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LIQUID REGULATIONS ON
Travellers may only take small quantities
of liquids in their hand baggage or on their
person on flights into and out of Australia.
All liquids must be in individual containers
with a maximum capacity of 100 millilitres
each. All containers must be packed in a
single transparent, re-sealable plastic bag of
not more than one litre capacity. There are
some exemptions for medicines and infant
food required for the flight, under certain
conditions. A note from the passenger's
doctor will be acceptable proof of medical
or dietary requirements. These measures
should not prevent passengers from
purchasing liquids, aerosols or gels in secure
areas of the airport or from making other
duty free purchases.
More information is available at the DOTARS
website Travel Secure
or the Smart Traveller website
Travellers are advised to take out travel
insurance that includes medical cover.
Australia has reciprocal health care
agreements with some countries.
For emergencies that require police,
ambulance or fire service attendance dial
000 (dial 112 on mobile phones).
Banks in South Australia are generally
open 9.30am-4pm Monday to Thursday,
9.30am-5pm on Fridays. Most banks provide
automatic teller machines.
The most commonly used credit cards in
Australia are American Express, Bankcard,
Diners Club, MasterCard and Visa.
Restrictions may apply in country areas and
smaller retail shops.
Australian currency is decimal. Notes are in
$100, $50, $20, $10 and $5 denominations
and coins are in $2, $1, 50c, 20c, 10c and 5c
Exchange facilities are available at all
international airports in Australia and foreign
currency and travellers' cheques can be
changed at most banks.
Travellers may be entitled to a refund on
the Goods and Services Tax (GST) and Wine
Equalisation Tax (WET) on goods purchased
in Australia. Travellers can claim the refund
from customs officers at Tourist Refund
Scheme booths located at international
airports or cruise terminals when departing
Australia. Conditions apply: for further
information contact the Australian Customs
Service on 1300 363 263 when in Australia
or visit www.customs.gov.au
Employees in Australia do not depend on tips
or gratuities as part of their income, but for
good service in a restaurant, the recommended
amount is 10 per cent of the bill.
Smoking is prohibited in all public buildings
and food service areas.
Australia's country code is 61. While mobile
phone network coverage is available across
Australia, coverage may be limited in some
remote areas. There are limited numbers
of public telephones throughout Australia.
The cost of a local call is 50c with most
telephones accepting pre-paid telephone
cards. The cost of long distance and calls
to mobile telephones vary depending on
time of day, length of call and distance. For
international dialling direct call 0011 followed
by the country area code, area code and the
local number. For international dialling with
operator assistance call 1234 (fees apply).
The General Post Office (GPO) in Adelaide
is on the corner of King William and Franklin
streets in the city centre, and is open
Monday to Friday 9am to 5pm. International
mail for collection by overseas visitors can
be sent to the GPO Adelaide marked 'Poste
Restante' and including the post code
5000. Mail will be held for a maximum of
four weeks. Please refer to the Australia
Post listings in the telephone directory for
locations of other post offices throughout
Adelaide and South Australia.
Australia's electricity voltage is 240 volts
AC. Some of the large hotels have power
outlets at 110 volts AC. For travellers bringing
110 volt electrical appliances, it is advisable
to bring a small 110 volt transformer and
a plug conversion kit.
Adelaide tap water is filtered, fresh and safe
to drink. It conforms with Australian and
International drinking water standards.
Surf & Water Safety
Some main beaches are often patrolled
by volunteer surf lifesavers in the warmer
months. Always swim between the red and
yellow flags which indicate the safest area
Water is precious in South Australia. All
visitors can assist in preserving this valuable
resource by having short showers and
washing vehicles using a bucket instead of
a hose. Adhere to any water restrictions that
New Year’s Day 1 January
28 January 26 & 27
Adelaide Cup 11 March
Easter Saturday 30 March
Easter Sunday 31 March
Easter Monday 1 April
Volunteer’s Day 10 June
7 October 6 October
* Christmas Eve 24 December 24 December
Christmas Day 25 December 25 December
Proclamation Day 26 December 26 December
* New Years Eve 31 December 31 December
* Part-day Public Holiday 7pm - 12 Midnight
Term1 29Jan--12Apr 28Jan--11Apr
Term3 22Jul--27Sep 21Jul--26Sep
Term4 14Oct–13Dec 13Oct–12Dec
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