All visitors to Australia need a visa, except New Zealanders. Apply online for an ETA or eVisitor visa, each allowing a three-month stay: www.border.gov.au.
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Australia is a long way from just about everywhere – getting there usually means a long-haul flight. If you're short on time on the ground, consider internal flights − they're affordable (compared with petrol and car-hire costs), can usually be carbon offset, and will save you some long days in the saddle. Flights, tours and rail tickets can be booked online at www.lonelyplanet.com/bookings.
Australia is the sixth-largest country in the world: how you get from A to B requires some thought.
Car Travel at your own tempo, explore remote areas and visit regions with no public transport. Hire cars in major towns; drive on the left.
Plane Fast track your holiday with affordable, frequent, fast flights between major centres. Carbon offset your flights if you're feeling guilty.
Bus Reliable, frequent long-haul services around the country. Not always cheaper than flying.
Train Slow, expensive and infrequent…but the scenery is great! Opt for a sleeper carriage rather than an 'overnighter' seat.