Power (Voltage) in Australia
is 220-240 Volts with 50 Hertz. It means; make
sure all appliances you intend to bring can
correctly operate with this voltage. In most
Australian hotels there is 110 V only for
shavers. When returning to your country, the
opposite happens. The type of power plug is the
3 f;at pin as the pictured below.
Australian measurement system
works with Litres, Metres, Centimetres, Km per
hour, Kilos & grams, despite the fact some
Australian surfers still measure the waves by
seeds & some articles
of animal or vegetable origin may be prohibited in
Australia. You must consult an Australian Embassy
or representative in your country if you want to
bring these kinds of items into Australia. Even
food from the plane is not allowed to be brought
in. When it's time to go through Customs, choose
the red sector if you are bringing any of these
things with you, even if you are in doubt.
Australia has a unique environment and anything
strange to Australian species can cause huge
damage and introduce new diseases. Please declare
it, or be ready for a big fine.
Libraries in Australia
are very, very good. You will find heaps of books,
cds, magazines, technical stuff and much more. It
is free, and all you have to do is take ID and
some other document that proves your Australian
address. There are many public Libraries in every
is essential in
many restaurants, shows, accommodation, etc...Many
establishments operate only throughout bookings.
Some require only a few hours notice, the majority
24 hours - and some others, like famous caravan
parks, it may be necessary to book some weeks in
advance. It is polite when going to a fine
restaurant to wait for the waitress to seat you at
and Found in Australia
works pretty well, and if you lose something in
the shopping centre, street, shop, (or that place
you don't remember because you were drinking!) try
to check with the local police station, or with
the administration of the place you were last in.
Having your name and phone number in your wallet
will produce great results if you lose something.
factories/warehouses that sell original goods with
small defects for ridiculously reduced prices. For
example, the Billabong seconds shop on the Gold
Coast is in Ashmore, and every Monday the shop
gets new stuff from the factory.
get a Xerox copy) of your Passport number, Air
tickets, Credit cards and other important
documents, and leave it with someone you trust.
Because many places such as night clubs require ID
or Passport, you may have to have it with you and
the chances of losing it increase according to the
amount of "fun" you are having. Check
drinking reference in Lost and Found! Staple or
tape a piece of paper with your name and
directions in Australia onto your Passport. If
someone finds it, it will be easier to contact
you. Because passports are official documents,
it's necessary to immediately report their loss to
the Police and to your country's embassy. Also
have that 24 hour number of your credit card for
quick access and cancel the card in case it gets
stolen or lost. Keep all these copies in a
different location to the originals.
are taken very seriously, and non-payment of these
fines, can result in your premature entry to the
police black list. People who go back to their
country leaving unpaid fines in Australia, may
have a big surprise if they try to return some
may require a consultation with a doctor here in
Australia for a prescription to buy it. Remember -
because they may have different names, is
advisable to bring the box or the Scientific name
of the main components with you. If you are
bringing any special medicines , it is better to
have the original prescription from your country
with you. It's also a good idea to have it
officially translated into English.
tips $ in Australia,
is not a habit nor is it expected. But nothing
stops you from giving tips for excellent service
if you get it. Pizza delivery guys and girls, will
definitely give you a huge smile if you tip them.
Restaurant waitresses also love it when you leave
loose change on the table. Taxi drivers don't ask
for tips and they don't expect it , but if the run
was A$ 9.50 for example, and you paid AU$ 10
saying " Keep the change" they will also
thank you very much.
is available everywhere. They have thousands of
tourist leaflets and city maps available for free.
They will also make accommodation and tours
reservations for free.
Renew visas in Australia,
or any other visa matters, contact the Department
of Immigration and Multicultural Affairs, DIMA ,
before your visa expires. Phone: 131880. More
information can be found on the internet at: