Australia is a unique and diverse country in every way - in culture, population, climate, geography, and history
When you’re buying travel insurance for Australia it’s important to make sure it covers medical expenses, repatriation to the UK, cancellation of your holiday, and lost baggage. These are some of the most common reasons people claim on their policy, but it’s important to make sure your cover is tailored to your individual needs and circumstances.
Australia is a unique country in every way – from its culture and history through to its geography and climate. A fantastic destination, it’s important to arrange travel insurance before you leave to make sure you’re protected no matter what happens.
Did you know that Australia was inhabited by indigenous people for roughly 50,000 years before Captain Arthur Phillip arrived with his fleet of British convicts in 1788? It has changed a lot since then, officially becoming a country in 1901.
If you’re buying a travel insurance policy for a trip to Australia it should include:
• Medical expenses
• Lost or stolen baggage
• Cancellation of your holiday
• Flight delays or missed departures
• Lost or stolen passport
• Personal liability cover
• Repatriation to the UK
• Travel abandonment
Without travel insurance in Australia you will be liable to pay for medical bills, other costs resulting from any accidents and the cost of rearranging any cancelled flights or accommodation.
Along with arranging travel insurance, when visiting Australia you also need to apply for a visa before you can enter the country. If you’re staying less than three months in any 12-month period you can apply for an eVisitor visa, which is free. There are various other options if you plan to visit for longer or want to work during your visit.
Find out more about visa options for Australia here.
Before they go, many people don't realise the sheer size of Australia – it’s almost as large as continental USA. For example, travelling from Sydney to Perth (East Coast to West Coast) will take a six to seven-hour flight. When planning a visit to Australia, make sure you’re realistic about how much time you have and which cities and regions you'd like to visit.
Its year-round tropical climate, amazing coastal beaches and lush rainforests mean Queensland has it all. If you're looking to explore the tropics, a visit to the Great Barrier Reef should be top of your list.
• New South Wales
As well as the iconic sights of Sydney, New South Wales has a gorgeous coast, rugged mountains and traditional outback towns. Don't miss the Harbour Bridge Climb in Sydney, Bondi Beach, a visit to suburb Manly and the famous nightlife.
Victoria is Australia's cultural capital, with hip, artsy Melbourne its most popular attraction. Studded with restaurants and cafes (Melbourne is famous for its coffee and award-winning baristas), it's also regularly dubbed the shopping capital of Australia. The Mornington Peninsula region hosts some of the best wine regions too.
• South Australia
South Australia is home to the cosmopolitan city of Adelaide and has some of the best-known wine regions in the world. The Barossa valley northeast of Adelaide is renowned for its Shiraz, while to the southwest lies Kangaroo Island, a must for nature buffs.
• Western Australia
Western Australia has its own set of charms, including spectacular beaches and outback destinations. Perth is a vibrant city with a buzzing music and arts scene, while Broome, in the Kimberley Region, is a Bucket List spot you shouldn't miss.
• Northern Territory
Quintessentially Australian and studded with amazing landscapes, the Northern Territory is often at the top of many travel wish lists. Don't miss the iconic sights, including Katherine Gorge, Kakadu, the Olgas and of course, Uluru (Ayers Rock).
With some of Australia’s best wilderness areas, the isolated island of Tasmania is a laid-back mix of cool and quiet, with trendy markets and galleries in Hobart, and stunning nature reserves to explore. It’s also home to the iconic Tasmanian Devil.
Wherever you’re planning to visit in Australia, make sure you’re fully protected with travel insurance. Travelling to Australia is an exciting experience but before you go it’s worth checking the latest Foreign Office advice, which can be found here.
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