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Australia Travel Tips and Information

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Tips For Travelers

General Information

Turn your Australian trip into an Australian odyssey with an Auto Europe car rental. Australia contains an array of regions, each of them ecologically diverse and breathtaking. Whether you are cruising among surf and sand along the Great Barrier Reef, or hiking Ayers rock, our helpful travel tips and high quality car rentals can make your journey smoother. Reserve your rental car in Australia today by calling us toll free at 1-888-223-5555, or book online with our simple three-step booking engine.

Customs

Travelers leaving Australia with an appropriate quantity of personal goods aren't taxed for exportation. However, alcohol and tobacco have some restrictions You may only leave with one liter of alcohol and two liters of wine, as well as no more than 200 cigarettes, 50 cigars, or 250 grams of tobacco per consumer.  

Banking & Currency

Australian banks determine their own hours of operation. It is standard for them to be open from 930am-4pm Monday through Thursday, and 930am-5pm. Some offices hold extended hours, particularly in urban areas. Some of Australia’s major hotels will also give you the option to exchange currency. Visit www.xe.com for current exchange rates.

Tipping

Tipping is not expected at most establishments in Australia, with the exception of fine dining or when a service professional provides exceptional assistance. In those cases, a 10% tip is the standard; all other tips are at your discretion. Of course, a small token of appreciation for helpful and courteous service is never declined.

Business Hours

Australian businesses are most commonly open from 9am to 530pm, Monday, through Friday, with some variation. Government offices often close at 5pm, or even 4:30. Some shops, especially in cities, might be more likely to extend their business hours into the late evening and weekends.
 

Local Tax

Australia imposes a 10% Goods & Services tax (GST), but most prices are marked inclusive of GST.

Travel Information

General Information

US citizens need to show their US Passports and Australian Visas upon boarding for travel into the country of Australia. For visits less than three months, you may opt for an Electronic Travel Authority (ETA). For trips between 3 and 12 months, you would need an official visa, both can be obtained through the Australian Department of Immigration and Citizenship.

Bringing your pet is tricky. Some cats or dogs can travel into Australia, but they must be registered with the Department of Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry (DAFF), implanted with an identification microchip, confirmed for rabies vaccination and general health. Upon entry into the country of Australia, your pet would need to spend 30, or more days in an official DAFF quarantine facility. Check the DAFF web site for specific information about pet importation, breed restrictions, fees, and veterinary care timelines.

Time Difference

There are three time zones in Australia:

Eastern Standard Time (AEST) encompasses the eastern states of Queensland, New South Wales (except Broken Hill), Victoria, Tasmania, and the Australian Capital Territory. In AEST, the time is 14 hours ahead of New York, 17 hours ahead of Los Angeles.

Central Standard Time (ACST) includes the Northern Territory and the New South Wales town of Broken Hill. The time in the ACST zone is 13.5 hours ahead of New York, 16.5 hours ahead of Los Angeles.

Western Standard Time (AWST) covers Western Australia. The time in AWST is 12 hours ahead of New York, 15 hours ahead of Los Angeles.

Daylight savings involves advancing the clocks one hour during the summer months, beginning the first Sunday in October, and ending the first Sunday in April. This is practiced throughout Australia, except in the Northern Territory and Queensland.

Language

The official language of Australia is English.

Electricity

Australia operates on 220-240 volt, 50Hz electricity, with a standard three-pin plug. Although many hotels offer converter plugs, you may also purchase this adapter prior to your departure at your local electronics store.

Tourism Information

General Information

Saving money on a car rental with Auto Europe is a good start for planning your trip to Australia. To freely experience the best of this vast and gorgeous country, book a rental car today through our easy online booking platform or by calling us toll-free at 1-888-223-5555. We provide additional resources for travelers, including the tourism offices for Australia's multiple unique regions, as well as the US Embassy offices. This helpful list of contacts will make you feel extra prepared as you begin your car rental trip in Australia!

Tourism Contacts

Tourism Australia
Website: www.australia.com

Tourism Western Australia
Phone: (+61) 8 9262 1700.
Website: www.westernaustralia.com

Tourism South Australia
108 North Terrace
Adelaide
South Australia
5000
Phone: (+61) 1300 764 227
Website: www.southaustralia.com

Tourism New South Wales
Tourism House
55 Harrington Street
The Rocks
Sydney
NSW 2000
Australia
Phone: (+61) 2 9931 1111
Fax: (+61) 2 9931 1490
Website: www.visitnsw.com/

Visit Canberra
330 Northbourne Avenue
Dickson
ACT 2602
Phone: (+61) 2 6205 0044
Fax: (+61) 2 6205 0776
Wesbite: www.visitcanberra.com.au 

Embassies

United States Embassy
Moonah Place
Yarralumla AC, Australia 2600
Phone: +61 2 6214 5600

Embassy of the Commonwealth of Australia
1601 Massachusetts Avenue, NW
Washington DC, USA 20036
Tel: 202 797 3000
Fax: 202 797 3168

United States Consulate General in Melbourne
553 St Kilda Road
Melbourne, Victoria 3004
Tel: (61) (03) 9526 5900
Fax: (61) (03) 9510 4646

United States Consulate General in Perth
16 St. George's Terrace,
13th Floor, Perth, WA 6000
Tel: (08) 9202-1224
Fax: (08) 9231-9444
Email: CGPerth@state.gov
After Hours Emergencies: (08)9476-0081

United States Consulate General in Sydney
MLC Centre, Level 59
19-29 Martin Place
Sydney NSW 2000 Australia
Phone: +61-2- 9373-9200
After hours emergencies +61-2-4422-2201
Fax: 1902-942-504
* In the event of an emergency Americans traveling abroad can contact the Office of Overseas Service at (202) 647-5225, after-hours emergencies call (202) 647-4000.

Weather in Australia

General Information

Exploring beautiful Australia in an Auto Europe car rental ensures top quality customer service and the lowest rates on the car rental market! You can maximize your fun in the land down under by learning about the local weather. Australian seasons are the opposite of ours, in the northern hemisphere. This makes travel to Australia a great option if you are hoping to escape summer heat or icy winter. Start by selecting your ideal travel time and book a car rental in advance for the best savings, guaranteed!

Spring

Springtime in Australia includes many of the clearest days of the year. This season highlights the blossoming wild flowers of the majestic Australian outback. The average temperature in Sydney from September through November is a mild and comfortable 50-68 F, 11-20 C.

Summer

Summer in Australia occurs between December and February.  The average temperature Australia is a toasty 86F(30C). These months present the perfect weather for beach-goers in the south, while the northern area tends to be hot, humid and rainy.  

Autumn

Sydney, Australia's average temperature in March through May is a comfortable 51-77 F (11-25 C). Autumn days are comfortable with a slight night time chill, producing a great climate for comfortable touring and delectable autumn harvests. The areas around Canberra and the Victorian Alps are particularly beautiful in fall.

Winter

The average temperature in Sydney from June through August is a cool 46-62 F/9-22 C. Although the nights tend to be chilly in some regions, snow fall is confined to the mountains in the Southeast. For sweeping snow capped vistas and exceptional skiing, head inland from Sydney or Melbourne. The outback and Queensland are also picturesque during the winter season.

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