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Traveling in Australia

Saturday, April 6th, 2013

Australia is world famous for its natural wonders and wide open spaces, its beaches, deserts, “the bush”, and “the Outback”. However, Australia is actually one of the world’s most highly urbanised countries, well known for the cosmopolitan attractions of its large cities such as Melbourne, Sydney and Perth.

Australia’s summer is a nice time to visit the southern states – New South Wales, Victoria, South Australia, Western Australia from Perth to the south, and Tasmania. Even in winter, temperatures rarely dip below freezing, and snow falls only in parts of Tasmania, in the ski fields of Victoria, and in the Snowy Mountains of southern New South Wales.

The best months to visit Australia, are September and October, when it’s often still warm enough to hit the beach in the southern states, it’s cool enough to tour Uluru (Ayers Rock), and the humidity and rains have not come to Cairns, Port Douglas and the Top End (although it will be very hot by Oct). And the wildflowers are in full bloom in Western Australia.

In addition to the period from December 26 to the end of January, when Aussies take their summer vacations, the 4 days at Easter (from Good Friday to Easter Monday) and all school holidays are very busy, so book ahead. The school year in Australia is broken into four semesters, with 2-week holidays around Easter, the last week of June and the first week of July, and the last week of September and the first week of October. Some states break at slightly different dates. There’s a 6-week summer (Christmas) vacation from mid-December to the end of January.

There are some Australia travel advices for you:

Tropical cyclones occur in some parts of Australia, mainly Queensland, Northern Territory and Western Australia. The cyclone season normally runs from November to April. .

Early 2011 saw some of the worst flooding in recent history, with south and central Queensland the worst affected areas. Flash flooding caused 18 deaths, with many more missing. Brisbane city centre was evacuated on 11 January and the city remained flooded for several days.

Australia is a vast country. Journeys need to be planned, particularly if traveling to remote areas.

Most visits to Australia are trouble-free but you should be aware of the global risk of indiscriminate international terrorist attacks, which could be against civilian targets, including places frequented by foreigners. The Australian authorities have carried out a number of arrests as a result of investigations into terrorist networks.