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australia FAQs

1. What is the best way to travel to Australia?
The quickest and most efficient way to travel to Australia is by air. Melbourne and Sydney both have bustling airports, which are connected to major cities across the world. If you’re looking for a direct Delhi to Australia flight, you can book your tickets with carriers like Air India, Cathay Pacific, Thai Airways or Qantas Airways. If you want to travel by sea, there aren’t any direct cruises to Australia, however, there are cruise packages to New Zealand and the Pacific Islands that connect to the biggest cities in Australia.

2. What is the time difference between India and Australia?
Australia is 4 hours and 30 minutes ahead of India.

3. Is Australia a safe destination?
Australia is generally considered to be a safe destination for tourists, as the crime rate for the entire country is on the lower side. There may be small incidents of pickpocketing and theft, so keep your valuables close. Also, it’s important to be vigilant, even when you’re in the biggest cities. The biggest hazards are natural occurrences. There is an extremely high UV-exposure index in Australia, so stock up on sunblock! Do note, that if you are having an emergency, the number to call is 000. 

4. What are a few popular places in Australia?
Australia is a vast country (nay, continent) filled with gorgeous natural landscapes, like coral reefs, tropical rainforests, mountains and more. Bondi Beach, the Sydney Harbour and Opera House, Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park, the Blue Mountain National Park, the Great Ocean Road, and bustling cities like Melbourne, Sydney, Adelaide and Perth make Australia an unforgettable destination!

5. What are the liquor laws in Australia?
The legal drinking age in Australia is 18 years. All states and territories strictly enforce this rule.

6. What is the currency of Australia?
Australia uses the Australian Dollar as its currency. You can buy Australian dollars via Thomas Cook, either in the form of cash or through our Prepaid Forex cards. Credit cards are also accepted. However, it’s a good idea to take a Prepaid Forex card from Thomas Cook. It’s safe, secure and easily reloadable if you do run out of money on the card.

7. Will I get Wi-Fi connectivity? Can I buy a local sim card in Australia?
Australia has over 1734 public hotspots where you can avail of free Wi-Fi (not counting cafes, restaurants, parks etc.). Do be careful when you’re using public WiFi though, as this can make your information and phone vulnerable to attacks. You can easily buy a sim card from providers like amaysim, Lycamobile, Telstra, Optus and more.

8. What is the food like in Australia? Can I get Indian food? What about vegetarian options?
Australia is a country of diverse people, cultures and of course, cuisine. Depending on where you are, you will find a different world cuisine in that area. You will find Indian restaurants in Australia, like Moti Mahal (in Malvern), Nirankar (Melbourne) Zaaffran (Sydney), Flavours of India (New South Wales) and more. Many restaurants offer a vegetarian selection for travellers, not just Indian restaurants. If you’re looking to eat the Aussie way, why not try Australian favourites like the Lamington, Pavlova, Barramundi and the classic Vegemite on toast.

9. Are there any laws to know in Australia?
Make sure you are cognisant of certain laws, like the drinking age, driving laws (Australians drive on the left side of the road) and remember that the border laws are extremely strict. You are prohibited from carrying certain items across the border, such as eggs, plants, fruits, seeds, drugs, weapons, firearms and more. Do your research and make sure you don’t violate any of these laws, as the penalties are stiff. 

10. What are the different transport options in Australia?
All of Australia’s biggest cities feature affordable and reliable bus networks. There are also suburban train lines in Melbourne, Sydney, Perth and Adelaide. Melbourne also has a well-connected tram system. Sydney and Brisbane have ferries and Sydney also boasts of a light rail line. You can find taxis and Ubers in all major cities and towns, however, bear in mind that you might not find taxis in some of the smaller or more remote areas. As always, research your transport options so that you can plan accordingly.

11. Is tipping mandatory in Australia?
Tipping is not a mandated practice in Australia. However, if you do believe you have received exemplary service, you can ask before you offer. 

12. Are the beaches safe in Australia?
All the popular beaches are patrolled by volunteers. Make sure that you swim between the red and yellow flags in the water, as they mark the safest area in the water.

By Air

     1 . What is the best way to travel to Australia?

The quickest and most efficient way to travel to Australia is by air. Melbourne and Sydney both have bustling airports, which are connected to major cities across the world. If you’re looking for a direct Delhi to Australia flight, you can book your tickets with carriers like Air India, Cathay Pacific, Thai Airways or Qantas Airways. If you want to travel by sea, there aren’t any direct cruises to Australia, however, there are cruise packages to New Zealand and the Pacific Islands that connect to the biggest cities in Australia.

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