The seasons in Australia are the opposite of those in the Northern Hemisphere with December and January being the hottest months and July and August the coldest. Australian winters are fairly mild, but a bit rainy. The Great Barrier Reef is best visited September-December, but it can also be seen May-August (it's a bit cooler then; cyclones can disrupt sightseeing plans January-April). Be sure to take a sweater, no matter when or where you're going.
Check out the current weather conditions in Australia
See our Visa page for information on passports and visas to Australia.
The sun is just about the biggest health concern in Australia, which has the world's highest incidence of skin cancer. Take plenty of sunscreen as well as insect repellant.
In Australia, the currency is the Australian dollar. Please review the current exchange rate for the Yuan.
ATMs: ATMs are located at most banks
Items unique to Australia that you might want to shop for are aboriginal art, leather goods, pearls, opals, and antiques.
Voltage: 240 V; Plug I. You will need a voltage converter, and plug adapter in order to use U.S. appliances. We recommend getting a universal adapter and converter kit before your tour to Australia. View more information about electrical standards around the world.
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