Do I need a visa to travel to Australia?
You must have a valid passport and a visa or Electronic Travel Authority
at the time of entry into Australia.
Is tipping customary in Australia?
For servers: 10-15 percent of the bill.
At hotels: Porters can get $1/bag; concierge can get $10-20 for favors; housekeeping might get $1/day.
Guides and drivers: $5-20 based on whether you got private service and how good it was.
What is internet access like in Australia?
Australia is a developed country with access to high speed WiFi in the bigger cities that you will visit - especially in hotels and public spaces like restaurants or cafes - but if you are on a cruise on the open water or a camp or lodge in the outback area, don't count on having internet so isolated from the rest of modern Australia.
Can I use my cell phone while in Australia?
If you want to use your cell phone in Australia while you are in the more developed parts of the country, like major cities, then you can purchase a SIM chip that you can replace in your smart phone. However, do note that most of our itineraries spend days in the most isolated corners of the country where you will not get a signal.
Do I need power adapters?
You will need plug adapters and step-down converters for your devices if they are 110v and not compatible with Australia's 220-240v. The outlets are three slanted flat prongs (AS-3112).
What are the toilets like in Australia?
Most of Australia and all of the cruise vessels of the area feature modern flushing toilets. If you are in the more remote rural areas, then you may have to use a latrine.
Can I drink the water in Australia?
The tap water in Australia is safe to drink, but you will also have access to bottled water throughout your trip.
Are credit cards accepted in Australia? Will I be able to find ATMs?
Yes to both. While you are in the major cities (for at least several days on most tours) you will find businesses that accept cards and ATMs where you can withdraw money. In the back country where these are less available, there also aren't many things to buy. Our tours are all-inclusive so you only really need to budget for souvenir and before and after-trip expenses.
Should I purchase travel insurance?
You should always purchase travel insurance for vacations; it just might save you thousands of dollars. Check out TravelGuard's deals on the Once You're Booked