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Not a fan of guided tours or going to the mainstream attractions in Australia? Here’s how you can plan an awesome holiday.

Best Ways to Do Your Research on Places to Visit in Australia

Travelling is always exhilarating and can turn out to be an awesome adventure. However, it can feel a bit intimidating as well, especially if you’re all about taking care of the itinerary, plane tickets, hotels, destinations, and everything else by yourself. Add a huge country like Australia to the mix, and you will definitely start to feel a bit overwhelmed by the task ahead. However, the feeling of accomplishment when you actually go on holiday, and everything turns out to be perfect, makes all the effort worth it.

No matter if you’re just about to plan your first trip around Australia or you’re already experienced in planning your holiday, you’ll surely appreciate the tips and suggestions we’ve prepared for you.

Check them out and start planning the perfect Australian getaway!

Online Research

Of course, you’re going to use the internet and all the technology available today to help you put together the perfect trip. And if the task feels intimidating with all these online tools available, just imagine how difficult it must have been before we had such easy access to tons of information.

However, having too much information can be a bad thing since it can make it easier to spot the attractions or destinations that are really worth your time. For example, when looking for a hotel, you will always see first the ones promoted by big websites like Booking or Trivago. However, an award-winning, splendid resort such as Ayers Rock may skip your eye.

To make sure you cover all grounds when it comes to doing online research for your upcoming trip, make sure to include these 4 resources:

1.Wikitravel Articles – not as popular as Trip Advisor reviews or some travel blogs of well-known influencers, the articles on Wikitravel will surprise you. Not only that you will find lots of useful information that’s excellently organized and formatted, but you will also get details about more technical stuff like if you need a visa or how long it is valid.

  1. Watch YouTube Videos – sure, you may have read all about Australia and the hotspots you need to put on your list. However, adding the visual dimension to all the information you collected is always going to help you get a better idea of what to expect. Finding a high-quality travel vlog on YouTube gives you the ability to check out specific details about your destinations.
  2. Contact Travel Bloggers – if you’ve read a good travel blog on a certain part of Australia or the whole country but still feel you need some extra details, don’t hesitate to contact the bloggers and just ask them.
  3. Ask People on Reddit, Quora & Facebook – in case the above suggestions seemed natural for you, here’s one that may not feel so straightforward. Forums and huge communities are extremely useful when you need to get accurate feedback about more specific types of questions or holidays.

While a hotel booking site may give you a good general rating of the hotel itself, it may say less about the services and if that’s what matters to you then, Quora, reddit.com/r/australia and Facebook groups are great. Most of the time, you get answers directly from the business itself or from people working within the industry. During the pandemic when some websites are not updated with the latest information answers from these platforms are more reliable. If you ask which of the hotel resorts in Melbourne has a casino open during the pandemic a representative from the Australian-Casino team will give an updated answer within a few minutes. Ask if the pool is child friendly and you’re going to get a lot of family answers. Whatever you ask, you can be sure that you’ll get the answer within a few seconds or minutes. Just go ahead and ask your questions about anything, and you’ll certainly hear from plenty of locals, travellers and business owners.

Offline Research

Why bother with offline research when everything you need is a couple of clicks away, right? Well, not quite. Even though actually buying a guide book in Australia may feel infinitely harder than just researching the topic on the internet, there are upsides as well. Guides like Lonely Planet, Frommers, or Rough Guides sometimes contain information that’s harder to find online. Especially if you’re the type of traveller that wants to discover less-known or “trendy” destinations, a guide book can be a great choice. Not to mention that they don’t require WiFi or mobile data, so you can always use it no matter where you go.

It goes without saying that the list of useful tools to help you research destinations in Australia can include many other entries. Aussie travel agencies websites, the official page of Tourism Australia, and many others can get on this list as well. However, focused on the ones that are less evident and more likely to be dismissed by travellers.

We invite you to share your tips and tricks on planning a trip in the comments section!