Don’t get misplaced

GPS's or SatNavs have gotten very fashionable as a way of discovering your manner round when you find yourself driving. They retail from about $ 200.00. When you’ve got already purchased a GPS in South Africa, you possibly can obtain all of the Australia maps for about $ 100.00. A map guide or "Avenue Listing" prices below $ 30.00. These are invaluable for attending to know the suburbs and structure of your metropolis, even in case you have a GPS. The 2 hottest ones are Gregorys and UBD, each produced by Common publishers. "Whereis" and "Google maps" are internet primarily based route planners. They’re helpful when planning a visit to verify the space and the way lengthy it can take.

Shield your self from the solar

Australia has a really excessive charge of pores and skin most cancers. Even with all of the warnings lots of people expose themselves to an excessive amount of solar in the course of the day. Main faculties have a "no hat no play" coverage for all college students. The Most cancers Council has a variety of merchandise to assist stop harm from the solar. You will note a number of youngsters sporting rash vests (rashes) on the seashore and at swimming swimming pools.


For those who deliver an older TV from SA it may not work. Though Australia additionally makes use of the analogue PAL system, the audio sign is a special frequency so you’ll get an image however no sound. TV channels in Australia are additionally broadcast in a digital sign. (Analogue is to be phased out by the tip of 2013). To obtain this sign you should buy a digital set high field for about $ 80, and so long as your TV has an audio and video RCA enter you possibly can join it up. The image is superior as a result of it’s digital: no ghosting or fuzziness. You want a good aerial on the roof, however most homes and residences have already got one. Most new LCD or Plasma TVs in Australia include a inbuilt digital tuner however verify this should you resolve to purchase one.


Your regular FM / AM radio that you just deliver with will work completely. As of August 2009, Digital radio has been launched within the main cities. Which means in case you have a digital radio, even the AM stations comparable to ABC Sydney may be acquired in digital format, so the standard is a lot better. They’re nonetheless costly, (costs begin round $ 150.00) however costs ought to begin coming down within the quick time period.

Filling up with petrol

There are not any petrol pump attendants in most metropolitan areas, it's all self-serve. Some smaller cities nonetheless have pump attendants. It’s a bit daunting at first, however take somebody who’s skilled the primary time you go to replenish. Upon getting crammed up, bear in mind the variety of the pump, go inside to the counter and pay. You may pay with money or card. There isn’t a value standardization on petrol. The value fluctuates all through the week, and in Sydney it’s usually cheaper on Tuesdays and early Wednesday mornings. The service stations ("servo's") even have retailers just like these in South Africa the place you should buy primary foodstuffs, requirements (like chocolate) and the newspapers. The big grocery store chains like Coles and Woolworths additionally personal about 80% of the petrol stations round Sydney. They’ve gasoline low cost gives to encourage you to buy at their grocery shops then purchase petrol at their retailers. For those who spend greater than $ 30.00 on the Grocery store at anyone time, you get a reduction voucher which entitles you to a 4c per liter low cost whenever you pay in your petrol. On Tuesdays throughout Sydney you will notice vehicles queuing proper into the road at Woolworths and Coles / Shell petrol stations, and the independents are nearly empty. Don’t get sucked into this mindset . Even in case you have a big automotive like a Ford Falcon or Holden Commodore with a 70 L tank, and even should you had been filling up from empty, you’ll solely save 70 x 4c = $ 2.80. For those who replenish twice a month like me, you’ll solely save $ 5.60 a month! For those who drive a big 4×4 with a 100 L tank, you’ll save $ four.00 should you crammed up from empty. With a small automotive and a 45 L tank you’ll solely save $ 1.80. For my part it's not well worth the problem to queue, I favor to go to an outlet that isn’t as busy and pay a bit extra.

Water utilization

Relying on the extent of restrictions, it’s possible you’ll or will not be allowed to water your backyard with a hand-held hose and a set off kind nozzle. In Sydney on the time of writing, degree three restrictions are in drive so hand-held hoses can be utilized for gardens on particular days earlier than 10 am and after 4pm. Buckets can be utilized at any time. You may be fined in case you are caught watering out of permitted hours. Once more, relying on the water restrictions in your space it’s possible you’ll be allowed to clean your automotive with a hose, as lengthy has it has a set off kind nozzle. There are industrial automotive wash bays the place you possibly can wash your automotive your self, or the automated variety that’s widespread in South Africa.

Doing all your Washing

For those who come from a metropolis like Johannesburg the place the air is reliably dry, it’s possible you’ll discover humidity an issue even in Sydney. (Brisbane is way worse, extra like Durban). A garments drying rack and a tumble drier are important. Merchandise comparable to "Damp Rid" to be very helpful to place in cabinets to soak up any extra moisture and stop musty smells.

Furnishings and home equipment

Attempt to deliver all your individual furnishings, (so long as it is freed from wooden borers and different pests) however don’t worry an excessive amount of about small home equipment comparable to toasters, steam irons and kettles. They’re reliably low cost due to the robust Australian Greenback, and since lots of the home equipment are made in China. Home equipment made in Italy or Germany value a bit extra. Washing machines, fridges and tumble driers value just a little extra however are nonetheless good worth. The voltage in Australia is identical as in South Africa, however the plugs are totally different. Carry a couple of multiplugs with you from SA, then change the South African fashion plug on the tip of the cable with an Australian one. This fashion, you possibly can plug your outdated home equipment into the multiplug with out having to alter your entire plugs directly. If you find yourself extra settled in you can begin altering the plugs on particular person home equipment.

Daylight saving

It is a nice idea that’s noticed in New South Wales, Victoria, South Australia, Tasmania, and the Australian Capital Territory and has been synchronized throughout these states. Western Australia started a 3 yr trial of daylight saving in December 2006 however in a latest referendum, individuals of WA (primarily the agricultural inhabitants) voted overwhelmingly in opposition to it turning into everlasting. Queensland and the Northern Territory don’t observe daylight saving. Daylight saving begins on the primary Sunday in October and ends on the primary Sunday in April. The clocks are superior one hour in October then put again one hour in April. It takes a little bit of getting used to at first, however the profit is that in summer season it solely will get darkish round eight.00 pm, so individuals can go to the seashore after work, play outside sport, work within the backyard and so forth.


Most councils have superb public libraries with many sources. When you register you possibly can entry your account on-line and reserve or renew books. Many libraries have a sort of "submit field" exterior with the intention to return books after hours. Most libraries have computer systems with web entry and a few at the moment are "WiFi" enabled so you possibly can deliver your individual laptop computer if it has a inbuilt wi-fi gadget.


Lots of the foremost arterial roads within the main cities have tolls. Most toll roads have carried out away with manned toll cubicles: they solely have an computerized toll system. It’s a superb thought to get an E tag. The gadget sticks to the within of your windscreen and is linked to your registration quantity. You may apply on-line and the gadget will probably be posted to you (Oh … did I point out how dependable and safe Australia Put up is?). While you first apply for one, you pay a deposit and an preliminary "high up". When the stability drops to a sure worth it’s topped up out of your nominated bank card or present account. In different phrases whenever you drive previous a toll sensor, your tag beeps and the worth of the toll is debited out of your account routinely. You get a pdf assertion emailed month-to-month to you.

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