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Gap Year Australia :: on arrival

On arrival in Australia

After that marathon flight you will be tired, but relieved to have made it, now it’s time to get out of the airport and into your new life. It’s relatively simple and made more so by the fact that everyone speaks English! Read on to find out more about your first few hours in Oz.

:: Immigration and Visas

If you have read the Visas section you should be ready to get a tourist visa or have already acquired a Working Holiday Visa. Once you have left the plane you will arrive at Immigration. Just show your passport to the official, await your stamp and *bingo* you’re in!

:: Customs and sniffer dogs

Australia has very strict regulations to stop the spread of foreign animals and diseases in NZ. You will see sniffer dogs patrolling the airport but they aren't looking for drugs (all that is done out the back), they are hunting for food! You are not allowed to bring any food into Australia so don't bother packing any. Also make sure you wash your shoes, walking boots and any outdoor clothing or gear you have in your bags. They take all this very seriously, so don’t try to sneak stuff in.

:: Initial Accommodation

After a long flight there is nothing worse than staggering around trying to find a bed for the night so make sure you book the first couple of nights in advance. Some hostels give you a free airport pickup or can help arrange this so check when you book. Print out directions and details of the hostel before leaving home so if problems arise you can show it to the driver! Also print out details of your booking.

:: Aussie Airports

Sydney airport is about 10km out of town, but there is a train service every 10 minutes which brings you easily and cheaply into Central Station within 15 minutes. Buses are cheaper still and take you from the international terminal to many places in the city –
see for full details.
Melbourne airport is 25km from the city centre and doesn’t have a train station for some strange reason. However, it is well served by buses (every fifteen minutes, round the clock). The journey will take around 30 minutes and set you back 16 dollars. Taxis are also available but are more expensive.



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