June 27, 2003, Newsletter Issue #125: Travelling tips

Tip of the Week

Public Transport:
The Capital Cities and major towns of Australia have very good public transport systems (trains, buses, trams and ferries), and it is usually easier to use these than to drive. The country services between towns are great, but the service in towns themselves are often erratic. Timetables are readily available at Information centres in each town.

Tourist Information:
Each town in Australia has a tourist information centre, it is depicted by a white sign with an itallic blue i, they are well sign-posted, and supply maps and brochures informing of local places of interest.

Drinking:
Most Australians enjoy a beer, the varieties are endless, and depending on the state you in, the size glasses are called by different names, schooners and middies in one state and pots and pints in the next. We also drink a lot of wine, preferring the Australian brands. The wines are reasonably priced, and decent wines can be bought by the cask. Spirits are more pricey, especially in restaurants.

Eating out:
Australia has many fine restaurants, with cuisine from around the world. A lot of restaurants are BYO, and charge a nominal corkage fee.
Although tipping is not mandatory, if the service and food are good it is customary to leave a tip, this is usually divided by all the staff at the restaurant.

Take away food:
The food scene in Australia is a very full one, from fish and chips to McDonald`s. I will list a few: Pizza Hut, Hungry Jacks, Red Rooster, Kentucky Fried Chicken, Subway. It is a matter of taste, really all are well priced and have drive-through (bar Subway). The local take away shops are well worth a try, a good way to find the best in an area is to ask a local!

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