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Young Brits urged to consider Australian holidays

28 October 2016 09:47

Young Brits have been urged to consider Australian trips

Young Brits have been urged to consider Australian trips

Efforts are being made to tempt more young Britons on working holidays to Australia.

With cheaper visas and a combination of sun and sand being offered, the country's government is hoping to improve backpacker numbers.

A pop-up beach at London's Victoria station was hosted by Australian Trade and Tourism Minister Steven Ciobo earlier this week, in order to promote the nation's sights.

With backpacker numbers falling, a 10 million Australian dollar (£6.3 million) campaign has been launched to encourage young Britons to consider working holidays.

Travel insurance

Whether backpacking in Australia or elsewhere, holiday-goers are reminded to consider the benefits of travel insurance before leaving the UK.

This type of insurance can cover them against transport delays and medical fees.

'Major opportunities'

According to Mr Ciobo, there has never been a better time to venture to Australia, with a range of opportunities on offer.

He commented: "In Australia right now, instead of it being cold and grey, it's warm ... we've got blue sky, great beaches and it's never been cheaper to come.

"We've reduced the cost for working holidaymakers by reducing the cost of visas down to £240 or thereabouts. People can stay for up to two years."

As well as clean beaches, the politician noted that the nation boasts cosmopolitan cities, such as Melbourne.

Celebrity endorsement

Made In Chelsea star Lucy Watson joined Mr Ciobo at the pop-up beach. After taking a series of trips to the country, she said Australia provided a number of "incredible experiences".

She remarked: "Each time I visit I seem to like it even more and find something else that surprises me."

Compared to the previous year, the 12 months leading up to the end of June saw a 5.7% drop in the number of working holiday visas granted to UK citizens, figures show.