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Travel Tips


Its is believed and even holds true that travelers enjoy their holidays much more if they find out about the country or place they are visiting before they get on their travel. If you are an overseas visitor planning a trip to Australia or you've just arrived, Australia travel tips on StayresAustralia.com is for you.

Below are listed Travel tips for Australia

Electrical Appliances

  • Australian electricity supply is 220-240 volts. Most electronics stores stock adaptors for 110v appliances as well as adaptors for 220-240v appliances with different plug types.

Tips and Gratuities

  • Tipping is not a standard practice but is generally considered an appropriate gesture of appreciation when the level of service has exceeded expectations.
  • A tip of around 10% would be considered appropriate.

Weather and the Environment

  • Protect against sunburn at all times, but especially in summer. Use a wide brimmed hat, 15+ sunscreen, sunglasses, protective clothes and shoes.
  • Check approaching storm fronts for signs of a greenish tinge. This often indicates a hail storm that may cause damage to persons and property.
  • Always observe correct beach safety. Swim only at patrolled beaches. Only swim between flagged areas. If in doubt, ask. Always check for warning signs.

Banks and Shops

  • Major shopping centers do not open on Sundays. Tourism oriented outlets do have a 7 day trade as do convenience stores supplying basic needs.
  • Banks are only open Mondays through Fridays and generally only between the hours of 9.00 to 4.00.
  • All major city airports have currency exchange kiosks for changing foreign currency.

Telephone and Communications

  • In an emergency dial 000 (not 999). This will link you to the ambulance, fire and police services.
  • Phone cards are a popular way of accessing the public phone system. Cards are available from selected newsagents and stores. Public phone call assistance is available by dialling 013.

Language and Religion

  • There is no official religion in Australia. Churches can be found in most towns for both the Catholic and Church of England faith.
  • Other common religions are Methodist, Presbyterian and Uniting Church.

Road Travel

  • Australian traffic drives on the left hand side of the road.
  • In doubt of your license, obtain an International License from your local automobile association.
  • Road speed limits differ between states but are generally 100-110kph on the highways and 50-60kph in built-up areas.
  • Don't hitch-hike, it is illegal.
  • Never leave small children or animals locked in vehicles in very hot weather. Dehydration occurs very quickly. This practice is illegal.
  • The most serious danger on the road is fatigue. Look for driver refreshment stations and pull off and rest after driving for several hours.
  • Be careful when driving on country roads at night in cold weather. Cattle and native animals such as kangaroos lie on the bitumen road surface which holds the warmth of the sun. Car lights blind and mesmerize the animals and they may just as easily run into your vehicle as run away from it.

Customs and Visas

  • To enter Australia you will need a current passport valid for the duration of your stay and a valid tourist visa issued in the own country and entered into the passport before the travel date. New Zealand visitors are exempt from these requirements and are granted an entry permit on arrival.
  • Visa applications are made to the Australian Embassy, Consulate or High Commission, as applicable, in your home country, although is now possible for Australian visa applications to be made online.
  • Make sure you apply for the correct visa type.
  • Tourist visas are generally valid for a stay of 3 or 6 months. At the time of making your visa application you will have to sign an undertaking that you have an outward bound ticket and sufficient funds for the duration of your stay.
  • No duty is payable on personal effects. Adults may carry up to 250 cigarettes and 1 liter of alcoholic liquor in their personal effects provided it is carried with them.
  • Duty and sales tax is applied to dutiable goods exceeding A$400. Strict regulations apply to narcotics and controlled substances.
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