Adelaide’s time zone is GMT + 9.5 hours. Adelaide is based on Central Standard Time and observes daylight saving time from early October to mid-April, when clocks are advanced one hour.
Adelaide boasts a Mediterranean climate, perfect for enjoying the great Australian outdoors. Alfresco dining, festivals, sport and fun in the sun is the way of life in Adelaide. The average temperature ranges from a mild 15°C (58°F) mid-winter in July, to a delightful 29°C (84°F) mid-summer average in January.
All international delegates, apart from New Zealand citizens, must obtain a Visa or Electronic Travel Authority (ETA) before travelling to Australia. Please ensure you organise your documentation well in advance of travel.
Australia’s Electronic Travel Authority (ETA) is an electronically-stored authority for travel to Australia for a short-term tourist or business entry. ETAs are issued within seconds of being requested through computer links between the Australian Immigration Department, travel agents, airlines and specialist service providers around the world. Over 30 countries around the world have access to the free ETA system.
Conference delegates from non-ETA countries will need to obtain a Business (short stay) visa, even if some tourism activities are planned for part of the stay in Australia. It is called a 456 visa if it is issued as a label into a passport. For more information visit the Department of Immigration, Multicultural and Indigenous Affairs website or click here for the ETA Application.
Reciprocal driving rights exist between Australia and overseas countries. Your driver’s licence must be current. Australian drivers travel on the LEFT hand side of the road and our speed limits are strictly enforced. For more information about driving on SA roads, please visit the SA Motoring website.
Australia’s electricity voltage for domestic use is AC 240 volts, 50 cycles. Most hotels have provision for AC 110 volts in the rooms and/or can provide adaptors.
Tap water is filtered, fresh and safe to drink. It conforms to Australian and international drinking water standards.
Medical & Emergency Services
As medical services are not provided free to visitors, it is strongly recommended that health insurance is arranged before arrival. Visitors requiring pharmaceuticals after normal shopping hours should check with their hotel reception or the local Yellow Pages under ‘Chemists’. Phone 13 14 44 for police assistance or 000 for emergencies. From mobile phones, the emergency telephone number is 112.
Visitors to Adelaide are able to shop within the central business district or in one of the many suburban shopping centres. Shopping hours in the greater Adelaide shopping district (comprising central and metropolitan shopping districts a): CBD Monday to Thursday until 7pm, Friday to 9pm, Saturday until 5pm and Sunday 11am–5pm. For the suburbs: Monday to Wednesday and Friday until 5pm, Thursday to 9pm, Saturday until 5pm, and Sunday 11am–5pm. Except for Sundays or when government imposes restrictions, there are no regulations on opening times but, in general, it is 9am. For stores in shopping centres- the centres’ core trading hours apply. Duty free stores are located at the International Airport and at various locations within the CBD.
Australia has a modern telephone system with wide mobile phone coverage. For international dialling direct call ‘0011’ followed by the country code, area code and then the local number. To call Australia from overseas the access code is ‘61’ and Adelaide’s area code is ’08’.
Banking hours in Adelaide are Monday to Thursday 9.30am–4pm, Friday 9.30am–5pm. Most banks provide convenient automatic teller machines. Foreign currency exchange is available during trading hours.
The practice of payment by credit card is widely accepted throughout Australia. The most common types of cards used in Australia are Visa, MasterCard, American Express and Diners Club.
English is the language of Australia. For an interpreter, call 13 14 50 (24 hours).
Traveller’s cheques can be changed at trading banks, large city hotels and selected trading establishments.
Tipping & Gratuities
Employees in Australia do not depend on tips or gratuities as part of their income. However, it is practiced as a personal choice to tip if the service received has been exceptional.
The Goods and Services Tax is a broad based tax of 10 per cent on most supplies of goods and services supplied in Australia. GST replaces wholesale sales tax, which was applied at varying rates to a range of products. GST exemptions include food, health services and international airfares. A Tourist Refund System is available at airports, for more information call 1300 363 263 or visit www.customs.gov.au.
Australia is serious about its quarantine regulations. Further information can be sourced here.