Weather & climate
Australia is the sixth largest country in the world, and thus has a number of different climate zones. The northern regions of Australia are often tropical and humid during summer with with dry and warm winters, while southern Australia is cooler with mild summers and cold, sometimes rainy winters. Harsh desert and bush regions of Australia can see temperatures of up to 50° Celsius and go years without significant rainfall.
Generally speaking, summer is from December to February with average temperatures ranging from the mid 20s to mid 30s Celsius, with highs of mid 40s Celsius possible moving inland. The winter months are from June to August, with temperatures ranging from 0-5° Celsius in the south and mountainous regions to low 20s in the mild coastal and northern regions.
Passports & visas
You need a current passport with six months’ validity from the date you return home and two blank pages. You also need a return air ticket and a tourist visa. Visas are available in advance online here: https://online.immi.gov.au/lusc/login .
Consult your GP or a travel doctor at least six weeks before you travel. You may be required or recommended to get vaccinations for measles, rabies, hepatitis A & B, among others. Yellow Fever is not present in Australia, however a Certificate of Vaccination for Yellow Fever is required for those entering Australia from a yellow fever endemic country. You may be denied entry into Australia if you do not have proof of vaccination so please carry your certificate with you and present to immigration.
Australia has seven major international airports, including Sydney, Brisbane, Melbourne, and Perth. There are also a number of domestic airports and airfields that connect major towns and destinations. Qantas is the flag carrier airline in Australia.
Most of our itineraries involve self drive, guided road transfers, and regional flights between destinations.
Currency & language
The local currency is the Australian Dollar (AUD), which is the only accepted currency. Credit cards are accepted throughout Australia. Australia has no official language, however English is the de facto national language and spoken by the vast majority of the population.