Where To Start Australia Trip
Australia is a pretty big place – bigger than Europe in fact – and it’s full on epic things to see and do, from skydiving and white water rafting through to swimming with whale sharks and learning to surf.
And with so many awesome places to explore and activities to fill your days with it can be tough deciding where to kick off your Australia travel plans!
So here’s our handy guide to choosing where you should land in Australia to help you make the most of your time in Oz!
If you’re flying into Australia the chances are that you’re eyeing up one of the major cities as your start destination. Like anywhere in the world these Aussie cities have their own personalities and draws, so here’s our teams quick run through of what you can expect…
Sydney – Australias most iconic city! Sydney is bursting with citylife, beaches and travellers. Whether you’re kicking back on Bondi Beach, party in Kings Cross or soaking up the history of the city it’s always a solid option for starting your trip.
Melbourne – With it’s bustling coffee culture and art scene Melbourne is a favourite with those on working holiday visas and sport fans too. Taken the F1, Australian Open or Melbourne Cup, just to name a few!
Brisbane – Halfway up the East Coast Brisbane is another favourite stop for those looking for work. With easy access to spots like Australia Zoo, Noosa, The Gold Coast and even Byron Bay it’s a great base.
Cairns – the gateway to the Great Barrier Reef and Australis biggest diving destination Cairns sits at the top of the East Coast, so if you’re heading south for xmas in Sydney this is the place to land.
Perth – looking for even more adventure? Western Australia is way more off the beaten path than it’s East Coat cousin but has some incredible stops. Head south to Margaret River and the wineries or go north to feed wild dolphins, swim alongside whale sharks and tackle some of the Aussie outback
Darwin – sitting in the Northern Territory Darwin is another destination for those looking for something different. Head south down into the Red Centre and explore Uluru or stay closer to the city and soak up the incredible natural beauty of the surrounding national parks
Despite what you might think Australia isn’t always blue skies and sunshine 365, 247! It does in fact have a variety of seasons, so if you’re looking to make the most of the sunshine it’s important to clue yourself up on when the best time to hit each destination is.
For example Melbourne as one of the most southern parts of Australia has a full variety of weather – from single digit temperatures in the winter, to scorching hot 40+ summers!
With that in mind it’s best to hit up the south of Australia between Oct – April when the weather is at it’s best.
Cairns on the other hand has a more wet and dry season divide, so if you’re wanting to avoid monsoons and cyclones we wouldn’t advise going there between Dec and Feb.
If you plan well it’s easy to follow the summer up or down the coast, taking in the most amount of good weather for your entire East Coast adventure – so do your homework on all the spots you want to explore!
Activities & Events
Keeping the activities and events you want to do whilst travelling Australia in mind will certainly help determine your landing destination too – so if you haven’t already made an Australia bucket list we suggest getting that all written down ASAP!
If you’re heading to Oz for some scuba diving or to get your open water dive certification Cairns is a great place to land before jumping on a boat out to the Great Barrier Reef.
If surfing is your thing landing in Sydney and heading up to Byron Bay with our buddies at Mojo Surf is a solid option, or even landing in Brisbane before heading to spots like Noosa, Surfers Paradise or Byron Bay.
You might be heading to Australia for big events too – like xmas and new year in Sydney – so figuring out those dates into your schedule is important. You don’t want to land in Perth 1 week before xmas and expect to get a cheap flight or even drive over to Sydney in time!
On the flip side you also don’t want to land in Cairns with 2 weeks to tackle the entire East Coast either – so jot down things on a calendar and you’ll soon find a logical plan comes together!
Wherever you decide to land in Australia you’ll be surrounded by heaps of fellow travellers and most importantly things to see and do – so get in touch with our travel team and we’ll help you plan and incredible Aussie Adventure – making the most of your time and budget!
See you soon!