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Backpackers Packing Guide/Checklist for backpacking around Australia - PART 1

Backpackers Packing Guide/Checklist for backpacking around Australia - PART 1

Read our helpful backpacking checklist and get lots of hints/tips about what to pack before you go to Australia. Learn about choosing the right backpack, what essentials you will need to take with you and how to travel light when you need to.

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A Backpacker's Travel Insurance Guide for backpacking Australia

A Backpacker's Travel Insurance Guide for backpacking Australia

When you're backpacking around Australia anything can happen and you'll need travel insurance to protect yourself in case of an emergency. No matter how much time you spend in Australia (or anywhere else abroad), travel insurance is a major priority when you're planning your trip.

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Travel Safety while Backpacking in Australia

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It's important to learn a little bit about travel safety in Australia for you and the people you are travelling with. In this article we discuss travel safety ideas for backpackers in Australia and outline some helpful hints & tips for staying safe on holiday.

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Visas for Backpacking Around Australia

Visas for Backpacking Around Australia

There are some really good visas available for backpacking in Australia. They vary in price and each visa has a set of criteria to meet before a visa is granted. The working holiday visa is very popular because you can travel and work in Australia for 12 months. In this article we share which visas are available, how to apply and how to extend the working holiday visa for an extra year.

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A Backpacker's Geography of Australia

A Backpacker's Geography of Australia

A little bit of research about Australia's geography can go a long way when planning your trip. The weather patterns in Australia can make all the difference to your plans! The monsoon (wet season) for example, can make travel dangerous in the summer months up in northern Australia. In this section you can learn about the weather patterns, states and major cities of Australia.

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Australian Medicare Service For Backpacker's In Australia

Australian Medicare Service for Backpackers

So what is Medicare? Medicare is the health care system provided by the Australian government which is helps Australian citizens with basic medical expenses. These expenses include free public hospital care, subsidised medicines and certain costs of out-of-hospital treatment.

Primarily the Medicare system is for Australian citizens but if you're from a country which participates in the 'reciprocal health care agreement' you may be eligible to join Medicare and gain 'immediate access' to the services they provide.

If you are eligble, it is well worth the effort and can be of considerable value if you're staying in Australia for long periods.

Which countries are included in the reciprical health care agreement?

IMPORTANT NOTE: The following information has been sourced from the medicareaustralia.gov.au website and may be subject to change by the Australian Government at any time. Please visit their website for the most up to date details and learn about any changes they may have made.

If you're a passport holding citizen from one of the following countries you're eligible to participate in the Reciprocal Heath Care Agreement and can register with Medicare when you arrive in Australia. The following statement comes from the Medicare Australia website (view web page here).

"The Australian Government has signed Reciprocal Health Care Agreements (RHCA) with the United Kingdom, the Republic of Ireland, New Zealand, Sweden, the Netherlands, Finland, Belgium, Norway, Slovenia, Malta and Italy. These agreements entitle you to some subsidised health services for essential medical treatment while visiting Australia."

So if you're from one of these countries, make sure you register for medicare when you arrive!

How do I enroll with the medicare when I get to Australia?

You will be able to enroll into the Medicare system after you have arrived in Australia. They advise you to leave it for 7-10 days before you visit one of their offices to allow time for the system to be updated after your visa has been activated.

To register you can go into one of the medicare shop front/offices which are located in all the major cities and where they will take you through the neccessary steps to enroll (find a Medicare centre).

To enrol in Medicare you will need:

  • your passport with a valid visa

  • to provide, in some cases, identification showing you're enrolled in your country’s national health scheme.

If your application to enrol in Medicare is approved, you will receive an Australian reciprocal health care card in the mail.

Medical services not covered by Medicare

Medicare will not cover:

  • Medicines not subsidised under the Pharmaceutical Benefits Scheme

  • Dental work and allied health services

  • Treatment arranged before your visit to Australia

  • Accommodation and medical treatment in a private hospital

  • Accommodation and medical treatment as a private patient in a public hospital

Contact details

Phone Medicare - 132 011 All
TTY (Telephone Type Writer) enquiries - 1800 552 152 (free call)
or Translating/Interpreting Service - 131 450 (local call rate)

by Mail
Medicare
GPO Box 9822
in your capital city

Email: medicare@medicareaustralia.gov.au

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