Credit cards are widely accepted within Australia (at hotels, shops, and restaurants, travel agencies, car-rental agencies etc.). Maestro, MasterCard and Visa are the most widely accepted. American Express is less common. Diners Club is pretty rare. Discover, JCB, RuPay and UnionPay are unknown.
Tipping is usually not expected in Australia. However, if you are satisfied with the service provided you can show your appreciation by leaving a small ‘extra’ tip. Receipts might sometimes include a service charge. If there is a service charge there is no need to tip.
Automatic teller machines (local name: ATM) are everywhere in Australia. Pretty much anywhere you look there will be an ATM. Australia has one of the highest ATM densities in the world.
You do not need a chip & PIN card to use an ATM — your standard magnetic card will work fine.
Australia uses different GSM mobile networks than Israel so check if your mobile phone supports network technologies in Australia .
If you don't want to buy SIM card in Australia upon arrival, make sure to check the roaming charges with your telecom provider before your departure so there are no surprises when you return home.
To call Australia from Israel, dial + or 00 (exit code for Israel), then 61 (the country code for Australia), then the area code (without the initial 0) and the local number.
For local calls within Australia, start with the area code (with the initial 0). In the case above area code is 2 .
The following vaccinations listed for this country are recommended for your protection and to prevent the spread of infectious diseases.
These apply only to select travelers or persons on work assignments.
In Australia you drive on the left side. Most cars have automatic transmission.
Unless otherwise posted, the speed limits for cars and motorcycles are as follows: 100 km/h (62 mph) on undivided highways, 100-110 km/h (62-68 mph) on motorways, 100-110 km/h (62-68 mph) on expressways and 50-60 km/h (31-37 mph) in all built-up areas.
It is illegal to drive with blood alcohol content higher than 0.05%.
An International Driving Permit (IDP) is required alongside your original license. IDP can be issued by your local automobile association before you leave home.