Australia is one of the most beautiful vacation destinations in the world, and everyone desires to visit. I have rewritten it hundreds of times in a variety of ways.
On Rocky Travel, you can find a plethora of articles about top destinations, including travel planning advice, what to do in Australia, and why you should visit Australia.
However, few websites provide information about these crucial things to avoid when visiting Australia. Although the cost of traveling to Australia has an undeniable impact on your itinerary, these tips will help you travel to Australia on a budget, stay on schedule, and save a ton of money.
All of the Things NOT to Do in Australia
Why give up adventures, tours, and activities that have long been on your Australian bucket list? Check out how this list of dos and don’ts for Australia will help you avoid common blunders and maximize your overall travel experience in Australia.
In Australia, you should not travel without travel insurance.
International travelers frequently undervalue it. It is irrelevant what your plans are when you travel to Australia. You must first ensure that unforeseen costs, such as medical coverage and booking cancellations, are covered.
This expense will be covered by a good travel insurance policy if you ever need to interrupt your trip for an important reason, such as illness or family issues. Medical coverage in Australia can cost thousands of dollars if you travel without insurance. I always purchase my overseas travel insurance from WorldNomads. I adore their explorer plan for the intrepid traveler because I spend the majority of my time outdoors.
Do not visit Australia without a detailed itinerary.
I understand that traveling without a set itinerary may sound alluring. But traveling to Oz without proper planning is a grave error that you must avoid. Due to the high cost of transportation and the lack of availability, your trip to Australia will cost you two to three times the average amount. I’ve designed a smart guidebook to help you plan your itinerary!
Do not reserve your flight to Australia in advance.
Most individuals believe that booking earlier is preferable. This rule applies only if you intend to visit Australia during peak season. You must book at least six months in advance for Christmas and Easter, but you do not need to book so far in advance during the shoulder season. Three to four months is sufficient, and sometimes eight weeks is the optimal duration for a cheap flight to Australia.
Do Not Rent a car with a differnt delivery site.
As long as you can plan road trips in Australia in a loop, returning to your starting point, you will save between $100 and $300 AUD every time you rent a car in Australia. Typically, it costs between $150 and $300 AUD to travel interstate and return a rental car to a different location.
It occurs in remote areas, such as during a road trip to Uluru. However, it is becoming increasingly common for this additional cost to be added to the rental car reservation. Even within the same Australian state, the drop-off and pick-up locations are distinct. Read these tips before renting a car in Australia.
In Australia, do not stay in expensive hotels.
It is difficult to find reasonably priced accommodations in Australia. Consider Airbnb and YHA hostels if you want to try something different. All of these budget-friendly accommodation options in Australia do not sacrifice comfort. Try housesitting if you are a long-term traveler: free lodging versus house and pet-sitting.
Do not drive at night.
This may sound strange, but it is important to know before traveling to Australia. Due to wildlife crossing the roads at dawn and dusk in rural and Outback areas, it is essential for your safety not to drive at these times. Additionally, bad weather and road conditions can be a problem.
Driving in Australia is enjoyable, but you must be aware of the dos and don’ts. One night in North-Western Australia, I drove 70 kilometers, which taught me not to do so again.
Do not frequently fly within Australia.
Domestic flights in Australia are affordable if you book early and take advantage of flight sales and discounts. For journeys of less than 800 kilometers, I would travel by car or train. If you are planning a two-week trip to Australia, avoid booking excessive flights. Consider car rental to experience authentic Australia. There is nothing more rewarding than a road trip across Australia to discover the country at your own pace.
Do not use your SIM card in Australia.
It is going to be extremely expensive. Instead, for $2 you can purchase an Australian SIM card that allows you to make calls to Australian landlines and mobiles at reasonable rates. Plans begin at $30 for 250 minutes. Skype can be used for free international phone calls.
Or any international calling card for 10 AUD that can be used for 6 to 8 hours of landline calls. Telstra is the only Australian provider that can guarantee adequate coverage in rural areas.
Avoid exchanging currency prior to your trip to Australia.
Neither should you exchange currency at the airport. In the past, travelers utilized travelers’ checks to save money on commissions; however, high commissions are now concealed when exchanging currency at any bank. Therefore, it is best to withdraw cash from ATMs at the airport and possibly use a credit or debit card with low or no fees or a credit card with no fees. In Europe, it is nearly impossible to obtain a credit card with no annual fee. However, there are many of these credit cards available in the United States.
Additionally, do not rely solely on a single prepaid or debit card. Take at least two, as debit cards are not universally accepted in Australia. For online payments, a credit card is required, and most car rental agencies prefer credit cards. However, debit cards bearing your name will be accepted.
If free wifi is available, do not use your internet.
From public locations, libraries, or a friend’s apartment! Internet access is expensive in Australia. Tourist Information offices will inform you of free Wi-Fi locations and provide you with a map of hotspots. Some apps can locate the nearest free wifi access point. Always protect your privacy when using public Internet and WiFi while traveling.
Avoid purchasing any electronics in Australia.
Everything, including digital cards and camera memory cards, is costly. Pack all of your electronic devices and extra memory cards, as these items can cost up to $40 USD each. Ensure that you have a backup compact camera in case something happens to your primary one.
Do not bring along fruits and vegetables.
Be prepared when crossing Australia’s internal borders. Australia’s quarantine law is stringent for those entering the country from abroad, other Australian states, or New Zealand. Do not bring food with you when driving from the Northern Territory into Western Australia and from Victoria into South Australia, or you will be required to dispose of it along the way.
The fine for possessing fruits and vegetables is approximately $2,500 AUD. Please be cautious and do not pack any perishable food when traveling between Australian states. Here you can find more information about Australia’s Quarantine Law.
Do not dine in restaurants daily.
Restaurants in Australia are expensive. Eat natural local food at the street market or purchase it from major fresh market halls for an authentic Australian dining experience. I prefer to prepare meals at home whenever possible and shop at local farmer’s markets. You will be amazed by the quality of Australia’s popular cuisine.
Do not discount the power of the Australian sun.
Maintain constant sun protection and hydration for your skin. While traveling, it is important to maintain healthy eating and hydration habits. Do not purchase water from the nearby convenience store, as each bottle will cost at least $3.50 to $3.50 AUD.
Buy a 10-litre water container from supermarkets such as Woolworth or Coles, or discount retailers such as Aldi, and you can save at least $2 per day on bottled water. Additionally, obtain a refillable water bottle and refill it at your destination to help the environment.
Do not disregard Australia’s safety regulations.
Australia is not a dangerous nation, contrary to popular belief. However, you must use common sense and adhere to basic safety rules. Even if the safety rules you encounter at the beach, on the roads, in the Outback, national parks, and everywhere else outdoors seem exaggerated to you, I strongly urge you to adhere to them if you are visiting from abroad.
I can tell you that the warning signs are there for a reason, and they help you become familiar with Australia and drive safely there.
Additional dos and don’ts for travelers to Australia
This section provides an overview of inappropriate behavior in Australia. Knowing how to plan a trip to Australia will allow you to better plan and budget your daily expenses, saving you hundreds or even thousands of dollars.
Lastly, here are some things you should consider when planning a trip to Australia. First, I recommend purchasing my book. I am biased, but it is the best guidebook available for planning Australian adventures. In addition, take a look at the list I’ve compiled of some of the best travel planning resources I use frequently.
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