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The most important information when travelling in Australia

To go to Australia, to the antipodes, is the dream of travellers from all over the world. Here is everything you need to know for a successful trip to the other side of the world.

When to go

Australia is great to visit at any time of the year. It all depends on which part of the country you want to visit. Generally speaking, September to November is the ideal time.

Entry requirements

British citizens do need visas to enter Australia. You can apply online for an electronic visitor visa.

You may need to undergo a health examination before a visa is granted, e.g. if you're over 75 years of age.

Health advise

You don't need to have had any special vaccinations to enter Australia unless you're coming from a country with a risk of yellow fever. Just make sure that you're up to date with all the vaccinations required in your own country.

Airline tickets

It can be quite expensive travelling to Australia. Depending on the time of year that you travel, a return flight will cost between £600 to £1100.

Time difference

L'Australia has three time zones and is between 8 and 11 hours ahead of the GMT. When it's midday in London it's 8 pm in Perth and 11 pm in Sydney


Naturally, English is the official language of this Commonwealth country. The accent is different to UK accents. Australians have the annoying habit of speaking fast and abbreviating certain words. It's just a question of getting used to it and it doesn't take long.

Relevant contacts

The High Commission of Australia in London

Australia House,

Strand, London WC2B 4LA

Tel: +44 20 7379 4334

British High Commission Canberra

Commonwealth Avenue, Yarralumla

Canberra ACT 2600

Tel: +61 (0)2 6270 6666

Phone and internet connection

Telephone prefix +61

You can get the internet absolutely everywhere in Australia. In restaurants, bars, hotels...there's Wi-Fi... It's no problem getting a connection.


The voltage is 230 V and the plugs (Type 1) have two or three flat metal pins. An adaptor is essential.

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