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Australia is the world’s sixth largest country and the only nation to cover an entire continent. it’s area is 7,686,850 square kilometres or 2,977,909 square miles. Its population counts 22 million people. Australia is made up of six states and two territories, each of which has its own parliament, flag and floral emblem. Australia became a federated nation after the union of the six colonies on 1 January 1901 and celebrated its centenary of federation in 2001.
Before Coming to Australia
Entry formalities: A valid passport is required of all people wishing to travel to and enter Australia. Everyone, except holders of Australian and New Zealand passports, requires a visa to enter Australia.
Customs: Each traveller over 18 years of age can bring into Australia 2250ml of alcoholic liquor and 50 cigarettes or 50 grams of tobacco products tax / duty free. For other goods, including those intended as gifts, a duty / tax free allowance of $A900 per person or $A450 per person under 18 is available. These articles must accompany you through customs and must not be intended for commercial purposes. There is no limit to the amount of foreign cash allowed to be brought into the country, however all amounts to the equivalent of or over $A10,000 must be declared.
Quarantine: Australia has strict quarantine regulations. Australia is free from many pests and diseases found elsewhere in the world. It is vital that you declare any food, plant or animal items upon arrival including fresh and packaged food, fruit, eggs, meat, vegetables, seeds, animals, wood and plants. You can dispose of these items at bins found in international airports.
Driving licences: Tourists may drive in Australia on a valid overseas driver’s license for the same class of vehicle. Licenses not in the English language must have a translation with the permit.
Currency: The official currency is the Australian dollar. Notes are in the denomination of $5, $10, $20, $50, $100 and coins are 5c, 10c, 20c, 50c, $1, $2.
Climate: With the reverse seasons of the northern hemisphere, Australia enjoys a largely temperate climate. Most of Australia receives more than 3,000 hours of sunshine a year. Spring: September, October, November; Summer: December, January, February; Autumn: March, April, May; Winter: June, July, August.
Voltage: Australia’s electrical outlets are different to those overseas with a 3-pin plug and 220/240 volt being the standard. Leading hotels usually supply 110 voltage plugs for razors and small appliances.
Water: Tap water is safe to drink throughout Australia.
Business hours: General retail trading hours throughout Australia are: Monday to Friday: 9am–5.30pm; Saturday: 9am–4pm; Sunday: 9am–4pm (major shopping districts). Late night shopping is available in major cities on varying nights of the week.
Goods and services tax: A Goods and Services Tax (GST) of 10% applies on all purchases and is included in the ticketed price.