Before visiting any country make sure you know the basics. General details and important information.
- Emergency Services: 112
- Language: English
- Currency: Australian Dollar
- Capital City: Canberra
- Country Code: AUS
- Travel Visa: ETA Visa
- Population: 22,683,600
- Driving: Left hand side
Researching various official sources, we perceive the risk to holiday makers and travellers are as follows;
Top travel advice and interesting tip bits of information from experienced travellers.
- Australians are generally very easy going and greet people with "hi", "g'day", or often ask "how's it going?" They are also more informal than in the UK - and generally more liberal. Australians use the term "mate" for both men and women and like to give eye contact when speaking. "Thongs" is the word used for "flip flops". Australians do not understand the word "poorly" - they say "ill" or "crook" for "unwell".
- There are still lots of BYO restaurants in certain parts of Australia, which means you can "bring your own bottle" for a small corkage fee. Popular with tourists and locals.
- The Australians are known for their passion for sports, and the outdoor life. They are also extremely patriotic too. Most behaviour is akin to that in the UK - queuing, punctuality, not littering, table manners and general laws and rules when engaging in conversation with others.
What are the main annual events in Australia?
26th January is Australia Day festivities usually start the evening before. Events normally include Australian of the Year Awards, Australia Day Race Day, Flag-raising, citizenship ceremonies, flyovers and 21 gun salute, family festivals and concludes with fireworks.
The Saltwater Freshwater Festival is an Aboriginal Cultural event held annually on 26th January (Australia Day). It is the largest regional event of its kind and is a nomadic event that moves to a different location in the region each year.
Boardies Day The Surf Life Saving Foundation is an on-the-pulse organisation that works tirelessly to make surfing both fun and safe. To help raise funds, Boardies Day is returning for one national day only so, whichever state you live in, make sure you remember that Boardies Day is on 22nd February.
The Australian Open is one of the world’s top four Grand Slam tennis tournaments that are held annually. The tennis matches are played in Melbourne Park from the beginning of January through to Australia Day (26th January) and are a must for any sporting fan.
What are the common crimes in Australia?
Areas to take extra precaution are; railway stations or side streets at night, opportunist with favour these areas looking for vulnerable people for muggings or robbery.
As in all countries be careful of pickpockets in crowded areas like airports, city centers and train stations. These opportunists are professionals and sometimes work in teams, be aware of your belongings at all times.
Be careful when driving or hiring a vehicle in Australia as the Australian Police conduct fairly regular breath tests, drug checks and speed checks of all motorists, so do not take risks.
In public places, parks or toilets, be careful of disposed syringes, broken glass and bottles. These can transmit diseases, if your skin is pierced go straight to the nearest hospital or medical centre.
What are the top safety tips for Australia?
Always check luggage weight allowances and what is prohibited in hand luggage. Australia is very strict at customs, so do not forget to dispose of any fruit, animal products, and they are obviously very keen on doing drug searches, so expect to have sniffer dogs sometimes checking around your luggage. Do not exceed duty-free allowances.
Always keep hydrated and do not get sunburned. You will be surprised how pale most Australians are, they generally do not “sunbath”. If you plan a day in the sun apply high factor sun scream and make sure you take time out in the shade. Signs of heat stoke can be feeling light headed and headaches.
Be aware of bush fire warnings, which are regularly signed in the hinterland areas (e.g high or low alert). Always adhere to warnings and only use designated areas for camp fires. Ensure that they are completely extinguished before you leave an area. Never throw cigarette butts into the bush land, but dispose of properly. Always ensure someone is aware of your whereabouts and intended route if you venture on a bush walk, or trek.
Avoid poorly lit areas and parks at night. Buses and trams are generally safe even at night but keep alert and aware at all times, trains maybe a little dangerous at night as most stations are not staffed after working hours, if you miss your stop there is a long wait until the next train.
What is the best time to visit Australia?
Australia experiences temperate weather for most of the year but the climate can vary due to the size of the continent. The northern states experience warm weather much of the time, with the southern states experiencing cooler winters. It is possible to follow the warmer temperatures around the country.
For more country specific travel & safety information, please visit the Travel Aware website by the UK Foreign & Commonwealth Office.
Towns & Cities
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Commonly refereed to as the gateway to Australia’s Great Barrier Reef, Cairns is a city in the tropical Far North Queensland. Northwest of the city, Daintree National Park spans mountainous rainforest, gorges and beaches.
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Bundaberg is located on Queensland’s coast. It’s known for Bundaberg Rum, and the Bundaberg Distillery offers museum tours and tastings. Nearby along the coast is Mon Repos Regional Park, home to sea turtles.
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Adelaide is South Australia’s cosmopolitan coastal capital. Its ring of parkland on the River Torrens is home to the city’s Adelaide Festival is an annual international arts gathering with spin-offs including fringe and film events.
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Perth is the capitol of Western Australia and sits where the Swan River meet the southwest coast. Perth boasts some beautiful sandy beaches and lovely riverside Kings Park and Botanic Garden.
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Brisbane is Australia’s third largest city and the capital of Queensland. The large city is located on the Brisbane River.