The official language spoken in Australia is English, although the Aussie slang is definitely its own language!
Name: Australian Dollar
$100 is approx £60
Australia has 5 time zones: Australian Western Standard Time (UTC+8:00), Australian Central Western Standard Time (UTC+8:45), Australian Central Standard Time (UTC+9:30), Australian Eastern Standard Time (UTC+10:00) and Lord Howe Standard Time(UTC+10:30)
Beer is served in either a pot (285ml), a schooner (425ml - most popular) or a pint. The average price for a schooner of beer is around $5 (approx £3.80). FYI - they don't drink Fosters.
Want to go out for lunch? An average meal will cost you about $10-$15 AUD (about £6-£9). Pies and burgers are the food of choice, but you can grab a Domino's or Pizza Hut value pizza for $5 (about £3.80)!
Taxi fares start at about $4 and will add $2 (£1.50) on for every half a mile. Australia is very much like the UK, in the fact that people use Uber as a cheaper way of getting around.
It's very easy to get around Australia, whether it's local trams or buses (approx $4 a ticket = £2.40), trains or planes across the country (domestic tickets as low as $90 = £54) or even car and campervan hire. The possibilities are endless!
The price of a hostel for a night in Australia can range, but only slightly. The average price is about $20-$25 a night (approx £12-£15), but they also offer weekly prices at a discounted rate due to backpackers staying for longer durations.
The cost of a night at a budget hotel in Australia will range from $80-$130 (approx £48-£78) with the cost of a double room in a midrange hotel costing between $130-$250 (approx £78-£150).
Australia is one of the best roadtrip destinations in the world, and we've been providing adventurers Down Under with wheels, support and bags of advice since we first touched down there ourselves and fell in love. Speed towards the horizon on some of these recommended itineraries for two, three or 4+ week trips in a campervan or hire car...
Day 1: Sydney to Coffs Harbour. Day 2: Coffs Harbour to Byron Bay. Day 4: Waterfall hopping in Springbrook N.P. and sunset surfing in Gold Coast. Day 5: Brisbane! Day 6: Sunshine Coast (overnight stop in Noosa). Day 7: Rainbow Beach - the jumpiung off point for Fraser Island. Day 9: A ten hour drive to Airlie Beach and the Whitsundays (worth it). Days 11-14: Mission Beach and Cairns!
Day 1: Head from Perth to Nambung and the Pinnacles. Day 3: Head from Cervantes to Kalbarri N.P. Day 4: Shell Beach and the surrounding coastline Day 6: Shark Bay. Day 7: Shark Bay to Monkey Mia. Day 9: Head to Coral Bay Day 10: Explore the Ningaloo Reef. Day 11: Ningaloo to Exmouth Day 13: Exmouth to Karijini N.P. Day 14: Karijini to Port Headland Day 15: Port Headland to Eighty Mile Beach Day 16: Broome, and then optionally tag Kimberley region on the end!
Starting in: Cairns. Ends in: Alice Springs
Weeks 1-2: Soak up Australia's amazing East Coast via the Whitsunday Islands and Byron.
Week 3: Pacific Highway between Sydney and Melbourne (allowing a few days to soak up the best of both cities). Head off down the Great Ocean Road toward Adelaide
Week 4: Head north into the Red Centre via interesting outback towns.
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