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Visitors Info for Travelling to Australia

Canberra, in the Australian Capital Territory, is where the seat of the Australian government resides. Sydney is the largest city in the country with a population over 4 million and is the capital of the state of New South Wales. Melbourne has been voted the number 1 place to live in the world for a number of years.

The State Capitals of Australia are as follows:

New South Wales: Sydney
Northern Territory: Darwin
South Australia: Adelaide
Queensland: Brisbane
Tasmania: Hobart
Victoria : Melbourne
Western Australia: Perth

Driving in Australia

Driving Info for Travellers in Australia

Language

English is official language of Australia. Only a few words vary in pronunciation and usage throughout the country. The accent is called ’Aussie’.

Religion

Australia is very much a cosmopolitan country. All the major religions and many sects are represented here.

The Disability Information Resource

Accessibility.com.au

Power

A.C. electrical power is 220-240V at 50Hz. Plugs in Australia have 3 flat prongs that form a triangular Y shape configuration.

Metropolitan Banking Hours

  • 9 am to 4 pm Monday to Thursday.
  • 9 am to 5 pm Fridays.
  • Some have extended hours, including Saturday mornings.

Most Banks will exchange most foreign currencies, and foreign currency exchanges can be found at Sydney Airport and popular tourist spots such as Martin Place, CentrePoint, and Circular Quay.

Post Offices

  • Open 9 am to 5 pm Monday to Fridays, except public holidays (see below)

Daylight Savings (Summer Time)

Recent changes by state and territory governments have changed the length of time Daylight saving will run. They have been extended from the 1st Sunday in October to the 1st Sunday in April, beginning in the Australian summer of 2008. This includes New South Wales, ACT, Victoria and South Australia.

NSW Public Holidays - Most Australia Public Holidays Coincide

New Years DayTuesday, 1 January 2019
Wednesday, 1 January 2020
Australia DayMonday, 28 January 2019
Monday, 27 January 2020
Good FridayFriday, 19 April 2019
Friday, 10 April 2020
Easter SundaySunday, 21 April 2019
Sunday, 12 April 2020
Easter MondayMonday, 22 April 2019
Monday, 13 April 2020
Anzac DayThursday, 25 April 2019
Saturday, 25 April 2020
Queen’s BirthdayMonday, 10 June 2019
Monday, 8 June 2020
Bank HolidayMonday, 5 August 2019
Monday, 3 August 2020
NSW Labour DayMonday, 7 October 2019
Monday, 5 October 2020
Christmas DayWednesday, 25 December 2019
Friday, 25 December 2020
Boxing DayThursday, 26 December 2019
Saturday, 26 December 2020
Monday, 28 December 2020*

* Additional, ** Not State Wide. Extensive information about Australia Public Holidays in other states can be found here:

Australia Public Holidays

NSW School Vacation Days

  • Term 1 (eastern division) – Monday 29 January to Friday 13 April 2018
  • Term 1 (western division) – Monday 5 February to Friday 13 April 2018
  • Term 2 – Monday 30 April to Friday 6 July 2018
  • Term 3 – Monday 23 July to Friday 28 September 2018
  • Term 4 – Monday 15 October to Friday 21 December 2018

Note: Seasons are reversed in Australia from the Northern Hemisphere.

Other Australian states may vary somewhat from these dates. Public and Private Schools may also vary and some individual schools may also have their own time tables. More information about Australia Public Holidays and School Vacation Days can be found here:

Australia Public Holidays.

Wheelchair Access

For maps of city facilities with wheelchair access:

Sydney City Council

Phone Directory Assistance

Australian White Pages - www.whitepages.com.au

Road Safety for Overseas Travellers

Driving Safely in NSW - Road Rules

Visa and Immigration Information

Visa and Immigration Information

Tourist Refund Scheme

You can claim a refund of the goods and services tax (GST) and wine equalisation tax (WET) that you pay on goods you buy in Australia. This applies to goods you take with you as hand luggage or wear on to the aircraft or ship when you leave Australia.

Work in Australia - Jobs Information

- Changes in government policy has made it easier to get work visas for the skilled and backpackers.

Finding Sydney Jobs

Australian Currency

  • Australia uses decimal currency - 100 cents = $1.00
  • Notes presently in use are $5, $10, $20, $50 and $100 dollar bills.
  • Coins are 5¢, 10¢, 20¢, 50¢, $1.00 and $2.00.

See current exchange rate for the Australian Dollar AUD:

Currency Exchange Rates

Sydney Business Information

Sydney Business Information

Police - Ambulance - Fire Emergency

Emergency Contact Number

000

 

Note: The Sydney travel information provided here is a guide only - call the relevant organisation(s) direct to ensure accuracy.

Swim at beaches patrolled by lifesavers

NOTE: Swim at beaches with lifeguards. Swimming at Australian beaches involves Swimming Between The Flags!

Ask a lifeguard about the conditions for the day. Be considerate of them, they are there for you and your children!

Australia Tourist Guide

More information about Australia - see the:

Australia Tourist Guide

 

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