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Touring Australia

Discover information for people planning an Australian holiday, including climate, driving with an overseas licence, bringing medicines and other goods into Australia and links to the official tourist sites.

Events and festivals in Australian cities

Download the Events Calendar for a taste of the exciting festivals and events to enjoy in Australia in 2016.

Tourism Australia

Official tourist sites

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Planning an Australian holiday? Explore these official tourist sites for things to do, places to see, accommodation, upcoming events and much more.

Arriving in Australia – Declare it!

You must declare for inspection all food, plant material and animal products on arrival in Australia to ensure they are free of pests and diseases.

Department of Agriculture and Water Resources

Australia's heritage

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Heritage is all the things that make up Australia's identity – our spirit and ingenuity, our historic buildings, and our unique, living landscapes.

Department of the Environment and Energy

Australian currency

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A brief introduction to Australian currency for tourists.

Tourism Australia

Canberra Guide

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Visitors can plan their trip to the Nation's Capital and search for events, attractions and public facilities in the territory. .

National Capital Authority

Driving with an overseas licence

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Laws and driving regulations differ from state to state for overseas drivers. Provides links to state information for driving with an overseas licence while visiting Australia.

Exchange rates

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Current exchange rates as listed by the Reserve Bank of Australia.

Reserve Bank of Australia

Find an accredited travel agent

Provides the ability to search for an accredited ATAS travel agent by location (suburb or postcode).

Australian Federation of Travel Agents Limited

For travellers and visitors

Medicines brought into and taken out of Australia may be subject to respective import and export controls. Check what rules and requirements apply when you’re travelling with medicines or medical devices.

Therapeutic Goods Administration

Foreign embassies,high commissions and consulates

A list of foreign embassies, high commissions, consulates and international organisation offices in Australia. The lists give addresses, telephone and fax numbers, and hours of business of each mission.

Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade

Getting married in Australia

Provides information related to getting married in Australia. You don't have to be an Australian citizen or a permanent resident of Australia to legally marry here.

Attorney-General's Department

Health Emergency

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Keep up-to-date with important information about any health emergencies in Australia, and the actions you can take to protect yourself, your family and the community.

Department of Health

Map of Australia [single page]

A4 size map of Australia in colour showing capital cities, state borders, elevation etc.

Geoscience Australia

myVEVO

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Check your Australian visa work rights, study rights, travel conditions and expiry date. You can also email your visa details directly from myVEVO to your employer, school or other organisation.

Department of Immigration and Border Protection

Reciprocal health care agreements

Covers the cost of essential medical treatment for Australian residents when travelling in some countries. Also gives visitors from these countries some health services and subsidised medicines while visiting Australia.

Department of Human Services

Theme and reference maps

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Reference maps of Australia include wall maps, folio and report maps and general reference maps. Thematic maps include external territories, tourist maps, maritime zones and more.

Geoscience Australia

Tourist Refund Scheme

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Allows you to enter the information required to lodge a TRS claim. The information is stored in a QR code which can be processed at a number of international airports.

Department of Immigration and Border Protection

Tourist Refund Scheme

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Enables you to claim a refund, subject to certain conditions, of the goods and services tax (GST) and wine equalisation tax (WET) that you pay on goods you buy in Australia.

Department of Immigration and Border Protection

Traveller's guide to Australian interstate quarantine

Enjoy your trip and look after Australia. Restrictions apply to each state and territory for the movement of fruit, vegetables, plants,soils, flowers, plant products, agricultural machinery, animals or animal products and recreational equipment.

Victorian Government

Travelling or sending goods to Australia

People, animals and items travelling into the country are subject to requirements, which extend to mailing items to Australia and online shopping purchases.

Department of Agriculture and Water Resources

TravelSafe Australia

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Multilingual app designed for tourists and travellers to Australia. It provides information about disasters and advice on what to do, how to find nearby resources and links to further safety information.

Australian Institute for Disaster Resilience

TravelSECURE

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Provides a range of advice and tips to help you prepare for your journey and clear security checks quickly and easily.

Department of Infrastructure and Regional Development

Visa Entitlement Verification Online (VEVO)

VEVO is a secure online service which allows you to check and email your visa details, and provides information about your visa conditions. With your permission, VEVO can also give registered organisations a limited amount of relevant information on your visa conditions, for example if you are permitted to work or study in Australia.

Department of Immigration and Border Protection

Weather in Australia

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Australia experiences temperate weather for most of the year but the climate can vary due to the size of the continent.

Tourism Australia