Travel Information | 旅行信息
April in Australia is quite a pleasant time to visit, as mid-autumn temperatures begin their slide into winter. The average daily temperature for this time of the year is a cool 17°C (63°). A light jacket or a sweater is needed first thing in the morning when overnight lows will fall to 12°C (54°F). Despite the cool start to the day, temperatures will warm up nicely with highs climbing to 21°C (70°F) by the afternoon.
Shops in Melbourne generally trade between 0900 to 1700 hours during the week with late night shopping on Friday until 2100 hours. The hours in the CBD and shopping centres on Saturdays are generally from 0900 to 1700 hours and on Sundays from 1000 to 1600 hours.
Banking and Currency 银行与货币
Decimal currency is used in Australia with the dollar as the basic unit (100 cents = A$1). Notes come in A$100, A$50, A$20, A$10 and A$5 denominations. Coins come in 5c, 10c, 20c, 50c, A$1 and A$2 denominations. Currency exchange facilities are available in most banks, hotels and airports and operate normal business hours. Credit cards are accepted at most restaurants and shops, the most widely used being Mastercard, Visa and American Express. Wechat pay is also becoming available at some outlets.
Bistros, restaurants, cafes and coffee shops offer varied menus, prices and decor. Melbourne has a multicultural scene so foods of various nationalities are readily available. Local specialties such as seafood and Australian wines are worth trying.
Victoria is an important place for Australian cheese (cheese), wine, meat, fish, fruit and game. Due to its rich variety of produce and longtime food culture, Melbourne has naturally been a foodies paradise. The best places to sample some of the Australian cuisine for yourself include St Kilda road, Lygon street in Carlton district (famous Italian food District), Fitzroy and Brunswick Streets for coffee culture and so on. Along southbank, there are numerous restaurants where you can dine against the backdrop of the Yarra River. Similarly the bustling district of Chinatown offers a myriad of familiar chinese dishes.
维多利亚州是澳大利亚奶酪（芝士）、酒、肉类、鱼类、水果和野味的重要产地，由于物产富饶并拥有悠久的饮食文化，墨尔本理所当然的成为美食天堂，最佳的品尝地点包括：南雅拉区的St Kilda Road、卡顿区（Carlton，著名的意大利美食区）的莱庚街（Lygon Street）、费兹罗区（Fitzroy）及宾士域街（Brunswick Street，时兴的咖啡文化重地）。如果到南岸区（South Bank）走一趟，在那里可以一边享受美食，一边欣赏雅拉河（Yarra River）风光。此外，位于唐人街，也有各式各样的中国菜。
Electrical current is 240/250V, AC 50Hz. The Australian three-pin power outlet is different from that in many countries, so you will need an adaptor. If your appliances are 110V, check if there is a 110/240V switch. If not, you will need a voltage converter. Universal outlets for 240V or 110V shavers are usually found in leading hotels.
Goods and Services Tax (GST) / Tourist Refund Scheme (TRS)
Prices in Australia are often inclusive of 10% GST (Goods and Services Tax), unless otherwise specified.
The Tourist Refund Scheme (TRS) is administered by the Australian Customs Department and enables travelers departing from Australia to claim a refund of the GST and Wine Equalisation Tax (WET) paid on goods bought in Australia. For detailed information on the TRS visit the website of the Australian Customs and Border Protection Services of the Australian Government.
The exhibition organisers do not provide any form of travel insurance for exhibitors. It is strongly recommended that you book your travel and take out an appropriate policy of your choice from your country of origin.
The official language spoken and written is English.
Quarantine & Customs 检疫和海关
Australia is free from many plant and animal diseases prevalent in other countries. Very strict quarantine rules apply to the import of animals and plants which cannot be brought into the country without prior application. Animal and plant products are also restricted.
For more information see the ‘Information for International Travelers’ on the Australian Quarantine and Inspection Service (AQIS) website.
Tipping is not as widespread or regulated in Australia as it is in other parts of the world. Tipping is at your prerogative; a reward for service. A gratuity of about 10% is usual in restaurants if good service is received. Tips for taxis are regarded as optional.
There is no vaccination required for entering Australia. However, if you enter Australia from a yellow fever declared country but do not hold a vaccination certificate you will receive a Yellow Fever Action Card for further information. More information can be found on the Department of Health of the Australian Government website.