Travel Tips – Australia
Australia is very much a multi-cultural nation, having enjoyed waves of immigration starting with the Australian Aboriginals 40,000 years ago, followed by the English 200 years ago. Since the Second World War, Australia has received millions of migrants, with the population roughly tripling over a period of fifty years. However, although Australia is similar in size to the continental USA, its population is still only around 20 million and is heavily concentrated in the major coastal cities; central Australia is essentially a wildly beautiful but uninhabited desert.
Much of the Australian life-style revolves around the outdoors and sport. Australians like to relax actively by bush-walking, skiing, surfing, sailing, swimming, or any other activity that takes them into the sun and open air.
In Australia the local currency is the Australian (AUD) dollar.
Travellers cheques generally get a better rate than cash. Credit cards are widely accepted, and ATMs all over the country accept credit and Cirrus cards.
There are many ways to get around Australia. Some of the main ways to see the beautiful sights that Australia has to offer are:
Air: Each capital city in Australia has a major airport and with Australia being so vast you will at some stage of your trip require the use of one of our airports. International gateways include Sydney, Melbourne, Perth, Hobart, Adelaide, Cairns and Brisbane.
Bus: Travel by bus is generally the cheapest way to tour around Australia. Australia has a few major coach companies including Greyhound Pioneer and McCafferty's. Buses/coaches will take you to places that planes are unable to.
Rail: Rail travel is enjoyable in Australia. Rail links up most major cities in Australia and you can obtain a rail pass from most major travel agents and rail services.
Car: Car travel is one of the most convenient ways to travel around Australia. You can depart when you like and see the attractions and places of interest in your own time. Australia has well surfaced roads and are always maintained with the highest of standards.
All visitors to Australia require a visa, except New Zealand nationals. You can obtain a visa form from your local travel agent or the Australian diplomatic missions overseas or click here to apply online for A$17.
Tourist visas are issued by Australian consular offices in most countries and are valid for a stay of either three or six months.
Australian Government requires travellers to have at least six months validity remaining on their passports.
Immigration authorities may refuse entry if you arrive with less than this.