I currently hold a multiple-entry business visitor (subclass 600) visa for Australia valid until January 2020, and I have traveled to Sydney multiple times before for business.

I am planning to spend my next holiday (i.e., next month) in other parts of Australia (Queensland & Victoria). For this purpose, do I need to apply for a tourist visa or will my business visitor visa work?

Note: I have already looked at a similar query raised here but there was no definite answer to it.

Can I travel to Australia for leisure but on a business visitor visa?

Edit: My plan to visit Australia last year was canceled but in May 2018, I went there as a tourist on my business visa and didn't face any issue with immigration.

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    What's wrong with the answer to the question you linked to?
    – phoog
    Apr 27, 2017 at 12:42
  • I have never been at a border as strict as Australia. I would read this entire trough before going there as it was of big help to me: border.gov.au/Trav/Visi May 1, 2017 at 19:54
  • Glad that you were allowed. What did they ask at immigration? Did you declare that you have a Visitor Visa- Business but are travelling this time around for Tourism? Appreciate your response as i am facing a similar situation.
    – P Shah
    Sep 30, 2019 at 8:02
  • @PShah They didn't ask anything. I was allowed entry without any question. This is because subclass 600 can be used for both business and tourism. FYI, I am again going to Australia as a tourist on my business visa in December this year. Oct 1, 2019 at 12:11

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Yes, you can. Subclass 600 is a general visitor visa, and while there are different streams to qualify for one, once granted they are valid both for business and leisure.


Note that on arrival, you may be asked to justify that you're a genuine tourist, but hotel bookings, proof of funds and a history of travel should be sufficient.


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