The World's Largest Island

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 and now call Australia home!



Spring and Autumn are amongst the best times for a trip 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. 


  • Spring ~ September, October, November
  • Summer ~ December, January, February
  • Autumn ~ March, April, May  



Language: The official language is English


Currency: Australian Dollar (AUD)


Banks & ATMs:

The leading Australian banks are ANZ, Commonwealth, NAB and Westpac, while 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.

Consider carrying a universal adapter.



Although Australia is one of the safest countries globally, it is notorious for its poisonous spiders, snakes, deadly jellyfish and sharks in the ocean. 


Flight Connections:

Qantas Airways is the national carrier for Australia (also known as the Flying Kangaroo.

Virgin Australia and Jetstar Airways are also common carriers in Australia.


Check WayAway or Skyscanner for great airfares.