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Amanda lived in the Land Down Under for nearly 6 months several years ago and has been back a few times since.  Australia, The Lucky Country and the world's 6th largest country has so much to offer. Many travelers disregard the actual size of Australia and its landscape until they arrive; there are so many things to do and see here.  So you need to plan your trip accordingly.

Did you know that Australia is the driest of any continent on earth other than Antarctica and is the only continent covered by a single continent?

Plan For The Long Flight:  It’s a long one, folks.  Regardless of most places you are jet-setting from in the United States, you are looking at a very long day of travel.  Always carry bottled water with you to stay hydrated. Travelling and, in particular, flying can wreak havoc on your skin.  Please start the process of hydrating more than you usually do a few days before the journey give you a head start, and keep up with it on the long flight., give yourself  Read up on healthy planning for your flight wherever your final destination may take you!

Places To See:

  • The Gold Coast: This has long been Australia’s premier holiday destination, with enough activities and attractions to fill your Gold Coast itinerary for weeks!  There are beaches, theme parks, waterways, the hinterland, cafes, nightlife, shopping strips, and so muc more.

  • Beach Time: If you plan to hit up the beach (which you should do at some point during your journey), don’t forget your hat, sunglasses, sunscreen, bathing suit, and towel. From Rainbow Bay to Currumbin Creek to Broadbeach, there are spectacular places for bodyboarding, surfing, and swimming along the Gold Coast.  If you rent a car, stroll a few hours to Surfers Paradise and Byron Bay, two fantastic hippie cities. 

  • The Whitsundays: Sitting pretty at the beating heart of the Great Barrier Reef, you’ll find the 74 islands of the Whitsundays.  It’s a given that snorkeling and scuba diving are a priority when visiting the Great Barrier Reef. But since the Whitsundays have more prime spots than you can name, the best way to make the most of it is by adventure sail.  My last adventure to the Whitsundays was a few days on a little boat that fit eight people.  It was quite an adventure. Cue the fringing coral reefs and Langford Island, Hook Island, and Border Island bays! If you’re more of an avid snorkel adventurer, there are two and 3-day tours offered by some excellent companies. Ask Amanda with Live Well Travel to share her top adventure recommendations.

  • Western Australia: Go WEST, my friends, go WEST. Because if you only visit the east coast of Australia, you’re missing out on some of the best landscapes, beaches, food, and wine experiences our country has to offer – not to mention sunsets that will blow your mind! I spent the majority of my time living in Fremantle in the Western part of Australia.  From watching a sunset at Cable Beach to marveling at the Horizontal Falls to swimming at Elephant Rock (Named Elephant Rocks because it looks like a herd of elephants paddling in the shallow waters), there’s plenty to do and see. And it's pictured above.

  • If you want a real treat: take a day or two on Rottnest Island.  This island is one of my top 5 favorite islands in Australia. Located 18 kilometers off the coast of Perth, jump on a ferry that takes about 30 minutes and explore by bicycle – there are no cars on the island, making it safe and relaxing. Take your snorkeling gear and hit Little Salmon Bay, Parakeet Bay, and The Basin.

  • Wine Is Calling: Margaret River is one of the best wine regions in Western Australia, and with over 100 wineries to visit, it’s full of endless touring and tasting.​

 Australian Language: Check out a few facts about the Australian language and slang you may want to brush up on.  There are quite a few slang and differences between Australian English and American English. Here are a few examples you will likely encounter on your trip.

  • G'day - good morning or hello

  • Arvo - afternoon

  • Mate - friend

  • Cheers - thank you

  • She'll be right - it will be OK

  • Barbie - barbecue

  • Mozzie - mosquito

  • Bloody oath - hell yeah

  • Togs/Swimmers-bathing suit

  • Ketchup-tomato sauce

  • Chips-fries

  • Lollies-Candy

  • Bushwalking-Hiking

Wildlife: Kangaroos and Koalas...Don’t expect to find them outside of your hotel room. You often must venture to a national park/reserve or further inland, away from the city buzz, to find them.  But once in a blue moon, you will drive, and one will pass right in front of you with a baby in her pouch!

Tipping: In Australia, it is not common practice. You are not expected to tip in restaurants, bars, or taxis. You don’t need to add a tip to the hotel staff, either.  Of course, if you want to acknowledge excellent service, especially dining at a high-end restaurant, you can leave a tip. If you are out for the night and leave a few coins behind as a tip at a bar, someone will likely tell you that you’ve forgotten your change.

Weather: Australian summer is from December to March, and it’s HOT.  It's very, very hot.  If you are flexible, plan to visit Australia during October/November or April/May. It’s still hot and sunny, but there is much less rain and unbearable humidity/heat. And if you must come during the high season – pack an umbrella or a rain jacket.


Health Tip:  Wear sunscreen. The sun is intense in the Land Downunder, so stock up on sunblock and respect that you may get burned a LOT faster than you would back home or anywhere else in the world. The sun seems to have a much stronger effect on the skin in Aussie land.  Just 30 minutes in the Australian sun is enough to burn you to the crisp. Trust me, I speak from experience.

So go for the fantastic sunsets, trek through lush green rain forests, swim in the crystal clear waters, and sunbathe on the most beautiful beaches. You’ll meet great people, hear great stories, and go on amazing adventures. You might even learn how to dive, surf, or fall in love with sailing. You’ll see all the fantastic things Australia offers and be devastated when you must say goodbye and board your plane back home.  It’s worth the long flight, but plan for at least a couple of weeks to get a little taste of this beautiful place!

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