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1. Climate
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3. Money Matters
4. O'seas Visitors Info
5. Health & Safety
6. Travelling Around
7. Holiday Dates
8. Time Zones
9. Emergency Info
10.Driving etc.

Driving & Other Information


Australia operates on the metric system of measurement.


Celsius-Fahrenheit - multiply by 1.8 and add 32

Litres-Imperial Gallons - multiply by .22
Litres-US Gallons - multiply by .26

Kilograms-Pounds - multiply by 2.2

Kilometres-Miles - multiply by .62


Overseas visitors need to carry their National driving licence or an International Driving Permit. If your licence is not printed in English carry a translation.

It is illegal to drive whilst using a hand held mobile phone.

It is illegal to drive whilst affected by alcohol. The blodd alcohol reading for New South Wales is 0.05 grams per 100 millilitres. If you are a learner driver or provisional driver, or under 25 years with a licence less than three years old, you must not drive after having consumed any alcohol at all.

Seat belts must be worn by the driver and all passengers whilst driving. Children and babies must have an approved child restraint.

Australian cars are right-hand drive and they travel on the left side of the road.

Road regulations vary from state to state.

When crossing the road, always check for traffic by looking to your right first.


Australian electricity voltage for domestic use is 220-240 volts, AC 50Hz with 3-pin power outlets.

UK appliances work with an adaptor.
US 110V appliances also need a transformer.
Outlets for 110 volts for small appliances are found in most hotels.


Smoking is banned on public transport, in many offices and public buildings, cinemas and theatres.

Hotels and bars rarely restrict smoking. Restaurants now have no-smoking areas, some are smoke free.


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