Home > Gap Year Destinations > Travelling to Australia

Travelling to Australia

By: Beth Morrisey MLIS - Updated: 2 Dec 2014 | comments*Discuss
 
Australia Oceana Down Under Oz Gap Year

From Bondi Beach to the Outback, Australia has long been a top destination for gap year travel. With such a great amount of land, and encompassing such different geographical environments, Australia has something to offer everyone.

Outdoor and extreme sports, environmental conservation and becoming certified to scuba dive are just a few of the options on offer during a gap year in Australia. If you think you might like to travel "down under" during your gap year, then start planning now because spaces on structured programmes go faster than you can say "G'day, mate!"

Australian Geography

Australia is a large landmass, with a handful of smaller dependent islands, between the Indian and South Pacific Oceans. Its total size is only slightly smaller than the United States of America, and similar to that of Europe. Full of sun, sand and wide open spaces, Australia is actually the smallest continent in the world, but the sixth largest country!

The capital of Australia is Canberra, and for administrative purposes the country is divided into six states and two territories, including:

  • New South Wales
  • Queensland
  • South Australia
  • Tasmania
  • Victoria
  • Western Australia
  • Australian Capital Territory
  • Northern Territory

Preparing for an Australian Adventure

While Australians themselves are known for their laid-back lifestyle, don't throw out your own checklists just yet. Before you travel you will need to obtain guidebooks and travel recommendations, hepatitis, rabies and typhoid vaccinations, as well as tetanus and measles boosters, needed prescriptions for the length of time that you will be away and you will need to apply for a Working Visa or Visitor Visa to enter Australia.

You should also register your itinerary with the British High Commission in Canberra, in case of an emergency.

Investing in sturdy boots, swimsuits, layers of clothes, a backpack and bedroll are all a must before you leave for your trip, as is budgeting for travel and adventure and collecting student/youth travel cards and offers that may save you money.

Create an Itinerary

Not only is an itinerary necessary for your own safety - so that family, friends and the High Commission will know where you are, or are supposed to be, at any given time - an itinerary is also a great way to plot out your points of interest and come up with a more efficient travel schedule. Many gap year travellers in Australia opt to:
  • Visit Ayers Rock "near" Alice Springs.
  • Investigate the Daintree Rainforest, one of the oldest rainforests on Earth.
  • Sail to the Whitsunday Islands from the coast of Queensland.
  • Snorkel and/or scuba dive at the Great Barrier Reef.
  • Learn to surf at Bondi Beach.
  • Walk atop the Sydney Harbour Bridge.
Another way to experience Australia is to work, study or volunteer during your gap year.

Staying Safe in Australia

While Australia is not a particularly dangerous country for gap year students, it is always smart to follow general safety guidelines while travelling. Keep your valuables locked at your hotel or hostel, leave jewellery and other easily stolen items at home, and keep your wallet/purse on your person at all times. Never watch bags or carry items for strangers, alert authorities to suspicious behaviour, and never travel alone to secluded spots. Always listen to experienced guides if entering unfamiliar environments, particularly the Outback, and keep in contact with family and friends at all times. Good luck!

You might also like...
Share Your Story, Join the Discussion or Seek Advice..
hey, I did not understand how to apply for the projects ?
maia - 2-Dec-14 @ 12:53 PM
Share Your Story, Join the Discussion or Seek Advice...
Title:
(never shown)
Firstname:
(never shown)
Surname:
(never shown)
Email:
(never shown)
Nickname:
(shown)
Comment:
Validate:
Enter word:
Topics
Latest Comments
  • Hitch-Hiker
    Re: Hitch-Hiking and the Dangers
    Having thought this over, I’ve realised the reason this post is so annoying is because of the stupid “safe vs. dangerous” binary…
    16 January 2020
  • Hitch-Hiker
    Re: Hitch-Hiking and the Dangers
    “hitchhiking puts travellers at the mercy of others” Yes. Unlike bus travel where you obviously know the driver and the other…
    14 January 2020
  • Gone_Hitchhiking
    Re: Hitch-Hiking and the Dangers
    Haha nice I think I feel so lucky right now as in over two years hh around the world I newer was robbed, killed not even subject…
    14 January 2020
  • Klim
    Re: Hitch-Hiking and the Dangers
    Agree with Masala. The dangers are being rather exaggerated. I was taught to hitch by a girl. Stay smart but don’t let fear limit…
    14 January 2020
  • Masala
    Re: Hitch-Hiking and the Dangers
    Been hitchhiking for almost 20 years, over 30 countries - Europe, Mid-east, South and Southeast Asia, Australia. I've had only one…
    14 January 2020
  • mplo
    Re: Hitch-Hiking and the Dangers
    Lady Hitchhiker and speakingasanexpert: If YOU want to take such stupid risks to your health, safety and possibly your lives,…
    5 May 2019
  • mplo
    Re: Hitch-Hiking and the Dangers
    Brandon Jackson, you're totally missing the point. The whole point is that when one hitchhikes or picks up hitchhikers, there's…
    5 May 2019
  • elifgul
    Re: Teaching Abroad
    Dear Author, I'm writing to let you know that I want to participate voluntarily in your institution's work. In this context, I would like to give…
    11 October 2018
  • mplo
    Re: Hitch-Hiking and the Dangers
    Listen, AnonAnon: I disagree with you here. As I pointed out earlier on this thread, hitchhiking crimes are rare, because very few…
    20 September 2018
  • mplo
    Re: Hitch-Hiking and the Dangers
    To jesse and AnonAnon: Just because there are more cellphones and other methods of calling for help if one gets in a nasty,…
    20 September 2018