Australia Travel Tips are required for your business or personal Australia adventure.
Australia, a large country about the same size as the United States has less than
10% of the U.S. population. Sparsely populated, Australia is a jewel offering clear
blue waters, coral reefs, and 50,000 km of coastline filled with magnificent beaches.
The coastal cosmopolitan cities are a mecca of cultural sophistication offering
sublime food, wine, and night life. Whether traveling on business or for pleasure,
here are some Australia Travel Tips to help you enjoy this paradise.
Fireworks @ Sydney Opera House - Mee Lin Woon; Sydney sunset - Tim R.
Tip #1: Australian Travel Visas
In addition to a valid passport, the Australian government requires all travelers
except visitors from New Zealand to have a travel visa. For short term visitors
or business travelers, a visa can be obtained through the Electronic Travel Authority
(ETA) via the Internet.
Tourists can apply for a Visitor ETA. This visa is free of charge (except for Internet
processing fee) and is good for unlimited travel 3 months at a time for up to a year.
For those visitors conducting business in Australia, you need to apply for a Short
Validity ETA (a single trip for up to 3 months) or a Long Validity ETA (good for
unlimited 3 month period visits for the duration of the visa).
Tip #2: Australian Climate
Australia's nick name of "Down Under" signifies that it is south of the equator.
For those living in the Northern Hemispheres north of the equator, the climate in
Australia seems strange because everything is the opposite. Christmas in Australia
is during the summer month of December. So summer is from December to February;
autumn from March to May; winter from June to August; Spring from September to November.
Tip #3: Australian Time Zones
Australia is split into three different time zones: east, central and west. The time
difference between each time zone can be confusing. The eastern time zone is 0.5
hour ahead of the central time zone, while the Central time zone is 1.5 hours ahead
of the western time zone.
What makes it even more confusing is Daylight Savings Time when clocks advance ahead
for the summer. Only part of Australia follows Daylight Savings Time. The states
of Western Australia, the Northern Territories and Queensland do not participate
in Daylight Savings Time. When Daylight Savings Time does occur in Australia, it
is at the opposite time of the year than that of the countries in the North Hemisphere.
Tip #4: Australian Business Attire
The Australians follow the dress code of the United States and Europe leaning towards
even more casualness than formality. Men wear suits and ties doing business in the
cities. Women also wear suits but they prefer dresses or skirts over slacks. Due
to the region's casual culture, it is common to see bright colors and men wearing
shorts with their shirt and ties.
Tip #5: Australian Dining
Due to the multi-ethnic composition of Australia, foods from virtually every country
can be found. There are restaurants specializing in Italian, Chinese, Indian, Middle
Eastern, Greek etc. Beef and lamb are very popular due to the abundant supply from
the agricultural industry. Fresh seafood is also in great abundance. Australia
is famous for its Vegemite or Great Australian Meat Pie.
Tip #6 Australian Departure Tax
All visitors to Australia must pay a departure tax or a movement tax. It must be
paid in local Australian currency. Visitors will then receive a tax stamp which
should be attached to the departure ticket.
Visitors to Australia are in awe of its natural beauty. Yet, its geographical location
on earth makes it challenging for the foreigner to adapt. Keep these tips in mind
whether you are conducting an Import from China business trip or for traveling for
pure pleasure. Enjoy!