|Local||Declare over AUD 10.000|
|Foreign||Declare over AUD 10.000|
Australian Dollar (AUD; symbol A$) = 100 cents. Notes are in denominations of A$100, 50, 20, 10 and 5. Coins are in denominations of A$2 and 1, and 50, 20, 10 and 5 cents.
Credit/Debit cards and ATMS
Widely accepted in major currencies at banks or large hotels. However, some banks may charge a fee for cashing travellers cheques. To avoid additional exchange rate charges, travellers are advised to take travellers cheques in a major currency.
Australia has a multicultural population practising almost every religion and lifestyle. Over one-fifth of Australians were born to immigrant parents. The most multicultural cities are Melbourne and Sydney. Both cities are renowned for the variety and quality of global foods available in their many restaurants, and Melbourne especially promotes itself as a centre for the arts.
- The emergency number for police, ambulance and or fire brigade is 000.
- The State Emergency Service in each state (except for Northern Territory) is 132 500.
- Poisons information advice, which can also advise on snake, spider and insect bites, is available on 131 126.
- Information on locating the nearest medical services can be obtained by calling 1800 022 222 (except for Tasmania).
- You can dial 112 from all mobile phones obtained outside Australia. Use it as the emergency number.
|1 Jan||New Year's Day|
|26 Jan||Australia Day|
|14 Mar||Canberra Day|
|25 Apr||ANZAC Day|
|13 Jun||Queen's Birthday Celebrations *|
|3 Oct||Labour Day|
|10 Oct||Family & Community Day|
|25 Dec||Christmas Day|
|26 Dec||Boxing Day|
Australia is in the southern hemisphere and the seasons are opposite to those in Europe and North America. There are two climatic zones: the tropical zone (in the north above the Tropic of Capricorn) and the temperate zone. The tropical zone (consisting of 40% of Australia) has two seasons, summer (‘wet') and winter (‘dry'), while the temperate zone has all four seasons.
Spring to summer (October to March): Warm or hot everywhere, tropical in the north, and warm to hot with mild nights in the south.
Autumn to winter (April to September): Northern and central Australia have clear warm days and cool nights; the south has cool days with occasional rain but still plenty of sun. Snow is confined to mountainous regions of the southeast.