Our travel insurance policies to Australia and New Zealand start at
just £12.50, with a months travel insurance in either country
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Whether you're skydiving in New Zealand or visiting the Great Barrier Reef in Australia,
or just looking to put your feet up, CoverForYou has a travel insurance policy to suit your needs.
Please Note: You'll need to select 'Australia & New Zealand' as your area of cover to obtain our best pricing for travel to Australia.
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CoverForYou travel insurance policies do not cover undisclosed medical conditions,
please refer to the policy wording for full terms and conditions. Please note no cover is provided for any destination where, prior to your trip commencing, the Foreign and Commonwealth Office have advised against all (but essential) travel.
OUR GUIDE TO AUSTRALIA
Currency - Australian Dollars (AUD)
Language - English
Australia is made up of mainland Australia, the island of Tasmania and many other smaller islands. It is the sixth largest country in the world so, as you can imagine, has many different climates. Most of Northern Australia has a tropical climate while the south-east is temperate. However, in the south-west, the climate is Mediterranean.
Tourism is an important sector in Australia. People from all over the world come to the country for its many attractions. There is so much to see and do here and backpackers are particularly fond of visiting.
From surfing on Bondi Beach to visiting the Great Barrier Reef, Australia has much on offer for travellers from all walks of life. Many travellers have Australia as one of their top places to visit in the world and for good reason - miles upon miles of sandy beaches, beautiful scenery, a warm climate, friendly residents and on top of that, loads to do!
Top Cities to Visit
Australia boasts some of the most vibrant cities in the south hemisphere, so trying to pick a finite number of cities to visit is difficult. Travellers commonly visit Sydney, Melbourne, Cairns and Brisbane. Australia is also a prime destination for adventure sports - so if you are looking for that adrenaline rush, then Australia could be the country perfect for you. You don’t have to stick to the big cities though! If you find yourself in a smaller country or coastal town, don’t fret - pop down to the public bar to have a few beers with the locals - they don’t bite!
Sydney is the capital of New South Wales and the most populated city in the country. It is located on the south-east coast of Australia and its harbour is the one of the largest in the world. Sydney Harbour and, in particular, Sydney Harbour Bridge are very popular with tourists from all over the world. There are many other attractions here too including the world famous Sydney Opera House.
Melbourne is the capital of the state of Victoria and the second most populous city in the country. It is located along the south-east coast of the country, on the bay of Port Phillip. Melbourne is a popular destination with travellers from every corner of the globe, largely due to the many attractions it has, including Dandenong Ranges National Park, Royal Botanic Gardens, and the Old Melbourne Gaol.
For the traveller
Australia has plenty to offer the traveller in terms of a fabulous place for a holiday. There is plenty to see and do here and many fantastic places to visit. The beaches are stunning but there is so much more on offer, including the chance to see some historical sites, visit national parks, and even spend some time exploring the Australia Bush.
Australia’s iconic landscape is full of places to visit that are full of charm. Visit the vineyards of the south, visit the world’s largest salt lake or fly over the world’s biggest geoglyph. Oh, and of course don’t forget to visit Uluru, otherwise known as Ayers Rock.
If you’re scared of creepy crawlies, there’s no need to worry. The likelihood of coming across anything that’s actually dangerous is slim - many travellers to more urban areas can go the entire trip without seeing any spiders at all. Make sure that you keep your senses about you in more rural areas though. Be aware that there are crocodiles in the water in northern Australia and poisonous animals are more likely to be found in long grass so either avoid travelling through this or wear boots and full length clothing if you do.
Apart from this, Australia is a generally safe place to visit and you shouldn’t need to take any more precautions than normal. Just use common sense and be prepared.
Travel (in and around)
Australia has seven designated ‘major’ airports serving thousands of international and domestic flights. These are Adelaide, Brisbane, Cairns, Darwin, Melbourne, Perth and Sydney. Many visitors to Australia choose to fly between many of the large cities rather than drive, as there can be large distances between the cities. Sydney to Perth, for example, is 3934km (approx 2445 miles) by road. Flights take around five hours, so unless you find a hire car that can travel around 500mph, you are probably best off taking to the skies if you are in a rush.
If you do happen to want to drive, be sure to take the Great Ocean Road through Victoria state and remember that the Aussies drive on the left hand side of the road. Watch out for large animals on the road as they can wreck your vehicle if you hit them.
OUR GUIDE TO NEW ZEALAND
Currency - New Zealand Dollars (NZD)
Language - English
New Zealand has a variety of different landscapes; from spectacular glaciers to beautiful, sandy beaches. Whether you are looking for an adventure holiday or something a little more relaxing, New Zealand could be the country for you.
Top Cities to Visit
Auckland, located in the North Island, is the largest city in New Zealand. It has a subtropical climate, which means summers are warm and humid while winters are mild but damp. Auckland has plenty to offer the traveller including sunny beaches, and beautiful bushland. There are many attractions here too, including Rangitoto Island, One Tree Hill, Waitemata Harbour, and the Auckland War Memorial.
Wellington is the capital city of New Zealand and is located along the south-west coast of North Island. The climate in Wellington is typically moderate the whole year through and temperatures very rarely exceed 25oC. It is known as ‘The Windy City’ as it tends to be windy most of the time; the wind can make it feel quite cold in the winter. However, Wellington is one of the most beautiful cities in the world with plenty of attractions for tourists, including the Wellington Botanical Gardens and Mount Kaukau.
Christchurch is located in New Zealand’s South Island and has a temperate climate. There is much to offer the traveller in Christchurch as it is a city full of atmosphere and colour. There are many wonderful attractions here including Christchurch Harbour, Bournemouth Aviation Museum, Christchurch Castle and Tucktonia. There are numerous gardens full of spectacular colour in the city and these many gardens have earned it the nickname ‘The Garden City’. The Red House Museum and Gardens Heritage Museum is just a couple of examples.
For the traveller
A short journey from Auckland is Rotorua, not only an excellent place to learn about the Maori culture, but also a hotbed of geothermal activity including geysers and springs. Of course, you can’t visit New Zealand without travelling to the Fiordland National Park - where a large amount of the ‘Lord of the Rings’ film trilogy was filmed. There are thousands of waterfalls and a plethora of diverse wildlife to be found across the park.
New Zealand is as safe, if not safer, than the majority of other developed countries. That said, it is always important to take precautions. Don’t walk alone through isolated areas, try not to hitchhike if at all possible, especially if female and if you decide to go hiking, make sure you plan ahead and carry sufficient supplies.
New Zealand is a generally safe place to visit and you shouldn’t need to take any more precautions than normal. Just use common sense and be prepared.
Travel (in and around)
New Zealand has seven airports offering international flights - the biggest of these being Auckland and Christchurch airports. Other airports to consider are Hamilton, Rotorua, Wellington, Dunedin and Queenstown. Arrive into Queenstown for one of the most scenic landing strips you are likely to land on.
If you do decide to drive, you’ll be driving on the left side of the road. The speed limit is 100km/h on open roads and 50km/h in urban areas. Driving under the influence is strictly enforced and can incur severe penalties. The public bus service is cheap and reliable, whilst the train network is limited at best. Many visitors hire motor vehicles if they intend to do anything more than minimal travelling.
AUSTRALIA TRAVEL SAFETY GUIDE
Australia attracts thousands of travellers and backpackers each year - drawn not only be the beautiful weather and beaches, but also from the fact that Australia is generally regarded to be one the safest countries in the world. It's relatively low crime rates and the fact the violent crime is extremely rare, make it one of the best countries to enjoy a relaxing vacation, male or female, young or old. Having said that, it is always important to remember some basic safety rules that you should always consider when travelling abroad and incidents can happen, without warning, wherever you are in the world.
Whilst petty crime is relatively uncommon in Australia, crimes such as muggings and robberies do happen, particularly in urban areas. Here are a few simple rules to keep you safe in Australia;
Nightlife and Staying Out After Dark
- When using an ATM machine, ensure you cover the PIN keyboard with your hand or another object. Be ready to walk away from the machine without using it if you feel at all unsafe or feel there is someone trying to watch the code you type in
- When on public transport, particularly in major cities, ensure you have hold of your hand luggage/handbag at all times. This leaves no chance for a potential thief to take your belongings without you realising
- If you are walking in an unfamiliar area, try to blend in and not draw too much attention to yourself, particularly at night. This will reduce the liklihood of you being targeted by criminals. It is also advisible not to 'flash your cash' or make others aware that you are carrying large amounts of cash on you - unless you are in an establishment where you feel totally secure doing so
- Always keep windows and doors locked when you leave your accommodation, even if this is for a short while. Robberies are often opportunistic and its simply not worth being caught out
The nightlife in Australia is renowned for being some of the best in the world - with numerous high quality restaurants, night clubs, concert halls, bars and pubs to be found across the country. That means there are a lot of travellers out after dark in Australia and unfortunately that can leave those individuals at risk of pickpocketing, drink spiking and other crimes. When out and about after dark in Australia, simply ensure you take similar precautions to the UK - stay in groups where possible, don't accept drinks from strangers and take a taxi back to your accommodation instead of walking on your own.
Please remember that heavy intoxication can lead to your insurance claim being rejected if it is deemed that this was a determining factor in your claim. It is always best to drink in moderation - there's a lot to enjoy about the nightlife in Australia without having to drink to excess!
Lone Female Travel
Australia is one of the top travel destinations for lone female travellers and many hostels and other accommodation tailor to this to ensure that women can enjoy a safe trip to Australia, whatever their circumstances. Lone female travellers, should of course take extra precautions, wherever they are travelling to. Ensuring that you only get into licensed taxis, heading out with a fellow group of travellers after dark and taking extra care in clubs and bars to ensure no drink spiking occurs are just a few of the worthwhile precautions to take.
The Outback & Wildlife
If you decide to head into the Outback, it is always important to remember your limits. If you are taking a road trip, try to take extra petrol and supplies with you in case you run out of fuel or your vehicle breaks down. If you are heading into the Outback on foot, take extra care, particularly in long grass as you may come across poisonous snakes or other potentially dangerous wildlife. It is always best to only head into the Outback as part of a group and preferably with a tour guide (or as part of a tour group) as this will ensure you avoid any areas that are known to be particularly hazardous. Remember to take a fully charged mobile phone with you in case you do need to contact the emergency services and ensure you know the local emergency services number before you leave for your trip. (this is currently 000 or 112 from a mobile phone or 106 from a textphone)
Australia & New Zealand Travel Insurance
To ensure you are covered when you head to either Australia or New Zealand, it is important to purchase a travel insurance policy that suits your needs. It is also important to ensure you take copies of your travel insurance documentation with you when you head abroad. This means that if the worst does happen, you have your documents to hand and can deal with any issues in a prompt manner.