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ACTA Adelaide : ACTA Adelaide
www.acta.com.au 13 Shopping Visitors to Adelaide are able to shop within the central business district or in one of the many suburban shopping centres. Shopping hours in the Greater Adelaide Shopping District (comprising Central and Metropolitan Shopping Districts and Glenelg Tourism Precinct): CBD Monday to Thursday until 5pm Friday to 9pm, Saturday until 5pm and 11am-5pm Sunday. Suburbs Monday to Wednesday and Friday until 5pm, Thursday to 9pm, Saturday until 5pm and 11am-5pm Sunday. Except for Sundays or when government imposes restrictions, there are no regulations on opening times but, in general, it is 9am. For stores in shopping centres the centre's core trading hours apply. Duty Free Stores are located at the International Airport and at various locations within the central business district. Driving Licences Reciprocal driving rights exist between Australia and overseas countries. Your driver's licence must be current. Medical & Emergency Services As medical services are not provided free to visitors, it is strongly recommended that health insurance is arranged before arrival. Visitors requiring pharmaceuticals after normal shopping hours should check with their hotel reception or the local Yellow Pages under Chemists. Phone '131 444' for police assistance or '000' for emergencies. From mobile phones, the emergency telephone number is 112. Telephone Information Australia has a modern telephone system with wide mobile phone coverage. International Dialling Direct Call '0011' followed by country code, area code and then the local number. To call Australia from overseas the access code is '61' and Adelaide's area code is '08.' Electricity Australia's electricity voltage for domestic use is AC 240 volts, 50 cycle. Most hotels have provision for AC 110 volts in the rooms and/or can provide adaptors. Water Adelaide tap water is filtered, fresh and safe to drink. It conforms to Australian and international drinking water standards. Transport Adelaide International Airport is just 7km (15 minutes) from the city. • Domestic and international flights operate regular daily services. • Approximate flying times: Sydney to Adelaide 1 hour 45 min London to Adelaide 22 hours 45 min Singapore to Adelaide 8 hours 45 min Los Angeles to Adelaide 15 hours Auckland to Adelaide 4 hours 45 min • Luxury coach services provide a pleasant connection from Adelaide to regional centres. • Adelaide is the central hub on the Australian National rail system and National Highway One, linking Western Australia with Eastern Australia. • Adelaide offers quality public transport connecting the CBD with all suburban areas. Metropolitan Adelaide For bus, tram and train information and timetables, call +61 8 8210 1000, or visit the Adelaide Metro internet site www.adelaidemetro.com.au. • A convenient free city loop bus service is offered. • The O'Bahn is a special guided busway that operates on both the road and rail between the city and the northern suburb of Tea Tree Gully -- not only innovative, but a tourist attraction as well. • Trams run between the city and the delightful seaside suburb of Glenelg. Trams within the CBD are free of charge. • Quality taxi-cabs are available throughout the city and can be booked or hailed by the roadside. • International rental car companies have branches in Adelaide, most with offices at the airport, city and suburban areas. • Chauffeured vehicles are also readily available at reasonable rates. Population Approximately 20 million people live in Australia. Of these, 1 554 700 live in the Adelaide metropolitan area. Adelaide's Sister Cities: Christchurch, New Zealand; Georgetown, Penang; Austin, Texas; Himeji, Japan. Language English is the language of Australia. For an interpreter, call 131 450 (24 hours). Climate Adelaide boasts a Mediterranean climate, perfect for enjoying the great Australian outdoors. Alfresco dining, festivals, sport and fun in the sun is the way of life in Adelaide. The average temperature ranges from a mild 15°C (58°F) mid- winter in July, to a delightful 29°C (84°F) mid- summer average in January. Visas All travellers to Australia, other than Australian and New Zealand citizens, are required to obtain a Visa to travel to Australia. The Business Visa allows people attending conferences and meetings in Australia to make a short visit of up to three months. For more information visit the Department of Immigration, Multicultural and Indigenous Affairs website at www.immi.gov.au. Banking Hours Banking hours in Adelaide are: 9.30am-4pm Monday to Thursday 9.30am-5pm Friday. Most banks provide convenient automatic teller machines. Foreign currency exchange is available during trading hours. Credit Cards The practice of payment by credit card is widely accepted throughout Australia. Those in common use include Visa, MasterCard, American Express and Diners Club. Travellers Cheques Travellers cheques can be changed at trading banks, large city hotels and selected trading establishments. Tipping & Gratuities Employees in Australia do not depend on tips or gratuities as part of their income. Taxes The Goods and Services Tax is a broad based tax of 10 per cent on most supplies of goods and services supplied in Australia. GST replaces wholesale sales tax which was applied at varying rates to a range of products. GST exemptions include food, health services and international airfares. A Tourist Refund System is available at airports, for more information call 1300 363 263. Quarantine Australia is serious about its quarantine regulations. Information can be sourced at www.aqis.gov.au. Time Zone Adelaide's central time zone is GMT + 9.5hours. Adelaide is based on Central Standard Time and observes daylight saving time from early October to late March, when clocks are advanced one hour.