Australia

Melbourne

Melbourne (Vic), Australia

At A Glance

Location South Pacific Ocean 
Neighbouring countries none
Population 24 million (Oman National Centre for Statistics and Information, 2015)
Capital Canberra 
Other main towns
Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane, Adelaide
Status Federal parliamentary constitutional monarchy
Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull
Language English
Religion Catholic, Anglican, other religions include Buddhism, Islam, Hinduism.  30% profess no religion.
Chief exports Iron ore, coal, Oil, gold, wheat
GDP US$1204 billion 
Currency Australian Dollar (AUD); for up-to-date rates, go to www.xe.com
International telephone code +61
Time for Melbourne GMT+8
Electrical voltage 240v, 50 Hz AC; slanted three-prong plugs and plugs with two flat prongs set in a V.

Visas

All travellers, except New Zealand citizens, must obtain a visa or travel authority before travelling to Australia.  To apply for an electronic visa, you’ll need a valid passport and credit card.  Click on this link: https://www.eta.immi.gov.au/ETAS3/etas

Tipping

Tipping is discretionary and less of a custom in Australia as the minimum wage is high.  Here are a few guidelines if you are happy with the service you receive:

Taxis: AUD $2
Tour guides: AUD $5 per person per day
Bus drivers: AUD $2 per person per day
Bellhops: AUD $2 per bag
Restaurants and bars: Tips included in bill.  Leave a few dollars if you’re really happy.

Vaccinations

Please consult the CDC site for information on vaccinations: https://wwwnc.cdc.gov/travel/destinations/traveler/none/australia

May Weather in Melbourne

  •     Average Temperature 14°C / 57°F
  •     High Temperature  17°C / 63°F
  •     Low Temperature  10°C / 50°F
  •     Sunshine Hours  5
  •     Rainfall 68 mm
  •     Rainfall days 14.6 days
  •     Sea Temperature 16°C / 61°F



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