What thoughts can come to your mind before planning a trip? Well, frankly speaking a lot of ideas, many questions and even some concerns. But do not worry anymore! We will help you to plan your trip and make it easy and comfortable!
Here are some useful hints:
Mind that Australia is a country located in northern Hemisphere, which means that winter here comes in June and summer – in December.
The cheapest air flights are in April till the end of August.
The high season is during December till February.
So, you can plan your vacation in September-October or in March-April.
To explore the city and have real fun visit various festivals like:
Formula 1 Australian Grand Prix, in Melbourne (the second week of March) – 4 days’ racing battle full of extreme and many fast cars;
Melbourne International Comedy Festival (1-21of April) – a great festival to show your talents and laugh as much as you can;
Brisbane Art Festival– during 3 weeks of September with music, shows, dancing, circus.
Sydney-to-Hobart Yacht Race– on the 26th of December near 100 yachts are trying to win the title of the Fastest Racer.
If you do not want to lose your money and overpay then book a hotel or any other accommodations in advance.
The most expensive is Park Hyatt Sydney 5 stars – 1 room for 2 adults costs 568 Euro for 1 night.
And the cheapest is G’Day Backpackers International hostel for 33 Euro/night.
Inner Melbourne Serviced Apartments 4 stars- 163 Euro, The Exford Hotel in Melbourne costs 38 Euro.
Hilton Surfers Paradise Hotel & Residences in Gold Coast -275 Euro, Islander Resort Hotel – for 61 Euro.
Exchange your money to Australian currency before going abroad in order to avoid long queues, and too unbeneficial exchange rates.
Also if you use your credit card abroad then it is better to check in advance the fee you will be charged by your bank.
Mind that credit card is not accepted in some shops and local markets, that’s why it is important to have some cash.
Where to have a good meal and how much to pay?
Well, Australia has many great restaurants and cafes with various cuisines, so you can taste Chinese, Italian, Greek, Spanish meals and many others. Here are some examples and price range:
German cuisine Tommy’s Beer Café in Sydney – 2-19 Euro
French and Australian cuisines Guillaume at Bennelong restaurant 0-677 Euro;
Mediterranean, Seafood, Australian cuisines Watt Restaurant and Bar in Brisbone -2-24 Euro
European and Australian cuisines Urbane Restaurant 77-100 Euro;
Australian, Bar, Bistro, Fish & Chips in Port Douglas Kitchen Bistro & Bar – 4-21 Euro
Australian, International cuisines Nautilus Restaurant 21-70 Euro.
Do not wonder if you see a kangaroo crossing the road, be very attentive and try to avoid time between sunset and sunrise when these animals are often met.
Do you know that Australia has no official language?
Do not worry, English is considered to be a national language but with grammatical and lexical difference. So, if you speak English then there’s nothing to worry about!
Are you planning to buy presents or souvenirs?
The best places with low prices are the local markets. You can find really surprising things and for a good price. Here are some of the best markets:
Bondi Beach Market Sydney (on Sundays) has 100 various stalls with jewelry, books, clothes, footwear and others.
Suitcase Rummage Brisbane (First Sunday of every month, 12pm – 5pm) with retro findings, precious artwork, bric-a-brac, clothing, books.
Carrara Markets in Gold Coast (on Saturdays and Sundays 7am to 4pm) includes 500 stalls and 10 cafes different rides for children, with fashionable goods, furniture, pictures, even cars.
If you are going to drive in this country you should know some driving rules. Here is some info:
Australians drive on the left side of the road. The maximum speed limit in most cities is 100 km per hour on freeways and major highways, 50 – 80 km per hour on local urban areas. The legal limit of alcohol in blood is 0.05, so it is better not to drink at all while driving, unless you want to get a fine.
How to get to hotel or restaurant or any other place?
Of course, you can catch a taxi. From airport to the center you will pay in Brisbane AUD $ 47, in Sydney AUD $35, in Hobart AUD $36, in Adelaide AUD $ 24-32 for a taxi to get to the center.
But be ready for the fact that this is the price just for one ride! It is better to have your own vehicle and decide when and where to drive.
You can drive with comfort and at the same time save money by renting a car, just book it online in advance. You can check the prices for rental cars at Melbourne Airport. At the end it’s up to you what to select!