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Travel Light: How To Prepare For A Long-Distance Journey To Australia

Whether you're the type of person who enjoys lazy afternoons on a beach or you prefer an active vacation - there are few places in the world that can compare to Australia. Tourism has always been Australia's strong point mostly because of its untamed wilderness and mild climate. However, a journey to Australia requires a lot of preparation and planning if you want to make the most out of it. Before you go down and book a flight, here are some of the tips to help you plan for a long journey to Australia and have a good time when you get there.

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Take Your Time to Plan the Trip

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Most people have no idea just how large of a continent Australia is. Flying from Perth to Sydney will take about the same time as flying from NY to LA - so you can imagine just how much there is to see. Most people make a list of things they want to see in Australia and try to stick to it - until they realize that it's impossible to see the Uluru/Ayers Rock, Great Barrier Reef and Rottnest Island in one go. This is why it's vital for you to plan what you want to see the most and establish a route if you're going to be traveling a lot. Sydney, Melbourne, Perth, and Brisbane are the largest cities on the Aussie continent and all are viable options for you to land in.

What Time of the Year is the Best?

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This depends heavily on what part of Australia you're traveling to. Since Australia is in the southern hemisphere, their seasons are completely opposite of what we're used to in the northern hemisphere. This means that months from December to February are extremely warm on the southern shore, in cities like Sydney and Melbourne. But before you start packing - think about the high season too. These months are most crowded and also more expensive, so if you're looking to travel on a budget you may consider traveling before or after the high season. Temperatures will be pleasant nevertheless and rain rainfall is extremely rare.

If you opt for the northern parts like Queensland, you might want to do it from June to August when it's winter out there. Uluru/Ayers Rock is also a great place to travel in the winter since the desert isn't as hot as usual.

Go For a Longer Trip

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Australia has so much to offer that it's almost impossible to appreciate it if you're going there for a week. A longer journey will see that you adapt your lifestyle and enjoy the continent with every inch of your body. Not to mention that airplane tickets are extremely expensive, so staying just a few days doesn't pay off at all. If you go for longer than a month you can even do a neat trick and rent your place back home to someone and get some money you can use on your trip. It's really easy, just put all of your stuff in a storage unit and rent the place to an interested party. And then jump on a plane, of course!

Fun Activities in Australia

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To really get the most out of your trip to Australia we recommend that you rent a car there and drive. Driving through the Aussie wilderness will give you the best insight into what's nature like over there, so try not to miss that. You can even rent a camper van and go surfing on one of the amazing beaches.

Tasmania offers some of the most beautiful places on the continent - it's somewhat like Iceland, raw and incredible.

There are also a lot of options for skydiving if you're one of those adrenaline junkies (crazy kids). If you're going to be staying in a city - make sure you visit local contemporary art galleries, Australia is famous for those. There's also rafting, kayaking, or even ride a bicycle on one of many trails along the coastline.

Bottom Line

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Australia sure is amazing and it's even more so if you're going there for the first time. Whether you want to learn to surf or you're in for a quieter vacation - Australia won't disappoint you. Make sure you know what you can bring into the country, they are really strict about it and they won't be making any exceptions. As long as you bring your good mood you're bound to have a great time in Australia - and the best part is that you can skip the winter if you're from the northern hemisphere. Oh, and make sure you've packed enough stuff because once you're there - you'll want to stay longer than you planned for. Good luck!

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