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Practical information about Australia

Practical information about Australia
Practical information about Australia

Practical information about Australia

Best time to travel

You can travel to Australia at any time of the year.

Australia is a big country, and the climate varies a lot across the eight states and territories; there are four seasons over most of the country and a wet and a dry season in the tropical north.

Australia is situated in the southern hemisphere, and their seasons are the opposite of Europe’s. So, when it’s summer here, it’s winter in Australia, and our autumn is Australia’s spring, etc.

Most people visit Australia during the British winter months in order to come down and enjoy the lovely summer on the other side of the world. The Australians go on holiday in December and January, so it’s busier during this period. If you’re planning a tour in this season, we recommend booking it well ahead of time.

Read more about the best time to visit Australia here.

You can check the average temperatures and rainfall in selected Australian cities here:

Weather statistics for Adelaide: JAN FEB MAR APR MAY JUN JUL AUG SEP OCT NOV DEC
Average maximum temperature 29 29 26 22 19 16 15 16 18 21 24 27
Average minimum temperature 17 17 15 13 10 9 8 8 9 13 13 15
Average rainfall, mm. 20 21 24 44 68 72 67 62 51 45 31 26
Average no. of days of rain 4 4 6 9 13 15 16 16 13 11 8 6
Weather statistics for Airlie Beach/Whitsunday Islands: JAN FEB MAR APR MAY JUN JUL AUG SEP OCT NOV DEC
Average maximum temperature 28 28 27 26 24 22 21 22 24 26 27 28
Average minimum temperature 24 24 24 22 20 18 17 17 19 21 23 24
Average rainfall in mm 207 232 192 95 62 45 32 33 17 35 66 130
Average no. of days of rain 14 14 13 12 9 6 4 4 4 6 7 10
Average sea temperature 28 28 28 27 25 23 22 22 23 25 26 28
Weather statistics for Alice Springs (Red Centre): JAN FEB MAR APR MAY JUN JUL AUG SEP OCT NOV DEC
Average maximum temperature 36 35 32 28 23 20 19 22 27 30 33 35
Average minimum temperature 21 20 17 12 8 5 3 6 10 14 14 17
Average rainfall, mm. 39 44 32 16 19 14 15 9 9 22 29 38
Average no. of days of rain 5 5 3 2 3 3 3 2 2 5 6 6
Weather statistics for Brisbane: JAN FEB MAR APR MAY JUN JUL AUG SEP OCT NOV DEC
Average maximum temperature 29 29 28 26 24 21 21 22 24 26 27 29
Average minimum temperature 21 21 20 17 14 11 10 10 13 16 18 20
Average rainfall, mm. 158 172 139 90 99 71 63 43 35 94 97 126
Average no. of days of rain 13 14 14 11 11 8 7 7 7 10 10 12
Weather statistics for Cairns/Port Douglas: JAN FEB MAR APR MAY JUN JUL AUG SEP OCT NOV DEC
Average maximum temperature 29 29 28 26 24 23 22 23 25 26 28 29
Average minimum temperature 24 24 23 22 20 19 18 18 19 21 23 24
Average rainfall in mm 246 259 222 108 54 37 33 29 20 38 66 159
Average no. of days of rain 16 15 15 12 9 7 6 5 4 6 9 13
Average sea temperature 29 29 28 27 26 24 23 23 25 26 27 28
Weather statistics for Darwin: JAN FEB MAR APR MAY JUN JUL AUG SEP OCT NOV DEC
Average maximum temperature 32 31 32 33 32 31 31 31 33 33 33 33
Average minimum temperature 25 25 25 24 22 20 19 20 23 25 25 25
Average rainfall, mm. 426 376 318 102 21 2 1 5 16 70 140 252
Average no. of days of rain 21 20 20 9 2 1 1 1 2 7 12 17
Weather statistics for Hervey Bay/K’gari: JAN FEB MAR APR MAY JUN JUL AUG SEP OCT NOV DEC
Average maximum temperature 28 28 27 25 23 21 21 21 23 25 26 27
Average minimum temperature 24 24 24 22 20 18 17 17 19 21 23 24
Average rainfall in mm 207 232 192 95 62 45 32 33 17 35 66 130
Average no. of days of rain 14 14 13 12 9 6 4 4 4 6 7 10
Average sea temperature 28 28 28 27 25 23 22 22 23 25 26 28
Weather statistics for Melbourne: JAN FEB MAR APR MAY JUN JUL AUG SEP OCT NOV DEC
Average maximum temperature 26 26 24 20 17 14 13 15 21 23 24 24
Average minimum temperature 14 15 13 11 9 7 6 7 10 13 15 13
Average rainfall, mm. 48 48 50 58 56 49 48 50 61 72 81 59
Average no. of days of rain 8 8 9 12 15 15 16 16 15 14 12 11
Weather statistics for Sydney: JAN FEB MAR APR MAY JUN JUL AUG SEP OCT NOV DEC
Average maximum temperature 26 26 25 23 20 17 17 18 21 23 24 26
Average minimum temperature 19 19 18 14 11 9 7 8 10 13 15 18
Average rainfall, mm. 94 113 115 106 101 120 69 77 61 72 81 74
Average no. of days of rain 11 11 12 11 11 11 9 9 9 11 11 11
Passport & visa

As a UK citizen, you are required to have a valid passport and a tourist visa (Evisitor) to enter Australia. It is your responsibility to apply for this visa well before your arrival in Australia.

This is done via this link: First you need to create an account and then you can apply for a visa. It is free to apply for a visa. The processing time is usually 1-3 weeks, but we recommend that you start your application a couple of months before your arrival. Your visa is valid for 1 year from approval for stays in Australia for up to 3 months at a time.
You must carry a copy of your approved tourist visa with you throughout your trip.

Detailed instructions on the visa process can be found here.

The rules on visas can change at short notice, and we recommend that you keep abreast of them on the Australian Government’s website.

Useful information can be found on the Foreign & Commonwealth Office’s website.

If you are not a UK citizen, it is important that you contact the Australian Embassy in London to check the visa rules for your nationality.

If you have health issues or a criminal record, you may have difficulty getting your visa approved. If this is the case, we recommend that you contact a professional visa service company, which, for a fee, can help and guide you on the correct way to complete the application form. If you are in doubt as to whether your visa will be approved, we recommend that you ensure that it is all in place before the plane tickets are issued.

Please note: It is your own responsibility to check whether you need a visa for transit airports en route.

Travel documents

Prior to your departure, you will receive a tour itinerary containing your flight information and the telephone numbers of our local partners at the destination, allowing you to get in touch with them if you have any questions during your tour.

You will also receive the final itinerary and a voucher for your prepaid experiences.
The voucher contains important information about the meeting place and time of your excursions and transfers. In Australia, the meeting place/starting point may be somewhere other than your hotel.
Remember to read the voucher carefully and meet up at the given meeting places and times. Bring the itinerary and voucher with you on the tour, so your guides can help you on the way.

We normally include all admission fees to the national parks you’ll be visiting on your tour in the price of the tour. However, there are a few national parks where this is not possible, and you are required to book and pay for your national park pass online, e.g. Litchfield National Park in Northern Territory. Your voucher tells you where to buy your national park pass. We recommend that you do this before your arrival in Australia. Remember to bring your receipt for the national park pass with you on the tour.

We recommend that you download the WhatsApp app to your smartphone and add the phone numbers of our business partners. You can send messages and call them for free using the app when you have a Wi-Fi connection.


We advise you to contact a medical specialist, your GP or an authorised vaccination clinic. You can also read more about the rules regarding travel vaccinations here.

Please be aware of the rules about yellow fever – especially if you are entering via another country where yellow fever is present. Some countries require proof of yellow fever vaccination upon entry. Your vaccination certificate should therefore always be carried with you in your hand luggage when you travel.



There is currently no Covid-19 vaccination requirement for entry into Australia. However, these rules may change at short notice. It is your responsibility to check these rules before departure.

Please note that certain Covid-19 rules may apply at the stopover airports on your way to/from Australia. It is also your responsibility to check this before departure.

You’re always very welcome to contact us if you have any questions about this.

Travel terms and conditions

Please read our general travel terms and conditions carefully, as these are part of the agreement terms for tours purchased at TourCompass. Tours purchased from us are covered under the “Package Travel Act”.

Click here to read our travel terms and conditions.

All the flights and flight-inclusive holidays on this website are financially protected by the ATOL scheme. When you pay you will be supplied with an ATOL Certificate. Please ask for it and check to ensure that everything you booked (flights, hotels and other services) is listed on it.
Please see our booking conditions for further information or for more information about financial protection and the ATOL Certificate click here.

Travel insurance

We always advise you to obtain comprehensive travel insurance when heading off on your dream holiday. It is also highly recommended to acquire cancellation insurance for extra protection. 

Click here to proceed to our page on insurance, where you can read more about our recommendations.

Currency, price level & tipping

The currency in Australia is the Australian dollar. Click here to find the current exchange rate for Australian dollars.

Visa and Mastercard are accepted all over Australia. You can withdraw money in banks and cash machines (ATM) anywhere in the country.

Click here to get a general idea of the price levels in the country.

Tips are not obligatory in Australia – not even at restaurants and bars. If you’ve had a good experience with a guide or received excellent service at a restaurant, tipping is appreciated, but it’s completely up to you.

Food & allergies

At the vast majority of our destinations, we are able to take allergies, as well as allergens or preferences into account when it comes to food, however it is important that you inform us of this when you book the tour.


Telephones, Wi-Fi & electricity

Telephones & Wi-Fi:

It’s expensive to use data and roaming abroad if it’s not already included in your mobile subscription. Contact your mobile phone service provider to find out what services are included in your subscription and what prices apply to you when travelling abroad.

If data and roaming are not included in your mobile subscription when travelling abroad, we recommend that you make use of the free Wi-Fi at your hotel or in restaurants. That way, you can call and write home free of charge via various services such as Facetime, Messenger and WhatsApp.

If you’d like to remain online at all times, the cheapest option is to purchase a local SIM card with data on your arrival in Australia.



In Australia, they have 240-250 volts AC. It is important to bring an adapter, as the Australian plugs have 3 thin pins (2 slanted and one straight).

What to pack

Make sure you pack all your important and indispensable things in your hand luggage. This applies to items such as passports, visas, vaccination cards, travel documents, insurance documents, credit cards, money, computers, mobile phones and cameras, as well as information about your health and vital medicines.

Bringing plant products into the UK

Visitors are not permitted to bring plants, seeds, fruit and other plant products into the UK from their travels outside the UK, unless they are accompanied by a plant health (phytosanitary) certificate. These rules also apply to smaller quantities of plants and plant products.

Read more about the rules here.

Travellers with impaired mobility

Please note that our tours are generally not suitable for people with impaired mobility. Please contact us for information about your options in relation to your specific needs.

Airline tickets

Most airlines have electronic tickets (e-tickets).

It is important that you check your name for spelling errors, as the name on the reservation must be exactly as it appears on your passport. If your name needs to be corrected, please contact us as soon as possible. Please note that this may incur a fee from the airline.

Seat reservation

The airline will assign you a seat on the plane when you check in. If you have specific requests, you can make a seat reservation on the airline’s website or app. Please note that most airlines require payment for a seat reservation.

It varies when airlines open for seat reservations, but as a general rule, you can book seats from the time of booking and up to 48 hours before departure.

We also point out that the airline has complete control over all seats on the plane and that they are therefore entitled to make changes to the reservation at any time.
If you do not make a seat reservation before departure, the airline will assign you a seat at check-in.


Your passport and your booking reference, which appears on your itinerary, are required to check in.

We recommend that you download the airline’s app on your phone. In the app, there is an option for online check-in, which opens 24 to 48 hours before departure. The app also allows you to stay informed of any flight changes and other important information about your flight.

Please note that the flight times may have changed in relation to those listed on the travel itinerary you received when you booked your holiday. It is always the flight times in the airline’s app or on the airline’s website that apply.

At the airport

We recommend that you arrive at the airport to check in at least two hours before departure. It is a good idea to check the airport’s website for the latest updates.


We use many different airlines for our destinations. You can check the exact rules for hand luggage and checked baggage on the airline’s website or in their app.

If domestic flights are used in your itinerary, please be aware that baggage permissions may be different from how they are for your international flights. In general, you can always purchase more baggage allowance locally.

Delayed baggage

If your baggage is delayed, please contact the staff in the baggage reclaim area to report your missing baggage.

It is important that you have your baggage receipt when completing your PIR (Property Irregularity Report).

Please note that you must not leave the baggage area at the airport until you have completed the report.

In the event of delayed baggage, we ask you to contact our partner, who will ensure that your guide/driver waits for you.

Flight delays or cancellations

Should any changes occur in connection with your flight reservation before departure, we will of course contact you to let you know.

Should your flight be delayed after check-in, the airline is responsible for rebooking your flight. They will typically book the next possible flight and arrange any meals and accommodation if necessary.

Our partner checks for any changes in arrival times and will naturally still wait for you, even if your flight is delayed.

If, due to a delay or cancellation, the airline books you on another flight number after you have arrived at the airport, please contact us on TourCompass’ emergency number.

Immigration & Customs


When you arrive at your final destination, you will go through immigration, where your passport and any entry documents and visas are checked. In many places, you will be required to provide fingerprints, and a photo of your face will also be taken for biometric recognition. You may also be asked questions about your travel plans in the country and possibly where you are staying.



Once you’ve cleared immigration and picked up your luggage, you will head through customs. If you have nothing to declare, you can go through “nothing to declare”. If, on the other hand, you have something to declare, it is important that you go through “declare”. It’s your own responsibility to check the customs regulations that apply in the country you are travelling to.

Very strict rules apply in Australia to what you are allowed to bring into the country in the way of fruit and fresh food, for example. We therefore advise you never to bring these items with you. There are large waste bins and signs on your arrival, so you can easily see what you can bring in, and throw out anything that you cannot. If you are in any doubt as to whether you have something with you that you are not allowed to import, it is better to declare it and thus avoid a fine. We recommend that you read up on what can be brought into Australia here.

To be admitted into Australia you must have completed a “Passenger Card” (IPC). This card contains information about you and your health status, and this is also where you must state whether you have anything to declare. You will be issued with your Passenger Card on the plane before arriving in Australia.
Read more about the card and how to complete it here.


On your arrival, you will be met by a guide/driver who will be ready to welcome you with a TourCompass sign.

In the unexpected event that you are unable to find your guide/driver, please contact our local partner using the emergency number provided in your travel documents.

Hotel check-in and check-out

Normal check-in is typically from 2 pm, and you cannot therefore count on getting your room earlier. If you’d like to check in early, this can be arranged for a fee when you book the tour.

When you check in, the receptionist will generally register your credit card and may reserve an amount. This is not an additional fee, but customary at hotels to ensure payment of any consumption from the minibar and the like. When you check out, the amount will be automatically released if you have not made use of this.

It is very normal for hotels to take a copy of your passport. In some places, this is a requirement of the local authorities.

Check-out is normally by 10 am. If you’re not travelling until the afternoon or evening, you can have your luggage stored until it’s time to leave. If you would like a late check-out instead, this can be arranged for a fee when you book the tour.

Type of tour and transport

In the event of unforeseen circumstances such as bad weather, blocked roads or otherwise, it may be necessary to change the order of sightseeing tours and attractions in your itinerary.

Need for help during the tour?

We have a 24-hour emergency hotline so that you can always get in touch with us should anything unforeseen occur during your tour. You will also be sent the telephone numbers and emergency telephone numbers of our partners at the destination. In some cases, it may be easiest and fastest to contact our partners due to time differences, if, for example, you find yourself in a situation where your pick-up for an excursion or transfer is more than 15 minutes delayed.


We rely on happy travellers, and we would therefore very much like to hear from you after your return home. Send us an email at or call us on tel.: 01279704135.

Pernille Grøngaard Brammer

Pernille is our specialist in Oceania and has over 26 years of experience in travelling throughout the region.

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