Australia

Capital Canberra

Population 24,117,360

Area 7,692,024 km2

Key facts

Australia is a country located in Oceania. The country has no land neighbors.

English is an official language in Australia. It means that if you speak it, you would be able to communicate with almost everyone. If not, it is highly recommended that you acquire some basic English before traveling to Australia.

The national currency in Australia is Australian dollar (AUD). The dollar ($) is subdivided into 100 cent (c).

Australian
Banknotes

5$10$20$50$100$

Australian
Coins

1$2$5c10c20c50c

Check with your bank before your trip to find out if there are any fees for using your card abroad. Some banks do not charge fees when you use a foreign ATM or pay in foreign currency, but others may charge a fixed cost for each transaction or allow a limited number of free withdrawals. The travel card provided by Wise.com, Revolut or Monose might be an excellent option to cut down on transaction fees.

Ookla® Speedtest The average fixed internet speed in Australia is 125.26 Mbps and mobile is 152.86 Mbs.The global average is 192.75 Mbps and 130.75 Mbps respectively.

ATM Density Australia has more ATMs than most other countries.123.59 ATMs per 100,000 people.The global average is 39.49.

SIM Registration In order to purchase a SIM card in Australia, a passport or ID is required as identification.

Socket types

There is one common socket type used in Australia. Type I is not very common around the world, so it might be a good idea to check if your electronics need an adapter.

Type I 230 V, 50 Hz  

The sockets’ shapes and voltage differ from country to country and a travel plug adapter may be required. Portable devices, such as phones, notebooks or tablets, usually handle the entire range of voltages used across the world (110-240V).

Public holidays

In the year 2024, Australia will celebrate 7 national public holidays. Furthermore, there are 16 holidays that are only celebrated in certain parts of Australia. The next one Western Australia Day will take place on June 3.

Date Holiday name
January 1, 2024Moving holiday New Year’s DayNew Year’s Day
January 26, 2024Moving holiday Australia DayAustralia Day
March 4, 2024Moving holiday Labour DayLabour Day Regional holiday
March 11, 2024Moving holiday Labour DayLabour Day Regional holiday
March 29, 2024Moving holiday Good FridayGood Friday
March 30, 2024Moving holiday Holy SaturdayEaster Eve Regional holiday
March 31, 2024Moving holiday Easter SundayEaster Sunday Regional holiday
April 1, 2024Moving holiday Easter MondayEaster Monday
April 25, 2024 Anzac DayAnzac Day
May 6, 2024Moving holiday Labour DayLabour Day Regional holiday
May 27, 2024Moving holiday Reconciliation DayReconciliation Day Regional holiday
June 3, 2024Moving holiday Western Australia DayWestern Australia Day Regional holiday
June 10, 2024Moving holiday King’s BirthdayKing’s Birthday Regional holiday
August 5, 2024Moving holiday Picnic DayPicnic Day Regional holiday
October 7, 2024Moving holiday King’s BirthdayKing’s Birthday Regional holiday
November 5, 2024Moving holiday Melbourne CupMelbourne Cup Regional holiday
December 25, 2024Moving holiday Christmas DayChristmas Day
December 26, 2024Moving holiday St. Stephen’s DayBoxing Day

Tourism

What hotel chains are present in Australia?

There are Mariott hotels in 3 cities.

The Hilton hotel chain operates in Australia.

The IHG hotel chain operates in Australia.

The Best Western hotel chain operates in Australia.

There are Radisson hotels in 3 cities.

The Accor hotel chain operates in Australia.

What fast food chains are present in Australia?

The McDonald’s chain operates in Australia.

The KFC chain operates in Australia.

The Burger King chain operates in Australia.

The Subway chain operates in Australia.

The Domino’s Pizza chain operates in Australia.

The Starbucks chain operates in Australia.

Weather

What is the weather like in Canberra?

Today the sun in Canberra, rises at 7:02 AM and sets at 4:59 PM. The climate of Canberra may be categorized as a Marine west coast (Cfb), according to Koppen’s classification system.

FridayMay 31Heavy RainLow: 5.7°C (42.26°F)High: 15.4°C (59.72°F)
SaturdayJun 1Rain showersLow: 0.5°C (32.9°F)High: 13.6°C (56.48°F)
SundayJun 2Rain showersLow: 5.2°C (41.36°F)High: 11.3°C (52.34°F)
MondayJun 3Rain showersLow: 7.9°C (46.22°F)High: 15.1°C (59.18°F)
TuesdayJun 4FogLow: 6.1°C (42.98°F)High: 10.2°C (50.36°F)
WednesdayJun 5FogLow: 6.7°C (44.06°F)High: 14.3°C (57.74°F)

Weather data for Canberra (capital city) by Open-Meteo.com

Transport

Railways There are passenger trains operating between some cities.

Subway Systems The subway system is available in Sydney.

Taxi Apps Uber is available in 45 cities. Bolt is not available in Australia.

Car Rental Avis , Sixt , Hertz are all available in Australia.

Road Connectivity Index (2016)  With a score of 6.4, Australia is placed 16th out of 129 nations.

Driving Side In Australia traffic is left-handed.

Safety

Theft Occurrence Rate  1,900.00 thefts per 100,000 people in 2020.The global average is 544.

Road Traffic Casualties 4.90 deaths per 100,000 people in 2019.The global average is 16.74.

Travel Advisory Level (U.S. DoS)  Level 1: Exercise normal precautions. 

Emergency phones in Australia

000 Police
000 Ambulance
000 Fire police

Sources

Smoking & Alcohol

Smoking ban Smoking is forbidden in all public indoor locations, with limited exceptions.

Cananbis legality Recreational usage is decriminalized, and medical use is legal.

The products are only for your own use or consumption, or as a present for members of your household. They may not be imported for commercial purposes under any circumstances.

Alcohol allowance

If you are 18 years old or older, you are allowed to carry 2.25L of alcoholic beverages into Australia duty-free.

Tobacco allowance

The majority of tobacco goods are classified as ‘prohibited imports.’ Cigarettes, molasses tobacco, heat-not-burn goods, and loose leaf tobacco all fall under this category.

To import banned tobacco goods for commercial or personal use into Australia, you must apply for and be given an import permit by the Australian Border Force (ABF) prior to your tobacco arriving.

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