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Australia is in Oceania between the Indian and South pacific oceans. The weather here varies with some states having four seasons and the north having just a wet and dry season. Typically, winter is from June to August, September to November is spring, December to February is summer and March to May is autumn. With over 500 national parks and 11,000 beaches Australia is a great place to visit and explore, so what’s stopping you from diving straight into the Australian lifestyle and culture?
There are so many reasons to visit and explore Australia. With the Sydney Opera House, Bondi Beach, the Sydney Harbour Bridge and the National Gallery of Victoria, there's no shortage of opportunities for sightseeing in this beautiful country. Tourists are also drawn to the land down under due to its laid-back culture, friendly people, and its modern lifestyle.
With so much to offer and lots to do, whether you are travelling solo, with a partner or with the family there are things to do and places to see which will suit you all.
The only way to travel to Australia is through a connected flight; there is no direct flights from Dublin to Australia. The average flight time from Dublin to Sydney is 22 hours 5 minutes.
To learn more about things to do in Australia, the best time to go and local info see here.
The nightlife culture in Australia isn’t as laid back as the people, with plenty to do and experience. If you are looking for a wild night out or even just some drinks at a rooftop bar, there are lots of options to choose from to keep you busy and entertained. The top two places for a variety of nightlife options are Sydney and Melbourne, where the Irish typically flock to for partying and socialising activities.
From BBQs and food festivals to beach bars and open-roof restaurants there is plenty of choice when it comes to eating out in Australia. There are also many fast-food franchises too, including McDonalds, Subway and Dominos. The cost of dining out in Australia depends on what type of food you are looking for and the places you go. A meal generally costs around seven Australian dollars and pizzas vary between 5 to 10 dollars.
There are so many family friendly destinations in Australia sure to keep the family entertained. Wetside Water Park in Queensland, named one of the best amusement parks in Australia, is the perfect place to spend the day splashing in pools and sliding down water slides! Some other great places to experience are the Great Barrier Reef and the Gold Coast.
If you are visiting Australia and are passing through Sydney, then Bondi Beach should be on your list of places to go! This world-famous beach is one of the busiest beaches in Australia, known for its golden sands and surfing activities. Take a coastal walk from Bondi to Coogee and experience the beautiful views of beaches, cliffs, and bays along the way. Some other great beach destinations are the Gold Coast and Perth.
There are so many shopping opportunities to take advantage of whilst in Australia. If you are stopping off in Sydney, take a trip to Pitt Street Mall, where you can find many different international shops such as H&M and Topshop along with some high end and affordable brands.
Taking place annually in Mudgee, New South Wales, this month-long food and wine festival offers visitors the chance to try some of the best wines the region has to offer paired perfectly with foods to suit. With various events including live music shows, tours and tastings, the Mudgee Food and Wine Festival is sure to make for a great time for all attendees.
The best time to visit Australia is between spring and autumn, which is from March to May and September to November. During this time crowds are usually less busy than during high season and flights and accommodation are typically more affordable. Summer is also a very popular time to travel but during this time places are much busier, and prices are more expensive.
The currency in Australia is the Australian dollar.
Australia is 11 hours ahead of Ireland.
The main forms of transport in Australia are bus, train, and plane. If you are looking to travel through different cities on a budget the bus is a great option as it is cheaper than a flight, however travel time via bus will be a lot longer. If you decide to travel by plane, try booking midweek flights to save money as generally weekend flights can be a lot more expensive.