Traveling and staying in Australia
A trip round Australia is one that is not easily forgotten. As the world’s largest country, Australia has deserts, beaches, snowfields, reefs, rainforests, mountains, big cities, small towns and country villages. You can cuddle a koala, have breakfast with kangaroos, and swim with turtles.
You can sweat in the outback, or check out the powder snowboarding. Australia really is a country that has it all!
Get out of the major cities
One mistake many travelers make when traveling to Australia is sticking to the big cities. Many backpackers don’t even make it out of Sydney orMelbourne, which is a huge shame considering the wonders that can be found outside the big cities. Travel the coast to experience laid-back beach living, take a trip to one of the country’s wine regions, or travel inland to see just how different life is in the outback.
Tick off all the States and Territories
Traveling all States and Territories could take some time, but it will mean you experience the true diversity of Australia. Visit Western Australia for glorious beaches and incredible surfing; South Australia for wineries and wildlife; and Victoria for a trip along the Great Ocean Road.
Then New South Wales for beach living and the Sydney sights; Queensland for tropical rainforests and the Great Barrier Reef . Visit the ACT to see the Australia’s capital. Also the Northern Territory to see Uluru and Kakadu; and Tasmania for beautiful wilderness.
Get your pulse racing
If you like adventure sports, you will love Australia. Take part in a huge range of adventure activities, all with the stunning backdrop of Australia. Try skydiving, snowboarding, mountain biking, canyoning, 4WDriving, speed boating, scuba diving, jet skiing, water-skiing, abseiling, rock climbing and much more!
Planning to stay?
Many visitors to Australia quickly fall in love with the place. Work visas can be obtained from the Australian immigration department.
Many visitors to Australia quickly fall in love with the place and want to find a job to live. But please bear in mind, with common tourist visa or subclass 600 visa, it is not allowed to work. Working holiday visa might be an option for you!
If you want to switch your tourist visa to a working holiday visa, you have to get out of Australia first. Working holiday visa application can be lodged electronically when you are outside of Australia, and the processing time is quite short. As soon as you get the visa, you can return to Australia to activate the visa.
If you decide to stay, here are a few things to think about:
Short-term: use job searching websitesto find jobs, get a good resume and get the proper training. Open an Australian bank account and apply for Medicare if you are eligible. Fruit picking is a great way to see the country and meet fellow travelers. Use traveler forums to find out what other travelers are saying.
Long-term: If you get a permanent visa to stay in Australia, there will be a lot to sort out! Open a bank account as soon as possible, and arrange your superannuation fund (pension). Australian property prices can be quite high, so you may want to rest first. Once you get a mortgage, you will need to arrange insurance. Think about home insurance, health insurance and life insurance. Life insurance is especially important if you are bringing your family over to Australia, and you start accumulating assets and debts. When in doubt, speak to other ex-pats who have moved to Australia for advice.