From information on what kind of visa you need for Australia, to working out whether you can afford that stay in a designer hotel, the resources listed below will help your trip run smoothly.
What power adapters should I use in Australia? - There's nothing more annoying than bringing your phone and camera half-way around the world and then realising that you can't plug them in. This page from TripAdvisor explains what adapters you need to bring with you.
What is the current currency conversion rate? - Billing itself as the World's favourite Currency and Foreign Exchange Site, xe.com is user-friendly and with a few clicks you will know exactly how far your currency will go in Australia.
Consulates in Australia - Hopefully you will never need the assistance of your country when in Australia, but just in case, here's a list of consulates and their telephone numbers and addresses.
Emergency Number – Dialling Triple Zero (000) gives access to Australia's three emergency services organisations – the Police, Fire and Ambulance service. After the Emergency Call Person has taken your call they will hand the call to the relevant emergency service organisation.
Disaster Watch - This is a free phone app which aims to improve access to information via your phone or tablet during major natural disasters. It can be downloaded from itunes or Google Play to your device.
Visa for tourists – Aside from Aussies and New Zealand citizens, everyone entering Australia needs to apply for a visa ahead of their visit. This site tells you about which type of visa you should apply for and the application requirements.
As you will soon realise, Australia is a big place so you need to know your options when it comes to getting around. It's likely that you'll have to fly at some point, but don't overlook the country's historic and picturesque rail routes or its ferry services across the Tasman Sea.
Driving in Australia
Survival Guide to Long Distance Road Trips – A quick glance at this e-book will tell you all you need to know about driving in Australia
Skyscanner – This free flight comparison site allows you to search for the cheapest fares on a particular date, month or year, and doesn't charge the consumer any fees for the service.
Expedia Hotels & Flights – The world's largest online travel company is worth checking out for its bundles: often buying a flight and hotel stay in one go is cheaper than booking them separately if you use Expedia
Kayak – Want the best hotel deals when you are in Australia? If so, check out this travel search engine that compares hundreds of travel sites, providers and hotel chains in just a few seconds
SeatGuru – Worried about whether you have the worst possible seat near the toilets on your next flight? If so, SeatGuru will let you know if there are any problems associated with your assigned seat such as lack of leg room, and gives you a handy ratings guide to help you choose the pick of the bunch.
Bayswater Car Rental - For more than 50 years Bayswater Car Rental have provided their clients with affordable and reliable hire cars to travel across Australia. The business is owned and managed by two generations of the same family.
131500 Transport Info (Sydney) – To find out exactly how to get from A to B in New South Wales via public transport, this site provides users in New South Wales with the information they need to plan their journey and includes times, prices and information for people with mobility issues.
Public Transport Victoria (Melbourne) – Whether you want to use a train, bus or tram in Victoria, this site provides time-table information and a handy journey planner to make your trip as smooth as possible.
Translink (Brisbane) – For the latest travel information in Brisbane and its surrounding area, this site has a journey planner for travelling by bus, ferry or train.
Transperth (Perth) – This useful site provides public transport information for visitors to Perth and the metro area. Whether catching the train, bus or ferry, this site will tell you the best way of reaching your destination.
Adelaide Metro (Adelaide) – If you need information about tickets, time-tables or service updates whilst using public transport in Adelaide and its surrounds, check out this site.
Metro Tas (Hobart) – Public transport options in Tasmania are limited to buses – the island's last regular passenger train ceased in 1978 – but it's easy to get where you want to go if you consult this website.
If you love train travel, you are in luck: Australia offers some of the most spectacular rail journeys in the world. From rainforests in the north to the the longest straight rail track in the world, to twisting tracks through the outback, Australia's railways offer it all.
The Indian Pacific - Travelling between the Indian and Pacific oceans for over 40 years, this train travels more than 4300 km between Sydney and Perth in luxurious style.
The Ghan -This transcontinental train that carries passengers between Adelaide, Alice Springs and Darwin takes you through the heart of Australia over three memorable days.
Queensland Railways – Queensland is a great place to travel by train thanks to its spectacular landscapes and diverse destinations. This site tells you how to get from A to B, fares and time-table information.
Spirit of Tasmania – Whether travelling as a foot passenger or with your car, the Spirit of Tasmania is a great way to get between Melbourne and Devonport. This site explains how to book, what the ship is like and all the accommodation options on board.
Australia is a very big place, so exactly how do you choose where and when to go? Whether your passions are diving or shopping, city night life or country pursuits, if you need some inspiration for your trip, these sites offer photos, tips and recommendations to make your holiday memorable for years to come.
Travelblog.org – At last count, there were 55,419 Travel Blogs on Australia, accompanied by 601,384 photos.. surely somewhere amongst this you will find ideas to help you plan the perfect trip
Pinterest (See Australia) - Tourism Australia's page on this online pinboard site offers you the chance to see thousands of pictures and find out ideas when planning your trip to the country.
Top 30 Australian Destinations By Facebook check-ins - Bayswater Car Rental have handily put together a list of the top 30 most popular destinations in Australia, according to the number of Facebook Check-ins. The MCG - the Melbourne Cricket Ground – is number 1.
Restaurants, Bars & Clubs
For many visitors, eating out in Australia is the highlight of their trip thanks to the amazing variety of cuisines, inventive chefs and astonishing range of produce on offer. From great Asian food to Aussie-style hamburgers and seafood straight off the boat, you can't fail to eat well in Oz. When it comes to night life, everything is on offer from stylish and seductive bars to glamorous mega-clubs: the choice is yours.
Eatability – If you want some top tips from locals on what to eat and where, check out this site which allows you to search for restaurants by cuisine, price or ratings. It covers the whole country so you'll always be able to find a good meal, no matter where you are.
Good Food Guide – From reviews to recipes to the latest news from the food world, this well-designed and well-edited site will make your mouth water.
Bayswater Top 10 Sydney Restaurants By Facebook check-ins – Visitors to Sydney can be overwhelmed by the sheer number of options available when it comes to chowing down, so here's a list from Bayswater Car Rental of the Top 10 restaurants in the city, according to Facebook check-ins.
If you're a shopoholic, you're in luck as a whole world of uniquely Australian gifts and souvenirs can be yours to cram in a suitcase. From Aboriginal artwork, opal and pearl jewellery to cutting edge designer threads and the ubiquitous soft sheepskin boots, it's all here. Whether you prefer markets or malls, high-fashion or bargain buys, shopping in Australia is a treat.
Lonely Planet Shopping Guide – To find out the best shops in Australia, it's a good idea to head to one of the world's best-loved travel guides for their well-edited selection of stores from across the country. Not surprisingly as the site is aimed at backpackers, the stores listed are mainly mid-range rather than designer options.
Australia is a lively country and there's always plenty going on, from gigs from the world's top performers to food and wine festivals, celebrating the country's fabulous produce. The arts scene in Melbourne and Sydney in particular is thriving, but throughout Australia, you will never be short of things to do.
Eventfinder.com.au – This online cultural events calendar tells you exactly what's on around Australia. Whether you are into concerts, festivals, the performing arts, sports or exhibitions, you will find them all listed here.
Calendar of Cultural and religious dates – Australia is a multicultural country and there are many key cultural and religious events, festivals and national days to mark and celebrate.
Public Holidays – The whole country enjoys a day off on national public holidays such as New Year's Day, Australia Day, Good Friday, Easter Monday, Anzac Day, Christmas Day and Boxing Day, while different states set a few extra public holidays, too.
Sydney Events - Sydney.com is an official Destination NSW website that covers all thing Sydney, from things to do, accommodation, events, classes & workshops, car hire and and the latest deals.
From designer boutique options in the city to stays on working farms in the Outback, Australia has a massive range of accommodation options on offer. Bargain-conscious backpackers to big-spending honeymooners and everyone in between will find somewhere that offers good service and value for money.
Wotif.com - Wotif.com started in Australia and is now a leading travel website selling accommodation, flights and packages online. There are good bargains to be had if you are flexible on dates
expedia.com.au - The world's largest online travel company's Australia edition is worth checking out for cut-price hotel stays and flights within the country.
stayz.com.au – For many visitors, especially families, hiring an apartment rather than a hotel is a preferable option. This site is easy to use site makes it simple to find and book holiday rental accommodation properties online in Australia.
HostelBookers.com – If you are looking for a budget room or dorm in Australia, check out this site which doesn't charge booking fees or service charges. You can also read reviews that previous guests have written about the hostels on offer.
Hostelworld.com - The world’s number one hostel booking website has branched out from listing only independent and official youth hostels; now the site features campsites, self catering accommodation, B&Bs, and budget hotels that are all available to book online.
New South Wales:
Grand Pacific Drive - Bayswater Car Rental have put together a guide to the must-see sights on the Grand Pacific Drive from Sydney down to Kiama which shows off some of New South Wales' most impressive sights.
Blue Mountains Drive - Heading just 90 minutes west from Sydney, a trip through the Blue Mountains is made even easier thanks to this guide to its top-attractions and must-see villages.
Rainforest Way - The Rainforest Way lets you explore the spectacular World Heritage listed Rainforests and National Parks of Northern NSW and South East Queensland. This site lists lots of advice for itineraries as well as tips on where to stay.
Sunshine Coast Hinterland Drive - Find maps to download and plenty of information on what to do and where to stay while travelling through the beautiful Sunshine Coast Hinterland.
The Great Ocean Road- Perhaps Australia's most famous road trip, this website offers plenty of tips to help you make the most of your time on the Great Ocean Road, including information on how to get off the beaten track.
Indian Ocean Drive - This is another guide put together by Bayswater Car Rental which explains how to make the most of the stunning coastline of Western Australia via the Indian Ocean Drive.
Gibb River Road, Kimberley - If you are interested in exploring the Kimberley, one of Australia's last great wildernesses, don't miss travelling on the Gibb River Road. This website offers lots of advice on how to see some of the most amazing landscapes in Western Australia.
Red Centre Way – Up in the Northern Territory, this 5 day road trip takes you through some of Australia's most stunning natural attractions such as the West MacDonnell Ranges, Finke Gorge National Park and Watarrka National Park.
Circle Tasmania – Visitors to Tasmania who are looking to see the best of the island should consider doing this 6 day road trip. The drive loops round Tassie from Hobart to Freycinet National Park, Launceston to Stanley, Cradle Mountain to Strahan, before finishing back in Hobart.