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Travelling to Australia?

If you’re travelling to Australia, make sure you've got the right travel insurance. Things you need to take into account are:

  • The cost of your holiday – Because if you have to cancel, you want to know that you’ll get that cost back
  • The activities you’re likely to be doing - If you're planning anything really extreme, we can offer you extra cover if needed
  • Will you need additional snowboarding or ski travel insurance?
  • The cost of your baggage - After all, no one travels light to Australia
  • And don’t forget to check the latest travel advice for Australia from the FCO

We can cover your kids for free!

If you’re going away with your children, we can cover them on your policy at no extra charge, whether you buy an annual policy or single trip cover.

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What's covered with travel insurance to Australia?

As standard, our policies cover over 50 sports and activities, so you can get up to more on your holiday. We also offer a range of benefits, some of which include:

  • Medical expenses and hospital benefit
  • Personal accident and liability
  • Cancelling and cutting short your holiday
  • Abandoning your trip
  • Delayed departure
  • Accommodation cover
  • Scheduled airline failure
  • Personal belongings and baggage
  • Personal money, passport and travel documents
  • Legal expenses

Wondering what to expect from your trip to Australia? We’ve put together some facts and listed some other important information that you might want to know before you go.


Australian dollar

Most common languages spoken

English (with Aussie slang)






Approx. 24 million

Plug type

Plug type I

Driving side

Left-hand side


Spring - September to November

Summer - December to February

Autumn - March to May

Winter - June to August


Local laws and customs

Do I need a visa to visit Australia?

British citizens travelling to Australia will need to apply for a visa. You can either get an eVisitor visa from the Department of Immigration & Border Protection, or an Electronic Travel Authority visa (ETA), which you can get through your travel agent or airline. There are no fees for either visa applications, but a service charge will apply if you choose to get an ETA visa.

Healthcare in Australia

Because Australia has a reciprocal healthcare agreement with the UK, some of your medical costs may be covered while you’re on holiday. But it’s still important to have travel insurance to cover any other potential costs, including the costs of flying you home if you’re unwell.

Find more information about the Medicare system in Australia here.


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Did you know that...?

  • Four out of five Australians live within 50km of the beach. For a nation of surf lovers it's funny to think that daytime swimming was banned in Australia between 1838 and 1902 to prevent "indecency". Maybe a night-time skinny-dip was allowed?
  • The Aussies do love "the amber nectar", and in 1954 Bob Hawke set a record of 11 seconds for necking 2.5 pints of beer. He later became prime minister.
  • Australia is home to 8 of 10 of the deadliest land snakes, the most venomous sea creatures, and a host of highly poisonous spiders, fish, centipedes, insects and scorpions. Even the cute platypus has a poisonous spur on its foot.
  • In Australia, the wily old kangaroo runs into water when being attacked by predators. It then tries to hold its attacker underwater to drown it. A case of being downed under down under.
  • Who are the world's biggest gamblers? It's the Australians, who blow almost US$1,300 per adult every year, more than three times as much as Americans or Britons.
  • Three separate experiments have found that boomerangs do work on spaceships. The zero-gravity environment doesn't affect the curving flight path, but air molecules are needed for it to turn.
  • Anna Creek, Australia, is the biggest cattle ranch in the world. At 23,677sq km it's the same size as Wales, Luxembourg and Malta combined. Using light aircraft and trail bikes it currently employs just 17 people to keep it running.

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