Australia travel advice

Explore our complete guide to Australia with the latest travel advice for travellers and holidaymakers including official updates and local travel tips for Australia.

Sydney Opera House, New South Wales, Australia © Paul Liu - Fotolia.com
Sydney Opera House, New South Wales, Australia © Paul Liu - Fotolia.com

Australia travel guide - essential info

Below is a beginner's guide to Australia with essential travel facts such as dominant language spoken, typical flight time from the UK and the local currency. You can also check whether visas are required and what plug adapter you need to pack.

Australia - quick facts
Flight time 17 to 26 hours
Time difference UK +8 to +10.5 hours
Language(s) English
Currency Australian Dollar
Electricity I plug (230V)
Driving side Left
Visa Yes

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Australia tourist information

✝ = Typical flight time from the UK and visa requirements for UK travellers.

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Australia weather

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Hours of sunshine (daily)
Days with some rainfall
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Australia travel advice

Check the latest travel advice on visiting Australia from official government sources (in english) from around the world including entry requirements and travel restrictions.

Learn more about the current safety and security risks from terrorism, natural disasters and more. Read about the local laws and customs to consider when travelling around Australia.

Note: UK FCDO - UK Foreign, Commonwealth & Development Office

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Australia travel health

Find out more about staying safe when travelling to Australia with the latest guidance on required vaccinations and recommended medication to take with you.

Check out the general travel tips for staying safe and healthy in Australia, risks of preventable diseases and what to pack.

Note: CDC - Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

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Australia covid live updates

Check the latest live updates on Covid-19 in Australia with the vaccination requirements, current available statistics and up-to-date travel advice from government agencies.

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Australia FAQs

Read our frequently asked questions about travelling to Australia including the current entry restrictions, covid rules, driving side, electrical plugs used and much more.

Are there entry restrictions to Australia due to Covid-19?

Australia is open for tourism from the UK. There are no special entry requirements for Australia.

Check out Australian Government Department of Health for more information.

Do I need to quarantine in the UK if I travel from Australia?

You do not need to quarantine on arrival in the UK from Australia. The UK no longer requires a passenger locator form, Covid-19 test or proof of vaccination.

What is the flight time to Australia from the UK?

The flight time to Australia from the UK is typically 17 to 26 hours.

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What is the time difference between Australia and the UK?

The time difference between Australia and the UK is UK time+8 to UK time+10.5 hours.

What is the main language spoken in Australia?

The main language spoken in Australia is English.

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What is the currency in Australia?

The currency in Australia is the Australian Dollar (AUD).

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Which plugs are used in Australia?

Australia uses electrical plug type I (230 Volts).

Which side of the road do they drive on in Australia?

They drive on the left side of the road in Australia.

Find out more about driving in Australia with International Drivers Association*.

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Do you need a visa for Australia?

Yes, UK passport holders do need a visa to enter Australia.

Check Australia visa requirements for all passport holders with VisaHQ* and iVisa.com*.

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