Capital City: Canberra
Country Calling Code: +61
Currency: AUD

1 CNY = 0.16 AUD

1 USD = 1.00 AUD

1 EUR = 1.23 AUD

1 GBP = 1.45 AUD

1 AUD = 1.00 AUD

These rates were valid at time of writing.
Please check for exact exchange rates.

Weather & When to Visit


Australia experiences temperate weather for most of the year but the climate can vary due to the size of continent. The northern states typically experience warm weather much of the time, with the southern states experiencing cooler winters. Australia is also one of the driest continents on earth with an average annual rainfall of less than 600 millimeters.

Like all countries in the southern hemisphere, Australia's seasons are opposite to those in the northern hemisphere. December to February is summer; March to May is autumn; June to August is winter; and September to November is spring. For city- specific forecast please see

Events & Festivals


Hundreds of festivals are held throughout Australia year round. There are numerous festivals scattered around the country that showcase local and international theater, dance, visual arts, music, food and wine.

Sydney Festival and Melbourne International Arts Festival are famous for recognizing the culture in fun ways. Brisbane is famous for their fireworks on the River during the Brisbane Festival, while world’s greatest art event is Adelaide Festival. Perth International Arts Festival is a great place to be during the summer, whereas the greatest mix of culture and cuisine can be discovered at the Hobart’s Taste of Tasmania Festival, in Tasmania.

For the top end culture, head to the Darwin Festival, or go Canberra to celebrate the multicultural festivals in February. The very best local, national and international music, dance, food and creative arts are showcased during the two weeks of celebrations. For more information, please visit and



There are different visas available for all nationalities. All countries (except New Zealand) require a visa and a passport to enter Australia, however applications vary for countries. Please check and apply online as that is the easiest way to obtain a visa.



Sydney Airport (SYD) also known as Kingsford-Smith Airport, is located 9km (6 miles) south of central Sydney. It has 3 terminals with one international terminal (T1) and two domestic terminals (T2 & T3). The T-Bus shuttle bus serves between International (T1) and Domestic (T2) Terminals which costs $5.50 (one way, per person). The journey takes up to 10 mins. A taxi journey between T1 International and T2/T3 Domestic Terminals will take up to 10 mins depending on the time of day. The approximate cost is $8.00 - $12.00 (one way, per taxi). A $5.00 (one way, per person) transfer ticket for passengers transferring between T1 International and T2/T3 Domestic Terminals by train is also available. T2 and T3 Domestic Terminals are walking distance apart.

Melbourne Airport (MEL) also known as Tullamarine Airport is located 25km (15 miles) northwest of Melbourne and has 4 terminals. Terminal 1 (T1) serves domestic flights used by Qantas & Jetstar; Terminal 2 (T2) serves International flights; Terminal 3 (T3) serves domestic flights used by Virgin Australia & REX; Terminal 4 (T4) serves domestic flights used by Tiger Airways. All terminals are located in the same complex connected by walkways.  

Perth Airport is a major gateway to Western Australia, located 12km (7.5 miles) northeast of Perth. It has 4 terminals with one international terminal and three domestic terminals. Terminal 1 (T1) serves international flights used by Emirates, Malaysia Airlines, Qantas Airways and Singapore Airlines. Terminal 2 (T2), the first new terminal to be built in Perth, is home to Alliance Airlines, Tiger Airways and Skywest. Terminal 3 (T3) is a Domestic Terminal used by Alliance Airlines, Skywest Airlines, Virgin Australia and Tiger Airways. Terminal 4 (T4) is also known as Qantas Domestic Terminal used by Qantas, QantasLink and Jetstar.  

Note, the Passenger Movement Charge (PMC) replacing departure tax is included in your airfare and the cost is $55. If you are continuing your journey within 8 hours of arrival, hold a valid onward ticket and do not leave the transit lounge.

Things to Consider


  • It is not common to bargain or tip in Australia as wages are generally high.
  • Australia’s popular beaches are usually patrolled by volunteer lifesavers from October to April, and there are red and yellow flags marking the safe areas for swimming.
  • It is dangerous to swim in the dark, alone, or far from the shore.
  • When diving, it is recommended to wear wetsuits to avoid dangerous contacts with poisonous marine life.
  • Australian sun is very strong so be sure to cover skin and use SPF 30+, even on cloudy days.
  • When staying outside for a prolonged time, reapply the sunscreen and stay hydrated.
  • The emergency phone call for police, firefighter and ambulance is 000


Important Note:
Whilst Classic Travel does our best to keep information updated, it is always advisable for you to double-check details for your specific trip as information can change without notice, particularly in regards to arrival & departure airport terminals, visa requirements and airport/port fees.