Exciting news! On the 21st February, Australia’s borders are reopening to fully-vaccinated travellers. Whether you’re planning an epic holiday or you’re eager to visit friends and family, our cheap Australia 2022 flights will help you get there. But what can you expect when you arrive?
Well, life Down Under is truly epic – on a large scale. Australia is the sixth-largest country in the world and has extremely varied landscapes, unique wildlife and some of the world’s best beaches. From majestic Uluru in the barren Outback to the tropical rainforests and coral reefs of Queensland – there’s no other place like Oz. Find out more as we shine the spotlight on Australia.
Where to go in Australia
Best for city life: Sydney. With beaches, bars and iconic landmarks, New South Wales’ capital has it all.
Best for culture: Melbourne. In Victoria, this city is all about museums, street art, coffee shops and rooftop bars.
Best for the coast: Western Australia. Expect to find white beaches, whale sharks and sun-soaked vineyards.
Best for scenery: Blue Mountains. Discover stunning eucalyptus forests, just an hour west of Sydney.
The best things to do in Australia
- Walk the Sydney Harbour Bridge, which offers spectacular views of the Sydney Opera House and Harbour
- Snorkel in the Great Barrier Reef off the coast of Queensland in north-eastern Oz
- Visit the Red Centre to see Uluru (Ayers Rock) and the Outback’s incredible starry sky
- Wandering the laneways in Melbourne for the best food, street art and bars
- Drive the Great Ocean Road and take in the magnificent scenes
- Watch sea turtles hatch in Mon Repos Conservation Park in Queensland
- Try and get your head around an Aussie Rules football game
Essentials: what you need to know
When is the best time to go to Australia?
- North Coast: This area is driest and most accessible between April and September.
- South Coast: You’ll get comfortable temperatures from October to April, with manageable tourist crowds.
- The Outback: September to November and April to June offer pleasant daytime temperatures and mild nights.
Visa: You’ll need a visa to visit and work in Australia. But getting the ETA holiday visa (Electronic Travel Authority) is usually a very speedy process.
Vaccines: Travellers need to be fully-vaccinated against Covid-19 to be allowed to enter Australia.
Currency: Australian Dollar $
- Western Australia UTC +8:00
- Central Australia: UTC +9:30
- Eastern Australia: UTC +10:00
- Food & drinks: 0%-10%
- Taxis: round up
- Salon services: round up
Slang: “Come over this arvo mate, I’ve got heaps of snags for the barbie.”
- Arvo: afternoon
- Heaps: lots, loads
- Barbie: barbecue
- Snag: sausage
Five dishes we love:
- Aussie meat pies – hand-sized meat pies containing diced or minced meat and gravy. These are often filled with onion, mushrooms or cheese.
- Kangaroo steaks – similar to venison if you can handle eating kangaroo
- Vegemite – a thick savoury yeast and vegetable spread often for toast
- Peach Melba – a dessert of peaches and raspberry sauce with vanilla ice cream
- Tim-Tams – two chocolate biscuits sandwiched with chocolate cream