At one point or another, we’ve all considered taking a trip to the Land Down Under because of all the stories we’ve heard about the beaches, amazing wildlife, and wondrous tourist experiences. What’s not to love?
Thanks to the power of the internet, many people are enticed to visit Australia upon seeing stunning photos of any part of the country on their social media feeds. Before you book your tickets, make your hotel reservations, and pack your bags, it’s worth noting that Australia can be quite confusing.
With a wide variety of tourist attractions, trip options, and a slightly confusing urban design that looks more like a bunch of squiggles instead of a grid, going to Australia as a first-timer can turn into a bit chaotic experience if you aren’t careful.
Should you find yourself falling in love with the idea of travelling to Australia for a much-needed break or a new adventure, here are a few tips that can make the trip on the fun side as much as possible:
1. Get an Opal card
In spite of the prevailing image that they have as “chill people,” Australians do not get around town solely on foot—they use an Opal card.
An Opal card, to put it simply, is Australia’s integrated payment method for its public transportation system, which can be used on trains, buses, ferries, and the oh-so-convenient Light Rail. With the use of an Opal card, all you’ll need to do is tap when you enter a station and tap when you leave. If they go empty, you can always load them at train stations and convenience stores.
It is optimal, however, to go for a tourist Opal card if you’re in the country for a short vacation so that you can get a sweet discount and a few extra perks.
2. If you get lost, hop on a bus—there’s free WiFi
Given the fact that each of Australia’s cities (especially when it comes to Sydney) is pretty complex and packed, it can be quite easy to get lost as you try to make your way around. Should you find yourself in a sticky situation where you aren’t exactly where the map says you are, feel free to hop on the next bus to ask a friendly local bus driver for directions and connect to the WiFi onboard and bring out your map app.
3. Wake up early
Once you land in Australia and spend your first night here, you’ll most likely notice that a lot of Australians are early risers. While other cultures in other countries find themself struggling to get out of bed at seven in the morning, Australians are already at the coffee shop waiting on a cup of joe to start their day.
The secret as to why it’s so easy for Australians to wake up and feel super energized in the early hours of the day lies in the fact that the country’s sun is the most beautiful example known to man! With a beautiful sunrise and a bright sun that runs strong until the start of the evening, it’s no surprise that getting up early in Australia is always easy.
4. Get a holiday or travel package if you can
If you’re headed to Australia for the first time and have no idea as to what you should look for or expect, then it’s best to get a holiday or travel package that can prepare your entire trip for you—from hotel reservations to your itinerary. Travel Time’s holiday and group travel packages, for instance, are inclusive of your accommodation, flight tickets, and tours to get you well-acquainted with the country that you’ll come to know and love.
Travelling to Australia can be a fairly confusing yet rewarding effort that can easily be an enjoyable trip for anyone that seeks a great adventure far away from home.
If you’re looking to ensure that your trip to Australia is a success, leave the planning and booking to Sydney’s prime group travel agency by giving Travel Time a call today! We’re happy to help.