Australia - Travel Infos
Due to its size, the continent is home to different climate zones. Since
The North has a tropical climate; Central and
Additionally is the summer time also the wet season, which means problems with flooding in many regions. The
The tropical regions of
The drought period falls into the winter months April to October.
In the largest portion of the country, the low precipitation is spread throughout the whole year, in some areas it has not rained for years; particularly the East and Southeast are in danger of wide-spread forest fires during the hot summer months. Winters are cool and mild. The best travel time is from October to December.
Inland a desert climate with hot, dry summers and warm winters reins. In the summertime, temperatures are as high as 50° C (122° F), if exposed here, sunburn is immediate. Here too it is advisable to avoid the summer months and travel the area during winter. Winters are comfortable, at times even cold. At night, temperatures can drop below 0° C (32° F). And if the wind blows during the daytime, temperatures may drop as low as 15° C (59° F). For this reason, the best travel time is the European summer months.
Southern Victoria and
Along the east coast, the climate is comfortable; summer and winter are good travel seasons, even if the South can sometimes get a bit colder, it is still comfortable by European standards. Of course swimming in
In relevance to the weather in central
The climate of the west coast is similar to that of the east coast.
Depending on the state, the speed limit within city limits ranges from 50 to 60 km/h and 100 to 110 km/h outside city limits. Speeding violations are subject to high fines.
To drive in
Vehicles within a traffic circle generally have priority. If the priority is not marked, the “right before left” rule is in effect.
All highways, as well as roads leading to the most important tourist attractions are paved by now.
Into the Outback however, most roads are only improved gravel roads. Away from populated areas, particularly during twilight, animals crossing the road should be expected.
Gasoline and Diesel are cheaper than in
Eastern Standard Time (EST): in
Central Standard Time (CST): in
Western Standard Time (WST): in
From October to March there are 5 different time zones, since
Since the 3rd of December 2006,
The currency in
If items subject to quarantine laws are not declared, or if false statements pertaining to this matter are made, a fine of up to 220 A$ may be imposed. Additionally, legal prosecution may be sought which may carry fines of up to 60 000 A$ as well as up to 10 years imprisonment.
Many street corners, in public buildings, and stores feature public telephone booths, which accept coins and calling cards. Calling cards are available in drug stores, newspaper stores, or anyplace marked by a small flag.
Strict laws prohibit the import of drugs, steroids, and weapons. Food items, plant materials, and animal products are also not allowed to be imported.
Already on the airplane, flight personnel remind travelers that all eatable items must be turned over. Frequently and intensive checks by customs personnel with working dogs take place upon arrival. A violation against these laws may be fined up to 220 A$.
A mosquito net and insect repellent should definitely be carried along, particularly if traveling through the tropical North.
Many travel agents offer a free visa service in conjunction with travel reservations.
Smoking is prohibited in all public buildings, public transportation, shopping centers, and most restaurants.
It is noteworthy to mention that not all Australian restaurants are allowed to serve alcohol. In these “non-licensed” establishments it is customary to “BYO” – bring your own; guests bring their own alcohol, which they may consume in the restaurant for a small “cork fee”.
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