Any self-respecting world traveller’s bucket list includes a journey to Australia. Three different oceans surround the land down under. There are also two different cities with populations of over four million. With 80 per cent of its population living within 100 kilometres of the coast, Australia is a wonderful destination for people who love major metropolitan areas and water sports. Here are four tips for travelling around Australia.
A day well spent at Bondi Beach
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During your travels, Bondi Beach presents the perfect opportunity to hang out with the locals while enjoying surf and sun. It’s one of the few globally popular beaches that tourists and natives enjoy equally. Bondi Beach’s popularity comes at a price: you’ll need a lot of patience in finding parking. It’s totally worth the aggravation for all the aquatic activities, though.
A night at the Opera
The Sydney Opera House is one of the true architectural wonders of the world. No matter how long you plan to spend in Australia, you must visit this building. It’s best if you can take in a show, and if you can, you’ll want to dress up. Don’t miss this opportunity to take pictures of you and your friends in your finery. Post these images on social media sites to make all your friends jealous.
Also, take part in the action. Did you know it’s customary to stomp your feet during a curtain call? When enough people participate, it creates a drum roll sound that elevates the excitement. Afterwards, step outside and enjoy the night’s view. The best time to visit the opera house is June, due to the vivid sky.
Mardi Gras in March
Sydney, Australia features its own celebration each year. It’s an LGBT pride parade that encompasses the body of the city. Hundreds of thousands of visitors and onlookers enjoy events such as the Bondi Beach Drag Races, the Mardi Gras Film Festival, and the Sydney Mardi Gras Parade and Party. Also popular is Fair Day at Victoria Park. If you can make it, you’ll celebrate the event with 70,000 of your newest friends.
Learn the economy
The Australian Dollar (AUD) is a currency respected around the world. In early 2015, it experienced a six-year low that gave international tourists better value for their money. The currency is generally stable enough that you can safely plan your trip without fear of fluctuation dramatically increasing the cost.
You should know that the country offers a refund of the Goods and Services Tax to encourage tourism. If you splurge on something that costs $300 AUD or more from one business, you are entitled to claim a refund of the GST. It’s a wonderful incentive you should research before heading to Australia.
With regards to purchases, Australia doesn’t encourage bargaining with their pricing. Also, restaurants encourage tipping of up to 10 percent. If you don’t believe in tipping, that’s fine, too. Most establishments accept major credits cards such as Visa, American Express, and MasterCard. JCB and Bankcard are also popular.
There’s never a bad time to visit Australia. It’s one of the best tourist destinations in the world. Using these tips will help you have a wonderful time on your trip.