Australia is an enchanting place that is sure to give you a memorable vacation. However, it is also full of surprises for overseas travellers who are visiting this country for the first time. So, we thought we'll share some tips for first-time travellers to give them a heads up on what to expect during their stay in Australia.
Plan your Itinerary
Before taking on a flight to Sydney or any other city in Australia, it makes sense to have an itinerary. Remember, Australia is continent that offers varied experiences from coast to coast. It may not even be possible to cover all points of interest in a single trip. So, it's best to set a realistic schedule and stick to it as much as you can.
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Gap between urban and rural
Australia is sparsely populated when compared to Europe or Asia, and most people live along the coastal cities. There are far fewer small towns in Australia when compared to Asia, so even a short drive away from urban areas can take you to wilderness. Keep this aspect in mind while planning your trip.
Australia's seasons can be quite confusing. Though the seasons are reversed here, there is still considerable difference between the northern and southern parts of the country. While November to April may be a great time to visit Sydney, it may not be for the Great Barrier Reef as it will be wet and soggy this time of the year.
If you thought Australian plug sockets would be similar to the British, you're wrong! They are neither American nor European, but are distinct; they are American with the socket slouching inwards. Consider buying these sockets right after you get off from the flight to Melbourne or any other Australian city.
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Australians put huge slices of beetroots in sandwiches and burgers. If you don't like beets, let the restaurant know beforehand.
Unlike Europe or America, tips are optional in Australia. This means, you can tip if you want to, but don't feel pressured to do so.
Australians call everyone "mate", even if they don't know you. If the letter "a" is stretched, they are welcoming you, and if the "a" is short, they mean business!
We hope the above tips give you a heads-up of Australia even before you take a flight to Canberra.