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Moving to a new country carries a lot of responsibility and change, forcing you to adapt to a changing environment and a completely new society. If you are one of those adventurous souls who wants to begin a new life on the wonderful continent of Australia, you will need help to adapt. The following tips are aimed to give you some decent ideas what to expect once you set foot on Australian soil. Let’s begin with the first one on our list:
Summer in Australia lasts between the months of December and February, while also being rather dry and hot. You should always keep in mind that wearing a hat and sunscreen with a high enough SPF should be an absolute must. It is inadvisable for you to underestimate the strength and dangers of the sun in the southern hemisphere. Luckily, there are many locations where you’ll have a chance to catch some sun for a nice tan, provided you do so with the right protection.
Tipping in restaurants
Although you don’t have to tip if you receive a good service, it is a nice gesture do perform for those who work for you. The percentage of tipping is up to you, however you should still keep in mind that a 10% GST (Goods and Services Tax) always applies to the restaurant bills in Australia.
Water, surfing and swimming
You should be aware of the rules when it comes to the aforementioned activities, as Australia is well-known for its dangerous marine life. Pay heed to yellow and red flags, as they denote a place where you will not be safe to swim. Luckily, the majority of beaches on the Australian coasts have their share of lifesavers. Make sure you follow their advice and stay safe as you enjoy your activities.
Unlike other countries, the emergency services such as the police, ambulance and fire department can be reached with a very easy number: 000. All you have to do is call it and you will receive prompt assistance in case of trouble. Make sure you remember the number and stay safe.
The electricity used in Australia works on a 230V, 50Hz power. You should keep that in mind when you move in, bringing adapters with you if you have any electronics or equipment that needs to be used here. Staying here for a long time will need you to address that so you can adapt to the local grid.
Business hours and holidays
The hours for trade in Australia are similar to those in other countries around the world, as many businesses begin work at 9AM and usually stop at 5PM. Most stores and other businesses in the big city are open until 9PM. There are a few major holidays, such as Australia Day on January 26th and the April 25th’s ANZAC Day, which honors the sacrifices of the Australian and New Zealand Army Corps throughout their many years of service protecting the people of both countries.
About the Author: This article was contributed by Grace Bailey. Grace is an expert in the field of relocation, home organizing and decoration.