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Tourism and travel

Find information about travel for Australians travelling overseas, including Smartraveller, passports and foreign visa requirements.  To find information for overseas visitors to Australia see Tourists.

Official tourist sites

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


iPhone, iPod touch and iPad – Features include location aware travel advice updates, Smartraveller advice without the need for internet connections and easy repeat travel registration.

Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade


Travel advisory and consular assistance service. Provides travel advice for countries and events, guidance about travel insurance and staying safe and healthy, and getting help overseas.

Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade

Tips for travellers

Travel tips and information covering a range of issues including advice for when things go wrong, staying safe and healthy,  and living and working overseas. Also offers advice to travellers; travelling with children, women travellers, LGBTI, seniors and dual nationals.

Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade

Advice for air travellers

Provides tips on how to pack, what to wear, travelling with children and air travel health issues. Also includes information on dangerous goods and general information on aviation in Australia.

Civil Aviation Safety Authority

Australia's heritage

Heritage is all the things that make up Australia's identity – our spirit and ingenuity, our historic buildings, and our unique, living landscapes.
More: Australia's World Heritage | Heritage places and lists | Historic shipwrecks database

Department of the Environment

Exchange rates

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

Reserve Bank of Australia

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

Health Emergency

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

Quick guide to customs for travellers

Provides links to general customs information relating to money and cash, medications, natural products, foodstuffs, animals and animal products, motor vehicles, yachts and weapons.

Australian Customs and Border Protection Service

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

Register before travelling overseas

All Australians travelling overseas should register with the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade before travel. Your registration information will help find you in an emergency.

Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade

Theme and reference maps

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

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.

Australian Customs and Border Protection Service

Travel advisories – Smartraveller

Subscribe to Smartraveller travel advisories for the destinations you intend to visit and receive alerts, via email, each time the travel advice for one of your destinations is updated.

Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade

Travel smart – hints for Australian travellers

Plan your trip using travel smart hints for Australian travellers from the Australian Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade. Issued free with your passport and available for download.

Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade


Helps domestic and international travellers learn more about the security measures in place at Australian airports and what they need to do to comply.

Department of Infrastructure and Regional Development

Weather in Australia

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

Tourism Australia

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