fun, Aussie slang and accents can differ slightly from state to state.
Just for fun, I’ve popped some of my favourite phrases we use and what they mean so when you visit Australia, you’ll fit right in!
- “A cold one” – Beer
- “Bathers”, “Togs”, “Cosi” – Swimmers
- “Budgie smugglers” – Men’s Speedos
- “Bottle-O” – Liquour store
- “Breaky” – Breakfast
- “Maccas” – McDonalds
- “She’ll be right” – It will be fine
- “My shout” – I’ll pay
- “Petrol station” – Gas staion
- “Sus it out” – Check something out
- “Mate’s rates” – A discount for a friend
- “Chock-a-block” – Completely full or jam-packed.
- “Chockers” – A way to say something is full or crowded.
Let me know in the comments if you want even more Aussie slang!
12. It’s Expensive
The only point deduction for Australia is that it’s an expensive country.
As Australia is far away from the rest of the world, a plane ticket will also cost a pretty penny.
But it is worth every cent! If you can dream it you can make it happen. Start saving your travel fund, create a budget, and stick to it!
Best Things To Do In Australia
Wondering what the absolute ride-or-die things to do in Australia are?
Here are ten of the best things to do in Australia!
Explore the Sydney Opera House
Starting off with an obvious must, visiting one of Australia’s most iconic landmarks.
Discover one of the world’s most iconic architectural wonders and catch a performance or simply enjoy the stunning harbour views.
Snorkel or Dive the Great Barrier Reef
Immerse yourself in the breathtaking underwater world of the Great Barrier Reef, a UNESCO World Heritage site.
Snorkelers and divers are welcomed into this underwater paradise, greeted by curious fish darting among the coral gardens. Just don’t forget your underwater camera!
Visit Uluru (Ayers Rock)
Deep within the heart of the vast Australian Outback stands Uluru, also known as Ayers Rock – a colossal sandstone monolith.
For travellers seeking a profound connection with nature and culture, a journey to Uluru offers a memorable experience.
The base of Uluru reveals intricate rock art, telling stories that have been passed down through generations. Guided walks with local Anangu guides offer insights into these ancient narratives, painting a vivid picture of the profound connection between the land and its people.
For those seeking a unique perspective, a sunrise or sunset viewing is a must.
Experience Wildlife at Kangaroo Island
Is Australia worth visiting for the wildlife?
Absolutely, here in Australia, you will encounter unique Australian wildlife like kangaroos, koalas, wombats and sea lions. And what better place to visit than Kangaroo Island located off the coast of South Australia.
Drive the Great Ocean Road
Grab your friends, your favourite road trip playlist and plenty of snacks and get ready for a road trip of a lifetime.
Embark on a scenic road trip along the dramatic coastline, passing iconic Twelve Apostles rock formations.
Explore the Daintree Rainforest
Get lost in the ancient Daintree Rainforest, one of the world’s oldest tropical rainforests, rich in biodiversity.
Guided tours lead you through this remarkable ecosystem, revealing hidden wonders that might otherwise go unnoticed. From exotic plants with medicinal properties to creatures like the elusive cassowary.
A highlight of any visit to the Daintree Rainforest is a journey to the Mossman Gorge. Crystal-clear waters flow over smooth boulders, it’s the perfect spot for a dip.
Discover the Pink Lakes
Okay, picture this: lakes that are actually pink. No filters needed! Australia is home to these surreal and seriously eye-catching wonders known as pink lakes, and they’re straight out of a dream.
From Lake Hillier in Western Australia, Hutt Lagoon, Lake Eyre to Lake Bumbunga, it’s a one-of-a-kind experience.
These pink lakes are like nature’s Instagram filters come to life.
Surf at Bondi Beach
Catch some waves and soak up the sun at the famous Bondi Beach in Sydney, a favourite spot for surfers and beachgoers.
And make sure to walk up the hill to the views of Bondi Icebergs, it is a picture-perfect spot.
Explore Melbourne’s Laneways
Wander through Melbourne’s hidden laneways, filled with street art, boutique shops, and cozy cafes.
Stop at one of the laneway coffee shops to experience the Melbourne coffee culture, it will covert you, trust me.
Taste the wine of Australia
Visit one of Australia’s many wineries. From Barossa Valley, Hunter Valley, and Margaret River to Mclaren Vale there is a range of beautiful vineyards just waiting for you to come and taste their wine.
Sip, swirl and experience Australia’s best drops.
Considering a visit to Mclaren Vale? Here are the most unique and tasteful accommodations in Mclaren Vale.
These ten activities are just a glimpse of the countless adventures and experiences that Australia has to offer. After all, Australia is a bloody huge place!!
Whether you’re seeking natural wonders, cultural immersion, or thrilling outdoor activities, Australia has something to captivate every traveller’s heart and soul.
FAQs: Is Australia Worth Visiting?
Moving onto some commonly asked questions about: Is Australia worth visiting?
Is it a good idea to go to Australia?
Thinking about heading to Australia? Well, it’s a pretty cool idea if you’re up for diverse experiences. From buzzing cities to breathtaking natural beauty, there’s a lot to see and do.
Wildlife fan? Australia’s got some of the world’s most unique critters like kangaroos and koalas, plus the stunning Great Barrier Reef if you’re into underwater exploration.
If you’re an outdoor enthusiast, get ready for a range of adventures. Surfing, hiking, and exploring the diverse landscapes are all on the menu.
Locals are friendly and easygoing, which makes for a chill atmosphere to meet new people and experience their way of life. And let’s talk about food – Australia’s culinary scene is a delightful mix of flavors from around the world.
The safety and infrastructure are solid, making it a breeze to get around. Keep in mind that the seasons are flipped compared to the Northern Hemisphere, so plan your timing with that in mind.
While Australia might be a bit of a travel haul and can sometimes stretch your budget, the unique experiences and memories you’ll gain are often well worth it.
Before you go, check the visa requirements and entry regulations, and make sure you’ve got your finances in order. So, if you’re keen on adventure, wildlife, culture, and all-around good times, Australia could be your next great travel destination.
How many days should I visit Australia?
The ideal duration for your visit to Australia depends on several factors, including your interests, the places you want to explore, and how immersive you want your experience to be.
Given the vastness of the country and the variety of attractions it offers, most travellers find that spending at least 2-3 weeks in Australia allows them to get a good taste of what the country has to offer.
That being said, I want to give you as much insight as possible so here are some general guidelines based on different types of trips.
Short Trip (1-2 weeks)
- If you have limited time, focus on one or two regions to make the most of your visit.
- For example, you could explore the cities of Sydney and Melbourne along with nearby attractions like the Great Ocean Road.
- Alternatively, you might opt for a shorter trip to the northeastern coast to experience the Great Barrier Reef and the Daintree Rainforest.
Moderate Trip (2-3 weeks)
- With a bit more time, you can cover a broader range of destinations and experiences.
- Explore major cities, iconic landmarks, and natural wonders like the Great Barrier Reef or Uluru.
- This duration allows for a more in-depth exploration of a particular region along with some intercity
Extended Trip (4 weeks or more)
- If you have a month or more, you can embark on a comprehensive journey, exploring various regions across the country.
- You’ll have the opportunity to delve into both urban and natural attractions, experiencing diverse landscapes and cultures.
- Consider a road trip along the east coast, from Sydney to Cairns, or why not head down south and explore South Australia’s gorgeous beaches and the native animals of Tasmania?
Keep in mind that Australia is a large country, and travel times between cities and attractions can be significant. Factor in travel time when planning your itinerary.
When is the best time to go to Australia?
The best time to visit Australia depends on the specific regions you plan to explore and the activities you want to do.
Here’s a general overview of a seasonal breakdown in Australia so you can pick the best time for your travel to Australia.
Spring (September to November)
- Spring is a great time to visit most parts of Australia, as temperatures are mild and pleasant.
- This is an ideal time for outdoor activities, sightseeing, and exploring cities like Sydney, Melbourne, and Brisbane.
- The Great Barrier Reef is also best enjoyed during spring, with warm waters and less chance of rain.
- This is your safest bet that gives you the most flexibility
Summer (December to February)
- Summer is perfect for beach lovers and those wanting to experience the coastal lifestyle.
- The southern states (Sydney, Melbourne) have warm temperatures, while the tropical north (Cairns, Darwin) experiences a wet season with higher humidity and occasional tropical storms.
- If you’re planning to visit the Outback or interior regions, keep in mind that temperatures can become very hot during this time.
- Tip! I absolutely loved Kangaroo Island during the summertime.
Autumn (March to May)
- Autumn is a wonderful time to visit most of Australia, as the weather is still warm but not too hot.
- This is a great time for wine regions such as the Mclaren Vale and Margaret River, as well as for exploring national parks and hiking trails. Wine tours near Brisbane in the Sunshine Coast Hinterlands are also well worth the visit!
Winter (June to August)
- Winter is a good time to visit if you want to explore the northern parts of Australia, as the tropical regions are stinking hot during the summer months.
- Ski enthusiasts can enjoy the snow season in the ski resorts of the Australian Alps.
- The southern parts of Australia (Sydney, Melbourne) experience milder temperatures so you can still enjoy getting outside. Yep, some Aussies still go to the beach in winter!
Remember that Australia’s seasons are opposite to those in the Northern Hemisphere, so when planning your trip, consider the climate of the specific regions you’ll be visiting.
Additionally, school holidays and major events can affect travel and accommodation availability, so it’s a good idea to check for those as well.
The Wrap-Up: Is Australia Worth Visiting?
The question is Australia worth visiting, can be answered with a resounding “Yes!”
From its stunning landscapes and unique wildlife to its rich indigenous cultures and vibrant cities, Australia has something to captivate the heart of anyone who sets foot on its shores.
Whether you’re a nature enthusiast seeking to snorkel the Great Barrier Reef, an adventurer looking to trek through the Outback, a culture lover intrigued by Aboriginal heritage, or simply someone who wants to bask in the warmth of the Australian way of life, this country has it all.
The friendly locals, the mouthwatering culinary scene, and the countless memories waiting to be made make a trip to Australia an investment in lifelong experiences.
It’s true that the journey to Australia might be a long one, and planning your itinerary requires thoughtful consideration of the regions and seasons.
However, the rewards are immeasurable.
The thrill of encountering kangaroos and koalas in their natural habitat, the beauty of the landscapes, and the chance to immerse yourself in a rich tapestry of cultures are just some of the reasons why Australia should absolutely be on your travel bucket list.
So, whether you’re a solo adventurer, a family seeking bonding experiences, or a group of friends hungry for new horizons, Australia beckons with open arms and endless possibilities. F
So, pack your bags, grab your sense of wonder, and get ready for an adventure of a lifetime in the wondrous world of Australia.