Have you ever thought about visiting the other side of the world? Or taking the family on a trip of a lifetime to Down Under? It’s on our family bucket list to visit Australia one day as there’s so many reasons to visit with its incredible scenery, natural wonders and rich cultural history. With passport and visas in hand, a trip of a lifetime could also be your next big family adventure. Here’s my top four reasons to visit Australia.
Visiting Australia would be a dream come true but from the UK it’s a bit of a mission and that’s before you’ve even stepped on the plane. Visitors to Australia need all the correct paperwork, including an up to date passport and obtaining the correct visas before you go is essential. You’ll need to ensure you have the correct type of visa for Australia as you cannot check in to board the flight without it.
The Australian authorities are strict in ensuring that all visitors have applied for their visas in advance of their trip as they could take a couple of weeks in some circumstances to be granted. The immigration services are choosy with whom they allow onto Australian soil and visitors will only be granted visas if their passport is valid for at least 6 more months, visitors do not have tuberculosis at the time of their trip, visitors have not been convicted of a prison sentence totaling more than 12 months and do not have any outstanding debts with the Australian government. It’s important to do plenty of research before you book a trip and obtain your Australia visa.
4 reasons to visit Australia
Australia is the sixth largest country in the world with over 2.97 million square miles. It has 36,735 kilometres of coastline with over 10,000 incredible beaches. The top 5 beaches to visit in Australia include Whitehaven Beach in the WhitSundays, Byron Bay in New South Wales, Mandalay Beach in Walpole, Burleigh Heads in Queensland and one of the most popular beaches, Bondi Beach in New South Wales. Most popular for their white sandy beaches, calm tides and inviting seas. However, some beaches are popular for wave activity and attract lots of surfers and body boarders. Visitors are encouraged to check whether beaches they visit are patrolled and if it’s safe to swim in the sea. Australia’s waters have a rich sea life including Tiger Sharks and Jellyfish!
If you asked anyone which cities to visit in Australia, one of the most popular would be Sydney. Found in New South Wales and famous for its harbourfront Opera House, Sydney is a must see. Attend a performance or take a tour, it’s an iconic landmark to explore. Walk over the Sydney Harbour Bridge, visit the Royal Botanic Garden and let the kids run free in the fountains at Darling Quarter.
Other popular cities to explore in Australia include Brisbane and Gold Coast in Queensland, Melbourne in Victoria, Darwin in the Northern Territory and Perth in Western Australia. It depends of course, where you plan to stay in the country as typically it can take just under 5 hours to fly from Brisbane on the east coast to Perth on the west coast covering 2245 miles.
The natural wonders
When you think of Australia it might the natural wonders located here that you think of first. One of these for me is the Great Barrier Reef; the worlds largest reef system and stretches over 3,000 kilometres off the east Queensland coast. Home to 400 different types of coral and 1500 species of tropical fish. Another iconic natural wonder of Australia is Uluru, an iconic rock formation said to hide ancient wisdom. You won’t be able to climb Uluru from October 2019 as the climb is forbidden due to the law and culture of the Anangu. Other popular natural wonders include Fraser Island, Twelve Apostles and The Pinnacles.
Australia is home to some of the most wonderful native animals and wildlife. Two of the most famous wild animals of the country are the Koala and the Kangaroo. Koala’s are marsupials which mean they carry their young in a pouch. Koalas live in Eucalypt forests along the eastern coastline of Australia.
Kangaroos are large marsupials that can only be found in this part of the world. Like other marsupials, females have pouches that contain mammary glands, where their young live until they are old enough to emerge. Other native animals include Dingos, Platypus and Wombats and Crocodiles.
Do your research
Australia is firmly on our bucket list but we couldn’t go without planning it all out. Due to it’s sheer size, we would need a good length of time in the country to make the most of the trip. After an epic one-stop flight to Singapore then onto Australia from the UK, it would take approximately 22 hours to get to the country although airlines often take longer due to the stop over on route. Of course with such an incredible journey to get there, flights are expensive. To make the most of your trip, extensive research and budgeting is a must.