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Travel information about Australia

Australia’s name means “Southern Land”. Australia is one of the world’s most highly urbanized countries because of its large cities. The total population is around 24,697,800 with the total land area of 7,692,024 km. It’s very famous because of the Great Barrier Reef and a wide interior desert wilderness called the Outback. It’s known as a major backpacking, camping, road trip, and diving destination.

Australia is also listed as having some of the best diving in the world.

Capital city of Australia: Canberra

Closest neighbors to Australia: The neighboring countries are Papua New Guinea, Indonesia and East Timor to the north; the Solomon Islands and Vanuatu to the north-east; and New Zealand to the south-east.

Best times to visit Australia: Generally, you can visit Australia all year-round, but the best months to visit Australia are September and October, when it’s frequently still warm enough to hit the beach in the southern states.

How to get to Australia: Australia’s international airports include Sydney, Melbourne, Perth, Darwin, Cairns, Adelaide and Brisbane, with these places flying in is the fastest way to cover Australia’s massive distances.

Visa requirements for Australia: Visa is not required for US citizens which is if you planned to stay less than 4 months although they need to obtain Electronic Travel Authority (ETA).

Currency of Australia: The currency in Australia is Australian Dollar

Official Language of Australia: English is the official language of Australia

UNESCO World Heritage sites in Australia

There are 19 UNESCO World Heritage Sites in Australia as of 2017. These includes 3 cultural sites, 12 natural sites, and 4 mixed sites.

• Australian Convict Sites (2010)
Australian Fossil Mammal Sites (1994)
• Fraser Island (1992)
• Gondwana Rainforests of Australia (1986)
• Great Barrier Reef (1981)
• Greater Blue Mountains Area (2000)
• Heard and McDonald Islands (1997)
• Kakadu National Park (1981)
• Lord Howe Island Group (1982)
• Macquarie Island (1997)
Ningaloo Coast and Reef (2011)
• Purnlulu National Park (2003)
• Royal Exhibition Building and Carlton Gardens (2004)
Shark Bay (1991)
• Sydney Opera House (2007)
• Tasmanian Wilderness (1982)
• Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park (1987)
• Wet Tropics of Queensland (1988)
• Willandra Lakes Region (1981)

Scuba diving safety tips

Keep these rules of thumb in mind whenever you are on or by the water:

  1. Think safety at all times. Planning reduces risk and gives you more worry-free fun.
  2. Bring the necessary equipment. It should be in good condition and easily accessible.
  3. Respect the sea and the weather. Only go out with your boat when it is safe.
  4. Follow the rules of the sea, and make sure you know what they are.
  5. Wear life jackets or other flotation devices.
  6. Make sure you are rested and sober. Do not drive a boat while under the influence of alcohol or drugs.
  7. Be considerate, and remember that safety, the environment, and the well-being of everybody is a common responsibility.