There are no compulsory immunisations required before arriving in Australia unless travellers have been in a yellow fever epidemic zone within 14 days preceding arrival. Travellers journeying to North Queensland via tropical countries should seek medical advice about those countries before departing home. There are no entry and exit requirements between the states. Travellers are not permitted to carry fruit, vegetables and plants across state borders.
International visitors require a current passport and may also require a visitor's visa, so check carefully before finalising your travel plans. If you're planning a working holiday, there are formalities to be observed so make enquires at your local Australian consulate.
Limitations apply to bringing in many items including quotas for tobacco products, alcohol, motor vehicles and other personal possessions - details can be obtained from an Australian Customs Booklet. As Australia is an island, strict quarantine regulations apply to plants and food items.
Tropical North Queensland is home to most major banks that offer a wide range of services including currency exchange. Electronic banking machines operate 24 hours a day at selected locations. Banks are open as follows:
- 9.30am till 4.00pm Monday to Thursday
- 9.30am till 5.00pm Friday
- 9.00am till 1.00pm Saturday (Selected banks only)
Traveller's cheques and credit cards are welcomed at most establishments. Foreign currencies can be exchanged at various Bureau de Change outlets around the city or at the airport. Suitable identification may be required for financial transactions.
The currency denominations in Australia are: $5, $10, $20, $50, $100 notes and 5c, 10c, 20c, 50c, $1, $2 coins.
Post offices are open from 8.30am until 5.00pm Monday to Friday. The main Post Office in Cairns is located on the corner of Grafton and Hartley streets. Another city post office is at Orchid Plaza. Stamps can be obtained from some hotels and motels. Post offices or agencies operate in all rural towns
While many shops do trade 7 days a week, the general opening hours of shops in the Cairns tourist area are Monday - Friday 8.00am - 9.00pm. Saturday trading is usually 8.00am - 5.00pm and Sunday 1.00pm - 8.00pm. Some shopping plazas open all week and there are many convenience shops dotted around the Tropical North that are open all hours.
Tropical North Queensland is home to a variety of nationalities and religions. There are frequent services for the many denominations represented in Tropical North Queensland.
Local time is GMT +1000. Queensland does not have Daylight Saving Time as the southern states do during summer.
Taxis: Reasonably priced and available from cab ranks at airports, railway stations, coach terminals and other locations throughout the city and in smaller towns. Taxis can be hailed or booked by telephone.
Public Transport: Public bus transport operates to all Cairns city areas, suburbs and beaches. Timetables are available at hotels, bus depots and the Tourism Tropical North Queensland Visitor Information
Limousines: Cairns is well serviced with excellent limousine fleets, and everything from airport transfers to limousine sight seeing tours can be organised upon request by phone.
Airport Transfers: Bus shuttle services regularly pick up and set down travellers at most hotels and accommodation establishments. Many hotels and motels offer private transfer buses, so check with your travel agent when booking your accommodation or at the concierge of the hotel. Australia Coach-Airporter, Cairns.
Car Rental: Major rental companies are represented at the airport, and there are many additional rental companies with offices in Cairns and larger towns. Reservations prior to arrival are recommended. In Australia, vehicles are right-hand drive and you travel on the left-hand side of the road.
Generally, any current driver's license is acceptable for driving in Queensland. Interstate and international licenses are valid for a period of three months only.