Australia

Australia

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Even better than you think.

If you're like most people, the thought of traveling to Australia has crossed your mind. Australia isn't just a country. It's a continent. With a diversity of climates and landscapes. And more than enough challenge for the explorer at heart.

Australian cities are hip and fun. Sidney with its nightlife. Melbourne with its art. All of them with beaches, and filled with people with a zest for life. Australia is a musical concert. The Great Barrier Reef. Kangaroo Island. And of course, the Outback.

In Australia, you can just as easily stroll along the manicured, three-tiered lawns of Birrarung Marr, as you can trek into the wild bush of rugged Kalbarri National Park. Try surfing in Bondi Beach one day, and climbing to the top of Three Capes Track the next. And it's so easy to get around.

Deep down you know you have a fondness for Australia, even if you've never been. Now's the time to right that wrong. To give it more than a passing thought. Let VIVA show you Australia. It's even better than you think.

Other things to do:

  • Travel the Great Ocean Road in Victoria
  • Visit Tasman National Park in Tasmania
  • See Biddlecomb Cascade in the Northern Territory
  • Drive on the sand at Sellicks Beach, South Australia
  • Take a boat ride down the Murray River in New South Wales
Climate: 

Temperatures range from 64°F (18°C) to 104°F (40°C). 

Time Zone: 

Universal Time Coordinated, UTC+05:00 - UTC+06:30 - UTC+07:00 - UTC+08:00 - UTC+08:45 - UTC+09:30 - UTC+10:00 - UTC+10:30 - UTC+11:30

Language: 

English

Currency: 

Australian dollar (AUD)

Electricity: 

220-240 volts. Travelers from the US and Canada need a plug adapter and step-down transformer. For hair dryers, curling irons, etc., a plug adapter and voltage converter are required.

Tipping Customs: 

Tipping for good service is customary. Many dining establishments have tipping jars.

Safety: 

Australia is generally a safe destination.

Communication & Technology: 

Wi-Fi is widely available. Mobile providers include Opus, Telstra and Vodafone.

Smoking: 

Smoking bans are determined on a state-by-state basis.

Travel Documentation: 

US citizens require a valid US passport and a visa. Most US passport holders staying for less than 90 days can obtain an Electronic Travel Authority (ETA).

Airport: 

Sydney Airport (SYD) 

Car Rental: 

Rental companies include Avis, Budget , Europcar, Hertz, and Thrifty. 

Public Transportation: 

Major towns have reliable, affordable public bus networks, and there are suburban train lines in Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane, Adelaide and Perth. Melbourne and Adelaide also have trams. Sydney has harbour ferries and a light rail line. Taxis operate nationwide.