Information & Facts
On average Canberra has seven hours of sunshine a day all year
round, which, together with a low rainfall average, makes this a
fine holiday destination. Summer weather in Canberra is generally
hot and dry with mild easterly and north-westerly winds prevailing.
Nights become cooler when autumn sets in, and winter is
characterised by the arrival of numerous cold fronts. Temperatures
may be lower in winter, but the sun still shines most of the time.
October is on average the wettest month, though rainfall is
Public transport is limited to buses and because Canberra is
spread out, with meagre weekend services and no transport after
about 10pm, visitors are best off with a car. There is plenty of
parking at the tourist sites and the road system is excellent and
uncongested; to hire a car drivers must be 21 years of age and hold
a valid driver's license, sometimes in conjunction with an
international driver's permit. The Action bus company routes cover
most tourist attractions from four town centre bus interchanges:
City, Woden, Tuggeranong and Belconnen. A day bus pass is available
from bus drivers or the tourist information centre. Cycling is also
a popular means of transport in Canberra and there is an extensive
network of bicycle paths around the city. Taxi ranks are available
in most major areas of the city.
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.