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Land Area

8 million square kilometres


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Australia is the only country that spans an entire continent.

Government – The Federal Government has overall control of the different states. Each state has its semi-autonomous government.

Health—The state-funded and private healthcare systems work in tandem to offer excellent standards of healthcare. Travel insurance is a good idea to ensure you are fully covered during your visit. Tap water is safe to drink unless otherwise specified. Avoid sunstroke by covering up and staying hydrated.

Safety – Australia is considered to be a safer country than the UK. Use the same caution that you would at home: don’t hitchhike, and take care of your possessions and personal safety.

Law – The minimum drinking age is 18, and there are lower limits for drink-driving than in the UK. Marijuana is illegal in Australia. Cyclists must wear helmets on roads. Smoking is banned in all food service venues and most pubs and hotels.

Driving – You drive on the left. You can use an international driver’s licence for the first year. A UK licence is allowable for three months. Full UK licence holders can qualify for an Australian licence by passing a theory test.

Electricity – UK appliances can be used in Australia, but you’ll need to use a socket adaptor with UK plugs.

Transport and TravelAustralia is geared up for travel around its vast expanse. There are excellent and affordable bus, train, and plane networks and many hire-car networks. Guided tour companies offer the flexibility of jump-on and jump-off services nationwide. Tourism information is easy to find, and a wide range of accommodations is available, ranging from £8 a night hostel buns to luxurious island resorts and international hotels.

Costs—Budget independent travellers should budget £25 a day for food, transport, and accommodation. A beer costs around £2, a takeaway about £3, and dinner for two with wine in a local restaurant can be had for about £20. Petrol prices are about half the price of the UK. ATMs are widely available in pubs, malls, petrol stations, banks, and street corners; they accept most UK cards.

Australia is the only country that spans an entire continent.

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