Dec-Feb Summer in Australia is high season and a big deal, from Queensland to Tasmania locals are hitting the beach. Festivals and events are myriad. Note that Top End travel is limited due to Wet Season Mar−May & Sep−Nov These shoulder seasons are better value for accommodation and lesser crowds, with milder temperatures and blue skies. Jun−Aug Low season is best for exploring the Top End, Uluru or hitting the ski slopes – from late July.
While the standards of hospitals and health care is high in Australia, the more you venture off the beaten track, the more expensive that repatriation to a capital city can become. So try not to get bitten by a spider, shark, crocodile or snake, particularly in a remote region of Australia. Recommended Vaccinations
The Australian currency is the Australian Dollar (AUD). ATM machines are all over Australia and generally dispense AUD$10, $50 and $100 notes. Credit and debit cards a almost universally accepted and paying by cash is almost considered quaint on restaurants, supermarkets and hotels. If heading ‘outback’ carry extra cash in case of ATM unreliability.
ENGLISH IS THE OFFICIAL LANGUAGE OF AUSTRALIA.
ELECTRICITY IN AUSTRALIA IS 220 VOLTS. 50 CYCLES/SEC.
Each of Australia’s capital cities has an international airport as well as a few smaller cities. Melbourne and Sydney are the busiest, while Perth airport serves some Asian destinations and – amazingly – daily flights to London, with a flight time of over 17 hours. As Australia is an island there’s no land transport to other countries, and really only cruise lines such P&O Cruises serve New Zealand and the Pacific.