Australians do not require visa’s for European countries; provided you are not spending more than a collective 90 days, over a 180 day period, within countries that are party to the Schengen Convention.
There are approximately 50 countries in Europe, 26 of which are considered Schengen Member States, or parties of the Schengen Convention.
The Schengen requirements dictate that you cannot stay more than 90 days within a collective 180 day period in a country that is party to the Schengen Convention. This is not interrupted by intermittent stays in a non-Schengen country.
For example, if you leave a Schengen member state, where you’ve been staying for 30 days, for a three week stay in the United Kingdom, when you re-enter any Schengen country your tally picks up where you left off.
Australia has agreements with a number of countries in the Schengen area, wherein you may have a longer holiday supplemented by short term employment. According to Smart Traveller, further information on working holiday program visa arrangements is available from the Australian Department of Immigration and Border Protection website (good luck with that, though).
Otherwise, check the individual visa requirements for each country. You can also stay as a student, split Schengen and non-Schengen countries up so your tally eventually falls outside 180 days or various other options. Find a good travel agent and see what they think.
You can apply for an extended stay Visa, through the Consulate of the country in which you are staying for the longest duration. Getting through to said consulates, however, can be an ordeal and half. We tried calling the Spanish Consulate approximately sixty times; apparently their allocated Siesta time is “all day, every day”.
A little birdy did tell us that being granted a Schengen Visa apparently isn’t all that easy; there are quite a few documents needed for the application, such as bank statements proving you can support yourself for the duration of your stay, travel health insurance, entry and exit flights, places of stay, etc, and you also need multiple copies of each document.
The visa requirements , vary per country.
Here’s a handy list of Schengen Area Member States to figure out your total. You’re Welcome.
|SCHENGEN COUNTRIES||DAYS IN EACH|
Countries not considered Schengen States:
|Belarus & Herzegovina|
Handy Websites regarding Schengen Visas: