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Planning a holiday to Australia

Updated on May 7, 2015

Free insider information to help you plan your trip to Australia

Australia is a big place and deciding where to visit on your trip downunder is pretty much like trying to choose which countries to visit on a trip to Europe. The biggest mistake most people make when planning a trip to Australia is trying to do too much too quickly. Few people realize how far it is between cities.

To help you get an understanding consider these figures:

  • Australia is the 6th largest country in the world
  • If you do not include Alaska Australia is slightly bigger than the USA
  • Europe would fit inside Australia
  • Australia is 20 times bigger than Japan and New Zealand
  • It takes 12 hours to drive from Sydney to Brisbane and about 4 days to drive to Perth

I hope my pages listed here help you plan a great trip to Australia and one day you get to say G'Day :-)

Are you planning to visit Australia?

Sydney harbour
Sydney harbour

Which Australian place would you most like to visit?

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Preparing for your trip to Australia

Beause planning your holiday is half the fun!

I really enjoy planning my trips, I usually start 6-12 months before our departure date. Making lists of books to read and downloading i-phone apps is a good starting point.

Books to read before you travel to Australia
I am one of those travellers that seems to enjoy the planning and the build up to a trip almost as much as the trip itself. I usually begin about a year out...

iPhone Apps for Travelling in Australia
Over the last year the number of applications for i-phone and i-pod's for travelers has exploded. Many of them are free but are they worth the space they tak...

Travelling in Sydney

Insider guides from a born and bred local

I live in Sydney and have spent many years helping visitors to explore and enjoy my city as part of my work. Along with the pages below you might like to visit my blog Sydney Expert for even more great articles on visiting Sydney.

11 Best Walks in Sydney
Sydney is a walker's paradise, the perfect city to explore on foot with lots of walking tracks around the Harbour and beaches. I have chosen the walks on thi...

Where to see Australian Animals in Sydney
Seeing Aussie animals like kangaroos and koalas is on the top of most visitor's lists when planning their trip to Australia. Sydney provides quite a few oppo...

Sydney Harbour - A Guide for Visitors
Sydney harbour is considered one of the world's most beautiful and almost everyone who comes to Sydney spends at least a couple of hours visiting it. Most c...

Blue Mountains Australia
The Blue Mountains is a World Heritage wilderness that begins 60km west of Sydney Australia. The mountains are home to 400 different species of animals, 40 o...

Aboriginal Sydney - a guide for visitors
Many people consider Australia to have a very short history however Aboriginal Australian's have occupied this land for over 60,000 years. Their culture is r...

Sydney Markets - unique shopping experiences
Sydney has a great market shopping scene with over a dozen weekly markets and many more monthly ones. There are markets aimed directly at visitors to Sydney...

Sydney's Unique Accommodation - Special Places to Stay
Are you a hotel person, a backpacker, perhaps you prefer self catering in apartments? Sure Sydney has plenty of these but I want to show you a couple of uniq...

Travelling in Queensland

Visiting Australia's Sunshine State

Queensland is HUGE so unless you are on a backpacking trip of 3 months or more you are going to have to make some choices. If I had to limit my time here I would so it this way.;

If I only had 5 days - Visit Cairns region (preferably Port Douglas) OR the Whitsundays (and Fraser Island)

If I had 10 days or more I would try to see both of these regions before any other part of the state.

Brisbane - a few days here would do me - The Dolphin resort off the coast of Brisbane at Tangalooma Island is amazing and there is a good food scene developing but not really that much for international travellers... more of a domestic travel destination I think.

Gold Coast - 3-5 days - again probably more suited to domestic travellers unless you have already seen all the big Aussie sights.

Visiting Cairns and Port Douglas
Cairns and Tropical North Queensland is the perfect destination for your Great Barrier Reef holiday. With World Heritage Rainforests, golden beaches and grea...

Queensland Islands - Which Island to Choose for your holiday
Gday, welcome to Queensland Islands 101. In today's class we are going to visit Queensland Australia - home to over 1900 islands and the eighth wonder of the...

Queensland's Gold Coast
Only 1 hour south of the Queensland capital city of Brisbane the Gold Coast is a water lover's paradise. Home to 35 patrolled beaches, 6 theme parks and hund...

Melbourne and Victoria

A compact but beautiful state

Melbourne may be one of the smaller states however it has lots of great highlights for visitors. On a really short visit of 3 days or less you will probably want to limit yourself to Melbourne City and perhaps a day trip to Phillip Island or the Dandenong ranges.

Longer visits should include the Great Ocean Road and historic Ballerat and Bendigo.

Best Day Trips from Melbourne
Victoria is one of Australia's most compact states, at 228,000 square km it's about the same size as the United Kingdom. However our smallest mainland state ...

Melbourne Top Tips for a Great Holiday
If you are on a short visit to Australia it is unlikely Melbourne will be at the top of your list but if your time here is less limited it is a great city to...

Darwin Australia - A Travel Guide
With its view over the Timor Sea Darwin is Australia's only real tropical city. It is closer to Asia than it is to Sydney and there is a distinct smell of le...

5 Reasons to Visit Kakadu National Park
In 2002 I managed to secure a flight from Brisbane to Darwin for A$1. It was the first birthday of Virgin Airlines entering the Australian market and it was ...

Great Australia Travel links

These links will help you plan a great holiday in Australia

I love creating Aussie travel pages and hope to do a few more... is there a place you can suggest?

Where is your favourite place in Australia?

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      David Edwards 

      5 years ago from Queensland Australia

      Port Douglas by far is my favorite place. Although I really want to visit Agnes Water as I hear it is really nice too.

      To be honest, everywhere I've been in Australia has been wonderful. So good in fact, we moved here!

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      5 years ago

      Sydney is the best city in Australia.

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      6 years ago from United Kingdom

      This has so many brilliant resources for anyone travelling to Australia! I would love to visit one day, especially Western Australia.

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      7 years ago

      I would like to visit Sydney!! Nice lens!!

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      Susanna Duffy 

      7 years ago from Melbourne Australia

      This is an excellent resource for anyone travelling to Australia. I can't pick my favourite place from this collection!

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      8 years ago

      Morton Island was one of the best camping experiences I've ever had. I never made it very far west in the country during my 5 month stay, so I would love to return.

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      Nathalie Roy 

      8 years ago from France (Canadian expat)

      Australia is in my top 5 countries I would like to visit one day!

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      Kimberly Hiller 

      8 years ago from Chicago

      "Europe would fit inside Australia" lol too funny. I never knew Australia was so big.

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      8 years ago from Tacoma, WA

      I have relatives in Australia and would love to visit someday! Great lens! Angel blessed by me :)

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      spritequeen lm 

      8 years ago

      I ADORE Australia!! I can't WAIT to visit! ANY place would be awesome to me!!

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      Mary Beth Granger 

      8 years ago from O'Fallon, Missouri, USA

      I would love to visit Australia some day. Now I know where to come for advice.

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      8 years ago

      I had no idea that Australia was that big. What a wonderfully organized lensography. You are doing a great job with your Australian travel niche.

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      Indigo Janson 

      8 years ago from UK

      I haven't been yet but would love to visit Tasmania!

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      8 years ago

      Love 'Down Under'! I think you have the bluest skies I've ever seen. Hope I could go back again and I'll be sure to visit some of the places you recommend. Hey, your Tweets were one of the ones I followed from Twitter when I found Squidoo. I have just finished my first Lens and now have great ideas to add thanks to you. Sundae ;-)

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      8 years ago

      This is quite a bundle of resources for anyone who wants to visit Australia! Any place you suggest would be great!Keep up the good work and looking forward to learning more about Australia through you.


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