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How to Plan a Trip to Australia: Frequently Asked Questions

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Unexpected and majestic, Australia is a wonderland of wildlife and wilderness, with ancient landscapes and contemporary cities. From the Great Barrier Reef to Aboriginal legends, the colors of Uluru to the pleasures of celebrated wine regions, Australia can feel like the ultimate adventure or an opulent urban getaway.

Not yet open to travelers, interest in Australia remains high, and we anticipate very high demand the moment the borders open. If interested in travel in 2021 and 2022, we recommend connecting with a travel specialist soon.

From rainforests to deserts, pristine beaches to bustling harbors, this is the information you need on the best way to uncover this quintessential wonder and these are the most common questions from travelers before embarking on a trip to the country.

Can I travel to Australia?

Australia has not yet announced its re-opening to American travelers.

While we await opportunities for international travelers, our travel specialists advise putting plans in motion for 2022 as pent-up demand will be significant. If you are interested in traveling to Australia, working with a travel specialist now will put you in an excellent position to book when the time is right.

Related: Countries Open to American Travelers

How do I plan my trip to Australia?

You can still book your next trip through Zicasso for travel in 2022. Visiting a new country raises plenty of questions and travel after Covid-19 may be different.

“Will I need a rental vehicle in the area I plan on visiting or is the public transportation sufficient?” “How much do daily expenses actually cost?” “Are there safety procedures in place at my accommodations?” Your travel specialist can answer these questions and more. A travel expert can also handle any emergency that may arise during your vacation — everything from a missed flight connection to a hotel that closes unexpectedly.

If you are thinking about visiting Australia, you can fill out Zicasso’s Trip Request to speak with an Australia travel expert.

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What should I do on my trip to Australia?

Most travelers from the United States spend two weeks in Australia. Fourteen days of traveling allow time to take in the country at a leisurely pace or pack more destinations into your trip, depending on what you want to experience on your vacation. Below are our recommendations on where you should go, depending on how much time you have.

Sydney | Uluru | Great Barrier Reef | Melbourne | Tasmania | The Kimberley

  • Cruise Sydney Harbour
  • Discover the famous beaches of Sydney
  • Explore the heritage and natural history
  • Visit the Sydney Opera House
  • Enjoy a local indigenous art gallery
  • Climb the Sydney Harbour Bridge
  • Travel the Great Ocean Road
  • Dine under the stars accompanied by traditional Aborigine stories
  • Explore the Pinnacles Desert
  • Dive in the wonders of the Great Barrier Reef
  • Adventure into the luscious Daintree Rainforest
  • Admire the beauty of the famous Uluru rock
  • Learn to surf some of the world’s best waves

Related: Things to Do in Australia

When is the best time to visit Australia?

The best time to visit Australia is between March and April or from September to October. These months represent the shoulder season in the country and offer reasonable weather and smaller crowds.

Related: The Best Time to Visit Australia

What is the best way to travel in Australia?

The best way to see Australia is by flying between cities. Train services, long-distance buses and highways connect the most popular destinations, but also require hours upon hours to travel the long distances. With 545 miles between Sydney and Melbourne or 1,500 miles between Sydney and Cairns, flying between cities is quick and efficient.

When traveling through Australia, you must consider safety, ease of logistics, and accessibility. Following are our recommendations on what to consider.

Related: The Best Way to See Australia

Is Australia safe for travel?

Australia is very safe for travelers and Australians are always eager to welcome new people to their unique and inviting environment. Many visitors to Australia fear the infamous wildlife, but common sense will allow you to avoid any significant issues. The wildlife generally leaves people alone, especially in cities. When traveling in the hands of a destination expert you can count on your guides to ensure your safety and comfort.

Which airports should I be looking at?

The best airport to fly in and out of when visiting Australia is Sydney International Airport (SYD). Sydney is Australia’s largest airport and one of three airports that have direct flights from the United States. Other airports also offer international and domestic flights, including Melbourne (MEL) and Brisbane (BNE).

Can Zicasso help me with flights?

Zicasso Flights is an international air ticketing service that eliminates the stress of finding and booking the right flights for your upcoming vacation. By employing the same personalized service you can expect from planning a trip with Zicasso, our competitive flight pricing, 24x7 service and support, and complimentary consultation of routing versus pricing with an expert flight specialist make finding the perfect flight for your trip effortless.

Does Zicasso assist with travel insurance?

You’ve booked your dream vacation, now protect it with travel insurance. A wide range of factors can leave your vacation in limbo. Medical emergencies, inclement weather and unexpected cancellations can cause turmoil for your trip, so in the unlikely event of a disaster, get the travel insurance coverage that provides peace of mind. To get a quote, visit our travel insurance page.

Ready to Plan Your Australia Trip?

The marvels of Australia can introduce you to ancient culture in North Queensland or the famous Sydney Opera House, cafe culture in Melbourne, and whale watching near Perth. Whether you wish to taste wine, sail between islands, or step into the remarkable Outback desert, you can find the best ideas for your next trip with sample itineraries from our Australia Tours & Vacations. You can also find more tips for your trip with Zicasso’s  Australia Travel Guide. Ready to start planning? Speak with an Australia travel specialist by filling out a Trip Request or by calling our team at 1-888-265-9707.

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