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.
For the current weather forecast in Australia, click here.
U.S. and Canadian citizens need a valid passport, proof of
onward passage, and an Electronic Travel Authority (ETA), which
substitutes for a visa. An ETA is free and available at http://www.eta.immi.gov.au/.
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.
World Health Organization: http://www.who.int/countries/en/#9
Center for Disease Control:http://wwwn.cdc.gov/travel/destinationAustralia.aspx
In Australia, the currency is the Australian dollar. One US dollar is equal to about $1.39 in Australian currency. Click here for current exchange rates.
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: 230 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.
Click here for more
information about electrical standards around the world.