If you’re an Englander getting ready for a trip down under this is the list for you. We’ve compiled a list of travel tips for Englanders visiting Australia, what you need to know and what you should know. The list includes information on getting around this expansive country, how to survive and of course tips to fit in.
Tips for getting around Australia
If you’re an Englander, especially a Londoner you’ll be pretty used to having great public transport. If you’re only going to be hitting up one capital city in Australia, then you’ll probably be fine, however if you plan on travelling throughout many of the cities or going bush, you’ll definitely need to get a car or campervan and do a road-trip. Of course, this is the best way to see Australia anyway. Camp out under the stars and listen to the sounds of Australian wildlife in your tent or camper. Plus, obviously this way of travelling throughout Australia is a lot cheaper than staying in hotels.
How to Survive Australia
You might think that Australia is just like England and there’d be similar things to worry about but you’d be wrong. While there’s not much to worry about while travelling through this great land, there are a few things Englanders definitely need to prepare for. While Australia, for the most part has a temperate climate, depending on where you are the weather can be quite harsh, especially if you’re travelling through the outback. Even if you’re simply sticking to the cities, you are going to need to stock up on sunscreen and reapply as often as the directions on the bottle say. Even in the colder months you can get burnt in under 10 minutes outside, so being sun smart is an absolute must.
You’ll also want to be well prepared if you’re planning on travelling through the outback or other less populated areas. Always have a mobile phone on hand and check for mobile dead zones before leaving, you may need to bring a better phone if you’re planning on travelling the outback for an extended period of time. You’ll also want to take a first aid kit with you, complete with Australian travel essentials, like spider bite and snake bite kits to be on the safe side.
How to Get Along with Everyone (Including Animals)
As an Englander you’ll want to stay far and away from the convict jokes. Sure most Aussie’s can take a good joke and will be very happy to give it straight back to you but to be on the safe side, it’s probably best to steer clear of them. Otherwise as an Englander you’ll probably be well suited for Australian life, though you may want to brush up on Aussie slang before you get here, especially if you plan on visiting more rural areas.
To get along with Australian native animals, simply stay put and use common sense. If you see something cute, it’s probably fluffy but will have nasty sharp claws. If you’re walking through bushland, make enough noise to scare away the snakes and if you see one, stay as far away as possible and leave it be. If you really want to check out Australian native animals, check out some of Australia’s great rehabilitation animal sanctuaries to get a good look at our most well-known creatures, like our possums, koalas, kangaroos and Tasmanian devils.