Australia Vacations

Once you go down under, there’s a good chance your heart will not return with you – there’s just so much to fall in love with here. Sydney will dazzle you with its bright lights, modern Opera House and perfect coastal location, making most visitors desire more of the sunshine. Further south you’ll hit the artsy and cosmopolitan city of Melbourne. ... Read more
If you're particularly civic-minded, the planned capital of Canberra is a quirky stop in between. Of course, the cities here only make up a small part of the picture, as Australia has the world’s third lowest population density in the world. Most of that open space is found in the expanses of the Outback. Australia’s signature bushy desert takes up the entirety of the Western Territories, and the Great Barrier Reef, the world’s largest coral reef, lies just miles off the northeast coast of Queensland. If you’re really daring, take a ride through one of the swamps of the Northern Territory, where saltwater crocodiles make their habitat.

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Visiting Australia is a bit like “opposite day”: located in the Southern Hemisphere, Australia’s seasons are the opposite of the Northern Hemisphere. The hottest months last from November through March, and ... Read more
July and August are considered mid-winter. Most people travel to the northern half of the country during Australia’s winter, when temperatures stay between 66 and 88 (19-31) and it hardly ever rains. June, July and August are the busiest months, so expect higher rates and be sure to book your accommodations and tours early. Summer (October through March) in the northern part of the country is hot and humid; North Queensland’s wet season lasts from November through March. However, the southern half of the country can be cooler, making it a good time to visit.

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Solo Female Travel Tips

The overall feeling of female travelers is that Australia is "extremely safe," and "people are friendly and are helpful." But "watch your drinks and be careful walking at night, as in any area of the world." You should "always ask the concierge about ... Read more
best routes for walking" and when traveling outside of the big cities "there are some rural train stops that feel dodge-y but navigating public transit is relatively easy."

Trip by Skyscanner surveyed its Solo Female Traveller Tribe to compile woman-to-woman safety tips for this destination. While no one destination is ever completely safe or unsafe, our hope is that this information will allow users to make their own decisions with better information.

LGBTQ Tips

Note that 'gay marriage is not legal there yet' but 'most Australians support homosexuality and it is therefore a very laid back and welcoming country.' One Tripster noted that 'my wife and I held hands in public and felt completely safe' In terms of ... Read more
specific cities 'Sydney & Melbourne are very LGBT friendly!' but you should 'Be careful in the small towns' and 'it is considered inappropriate to display intimacy with someone of the same sex whilst visiting traditional aboriginal sites.'

Trip by Skyscanner surveyed its LGBTQ Tribe to compile safety tips for this destination. While no one destination is ever completely safe or unsafe, our hope is that this information will allow users to make their own decisions with better information.

Australia reviews & trip reports

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Los Angeles, California, USA

Asquith Rise Review - Convenience at its finest

As one of the well-known multi-residential developments in Sydney’s Upper North Shore, Asquith Rise continues to provide the best convenience to every individual and family. It provides different important amenities to people residing in the area, such as a good transportation and roads, easy parking, verdant green parks, close proximity to schools, churches, shopping centers, places to eat and recreational clubs.

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London, UK

The overall feeling of female travelers is that Australia is "extremely safe," and "people are friendly and are helpful." But "watch your drinks and be careful walking at night, as in any area of the world." Also, "backpacker culture can be dangerous if you aren't careful." You should "always ask the concierge about best routes for walking" and when traveling outside of the big cities "there are some rural train stops that feel dodge-y but navigating public transit is relatively easy."

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Klang, Malaysia

Australia is big and great country. Many interesting and stunning beautiful places to explore. We hope to visit Darwin, Alice Spring, Tasmania and many others.

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Sydney, Australia

Australians have an inferiority complex, but Australia is one of the best countries in the world to live. Far better than the self important United States.

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Sydney, Australia

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I really want to go Australia if i have money so this will be one of my retirement places to live with my family when I get old...

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Melbourne

The following places you can visit to take an experience of historical ancient sites:
1. Kangaroo Island
2. Adelaide Hill and botanic garden
3. National Museum of Australia

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You can explore the places with family and children. Have fun and enjoy your adventurous vacation.

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Puerto Vallarta, Mexico

I can't say enough good things about the land down under! I spent over a year in Oz and loved every minute of it! Gorgeous landscapes, amazing wildlife, beautiful people; I'd go back in a heartbeat!

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Reading, UK

A staggeringly beautiful country. So much to see and do, and so little time in which to do it.

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London, UK

Think you know Australia? Think again. Forget the usual tourist traps of Australia’s east coast and head for the chilled-out village of Yamba in northern New South Wales. With uncrowded beaches, stunning national parks and top-notch surfing, this lesser-visited town – which a few years ago was voted the top place to live in Oz - only boasts one hostel, so check in quick.

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