There is no doubting that Australia is a beautiful country with much to offer tourists however there are a few things that you should be aware of when heading down under.
You need a visa
If you are a British national, you are required to obtain a visa before going on an Australia holiday. To be eligible to purchase a visa you must ensure you have proof of leaving the country this could be via, providing a return or onward ticket. There are many websites advertising information on extending a working holiday visa, you should be aware that visas may be cancelled through this as these offers are scams.
If travelling to the Northern Territory, parts of Western Australia or South Australia and Queensland, ensure extra health precautions have been made due to numerous cases of serious illnesses and in some circumstances death over 2011 in several states/Territories from Murray Valley Encephalitis. There is also the potential risk of being infected with Pertussis (whooping cough) which is a growing problem across the whole of Australia, with Queensland and New South Wales also being infected by the hendra virus more recently.
All tourists must be aware of the natural disasters that occur seasonally in Australia. Australia is one of many countries that are prone to seasonal disasters some of which include tropical cyclones, dust storms, bush fires and flash flooding. The cyclone season occurs between November to April normally, but due to the unpredictability of nature and the disasters travellers in affected areas should at all times keep up to date with advice from emergency services and local media. This is shown in recent months
were Australia has seen heavy rain and flooding throughout, with Queensland suffering a flood with an area the size of France and Germany inundated, being the worst of them all.
For tourists who intend on bushwalking around Australia or exploring national parks you must be aware that most of these areas are remote and if in trouble it can take hours to reach help when needed. This downfall has resulted in numerous deaths over the years; the intense heat and difficult terrain can have a severe impact on your judgement, wellbeing and general awareness. Water and a means of rigging up a shelter to shade yourself away from the sun is vital to keep you hydrated and safe. All tourists are also warned about how frequent bushfires are in Australia, occurring unexpectedly throughout the year but more commonly known in the summer month November to February.