Looking for a travel guide to Australia? You’re in the right place! Of course, Oz is huuuuuge, but this bite-sized travel guide will when your appetite, get you pointed in the right direction and if you read all the way to the bottom, potentially save you hundreds of dollars!
Sure, it’s a little intimidating to straddle a floating board in the company of a painfully hot blonde dude whose accent you might not understand. But if all else fails, you’ll still have a lot of fun, get heaps of great pictures and be able to start stories with “This one time, when I was learning how to surf in Australia…”
There are heaps of companies that run snorkeling trips to the great barrier reef. You can also do a scuba trip if you’re certified or even take classes to become certified, but if you have neither the patience nor the dough for a scuba course, snorkeling is a cheap, easy substitute.
Australia is almost 3,000,000 square miles (!) and host to desert, beaches and rain forest. If you’ve got a good bit of time, rent a car or a camper van with your friends and explore.
Policies have changed regarding koala cuddling and many places now only allow you to pat them sedately on the back while you have your photo taken. (Though, to be fair, I wouldn’t want to be passed from stranger to stranger all day).
There are also heaps of parks where you can feed wallabies. And yes, feeding a wallaby is about as awesome as you’re imagining it to be.
It’s on every postcard for a reason. It’s gorgeous and luminous and positively clam-shell-y. Amazingly, the opera house has a ‘studio’ theater where they run more cutting-edge, dynamic pieces and you can frequently get tickets for as little as $25! I went to a show there for my 28th birthday.
Cubist, cakey, chocolatey, coconutty goodness. And sometimes you can get a pink version as well! Americans, imagine a grown-up version of those snowball cakes we used to buy at gas stations in middle school.
Contrary to popular belief, Aussies do not actually strut about crowing “Throw another shrimp on the barbie!” Shrimp are called prawns here and they’re delicious, enormous and served in soups, salads and pastas.
Do not let the fact that Vegemite is a “a dark brown Australian food paste made from yeast extract” prevent you from trying it. It is something of an acquired taste but you’ll be more likely to acquire it if you put the thinnest smear of it atop a buttered, toasted slice of white bread.
Cultural tips for Traveling in Australia
Aussies are about three times more sarcastic than Americans are – at least the Americans that I know. (That even includes my BFF who actually lists ‘sarcasm’ in the interests/hobbies section of her resume).
So don’t feel flustered or offended if an Aussie you don’t know teases or good-naturedly hassles you. It’s a cultural phenomena known as “taking the piss.” Also? “Pissed” means drunk, not “angry” and “biscuit” means cookie not “bread.”
Cheap travel tips for Australia
Seeing the country in a camper van is lovely and about a gajillion tourists do just that. every year. Most tourists only drive their vans one way, flying into Melbourne, driving up to Cairns and then flying out. But what happens to all those camper vans stuck up in Cairns when people want to rent them in Melbourne?
Rental companies rent out vans for $1 a day to tourists willing to drive the vans back to their original location! Google ‘rental relocations Australia’ or even try walking into rental agencies and asking!
From Carly: Have a BBQ on a beach, eat incredible multicultural food, go bush-walking, see the Sydney Harbour Bridge, eat amazing seafood, wear zinc and sunscreen, go snorkeling, go camping, learn to surf.
Have Vegemite on toast, drink beer in a beer garden, see live gigs in our rural pubs, go on a massive road trip, stargaze, shop, relax.
Aussies! Tell us what we’re missing! If you’ve traveled to Australia, what did you love?