Web sites for travellers

Web sites for travellers

May 6, 2015
Australia, Travelling
Web sites for travellers
Picture: Jamie Hanson / Newspix / Rex Features

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.

Government sites

Australia – It’s the big daddy of them all, run by Tourism Australia, a government agency.

Visit New South Wales


Visit Victoria

Visit Melbourne


Discover Tasmania

Western Australia

Northern Territory

Web sites for travellers - Orpheus Island
Orpheus Island

 Tourist Guides

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.

Sydney Trains
Photograph by Bidgee sponsored by Wikimedia Australia

Getting around – transport sites

Public Transport New South Wales

Public Transport Victoria

Metro Trains Melbourne

Public Transport Queensland

Public Transport Perth

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.

Working Holidays

Workstay – Information specifically about casual working holidays.

Web sites for travellers - Flight Radar
Flight Radar

Other Information

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.

Thredbo Ski Resort
Thredbo Ski Resort

Ski Resorts


Mt Buller Ski Resort

Perisher Valley


Sydney Airport

Melbourne Airport

And last but not least, Planetdwellers (of course!). If all the above seems too hard, we’ll do it all for you. Contact us now.

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