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Travel Advice: Australia

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Overview
Australia

While the culture may be similar to the United Kingdom, the terrain is in Australia is far from the mother isle. As a result, there are a few things you’ll need to do to prepare for your Australia holiday.

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Visas
Australia

British citizens will need an eVisitor visa in order to be granted entry to Australia. Your Travel Butler can apply for this visa for you. If you are not a British citizen or want to find out more, please talk to your Travel Butler or refer to the Australian Embassy.

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Inoculations
Australia

Extra vaccinations for travel to Australia are not necessary.

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When to go
Australia

With a warm climate and vast landscape, there’s never really a bad time to visit Australia. If you are limited by when you need to travel, there will always be a great destination to visit within the country. Generally speaking, if you’re visiting in Australia’s summer (the United Kingdom’s winter), cities like Sydney, Melbourne, Perth and the surrounding areas are great to visit as the warm weather is ideal for beach holidays and the three cities are a buzz with events such as New Year’s Eve celebrations, the Australian Open and the Sydney to Hobart Yacht Race. Summer in the north of the country can be incredibly hot and humid with afternoon storms or cyclones a common occurrence. As a result, areas like Cairns, the Great Barrier Reef, Darwin and Alice Springs are best visited in the country’s winter (also known as their dry season) when temperatures are warm but bearable and rain is less common.

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Currency
Australia

Australia uses the Australian Dollar.

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Electrical
Australia

Australia power outlets accept I plugs with three prongs, one which is an earthing pin and two which are flat pins that form an upside down V-shape. The residential voltage within the country is 230 Volts. To use UK appliances within the country you will need to bring a power adaptor. To save room in your suitcase, consider packing a universal power adaptor.

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Travel insurance
Australia

Like any country, accidents can happen when visiting Australia. While you may never need to use it, it is important to purchase travel insurance before you travel to ensure peace of mind. Your consultant can arrange your coverage for you.

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What to pack
Australia

Due to the country’s isolation and unique wildlife, Australian customs are very strict as to what you can and can not bring into the country. Generally speaking, any plant or animal matter (including food), should be declared on your customs form when you enter the country. In addition, here are some useful items you may want to consider bringing with you:

  • Passport
  • Power adaptor
  • Hat, sunglasses and sun cream
  • Swimsuit
  • Flip flops
  • Hiking boots
  • Backpack
  • Camera
  • Power Adaptor
  • Comfortable light layers
  • Raincoat

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