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Australia is a country that is high on the list of all travelers when it comes to long-distance travel. Or? To be honest, I was not interested in the country “Down Under” for a long time. I always thought of beautiful beaches and crowded places with partying and backpackers. I didn't feel like doing that.
So why accept more than 20 hours of travel? I'll tell you here with all other travel tips for Australia with lots of useful information.
Because Australia is of course worth the long journey.
Here you will find important questions and answers about a trip to Australia. Topics such as entry regulations, money, security, transportation and suggested routes. Because the country is huge!
Since I got a lot of emails with questions about a Trip to australia I hope I'll answer everything here. If you still have a question, just leave a comment at the end of the article.
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Who is Australia the right travel destination for?
It doesn't matter whether you want to explore cities like Sydney, Melbourne or Perth or are looking for an outback adventure. Australia really offers something for everyone. The country is so big that your options are endless. Even if the next adventure is a day away.
When you think of tourists in Australia, you think of backpackers who, thanks Work & Travel Visa traveling through Australia for several months and working on farms or in remote homestays in between.
Also Honeymooners love down under. All those who don't want to spend a boring honeymoon combine beautiful beaches (especially on Australia's east coast) with a road trip.
But Australia is also worth a trip for everyone else. I visited the less touristy regions in South Australia, Western Australia and the Northern Territory for three months. It is unbelievable what diversity you can expect in the landscape.
Do you like road trips - preferably with a camper van - then Australia is exactly your thing!
At first I had a rental car and we slept in Airbnb apartments, hotels or motels. The latter were often old and completely overpriced. Since there were few alternatives on the way, we often had no choice but to book. With a camper we were able to visit great campsites, got to know open and very friendly, helpful Australians and just enjoyed the time!
Reasons to travel to Australia? My highlights!
According to a survey of German travelers to Australia, over 50 percent said they liked the Australian wildlife is particularly important! Closely followed by Adventure in the outback and the wonderful beachesthat are only in third place.
Most of all that Great Barrier Reef and Australia's rainforest is a destination for many tourists. I also liked this diversity.
But these are my highlights of the Australia trip (there will be another soon):
You get particularly close to the thousand-year history in the Kakadu National Park and Arnhem Land. The indigenous people of Australia still live here without paved roads and tell you fascinating stories of the dream time. As part of tours, you can get up close to centuries-old rock paintings. Hardly any tourists come here, there are no fences and barriers, as in the Kakadu National Park or World Heritage Site Uluru Kata-Tjuta National Park.
Be sure to take a tour with Aborigines. No matter where. They show you how to deal with nature, find food that is not visible to us and teach us how to deal with animals. They play on the didgeridoo, fish and hunt or reveal how best to prepare fish and kangaroo. Nothing fascinated me more during the three months than the often sad stories of the Aborigines.
Overwhelming landscapes and spectacular nature
White, whiter, Australia could be the superlative when it comes to beaches. The whitest sandy beaches in the country can be found especially in the south along the coast of Western Australia. Tip: Cape Le Grand National Park.
Or the deep red canyons in Karijini National Park, impressive waterfalls in Litchfield and Kakadu National Park (after the rain
it) or the beautiful coral reef. Especially the intact one Ningaloo Reefwhere to go with Whale sharks snorkeling was is incredibly beautiful. Who then thinks that everything cannot be topped goes to the Uluru and the equally fascinating ones Kata Tjuta.
Isa still raves about her today Great Ocean Road and the East Coast. And neither of us were in yet Tasmania, another “must-see” trip down under. But I'm already planning ...
Australia's unique flora and fauna
In around 850 national parks, some of which are UNESCO World Heritage Sites, you can marvel at the diversity of flora and fauna. I was particularly enthusiastic about visiting Kangaroo Island: Kangaroos, Wallabies and the sweet ones Koalas hang around here everywhere.
Also in the Flinders Ranges do we have very many kangaroos alive seen, as well as along the Cape to Cape Trek around Margaret River.
Not to forget the underwater world:Orcas (killer whales) and Sperm whales at Bremer Bay, Whale sharks at Ningaloo Reef, Dolphins along the south and west coast, Mantas and Stingrays, Turtles, Crocodiles, Unfortunately too poisonous jellyfish (box jellyfish and Irukandji jellyfish), Giant octopus, and lots of colorful fish I discovered it on various tours! Madness!
The Coral reef at Ningaloo Reef is by the way - in contrast to the more well-known and largest reef in the world (Great Barrier Reef) still intact. I have never seen such large and vibrant corals!
Fascinating big cities
The outback and the nature of Australia is the highlight - no question about it. Every now and then I am still happy to be in cities. Especially Adelaide (beautiful and comfortable to "arrive"), Perth and Broome I found it exciting. I found it less exciting Darwin (just hot and the national parks around it are simply the most beautiful in the country) and Alice Springs.
Unfortunately, I haven't been to Melbourne, Sydney and Brisbane yet. Isa loved Sydney and Melbourne. The latter city in particular is said to be the most beautiful city in Australia. Then on the next trip!
Warm hospitality and helpful open-minded Australians
In Australia we have met interested and helpful people everywhere, who invite you, read every problem with your eyes and are hospitable. Not superficial as in so many other countries (I don't want to name any). The interest is sincere. Especially when camping we had very helpful neighbors who provided us with tips and borrowed one or the other spare part if we forgot a part of the hose for water at the last campsite ...
Plus, Aussies are very laid back and they say anything "No worries" - no problem.
Our hostess in Margaret River spontaneously invited us to the Coast to Coast Walk. Usually she offers this to tourists for a fee. She took the time for us and even packed snacks. Just great!
Ideal country for road trip adventure
The infrastructure is great, most of the roads are paved. Except in national parks and the legendary Gibb River Road, which are closed to everyone during and after the rainy season. The streets are usually sufficiently wide (also for campers and motorhomes), mostly empty and hardly used and often nobody comes towards you for a long time. Except for roadtrains.
Especially in the outback, the roads often lead straight ahead, but in the south around Margaret River they are winding and lead through beautiful Karri forests.
What is the best time to travel to Australia?
This question is not that easy to answer. If you think that it is summer in Australia all year round and that you can always walk around in shorts and flip-flops you are wrong.
Due to the size of Australia, there is no best time to travel to Australia. You have to know which regions you want to visit, then you can roughly say:
- Northern Territory: May to October (dry season)
- East and west coast: Mild to hot temperatures all year round.
- South coast: May to September (relatively cool, windy and rainy around winter)
- Outback: April to October (cooler winter months with sometimes freezing nights below 0 degrees - I've experienced it)
Most Germans travel to Australia in the European winter: the high season is between October and March. You must also note that the Australian school holidays are from mid-December to the end of January and around Easter, as well as from the beginning of July and the end of September to the beginning of October. Then campers are often fully booked a long time in advance, and so are the most beautiful campsites.
Since the subject is very complex, I have Written here in detail about the best time to travel to Australia.
How much time should I plan for Australia?
I am often asked questions like “How much time should I plan for a trip to Australia?” Or “Is it worth traveling to Australia for 3 weeks?”. During my (admittedly longer than average) trip to Australia of three months, I met many vacationers who were either on the road for a whole year (Work & Travel) or for several weeks ("Gray Nomads" - pensioners with campers).
According to statistics, most vacationers travel to Australia for 22 days. For Western Australia, travelers plan an average of 36 days. There is, of course, a big difference. I claim the average stays 3-4 weeks. Every day more is a win! Incidentally, backpackers stay in the country for at least 50 days.
For a short trip, you definitely have to commit to one region or book domestic flights. Then a fork flight is also worthwhile, but it can be a lot more expensive.
Itinerary for Australia? My suggestions
The number of requests for suggestions on routes is increasing. To be honest, I was having a hard time, because if someone flies to Perth for 3 weeks, I don't know whether I would recommend going south or north. I found both corners to be excellent.
The southern variant could be: Perth - Rottnest Island - Fremantle - Margaret River - Augusta - Exmouth with Cape Le Grand National Park - Bremer Bay - back to Perth
From Perth to the north: Perth to Broome. See my travelogue for the west coast from Perth to Broome here.
Australia road trip - bus, rental car or camper?
In general, you have to decide whether you want to travel by bus, rental car or camper.
With a rental car and camper you have to note that the one-way fees are sometimes more expensive than the car itself. Sometimes there is no one-way rental. When you're traveling by bus, you often can't stop in the most beautiful places.
With Camper you are simply the most flexible, you can spend the night at beautiful campsites by the sea or in national parks and you can also cook for yourself. There are seldom alternatives to eating out on the go. Who wants to eat fish & chips for weeks?
In most places between Adelaide - Perth, more precisely up to Broome, there were many hostels and motels (except Margaret River, Perth and Adelaide), which in my opinion were far too expensive. But you can find more information in the next point: Costs in Australia!
Half the time (Adelaide to Perth, Perth to Broome) I had a rental car, the other time we had two different campers. Which car or which camper we found best I will soon write in a separate article.
Check out my tips for driving in Australia here.
Cost: How expensive is a vacation in Australia?
Unfortunately, I can't gloss over anything: Australia is expensive. Except gasoline and clothing from surf brands (Billabong, Rip Curl, ...). Australia is by far the most expensive travel destination I have visited so far! How expensive Australia will ultimately be for you depends on the way you plan to travel and what you plan to visit.
- Car rental Adelaide - Perth, 19 days, SUV: 798 euros. In addition, there was an abnormally high one-way rent that we had to pay on site when we returned it: 885.44 euros.
(above Sunny Cars, since unlimited kilometers and a second driver are only included here)
- Camper in Darwin, 12 days, Endeavor Camper 2/4 Berth: 859.80 euros.
- Camper in Darwin - Adelaide, 17 days, Apollo Euro Tourer: 1,373.66 euros (one-way rental was omitted, insurance of 45 AUD per day is included).
- Stay in hostels: In a double room approx. 50 AUD, in a dorm (dormitory) approx. 25 - 40 AUD. Sometimes even more expensive.
- Overnight stay in motels: In a double room without breakfast you rarely get a room for less than 100 AUD. Our average was 120-150 AUD.
Even when it comes to tickets for activities, the Aussies really do it. Here are a few tours as a guide (I'll make a detailed list of the expenses):
- Kangaroo Island day trip (Eco provider) "Kangaroo Island Odysseys - Kangaroo Island Wildlife Discovery" incl. Bus and ferry from / to Adelaide: 629.30 AUD (my brother did this)
- Kangaroo Island with one night (Eco provider):"Odyssey's Kangaroo Island Highlights" including bus, ferry from / to Adelaide and hotel: 1144 AUD (I did this tour)
- Scenic Flight over Kalgoorlie and the Super Pit: 90 AUD per person
- Bremer Bay Kiler Whale Excursions: 385 AUD (approx. 8 hours, longer with us)
- Swim with whale sharks at Ningaloo Reef (Eco provider): 550 AUD
- Ferry to Rottnest Island: Rottnest Express (One way: 41 AUD, return: 82 AUD. By bike: 119 AUD. Can be booked as a package with snorkeling equipment and bike for 137 AUD).
- Entrance fees National parks: Nambung National Park, Kalbarri National Park, François Perron National Park: Day pass for 12 AUD per car.
Food and drink costs in Australia
Food prices are very high in Australia. For a simple meal in a cheap restaurant, budget around $ 20-30 (depending on the region). A fast food menu costs around AUD 10, a coffee around AUD 4.50 and a beer from AUD 8.
You can save a lot of money by preparing your own meals and buying the ingredients from the supermarket. Although food prices (especially for fresh fruit and vegetables) are also very high, they are significantly cheaper compared to the prices in restaurants. With Coles and Woolworth there are two big chains where you can get all the important groceries.
You can get a bottle of mid-range wine for AUD 16-20.
Everything about Australia - data & facts
Like New Zealand, Australia is a sovereign member state in the Commonwealth of Nations and thus has Queen Elizabeth II as head of state.
The term "Australia" means something like "southern country", as it originally comes from the Latin name "terra australis". The term "down there" is also colloquial based on the southern area "Down Under" come into everyday use.
Australia is both a continent and a state. Depending on your opinion, other areas belong to the continent of Australia. Tasmania and New Guinea are usually always included in the Australian continent, but sometimes New Zealand, Indonesia and other island states as well. If the latter areas are included in the continent of Australia, then the terms Oceania or the double continent of Australia and Oceania are also used in addition to Australia. As you can see, it's a little complicated.
From a political point of view, everything is at least a little easier. So there is:
- Six states (Western Australia, Victoria, Tasmania, South Australia, Queensland, and New South Wales)
- Three Territories (Australian Capital Territory, Jervis Bay Territory and Northern Territory)
- Seven outer areas (Norfolk Island, Heard and McDonald Islands, Coral Sea Islands, Cocos Islands, Christmas island, Ashmore and Cartier Islands, Australian Antarctic Territory)
- Overall, something is now alive over 24 million people (As of March 2016) on 7,692,024 km² in Australia
- Most of the residents live in large cities such as Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane, Adelaide or Perth. But that's also the reason why you still have more than enough opportunities to discover lonely beaches.
- The Capital of Australia is not - as many think - Sydney, but Canberra.
- The official language in Australia is English.
- In a global comparison of quality of life (OECD Better Life Index 2016), Australia is currently on the 2nd place and is thus ten places ahead of Germany. Australia does particularly well in the areas of environment, health, jobs and community.
Aboriginal in Australia
Plus, if you travel around Australia, you will find some too Aboriginal to encounter. This is what the aborigines of Australia are called. Also theTorres Strait Islanders belong to the indigenous population of Australia. Together, both groups make up around 2.5% of the total population.
The recent history of the Aborigines is particularly tragic. Since the British crown Australia after its discovery as uninhabited land declared, all indigenous people lost their right to land ownership (according to western understanding).
In the early 20th century until 1972, many Aboriginal mothers had their children taken away to be brought up by the state. In this context, the "Stolen generations" spoken. In the meantime there is the National Sorry Day (more information in the Wikipedia article about the "stolen generation").
A book that is not a factual report, but still gives an insight into the world of the Aborigines isDream catcher: A woman's journey into the world of the Aboriginesby Marlo Morgan. It's a bit controversial as the author initially claimed that the book was based on a true story. As a novel and to get to know the unknown world, it is still very readable.
More facts about Australia:
- Telephone code: +61
- German Embassy: Tel .: +61 2 6270 1911
- Currency in Australia: AUD dollars (Australian dollars): € 1 is roughly equivalent to AUD 1.4
- Time zones: Australian Eastern Standard Time (AEST), Australian Central Standard Time (ACST), and Australian Western Standard Time (AWST). The time difference is between six to eleven hours, depending on the area and summer or winter time
- Holidays: On January 26th, the national holiday “Australia Day”, arrival of Captain Arthur Phillips with the first prisoners of the British and thus the beginning of the settlement by Europeans. On April 25, ANZAC Day, the day of Australia and New Zealand's first military action in World War I, 1915.
Where is Australia actually located?
Australia is a Island nation "down under" (English for below) and is seen from Germany behind Southeast Asia in the southern hemisphere. In addition to mainland Australia, the island of Tasmania (= federal state) and some other island areas such as the Cocos Islands, Christmas Island or the Ashmore and Cartier Islands (= outer areas) belong to the Commonwealth of Australia.
Before you travel to Australia - all travel tips for planning your trip
A trip to Australia is often planned well in advance. I also started rough planning early on, which is unusual for me. When do I want to be where, when is the best travel time for which region and how do I find cheap flights? The last point is not unimportant, because apart from the costs for campers or rental cars, these are the largest cost factor.
How to find cheap flights to Australia
Unfortunately, there are no direct flights to Australia from Germany, Austria and Switzerland. In general, you need to know where you want to start and end your journey before you travel. The largest airports in Australia are in Perth (west coast), Darwin (Northern Territory), Melbourne (Victoria), Adelaide (South Australia) and of course Sydney and Brisbane on the east coast.
My flight from Frankfurt to / from Adelaide was the cheapest and fastest with Qatar Airways. There is currently no better airline in my opinion.
To Perth it could be cheaper to fly with Turkish Airlines or Singapore Airlines. The best way to find this is through flight search engines like Skyscanner or Momondo.
Useful link: You can find my tips for booking cheap flights here.
How long does a flight to Australia take?
A flight to Australia usually takes between 20-30 hours. Qatar Airways, Emirates and Qantas are airlines that fly to Sydney or Melbourne via a stop or two.
>>> Tips for booking flights can be found here
Germany - Australia Time Difference
Australia is in three different time zones. In the western part this applies Australian Western Standard Time (AWST), in the middle part the Australian Central Standard Time (ACST) and in the east the Australian Eastern Standard Time (AEST). The time difference is between 6 hours (Perth, Western Australia summer time) and 10 hours (Eastern Australia winter time).
However, they have States of Australia have different regulations for winter / summer time, which means that the time differences can be different. It is therefore best to check the current time difference with a website like Zeit Zonen.de when you make an appointment for a home call.
Entry requirements to Australia
Do i need a visa for Australia?
To enter Australia you need:
- A passport that is valid for at least the duration of the trip (at least six months are recommended)
- A valid visa - e.g. eVisitor (subclass 651),Visitor visa (subclass 600) orWorking Holiday visa (subclass 417)
A classic Visa on Arrival, e.g. for New Zealand, is currently available Not more available. This means that you have to apply for your visa in advance. This is usually very easy online and the simplest version is free of charge.
Since the official website is apparently very complicated (all friends didn't get it and should have paid according to their "Visa Finder") I wrote a guide on how you can apply for your visa for Australia online for free.
Vaccinations, first-aid kit and travel insurance for Australia
Recommended vaccinations for Australia
If you are traveling from Europe, no vaccinations are required for Australia. For trips to rural areas, the standard vaccinations tetanus, diphtheria, hepatitis A and B, rabies and typhoid are recommended. Consult your doctor for more information. You should generally check your vaccinations before each trip and refresh them if necessary.
A money fever vaccination is only required if you are traveling to Australia from a money fever area.
Check out my first-aid kit
Which travel insurance for Australia?
Many holidaymakers only ask questions about travel insurance shortly before departure. But then it is often too late. If you fall seriously injured while doing sports or at work shortly before your trip, then a lot of money may be wasted.
To ensure that this does not happen to you, you can read here which travel insurance makes sense in advance (luggage, travel interruption insurance, ...).
Australia Checklist: What do I have to pack?
For Australia, of course, it depends on where you want to go and how you are traveling. On a road trip, other utensils are suitable than for backpackers.
Do you travel in summer, autumn or winter?
I was in Australia in autumn (transition winter). A softshell jacket, rain or wind jacket and long trousers were a must. I did not wear hiking boots. For Australia (in my opinion) trainers such as lightweight Nike Free trainers are sufficient.
As it gets hot north from Perth in autumn too, you must of course not forget your swimwear and flip-flops. I generally recommend sun protection for the head in Australia. Even if our ozone risk was 0-1, I always wore a baseball cap. I bought sunscreen (SPF +50) and mosquito spray on site.
Also, I recommend bringing a drugstore product such as shampoo, toothpaste, or creams from home as this is very expensive in Australia.
You can see my camera while traveling with accessories here.
Take a look at my general packing list. There you will find lots of travel essentials and packing tips that you can also use for your trip to Australia!
Which travel adapter for Australia?
In Australia you need a power plug adapter to charge your electronic devices. There is a mains voltage of 230 volts and the type I mains plug is used. You can also use the required adapter for New Zealand and Fiji.
If you're looking for a universal travel adapter for all of your travels, I can do it Skross world adapter recommend. Since the adapters are quite wobbly, I also bought an adapter on site. But this one was very expensive. So I advise you to buy a travel adapter before you go.
Travel guide for Australia
For Australia I had bought the following travel guides before my trip:
- Lonely Planet Australia (very thick)
- Lonely Planet West Coast Australia (unfortunately only in English but with the best guide)
- Stefan Loose Travel Guide Australia
Not perceived as good:
- Australia tour planner: experience Australia individually
- Baedeker travel guide for Australia
Questions about money and credit cards when traveling to Australia
What currency does Australia have?
The official currency of Australia is the Australian dollars (AUD). In addition to Australia, the Australian dollar is also the official currency on Kiribati, Nauru and Tuvalu.
One Australian dollar is made up of 100 cents. Coins are available in the versions 5 cents, 10 cents, 20 cents, 50 cents, 1 dollar and 2 dollars. The minting of the coins for the amounts 1 cent and 2 cents ended in 1992.
How do I bring money to Australia - credit card or cash?
In principle, you can exchange some cash at the bank you trust before your trip. However, it is generally sufficient if you withdraw money with a credit card after your arrival at the airport in Australia. I have never seen an Australian airport that did not have an ATM.
But actually hardly anyone in Australia pays with cash. I only withdrew money twice during my three month trip to Australia. It is particularly practical that you can pay very quickly practically anywhere in Australia with payWave (contactless payment). My credit cards offer this function:
On to my tips for credit cards for travel
Even if I rarely withdrew money, you can find ATMs (term for bank machines) all over the cities. In more remote locations, you may have to withdraw money from paid machines in hotels or road houses.
In 2021, the best credit cards are the VISA card the DKB bank(as an active customer) and the GenialCard the Hanseatic Bank. With these cards you can withdraw money from ATMs for free and pay on site without paying foreign fees abroad in foreign currencies!
My tip for one sustainable account is the Tomorrow Bank. I like to use this credit card in Germany and Europe (Apple Pay also works with it).
How much do you tip in Australia?
Tipping is not a must in Australia, but it is welcomed. If the service is right, you are welcome to leave a tip. In Australia, too, you are well advised to tip 10% of the total price as a rule of thumb.
For other services such as taxi or delivery service, you can simply round the price up if you want to give a tip.
Traveling around Australia on your own or with an organized tour?
You can definitely travel to Australia individually. I think Australia is the perfect road trip camper country.
The transport network is particularly well developed on the east coast and the nearest accommodation is usually not difficult to find. Outside of major cities, Australia is mostly in South Australia, Western Australia and in Northern Territory very sparsely populated.
Signs with “Next Service 423 km” can appear on a road trip. If the next gas station is so far away, you should definitely fill up at every roadhouse and have a reserve canister in the trunk if necessary.
If you are planning a multi-day trekking tour, you should prepare well. Especially if you want to be away from the usual tourist trails. The supply of drinking water on the go could be a problem. It is also no great secret that there are many dangerous animals in Australia there. These include primarily poisonous snakes, spiders, scorpions, fish, jellyfish, but also crocodiles and sharks.
Besides the poisonous jellyfish, I haven't seen a single dangerous animal in Australia. And I was traveling for 3 months. Especially in remote areas. No worries as the Aussie would say.
On my trip through Australia I heard some horror stories about accidents that were partially fatal (especially at night with kangaroos). But if you stick to the main precautionary measures If you stop and do not run negligently across the country through undergrowth, go swimming in swampy areas and generally ignore signs with warning notices, the risk of fatal accidents is very low. You should definitely inform yourself well in advance.
Check out my tips for driving in Australia here
In general, do not touch snakes, spiders, etc., even if they look dead. Trying to selfie with a snake is also not a good idea. If you walk narrow paths to a secret surf spot or are otherwise out and about in the undergrowth, make sure that you are performing loudly. Most reptiles crawl through the floor vibration.
In general, Australia is a particularly good place to be with explored by car to become. Due to the size of Australia, however, you have to think about which corner you want to see first and foremost. Unless you have enough time and money. For example, if you just want to get from Sydney (east coast) to Perth (west coast) quickly, you have to cover 4000 km by car. In this case, you are better off taking a flight.
My tips for driving in Australia
Top Road Trip Routes in Australia:
If you are traveling alone in Australia and don't want to fly, you can look for a bus connection with Greyhound. In addition to direct connections, you also have the option of one thereHop-on Hop-offBuy ticket. This allows you to get on and off flexibly at any location on your route and you don't have to meticulously plan everything in advance.
Domestic flights in Australia
Especially if you want to cover longer distances within Australia, you are very well advised to take a domestic flight. Depending on the route, you can get this from as little as 50 euros (e.g. Melbourne - Hobart).
Car rental in Australia
In Australia anyone with their own driver's license can rent a car. The best thing to do is to get an international driver's license from your regional registration authority before you start your journey. Important! In Australia you ride on the left Street side. Allow some time to get used to it.
If you under 21 years If you are old, it will be difficult, especially with the larger car rental companies. It is often not a problem for smaller companies.
At Wicked campers you can rent a car even if you are under 21 years of age. However, you then pay an additional surcharge. Common providers for campervans are Britz, Apollo and Maui. Wicked Camper is the Budget variant, where you should check whether duvets and other camping accessories are included in the price.
I would always go back Recommend Apollo. We had three campers from the provider. The campers were great, the staff friendly and everything was straightforward.
Tips for booking a rental car
What language is spoken in Australia?
In Australia, English is spoken with the distinctive "Aussie" accent. If you have a basic knowledge of the English language, you will definitely find your way around. Similar to New Zealand, you will most likely meet many Germans in Australia who will certainly help you in an emergency.
If you have trouble understanding Australians, you can always politely ask if they can speak a little more slowly. Generally speaking, the Aussies are very helpful.
Typical Australian expressions:
- G'day mate - Hello buddy / Good afternoon
- Cheers mate - thank you
- No worries - no problem
- Have a good one - have a nice day
- Bugger - Damn it
- Barbie - short for barbecue (grilling)
Food and drink with specialties
Local specialties originate largely from English cuisine. So you can get a classic “English Breakfast” or “Fish & Chips” practically anywhere. Due to the worldwide immigration, however, the Australian cuisine can generally be described as international.
One of the best-known Australian products, albeit one that takes some getting used to in terms of taste Vegemite. It is a salty and slightly bitter malt spread that is often eaten on a buttered toast.
Australians are very popular as fast food Meat pies: Filled batter with beef, which is also available in different variations such as with potatoes, steak, Indian curry and other ingredients. Sausage rolls (sausage wrapped in batter) are also widespread in Australia. Typical Australian sweets are ANZAC biscuits (biscuits), Pavlova (cream and fruit cake), Tim Tams (chocolate biscuits) or Violet Crumble (chocolate bars).
Unfortunately, the influence of the Aborigines on Australian cuisine is not yet noticeable.Some traditional dishes are slowly experiencing a renaissance. In general, Aboriginal food has long been viewed negatively as "bush food" by most Australians.
Safety: is it dangerous to travel to Australia?
In general, Australia, like New Zealand, is one of the safest travel destinations in the world. It is not without reason that Down Under is one of the most popular travel destinations for tourists and backpackers. You rarely hear about theft or serious illnesses, at least not more than in Germany.
There are a few specifics that you should be aware of in Australia. Especially if you spend a lot of time outdoors, you have to expect to encounter poisonous snakes, spiders, scorpions, fish or non-toxic but no less dangerous sharks or crocodiles. But if you walk the normal tourist trails and follow the appropriate safety instructions, you are pretty safe.
Due to the very high aridity in some areas, you have to expect bush and forest fires. The other extreme is also possible: after particularly heavy downpours, flooding can also occur.
If you are traveling by car, be sure to plan enough breaks or take turns with others at the wheel. Outside of the cities there is hardly any traffic and some roads simply run 100 km in a straight line, without curves and with the same landscape. This can be very tiring and is often underestimated. You should definitely plan a 20l water canister and some reserve gasoline.
I have always felt safe in Australia in general. Only when surfing (sharks) or on the way to the surf spot through bushes and undergrowth (snakes) did I sometimes have a strange feeling. I once heard about a break in a camper van. The risk for this is likely to be just as high as in Europe.
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