18 years of age is the minimum legal age to consume alcohol in Australia and people under 25 years of age going to nightclubs or bars should carry identification and proof of age with them otherwise they may not be granted entry. This also applies to the purchase of alcohol from a bar or liquor store (bottle shop). It is also illegal to purchase liquor for a 'minor'.
All banks have Automated Teller Machines (ATMs) located outside the branch or within the foyer which are accessible 24 hours a day. Not all banks accept every brand of card so it is important that you check with your card issuer that your credit card can be used this way.
The Australian Dollar is divided into 100 cents with coin denominations in 5c, 10c, 20c, 50c, $1 and $2. Notes are made from a waterproof plastic compound and are colour coded in $5, $10, $20, $50 and $100. Many items in shops are priced in odd amounts, e.g. $1.97 or $9.99 and in this instance the law requires that the total bill is rounded up or down to the nearest 5c.
The Queensland Islands are easily accessed from the mainland via launch transfers or connecting flights from most major cities and many of the car rental companies have depots at most of these gateways. Alliance Airlines, Qantas and Virgin Australia all fly daily to the gateways and more detailed information on getting to each island can be found in the 'Getting There' section of each accommodation's web page.
Australian health care is among the best in the world with highly trained professionals and advanced medical services. New Zealand, UK and Finnish visitors are entitled to heavily subsidised or free medical and hospital care under reciprocal national health care agreements with Medicare. All other visitors are advised to take out travel insurance with special cover available at a much cheaper price than cover offered in other overseas countries. Most major hotels also have an on-call doctor.
Visitors who require medication to treat a medical condition should carry a letter from their doctor at all times outlining their condition and treatment required, especially if the medication is uncommon or contains narcotics as this may be a restricted import. Most medications are available in Australia with a doctor's prescription and will only be dispensed by a qualified pharmacist at 'chemist' shops or 'pharmacies'.
Traveller's cheques and foreign currency are generally NOT accepted however major hotels, big stores and some tourist shops will make an exception and these generally display a 'traveller's cheques welcome' sign. You can cash your cheques at a Bureau de Change or a bank to provide you with spending money.
No service charge applies in Australia and tipping is not mandatory however a 10% tip in restaurants and hotel bars is standard for great service.
Due to the extensive damage received from Cyclone Yasi in February 2011 Bedarra Island & Dunk Island will remain closed until further notice. Brampton Island and Orpheus Island are going through extensive upgrades.