For more information on the public transport system in and around Perth,
please visit the Transport Information website: www.transperth.wa.gov.au
The standard electrical current in Australia is 240 volts.
Plugs are three pronged.
Australian currency operates on a decimal system, and the
dollar is the basic unit. Notes come in $100, $50, $20, $10, and $5
denominations. Coins come in $2, $1, 50c, 20c, 10c, and 5c
The most frequently accepted credit cards are Visa, Mastercard,
Diners Club and American Express.
Changing money at banks will normally ensure the best rate of
exchange. Opening hours are 9:30 am to 4:00 pm, Monday to Thursday, and
9:30 am to 5:00 pm on Friday.
As a general rule, business hours in Australia are
Monday to Friday from 9:00 am to 5:00 pm.
City shopping is centered around the Hay and Murray
Street Malls and the arcades joining the two together. Forrest Place, a
'town square' bordered on four sides by Myer store, Wellington Street,
the Central Post Office Building and the Murray Street Mall, is often
the site of free public entertainment and street theatre. Buskers are a
regular feature and the overpass from Myer to the Carillion Arcade
offers a prime viewing spot. Across from Forrest Place is the Wellington
Street Rail Station, the main terminal for the metropolitan train
There is no tradition of tipping in Australia. It is not
obligatory and is up to the individual whether he or she wishes to
reward good service. Restaurants do not add a service charge, and a tip
of around 10% is appropriate for waiters or waitresses. Taxi drivers
would not expect to be tipped, although do appreciate small change.