Australia travel guide

Ayres Rock, Australia
Find out all you need to know and more about travel to Australia with this handy travel guide.  Jam-packed with visa and currency info, top spots to visit, best time to go, Australia travelling information, not-to-be-missed events and some key phrases to help you understand the Aussies.  Read on, mate!

From the energetic cities and magical outback, to the relaxed coastal lifestyle and inspiring Aboriginal heritage – Australia is a country of contrast.  Sun yourself on the beaches of the Whitsundays, or catch a wave on the Gold Coast.  Trek through the Northern rainforests as old as the dinosaurs or watch the sun set over the Western Desert. Throw back an ice-cold beer in an outback pub or live it up the vibrant cities!

Australia fast facts


Languages spoken
Around 20 Australian Aboriginal languages

Name: Dollar
Code: AUD
Symbol: $

The electrical current in Australia is 220-240V and the cycle is 50Hz. The Australian three pin power outlet is different from some other countries so you may need an adaptor.

Time zones
Three different time zones cross Australia:

Eastern (GMT + 10) for New South Wales, Australian Capital Territory, Victoria, Tasmania and Queensland.
Central (GMT + 9:30) for the Northern Territory and South Australia.
Western time (GMT + 8) in Western Australia.

Australia also has Daylight Saving where the clocks are put forward one hour.  New South Wales, Australian Capital Territory, Victoria and South Australia have daylight saving from the end of October to the beginning of April. In Tasmania they start at the beginning of October to the beginning of April. Western Australia have it too, from the end of October to the end of March. The Northern Territory and Queensland don’t have Daylight Saving.

Country dialling code

Weights & measures

*The Small Print
We’ve tried to make this destination guide as accurate as possible but please double check the essentials like visas, health and safety, airport information etc with the relevant authorities before you travel.  STA Travel takes no responsibility for loss, injury or inconvenience caused as a result of this guide.  All prices listed are in the currency of the destination, unless otherwise stated.

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