Pros and Cons of Traveling to Australia

Ayers Rock in AustraliaEnglish post. The Great Barrier Reef, beaches, the Outback, kangaroos and aborigines – I always wanted to see Australia. Five years ago I traveled to „Down Under“ for the first time. In this article I list some advantages and disadvantages.

Pros:

Travel Blogger Anja Beckmann in Australia1. Ocean, ocean and more ocean: Australia is one huge island with ocean all around. Here you may dive, snorkel, surf, sail or swim. And the Great Barrier Reef is great. I saw here massive fish with stripes, stingrays, reef sharks and turtles. On a road trip we took the Great Ocean Road right along the ocean – with a breathtaking view!

Beach in Australia2. Dream beaches: OZ has the nicest beach I’ve ever seen. Whitehaven Beach winds deep into the interior of the country. And Sydney’s famous Bondi Beach or Noosa at the Sushine Coast are also great!

Ayers Rock in Australia3. The Outback: Of course I already visited the „Red Center“. It was hot at the „Uluru“ (Aborigines‘ name of the Ayers Rock) but worth the visit. On camels we rode around the stone. At night time we watched the stars with the Southern Cross – magical!

Opera House in Sydney - Australia4. Cities: 80 per cent of the Australians live in cities. My all time favorite is Melbourne with St Kilda and its beach. But you should also visit Sydney with its Opera House and the subtropical Brisbane.

5. Cute animals: The wombat is a kind of overgrown guinea pig and my favorite Australian animal. But I also like kangaroos with their long eyelashes and koala bears with their fluffy ears.

6. Friendly people: The Aussies are easy going and talk to strangers all the time. I like!

Aborigines in Australia7. Interesting Aboriginal culture: It’s a shame that you can’t see more of the indigenous Australians in normal life. You might get lucky in Darwin in the far north. In Kakadu National Park we found many rock drawings.

Cons:

1. A long journey: I’m from Germany so the flight is extremely long, it takes more than 20 hours. So far I’ve always done a break for a few days on the way to Australia. On our trip in January 2013 we got used to the warm weather and the time difference in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.

2. Wide distances in the country: Australia is huge so a distance of 1,000 kilometers is nothing for the Aussies. But domestic flights are quite inexpensive thanks to low-cost carriers like Jetstar or Virgin.

3. Intense sun: People with fair skin like me have to be careful – because of the ozone hole there is more dangerous UV. You may easily get a sunburn.

Dangerous animals in Australia4. Dangerous animals: In Australia there are a lot of nasty animals. Because of the salties (= saltwater crocodiles) many of the beautiful beaches in the northern part of the East Coast are deserted. In the water are box jellyfish and sharks. There are also poisonous spiders and snakes.

5. Expensive country to visit: Australia is the most expensive country I’ve been so far, even more expensive than Japan or New Zealand. A bed in a hostel dorm starts at 25 Euros, lunch is 12 Euros or more. In most countries in Asia or Latin America you spend less.

6. Wifi is rare: Restaurants or cafes often say they offer free wifi but then it doesn’t work. And in some internet cafes you spend 4 Euros per hour.

Conclusion: Australia is a great country to visit. But bring some more money than e. g. for Asia and your sun screen.

What are your pros and cons of traveling to Australia?

Fraser Island in Australia

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Anja Beckmann

Reiseblogger bei Travel on Toast
Erst war ich ein Jahr auf Weltreise, heute bin ich hauptberufliche Reisebloggerin. Am liebsten reise ich mit Freund Carsten und Hund Buddy, mit denen ich im Rheinland lebe. Ob nah oder fern, Städte, Strände, Roadtrips oder vegetarisches Essen - ich bringe euch im Blog zum Träumen, gebe praktische Hinweise und Geheimtipps. Über Instagram Stories nehme ich euch live mit.

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  • Tristan
    23. Dezember 2016 um 11:26

    I am from Australia Wa, and i can tell you all there is nothing to worry about like the animals it is one of the greatest places in the world.

    • Anja Beckmann
      23. Dezember 2016 um 12:11

      Agree! :) I really want to see the quokkas once.

      Have a Merry Christmas!

      Anja

  • Will
    2. Mai 2016 um 19:28

    Hi, I’m doing some work for my mum. I’m English, but I live in France. My mum is an English teacher (I’m in her class :()
    I’d love to visit australia but I’m scared of all the dangerous animals.Even the plants are bad for you!

    Great site
    Will

    P.S:Great song is „Down under“ by Men at work.

  • Elizabeth
    23. April 2016 um 13:28

    The street with the bakeries in St. Kilda is Acland St. – it used to have even more cake shops! Glad you enjoyed Australia- it is much bigger than it looks on the map. It is the same size as the continental USA- people don’t realize it is that big. And as for the crappy wi-fi- it is just shameful- better wifi in almost anywhere in the world.

    • Anja Beckmann
      23. April 2016 um 16:11

      Yes, I love Australia. So much that I’ll be back in January 2017. :)

      Cheers
      Anja

  • Sally
    26. Juni 2015 um 10:36

    Great post. You don’t have to worry about the dangerous animals you never see them! Yes we’re expensive & yes our wifi is a bit crappy but please come, we have a great country here that’s safe & fun.

    • Anja Beckmann
      26. Juni 2015 um 10:54

      I will always come back. I love Australia – especially Melbourne, the Great Ocean Road and the Great Barrier Reef.

      Anja

  • Wandering Justin
    1. Januar 2014 um 21:32

    For pros, I love the food in Australia. There’s a nice Asian influence in a lot of the cuisine, and they’re not afraid to use emu, crocodile or even camel. And every tiny town has at least one coffeehouse with a skilled barista.

    I’d even say what you list as „cons“ quickly become „pros“ depending on your perspective. The long journey … well, I love flying! The dangerous animals add a lot of flavor to the trip, the wide distances mean even more to find out (beyond the guidebook) between stops, and a little less time on wifi means more time to get out and about.

    I’m from Arizona in the US, so I’m always prepared for intense sun. The costs are definitely higher in Australia than in SE Asia or Latin America, but prices vary by location. I found north Queensland less expensive, for example, than Darwin or Sydney. And even those were more affordable than Tokyo by a wide margin.

    • Anja Beckmann
      3. Januar 2014 um 09:50

      Yes, the food is nice! My favorite place is the street with bakeries in St Kilda (Melbourne).

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