Currency: Australian dollar
Religion: Predominantly Christian
Emergency number: 000
Who needs one?
Unless you are an Australian or New Zealand citizen, you will need a visa or Electronic Ticket Authority (ETA) to enter Australia. New Zealand passport holders can apply for a visa upon arrival. Head here for more detailed information regarding what type of visa you require.
Getting it sorted in Singapore
Head here to find out what you need to do, or pay the Australian High Commission a visit at 25 Napier Road.
- Pack plenty of factor 50+ sunscreen, wear a hat, and stay out of the midday sun
- Australia is home to some nice and not so nice creatures. If you’re not sure, don’t go near it!
- If you’re on the beach, always follow the beach safety instructions applied by the lifeguards
Learn the Lingo
“STRINE” (Aussie slang)
|Fair dinkum||The real thing|
|Give it a burl||Try something|
|Flat out like a lizard drinking||Busy at work|
|Woop Woop / the back of Bourke||A long way away|
Hot Spots: Sydney, Whitsundays, Tasmania, Melbourne, Byron Bay, Northern Territory, Great Ocean Road, Gold Coast, Western and South Australia.
- Sun and surf: Brisbane – Sunshine Coast – Cairns – Great Barrier Reef
- Cool capitals: Sydney – Melbourne – Great Ocean Road
- Outback: Darwin – Kakadu – Alice Springs – Uluru
- Food & wine: Perth – Fremantle – Margaret River
Flying time: Between 4 and 7 ½ hours flight to Sydney
Time difference with Singapore: Australia is 0 (Perth) to 3 (Sydney) hours ahead of Singapore
When to go: Australia has four seasons, but the climate can vary due to the size of the continent. The north generally benefits from warm weather, and southern states experience cooler winters. It’s also one of the driest continents, and temperatures reach 30+ in the summer, and below zero in the winter.
- Spring – September to November
- Summer – December to February
- Autumn – March to May
- Winter – June to August
5 June to 6 July: British Lions 2013, the British and Irish Lions rugby tour that occurs in Australia every 12 years.
5 November: Melbourne Cup, the horse race that “stops a nation”.
31 December: New Year’s Eve is always done in style, and with plenty of fireworks.
26 January 2014: Australia day.
Before you go, watch…
Les Miserables. It might be a musical, and it may well be set in 19th century France, but it stars two fine Australian actors, Russell Crowe and Hugh Jackman. Mad Max, for an eye-opening view of a dystopian Australian future.
Before you go, read…
The Slap by Christos Tsiolkas, explores what happens when a man slaps someone else’s child at a barbecue. It might not give you a rounded sense of Australia, but it’s a conversation starter. The Shiralee by Darcy Niland, following a father’s journey across New South Wales, and captures the spirit of the outback.
While you’re there, please don’t…
Attempt to surf without knowing the rules. Surfers can be territorial about their beach, so swot up on your surfing etiquette first.
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