Australia Visitor’s Visa
You need to make sure you apply for a visitor’s visa on line before you travel – it is foc.

National Parks Pass
At our first national park stop, we will purchase a four week holiday pass $44 AUD – well worth it if you are visiting more than three national parks.

Snorkel mask with prescription lenses
After much research, I finally opted for the Cressi Big Eyes Evolution Diving and Snorkelling Mask.  It has a soft silicone double seal for an extremely comfortable and secure fit. The trademark angled lenses of the Big Eyes provides increased downward vision, while the EVOlutionary structure of the mask frame and skirt enhances the overall experience. The internal volume of the Cressi Big Eyes Evolution is also reduced giving the feeling of enhanced vision.  Superlight and easy to adjust mask strap buckles which can be pivoted to provide the perfect angle and position on the face.  The best thing about this mask though is that I can get it made to my exact prescription which is VERY short sighted and with bifocal lenses too.  There are very few options if your prescription is over -10, but this website delivered the goods:

I opted for the Cressi Premium Dry Snorkel Adult Unisex because it has a number of good features for a reasonable price and is easily purchased from Amazon :

  • Anti-Splash Top
  • Special Valve Seals Tube when Submerged
  • Corrugated Smooth Bore Lower Tube, which doesn’t trap the water
  • Quick Release Snorkel Keeper
  • Ergonomic Contoured Shape

Underwater camera
I’ve wanted a tough, water resistant camera for a while now and this trip is the perfect excuse to splash out on one.  I read a lot of reviews and finally opted for the Olympus Tough TG6.  It is a little bit more expensive than it’s closest rival – the Nikon Coolpix – but it has a higher spec. overall and I’m only ever likely to buy one of these, so I thought it was worth it.  I’m not really a gadget sort of person, but I have to say that this really looks like it is a great piece of kit.  You can drop it, plunge under water for a swim in the sea and take it out in the rain without worrying a bit.  It has a microscope mode and some cool auto settings for taking shots at night and underwater.  Even better – it has a great little floating strap in case you drop it when you are under water – it is supposed to bring it right back up to the surface (not looking forward to trying that out so much!).  I am really looking forward to sharing some photos with you and seeing if it was worth the investment.

Another camera I looked at which gets great reviews on Amazon and is much more budget friendly was the Akaso EK70000 4K sport action camera.​

Adaptors –  the plugs in Australia have two flat metal pins shaped live a “V” and some may contain a third flat pin in the centre. The standard voltage is 230 V.
A wide brimmed sunhat
There is a hole in the ozone layer over Oz and you can’t be too careful.  Remember the old campaign:  “Slip Slop Slap? (Slip on a shirt, slop on some suncream and slap on a hat).
​Tick Tweezers
Mosquito repellent – I never travel without it!
Shorts & swimsuits – there is a lot of beach out there to explore
A big scarf and a mosquito net – to keep the flies off
Last – but not least – a new notebook.  I really love the design of this one.  Can’t wait to fill it up …

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