General Information


Entry into Australia

Unless you are an Australian or New Zealand citizen, you will need a visa to enter Australia. All other passport holders must apply for a visa before leaving home. Visit http://www.immi.gov.au for more information.

Climate

Melbourne’s average temperature in October is 19-24°C when it is spring time. 

Currency / Banking

The currency used is the Australian dollar. Banking hours are usually 0930 -1600hrs, Monday to Friday. Automatic Teller Machines are well spread throughout the Melbourne business district. International credit cards are accepted throughout the country's banks, most hotels and city stores.

Electricity

Australia uses a 240 volt 50 cycle system with 3 pin flat plugs.

Goods and Service Tax

Goods and Services in Australia are subject to a 10% tax (GST). This tax is usually included in the price and if not, it is clearly stated. 
The Tourist Refund Scheme (TRS) enables travellers to claim a refund of the goods and Services Tax (GST) and wine equalisation tax (WET) paid on some goods bought in Australia. Visit the Australian Customs website for details about what you can claim and how.

Time

Melbourne is +10 hours ahead of GMT in October.

Visitor Information Centres

Visitor information centres are staffed by friendly and professional people with extensive local knowledge.