Driving is done on the left hand side of the road in Australia with major routes well signposted and roads in good condition. Distances and speed limits are expressed in kilometres and range from 50km per hour in residential areas to 110km per hour on freeways. Drink driving is a serious offence and offenders will be fingerprinted and arrested. Breath analysis can be conducted anywhere at random and the legal blood alcohol content limit is 0.05%. The legal drinking age is 18 years with ID required as proof of age. It is illegal to supply liquor to a minor.
Banks offer 24 hour Automated Teller Machines (ATMs) in retail areas and outside branches however it is advised that you check with your card issuer to ensure your card, account or credit card can be used in this way. Travellers cheques aren't generally accepted except in some hotels and major stores however these will generally display a sign welcoming the use of travellers cheques. Foreign currency is also not accepted and the Australian currency is comprised of 5c, 10c, 20c, 50c, $1 and $2 coins and $5, $10, $20, $50 and $100 notes. Tipping is not mandatory and no service charge applied however a 10% tip is optional for good service.
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Sydney has excellent public transport offering frequent services in and around the city including buses, trains and ferries. Main bus terminals are located at Circular Quay, Wynyard Park, Queen Victoria Building and Central Station. The extensive rail network offers CityRail and Countrylink services with the most popular rail routes including City Loop, North Sydney, Homebush Olympic Park and Parramatta. Ferries are a great way to enjoy the harbour and run from Circular Quay to most of the harbourside suburbs. Located within walking distance of local attractions, ferry services connect with all other public bus services.
If you wish to be free to explore Sydney at your own pace, hiring a car is a fantastic way to do this. Rental cars are readily available in Sydney from a number of smaller reputable operators as well as big names like Budget, Hertz, Avis, Thrifty and Selta Europcar. You must be 21 years or older and hold a current driver's license to rent a car however an international license is not necessary.
Australia's health care is among the best in the world with highly trained professionals providing a range of medical and dental services available in Sydney. Despite being comparatively cheap, visitors from the UK, Ireland, Finland, Malta, Italy, Sweden, the Netherlands and New Zealand enjoy free or subsidised medical and hospital care thanks to taxpayer funded Medicare reciprocal national health care agreements. Regardless, it is very highly recommended that anyone travelling to Australia take out comprehensive travel insurance. Also, visitors with medical conditions should carry a letter from their doctor outlining their condition and medication to avoid restriction of their medication. Most medications are available in Australia but require a prescription which can be filled by a qualified pharmacist at a chemist.