Travel Advice

Tips For Visiting Australia

Sydney Opera House

It’s been a long time since our first visit to Australia, I think we actually made the trip on the HMS Endeavour with Captain Cook himself. Seriously, we first visited when we were much younger on a working holiday visa. I think we spent more time enjoying the ‘holiday’ part instead of the ‘working’ part, in fact, we can’t really recall any of the ‘working’ part. When you do visit Australia, you’ll soon realise how we chose to travel and enjoy this spectacular country instead of working.

Since those early days, we’ve been to Australis a few times, incredibly the flights are cheaper now than they were 20 years ago.

Uluru Australia

Where To Stopover

It’s always good to break up the journey with a stopover, in the word’s of those couples from BBC’s “Wanted Down Under” who have never looked at a map before, ‘It’s a long way away!’
Dubai and Singapore have been our stopovers but there’s a lot to choose from including Abu Dhabi and Hong Kong. If you want a try something different, think about going west via Los Angeles.

Where To Visit When In Australia?

As you’ve travelled so far it would be a shame not to explore a couple of destinations at least. Try the sandy beaches of Perth, Western Australia and the wonderful wine and surfing areas of Margaret River (but don’t try them both together!) Don’t forget Adelaide, Melbourne and of course Sydney. Try heading inland too, the Blue Mountains west of Sydney are stunning.

Head north to the Gold Coast and continue up to the tropics and the natural wonder of the Great Barrier Reef. Channel your inner ‘Crocodile Dundee’ in the Northern Territory’s Kakadu National Park.

You can’t fully appreciate the size and beauty of Australia until you find yourself driving across Nullarbor Plain at sunset or riding ‘The Ghan’ from Adelaide to Alice Springs, one of the world’s greatest rail journeys.

To help you in your planning and to give you some ideas on the route to take why not check out the useful infographic below. When you do get there, Australia will undoubtedly amaze you and leave you wondering why you didn’t visit earlier.


Brits Abroad: Tips For Visiting Australia from the UK
courtesy of Flight Centre

*PR collaboration

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  • Skye Class
    February 24, 2018 at 5:45 pm

    It was hard to read anything after seeing that Edinburgh was the cheapest departure point in the UK! That’s my home base, and I can’t wait to get to Australia. I just need to save up some money before I go. I wonder if I could do that two-week Walkabout. Oh, and thanks for putting this together. It makes it really easy to read.

    • Mr and Mrs W
      February 24, 2018 at 9:29 pm

      Thanks for the comments. Hope you get there in the near future, you’ll love it but don’t get lost on walkabout! We love Edinburgh too.

  • Anu
    February 25, 2018 at 5:00 pm

    Australia has so far eluded me. Reading your posts makes me want to think about it as a potential destination to explore. From India, South East Asia work as the best stop-overs.

    • Mr and Mrs W
      February 25, 2018 at 6:01 pm

      There are quite a few options for a stopover. You should certainly try and get there soon, there is so much to see.

  • Medha
    February 26, 2018 at 4:18 am

    Australia is actually on my bucket list and I plan to save up for it in 2019! I am, however, already looking at an itinerary for 2 weeks and it seems there’s just too much to see and do. I really want to go to the Great Barrier Reef, also Sydney and Melbourne, and drive the road with 12 Apostles. And then I have seen so many pictures of Whitsundays beach, I want to make it there too, somehow! Thanks for these tips, I am bookmarking all posts that’ll help me plan this amazing trip.

    • Mr and Mrs W
      February 26, 2018 at 8:01 am

      There’s a lot to see, when I first went I stayed for nearly 12 months and didn’t see everything.

  • jodyR
    February 26, 2018 at 8:03 pm

    These graphics are so cute! I’ve never been, but always wondered how long to budget. I’d be flying from Canada, so 12-14 days seems about right – the minimum I guess for one region. I’m curious about Adelaide, and wonder if it would be terrible timing to go in July or do-able.

    • Mr and Mrs W
      February 26, 2018 at 11:59 pm

      We visited Adelaide in March which in the Autumn of the southern hemisphere and had warm sunny weather but not too hot. We had crossed the Nullarbor Plain which was really hot and not too comfortable.

  • Eric
    February 27, 2018 at 12:54 am

    first of all , love the infographic. These are definitely great tips. I guess I never really considered a stop over for heading the Australia but it makes sense since it is so far away from the US. I have friends that live in Perth so that part of Australia is definitely on my bucket list as well as the traditional Gold Coast!

    • Mr and Mrs W
      March 3, 2018 at 9:39 am

      The wine region of Margaret River south of Perth is very pretty and definitely worth a visit.

  • Indrani
    February 27, 2018 at 2:40 pm

    Hoping to get to Australia one of these days. You have compiled a good helpful list of tips for visiting Australia. I wish to focus on Melbourne. Stopovers may not work for me though, unless I combine New Zealand to itinerary.

    • Mr and Mrs W
      March 3, 2018 at 9:40 am

      From the UK and USA you have to change flights on route, so you may as well relax and spend a few days on a stopover.

  • Rosemary
    February 27, 2018 at 10:55 pm

    Love how the infographic easily shows what to do in Australia. I have yet to visit Australia and hope to do so soon. Sydney and Melbourne are my top two cities to visit!

    • Mr and Mrs W
      March 3, 2018 at 9:41 am

      Australia is a great country to visit but the flights from the US and UK are very long.

  • Suruchi
    February 28, 2018 at 2:20 am

    Australia has always attracted us and we want to it visit it some day for sure. Your info graphic is really nice and is loaded with all the apt information for flying from UK. Great post

    • Mr and Mrs W
      March 3, 2018 at 9:42 am

      Thanks, as it is so far away it is worth visiting for a decent amount of time.

  • Meg Jerrard
    February 28, 2018 at 2:40 am

    Great tips 🙂 I’m Australian myself, and I remember when I first started traveling our options for stopovers were pretty limited, so I love that over the past decade the world has become more connected with direct flights to Aus, there are a lot to Brisbane now from southern parts of the United States, making it really easy to choose a cool layover 🙂

    • Mr and Mrs W
      March 3, 2018 at 9:44 am

      We fancy going via the US on a trip to Australia for a change. Also we have visited Brisbane but only for a very short time, would have loved to spend more time there.