Latest update: Summary and terrorism sections – the Australian government has changed its national terrorism threat advisory system and the current threat level is ‘probable’; Natural disasters section – the New South Wales rural fire service has a useful ‘fires near me’ app
Over 670,000 British nationals visit Australia every year. Most visits are trouble-free.
Australia is a vast country. You should plan journeys carefully, particularly if you’re travelling to remote areas, bushwalking or going swimming. See Local travel
Australia is prone to seasonal natural disasters including tropical cyclones, flash flooding, dust storms and bushfires (forest fires). Tropical Cyclones occur, mainly in Queensland, Northern Territory and Western Australia between November and April. You should monitor the progress of approaching storms and follow the advice of the local authorities. See Natural Disasters .
You will need to get a visa before you travel. See Entry requirements
Beware of scam adverts claiming to help you extend a working holiday visa. Several British nationals have had their visas cancelled as a result. See Entry requirements.
There is a high threat from terrorism. On 26 November, the Australian government changed its national terrorism threat advisory system. Australia’s current national terrorism threat level is ’probable’. Attacks could be indiscriminate, including in places visited by foreigners. See Terrorism.
Take out comprehensive travel and medical insurance before you travel. Make sure this covers you for all activities you plan to do while in Australia, including manual labour if you’re backpacking; and adventure sports like bungee jumping, diving and paragliding.
The Overseas Business Risk service offers information and advice for British companies operating overseas on how to manage political, economic, and business security-related risks.
Our Living in Australia guide sets out essential information for British nationals living in Australia.