Australia’s Rugged Coastline

The southern New South Wales coast includes some real gems. Driving along the coast up to Sydney early one morning, I was particularly struck by this rugged headland at Tathra.
Rugged coastline in Australia
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Australia has an immense coastline. 25,760 kilometers, or a little over 16,000 miles. But because most of it is continental, with only a relatively small number of islands along the coast, it pales to the sizes of the coastlines of some other countries. It pales behind Canada’s, which is astonishing almost 10 times the size (202,080 kms). Indonesia, Greenland, Russia, Philippines, and Japan all have longer coastlines, even though some of them are physically much smaller land masses.

The southern New South Wales coast includes some spectacular sections. Driving along the coast up to Sydney, I was particularly struck by this rugged headland at Tathra and decided to pull over for a short stop to admire the view. It’s not the first time I’ve found that the morning sunlight really helps to beautifully set off the eastern facing headlands of Australia’s East Coast.

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Travel Advice for Australia

You can find the latest U.S. Department of State travel advisories and information for Australia (such as entry visa requirements and vaccination requirements) here.

The British Government offers its own country-specific travel advice for Australia here.

Health & Vaccinations

The CDC makes country-specific recommendations for vaccinations and health for travelers. You can find their latest information for Australia here.

Guidebooks for Australia

If you're looking for a guidebook to make the most of your visit, these are some of the most popular ones currently for Australia. Some are available in both paper and e-book formats.

Lonely Planet Australia 21 (Travel Guide)
  • Bain, Andrew (Author)
  • English (Publication Language)
Fodor's Essential Australia (Full-color Travel Guide)
106 Reviews
Fodor's Essential Australia (Full-color Travel Guide)
  • Fodor's Travel Guides (Author)
  • English (Publication Language)
DK Eyewitness Australia (Travel Guide)
92 Reviews
DK Eyewitness Australia (Travel Guide)
  • DK Eyewitness (Author)
  • English (Publication Language)
Frommer's Australia (Complete Guides)
33 Reviews
Frommer's Australia (Complete Guides)
  • Mylne, Lee (Author)
  • English (Publication Language)

Travel Insurance For Your Trip to Australia

I never travel without travel insurance, and I've run into several situations where I've had to make claims. I consider it essential.

But shopping for travel insurance can be a pain and confusing. Thankfully, there are some travel insurance comparison sites that show you a wide range of plans, make it easy to compare coverage, and can save you money at the same time. And the coverage can be much better tailored to your specific needs than the checkbox offering at travel booking sites or through your credit card.

These are some good places to shop for travel insurance for your next trip to Australia :

Hopefully, you won't need it, but if something goes wrong, you'll sure be glad you have it!

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