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As most of you know, I’m pretty happy with my life here in Wales; the people are friendly, the views are amazing and I’m surrounded by family and friends. I’m pretty sure that Wales will always be home, but sometimes, just sometimes, I yearn to apply for that visa and take an extended break, to a happy place with amazing views and plenty of sunshine, somewhere like Australia.
There is so much to consider when travelling as a family. Read on for my top 7 things to consider before travelling to Australia as a family.
First up, and possibly the most important thing, is that you will need an Australia visa, not just for you, but for the whole family. The visa requirement applies to everyone who doesn’t have an Australian passport, including children. The recommendation is to submit your visa application several weeks before travel to ensure that you have them in time.
It’s not just as simple as booking your holiday, getting your visa Australia and going, there are other things to consider too. I’m sure you’re more than aware of the fact that you will require passports for the whole family, but what you may not have considered is that all passports must be valid for at least six months.
Be sure to check whether or not you will need vaccinations at least eight weeks before travel, some vaccinations need a little while to work. You can find out what vaccinations are recommended for travel to Australia here.
In Flight Entertainment
One of the many things that puts me off flying with children is keeping the entertained on the flight, with Australia being such a long flight this really is something that you need to think about and plan for. Read my guest post from Hannah for her top tips for flying with a baby. Be sure to also take some form of entertainment for yourself, you never know, you may fall lucky and the kids may go to sleep! You may want to consider breaking your flight up into shorter chunks if you feel that would suit your family better. If you choose to break the flight up you could make that part of your holiday too, a stopover in Dubai, for example, could be incredible!
The creepy crawlies and wildlife in Australia are a lot more dangerous than our offerings. Consider educating your children before they decide to make that potentially harmful snake or spider their new pet Sid!
Be sure to put some good travel insurance into place before your trip, we all know how accident prone children are and how costly potential hospital trips would be!
Child Car Seat Laws
If you plan on hiring a car during your stay be sure to look into the child car seat laws, as these often differ to the UK regulations. These car seat laws are correct at the time of writing this post, but be sure to do your own research before travelling.
Children up to the age of six months must be secured in an approved rearward facing restraint.
Children aged from six months old but under four years old must be secured in either a rear or forward facing approved child restraint with an inbuilt harness.
Children under four years old cannot travel in the front seat of a vehicle with two or more rows.
Children aged from four years old but under seven years old must be secured in a forward facing approved child restraint with an inbuilt harness or an approved booster seat.
Children aged from four years old but under seven years old cannot travel in the front seat of a vehicle with two or more rows, unless all other back seats are occupied by children younger than seven years in an approved child restraint or booster seat.
Children aged from seven years old but under 16 years old who are too small to be restrained by a seatbelt properly adjusted and fastened are strongly recommended to use an approved booster seat.
Children in booster seats must be restrained by a suitable lap and sash type approved seatbelt that is properly adjusted and fastened, or by a suitable approved child safety harness that is properly adjusted and fastened.
If your child is too small for the child restraint specified for their age, they should be kept in their current child restraint until it is safe for them to move to the next level.
If your child is too large for the child restraint specified for their age, they may move to the next level of child restraint.
I really hope that you found these seven things to consider before travelling to Australia as a family helpful, now what are you waiting for? Go get that visa sorted and find the sunshine!