Travel Guide to Australia

Indian Embassy in Australia

344, St. Kilda Road,     
Melbourne, VIC 3000, Australia

Visa Process for Indians

  • Original Passports with six months validity from date of travel
  • Visa Application Form along with documents like Pan Card or Aadhaar Card Copy
  • Covering letter mentioning details of applicants, passport details, travel details and who will bear expenses details. If self-employed, details required on company letterhead
  • Income Tax / Form 16 for last three years
  • Hotel Bookings
  • Air Tickets / Itinerary

About Australia

A scintillating country surrounded by Indian and Pacific oceans, Australia has everything a tourist can wish for. Be it the sparkling beaches, golden deserts, bustling metropolitans or the exotic wilderness, Australia is blessed with world-famous natural wonders which make it one of the most-visited country in the world. 

Top Places to Visit in Australia

Every city in Australia is special in its own way, and they all together make it the best choice for a perfect vacation. Here are some of the top places to visit in Australia when on holiday there:

  • Sydney: The largest city in Australia, Sydney gives you the best of Australia’s beaches. From Bondi Beach to Coogee Beach, all of them are best for taking a relaxing stroll on your vacation. Other attractions of Sydney include Darling Harbor, Sidney Harbor Bridge, Opera House and others
  • Melbourne: Be it its weather, nightlife, natural beauty or urban style, Melbourne can make your trip both lively and exciting. Some of the tourist attractions in Melbourne include Royal Botanical Garden, National Gallery of Victoria, Eureka Tower and Federation Square among others
  • Adelaide: A culturally rich Australian city, Adelaide has parks, museums, waterparks and other tourist attractions that are enough to make you fall in love with the city
  • Perth: A lively city with a sophisticated charm to it, Perth is best to chill on your vacation. Whether you want to witness the nightlife at best bars or enjoy glorious sunsets at the beaches, you will get it all in this pretty city. Some places you must visit here include Swanbourne, Perth Zoo, Darling Scarp, Adventure World and Penguin Island
  • Great Barrier Reef: It is one of the best places to visit in Australia. Here you can indulge in various spine-chilling and adventurous activities like diving and snorkelling to make your trip memorable forever
  • Tasmania: One of the fastest-growing tourist places in Australia, Tasmania is known for bustling festivals and mesmerizing nature. Some picture-perfect destinations in Tasmania are Cradle mountain, Freycinet National Park and Coles Bay

Some other exciting places to visit in Australia include Queensland, Blue Mountains, Fraser Island, Broome and Kangaroo Island to name a few.

How to Reach

Australia has several international airports that connect it with other parts of the world. The major ones are in cities like Sidney, Melbourne, Adelaide and Perth among others. People travelling from India can take direct or indirect flights from cities like Delhi, Mumbai and Chennai. Some of the major airlines connecting the countries are Cathay Pacific, Malindo Air, Thai Airways, Malaysia Airlines, Air India and many more. 

Best Time to Visit

The best time to visit Australia is from September to November and March to May. The climate during these periods is quite pleasant and charming letting you enjoy the vacation more. However, it is always suggested that you must check the weather conditions before going on a trip to Australia. 

Things to Pack

While packing essentials like clothes and footwears usually depend on the weather conditions, there are some things which you must pack while going on a trip to Australia. Some of them include:

  • Sunscreen
  • Insect Repellent
  • Rain Jacket or Umbrella
  • First Aid Kit
  • Important documents like travel insurance policy
  • Packing Cubes

Top Delicacies of Australia

Below are the top dishes you must try on the trip to Australia:

  • Vegemite
    A famous dish, this is a dark brown paste usually eaten with bread or toast with butter. Vegemite is made from yeast extract, vegetables and spice additives.
  • Pavlova
    Another iconic food you must relish in Australia, this dessert is prepared with meringue, fruit and cream and is considered one the yummiest desserts to try in this region.
  • Lamington
    Referred to as the ‘National Cake of Australia’, Lamington must be on your dishes to try in Australia list. This is a square shaped sponge cake which is coated with chocolate icing and desiccated coconut making it highly delectable.
  • Meat pie
    Best tasted with tomato sauce; this is a famous Aussie dish which you would definitely enjoy on your trip. It is prepared using a shortcrust base and rich beef mince gravy.
  • Tim Tams
    This is one of the must-try dishes you cannot afford to miss. Tim tams are yummy biscuits consisting of chocolate cream sandwiched between two chocolate biscuits. You can also take them back home and give delightful surprise to your little friends

Shopping List Essentials

A holiday in Australia is incomplete without shopping. Here are some of the places in Australia that are best known among shopping lovers:

  • Queen Victoria Building
    It is not just a shopping hub but also a restored architectural marvel from the 19th century. Located in Sydney, Queen Victoria Building has more than 180 stores selling fashionable articles that can tempt you to buy some more every time you look at them.
  • Emporium
    Another luxurious shopping place, Emporium is located near the Swanston street in Melbourne. If you are looking for some extravagant shopping, this is the right place for you.
  • Rundle Mall
    This pedestrian street mall is the perfect blend of both luxury and street shopping. With more than 700 retail stores, this is one of the biggest shopping areas in Australia.
  • Carillon City
    Whether you want to buy clothes, bags, accessories or souvenirs, Carillon City has it all. It is one of the major shopping centres in Perth and has been a favourite place for the people who love to shop.
  • Polka Dot Vintage Market
    This one is a unique market located in Perth where you can buy retro accessories, designer garments and even high-street goodies for your loved ones back home. The market remains open for Saturday and Sunday from 9.30am – 4.30pm and remains a popular hangout place for the tourists. Apart from these places, you can also visit other famous shopping malls and complexes including Pitt Street Mall, Block Arcade, Wintergarden and many more to buy amazing things on your trip to Australia.

Top Indian Restaurants

  • Two Fat Indians
    Location: 166 Wellington Pde, Melbourne, Victoria 3002, Australia
    Contact: +61 3 9419 1866
  • Delhi 'O' Delhi
    Location: U 1 3-13 Erskineville Rd, Newtown, Sydney, New South Wales 2042, Australia
    Contact: +61 2 9557 4455
  • Indian Affair in the City
    Location: 11 Akuna St | Canberra City, Canberra 2601, Australia
    Contact: +61 2 6248 6183

Healthcare Centres

While travelling in Australia, you must be aware of some of the healthcare centres to avoid any mishappenings due to an emergency. Therefore, here is the list of some hospitals you can contact in need:

  • Auburn Hospital
    Location: 18/20 Hargrave Rd, Auburn NSW 2144, Australia
    Contact: +61 2 8759 3000
  • Angliss Hospital
    Location: Albert St, Upper Ferntree Gully VIC 3156, Australia
    Contact: +61 1300 342 255
  • Sydney Hospital
    Location: Address. 8 Macquarie Street. Sydney, NSW 2000
    Contact: 02 9382 7111 Furthermore, it is advised that you should buy a travel insurance policy before going on the trip. A travel insurance policy will help you trace the best hospitals in the country to get the appropriate treatment on time.


The official currency of Australia is Australian Dollar. 

Basics of Local Communication

Almost 76 per cent of people in Australia speak English. Therefore, communication will not be an issue during the trip. However, you should try to be kind and gentle when talking to the locals to create friendly relations. Some other languages which are spoken by people include Mandarin, Arabic, Cantonese, Vietnamese, Italian and Greek.

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The following medical expenses are covered: 

  • Travel insurance includes medical expenses, repatriation, and emergency medical evacuation. Even dental care expenses such as acute anesthetic treatment of teeth are covered.

What is a deductible?

“Deductible”means a cost-sharing requirement under this policy, that provides that the insurer will not be liable for a specified rupee amount or percentage of claim amount or number of days or number of hours, as specified in the policy schedule and which will apply before any benefits are payable by the insurer. A deductible does not reduce the sum insured and is applicable per event, upto the specified limits mentioned.

What Is Not Covered Under the Travel Insurance Plan?

  • Medical Expenses (inclusive of Repatriation and Emergency Medical Evacuation), Daily Allowance in case of hospitalization, Compassionate Visit benefits, the following will not be payable for Any pre-existing condition, Routine examinations, Expenses for rest or recuperation at spa/ health resort/ sanatorium, Pregnancy (including childbirth, miscarriage, abortion or related complications ) or treatment relating to the removal of physical flaws or anomalies (cosmetic treatment or plastic surgery).
  • Cosmetic surgery, unless such cosmetic surgery is rendered medically necessary as part of treatment for accidents and burns whilst being abroad.
  • Suicide, attempted or wilfully self inflicted injury or illness, mental disorder, anxiety, stress or depression, venereal disease, alcoholism, drunkenness or the abuse of drugs, or any loss arising, directly or indirectly, from any injury, illness, death, loss, expense, or other liability attributable to HIV and/or any HIV related illness including AIDS and/or any mutant derivative or variation thereof however caused.
  • Treatment which could be reasonably delayed until the Insured’s return to India, which will be decided jointly by the treating Physician and the Emergency Assistance Service Provider and shall be in accordance with accepted standards of medical care.
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  • Medical Expenses in respect of Experimental, investigational or unproven treatments or treatments which are not consistent with or incidental to the diagnosis and treatment of the positive existence or presence of any Illness for which confinement is required at a Hospital. Any Illness or treatment which is a result or a consequence of undergoing such experimental or unproven treatment.
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What Is Covered Under Travel Insurance?

Loss of passport and documents:

Reimbursement of actual expenses incurred in connection with obtaining a duplicate or fresh passport or reasonable cost of replacing/obtaining the stolen documents/ tickets if the passport belonging to the Insured / Insured Person be lost

Home Fire Insurance Contents & Home Burglary Insurance (contents):

Cover against any loss or damage of the Contents at Home of the Insured in India caused by Fire and Allied perils or through burglary and/or housebreaking while the Insured is on a trip abroad.

Hijack Distress Allowance

Payment of distress allowance in case of hijack of a common carrier for more than certain number of hours whilst on the trip. You can easily avail the allowance by filing a claim online through Travel Insurance cover online process.

Medical Expensesinclusive of Repartration  and Emergency Medical Evacuation

If you are sick or injured during the journey, your medical expenses can prove to be costly. In such cases,  Travel Insurance cover greatly helps. The insurance company also offers a cashless settlement with the network hospitals or you can also opt for the reimbursement process within 30 days of hospitalization.

Legal Expenses

Payment of legal costs and expenses incurred by the Insured towards claims from third Parties for compensation in respect of death or disablement arising due to an injury whilst on a trip abroad.

Personal Accident

Payment of compensation if the Insured sustains accidental bodily injury during a trip resulting in death or Permanent Total Disablement or Permanent Partial Disablement within 12 months of occurrence of such injury.

Trip Cancellation/Or Interruption

Payment towards the non-refundable prepaid payments incurred on the trip being cancelled and additional cost of transportation in case of Interruption: due to medical problems, personal employment problems or natural disasters or other listed reason in policy wordings.

Trip Delay

 Reimbursement of additional expenses if trip is delayed beyond a period, due to airline problems, medical problems, personal employment problems or natural disasters.

 Daily Allowance in case of Hospitalisation

 Payment of daily allowance for the days the Insured is hospitalised beyond a specified number of days, as mentioned in the Policy Schedule, for which a valid claim is admissible under the Policy whilst on a trip abroad.Emergency Accommodation

 Payment of compensation for the additional cost of emergency accommodation if the Insured/ Insured Person could not stay in the accommodation originally booked due to ­fire& flood, earthquake, storm, hurricane, explosion, outbreak of major infectious diseases.

Why do I need Travel insurance?

During a trip there are chances of unfortunate events such as loss of checked in baggage, medical emergency, loss of passport that can spoil your international trip, be it business or leisure. Travel insurance can protect you from such events ensuring that you are left stuck in foreign land.