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Welcome to Australia
Transcript of Welcome to Australia
History & Culture
Every state has a selection of hotels run by well-known and established international chains
The official language is English.
Australians rely on aviation to get from place to place in the same way that inhabitants of smaller countries rely on trains and buses.
Weather & Geography
Hot most of the year
Be careful with personal possessions and travel documents
Welcome to Australia
Captain James Cook, however, who landed at Botany Bay in 1770
A British colony had been established not long after Cook’s arrival, and by 1868 , sent more than 160,000 convicts.
The Top End has two seasons, dry and wet,
The Red Centre has the usual four: summer, autumn, winter and spring.
Coastal and some inland areas can receive heavy monsoon rain from October to March.
The best time to visit is June to August.
Theft from safety deposit boxes is common in the cheaper hotels and hostels.
Beware of online lettings scams in which prospective tenants are asked to transfer a deposit to an overseas bank account in return for keys to a rental property in Australia.
The mobile phone network generally works well in cities and large towns but coverage elsewhere can be very limited or non-existent.
Bed and breakfast in private homes is available throughout Australia, and numbers are on the rise.
Camping tours cover most of the country,
especially the wilder areas.
Pub hotels: Pub hotels usually offer drinks, meals and simple but comfortable accommodation for travellers.
Many other languages are retained by minorities, including Italian, German, Greek, Vietnamese, Chinese dialects and Aboriginal languages.
Australians of Anglo and other European descent are the dominant majority in Australia, estimated at 85–92% of the total population
Roads: It’s essential for drivers to be aware of the sheer extent of some of the distances involved
The roads between cities and towns are of a high standard
Dollar (AUD; symbol A$) = 100 cents. Notes are in denominations of A$100, 50, 20, 10 and 5. Coins are in denominations of A$2 and 1, and 50, 20, 10 and 5 cents
Major credit cards are accepted. Use may be restricted in small towns and outback areas.
Attractions & Entertainment
Canoe Nitmiluk Gorge
Great Barrier Reef
Drive the Gibb River Road