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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
When you backpack around Austrlaia, you will find that the potential risks vary depending on the environment you're in and the local inhabitants.
For example there is not much risk of meeting a crocodile in the city (unless it's in a zoo) but there are a lot of cars and buses driving around which can be dangerous.
The citizens of Australia are generally friendly and hospitable to backpackers and themselves are good, hard working people who are just getting on with their lives. A lot of Australians embrace backpackers and are quite keen to meet people from other countries around the world.
Unfortunately it does have to be mentioned that (as is the same with everywhere else) you do get the odd few who can cause problems and you're advised to use your discernment when dealing with any strangers you meet.
Cities are built up, busy, densely populated areas which usually have a diverse range of people and cultures. There are always going to be moving vehicles, crowds of people and distractions of every kind.
If you're staying in a hostel make sure you get a map and write down the details of the place where you're staying (address and telephone number).
Keep your eyes open, watch over your belongings (especially when on busy public transport services). If your travelling in a group even better, let each other know of anything out of the ordinary.
If your going out partying at night, stay together in groups and know your drinking limits. Keep your eye on your own drink and don't accept drinks from strangers. Take your phone with you so you can contact people or get a taxi back if you get lost.
Avoid any remote or dimly lit areas of the city (especially at night time).
Be mindful of moving vehicles, cars, busses, trams (Australian traffic drives on the left side of the road). Stay on the pavement and if there is a crossing point be sure to use it.
Don't carry large amounts of cash or be flashy with valuables. Try to use inside pockets instead of external pockets for carrying cards, cash or any other valuable items.
If you use an internet cafe make sure you logout of any sites or programs properly and wait for the confirmation before you exit the session.
Try to avoid fixed routines or travel patterns especially going to the A.T.M or getting money from the bank.
Many people are drawn to the bush because it's a quiet, naturally beautiful landscape and is home to a rich diversity of wildlife. Adequate provisions and the incorporation of a contingency plan are important for anyone travelling through the outback as is the research of the terrain, weather patterns and wildlife.
Always leave a copy of your intended route, journey times and checkpoint arrival dates with your appointed person (don't forget to contact them as soon as you get there).
Make sure you have access to adequate amounts of water at least 2.5L per person, per day to drink (possibly an extra litre or two per day for cooking and even more for personal hygene). If you're hiking/walking in the outback the water you need will be a lot more (anything upto 10L per person per day). Be safe and do all your research before you go.
Avoid walking on wet rocks! They are very slippery and if near even just a few inches of water could be potentially fatal.
Always make sure your camp fire is completely extinguished before you leave it. Pay attention to the fire ratings (signs you see around wooded areas which rate the possibility of embers catching alite) and make sure you're allowed to light fires in that area. Don't light fires on peat.
Don't leave valuables on show inside your vehicle when you visit the national parks, keep them out of sight at all times.
Anyone staying for extended periods in the bush should hire an Emergency Position Indicating Radio Beacon (E.P.I.R.B).
Don't move or displace things unnecessarily, big rocks, hollow trunks anything which could be the home of local wildlife. "Take nothing but photos, leave nothing but footprints".
Always be on the look out for a suitable camping ground and be sure to pitch camp in plenty of time before dusk.
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 and how to travel light.
When you're out on the trail anything can happen and it's advisable to take measures to protect yourself in case of an emergency. Learn about different types of backpacker insurance.
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.
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.
Keeping a personal organiser will be very helpful while you're in Australia. You can use it to make managing you trip very easy. Learn how useful a personal organiser is for backpacking in Australia.
There is quite a lot of preparation you can do to maximise your chances of getting work when you need it. Work can be easy to find as long as you know where to look and take every opportunity you get.
Bus services in Australia include public transport buses, shuttle buses, backpacker buses, long distance Greyhound coaches and plenty of other private tours and day trips.