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Travel insurance for Australia

With wonders both natural and contrived, bustling cities and a colourful, vibrant culture, there's no doubt that a trip Down Under will be a trip of a lifetime. Regardless of where you are in your holiday preparations, it's never too early (or too late for that matter) to start thinking about travel insurance.

Take a look at our guide to travel insurance for Australia, for some useful tips on staying safe and getting the most out of your holiday.

  1. Medical Insurance
  2. Potential Hazards
  3. Travel in Australia
  4. Working Holiday
  5. Places to visit

Medical insurance

You may be surprised to know that for British citizens residing in the UK and travelling under a British passport, limited subsidies for medical treatment are available.

However, it's not wise to expect the same level of cover as a dedicated travel insurance policy. The subsidy is not really intended as a replacement for travel insurance as it doesn't cover costs for medical evacuations or the use of ambulance services. Additionally, you could find that you are refused the subsidy if you have a pre-existing medical condition.

For these reasons, we really strongly advise getting a proper travel insurance policy with comprehensive medical cover. With Holiday Extras medical travel insurance, you can be sure that in the case of a medical emergency, all your needs will be met. Cover starts from just £12.25 and you can receive up to £10 million for medical emergencies.

£5 million medical cover from just £12.25!

Why choose Holiday Extras for travel insurance to Australia?

The efficient Holiday Extras booking process means you can have comprehensive worldwide travel insurance in just seven clicks. Alternatively, give us a call - it takes an average of just ten minutes to book cover over the phone. Depending on how much cover you need, you can choose one of the following policies:

  • Basic cover provides £500 per person for cancellation costs, another £1,500 for baggage, and £1 million in medical cover.
  • Standard cover offers £1,000 per person for cancellations, £1,500 for baggage, and £2 million in medical expenses.
  • Premium cover has £5,000 per person set aside for cancellations, £1,500 for baggage, and £5 million for medical fees.

Frequent travellers can choose an annual travel policy, which provides the same cover levels as our Premium policy with year-long protection. Most sections on this policy have £75 excess, and kids younger than 18 travel for free with an adult. An impressive 60 percent of customers book and travel within 14 days, and individuals on group annual policies do not have to travel together.


Although there is no mandatory vaccination required to enter the country, it is always wise to make sure you are up to date with your vaccinations. If you haven't had a tetanus/diphtheria shot in the last ten years, it may be worth getting re-treated. Be sure to consult your GP four to six weeks in advance of your trip, should you be considering any vaccinations.

Potential Hazards

Natural Disasters

Bush fires - If you plan on trekking (or bush walking as the Aussies call it) then you'll need to be mindful of the risk of bushfires. These most commonly occur during the height of the Australian summer (November to February) and can spring up without warning. Be sure to get local advice if you are travelling in areas with a high risk of bush fires.

Tropical Cyclones - Tropical cyclone season usually runs from November to April, often occurring in Queensland, Northern territory and western Australia. Heavy rainfall and tropical cyclones can often lead to an increased risk of flooding in these areas, so be sure to remain up-to-date with the latest weather warnings.

Dust Storms - If you are journeying through the outback, be prepared to weather a few dust storms, as these frequently occur in outlying areas.


There is considered to be a heightened threat of terrorist activity against UK interests globally, so British nationals abroad are advised to maintain a sensible level of vigilance and caution. Australia's current national terrorism threat level is 'probable' and there have been a number of attacks linked with Daesh (formally known as ISIL)

Travel in Australia

Plane - For a jam-packed trip where time is of the essence, travel by plane is by far the best option. Flights are affordable and frequent with efficient connections between major centres.

Car - Perhaps you have a little more time, and wish to experience Australia at your own comfortable pace? In this case, road tripping with a hire car is a great way to travel.

Bus - Though not as quick as flying, and often considerably more expensive, getting around Australia by bus is a great way to see the sights and immerse yourself in the landscape. It may not be worth the expense if you simply want to get from A to B without any hassle, but if you're backpacking with friends and are looking for a flexible, affordable means of transport, getting an explorers bus pass may be a good idea. Passes typically range from £140-£300 for 3 months travel along selected bus routes.

Train - Travelling by train another novel way of seeing the country and getting around, however, if you are simply looking for a cheap, reliable method of transport, then the trains definitely aren't the best option.

Working Holiday Visa

Working whilst travelling abroad is becoming increasingly popular, and if this is something that interests you, there are a host of opportunities for working holidays in Australia. Here are a few things you should be aware of when applying for a working holiday visa:

You will need...

  • to be aged between 18 and 30, and unaccompanied by dependant children.
  • an eligible passport valid for at least another six months.
  • to provide evidence of sufficient funds for a return or onwards flight, and an adequate amount of funds for the first part of the stay.
  • have a clean criminal record.

For information on travel insurance cover for working holidays, visit our working holiday insurance page.

Places to visit

  • The Great Barrier Reef - Larger than the Great Wall of China and the only living thing visible from space, this wonder of the natural world is an absolute must-see for any trip to Australia.
  • Uluru (Ayers Rock) - This iconic 600 million year old monolith is considered sacred by the Aboriginals. Take a cultural tour at Uluru, and delve into the rich and ancient heritage of the original settlers.
  • Sydney Opera House - Visit this landmark cultural centre for world class opera, theatre, music and dance.
  • Melbourne City - Considered the cultural capital of Australia, there's plenty to do in this bustling coastal city, with plazas, bars, restaurants and cultural events all along the Yarra river.

*Prices based on 1 person aged 25 with no pre-existing medical conditions, travelling Worldwide excl. USA/Canada/Caribbean from 23/06/18 until 30/06/18. Price correct as of November 2017.