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Backpacking Australia - Appointed Person - Help from home

Backpacking Australia - Appointed Person - Help from home

When you go backpacking around Australia, it's important to have somebody you can trust at home to help you out when you need to get things done. This will be your appointed person and they will be helping you manage your trip when you're in Australia. Learn how to keep everything in order while your backpacking around Australia.

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Hostel Life - Backpackers Living in Australia

Hostel Life - Backpackers Living in Australia

When you're backpacking around Australia on a budget the hostels are an ideal place to stay. Hostels cater for backpackers who are looking for a temporary base whilst exploring the awesomeness of Australia. Learn about hostel life in Australia and some great tips on where to stay.

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Australian Medicare Service for Backpackers

Australian Medicare Service for Backpackers

Primarily the Medicare system (similar to N.H.S in the U.K) 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're eligble, this is well worth the effort and can be of considerable value if you're backpacking in Australia for longer periods.

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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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Backpackers Geography of Australia - Tips, Maps, States And Cities

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.

This section is called the 'backpackers geography' because as interesting as it may be to know the distance of the longest river in Australia (Murray River 2,375 km) it's not going to be of as much use to you as say, knowing the names and locations of the states, territories and major cities.

Weather patterns are also going to be important because the climatic regions of Australia can vary greatly and the seasons will affect the timing of your travel plans.

The Australian States

Australia is divided into 6 states (New South Wales, Queensland, South Australia, Tasmania, Victoria, Western Australia) and 2 territories (Northern Territory, Australian Capital Territory) which in backpacking terms are the names of the zones the country has been divided into.

Hot Tips for Backpacking Around Australia Sometimes there is a little confusion about whether or not Tasmania is a part of Australia. When you apply for your Australian visa it allows travel to any of the states or territories which make up Australia, including Tasmania!

Australia's states and major cities are shown in the figure below...

States, Territories and major cities of Australia

Hot Tips for Backpacking Around Australia Although the Australian Capital Territory (A.C.T) is too small to be shown on this map, it's an area (2362 km2) which surrounds the capital city, Canberra.

Australia and the Laws of the land

When you visit Australia keep in mind that each state/territory has it's own legislation and regulations. In particular, applying for something from the government like 'rego' (vehicle registration, see Backpackers Guide to Driving in Australia - PART 1) is unique to the laws of each state/territory and can vary quite a bit.

Another example is the speed limit which also varies between states, i.e, in the Northern Territory the maximum speed for the highway is 130kph (81mph) yet in the Queensland it's 110kph (68mph). Pay attention to road signs and be aware that they do use speed cameras in Australia by the road and mobile versions (for lots of brilliant driving tips see Backpackers Guide to Driving in Australia - PART 1).

The validity of certain employment certificates can also be restricted to each state/territory. The certificates common for working backpackers looking for casual work (i.e, R.S.A, Construction Health & Safety, etc...) need to be completed in each state before you can start earning money (learn more in the Training Courses for Employment in Australia article).

Australia's Weather Patterns and their effects on your travel plans

Because of the geographical location and sheer size of Australia, there are a wide range of climatic regions. You can find wet tropical rain forests in Far North Queensland (F.N.Q), vast, dry, deserts through the centre of Australia and snow covered mountain ranges in Victoria/New South Wales. Each of these regions are affected by seasonal changes which means that timing is the key to travelling in Australia!

For example, if you want to include some skiing/snow boarding in your trip, you will need to get to the Australian Alps in ski season (usually early June - early October, depending on snowfall) because often for the rest of the year the caps are clear and the snow has melted away.

If you would like to visit the beautiful island of Tasmania for some cultural history or trekking at Cradle Mountain, it may be a good idea to arrive around the summer time because in the winter the temperature can get very cold.

Backpackers who are visiting Northern Australia will need to consider the effects of the Monsoon which takes place in the summer months (usually the beginning of December through to the end of March). Flash floods and torrential rains are prevalent in the north during this period and can make it dangerous to attempt access by road/driving.

Hot Tips for Backpacking Around Australia If you're visiting the Northern Territory for Darwin or Kakadu National Park, etc... a general rule with Australia would be to visit the north in the winter and the south in the summer.
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Travel Safety Backpacking in Australia - Staying Safe in the City and the Outback – PART 1

Travel Safety Backpacking in Australia - Staying Safe in the City and the Outback – PART 1

Travel safety is always affected by a range of factors including your location, the people that surround you in each given moment and the activities you decide to take part in. Stay safe, read our guide.

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Visas for Backpacking Around Australia - Which Visa to choose - How to Apply

Visas for Backpacking Around Australia - Which Visa to choose - How to Apply

There are a number of really good visas available to people from other countries around the world who wish to spend time in Australia. Each visa has a set of criteria for you to meet before a visa is granted.

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Staying In Touch - Calling Home Cheap - Backpacking Australia

Staying In Touch - Calling Home Cheap - Backpacking Australia

It's always a good idea to know as many ways of contacting people as possible when you're on your travels. Learn the best ways of keeping in contact while backpacking around Australia.

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Visas for Backpacking Around Australia

Visas for Backpacking Around Australia

There are a number of really good visas available to people from other countries around the world who wish to spend time in Australia. Each visa has a set of criteria for you to meet before a visa is granted.

Important Documents for Backpacking

Important Documents for Backpacking

Before you go, it's going to be helpful to understand the types of documents you might need for backpacking around Australia. Learn which documents you will need and how to keep them safe.

Electronic Funds Transfer - Transferring Money to an Australian Bank Account

If you're on a Working Holiday Visa or are travelling for extended periods the largest part of your holiday funds will be paid into your Australian bank account. Learn how to transfer money to Australia.

Bank Documents - Taking Proof of Identification - Backpacking Australia

When you're travelling to Australia you will need to take an up to date original bank statement with you. It will be helpful to prove funds and identification when you wish to open an Australian Bank Account.

Recruitment Agencies in Australia - Getting Plenty of Work Fast

One of the best ways to get work while backpacking in Australia is using the recruitment agencies. A recruitment agency is a company that specialises in finding jobs for backpackers in Australia either on a permanent or temporary basis. There are loads of recruitment agencies that can help you get work all over Australia.

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