Australia's legal age for consuming alcohol in public is 18 years and proof of age identification is required to purchase alcohol from a bottle shop or bar as well as to gain entry into nightclubs. Australia's dollar is divided into 100 cents with coin denominations available in 5c, 10c, 20c, 50c, $1 and $2 and notes in $5, $10, $20, $50 and $100. The currency is made from a plastic compound and colour coded for easy identification. All banks offer 24hr ATMs (automated teller machines) which can be found in major shopping precincts and directly outside most bank branches. Visitors should check with their card provider prior to their holiday to ensure their card can be used overseas. Travellers cheques are generally not accepted however some hotels and tourist shops will make an exception. These will display a 'travellers cheques welcome' sign, otherwise you can cash cheques at a bank or Bureau de Change. Service charges do not apply in Australia and although tipping is not compulsory, a small tip for exceptional service is always appreciated.
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Driving is done on the left hand side in Australia and roads are in good condition and are well signposted. Distances and speed limits are expressed in kilometres and drink driving is a serious offense. Heavily policed, the legal blood alcohol limit for driving is .05% per litre of blood. Car hire is readily available with Europcar and Budget the major operators. Vehicles are usually less than 8 months old and feature air conditioning and automatic transmission. To hire a car you must be at least 21 years of age and hold a current driver's license. Public transport is also excellent in Brisbane with a network of buses, coaches, trains and taxis which operate regular services all over the city, inner and outer surrounds and even further afield to the Gold or Sunshine Coasts. Australia's health care services are some of the best in the world, with highly trained professionals and excellent medical access. Visitors from New Zealand, Finland and the UK can receive free or highly subsidised hospital and medical care thanks to taxpayer funded reciprocal national health care agreements. Visitors from all other countries should take out travel insurance. If you have an existing medical condition that requires treatment, you should carry a letter from your treating physician that outlines your condition and treatment plan including any medication you require. Most medications are available in Australia with a prescription from your doctor and will be dispensed by a qualified pharmacist at a chemist.