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Dec-Feb Can be extremely hot, but that doesn’t stop tennis, F1 and music fans from flocking to the city. Apr-Sep April has the best walking weather, getting crisper as winter begins. Oct-Nov Can be cool but is busy due to football finals and horse racing fanatics.
Melbourne has a very good healthcare system, but of course always buy comprehensive insurance. Despite its reputation for dangerous creatures, you won’t find many of these in urban areas, apart from the ocassional spider. Given Melbourne’s liberal drinking hours, hangovers are your main concern. 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.
Melbourne’s main airport, Tullamarine (MEL) is the city’s only international airport and main domestic airport. There is a convenient SkyBus service to the main Southern Cross train station and a free shuttle on to many hotels. There are taxis and Uber but trams, trains and buses are convenient, paying by using a ‘myki‘ debit-type card that’s better value the longer you stay. There is also a bike-sharing system (a helmet is required).