Language

The official language is English.

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Money

The Australian dollar is the official form of currency. Major credit cards are widely accepted, and you won’t have trouble finding an ATM. You can exchange money and traveler’s checks at a bank or exchange bureau. It’s better to bring checks in the form of a major currency, like US dollars. Banks charge commission to exchange, and you might be charged more for a more obscure currency.

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Communications

Australia’s international access code is +61. To dial out from inside the country, dial 0011 followed by the appropriate country code. Internet cafés are easy to find and you can rent a mobile phone.

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Tipping

Hotels and restaurants don’t usually add gratuity to the bill, but it’s customary to tip 10 percent for good service.

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Safety

Australia has a low crime rate, but visitors should always be smart and be aware of their surroundings and keep valuables hidden. Women should watch their drinks when out at nightspots; criminals have been known to spike drinks.

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Health

If you have visited a country infected with yellow fever in the last six days, you will need to provide a yellow fever vaccination certificate upon your arrival in Australia. There are no other vaccination requirements. In the northern parts of the country, you are strongly advised to use insect repellent because of the risk of several insect-borne illnesses like Murray Valley encephalitis, Ross River virus infections and dengue fever. Be aware of jellyfish in the ocean waters; some stings can be fatal. You should always carry your own health insurance.

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Electricity

The electrical current is 220 to 240 volts, AC 50 Hz. You will probably need an adapter for the three volt pin plugs.

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Melisse Hinkle
A New England native but explorer at heart, Melisse has lived in four U.S. cities, spent a summer in Hawaii, made her way through wine-producing regions in Australia and New Zealand, and traveled around Europe while studying abroad in London. She is the Content Manager for the U.S. and Canada at Cheapflights.
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