Is there a time difference?
Perth GMT +8hrs, Sydney GMT +10hrs, Auckland GMT +12hrs
What is the currency?
Australia Dollars, New Zealand Dollars
What will the weather be like?
Australia’s and New Zealand’s seasons are opposite to those in the northern hemisphere. Weather patterns around the world are also becoming less predictable, however, as a general guide; Australia enjoys temperate weather for most of the year. The tropical northern states (Cairns and Darwin) typically experience very warm weather and can be very humid in the Australian summer. You can find out more by reading our dedicated Australia climate guide The southern states are typically warm and sunny. New Zealand is blessed with mild temperatures, moderate rainfall, and many hours of sunshine. The Bay of Islands in the far north has subtropical weather during summer. The New Zealand climate guide has more information about what to expect.
What clothing should I take to Australia or New Zealand?
Dress for our tours is generally relaxed and informal during the day, dressing to suit the weather conditions and the activity you are undertaking. It’s likely there will be occasions when exploring you’ll be walking on uneven surfaces, so we recommend sturdy and comfortable walking shoes. Wearing layers of clothing means it’s much easier to deal with potentially varied weather conditions and it’s always advisable to carry a waterproof. Any included evening dinners are also informal, with smart casual dress being the norm. We would also recommend taking good insect repellent, a high factor sun screen lotion and a hat for protection from the sun. When visiting Australia’s Red Centre, some guests appreciate taking a fly net which can be placed over a hat to keep the flies away. It is always worth being aware of local customs when visiting sacred places. As a general rule when visiting such places, it is recommended that arms and legs are covered. Women may also wish to take a shawl to cover their shoulders and all visitors should wear long trousers, skirts or shorts that reach below the knee.
What is the best way to pay for things in Australia or New Zealand?
Major credit cards and cash machines are widely available throughout your tour and your tour manger will be on hand to help you find the best places to exchange your money. When travelling to Australia or New Zealand, a currency card is a simple way to buy currency and lock in a great exchange rate before you travel. Distant Journeys recommends the ‘Global Traveller’ MasterCard, provided by Caxton FX, for our guests’ currency requirements. The MasterCard is a convenient way to pay at over 35 million outlets worldwide, and is ‘chip and PIN’ secure. It is also simple to set up and use. For more information please see: https://partners.caxtonfx.com/currencycards/distant-journeys
We also recommend advising your bank of your travel plans in advance so you do not encounter potential problems when trying to withdraw cash.
How much should I tip in Australia or New Zealand?
It is not customary to tip in Australia or New Zealand however, as in the UK, if dining in restaurants you may wish to tip up to 10% for good service. Tipping for taxi drivers is not expected however, rounding up the final fare is appreciated. If you have received great service from your Tour Manager, guides or driver you may wish to tip them for their service. We are frequently asked for guidance on this and would suggest a minimum of £2-3 per person per touring day, dependent on your level of satisfaction.
What are the entry requirements for Australia and New Zealand?
The following information on entry requirements, passports and Visa’s is for British citizens only. Holders of a British Subject passport, non-British citizens and holders of a passport endorsed in any way should check immigration requirements with the relevant embassy or consulate of the country to be visited, as should clients with dual nationality or renounced citizenship.
Do I need to renew my passport?
A valid ten-year British passport is required for all holidays, valid for a minimum of six months after your return date to the UK. If you are not currently in possession of a valid passport please make sure you leave plenty of time before your holiday to apply for this document. Our recommendation is that you should apply at least three months before your holiday.
Will I need a visa to enter Australia or New Zealand?
Currently no visa is required to enter New Zealand. Visitors to Australia will require an Electronic Travel Authority (ETA). Applications for ETAs will be processed by Distant Journeys for a charge of £25 per ETA. An ETA is valid for 12 months and allows you multiple entries into Australia with a maximum duration of three months per entry. An ETA is equivalent to a visa but there is no stamp or label in your passport. For more information on passport information and entry requirements please visit the Government Passport Office website: www.gov.uk/browse/abroad/passports and the Foreign Office website:
It is important to note entry requirements may change and it is your responsibility to ensure you are in possession of all necessary travel, passport, visa, other entry requirements before departure. All costs incurred in obtaining such documentation must be paid by you. We regret we cannot accept any liability if you are refused entry onto any transport or into any country due to failure on your part to obtain and carry all required documentation.
The Reciprocal Health Care Agreement
The Reciprocal Health Care Agreement (RHCA) between the Australian Government and the United Kingdom Government, covers visitors for any medical treatment required due to ill-health or injury occurred during your stay in Australia only. While this agreement means visitors may receive treatment in Australia, we’d like to emphasise that this should not replace the need for having adequate travel insurance to cover potential medical expenses. Please note there are certain requirements that you must fulfil before departing from Australia: you’ll need to discuss any charges with the hospital staff or doctor that is treating you, and you must enroll at a Medicare office in Australia at the earliest opportunity. To enroll in Medicare you will need your passport with a valid visa and identification to prove that you’re enrolled in your country’s national health scheme. If you receive treatment before you enroll, you may be required to pay for treatment costs in advance.
Do I need to have any vaccinations for Australia or New Zealand?
Health facilities, hygiene and disease risk vary worldwide. You should take health advice from your GP or local travel clinic about your specific needs as early as possible and ensure that vaccinations or preventative measures are taken early enough (which may be a month or more prior to departure) to be fully effective by the date of travel. For more information on health and vaccinations please visit the Foreign Office website www.gov.uk/foreign-traveladvice and NHS Before you Travel website on:
Advice may change and you should check the most up to date position with your GP or local health / travel clinic in good time before departure.