Pack with confidence and avoid baggage fees - clothing tips and packing checklists for your vacation

What to Wear in Australia

Bondi Beach, Sydney at Christmas

Bondi Beach, Sydney at Christmas

General Packing Tips

  • It really is casual all the way in Australia.
  • Outside of the main cities, our advice would be not to bother with dressy clothes.
  • However if you plan to visit city restaurants then you may feel more comfortable in smart casual wear.
  • They say you can even wear jeans to the opera or casinos without getting a second glance - although our experience is that people do make an effort in these venues, and men tend to wear smart suits although no bow ties.
  • Clothes in natural fibers will work better in the heat and it is worth popping in a lightweight sweater, cardigan or pashmina wrap for cooler weather or overly fierce air conditioning.
  • Travel light and buy your toiletries there.
  • Our advice for must haves include sunglasses and wear plenty of high factor sunscreen (we love the Riemann P20 range for 10 hour protection).
  • If you are planning to visit very hot areas then we would recommend that you pack a shirt with long sleeves and a higher neckline to prevent burning. A sunhat is also very useful in the intense sunshine and our packable one is just perfect for traveling.
  • A soft-sided rucksack is more practical than a hard suitcase if you plan to travel around - it's easier to fit into the small planes or transfer vehicles.
  • A lightweight day sack will come in handy to carry your sightseeing essentials.
  • If you tend to buy bottled water, consider carrying a Go! Filtered Water Bottle - fill up from any source and get clean, safe drinking water without wasting plastic bottles.
  • When arriving in Australia make very sure you are not carrying food of any description in your suitcases or hand luggage. The search dogs have a very acute sense of smell and they will find it and you may be fined, which is not a great way to start your trip.

Clothing Tips for Women

  • Take comfortable footwear for all the walking (try Hotter shoes, comfy and stylish) and lovely flip flops or sandals for going out. We love the Lindsay Phillips Switch Flops range - using interchangeable shoe and flip-flop bases with snap-on decorations, you can change your look from day to evening in an instant whilst still packing light.
  • Jeans are always popular and will serve as a versatile base to your wardrobe. Wear them with cool layers such as a tank undershirt for the summer; December, January and February or warmer ones e.g. a long sleeved shirt and cardigan in the winter; June, July and August.

Clothing Tips for Men

  • The word is casual and calf-length shorts/ board shorts and casual shoes work brilliantly here.

Pack for the Weather

  • June, July and August is winter so pop a long-sleeved shirt or sweater in for the evenings as it is cooler at around 12/13C.
  • If you are planning to visit Melbourne then pop a lightweight raincoat in your bag – it tends to rain quite often.
  • On the Sunshine coast when the weather's hot (which it mostly is), it's beach wear all the way. And why not buy it there? There's a vast array of styles to choose from, so you're sure to find something that suits you and is a bit different too.

Regions of Australia

  • If you're going trekking in the wilderness of Tasmania on the World Heritage Overland Track, make sure you have comfortable, well-broken-in sturdy footwear, and pack light. Take a good head torch, and also take antihistamine cream in case you get a painful bite from the aggressive jack sweater ants. If you travel outside of the main trekking season (November, December, January, February, March and April) conditions will be particularly tough.
  • Long distance train travel is a relaxing way to see some remote areas and cover the vast distances of this great country. There are various classes of budget/comfort, but it's always handy to have a Swiss army knife and small roll of gaffer tape to fix rattling windows and the like, plus a cloth in case you need to clean the window. Also don't forget high SPF sun screen (some stops are very remote, very exposed and very hot), good insect/mosquito repellent and warm layers for the train - the air-con can be very strong.
  • What to Wear in Brisbane
  • What to Wear in Melbourne

Last updated 24 February 2015.

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