Whether you are visiting Australia for a short period of time or planning to emigrate, you must have a valid Australian visa. To enter Australia with a tourist visa, you can apply for the eVisitor visa (65) or the Tourist Stream visa (600), depending on your nationality. Travellers to Australia must also complete an Australian Travel Declaration (ATD) at least 72 hours before departure. To travel to Australia as a visa holder, it will be mandatory to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 with a vaccine recognized by the TGA (that is, AstraZeneca, Pfizer, Moderna, Johnson & Johnson).
Unvaccinated visa holders must be in an exempt category or have an individual travel exemption to enter Australia. Travel insurance isn't necessary, but it's highly recommended for all visitors. Fully vaccinated visa holders will be able to travel to Australia without a travel exemption or need to quarantine. Each country has different restrictions for travelers arriving from abroad.
For information relevant to your situation, keep up to date with local government announcements. The coastal areas of New South Wales, Victoria, South Australia and the southern part of Western Australia have mild climates that make summer the perfect time to enjoy Australia's lovely warm weather. Even if you travel to Australia in winter, most regions don't experience very cold temperatures. It rarely drops below 0°C unless you are in the snow.
Queensland, North Australia and the northern part of Western Australia are home to tropical climates that experience a wet and dry season, just like in Asia. The dry season lasts through the winter, from May to October. But don't let “winter” fool you, these climates stay quite warm all year round. Australia's interior is a desert climate that has hot days and cool nights. To take full advantage of the Australian climate, consider starting your trip in an area that is in high season (i.e.
Sydney or Melbourne in summer), then travel as the seasons change. It might be a long-distance flight away, but it's 100% worth experiencing the beauty, diversity and relaxed lifestyle that Australia is known for. From fabulous sightseeing to unique wildlife encounters, there's nothing you can't do when you're backpacking in Australia.
Exploring SydneyFamous for its Harbour Bridge, the Opera and its stunning beaches, Australia's largest city needs months to fully explore. Whatever your travel itinerary to Australia, make sure that Sydney is there for at LEAST a few days.
Have an early morning coffee in Bondi before a yoga class, take the iconic ferry to Manly for some beach time and fish and chips, road trip to the Blue Mountains for epic views, enjoy the best multicultural cuisine in Chinatown, learn to surf like a local, drink craft beer in the modern city center, end the night at a rooftop bar in the city center - the list of things to do is extraordinarily long in this glittering port city!
Natural WondersA country this big has to include a lot of natural wonders, right? Certain! From the magnificent Great Barrier Reef to the harsh beauty of the interior, there are countless places worth seeing at least once in a lifetime. In addition to the usual highlights, other places you can include in your Australia travel list include Bungle Bungles in Western Australia, Cradle Mountain in Tasmania, Kakadu in the Northern Territory, Ningaloo Reef in Western Australia, the Snowy Mountains of New South Wales and the Great Ocean Road in Victoria.
Wildlife EncountersFrom whale watching to hugging koalas, there are plenty of opportunities to get up close and personal with Australia's iconic wildlife. Most Australian animals are endemic - meaning they are not found anywhere else in the world - and an encounter with animals is guaranteed to be the highlight of your visit. You'll find ethical sanctuaries and wildlife watching experiences all over the country; some of our favorites are seeing the penguin parade on Phillip Island and meeting the quokkas on Rottnest Island!
Travel RequirementsWhen you get ready to travel, you can check what you should do when entering or leaving Australia.
Airlines, boat operators and other countries may have specific requirements that travelers must meet; states and territories are responsible for determining and managing quarantine requirements and any interstate restrictions - be prepared for measures in all states and territories in Australia to change at any time! See the quarantine requirements for each state or territory; state and local authorities may impose fines on people who do not follow quarantine and self-isolation guidelines as well as who do not follow physical distancing mask-wearing requirements self-isolation or other health orders. Health authorities in each state and territory test for COVID-19 and are free for people who are tested at a public health center a mobile testing center or a doctor that offers mass billing with the Australian Medicare program (fees may apply if your doctor doesn't offer bulk billing). An official website of the United States government Official websites use .gov A .gov website belongs to an official government organization in the United States; CDC order requiring proof of vaccination for non-Americans non-immigrant citizens traveling to the United States are still in effect - for more information see requirement present proof COVID-19 vaccination air passengers visit CDC website additional information frequently asked questions.