Prepare for your trip to Australia with these practical tips, including currency, taxes, cultural practices and travelling with a disability.
What is the language of Australia?
Australia’s official language is English. However, Australia is a multicultural nation with a significant migrant population, so it's common to hear a diverse range of languages in Australia's cities and towns.
What is the currency in Australia?
Australia’s national currency is Australian dollars (AUD), which comes in denominations of $5, $10, $20, $50 and $100 notes. Coins come in 5, 10, 20 and 50 cent and one and two dollar denominations.
What is Goods and Services Tax?
Australia has a Goods and Services Tax (GST) of 10 per cent. You may be able to claim a refund for the GST paid on goods if you have spent AUD$300 or more with a single business, no more than 60 days before departing Australia. Tourist Refund Scheme facilities are located in the departure area of international terminals.
Is tipping customary in Australia?
Hotels and restaurants do not add service charges to your bill, and tipping is always your choice. In upmarket restaurants, it is common to tip waiters 10 per cent of the bill for good service.
What is the legal drinking age in Australia?
The legal drinking age in all states and territories of Australia is 18 years old. You will need to provide proof of age, either with a driver's licence or passport.
Can I bargain or haggle prices in Australia?
It is not customary to bargain in Australia.
What is the emergency number in Australia?
The emergency number for police, ambulance and fire brigade is 000.