Australia shopping and travel tips

A traveler to Australia might need a brief respite after arrival due to the distance it has taken to travel to the continent. Some travelers might be groggy and feel out of sorts for a day or two because of the time differences involved, and the traveler might not be clear on what they are allowed to bring into the country and what is strictly prohibited. Plants and plant by-products require a quarantine period which might slow travelers down considerably.

Visitors to Australia have free sightseeing trips that they can enjoy. There is a variety of transportation modes available throughout Australia. A traveler can get great bargains on bus or train tickets if they participate in discount card programs. There are terrific discounts for travelers with this type of membership because the discounts extend to tours at public buildings, amusement parks and arcades and many fine dining opportunities.

The shopping hours throughout Australia are generally 8:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m. Monday to Saturday and Sundays and public holidays from 9:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. While shopping in Australia for many items, there are some tipping rules that will make the shopping go smoother. Even though in many respects tipping is relatively new in Australia. While dining with friends at lunch or dinner, and if you have enjoyed your meal and your waiter was lovely, then you can tip your waiter for upto 10 percent of the final bill. You can also tip the people who help along the shopping path such as porters at hotels and taxi drivers who speed travelers to their next shopping destination.

Taking advantage of many travel discounts will be high on every travelers list. A visitor to Australia will have to be mindful of the time changes throughout the continent that could have a direct effect on scheduling a vacation or a daily shopping excursion to other parts of the continent that have not been visited yet. The time changes, in conjunction with the air travel fatigue, might overcome older travelers. It is always a good idea to keep the time factor, and time schedules for transportation and retail locations handy at all times.

When planning vacation trips to any foreign countries, there are many entry rules that will apply. In order to enter the continent of Australia, travelers are required to have a valid passport on them at the point of entry, and some people run into difficulties because they do not have valid visitor visa or student visa. The only exceptions to the two-document rule apply to those that hold passports from New Zealand.

Duty-free shopping is encouraged at all major airports throughout the world. For travelers that plan to visit Australia, there are rules that apply to duty-free items that arrive with the passenger at the point of entry. Travelers must declare any foreign currencies that they enter Australia with, as well as any plant or animal by-products, and also to declare tobacco products, because there is a certain limit allowed for each person that travels. Age limits will apply to travelers who bring duty-free items into Australia too.