Australia is one of the world’s most exciting destinations. But there are a few things to know before booking a trip to the Land Down Under. Find out what they are below!

The Conditions Of Entry

The Patterns Of Weather (Which Can Be Extreme)

The Dangers To Be Careful Of

The Size Of The Country

One thing that many rookies get wrong about Australia is its size. The country has a relatively low population of 24.6 million and only six states and two mainland territories. But it’s actually the world’s sixth-largest country by area and is bigger than both India and Argentina. This is definitely something to take into account when planning.

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For one thing, there is a lot to see in Australia so it’s wise to make sure you allow a reasonable amount of time for your trip. You won’t be able to see the whole country during a single trip but the more time you allow the more you’ll be able to see.

The large area also means that travel times within the country might be longer than what you’re used to. A road trip from Melbourne to Sydney usually takes upwards of eight hours, while a flight from Perth to Brisbane takes longer than four hours.

The Hidden Gems To Explore

The most popular tourist destinations in Australia are worth seeing. But along with the Sydney Harbour Bridge and Opera House, the Great Barrier Reef, and Uluru, there are plenty of other hidden gems to explore.Western Australia’s Margaret River region boasts stunning scenery and some of the country’s best food and wine without being flooded by tourists. Similarly, South Australia is home to a collection of otherworldly pink lakes and a prosperous wine region, while Queensland features plenty of magnificent national parks that fly under the radar.While planning your trip, do a little research into some of the country’s best-kept secrets and add them to your itinerary. Here are some spots to get you started:Margaret River, Western AustraliaLake Bumbunga, South AustraliaYarra Valley, VictoriaMinerva Hills National Park, QueenslandLorde Howe Island, New South WalesNelson River Falls, TasmaniaNEXT: 10 Cute Australian Animals To See That Aren't Koalas