I receive lots of emails from international students asking me what to bring and when it is the best time to arrive to Australia.
From my experience, I suggest to arrive at least 1 week before your course starts. It will provide you enough time for settling-in, adjusting to the climate and overcoming jet-lag.
Have a look below at the checklist which will help you to plan your departure:
Customs and Boarder Protection
Students are often suprised by how strict Australian Customs Services and Quarantine can be. If you are in doubt about whether your goods are prohibited or not, declare it anyway on the Incoming Passenger Card which you will receive on the plane. This is a legal document. You must tick YES if you are carrying any food, plant material including wooden souvenirs, or animal products.
When you pack your backpack, make sure that you don’t bring fresh fruit and vegetables, meat, poultry, pork, eggs, nuts, dairy good and seeds, as they will not be allowed in Australia.
Should you have any inquiries & questions, please feel free to contact me.