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A short guide for first time travelers to Australia

Australia is a country surrounded by the beautiful Pacific and Indian oceans. It major cities are Sydney, Brisbane, Melbourne, Perth, Adelaide; all coastal cities and Canberra which is the capital and an inland city.

Destinations: Top things to do

Visit Uluru: The Ayer’s Rock) It is one of the best attractions. Be there for both sunrise and set. The view is spectacular and also breathe taking. Nearby, there is an aboriginal center; visit it and get to learn about the local population.

Australia’s Nature and Wildlife Locations: Australia has unique wildlife and spectacular landscapes, with national parks and world heritage areas. Some of the places to visit include: Ningaloo reef, Great Barrier Reef, Kakadu national park and the red center for amazing experiences.

Fraser Island: The world’s largest island. A must visit place best known for camping, swimming and even hiking. The water is a no go zone area as it’s full of sharks but definitely a beautiful site to be at.

Wine Tasting: For wine lovers, be it the Margaret River, Hunter Valley or Barossa Valley. You have the chance to taste Aussie wine from the source. What is better than this?

Costs and Budgeting


Hostels are at a 20AUD per night for a dorm room ad can also go to as high as 40 in some of the coastal cities. For private rooms, those with double beds and shared bathrooms range to about 8-100 AUD.

Some of the hostels you could go to are:

  • Base Magnetic
  • Calypso
  • Nomads Noosa

For budget hotels, costs are at about 75-95AUD; consisting of a double room, a private bathroom, television and some breakfast.

Some of the hotels you could go to are:

  1. Wake Up – Sydney
  2. Base St. Kilda – Melbourne
  3. Tinbillys – Brisbane
  4. The Kimberley Club –Broome
  5. Witch’s Hat – Perth


Local Trains and Buses at a cost of 3-4 AUD
Self Drive: Very popular in Australia and also cheap. Rental vans coat to about 60 AUD for a day.

Flying: Can be quite expensive especially due to limited competition especially if one is flying from one coast to the other.


There is a range of restaurants and cafes dependent on the city that you are in or visit. There are all kinds of food for both vegetarians and non vegetarians, there is ethnic food and for alcohol lovers there’s beer, wine and spirits available.

Food in Australia is a bit expensive with costs ranging from 20AUD especially for restaurants. Cooking could range to about 100 AUD in a week and for grab to go places; the food ranges from 8-10 AUD. As for fast foods the costs are at 15 AUD.


If in danger/ lost or want to report a crime while in Australia you can contact:

  • Australian Passport information service – 131 232
  • Ambulance, fire or police – dial triple zero 000 or dial 131 444

There is so much to do, see and enjoy in Australia and with your first first, youll want to come back again.

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