When booking a holiday it can often be a lengthy and frustrating process when it comes to finding all of the essential information you need to know. This is especially the case when flying out of Europe. People want to know how long their flight will take, whether they need any vaccinations before flying abroad, and so on and so forth. This blog post helps those booking holidays to Australia from the UK. You will find all of your essential travel information here…
How long it takes you to fly to Australia depends on whereabouts in the UK you are flying from and where in Australia you are flying to. Nevertheless, most journeys range from around 20 hours to 23 hours. Therefore, the flight is a rather lengthy one. Some people choose to go for indirect flights and thus will stop somewhere on the way, such as Dubai or Singapore. This can break up the journey and is actually an option which some people prefer. They may even spend a night or two in one of these locations. In addition to this, if you are flying from somewhere such as Newcastle, then you will have to fly to London Heathrow first to get on your long haul flight to Australia.
Australia is well known for being one of the driest places in the world. It is important to remember that their winter is our summer and their summer is when we have winter. Between November and February maximum temperature of around 36 degrees Celsius can be reached. Between July and August lows of 7 degrees Celsius are found in the likes of Melbourne.
When travelling abroad you need to make sure you change your British pounds for the correct currency beforehand. They use the Australian dollar in Australia. This uses the same sign ($) as the American dollar and you will find it labelled as ‘AUD’ at currency exchange points. Exchange rates change all the time. Nevertheless, at present £1 GBP will get you roughly $1.38 AUD. This should give you a rough estimate regarding what you can expect to get for your money. One way to save money is by booking your tours online prior to your trip. ReefFree is a good place to start. Not only do they offer a great range of tours of the Great Barrier Reef but you can also go sailing and book other activities at affordable prices.
You should see your doctor at least a month before you travel to Australia if possible. The vaccinations you may need are dependent on the region of the country you are visiting. For example, if you are visiting the very North of Australia – such as the Torres Strait, then you are likely to need a vaccination for Japanese encephalitis. You may actually find that all of your routine vaccinations are up to date and so you don’t need anything before you jet off. However, it is much better to be safe rather than sorry, and visiting a doctor is the only way to ensure that.
Finally, you will be pleased to know that they drive on the left hand side of the road in Australia – this is exactly the same as here in the UK. Therefore, if you are renting a hire car you should not have any trouble getting used to driving.