Your Australian Packing List: What to Bring


When you think of Australia, you think of harsh, burning sunlight and wild animals that are cute (koalas) but also some that are deadly (spiders, snakes). Not many of us consider that their time of year is reversed to those living in Europe or America, meaning the Aussie’s enjoy a warm summer’s day for Christmas. This can make packing your bags before visiting the country more difficult than usual.

Before you start buying clothing or travel accessories and equipment, you need to answer the following questions:

  1. What time of year are you visiting Australia?
  2. Where are you visiting?
  3. What type of travel are you going to experience? Hotels, hostels, backpacking?

Remember that although Australia has four seasons, it may be nothing like you have experience in your home country. The seasons are as follows:

  • Summer: December to February
  • Autumn: March to May
  • Winter: June to August
  • Spring: September to November

Typically, the Australian climate is subtropical with hot, humid days and cooler nights. However, you can also experience rainfall and snow in certain parts, so knowing when you are going and where is vital.


Pack lots of layers. While you may be envisioning yourself on a sunny beach, there will be times when you get chilly and want to shrug on a light layer – especially if you are backpacking and plan on traveling for a while.


  • A couple of swimming suits. Get a swimsuit you don’t mind swimming in the ocean in but also a second bikini or swim shorts for you to relax and unwind in. You can find cute, cheeky bottoms and bikini tops online that are perfect for your Australian adventure.
  • T-shirts in a variety of thickness and cuts. Have long-sleeves, short-sleeves but also sleeveless. Be sure your t-shirts match with your bottoms so that you have variety.
  • Jeans/trousers so that your legs are kept warm when the climate dips during the winter months but also during the evening.
  • A large backpack to carry all your clothing, especially if you are staying in hostels or backpacking across the country. Hiking backpacks that are waterproof are ideal, but also one that can size up and down so that you can hike without too much weight on your shoulders.
  • A variety of shoes without being excessive. If you are hiking or working on the vineyards, then you want sturdy shoes that do not rub. However, you will also want to invest in some flip-flops – you can buy them when you land, though, saving you space when traveling to Australia.


Documenting your travels is most likely something of interest to you, so taking a camera to snap your memories is a great idea. You will also want to take your phone, a laptop, or tablet of sorts. Having a laptop means you could work while abroad but also provides you with entertainment while waiting at the airport.

Remember to buy the right adapter and to ensure you have packed the correct cables and chargers for your electronics.

Gear and Equipment

Backpackers will want to invest in high-quality gear that’ll last but also keep them safe and warm while exploring. As you will be living out of a backpack, investing in one that can survive wear and tear is essential; however, you will also want to bring along:

  • A daypack (for exploring cities)
  • A first aid kit
  • A sleeping bag
  • A travel pillow
  • Bug spray


You might need to apply for a visa if visiting Australia, especially if you want to work for a second year visa. However, you will also want to pack your passport, driver’s license, debit/credit cards, money, and a guidebook.


About Author

Kelly Lewis is the founder of Go! Girl Guides, the Women's Travel Fest and Damesly. She's an optimist, an adventurer, an author and works to help women travel the world.

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