Home to 23 million inhabitants and almost eight million square kilometers of condensed beauty Australia is the preferred destination for water sport enthusiasts, wildlife lovers and adventure seekers from all over the world.
A drive through Australia's remote and rugged areas is and introspective trip that requires intense preparation forehand. Before starting the journey, make sure you have a roadworthy vehicle fitted with GPS, spare tires and detailed maps of the area you are planning to visit. Pack extra food (especially canned), and plenty of water and fuel. It is also advisable to have an emergency plan in case some unexpected accident takes place. Plan your route carefully in advance by checking the road conditions and safety requirements of the zones you wish to visit. Contact the state of territory motoring association or relevant visitor centres for information. Avoid travelling in the warmest hours of the day in order to prevent dehydration and other health complications. If you make stops in your way, do not interact with wild animals, as you might get scratched or bitten, and they can spread dangerous illnesses. Wear insect repellent in order to minimize the risk of getting bitten or stung, especially when travelling to river estuaries and other water areas. Make sure you have a good quality medical kit to disinfect bites and minor wounds.
When travelling to remote areas, you must try to be localizable at all times. Inform your closer relatives or friends about your trip forehand and be aware of the Australian Emergency Telephone numbers, such as 000 for emergency fire, police and ambulance system. Calling this number is free of charge
To visit the country you are required to fit the Australian travelling regulations. All visitors travelling to the country need to apply for an Australian visa through the website of the Department of Immigration and Citizenship. There are five different visas for Australia, depending on your nationality and the length of your stay. For short stays, European passport holders are eligible for a free eVisitor visa that allow you to stay in the country for up to three months during a 12 month period. This type of visas must be applied for online (www.immi.gov.au/e_visa/evisitor.htm) with at least two weeks notice prior to the proposed date of travel. The parallel alternative for American and Canadian visitors, is the Electronic Travel Authority (ETA, 601). ETA’s must be applied for online through the Australian Department of Immigration www.eta.immi.gov.au and have a cost of US$20. If you wish to extend your travel visa for Australia once you are inside the country, you are required to apply for an Australian Visitor visa (600) that has an approximate cost of US$335. Make sure you apply for this type of visa with at least three weeks notice, as the application process can be long and complex. Regarding the arrival in Australian airports, the traveller regulations are usually efficient and straightforward, with the usual custom declarations. For detailed information about the custom procedure and the different visa requirements for Australia, please contact the Australian Department of Immigration and Border Protection. If you have any bureaucratic questions about how to get an Australian work permit, or you would like to know further information about Australian travel visas, please contact your closest embassy or consulate.