Here’s a list of web sites for travellers to Australia that we’d recommend. Some are ones to which we refer often, and they may be a big help in planning your Oz trip. This is by no means a complete reference. But we think it will give you some good ideas. If you have a favourite site that’s not mentioned below, let us know in the comments.
Australia – It’s the big daddy of them all, run by Tourism Australia, a government agency.
Lonely Planet – An Australian institution looks at its own home.
Downundr – Good information if you’re planning on working in Australia too.
Australian Information Stories – Lots of information about culture, food and the people.
Australian Traveller – Travel Magazine.
EcoTourism – Information on travelling green.
Outback Australia Travel Secrets – You must read this if you’re planning on travelling through the Outback.
Explore Australia – Especially good for information on camping and exploring national parks.
Kimberleys – A guide to the Kimberley region of Western Australia.
Australia Guide – The National Geographic’s travel guide to Australia.
Australian Geographic – Their guide to Australia’s top 18 camping spots.
Google Maps Australia – What better map to plan your trip?
Google Earth – An even more comprehensive app.
WhereIs – Another maps site which you may prefer.
Bing Maps – Microsoft’s map app.
StreetDirectory.com.au – Lots of extra bits of information you won’t find on the other maps.
Getting around – transport sites
Transurban CityLink – Part of Melbourne’s motorway system.
V/line – Victoria’s regional train system
Adelaide Metro – Adelaide’s bus, train and tram system.
Great Southern Rail – Information on great train experiences like The Ghan and The Indian Pacific.
Weather and conditions
Bureau of Meteorology – Australia-wide forecasts, radar and satellite maps.
Coastal Watch – Beach cams and surfing conditions.
Beach Watch – Water quality reports.
Weather Cam Network – Cameras to check weather conditions.
Cam Vista – Australian web cams.
Camscape – More Australian web cams.
Sydney web cams – Catalogued in the one place.
Snow cams – Check the skiing conditions in the snowy regions of Australia.
Workstay – Information specifically about casual working holidays.
Flight Radar – We love this site. Probably totally useless to a traveller, but interesting nonetheless.
Immigration – The Australian government’s Immigration Department site.
Mobile phone services – Information on mobile phone services in Australia.
Velocity Rewards – Virgin Australia’s Frequent Flyer site.
Qantas Frequent Flyer – Qantas’ Frequent Flyer program.
Things to do
Time Out Australia – Magazine with a comprehensive list of things to see and do.
Weekend Notes – Another site with lots of revues of arts, restaurants, attractions and activities.
NRMA – Motorist services in NSW.
RACQ – Motorist services in Queensland.
RACV – Motorist services in Victoria.
ExplorOz.com – A site aimed at 4WD travellers.