What To Wear In Australia
To sum it up - Keep it Casual
- It really is casual all the way in Australia.
- Outside of the main cities, our advice would be not to bother with dressy clothes.
- However if you plan to visit city restaurants then you may feel more comfortable in smart casual wear.
- They say you can even wear jeans to the opera or casinos without getting a second glance - although our experience is that people do make an effort in these venues, and men tend to wear smart suits although no bow ties.
- Take comfortable footwear for all the walking (try Hotter shoes, comfy and stylish) and lovely flip flops or sandals for going out. We love the Lindsay Phillips Switch Flops range - using interchangeable shoe and flip-flop bases with snap-on decorations, you can change your look from day to evening in an instant whilst still packing light.
- Clothes in natural fibres will work better in the heat and it is worth popping in a lightweight cardigan or wrap for cooler weather or overly fierce air conditioning.
- The key here we think is to travel light and buy your toiletries there.
- Our advice for must haves include: High Factor sun screen (we love the Riemann P20 range - apply just once a day, even if swimming, for a whole 10 hours protection), moisturiser, mosquito spray.
- If you are planning to visit very hot areas then we would recommend that you pack a shirt with long sleeves and a higher neckline to prevent burning. A sunhat is also very useful in the intense sunshine and our packable one is just perfect for travelling.
- If you are planning to visit Melbourne then pop a lightweight waterproof in your bag – it tends to rain quite often.
- For men again the word is casual and calf-length shorts/ board shorts and casual shoes work brilliantly here.
- On the Sunshine coast when the weather's hot (which it mostly is), it's beach wear all the way. And why not buy it here? There's a vast array of styles to choose from, so you're sure to find something that suits you and is a bit different too.
- If you're going trekking in the wilderness of Tasmania on the World Heritage Overland Track, make sure you have comfortable, well-broken-in sturdy footwear, and pack light. Take a good head torch, and also take antihistamine cream in case you get a painful bite from the aggressive jack jumper ants. If you travel outside of the main trekking season (November - April) conditions will be particularly tough.
- Long distance train travel is a relaxing way to see some remote areas and cover the vast distances of this great country. There are various classes of budget/comfort, but it's always handy to have a Swiss army knife and small roll of gaffer tape to fix rattling windows and the like, plus a cloth in case you need to clean the window. Also don't forget high SPF sunscreen (some stops are very remote, very exposed and very hot), good insect/mosquito repellent and warm layers for the train - the air-con can be very strong.
- Keep bottled water out of the sun as the plastic bottles can release dioxins when they heat up, which is not healthy. An alternative is to use a 100% BPA-free foldable water bottle. Reusing your water bottle will also help you do your bit for the planet - millions of plastic water bottles end up in landfill every year.
- When arriving in Australia make very sure you are not carrying food of any description in your suitcases or hand luggage. The Search dogs have a very sensitive sense of smell and they will find it and you may be fined, which is not a great way to start your trip.
- Have a look at the YouGoDo website to find great things to do in Australia.
- Stay healthy on your trip - travellers' diarrhoea can affect as many as 50% of people travelling abroad. We've tried and recommend Bimuno Travel Aid pastilles to help support your digestive health. And WhatToWearOnHoliday readers can claim a great 10% discount on Bimuno using code WHBIMUA at their checkout.
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