Waterfall Lying between the Pacific and Indian Oceans, Australia is 7,686,850 square kilometers (or 2,977,909 square miles) – approximately the same size as the United States of America, 33 times the size of Great Britain and the only nation to cover an entire continent. It is the world’s sixth largest country, being a federation of six states and two territories, with a population of 21.5million people.
The Australian Department of Immigration requires that all visitors except Australian and New Zealand passport holders be in possession of an entry visa.For further information please visit http://www.immi.gov.au
Please visit Australian Customs and Border Protection Service on http://www.customs.gov.au for further infomation on customs procedures and regulations on arrival in Australia.
Australia’s electrical outlets are different to those overseas with a 3-pin plug and 220/240 volt being the standard. Leading hotels usually supply 110 voltage plugs for razors and small appliances.
Tap water is safe to drink throughout Australia.
The official currency is the Australian Dollar. Notes are in the denomination of $5, $10, $20, $50, $100 and coins are 5c, 10c, 20c, 50c, $1, $2.
General retail trading hours throughout Australia are:
Monday to Friday 9.00 am to 5.30 pm
Saturday 9.00 am to 4.00 pm
Sunday 9.00 am to 4.00 pm
(major shopping districts)
Late night shopping is available in major cities on varying nights of the week.
To assist you in selecting the category of the hotels, the following classification is used as a guide only and is not an official hotel star rating classification.
Deluxe ***** First Class **** Moderate ***
Tourists may drive in Australia on a valid overseas driver’s license for the same class of vehicle. Licenses not in the English language must have a translation with the permit. For further information please visit the appropriate State’s Road Transport Authority website , for example in New South Wales , please visit http://www.rta.nsw.gov.au
A Goods and Services Tax of 10% applies.
Passenger Movement Charge(Departure Tax)
The Australian Government has increased the rate of the Passenger Movement Charge (PMC) by $8 from $47 to $55 with effect from 1 July 2012 and this charge is included in most air fares and collected directly by the Airlines.
Spring: September, October, November
Summer: December, January, February
Autumn: March, April, May
Winter: June, July, August
- 01 Jan New Years Day
- 25 Apr Anzac Day
- 26 Jan Australia Day
- 25 Dec Christmas Day
- 29 Mar Easter Good Friday
- 26 Dec Boxing Day
- 1 Apr Easter Monday
Each state has its own particular public holidays in addition to the national holidays specified above.
Travel time by air (hours:minutes)
* indicates indirect flight.
Distance by road (km)