Country Information


Location: In the Indian and the Pacific Ocean
Capital: Canberra
Population: 24 million
Currency: Australian Dollar
Language: English
Main Religion: Catholic

Hello: G’day
Thank you: Thanks

Dates in the country

Tristan: September 4th 2016 – November 1st 2017
Robyn: September 4th 2016 – November 6th 2017


Australia experiences temperate weather for most of the year but the climate can vary due to the size of the continent. The northern states typically experience warm weather much of the time, with the southern states experiencing cooler winters.

Public Holidays

  • January 1st New Year’s Day
  • January 26th Australia Day
  • March 9th Labour day (Melb), Eight hours day (syd), Adelaide cup and Canberra Day
  • April 3rd Good Friday
  • April 6th Easter Monday
  • April 25th ANZAC day
  • June 8th Queen’s Birthday – all except WA
  • September 28th Queen’s Birthday WA
  • December 25th Christmas
  • December 26th Boxing day


We have been based in Australia since November 2015, Robyn is a national and Tristan is on a work holiday visa which gives him 12 months. (We are married however a spousal visa is $6000 vs $300 for a working holiday)

Most tourists Visas for Australia are a standard 3 months and if your travelling on a EU passport require free eVisitor (subclass 651)

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Rules of the Road

Driving on the left has been the law in Australia since the early 19th century, following the practice in the United Kingdom. Australian states and territories have a “give way to the right” rule – in the absence of regulations specific to a particular situation, at most uncontrolled intersections, except T-intersections, drivers must yield the right of way to all vehicles to their right.

The give way to the right rule does not apply to merging traffic. If lines are marked at the point of the merger, merging traffic must give way accordingly to all other traffic. In the case of “zip merging”, when two rows of vehicles merge into one and there are no lines marked on the road, drivers must give way to a vehicle which has any part of its vehicle ahead of theirs.

To be registered to drive on Australian roads, any LHD drive vehicle (other than special-purpose ones) must be converted to RHD if under 30 years old, except in Western Australia where they are only required to be 15 years old. Even if over 30 years of age, LHD cars must have the Australian standard colours for signal, park and reverse light lenses, as well as headlights dipping the correct way

Places to Visit

  • Barossa Valley
  • Coober Pedy
  • Uluru
  • Alice Springs
  • Daly Waters
  • Mataranka
  • Kakadu National Park
  • Purnululu national park – bungle bungles
  • The Kimberleys
  • Broome
  • Darwin


A detailed route showing where we went overlanding and exploring. We jotted down the routes we travelled on a physical map which travelled with us from Australia to the UK, then transferred this to a digital form using Google Maps (KML and GeoRSS Layers)

These are exact appropriations, maps differ between brands and converting from paper to digital may lose some details in translation. This should still show in great detail our route.
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