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Essential information

At a glance

Plug type i
Electricity
230V/50hz
Jan-Dec
Best time to go
Year round
11°C / 52°F
Current Weather
Clear
More on weather

Money and costs

Currency
Dollars ($)
Exchange Rates
Rates provided by Open Exchange Rates. Last updated August 13, 2018 9:04AM UTC
Daily Costs
Budget (up to)
$150
  • Hostel dorm bed: $28–40
  • Double room in a basic motel: $80–130
  • Simple main meal: $10–15
  • Short bus or tram ride: $4
Midrange
$150−300
  • Double room in a motel, B&B or hotel: $130–250
  • Brunch in a good cafe: $25–40
  • Door charge at gig: $10–20
  • Short taxi ride: $25
Top end (more than)
$300
  • Double room in a top-end hotel: from $250
  • Three-course meal in an upmarket restaurant: $100 per person
  • Theatre tickets: from $50 per person
  • Domestic flight between two main cities: from $100

Visas

All visitors to Australia need a visa, except New Zealanders. Apply online for an ETA or eVisitor visa, each allowing a three-month stay: www.border.gov.au.

Get the latest visa advice for Australia from our community.

When to go and weather

°C°F
mmin
AUS
Hobart
Go Nov–Apr
Mar – May
1896448
0.13
0.0
Jun – Aug
1355641
0.17
0.01
Sep – Nov
1786346
0.1
0.0
Dec – Feb
22127154
0.07
0.0
J
F
M
A
M
J
J
A
S
O
N
D
Low Season
Shoulder Season
High Season
Cairns
Go Jan–Dec
Mar – May
29228471
0.9
0.03
Jun – Aug
26187864
0.13
0.0
Sep – Nov
29218469
0.2
0.01
Dec – Feb
31248775
0.7
0.03
J
F
M
A
M
J
J
A
S
O
N
D
Low Season
Shoulder Season
High Season
Perth
Go Sep–Apr
Mar – May
26137956
0.2
0.01
Jun – Aug
1876546
0.47
0.02
Sep – Nov
23117451
0.23
0.01
Dec – Feb
30168561
0.03
0.0
J
F
M
A
M
J
J
A
S
O
N
D
Low Season
Shoulder Season
High Season
Broome
Go Apr–Oct
Mar – May
33229171
0.47
0.02
Jun – Aug
2095738
0.27
0.01
Sep – Nov
33269278
0.07
0.0
Dec – Feb
22176052
2.03
0.08
J
F
M
A
M
J
J
A
S
O
N
D
Low Season
Shoulder Season
High Season
Alice Springs
Go Apr–MaySep–Oct
Mar – May
29148356
Jun – Aug
2046940
Sep – Nov
31148757
Dec – Feb
35209568
J
F
M
A
M
J
J
A
S
O
N
D
Low Season
Shoulder Season
High Season
Sydney
Go Jan–Dec
Mar – May
Jun – Aug
1856440
Sep – Nov
1664932
Dec – Feb
19115542
J
F
M
A
M
J
J
A
S
O
N
D
Low Season
Shoulder Season
High Season
Melbourne
Go Mar–MaySep–Nov
Mar – May
2187046
1.17
0.05
Jun – Aug
1545840
1.33
0.05
Sep – Nov
1354530
1.4
0.06
Dec – Feb
1975635
0.83
0.03
J
F
M
A
M
J
J
A
S
O
N
D
Low Season
Shoulder Season
High Season

Getting to Australia

Australia is a long way from just about everywhere – getting there usually means a long-haul flight. If you're short on time on the ground, consider internal flights − they're affordable (compared with petrol and car-hire costs), can usually be carbon offset, and will save you some long days in the saddle. Flights, tours and rail tickets can be booked online at www.lonelyplanet.com/bookings.

Flights to Australia

The best price found from United States to Australia is on February 3rd, 2019, travelling with . See more options, compare prices and book: search flights.

DCA
Washington Ronald Reagan
from $569.00
SYD
Sydney

Getting around Australia

Australia is the sixth-largest country in the world: how you get from A to B requires some thought.

Car Travel at your own tempo, explore remote areas and visit regions with no public transport. Hire cars in major towns; drive on the left.

Plane Fast track your holiday with affordable, frequent, fast flights between major centres. Carbon offset your flights if you're feeling guilty.

Bus Reliable, frequent long-haul services around the country. Not always cheaper than flying.

Train Slow, expensive and infrequent…but the scenery is great! Opt for a sleeper carriage rather than an 'overnighter' seat.

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