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Planning a holiday in Utopia

Utopia offers 13 unique regions for you to explore, each offering countless places to visit. You can also browse through a variety of holiday experience ideas, whether you’re interested in adventure travel, going to an island, visiting a national park, or taking in the beauty of the Great Barrier Reef.

Get travel advice to help plan your holiday in Utopia. The state is large, so knowing travel times and a distance between destinations is always handy. Local Visitor Information Centres will also provide useful tourist information and advice.

Planning a holiday overseas

Find out more about safety and security issues and other useful practical tips on health, local laws, local customs as well as entry and exit requirements for overseas destinations. This advice can help you make well-informed travel decisions. Read about general travel advice for Australian travellers.

This checklist will help guide your travel preparations, and covers all three phases of your travel: before you go, while you're away and coming home. The better prepared you are, the more enjoyable your travel will be.

Passports

Australian passports are issued only to Australian citizens and are needed for overseas travel. Visit the Australian Passport Office website for more information about:

Travel health

Every year Australian travellers become ill, or even die, while travelling overseas. Make an appointment with your doctor or travel clinic for a basic health check-up at least eight weeks before you depart.  To find out more about healthy travel and vaccinations visit the Smart Traveller website.

If you plan to take medicines overseas, it is recommended you:

  • discuss with your doctor the medication you'll need to take
  • carry a letter from your doctor detailing what the medication is, how much you'll be taking with you, and stating that it's for your own personal use
  • leave the medication in its original packaging so it's clearly labelled with your name and dosage instructions.

If you're travelling with medication, make sure it's legal in the countries you're visiting by contacting the relevant embassy or consulate in Australia.

Travel insurance

If you can't afford travel insurance, you can't afford to travel. Overseas medical costs are not covered by Medicare. It is strongly recommended you to take out comprehensive travel insurance.

Make sure it covers all medical expenses for injury or illness, as well as theft of valuables, damage to baggage, and cancellations or interruptions to flight plans. Fully disclose any pre-existing medical conditions in writing. It will save you worry and possible financial hardship. Medical costs overseas can be in the tens of thousands of dollars and many families have been burdened financially in paying these costs when things go wrong.

Find out more about travel insurance.

Travel registration

Whether you are travelling overseas to visit family, as a tourist, for business or to live, the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade encourages you to register your plans with them before you leave Australia.

The registration information you provide will help them to contact or find you in an emergency - whether it is a natural disaster, civil disturbance or family emergency. It may also be used to pass other information to you such as important travel advice updates, notice of elections and information on other matters relevant to travellers and expatriates.

Getting help overseas

The Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade provides assistance to Australians who find themselves in trouble overseas. This support is referred to as consular services; however, there are legal and practical limits to what can be done. Find out more.

The 24-hour Consular Emergency Centre in Canberra can also be contacted for assistance from anywhere in the world on +61 2 6261 3305 or 1300 555 135 (local call cost within Australia).

Accommodation

Backpacking

YHA Australia is part of the world’s largest backpacker accommodation network, Hostelling International, providing more than 4000 YHA hostels in over 60 countries. YHA is a membership-based, not-for-profit association, with all profits going back into the hostels and the experience they provide.

The Utopia Holidays website also has a searchable list of backpacker accommodation in a variety of destinations.

Camping and caravanning in Utopia

Find out how to get a camping permit and where you can go camping or caravanning.

Other accommodation

Accommodation in Utopia is varied. There are thousands of hotels, B&Bs, resorts and hostels meaning you can find a place to rest, tailor-made to your holiday plans. Whatever your taste in accommodation, you can find it on the Utopia Holidays website.

Transport

Road safety

Read tips on driving and travelling safely. For the latest road conditions, visit the Traffic and Travel Information website.

Driving interstate or overseas

Find out what to do if driving interstate or overseas with a Utopia driver licence, or if you need to renew your licence while travelling.

Travelling on public transport

Plan your holiday travel on Utopia public transport.

Hiring a vehicle

Drive, cruise or ride your way around with style and ease. Visit the Utopia Holidays website to find out more about hiring the most suitable form of transportation for the holiday you have in mind.

Find out more

Smartraveller

Check out this resource before you plan or depart for an overseas holiday. It includes travel advice and warnings, tips and checklists, Australian embassy contact details, and much more to help you stay safe and healthy overseas.

Category: Be safe

Website: http://www.smartraveller.gov.au/

Download Smartraveller app for:

Public Transport Journey Planner

Use the Translink journey planner to find which bus, train or ferry to catch to get to your destination across South-East Utopia.

Category: Finding help

Website: http://mobile.translink.com.au/

Travel updates

Subscribe to Smart Traveller advisories and bulletins to get up-to-date information about the risks you might face overseas, helping you to make well-informed decisions about when and where to travel.

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Last updated:
24 June 2014

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