Whether you’re planning a short break in Australia, long term travel, regular holidays, a recce trip to explore or even day trips, this resource section lists my favourite, reliable travel resources and some offer discounts too.
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Many people think they don’t need travel insurance for a trip back to their home country, but you absolutely do! Travel insurance is especially important during the current climate.
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If you’re travelling to Australia from overseas, you will need to organise currency ahead of your trip. Even if you’re bringing a debit or credit card too, you’ll need some cash as well.
I like that you can order it online as it’s one less thing to worry about.
Travelex UK offers great deals for currency and travel cards – choose to get it delivered to your home or it can be available for collection at a number of different locations including airports. Next day delivery is free on orders over £600.
Their Travelex Money Card is a platinum contactless prepaid travel card that can hold up to 10 currencies simultaneously – making it the ideal companion for your stopovers too. Plus it means you get to avoid all of the costly load fees that get added if you use your debit or credit card abroad too.
Holiday accommodation in Australia
Have you ever thought of house sitting as a way of saving money on accommodation? Do you love pets?
In return for looking after pets in their own home, you can find rent-free and bill-free accommodation for your arrival, for holidays or for big trips back to your country of origin. You might even find a car is included too, so it can save you a fortune (my friends saved $25k by house sitting for 3.5 months when they arrived in Australia).
Sounds interesting? You can learn all about house sitting in this blog post
Check out membership options and house sitting opportunities now on Trusted Housesitters
Booking.com is my favourite accommodation booking site!
You can find everything from hotels and apartments to holiday homes and cabins on the site. Make sure you sign up and are logged in when searching as this unlocks special rates. I particularly love the map view so you can look at a glance and see how much hotels cost in the area you want to be.
I use this site to book my own trips many times every year.
Not only does it cover all of Australia, but you can also use it to book layover accommodation or any airport hotels if you need one of these the night before you travel as it covers accommodation worldwide. Some deals allow you to book now and pay later, and some allow you the option of free cancellations so be sure to make sure you check out the terms and book the best deal for your needs.
Check out accommodation prices now on Booking.com
Transport in Australia
Drive Away is a great site to book hire cars. I’ve had some unreliable experiences in the past from other car hire comparison sites but I always find this one comes up with accurate information and good prices.
You can arrange to collect your vehicle from the airport when you land, or there are lots of pick up locations to choose from.
Don’t forget to hire car seats if you are travelling with babies or children. I still always recommending hiring car seats from Hire for Baby (see the separate listing for this) as I think when it comes to baby gear, it is important to use a specialist company. They can install into your hire car for you before you land.
Check out car hire prices on DriveAway now!
The BEST way to explore Australia, in my opinion, is by motorhome! We spent three months driving around Australia before we moved here and it was one of the best experiences of my life. Visit the Motorhome Republic website here or fill out the form below to begin your search for motorhomes.
Experiences in Australia
Travel Experiences in Australia
Whether you’re moving to Australia and looking to explore your new home or you’re planning a recce trip to decide whether moving to Australia is right for your family, Experience Oz offers all kinds of trips, tours and attraction tickets all over Australia.
Keep your travel plans simple and in one place. From theme parks to zoos and wildlife parks, day tours to short sightseeing trips, Experience Oz offers it all on one handy website which is especially handy if you’re planning a roadtrip.
Fancy checking out the powder white sands of Whitehaven Beach or the burnt red landscape of Uluru? Maybe you want to tour Sydney’s iconic harbour or taste fine wines in Margaret River? From scenic flights to boat tours, gourmet food experiences to animal encounters, Experience Oz has so many inspiring things to do in Australia. Don’t take a trip without checking it out.
Australia is waiting to be explored! I know I can’t look at this website without being inspired by something new.
Check out Experience Oz now and plan your dream trip.