Foreign travel advice
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. The Fair Work Ombudsman website can advise on pay and conditions, and investigate workplace complaints. See Entry requirements
There is a high threat from terrorism. On 26 November 2015, 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.
On 23 December 2016, Victoria state police announced they had arrested 7 people in connection with a planned terrorist attack in central Melbourne. Two were later released. There will be increased security measures at public events over the Christmas period.
On 20 January 2017 an incident in Bourke Street, Melbourne left three people dead and more than 20 people injured. Police have confirmed the incident is not terrorism related, and there is no ongoing threat. They have asked people to avoid the area while they investigate the incident. Follow the latest advice on the Victoria Police News website
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.