Frequently asked questions
Can I use my bank card in Australia?
You'll be able to use your credit and debit cards across Australia, but your bank may charge an overseas transaction fee. It's
also a good idea to let your bank know that you'll be in Australia before you go. If you don't, your bank may think the
transaction is fraudulent and block the payment.
Smaller shops and cafés often have a minimum card spend for bank card purchases. In cases like these, having some travel
money on hand can help you pay for your morning coffee or jar of yeast extract.
How expensive is Australia?
Australia can be quite an expensive place to visit, especially if you're staying in cities like Canberra or Sydney.
If you're visiting Australia on a tighter budget, staying in hostels and using public transport are a few good ways to
reduce your travel expenses. Some hostels and guestrooms will even have kitchens where you can cook.
But if you do plan to dine out in Australia, a basic meal can cost:
- AUD48 in Canberra
- AUD35 in Adelaide
- AUD30 in Perth
- AUD25 in Sydney and Melbourne
- AUD19 in Wollongong
- AUD15 in Ballarat
Check our currency converter to see the latest exchange
rates for Australian dollars.
Can you use other currencies in Australia?
The Australian dollar is the only accepted currency in Australia.
While they have the same currency unit, the US dollar (USD)
and New Zealand dollar (NZD) aren't interchangeable
with the Australian dollar. If you arrive in Australia with any of these currencies, you'll need to exchange them.
Do you need a visa to visit Australia?
Whether you're attending a conference or going on a cruise, UK citizens will need a visa to enter Australia.
If you're visiting Australia for a holiday or to attend a business meeting, you can apply for an eVisitor pass
which will let you stay in Australia for up to 3 months. If you're hoping to work or stay longer, you'll need
a different visa.
You'll also need to bring a valid passport and completed Incoming Passenger Card.
You should always research the most up to date visa guidelines before planning a trip.
Other passport holders should check the entry requirements with your country's embassy.
Should I tip in Australia?
Tipping isn't normally expected in Australia. Instead, a 10% to 15% service charge will be added onto your bill.
In cases where there's no service charge, waiters and taxi drivers will appreciate a tip between AUD10 and AUD15.
For hotel porters, you should tip AUD1 per bag.
What languages are spoken in Australia?
Australia doesn't have an official language. However, English is recognised as the national language and is spoken
widely throughout the country.
Besides English, there are a few other languages spoken by expat communities:
There are also a few Aboriginal Australian languages, including:
- Australian Kriol
What is the latest government travel advice for Australia?
During summer, parts of Australia can become very hot and dry. Bushfires are especially common during this period, and
many can be extremely dangerous. Smoke from these fires can cause poor air quality and lead to respiratory conditions.
The government regularly provides information for travel into Australia. You can visit the
Foreign, Commonwealth & Development Office (FCDO)
for the latest travel advice for Australia.
What is the best time of year to visit Australia?
Australia is part of the Southern Hemisphere, which means that it's Australian summer during British winter and vice versa.
If you're heading to Australia for a beach holiday, visit southern Australia between December and March. This will be
Australian summer time, meaning longer days and warmer temperatures. Cities like Gold Coast and Sydney will be bustling
holiday hotspots during this period.
Northern Australia is popular during the dry season (June to September). The currents are gentler, making it a great opportunity
for snorkelling in the Great Barrier Reef. The lack of humidity also makes the dry season a good time to explore Australian
rainforests or hike one of Australia's many trails.
Generally speaking, the best time to visit Australia will depend on what you want to do and the weather you want to have!