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Send a parcel to Australia

Are you packing up a parcel to Australia? Worried about which items you can send ‘down under’ without getting caught out at customs? We’ll bring you up to speed on everything you need to know with this guide, so you can leave the speedy delivery to us.

Where can we deliver a parcel to Australia? We cover all cities including; Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane, Perth, Adelaide, Hobart, Canberra, Darwin and more...

Australia may be located on the other side of the planet (9,500 miles away to be precise), but sending a parcel to Australia is extremely easy. All you need to do is register with us – it’s quick to do - and either choose to have your parcel collected from your home or work, or drop it off at one of our nationwide depots, then we’ll take care of the rest.

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2022 Australia National Holidays



Monday 3 January

New Year’s Day

Wednesday 26 January

Australia Day

Friday 15 April

Good Friday

Monday 18 April

Easter Monday

Monday 25 April

Anzac Day

Monday 13 June

Queen's Birthday

Monday 26 December

Boxing Day

Tuesday 27 December

Christmas Day

*Public holidays in the Australia may affect our estimated transit times.

Send a Cheap Parcel to Australia

So what does shipping from the UK to Australia cost? We’re proud of our budget-friendly prices for postage to Australia. Take a look here for our latest prices, which are based on Collection from your registered DHL Parcel UK account address.

Weight of parcel being delivered to Australia Worldwide Air Prices
1kg £42.20* Book
5kg £73.72* Book
10kg £113.12* Book
25kg £231.32* Book

*Prices quoted in the table above are based on 10 x 10 x 10cm dimensions and all pricing quoted in this article is based on a Depot Drop off and Worldwide Air delivery from mainland UK to Australia.


We offer a door to door courier service to Australia from the UK to make postage as quick and convenient as possible.

Once your parcel reaches the depot (whether collected from you or dropped off directly), it will be sorted and transported through the night to an international hub. Here it will begin its journey to Australia, arriving and being signed for by your recipient within 4-5 days.

Please note – national and state holidays in 2021 which may affect delivery times to Australia: Jan 1, 26 / Apr 2, 5, 26 / Jun 14 / Dec 27, 28

Do I need to deal with Australian customs?

For any parcel heading outside of the UK, you’ll need to fill out a customs form. This tells the Customs Agents about the contents of your package so they can process it properly.

There are two different types for Australia-bound parcels – one for goods up to a value of £270 and another for goods over that amount. If you leave off any important details or use the wrong form, it could lead to delays or even seizure of your parcel by Customs.

You may be thinking about sending a friend or loved one some of their things, or personal effects, from the UK to make them feel more at home. Should you wish to send Unaccompanied Personal Effects (UPE) to Australia, you must take special care in declaring the contents accurately and fully. Personal effects shipments must be declared to the Australian Border Force on a B534 Form, which can be completed at origin. An invoice, packing list and photocopy of the owner’s passport photo page are also required. All UPE shipments require examination by the Australian Quarantine Inspection Service and will attract additional fees in the region of around $165 AUD, plus any additional admin fees and GST (tax) which could be up to around $150 AUD. Please expect clearance delays of approx. 4-5 days.

This may sound complicated, but we’ll help automatically generate these documents for you from the information you provide on the booking form. You’ll just need to print and sign these documents, place them in an envelope marked ‘customs documents’ and attach them securely to the outside of the package.

HM Revenue & Customs has more information on tax and customs considerations for Australia.

What items can't I send to Australia?

Australia has some of the more vigilant procedures and regulations surrounding importations. Because of its reliance on agriculture, many things that are allowed are subject to close inspection and quarantine by Australian officials, who keep a very close eye on all imports (especially agricultural products).

You’re not allowed to ship any meat or dairy products, nor can you send vegetables, plants or soil. This even applies to items that have been in contact with foreign soil. Vehicles must be rigorously cleaned to ensure no foreign soil enters the country and the same can apply to gardening equipment or anything that has been outdoors, such as furniture or bikes.

Australian Quarantine has recently tightened regulations required to import baby formula (milk powder) into Australia. All quantities of baby formula MUST have an Import Permit and Health Certificate to satisfy AU Quarantine requirements. Please visit the Australian Government Department of Agriculture and Water Resources website for import permit application.

For a full and up to date list of restricted items, see the Australian Government website, but some examples of items you can’t post to Australia include:



Illegal and dangerous



Flammable fuels and liquids


Fruit and vegetables

Corrosive products


Dairy products



Meat, chicken or fish products


Baby formula (milk powder) Drugs (prescription or illict) Precious metals and stones

*Please be aware that we also have our own prohibited items list, in addition to country-specific restrictions.

How to package parcels to Australia

Australia is a long way for a parcel to travel, so you’ll need to make sure yours is packaged carefully to ensure your items reach their destination in one piece. A strong outer box clearly addressed and with the correct forms adhered to the outside is vital; and filling any inner space with lightweight materials such as bubble wrap or packaging chips to limit movement, will also help protect your items in transit.

Need advice on packaging? See our handy International packaging guide for more packaging hints and tips.

The benefits

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How safe will my parcel be?


From the time of collection (should you not be in, you can opt to leave your parcel in a safe place and our driver will collect it from there) to delivery, where it will be signed for by the recipient, we take good care of the items you send with us.

We also offer free online tracking to keep you fully updated on your parcel’s location, and provide £50 extended cover on your item as standard – you can choose to add extra cover for more valuable items if you wish.

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