This 'island-continent' is the largest island and the smallest continent in the world. And it is beautiful!
We explored the eastern coast of this country and it has so much variety to offer in terms of activities.
How to reach Australia?
Of course, you need to take a flight. All the flights have a layover in Malaysia or Singapore. Our layover was in Kuala lumpur which we purposefully extended to its max, and that was 17 hours, so as to roam around in the city ( https://www.tripoto.com/trip/17-hours-in-kuala-lumpur-590027d21d2c6 ). Hence we reached Sydney on 14th February (Valentine's day) noon. There is time difference of 5 and a half hours when compared to India.
When and where to apply for Visa?
Apply at least a month in advance.So start preparing before a month. It is an online visa. You do not have to send your passport and it ideally takes 10 working days.
Before applying you need to make all the bookings and should have a rough itinerary. We took aid of an agent and you can too, as it becomes a little easier.
Which cities to stay in and places to visit?
Sydney - Darling harbour, harbour bridge, Opera house, Bondi beach
Cairns - Great barrier reef, Kuranda rainforest
Gold coast - Surfer's paradise, Movie world, dream world, sea world, Skypoint observation deck
Melbourne - Federation square, Great ocean road, 12 apostles, Phillip island, Eureka Skydeck 88
Lets take them up one at a time!