from East to West Coast
from North to South End
000 square kilometers
000 square kilometers
221 000 square kilometers
States of America
363 000 square kilometers
A valid passport is
required for travel to Australia. For US citizens, an electronic travel
VISA is required also. Aussie Adventures can process your travel visa for
you at no charge. If you are not a US citizen, please notify Aussie
Adventures at booking and we will let you know what VISA requirements apply to
currency Down Under is the Australian Dollar. The smallest bill is a $5
note and goes up in notes of $10, $20, $50 and $100 (all are different colors.) Coins are found in $0.05, $0.10, $0.20, $0.50, $1.00 and $2.00.
US $ goes a bit further in Australia as the exchange rate has been between $0.75
and $0.90 on the dollar over the past 2 years. There are ATM machines all
over Australia and this is the easiest way to get money while you are over
there. Travelers checks in Australian $ are widely accepted.
Travelers checks in US $ can be converted at any bank, however the banks will
charge you a conversion fee. VISA and MasterCard are widely accepted
throughout the entire country.
Although tipping is not
compulsory in Australia or New Zealand, it is perfectly acceptable to tip for
excellent service. A tip of 10% to 15% is considered excellent,
therefore if you receive service that is less than excellent, do not feel
obligated to tip at the level you would in the United States. Restaurants
are the main places where any type of tipping is common Ė bars and personal
services are rarely tipped at any amount. Your Tour Director will be happy
to answer any questions you may have about when and how much to tip.
The majority of the
hotels utilized will offer free or coin-operated laundry facilities. Ironing
facilities are also provided either in the hotel laundry or can be supplied to
your room on request.
is on 240V voltage and the US is on 110V. If you are planning on bringing
any electrical items (hairdryer, curling iron, laptop), be sure to have an
adapter. You can purchase a voltage adapter at any retail outlet such as
Target or Kmart. Almost all Australian hotels will provide hairdryers, so
if that is the only electrical item you will use, it may be worth leaving yours
What you pack is
obviously a personal preference, however we have included a list of items and
suggestions as guidance.
Australia is a very casual country, therefore casual clothes are acceptable in
the majority of instances. If you are planning a night out on the town,
more formal attire would be recommended. Men are generally required to
wear a collared shirt in nicer restaurants and casinos.
Comfortable shoes are essential on all tours.
Donít forget to pack a hat,
sunglasses, sunscreen, and insect repellent. The sun is very intense in
Australia and you will be glad you have packed a few items to shield you from
into consideration the time of year you are traveling. The summer months in
Australia fall between November and March. Summer months in North America fall
between May and September.
Northern Queensland is above the Tropic of Capricorn, therefore it will be warm
and humid no matter what time of year you visit. Lightweight, cotton
clothing is recommended as it is comfortable and easy to launder.
airlines allow 2 checked bags (no more than 75 pounds each) and one carry on.
This should be sufficient as laundry facilities in your hotels are common.
ITEMS AND SECURITY
when traveling in any country, it is wise to keep all valuables in a safe place.
Try to keep any money, travelers checks, jewelry and camera equipment with you
at all times or securely stored in your hotel room.
Australia uses the metric system for all types of measurements. Here are a few
helpful conversion formulas.
your itinerary and contact details with friends/family
your travel documents handy - donít pack them in your suitcase
arrangements for you pets
your milk and newspaper deliveries
a hold on your mail or arrange
for someone to collect it for you
your neighbor know you will be away