What do Australians think of other countries
Practical travel information
Language and currency
The official language is English. For inexperienced ears, the Australian “slang” takes some getting used to. But don't worry, you will be able to make yourself understood without any problems.
Payments throughout Australia are made in the Australian dollar (AUD). Prices are rounded to the nearest five dollar cents. Prices that end in 1 to 4 cents are rounded down and prices that end in 6 to 9 cents are rounded up.
Coins: 10 cents, 20 cents, 50 cents, $ 1 and $ 2
Bills: $ 5, $ 10, $ 20, $ 50 and $ 100
With your bank card you can withdraw money at all payment terminals in the country with the Maestro and / or Cirrus logo. Banks are usually open Monday through Thursday between 9.30 a.m. and 4 p.m. Fridays from 9:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. The cash machines (ATM) can be found at banks, in many shopping streets and shopping centers. Before you leave, you should have your bank card activated for worldwide use.
The main credit cards (MasterCard and Visa) are accepted in large cities and hotels, restaurants, shops and petrol stations. AmericanExpress is not widely used and is not accepted, especially in remote regions of the outback. A credit card is also required when renting a car. This is used to process the deposit for the vehicle.
Nationwide, the so-called GST (Goods and Services Tax) of 10% is added to goods and services. As a tourist, you can get a refund of GST and WET (Wine Equalization Tax) for goods that you bought in Australia and plan to take home. To do this, keep your purchase receipts and present them at a counter at the airport.
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