Perth: Useful Information
Wonderful weather, pristine beaches and an easy-going character
- Automatic Teller Machines (ATM’s) are available at many places in the city and in restaurants and pubs, offering 24-hour banking.
- Banking hours are generally 9.30am to 4pm Monday to Thursday, and 9.30am to 5pm on Friday, but some banks offer extended hours and some are open on Saturday mornings.
- Electrical current is 240/250 volts, 50Hz. Three-pin flat blade plugs are used but are different to those in most other countries, so an adapter is normally required.
- Tipping is not the general custom in Australia, with the exception of fine dining restaurants where it is usual to tip food and drink waiters up to 10% of the bill for good service. At any time, however, tipping is your choice.
- The main danger that an overseas visitor to Perth faces is sunburn! Make sure you cover yourself with SPF 30 sunscreen and a hat, and preferably a shirt, especially in the warmer months.
- The international access code for Australia is 61.
- Travellers to Australia over 18 years do not have to pay customs duty on 2.25 litres of alcohol; 250 cigarettes or 250g cigars or other tobacco products. Gifts are included in the $900 duty-free allowance. Fresh produce and animal/plant products are prohibited.
- Avoid driving to the south west at the start and end of major holidays (e.g. Australia Day, Boxing Day) as traffic swells to enormous proportions and what is normally a three hour drive can take up to 5 or even 6 hours!
- Beggars and pickpockets are not common in Perth, though it pays to watch your belongings. Do not leave your possessions where you cannot see them and others may steal them.
- Local time is GMT 8 (GMT 9 from last Sunday in October to last Sunday in March).
- From the last Sunday of October to the last Sunday in March Western Australia begins daylight saving.
- Exercise caution when: crossing the road at zebra crossings, walking along the footpath at the entry/exit point of parking lots or when crossing the street at a T-intersection. Though pedestrians have the legal right of way, some motorists choose to ignore this rule. In the case of a zebra crossing, cars should slow down for you though caution is advisable. If you do not notice a car slowing down, do not begin to cross.