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Frequently asked questions for couples

Are you a couple considering a holiday to Australia? Take a look at some of our frequently asked questions to help you make the most of your time Down Under.

Accommodation

What types of accommodation do you offer for couples?

Choose from a remote beach house. An award-winning eco-rainforest resort with unique treehouses. A chalet on a tropical island. And more. After we meet you and get to know you, we will then choose the best accommodation to suit your personality. Take a look at a selection of some of our favourite accommodation for couples, from comfortable to luxury, unique small-scale accommodations and activities in extraordinary locations.

At some accommodations, breakfast and dinner may be included. We can also recommend our favourite local restaurants in the area. And if you prefer to cook, we will ensure that you have a self-catered kitchen. An Aussie barbeque is also common at many of our accommodations.

Stay at seaside lodges with local hosts

Which comfort levels can I choose from?

We offer accommodation ranging from comfortable, very comfortable and luxury. You can choose from a comfortable bed & breakfast from 150 pounds to a luxury lodge from 500 pounds.

Depending on your wishes, it is also possible to mix up your accommodation style. You can choose to stay in a variation of accommodation ranging from comfortable to luxury. From sleeping in a ‘swag; under the stars and glamping in the Aussie bush. To a luxury wilderness resort in an absolute natural wonderland. Would you like a holiday with a little bit of everything? We will arrange your holiday accordingly.

Stay in style and sosphistication
Experience the outback in a traditional Aussie 'swag'

Transport

Is it safe to drive in Australia?

Yes, Australia is a safe country to drive. The locals are easy-going and are generally not in a hurry on the roads, outside of the bigger cities. In the city, you do not need a car and the public transport system is of high quality. The roads in Australia are easy to and well maintained. When visiting national parks, it’s best to only drive during day time because of the possibility of wildlife crossing the road.

Do we need a car?

To get the most out of your holiday in Australia, we recommend travelling by car. You can go wherever you want and also reach the less touristic places. And you can stay at small-scale accommodation, away from mass tourism and meet the locals. It’s possible to build an itinerary without the need of a car. You could go on day or multi-day tours in different parts of Australia and travel by plane, train or transfer from your accommodation.

Conquer Australia's sand highway on Fraser Island
Go "off-road" and discover places only the locals know about
© Francois Peron

Do we need a 4WD drive?

To reach approximately 99% of our accommodation on the East Coast of Australia, you won’t need a 4WD. On the other hand, in some Western and Northern parts, a 4WD is needed. There are plenty of roads located in national parks, that can only be visited with a 4WD.

How much will we need to drive in Australia?

We believe that you should drive less and see more. Therefore, we try to keep the driving distance between your accommodations 2-4 hours. And you will be staying 2-4 nights at each accommodation. This way, you can enjoy the best of what Australia has to offer. And waste less time during your holiday on the road, driving.

Are we both allowed to drive?

Yes, two driver’s are allowed to drive within the rental car agreement and insurance policy.

Great Ocean Road | Australia road trip
Explore the Great Ocean Road, one of Australia's most iconic drives

Flights

What is the flight time to Australia?

The flight time to Australia is dependent on which airline you fly with. However, the average flight time to Australia is on average between 18-24 hours. And of course, it is possible to stay at a stopover location for longer too.

What flight schedule do you recommend?

This depends on you. We can make the journey as quick as possible with a short stopover in Asia or the USA. Or add a couple of day’s stopovers in metropoles like Singapore, Hong Kong or San Francisco. We can select the best flight times for you with only one stop.

Which airline should I choose?

Generally, we choose to travel with Cathay Pacific, Singapore Airlines, Emirates and Air New Zealand. However, we have contracts with all the major airline companies. We will ensure you fly with a suitable airline to enhance your journey.

Enjoy world-class service on Cathay Pacific flights
Enjoy world-class service on Cathay Pacific flights
Exploring Singapore | Stopover Australia holiday
Take a break half-way and explore Singapore

Can I book my own flights?

Yes, you can. We also can arrange an Australia holiday without flights.

Which stopover destination do you recommend?

Our two favourite and most popular stopover destinations are Hong Kong and Singapore. This is because of the convenient location of both cities. You’re already half-way to your destination and both cities offer plenty of opportunities for exploring, sightseeing, shopping and relaxing. If you have more time, you can consider stopping over in Bali, the Cook Islands or Fiji. Each a tropical haven with friendly locals, exotic cuisine and stunning beaches.

Bali is a romantic destination to take a break on your way to Australia

What are the options to ensure that I have a comfortable flight?

The cheapest way of flying to Australia is Economy Class. We can arrange a comfortable seat at the aisle or window for you. If you prefer more leg space we can also book emergency exit seats for you. Premium Economy is a good step up from Economy with more leg space, better food and service. First and Business Class is the most comfortable way to fly. You can enjoy fine dining, more privacy, excellent service and your seat converts into a fully lie-flat bed.

Can I book flight tickets without a return date?

As a tour operator, it’s only possible to book return flights on fixed dates. If you want to book an open date return flight, we recommend to book it directly with your preferred airline. Please note: You will not be able to enter Australia on a one-way ticket on a tourist visa.

How can we minimise the impact of jet lag?

We will select the best suitable flight schedule. During your stopover, we will organise a hotel stay or a day room at the airport, so you can shower, rest and relax. We will ensure that you arrive relaxed in Australia. This will all help you get used to the time difference.

Activities

What types of activities do you recommend?

It very much depends on your interests and fitness level. From authentic cultural experiences, wildlife encounters, meetings with the locals, kayaking, wine tours, cycling and sailing trips, sightseeing flights and more. Our focus is on nature conservation and small-scale locally owned companies. We can also arrange private tours if you wish. Check here for more suggestions.

Kayak the Noosa Everglades, one of the two only everglade systems on earth
Cycle through the Outback
Dive and uncover the treasures of The Great Barrier Reef

Health & safety

Do you provide assistance in case of an emergency?

Yes, we have a 24/7 emergency number you can call in case of an emergency. Our local hosts are also there to assist you if you need. We work directly with all of our hosts in Australia, so if anything were to happen, we can act fast if necessary.

Is it safe to travel in Australia?

Yes, overall it’s a safe destination to visit. Australia has a low crime rate and generally, Australians live a safe lifestyle. And Aussies are renowned for being friendly. Of course, we still recommend using your common sense as you would if you were at home.

Australian | Australia holiday
Our local Aussie guides warmly welcome you
Aussies are world renowned for being friendly

Destination

Is Australia a good destination for a honeymoon?

Yes! Australia has a lot of romantic places to stay. Watch the stars from your outside hot tub, look at the sunset with a glass of wine from the terrace, enjoy local dinners, watch the outback from above in a hot air balloon. There are many possibilities to enjoy your honeymoon in Australia.

Is it possible to add a Pacific destination to my trip?

Yes, we recommend Fiji and the Cook Islands as a tropical ending of your journey Down Under. The best time to visit these beautiful and remote islands in the South Pacific is between April to October.

Relax and unwind in Fiji

Is Australia suitable for a Sabbatical journey?

Yes, it’s a perfect destination for a sabbatical. It’s a perfect chance to discover Australia at a relaxed travel pace. Get away from your busy daily routine and enjoy the relaxed Aussie way of living. No worries mate!

What kind of wildlife can I expect in Australia?

This depends on which regions you visit in Australia and which month you travel. We know what animals you can find where and in which period of the year. So if you really want to see kangaroos, koala’s, wombat, cassowaries, emus, platypus, whales, dolphins, turtles or whale sharks, please let us know and we will try to fit it into your schedule.

Cruise the Corroboree Billabong and spot wildlife
Cruise the Corroboree Billabong
Spot wildlife in the Mary River Wetlands
Spot wildlife in the Mary River Wetlands

Travel Time

How much time do I need?

You need at least three weeks in Australia to make your journey worthwhile. To visit everything you probably need a year (or 2). Most people travelling to Australia have 3-6 weeks. This allows you to get a good experience of the variety and diversity Australia has to offer.

What travel pace do you recommend?

We recommend a relaxed travel pace, instead of rushing past all the highlights and returning home exhausted. Spend 2-4 nights at each location and discover each place through the eyes of the locals.

Absorb the Aussie 'no worries' mentality

Do you recommend travelling to Australia during the Australian winter (July - August)?

Yes! It’s the best time to visit the Red Centre, the national parks of the Top End and the Tropical North, including the Great Barrier Reef and the Daintree Rainforest. The weather will be on average 25-30 degrees. Even on a good winter’s day in Sydney, it could be well above 20 degrees!

What is it like travelling during the Christmas period?

Christmas time is Australia’s peak season, Australians are enjoying their 6-week summer school holidays during this time. Seeing Santa in summer is a strange sight! It will be summer in Australia’s south and south-east coast and wet season in the North. In the south, it will be busy and more expensive than in other months. It’s strongly recommended to book 9-12 months in advance if you would like to travel during this period.

Soak up the Aussie beach vibes at Christmas time
Christmas on te beach | Australia kids holiday
Summertime in Australia

Booking

Should I pre-book or travel on the go?

If you book your holiday in advance, we can organise the best route, accommodations and activities for the best price. We will do all the work for you to create your dream holiday. If you travel on the go, you will stay at the last choice/leftover accommodations and often there is no availability. You may also not be able to join an activity because it is full. Booking last-minute domestic flights are also generally more expensive than pre-booked flights. If you want to make the most out of your holiday, please contact us.

How long in advance do I need to book?

Because we work with small scale suppliers, they generally tend to book up very quickly. Therefore we advise booking 9 - 12 months in advance. Of course, we can still tailor a holiday 3 months before departure. But be aware that the options may be limited and ticket prices might be higher than expected.

Why would I book my journey to Australia with A Journey DownUnder?

Our travel specialists have worked and travelled extensively in Australia. Every year we travel to Australia to find new accommodations and experience new tours. By doing this, we are able to fit the most suitable accommodations and activities to each traveller. Because everyone is different and so is every trip that we plan. We will tailor your trip based on our experience and your wishes. We work, you enjoy.

Do you have presentations especially for couples interested in travelling to Australia?

Yes, please take a look at our destination day page here.

Booking in advance ensures that you will stay at the most unique and special places
You're welcome to join one of our informative presentations

General

How is the WIFI and internet in Australia?

Please be aware that some remote accommodations, Downunder have limited WiFi access or none at all. In some places, you may also need to pay for WiFi and internet access. This, of course, varies from accommodation to accommodation.

Do I need to purchase a travel adaptor?

You will need to purchase a travel adaptor to plug in your electrical goods in Australia. Because they use a different plug to the UK. The adapter required for Australia is Type 1 Australia plug. They have two flat metal pins, and sometimes a third pin to form a ‘V’ shape. The electrical current in Australia is 220-240 volts, AC 50Hz.

Should you go on a group tour or explore DownUnder on your own?

We can design your holiday the way you want. Whether you would like to join a small group for an activity or explore places by yourself with help from our local tips. It's your holiday. Together, we will decide how much free time you want and how many days you would like to spend with a group. We don’t offer a complete group holiday.

Experience Red Center | Australia holiday
Explore a route less travelled with a small group!

Budget

How much does a holiday to Australia cost?

This depends on your choice of level of comfort, flights and time of travel. Please take a look at some of our suggested journeys to get an idea of the possibilities.

Dolphin watching from kayak | Australia adventure holiday
Australia is waiting to be discovered

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