Australia Travel information

Australia

Flag of Australia

Australia is located in Australia and New Zealand.

Official language is English. Australia uses metric system (kilograms, centimeters, °C). Time zone is from UTC+08:00 to UTC+11:00 with daylight saving time.

Sockets & plugs

Adapter required, transformer not needed

Australia uses 230V, 50Hz with socket and plug Type I.


Sockets & plugs - Type I
Type I


Money

Currency

A$1.00 = 2.25 ILS, 1.00 ILS = A$0.44

Australia uses the Australian dollar (symbol: $), code AUD.

Banknotes come in denominations of 100, 50, 20, 10 and 5 dollars. Dollar is subdivided into 100 cents. Coins come in denominations of 2 and 1 dollars and 50, 20, 10 and 5 cents.


Credit & debit cards

Widely accepted

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

Not expected, but can leave extra tip

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.


ATMs

Available everywhere

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.


Communications

Internet

30% slower than in Israel

Internet speed in Australia is on average 8.2 Mbps which is 30% slower than in Israel (11.6 Mbps).

WiFi

WiFi coverage in Australia is very high. Most hotels, hostels, cafes, restaurants and bars have it.


Mobile phone

174% more expensive than in Israel

You can buy a SIM card for about A$3.45 (7.77 ILS), which includes 1 GB of data plan. You can choose from 3 telecoms: Optus, Telstra or Vodafone.

Mobile phones

Australia uses different GSM mobile networks than Israel so check if your mobile phone supports network technologies in Australia .

Roaming

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.

Dial code

+61

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.

Calling from Israel
+  61 2 1234567
00 61 2 1234567
Local call
02 1234567

For local calls within Australia, start with the area code (with the initial 0). In the case above area code is 2 .

Health & safety

LGBTIQ+

Sexuality, marriage & acceptance

Homosexuality is legal and Australia has one of the highest LGBT acceptance rates in the world.

Same-sex couples can be married like everyone else.

Homosexuality
Legal
Marriage
Legal
Venues

A dozen of gay venues can be found in larger cities.





Vaccinations

Vaccinations listed are recommended

The following vaccinations listed for this country are recommended for your protection and to prevent the spread of infectious diseases.


Routine immunizations

These apply only to select travelers or persons on work assignments.

Hepatitis B
Yellow Fever

Travel advisories

1 country advisory

Alerts

Alerts are issued for short-term events we think you should know about when planning travel to a country.

Driving

Road rules

In Australia you drive on the left side. Most cars have automatic transmission.

Speed limits

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.

Alcohol

It is illegal to drive with blood alcohol content higher than 0.05%.

Driving license

IDP is required

An International Driving Permit (IDP) is required alongside your original license. IDP can be issued by your local automobile association before you leave home.

Other

Emergency numbers

Universal
000
Police
000
Ambulance
000
Fire department
000

Embassy of Israel in Australia

Address
6 Turrana St, Yarralumla ACT 2600, Australia