Arriving in Australia back in 1982 as an immigrant from the UK was a daunting but exciting time of my life. I was in my teenage years when my family and I arrived, and everything in Australia felt so foreign, so vast, and hot compared to the dreary cold of the UK.
But we were welcomed with Australia’s rich landscape, a fascinating mix of climate, its spectacular coastlines and beaches and most importantly, Australia’s laid-back culture.
THE BEST TIME TO VISIT
Spring and Autumn are amongst the best times to travel around Australia.
The Northern parts of Australia are characterised by 2 seasons: the wet (November to April) and the dry (April to November) with tropical temperatures.
WHAT TO EXPECT
Language: The official language is English
Currency: Australian Dollar (AUD)
Banks & ATMs:
The leading Australian banks are ANZ, Commonwealth, and Westpac, and ATMs are available everywhere.
Plugs and Sockets:
Australia uses Type I, the two or three pinned plugs with flat pins shaped like a V. The standard voltage is 230 V, and the typical frequency is 50 Hz.
Although Australia is one of the safest countries globally, it is notorious for its poisonous spiders, snakes, deadly jellyfish and sharks in the ocean.
Qantas Airways is the national carrier for Australia (also known as the Flying Kangaroo.
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