Updated August 11, 2020.
Heading to a “land down under” soon? It’s an absolute favorite of mine, so I can highly recommend it! But before you go, there are a few things to know that could give you a little help on your trip.
Getting Into the Country
- You will need a visa. It is good for one year, up to three months at a time, and you can find out how to get one in How to Apply for an Australian Tourist Visa!
- Know if you have an “e-passport.”
- You will need to fill out an entry form.
Must know info: How to Get an Australian Tourist Visa
It’s not what you say but how you say it, right?
- Quay is pronounced “Key.”
- CBD is a common term elsewhere in the world, but not so much in the States, and it stands for “Central Business District.” If you’re like me, you’re more familiar with the term “downtown”!
- Lift is the word for “elevator,” and with the accent it sounds a lot like “left.” In a jet lagged hunt for the bathroom, this is a very important distinction!
- Way Out is another way of saying “Exit.”
Also helpful: What to Know Before you Visit Sydney
If you don’t learn anything else before you go, note these things down!
- Drive on the… LEFT! Find out how in Tips for Driving on the Left!
- Currency: Australian Dollar (AUD)
- International Driver’s License: Not necessary for Americans; do a quick Internet search to find out if drivers from your country need one!
- The Outlets: This is what the outlets look like, and in most cases, you have to turn the switch DOWN to turn it ON!
More here: 5 Essentials for International Travel
- Water is FREE at restaurants. Woohoo!
- It is illegal to hold a koala. Except at Kuranda Koala Gardens in Cairns!
- Do not spread Vegemite like butter. You will be in for a salty mouthful!
Find out more in How to Hold a Koala (and how NOT to eat vegemite)!
What do you think? Are you ready to take on exotic and exciting Australia? Tell me below!
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4 thoughts on “What to Know Before You Visit Australia”
The cutest thing today is that koala! I just adore those bears. If I ever go to Australia this will be on the top my lists to do – hold koala. 🙂
They are the BEST! Definitely visit Cairns and the Kuranda Koala Gardens! 😍🐨
Not bears! Marsupials! Females have pouches 😀