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Australia makes use of the Australian Dollar (AUD).

National Languages

Australia is a culturally diverse country that attracts people from all over the world. However, you’ll find that English is the most common language. Under 1% of people actively speak the original Aboriginal languages.

You’ll also find there are over 400 languages spoken throughout Australia, including Mandarin, Arabic, Vietnamese, and Cantonese.

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A woman gazes into the rainforest in Daintree National Park, Queensland, Australia. (photo via AustralianCamera / iStock / Getty Images Plus) (Photo Credit: (photo via AustralianCamera / iStock / Getty Images Plus))

Time Zone

When it comes to time zones, Australia is right at the front of the queue. This country can be almost one day ahead of the rest of the world! 

Note that Australia makes use of multiple different time zones. The time on your visit will depend on where you end up staying. The six main time zones are:

  • Australian Eastern Standard Time (AEST) UTC+10
  • Australian Central Standard Time (ACST) UTC+9:30
  • Australian Western Standard Time (AWST) UTC+8
  • Australian Central Western Standard Time (ACWST) UTC +8:45
  • Australian Central Daylight Time (ACDT) UTC+10:30
  • Australian Eastern Daylight Time (AEDT) UTC +11


Climate And Weather

Similar to the time zones, the climate and weather may change depending on the territory. Australia does remain consistent in being a warmer climate. This country is still subject to summer, winter, spring, and autumn. However, as you travel north, you might also want to take the wet and dry seasons into account. 

While the wet season will be from November to April, the dry season takes place from May to October. 

Here are the months in each season in Australia:

  • Summer:  December – February
  • Autumn: March – May 
  • Winter: June – August
  • Spring: September – November

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