Holidaying in Australia

Pros:

  • Beaches, tropical forests, and stunning wildlife surround you at all times.

Throughout Australia there are countless natural beauty landmarks to visit. Gorgeous, sandy beaches provide a great opportunity to surf and sun tan while you visit with the locals. Tropical forests are home to various creatures that you can't see anywhere else in the world. Kangaroos, koalas, and kookaburra birds are unique animals that you can see in abundance throughout the continent.

  • You can taste world-famous wines and tour beautiful wineries.

Australia is home to some of the world's finest wines, on par with California's Napa Valley or the Italian countryside. You can visit wineries and sample various wines before choosing a few bottles to take home with you.

  • The locals are among the friendliest people you'll ever meet.

One of the best parts of traveling on vacation is meeting new people and forming relationships with those who live locally. Australians are known for their laid-back, friendly nature. You're sure to meet a new friend or two anywhere you go, and there's no better place to get lost than among the friendly Australians. In fact, if you check the internet, there’s a good chance you’ll find friendly people willing to make a good deal for housesitting. If you’re unfamiliar, housesitting allows you to stay in someone’s home for free, as long as you take good care of the place and any pets they entrusted you with. Not only will this save you money, but might add some spice to your visit and make you feel like one of the locals. If you wish to learn more about housesitting, check this page.

  • Its bustling cities are full of vibrant culture and history.

Whether you visit scenic Sydney or colourful Melbourne, you will see a world of art and culture all around you. Museums, local shops, and art displays give you insight into the life of aboriginal natives and urban residents alike. There is always plenty to do, especially in the busy city of Melbourne, Victoria.

Cons:

  • The hot sun beats down especially hard down under.

Much of the Australian continent is covered in desert, and this makes for hot summers throughout the country. Prepare for intense heat by bringing cool clothes and plenty of sun protection.

  • Some of the local creatures are not as friendly.

While Australia is famous for its cuddly koalas, it is also well-known for its terrifying spiders and sharks. The most dangerous spiders in the world are only found in Australia, and you might encounter one during your visit. Spending time in the ocean could lead to a brutal shark attack if you're not careful. Even though you are statistically much more likely to get hurt by slipping in the bathroom, this is still something that scares a lot of people. In a recent survey, 14% of interviewed people confirmed that the shark attacks are one of the reasons they’re second guessing if they should come visit. Make sure you do your research before swimming, and follow signs carefully.

  • The country itself is very spread out, so visiting several cities can take a long journey.

To visit the country's most famous cities, you'll have to travel to the extreme ends of the country, spanning nearly 4,000 kilometres. That number only includes the southern region, and travel to the northern part of the country could add days to your itinerary. To plan a visit that includes the most memorable sights would include a lengthy stay and several days of travel between cities to give you a full view of the country.

  • Life in Australia can be expensive, especially as a visitor.

Compared to other countries, especially in Asia, Australia is among the more expensive destinations. Food, lodging, and travel within the country can be pricey, and these costs add up quickly during your stay. Make sure you look up specific costs of each city you plan to visit, and create a budget for your trip to help you stay on track.  This is another reason why housesitting is a great option as accommodation.

Overall, Australia is a beautiful country to visit and it is filled with friendly people who would love to help you see the beauty. On the other hand, there are several dangers involved when visiting the wildlife throughout the country. As with any destination, make sure to research each city you plan to stay in to create a budget and plan for safe travels. Take these pros and cons into account when you decide whether an Australian summer vacation is right for you.