Travel Advice for Australia
Australia
Capital: Canberra

Time Zone East GMT + 10, Central + 9.5, West + 8
Telephone
Services
Country Code: 61
IDD: International dialling is available
Outgoing Code: 0011
Emergency
Telephone
Numbers
Emergency services = 000.
Tourist
Information
Australian Tourist Commission, PO Box 2721 Level 4, 80 William Street, Woolloomooloo. Sydney, NSW 2011, Australia Tel: (2) 9360 1111 Fax: (2) 9331 6469.
Passport
Information
Valid passport required by all. Return Ticket Required. Regulations may be subject to change at short notice. Contact the embassy before departure.
Visa
Information
Visa required.
Health
Information
Yellow Fever: A vaccination certificate will be required if travelling from an infected area.
Food
& Drink
Water is considered drinkable, normal precautions should be observed with food.
Currency Australian Dollar (A$) = 100 cents.
NOTE: Import or export of A$5000 must be reported to customs at entry or departure.
All major credit cards and travellers cheques, in any international currency, are widely accepted.
ATM availability: Over 6 000 locations.
Cost of
Living
Comparatively cheap compared to the UK and USA. Caters for all.
Languages English and many minority languages.
Weather Extreme varieties of climate from tropical to temperate. Nov - Mar = warm or hot everywhere. Apr - Sept occasional rain in the South which can be intense.
Electricity 240/250 Volts AC 50 Hz. Unique 3 pin plugs used - adaptor required.
Post 7 - 10 days.
Transport FLIGHTS: Vast size of Australia makes this the most convenient form of intercity travel.
ROAD: In the outback a full set of spares should be carried, with water, food and petrol.
DOCUMENTATION: National licence valid for 3 months and must be carried whilst driving.
Special
Information
If travelling into the interior specific precautions should be taken, for instance take adequate supplies, and leave information of your whereabouts. Special care and respect of natural habitats is recommended. Always ask permission before photographing aborigines. Tourists should exercise care in Sydney as a number of backpackers have been attacked. Be cautious when using ATMs.