Tuesday, March 31, 2015

A-Z Challenge: Get ready for our Tour of Australia!


     Starting tomorrow we are taking all of our blog readers on a tour of our favourite places in Australia. Throughout April we will start with the letter A and keep going until we hit the letter Z. It took some planning but we have a destination for every letter of the alphabet. You will have to visit the blog each day to find out what they will be as we won't be giving out any spoilers. It should be a great time so make sure to visit us every day so you don't miss anything!

Since we don't start our tour till tomorrow I thought it would be fun to provide a few fun facts about travelling to Australia.

Getting there: Australia is an island so driving to Australia is not an option. Although you can arrive by cruise ship or cargo ship the most popular way to arrive is by air. Most international visitors arrive at Sydney but the other capital cities also have international flights. It is also a long flight from just about anywhere. From most places in North America and Europe it will take 24-28 hours to get to Sydney. Airfares vary but will be somewhere between $2000-$3000 for economy/coach class.
 Money: The unit of currency is the Australian dollar and is the only currency that is accepted by most merchants. The notes are made of a polymer plastic so it is more durable than paper money. Each of the notes is a different colour and a slightly different size and it is a lot easier to tell which note is which when there is poor lighting. Exchange rates vary from day to day but one Australian dollar currently buys about 78c US.

Driving: Australians drive on the left hand side of the road and the driver's seat is on the right side of the car. This takes some getting used to and it might be best to let someone else do the driving until you get used to it. 

Getting around: Australia is a big country and is almost as big as the lower 48 states of the U.S.A. Since most of the tourist destinations are along the east coast it is feasible to drive, take the train or bus, but if you are short on time it is probably easiest to fly.

There is a lot more fun travel facts but I will save them for another day. Hope you see you all tomorrow for our "A" post.


1 comment:

  1. That would be confusing to get used to the driving! I agree, have someone drive first! Looking forward to your posts.



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