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Canberra, Australia’s capital city, is known for its cultural, historical and innovative attractions such as the National Museum of Australia, The National Gallery of Australia and the annual Floriade festival. 

However, before you start planning the itinerary for your trip, you should first ensure that you have organized all the essentials that will keep you and your family safe and secure for the duration of their vacation. 

Get your documents sorted 

Unless you want to be turned away at the airport, you must ensure that you have the appropriate travel documentation to enter Australia. 

You must have a valid U.S passport and a visa to enter this country. If you are planning to visit for less than 90 days, you can apply for an Electronic Travel Authority. An ETA is only valid for those wanting a short stay in Australia and does not cover those wanting to work there. 

Know their policies 

You don’t want to be stopped by the Australian Border Control before you even get started on your trip so it is important that you know what you can and cannot take into Australia. 

Live animals, plant material, animal products, and certain foods may be carrying pests or diseases that could pose a risk to the agriculture of Australia, so Border Control are very strict when it comes to checking your luggage. 

Before you enter the country, you will be asked to sign an Incoming Passenger Card; this is a legally binding document, and if you falsify this or fail to declare an item, you could face a penalty or criminal prosecution. 

Plan for illnesses and accidents 

There is only one situation worse than being on vacation and having an emergency, and that is being on vacation and having an emergency that you have not prepared for. Accidents happen, people get sick, and sadly these events can also happen while you are on holiday. 

Even though Australia is known for its high standard of healthcare and the Australia authorities have reciprocal agreements in place that cover certain medical situations, they advise that all tourists take out their own travel insurance to cover any incidents. 

Canberra Hospital is the largest public hospital in the region and has a very good reputation, so head here if you are hurt or seriously unwell. In the case of a dental emergency – and sadly this can happen on vacation too – there is a fantastic emergency dentist in Canberra that is family run and very accommodating to visitors. 

Set a realistic budget 

As a country, Australia is expensive. Even if you have booked and paid for your accommodation before you travel, you need to take into consideration the cost of food, transport, and daily activities. Obviously, you will want to fully take advantage of the bars, restaurants, and sights that Canberra has to offer (and there are so many!), but that doesn’t mean you have to bankrupt yourself in the process.

Why not visit one of the local farmer’s markets such as the Night Market or the Old Bus Depot – not only will you be able to buy amazing fresh and local produce, but you will also be supporting the local community. 

Remember – by failing to prepare; you are preparing to fail!