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Australia travel guide

Work hard, and play harder in Australia

Australia is one big adventure. So big, we recommend you stay for a while... And we're talking a year or two. With help from our unmissable work starter packs, you can spend a gap year Down Under, and combine your working holiday with play, on one of our awesome adventure tours. Surf before work, spot Aussie wildlife in spectacular natural settings, dive the Great Barrier Reef and meet like-minded backpackers on the way. Crikey!

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Travelling to Australia

It might feel like a bit of a mission to get there, but it's worth it. Plus, we work with top airlines to ensure that your journey is comfortable (and stocked with really good films and/or drinks). Each state in Australia has an international airport, and getting around in Oz is easy, with domestic flights taking you even into the most remote areas.
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Australia fast facts

Languages Spoken

The official language spoken in Australia is English, although the Aussie slang is definitely its own language!


Name: Australian Dollar
Code: AUD
Symbol: $
$100 is approx £55

Time Zone

Australia has 5 time zones: Australian Western Standard Time (UTC+8:00), Australian Central Western Standard Time (UTC+8:45), Australian Central Standard Time (UTC+9:30), Australian Eastern Standard Time (UTC+10:00) and Lord Howe Standard Time(UTC+10:30)

Where to visit in Australia: states and top cities




New South Wales




Western Australia

Darwin, Uluru &

Northern Territory

Adelaide &

South Australia





Australia costs

cost of beer in australia


Beer is served in either a pot (285ml), a schooner (425ml - most popular) or a pint. The average price for a schooner of beer is around $5 (approx £3.80). FYI - they don't drink Fosters.

cost of food in australia


Want to go out for lunch? An average meal will cost you about $10-$15 AUD (about £6-£9). Pies and burgers are the food of choice, but you can grab a Domino's or Pizza Hut value pizza for $5 (about £3.80)!

cost of a taxi in australia


Taxi fares start at about $4 and will add $2 (£1.50) on for every half a mile. Australia is very much like the UK, in the fact that people use Uber as a cheaper way of getting around.

transport in australia


It's very easy to get around Australia, whether it's local trams or buses (approx $4 a ticket = £2.40), trains or planes across the country (domestic tickets as low as $90 = £54) or even car and campervan hire. The possibilities are endless!

cost of a hostel in australia


The price of a hostel for a night in Australia can range, but only slightly. The average price is about $20-$25 a night (approx £12-£15), but they also offer weekly prices at a discounted rate due to backpackers staying for longer durations.

cost of a hotel in australia


The cost of a night at a budget hotel in Australia will range from $80-$130 (approx £48-£78) with the cost of a double room in a midrange hotel costing between $130-$250 (approx £78-£150).

Australia's travel highlights


Working holidays from £349

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The Great Ocean Road

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The Great Barrier Reef

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Travelling around Australia

Campervan hire Australia
A road trip is one of the most flexible and fun ways to explore Oz whether you hit coastal roads in funky campers or unearth the outback in a 4WD campervan.
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Road trip routes and itineraries
Set on hiring four wheels and hitting the open road for an epic holiday or a much deserved break inbetween jobs? Plot the perfect route down the east coast, up the west, or right round all of it with help of our ultimate road trip route maps. 

Australia flexible bus travel options

Stray bus passes
What? Guided Australia bus and rail travel with flexible hop-on and hop-off points. Like somewhere? Stay as long as you like before you board the bus on the next leg of the journey!

Best for: Anyone who's keen to meet likeminded travellers from all over the world while they traverse Oz, and is keen to get off the beaten track and learn more about Australia's culture and people. 

Valid for: 12 months

Includes: Each route has a local trip leader to act as guide and answer all your burning travel questions. They'll show you all the big hitters, like Byron Bay, as well as more unique ones - think remote farms and overnight stays in the rainforest with Aborigines.

Bus passes from £114
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Greyhound bus passes- AUSTRALIA
What? Independent travel on Australia's trusty national coach network.  Choose between a hop-on hop-off pass and a Whimit pass.

Best for: Those who just want to get from A to B with no fussing around, but still hop on and off to see everything on the way.

Valid for: 90 days, or 180 if you pay an extra fee.

Includes: Flexible travel with Wi-Fi, USB chargers and all the mod cons. You can even add on Travel & Stay packs, which give you ten nights in Base, Nomads, and a heap more amazing hostels nationwide.

Bus passes from £87
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Oz experience bus passes
Greyhound Travel & Experience Bundles - AUSTRALIA
What? Greyhound Travel & Experience bundles are the perfect combination of flexible coach travel - provided by Greyhound's extensive bus network - and bucket list experiences. Basically, the whole Oz package.

Best for: Those who want an adventure. You'll get transport all around Australia to suit your itinerary for up to six months, and all the best travel highlights thrown in, too - like overnight yacht stays on the Great Barrier Reef, surfing in Byron Bay, Fraser Island cruises and a trip to the iconic Uluru.

Valid for: 60 days.

Includes: Great Barrier Reef cruise, 3 day Fraser Island tag-a-long, Byron Bay surfing, sail Whitsundays. All of your travel on the Greyhound network (see Greyhound inclusions) and bucket list experiences.

Bus passes from £597
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How long is the flight to Australia?

The flight duration depends on where in Australia you fly to. Flying to Perth, Darwin are the quickest routes and depending on your flight connection and lay-over time, you could get to Oz in 17 hours! Flying to Melbourne, Sydney and Brisbane takes on average between 21 and 24 hours. We know it's long but don't sweat,  we work with great airlines that offer in-flight entertainment to waste the time and you can finally catch up on your beauty sleep.

Do I need a visa for Australia?

All visitors travelling to Australia need a visa, which one depends on your circumstances, nationality etc. British citizen can enter Australia either on a free eVisitor visa for holiday purposes or on a Working Holiday visa. We can help you find the visa that is right visa for you, contact Travel Experts for visa assistance now.

How long can I stay in Australia?

How long you can stay in Australia, depends on your visa. On the free eVisitor visa Bristish passport-holders can travel in Australia for up to 3 months but this visa does not allow you to work in Oz. The Working Holiday visa entitles you to work in Australia for up to 12 months and can be extended to up to 24 months. Contact our Travel Experts to find out how.

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