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Australia is a dream vacation destination for many Canadians. It’s often one of the top travel destinations on people’s bucket lists, and with so many unique places to visit and attractions to see, it’s clear why people want to experience everything the country has to offer.

Whether you are backpacking in the outback with friends for a few months, participating in a school exchange program or enjoying a family trip to the Great Barrier Reef, we have travel insurance for Australia that will cover you for the duration of your trip down under.

Travel Tips for Australia

If you are planning to make the close to 20-hour flight to Australia, it's extremely important to have your travel documentation in order before departure. In addition to having a valid Canadian passport, travellers are required to have an Electronic Travel Authority (ETA). The ETA allows you to enter the country, and it is electronically linked to your passport. Apply for your ETA on the Australian government website (a $20 fee applies). Student, business and tourist visas are required, and travellers may be subjected to a health exam to get the travel visa.

As with many other countries, petty crime is common in large cities and tourist destinations, so travel with caution. Traffic drives on the left side of the road, the legal drinking age is 18 and the currency is the Australian dollar (AUD). Traveller’s cheques and major credit cards are also widely accepted.

Monsoon season lasts from November to April. This season is known to bring extreme rainstorms and landslides. During low rainfall season (April to October), there is a possibility of bushfires. The best time of the year to travel to Australia is during the spring (September to November) and autumn (March to May). The low travel season is from October to March, due to the extreme heat and humidity.

These travel tips should give you a good idea of what to expect when you travel to Australia. As part of your travel planning, make sure you get comprehensive travel insurance for Australia to put your mind at ease during your trip down under.

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Worry-free travel insurance for Australia with Blue Cross

Canadians have chosen Blue Cross travel insurance for decades. We provide you with the best care available, whenever or wherever you travel worldwide, ensuring you can have peace of mind in knowing you will be taken care of if you need travel assistance.

Travel insurance for emergency medical care abroad is essential, especially when travelling so far from home. Our comprehensive travel insurance for Australia makes sure you will have access to medical care no matter where in Australia you travel. Our policies include optional coverage for lost luggage and so much more. We have travel insurance plans that will accommodate your travel plans and budget for the duration of your trip.

Not sure which type of travel insurance is best for your trip to the outback? Contact us to learn more about your travel insurance plan options, or get a free quote online. Choose Blue Cross and travel with confidence.

General Australia Canada
Continent: Oceania
Population (2012): 22,722,000 34,754,312 (2012)
Area (km2): 7,741,220 9,984,670
Capital: Canberra
Currency: Australian dollar
Official language(s): English
Drive: Left
Diesel (2012): 1.57 1.23 (2012)
Gasoline (2013): 1.40 1.23 (2013)

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