Is Australia, for Filipinos, a great travel destination? Discover fantastic things to do, try, and taste in the world’s smallest continent.
I recently met with a college friend who just came back from Australia for a 2-week vacation in the Philippines. Suddenly, there was a different air about her — that of independence and also struggle. Being an OFW in Australia can be lonely, but traveling has helped her realize the power she didn’t know she had. Of course, all of a sudden, I started thinking about Australia too. And fortunately, Marie Nieves has submitted a guest post just to show you how the Land Down Under can be a great travel destination for Filipinos. Enjoy this first ever guest post at followyouroad:
Dreaming of going to ‘Straya?
The recent globalization has shortened distances and made every corner of the globe more accessible to travelers. This means that globetrotters across the planet, Filipinos included, can now satisfy their wanderlust and appetite for adventure. Making the bucket list of any serious traveler, a wealth of wonders and adventures awaits anyone who visits the unique Land Down Under. Because Australia is so close to home, it can be the perfect start to your world tour or just a fantastic holiday escape. If you’re still not convinced, here are another ten reasons why Australia is a Great Destination for Filipinos.
Here are just some of the reasons why you should consider choosing Australia to go to this summer:
#1 Direct flights available
In fact, the average time of a direct flight from Manila to Sydney is only 8 hours.
By any country’s standard, Australia is already considered a far-flung destination. It is, after all, a continent and a country on its own that requires only air travel. But during the recent years, Australia for Filipinos have become just a short flight away. With budget airline companies, inexpensive flights, and last-minute ticket deals, traveling to Australia from the Philippines is cheaper than ever before.
#2 Tourist visa is no problem
No need for lengthy lines, as Filipinos can get an Australian tourist online.
Filipinos can already visit at least 25 countries without visas, including most ASEAN and South American countries, like Vietnam, Thailand, Brazil or Bolivia. Unlike other major destinations, Europe, Canada and the USA, Filipinos can apply for an Australian visa online. Apart from the entire process being fairly simple, the Australian government has the least amount of rejections and the shortest waiting period.
#3 Affordable accommodations
Budget accommodations in Australia are available.
The mass surge of tourists to its shores in recent years has also lowered the price of accommodations in Australia. Today, for example, youth hostels have sprung up all over Melbourne, while affordable boutique hotels in Sydney provide luxurious accommodations for just a fraction of the cost of the cheapest hotel in the city ten years ago. This means that you can plan your trip to Australia on a budget, and together with plane tickets and other expenses, it can still be cheaper than a trip to Boracay!
#4 A Chance to Escape the Typhoon Season
If you are looking to find a getaway from the typhoon season, Australia is perfect during that time of year.
While the Philippines experience the typhoon season in September, it’s springtime in Australia. Spring in Australia begins around early September and lasts until late November. Apart from the Outback, all of Australia’s regions experience mild temperatures, with only occasional mild spring rains. Spring is also the perfect chance to see one of the Australia’s natural spectacles – the blooming of Western Australia’s wildflowers.
#4 A Chance to Meet Australians
Where else can you find hospitality that matches Filipinos?
By far, the best invitation to visit Australia is the welcoming hospitality of its people. Regardless of your age or background, Aussies are always willing to assist tourist. During my own travels, I encountered numerous people who were more than willing happy to help on a number of occasions, always giving a couple of useful insider tips to guide my decision. Moreover, during every visit, I made at least one new friend, shared drinks with a numerous fun people, and was even invited to their home on a couple of times.
#5 Try out Surfing
Have you gotten stoked at La Union, Zambales, or Baler?
If you always liked getting the surfer’s high, then try out surfing in Australia. The favorite pastime of Aussies worldwide is surfing, and for a good reason. Australia’s coastline is a surfer’s paradise that offers remarkable waves throughout the year. For first timers, begin your surfing tour of Australia starting from Victoria’s Surf Coast and Queensland’s Gold Coast.
#6 See the Biggest Names in Music
Fan of Wanderland or Malasimbo Festival? Music junkies are welcome in Australia!
As one of the best festivals in the world, Splendour in the Grass is by itself worth the trip to Australia. Located at the scenic coastal town of Byron Bay near Australia’s Gold Coast, this year the festival’s international lineup of headliners features superstars like The Strokes, The Cure, James Blake and Flume. The festival also features up-and-comers, who follow in the footsteps of Tame Impala and Wolfmother. Those three days in June be a welcoming break from nightlife in the Philippines, but not from raving, as Splendour becomes the biggest party this side of the globe.
#7 Australia’s Unique Wildlife
Love animals and the outdoors? You’ll find rich natural diversity here, too.
Australia is home to some of the most diverse natural environments, and some of the strangest and cutest animals in the world. Set in unique landscapes, as well as major urban settings, animal enthusiasts from all over the world flock to see Koalas, Roos, Wombats, and the strange Australian Platypus. Australia’s oceans are also filled with technicolor marine life, and a visit to Australia’s Great Barrier Reef is a must-see.
#8 High-Quality Wine
You might be interested in trying something classier than San Mig.
If your love of wine knows no boundaries, Australia offers some of the best wines in the world. Easily matching taste quality of French and American wines, Australia trumps all competition when it comes to producing Shiraz and Grenache wines. While famous wine regions include Yarra Valley, Barossa and McLaren Vale, the best place to take in the best Australia has to offer is the Good Food and Wine Show.
#9 Australian BBQ
Foodies from around the world travel to Australia to try out the delicious tastes this continent has to offer. Although Australia is home to fine dining, most people come for the “low’n’slow Down Under” – Australian BBQ. The Aussie Barbie is the quintessential part of tradition and culture. So, if you want to expand your food horizons, and try an Aussie twist on the lechón, you should definitely try it out during your stay in Australia. Just remember out of all the things not to do in Australia, don’t say “barbie” at a barbeque, and never diss the Vegemite.
There you have it – 10 reasons why Australia is such a great destination for Filipinos, with more still left to be discovered. You will have a chance to make your own list, just as soon as you see this amazing country for yourself.
Marie Nieves is a lifestyle blogger wholoves unusual trips, gadgets and creative ideas. On her travels she likes to read poetry and prose and to surf the Internet. Her favorite writer is Tracy Chevalier and she always carries one of her books in her bag. She is an avid lover of photography who loves to talk about her experiences.
- Inspired? Find more cities to get lost in