Australia, is one of the largest countries on the planet, with its natural beauty (such as Uluru, the Outback, gorgeous beaches, rainforests, and the Great Barrier Reef) to man-made wonders (such as Sydney’s Opera House and Harbor Bridge), it is easy to see why so many people want to visit the country. In the last several years, travelers have found a new reason to visit this beautiful country: its excellent healthcare system. More and more international medical tourists flock to Australia to receive high-quality medical treatments that are performed by skilled medical professionals, and cutting-edge medical technology that may not yet be available in their home country.
Popular Cities and Regions in Australia
Sydney, Melbourne, and Canberra are some of the most popular cities in the country. Sydney is the largest, offering a plethora of attractions for visitors. It is famous for its beaches, glorious harbor, and iconic Opera House. Melbourne is a little more relaxed than Sydney and is famed for its café culture. Some of the most popular attractions in this city are Fitzroy Gardens, Royal Botanic Gardens, Queen Victoria Market, Street Art, and, of course, its beaches. Canberra, Australia’s capital, is edged by mountain ranges. The highlights of the city include Lake Burley Griffin, the Australian War Memorial, and the National Gallery of Australia.
Transport in Australia
Australia has numerous airports, but Sydney Airport is the busiest international airport in the country. It currently serves 46 domestic and 43 international direct flights. Both major and budget airlines, such as Jetstar and Air Asia, operates flights from this airport. Since Australia is a big country, distances are large (for example, Sydney to Perth is 3,933 km). Thankfully, the country has a good transport network. Domestic flights connect every region, making it the fastest way to travel around the country. Public transport, such as public buses, backpacker buses, and trains, are available. While public buses are generally affordable and convenient, trains can be expensive and the system is not extensive. Inside cities, trains, buses, and light rail are available and Taxis are also available.
Visas in Australia
People who wish to have medical treatment or medical consultations in Australia need to apply for the Medical Treatment Visa subclass 602. This temporary visa allows holders to stay until the treatment plan or consultations are finished. Not only does the visa cover those seeking medical treatment in the country, but also those accompanying them.
Weather in Australia
Australia’s seasons are the opposite of the northern hemisphere. Spring, from September to November, is also the cyclone season in the country. Summer starts in December and ends in February, bringing hot and dry weather. From March to May in the autumn, which is the rainiest season in Australia. In June, winter starts, bringing cooler temperatures all across the nation. However, the temperatures rarely drop into minus numbers.
Local Currency: The Australian dollar (AUD) is the currency of Australia. The exchange rate from 1 USD is around 1.37 AUD.
Money & Payments: Currency exchange is available at banks, international airports, and hotels. ATMs are widespread but can be limited in remote towns. Credit cards, mostly Visa and MasterCard, can be used almost everywhere, but it is still advisable to carry some cash. Tipping is optional. It is common to tip waiters in upmarket restaurants 10% of the bill for good service.
Local Language: While Australia does not have an official language, English is embedded as the de facto national language.
Local Culture and Religion: Religion in Australia is very diverse. About 30% of the population does not follow any religions, but the major religion in the country is Christianity. Islam, Buddhism, Hinduism, and other religions are freely practiced by the people as well.
Public holidays: Australia’s national public holidays include New Year’s Day, Good Friday, Australia Day, Anzac Day, Boxing Day, Easter Monday, and Christmas Day.