What’s the weather like?
It’s a huge country, and the weather varies. It tends to be dry, but everything else depends where you are. The Northern states tend to be hotter; the south most point of Tasmania is often cold. You will have to look at the specifics of where you travel.
Best time to travel?
As the seasons are reversed in comparison to the northern hemisphere many like to travel in September to November; this is pre/early summer in Australia, and avoids the Northern winter. Opinions vary. Find when the cheapest flight tickets are.
Do I Need vaccinations?
No vaccinations are required for Australia or New Zealand.
Where should I visit in Sydney?
In Sydney: Harbour Bridge climb, the Opera house, Darling harbour for shopping, biggest IMAX theatre, and many museums. Try a Sydney day tours if you want to see as much as possible.
Melbourne, Queensland, Canberra and just about any major city has worthwhile tourist sites.
How long does it take to get to Australia?
From the west coast of the USA, about 14 hours. Obviously it depends on location.
I hear a lot about dangerous animals, should I worry?
There are some poisonous snakes and spiders, but problems are rare. Nobody had died from a spider bite since the early 1980s. Snakes are rarely seen and rarely cause problem unless provoked.
What are drop bears and Bunyips?
Drop bears are a practical joke, made up to scare tourists. Bunyips are an urban legend, like Bigfoot or the Yeti; these things might exist, but it is unlikely.
Will I see Kangaroos and Koala in the city?
Not really, except at a Zoo. A few smaller inland towns have wildlife that comes into the streets, but this is rare.
Can I Walk from Place A to B?
Many people underestimate how large the country is. Many places that appear near each other on a map are really several days apart. It is about three thousand miles from Sydney to Perth. Do not attempt to walk.
What is electrical Power like?
240Volt at 10amps. This is about twice the voltage and half the current of the USA system. Do not use simple plug adapters as the voltage is too high! You will damage equipment.
Apart from a few very isolated places almost everywhere in Australia have modern power and water facilities.
What is Port Stephens?
A natural harbour and the surround area, it is popular with tourist because of the marine life; Port Stephens Tours look for whales and dolphins, but there are many other beach related activities.
What is Jenolan Caves?
A world Heritage listed site of many caves popular with tourists. They are about three hours travel from Sydney. They are popular with tourists, but as there is no public transport we suggest using Jenolan caves Tours.
Is Australia at all like the images on Television?
Some parts are a little like the stereotypes in the media, a lot is quite different. Australia is very multicultural, and about as varied as any country can be.