Australia Destinations

SYDNEY

Australia

The Grantourismo Travel Guide to Sydney, Australia. Copyright © 2017 Terence Carter / Grantourismo. All Rights Reserved.
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MELBOURNE

Australia

The Grantourismo Travel Guide to Melbourne, Australia. Copyright © 2017 Terence Carter / Grantourismo. All Rights Reserved.
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PERTH

Australia

The Grantourismo Travel Guide to Perth, Australia. Copyright © 2017 Terence Carter / Grantourismo. All Rights Reserved.
Explore Perth

ADELAIDE

Australia

The Grantourismo Travel Guide to Adelaide, Australia. Copyright © 2017 Terence Carter / Grantourismo. All Rights Reserved.
Explore Adelaide

GOLD COAST

Australia

The Grantourismo Travel Guide to the Gold Coast, QLD, Australia. Copyright © 2017 Terence Carter / Grantourismo. All Rights Reserved.
Explore The Gold Coast

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Australia Essentials

WHEN TO GO

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.

Health

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

Visas

Only New Zealanders do not need a visa for Australia. There are myriad classes of visas, but if you’re coming for a holiday (depending which passport you have) and you are staying for less than three months, apply for an ETA (Electronic Travel Authority) with a cost of UAD$20. For other visas visit the visa finder page of the Australian Government.

Insurance for Australia

CURRENCY

CURRENT EXCHANGE RATES

$1.00 USD = 1.45 AUD
€1.00 EUR = 1.63 AUD
£1.00 GBP = 1.84 AUD

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.

LANGUAGE

ENGLISH IS THE OFFICIAL LANGUAGE OF AUSTRALIA.
Australian English language, ‘hello’ in Australian English, ‘g’day mate’. Copyright © 2019 Terence Carter / Grantourismo. All Rights Reserved.

ELECTRICITY

ELECTRICITY IN AUSTRALIA IS 220 VOLTS. 50 CYCLES/SEC.
Electricity in Australia is 220 Volts. 50 Cycles/Sec. Australian power plugs.

LOCAL TIME

CURRENT SYDNEY TIME
Time in Sydney:

Sydney’s Time Zone is (GMT+11)
Sydney’s daylight saving (one hour forward) generally starts in October and finishes in April.

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TRANSPORTATION

AIR/LAND/SEA

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.

Australia Daily Costs

Budget

Daily Budget Up To:

US$150

  • Hostel dorm bed: US$25–60
  • Fast food, pizzas, meat pies: US$5-17
  • Short bus/tram/train ride: US$3

Mid Range

Daily Budget From:

US$200–350

  • Double room in a Motel/Hotel: US$120–250
  • Good cafe lunch: US$20+
  • Greyhound Bus (Bris-Syd): US$100

Luxury

Daily Budget From:

US$350+

  • Boutique hotel or resort: US$250+
  • Negroni Cocktail: US$20+
  • Domestic Flight (Bris-Syd): US$100+

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