CLIMATE: Australian seasons are the reverse of ours; summer starts in December; autumn in March; winter in June; spring in September. Climates vary greatly within the continent. However, Australians go north for winter vacations, south in the summer. November through May is the ideal time to visit Australia.
CLUBS Sydney Turf Club; Lions; Rotary; Australia Jockey Club; American National Club.
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There are many private clubs for which, guest cards may be arranged through members or via recipro-catory arrangements with other clubs throughout the world. Tourists must be sponsored by a member at The Athenaeum, Melbourne and Green Room all on Collins Street; The Australian, William Street, and R.A.C.V. Queen Street. For sports clubs, see sports.
COMMON COURTESIES AND LOCAL CUSTOMS: Australians are rather like Americans in their habits. Except when attending official functions and balls, most Australians dress quite informally, as when in restaurants and hotels. Beachwear is the same as in the United States. Except in modern hotels, there is no central heating or air conditioning,
COMMUNICATIONS Cable, radio and airmail service and Trans-Pacific telephone service. Airmail rates are: postal cards, one shilling; letters, two shillings per half ounce.
CURRENCY: Monetary unit is the Australian pound, worth about $2. 24. There are 20 shillings to the pound and 12 pennies to a shilling (1/-).
CUSTOMS REGULATIONS AND DOCUMENTS REQUIRED FOR UNITED STATES CITIZENS: Passport and visa, two front-view photos. Vaccination certificate. Return passage or proof of sufficient funds. You may bring in duty free 400 cigarettes, or 80 cigars, or 1 lb. Of tobacco, 3 quarts of liquor, unlimited foreign currency (except only £5 English Sterling allowed in, £4 (Aust. ) out). No more allowed out than declared on entry. Exposed motion picture film may be left in bond until departure to avoid censorship.
DRUG STORES: Known as chemist’s shops here. They carry pharmaceuticals, cosmetics and photo supplies and service. Most American pharmaceuticals and cosmetics, but no soda fountains. These are found in milk bars.
ELECTRIC CURRENT 11. Voltage is 220-240 volts, some a.c. some d.c. Transformer plugs needed.