Thinking of going down under?

As the summer in the UK draws to a close, and you are thinking about travelling in the winter to warmer climates a very popular place for British tourists to go is Australia. While the 24 hour journey might seem that it goes on forever, once you get there with the wide range of entertainment and sights on offer you will realise that it was all worthwhile in the end!

Activities
Have you always been someone who thrives on the rush of adrenaline such as going bungee jumping? Then the Bungee Bullet in Queensland is a great place to go. It is amongst the top 10 popular bungee destinations in the world, and if you feel like doing a reverse bungee in the beautiful surroundings of the Sunshine Coast in Queensland this one is for you!

Scuba Diving in Australia is a very appealing activity, and with so much coastline including the Great Barrier Reef available it makes it one of the favoured spots in the world for scuba divers.

If surfing has always been your passion then there is no denying that you won’t find a better place in the world than the waves of Australia.

Hot air ballooning in the northern part of the country in Cairns presents a great opportunity to get high above the Tablelands with either a 30 or 60 minute flight. Just in case the beautiful sights aren’t enough there is then a glass of champagne with breakfast to get you up and running for the day ahead!

How to get around Australia
Due to the sheer size of Australia with the land area being 7.69 million square kilometres the modes of transport slightly vary compared to the UK. As the distance between all the cities is so sparse, flying is the best method due to the speed of getting from destination to destination. There are some good deals to be had for domestic flying, with airlines such as Jetstar and Virgin Blue who offer competitive flights. A really good place to start your research is lonely planet.com.

Another popular way of seeing the sites of the country is hiring a car as it gives you so much freedom to explore the country.

Events and Culture
If you happen to be a bit of a party animal and are in the city of Sydney there are great choices of bars and clubs to visit. Quite a few visitors opt for the Opera Bar when in the famous Sydney Opera House for a fabulous harbour view, and for the clubbing fans, Oxford Street is full of choice acquiring for every taste.

For the Arts and Museums, if you want to spend the day unwinding after sampling the night life of Sydney there is the well renowned Museum of Contemporary Art. Also when visiting Canberra, the National Museum of Australia has a fine reputation for covering various aspects of the Australian society, and is a very worthwhile place to go when in the capital of the country.

Working Holiday
A popular idea that many people undertake when going to Australia is a working holiday. Due to the distance to get there, people feel that having a long term stay is the best way to get the most out of their experience, so many look to use their skills to work in the country. There are a real range of job opportunities to choose from, and this can vary from either working as a Jackaroo in the outback on a farm, or working as a deckhand on the Great Barrier Reef! To ensure that you can fulfil your ambition of working in the country, obtain a Working Holiday Visa if you are aged between 18 to 30. It is an important document to allow you to work up for up to 12 months.

Don’t forget your travel insurance!
So that you can really relax and enjoy your time down under, don’t forget to take out travel insurance before you go. 24/7 travel insurance offers great deals with cover for 6 months at just £47.00* and only £94.00** for 12 months cover.

*Premium £47.00 includes Insurance Premium Tax based on Standard Backpacker Trip Policy for an adult aged 35 and under travelling to Australia/New Zealand for 6 months. Cover details and prices are correct at time of going to press (September 2008) and are subject to change.

**Premium £94.00 includes Insurance Premium Tax based on Standard Backpacker Trip Policy for an adult aged 35 and under travelling to Australia/New Zealand for 12 months. Cover details and prices are correct at time of going to press (September 2008) and are subject to change.