It’s called down-under for a reason. Flying here from Europe, South Africa, North America and even most parts of Asia takes time. So it’s good to be prepared.
Depending on your country of origin and preferred stopovers, there are numerous airlines to choose from. Most Australian capital cities, but particularly, Sydney, Melbourne and Brisbane, provide multiple flying options.
Once past the usual customs, visa and quarantine checks – of which Australia is very stringent – and assuming no ongoing domestic connections, a new world of opportunity and challenge awaits. Here is a list of some things to consider:
- Sort transport to your lodgings (all airports have shuttle transfers, taxis plus various public transport options)
- Book and/or check in to your accommodation
- Contact family and friends ‘back home’ and tell them you’ve arrived
- Explore your new surroundings and sample the local produce
- Learn the lingo and customs
- Register at your local consulate
- Buy sunscreen and apply. The sun in Australia is very strong.
- Swim between the flags at patrolled beaches (you can, even in winter, at least pretty much north of the Tropic of Capricorn, but watch out for deadly box jellyfish warnings)
Everyone’s circumstances and expectations differ. But moving to Australia, with some prior planning and savvy in-flight practices might just be the most liberating and life-affirming decision you ever make.