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With its modern cities, the vast open areas of the Outback and three of the world’s seven seas, Australia has activities for everyone. With Australia holidays and flights from Ireland, you could be snowboarding at Mt Buller, enjoying a show in the Sydney Opera House, wine tasting in the Yarra Valley or diving in the Great Barrier Reef.
Australia has an incredible and diverse food scene with Victoria’s green valleys and fishing villages providing top quality, fresh produce to the state’s dining establishments. You will find exciting and delicious restaurants throughout Australia, serving local and world cuisine. You could be enjoying Sydney’s famous Twenty 8 Acres’ signature house-cured salmon or Perth’s perfect Italian cuisine at Gallipot Buona Cucina. Cheap Australia flight and holiday packages from Dublin will send you on your way to your perfect Australian holiday with Abbey Travel.
Australia is temperate, most of the country receiving more than 3,000 hours of sunshine a year. In summer (December to March) the average temperature is 84°F (29°C). The hottest region is the northern two-thirds of the continent, which experiences humid and wet conditions in summer. Further south summer is warm with occasional hot spells and mild nights. Winter (June to August) averages 56°F (13°C) for the country as a whole, with warm days and mild nights in the northern areas, becoming cool and showery in the south (although there are still plenty of sunny days).
English is the official language of Australia.
The Australian Dollar (AUD) is divided into 100 cents. Banks and bureaux de change exchange most foreign currencies. Travellers cheques are also welcome everywhere, but banks take a small commission and it is better to take cheques in major currencies (e.g. US dollars or Euros) to avoid additional charges. Credit cards are widely accepted and ATMs are freely available throughout the country. 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.