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 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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