Australian Dollars. One A$ is worth approximately 60p. It is easy to exchange money or use ATMs to withdraw A$ in cities but is worth thinking about how much you might need for trips further afield as there will not be much opportunity to get extra cash.
Australia has no official language but English is spoken throughout.
Dial +61 for Australia. Area codes are single digits; Sydney and Canberra numbers begin with 2, Melbourne and Hobart with 3, Perth, Darwin and Adelaide all start with 8 and Brisbane with a 7. Australian mobile numbers begin with 4.
Travellers from the UK must have a tourist visa. Short Stay visas allow a stay of up to three months, and Long Stay visas allow a stay of up to 12 months. Those under 31 who are looking to explore Australia for a longer period of time can apply for a Working Holiday visa, giving you the right to partake in casual work for up to six months at a time. This visa lasts 12 months but can be extended for another 12 if you have spent at least three months as a seasonal worker.