Traveling to Australia is a unique but not easy experience: from costs to visas, here are the tips for an unforgettable trip.
When we think of Australia, a country that is at the same time a continent for its size, we think of the long flight, the things to see, the landscapes and the most beautiful places but we forget many important details.
Australia is as beautiful as it is complex. For this reason we want to list a series of things to know before leaving and give you some travel advice valid for the whole country, especially when you decide to discover this continent in motorcycle.
We all would love to take our bikes to Australia so we can enjoy them far and wide, but it's not always convenient. The cost per ship the motorcycle I'm not saying that they are prohibitive, but take into account a few thousand euros between transport, insurance (mandatory) and customs clearance, in addition to the fact that you will have to give up the bike for a long time before and after.
Il rental motorcycle therefore seems the best solution and it is not even very expensive, it starts at about 120 dollars a day for one Honda CB500X for over 20 days, for example, but with the advantage of having assistance throughout the journey. It is always best to contact rental agencies with multiple locations in the country.
Traveling by motorbike it is also the art of contained luggage but remember that in a country as large as Australia you will find many climatic conditions different and a scorching sun in the high seasons.
We therefore recommend that you bring a protective garment to multilayer and very airy, a tire repair kit, for an gps, for an helmet in good standing with the country approval, sun protection, a first aid kit, a flashlight and a powerbank, in addition to the classic motorcycle equipment you travel with regularly.
Australia is Tsar. Life costs more or less twice as much as in Italy and I'm talking about life in general, like shopping, rents, transport ... so arm yourself with a nice wallet and a thick credit card, especially if you want to sleep in a hotel and eat in restaurants. Fortunately gasoline is not expensive like us, so you can grind many kilometers at a much lower cost than a pizza and a beer.
Not everyone knows what the visa is mandatory for everyone, both for tourism and for work, including minors. Many of us often consider Western countries to be always open to us Europeans. Unfortunately, however, the protocols of safety anti-terrorism and the recent Covid19 pandemic, require a visa to enter the country.
The visa check takes place already at the airport, where there is no excuse "I did not know": from Italy or Europe in general you do not get on board if you are sporadic. Apply for Australia visa online it is much simpler, faster and even cheaper, than requesting it yourself by going to the embassy or consulate, where you waste time in queues, questions and travel back and forth for the request and for the collection.
Not least the passport which must be valid for at least 6 months. As with any trip, we suggest that you request it in time, in order to avoid nasty surprises, but if you are close to departure, at this link you can request the visa Australia urgently.
What to see
Australia is huge. The continent is really very big so it is unthinkable to make a “tour” of Australia in a month. There are so many things to see and do, especially if you want to push yourself in too Tasmania, and the distances are enormous. So decide what you want to do and how much time you have available (and in what season) in order to choose the best area to explore by motorcycle.
Due to its extent, Australia covers more climatic bands, from the torrid desert areas to the tropical ones in the north, to the temperate climate in the southern cities. The best times to visit Australia are the intermediate seasons, autumn and spring, avoiding the scorching heat of some places in summer and the excessive cold and wind of winter.
The best way to see the Kangaroos to cross the road on the strips is to go slowly. There are many of them around the town and you will notice it from the numerous danger road signs: pay attention. Rather beware of spiders (especially small ones) and ai snakes (out of town), especially if you decide to sleep in a tent or in a bungalow that is very accessible to small animals.
Let's finally move on to food, in a country where the ethnic and fusion cuisine is really very good and where, you have to try the kangaroo burger because they are really delicious! If you want to accompany the meat with a bottle of wine, you can buy it in a bottle shop and bring it to the restaurant.
For those of us who are used to having a drink outdoors (in the city and in built-up areas), here we risk a fine: you can not drink outside the premises and you can't even walk around the street with an open beer (or even closed), but only if it is closed and inside a bag!