Australia is now open for travelers, which means you can explore the dreamscape of ancient culture and fantastical scenery with our five tips for travel in 2022 that can help you navigate where, when, and how to visit.
The logistics for visiting Australia can change by state and territory as you travel to visit ancient culture, urban charm, endless adventures, quirky wildlife, and the relaxed ambiance. By understanding how to navigate any challenges or restrictions, you can enjoy the surprising wonders of the world’s smallest continent.
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Many travelers are eager to get back on the road, into the air, or on the sea and do not want to wait for another two to three years before taking their dream trip to Australia. “There are so many people from planned 2020 trips sitting on credits, along with domestic interest and new international demand. It will be chaotic to get the experience you dream of,” says Dick, a travel specialist for Australia. Getting your plans in motion is your best chance for success.
As travel returns to Australia, the demand may impact the capacity of different accommodations, guides, transfers, or tours. The local connections and know-how of an expert travel specialist may be the only way to secure your preferred accommodations and activities.
“Book early,” adds Penny, another Zicasso travel specialist. “Interest in Australia is as strong as ever. It will go from drought to flood.” Planning ahead is ideal, though very flexible travelers may be able to enjoy a last-minute vacation.
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Since March 2020, Australia has had some of the world's strictest travel restrictions, but borders opened for fully vaccinated travelers with updated boosters on February 21, 2022.
While proof of vaccination or a medical exemption is currently required to enter Australia, individual states may also have different requirements for entry and travel based on local conditions and circumstances.
“Each state and territory has their own guidelines or requirements for traveling across the domestic borders,” says Kate, a travel specialist for the South Pacific. “We can ensure the ease of movement between states so we can avoid any pitfalls and make each one of our trips amazing.”
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As Australia reopens, it may take time to return to the familiar ease of travel. “Being closed for so long, many tour companies have to find guides, get vehicles, and accommodations have to reopen their doors to full capacity,” says Kate.
“Heading to the northern part of Australia during the summer months of the United States is the perfect time to go. The Islands, such as Hamilton Island or Port Douglas, offer incredible marine life, great views, and some adventure mixed in,” she adds.
If later in the year or into 2023 is your target, the warmer months of the Southern Hemisphere’s summer start in December for a great time to explore popular cities like Sydney and Melbourne, or discover the wildlife of Phillip Island.
“Summer is the perfect time to visit Tasmania, which has the clearest air in the world,” says Penny. “There are natural wilderness areas like Cradle Mountain, and you can cruise around the Hobart Coast. There is a season for everyone in Australia.”
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Understanding the specific reasons you want to visit Australia can impact your trip and overall experience, whether you prefer to sip wine at a luxury vineyard or venture to a remote corner of the western continent to witness an exciting spectacle of nature.
“We get to guide people on their ideas and to places we think they’d like, where to get the good coffee, the good guides, and more. Our work adds to the overall experience people have while making it very personal to them,” says Dick, an Australian travel specialist for Zicasso.
The advice of a local travel specialist offers ideas you may have never considered. “Look at accommodation options like B&B styles,” suggests Penny. “Smaller properties give you a chance to see what’s around, come around the fire and talk about the experience of living in a particular area, or what you found during the day.”
A new perspective can give you a completely different experience in Australia. “For example, the best perspective of the Great Barrier Reef is from the air. The colors on a sunny day, the channels, the magnitude, the great perspective of its size,” adds Dick. Many consider seeing the reef by boat the only option, but by opening up how you visit and where you visit in Australia, you can experience a different view of the character, the charm, and the beauty.
Australia’s dreamscape is waiting, from the Blue Mountains to the cafes of Melbourne, the Museum of Old and New Art in Hobart to the antique vineyards of the Hunter Valley. Australia’s beauty and wonder spread far beyond a singular definition and instead radiate an ineffable charisma.
“Only about 25 million people live in Australia, and sixty percent of that are in Sydney or Melbourne. You may have to fly to a major city to then transfer somewhere else to reach that end destination, but in these situations, you don’t just go for a day. Go for a week and soak it all up,” suggests Dick. “Witness a camel train in the Outback. Swim with whales on the west coast. Take a helicopter ride over the Kimberley to see the horizontal falls and experience the deep wilderness.”
Think about how you wish to experience Australia, from a private family tour of a secluded island on the Great Barrier Reef to a romantic wine and food pairing in the Barossa Valley. You can explore and discover Australia according to your preferences and travel style. You can visit our Australia Travel Guide for more information and helpful tips on encountering the world down under.