What else do I need to think about if I’m travelling to Australia?
Well, you might want to brush up on your Australian slang because it could get a bit confusing especially where items of clothing are concerned: bathers are swimming costumes (not people who are swimming), thongs are flip flops (not a style of underwear) and strides are trousers (as opposed to a method of walking).
But there’s one thing that doesn’t have to be confusing and that’s finding your travel insurance because that’s where we come in – we’ll help you to find the right travel insurance deal for you; so all you have to do is remember your sunnies (that’s sunglasses in Australian if you didn’t know). And to make life that little bit easier, we’ve also put together some top travel tips for going Down Under:
Top tips for Down Under
- Currency: is the Australian dollar (written as $, A$ or AU$)
-Language: English (although some words won’t mean what you think they mean)
- Visa: British citizens will need a visa but you can apply online for one. An eVisitor visa is free and you can apply direct to Australia’s Department of Immigration and Border Protection. You can also apply for an ETA (Electronic Travel Authority), the main difference from the eVisitor application is that an ETA is obtained from your travel agent or airline and there’s usually a service fee.
- Vaccines: check with your doctor at least a month before you go to check if you need any.
- Time zones: there are three time zones, Australian Eastern Standard Time (AEST), Australian Central Standard Time (ACST) and Australian Western Standard Time (AWST).
- Driving: you can drive on holiday in Australia as long as you have a valid UK driving licence, you should ensure your travel insurance policy covers you for driving in Australia.