Over 700,000 British nationals visit Australia every year. With countless gorgeous beaches, amazing distinctive wildlife and so much diversity, it’s easy to see why. Getting a travel visa for Australia is quick and easy to apply for. So, get applying and start planning your trip with 6 reasons to visit this amazing country Down Under.
When we think of travelling Down Under, Sydney is often the first destination that comes to mind! This was my first destination to visit in Australia when I spent a year there on a work and travel visa fresh out of University. Take a trip by boat to see the iconic landmarks of this vibrant city, such as the Opera House and Harbour Bridge. Manly and Bondi beaches are famous for world-class surfing and laid-back vibes, while the Sydney ‘Sea Life’ aquarium is one of the best! Once you’ve ticked off the city highlights, head out to the Blue Mountains or Pittwater National Park.
Awesome Ayers Rock
The majestic red rock formation, Ayers Rock is another must see, especially at sunset or sunrise! Set in the Northern Territory, which spans from the middle of Australia right to the tropical top end and the city of Darwin. A state rich with rugged natural splendour, experience Aboriginal culture and rock art, visit National Parks spotting crocodiles or camp out under the vast canopies of stars.
The Sunshine State
So you’ve got your Australia tourist visa, where next? With a nickname like ‘the Sunshine State’ Queensland is a popular choice, especially for us Brits! It’s here you can snorkel or dive the Great Barrier Reef. Fly over the breath-taking coral by helicopter or seaplane and sail the crystal-clear waters watching out for dwarf minke whales. Set back from the reef, take a walk through the magical wilderness of Daintree, a lush 165 million-year-old tropical rainforest and the inspiration for the Avatar film.
Nature lovers can’t fail to be disappointed by the distinct landscape of the isolated state of Tasmania. Lose yourself in 19 national parks, with natural beauty that includes craggy mountains, crystal clear lakes and unforgettable beaches. There’s even a bustling port city called Hobart, with a lively arts scene.
Brilliant Barossa Valley
Some of the world’s finest red wines come from Barossa Valley in South Australia where vines have been grown since the 19th Less than an hour’s drive from Adelaide, here you can wine and dine your around 150 wine growers in the region, including the internationally renowned Penfolds Grange, Wolf Blass and Jacob’s Creek. Back in the city, Adelaide has one of the most vibrant food markets in Australia, surrounded by cafes, roof top bars and fine dining restaurants.
If the elegant ‘City by the Bay’ Melbourne is your priority, be prepared to get lost in this multi-layered city of edgy street art, maze of lanes with its alfresco cafes, independent bookshops and sushi bars, or the arcades where high-end boutiques sit beside charming tea rooms. A short tram ride takes you to the beachfront and boardwalk of St Kilda’s, while Brunswick Street in Fitzroy is a must for foodies with restaurants showcasing world cuisine. Don’t miss at least a taste of the Great Ocean Road; 125 miles of coastal road with dazzling scenery, including the famous limestone stacks of the Twelve Apostles.
Visa requirements for Australia
If you’re thinking now that a single trip to this magnificent country could never be enough, then fear not, because your visa won’t expire for a whole year. In fact, an Australian tourist visa can be used again and again, as long as you don’t stay more than 3 consecutive months at a time! Other additional requirements in order for an Australian tourist visa to be valid, include ensuring your passport is valid for at least 6 months, so check now to avoid getting get caught out and start planning the trip (or trips) of a lifetime Down Under.