While I’ve never been to Australia, I’ve been dreaming about its Great Barrier Reef and wildlife for years. Even if I just got to see a koala or kangaroo there, the trip would be worth it. However, as we all tend to find out while traveling, places aren’t always what we’re told. I’ll now turn to Bill, who explains to us 5 things no one tells you about a trip to Oz.
The land down under is a truly beautiful country, bursting with culture and adventure. We all know about the amazing Sydney Opera house and the world-class surfing scene that exists on the coast, but there are so many amazing aspects of Australia that aren’t highlighted. Here are five surprising things that no one tells you about traveling to Australia.
1. You can go skiing
Australia is known for its soaring temperatures and its vast desert landscape, but did you know it’s also an epic snow sports destination in winter? There are several well-established Australian ski resorts (particularly in the high country) and the slopes are just as amazing as those in Switzerland.
While embarking on your Australian skiing adventure, you might even spot a kangaroo or wombat grazing along the alpine peaks which really would be a once in a lifetime opportunity.
If you’re planning to ski or try out any other adrenaline-pumping adventure activities in Australia, make sure you have the appropriate cover if an accident should occur.
2. A reciprocal healthcare agreement won’t cover your expenses
Some countries like the UK have reciprocal healthcare arrangements in place which makes medicines and treatment more affordable; however, this should not be viewed as a substitute for travel insurance itself. 1 in 4 British people travels without taking out any insurance, unaware that the reciprocal agreement will only give them access to a limited amount of medical cover. Theft, cancelations and other unforeseen circumstances could happen to you on your trip to Australia, so make sure you’re protected.
3. The rural areas are the best
There’s no doubt about it, bustling cities like Sydney and Melbourne are great to visit. However, the true beauty of Australia lies in the lesser known regions, where unharnessed adventure lies around every corner.
Make a 10-hour playlist and take a road trip to the Australian outback with some of your friends, where stunning views and roaming animals are just waiting to be seen. Bushwalking is popular in Australia and ideal for tourists who want to immerse themselves in the beauty of rural Australia on an active holiday.
4. Camping is the best form of accommodation
Holidaying in Australia doesn’t come cheap and you will be looking at a budget of around £200 per day if you want the most authentic Oz experience. However, no one tells you that you can save a lot of money on your trip just by choosing a tent over a pricey hotel or B&B. Australia has a very liberal camping policy and there are countless free campsites dotted around the continent where you can rest your head.
Not only is it more affordable, but camping also makes for a more authentic Australian experience as you get to sleep under the stars with a campfire nearby. The Australian weather is reliably dry in summer, so you don’t need to worry about catching the bad weather either.
5. No one really has a ‘shrimp on the barbie’
While the phrase has been lovingly adopted into Australian culture, it isn’t a true reflection of Australian cuisine. It’s like expecting everyone to eat sushi rolls in Japan or burritos in Mexico. However, foodies won’t be disappointed when they travel to Oz, as there are so many amazing dishes to try. Adventurous eaters should taste Vegemite sandwiches. Love or hate them, these are a staple part of the Australian diet and you simply have to try one before you leave.
Have you been to Australia? What were some aspects of the culture that surprised you? Was traveling down under different than you expected? Let us know in the comments below!