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Because Australia is so massive, there’s far too much for you to see or do in one trip, or even one lifetime. It all depends what you’re into! For sun and sea, Western Australia’s Dunsborough, New South Wales’ Byron Bay and pretty much all of Queensland will fit the bill nicely. If music, art and culture are your go-tos, look no further than the urban metropolises of Melbourne and Sydney. Like it hot? Visit Cairns, Broome or Darwin. Looking for something more chilled? Victoria’s Phillip Island, New South Wales’ Blue Mountains or the stunning island state of Tasmania have you covered. For something truly special and uniquely Australian, a trip to the red centre and Uluru will be a once-in-a-lifetime exprerience - but remember to allow plenty of travel time.
Very much yes. Aussies are characteristically laid back, and even more so when you get out of the big cities. Though it’s obviously a caricature, the famous Crocodile Dundee archetype portrays a certain type of Australian with surprising accuracy. But Australia is now also the most ethnically diverse country on the planet, so you’re sure to find people of all colours, creeds and religions here who share the Aussie willingness to lend a hand without expecting anything in return.
Yes - Australia is generally a safe destination to visit with a stable political system and low crime rate - just remember to take simple precautions and exercise common sense.
When travelling in rural areas, be aware that bushfires are relatively common and frequently check the daily Fire Danger system (which can result in total fire bans). Also note that hitchhiking is unsafe and even illegal in some states. Check out this resource for more info about safety.
Australia has emerged, along with NZ, from the COVID-19 pandemic relatively unscathed, and though certain restrictions still apply in some cases, life has very much returned to normal for the majority of residents. Find out more about how Australia has faired during COVID here and about current regulations and precautions here.
Absolutely! Not only are most of the common animals that make this country their home absolutely harmless (and adorable), many Australians go their whole lives without even encountering any of the more notorious creepy crawlies. With common sense and paying attention to local know-how, you’ll be absolutely fine – remember, they’re more scared of you than you are of them.