The official language is English.
The Sunshine Coast Eastern Standard Time (EST) is 10+ ahead of Greenwich Meantime (GMT) and two behind New Zealand.
Daylight Saving Time (DST) does not apply in the Sunshine Coast.
The Australian dollar (AUD) is the local currency, divided into 100 cents.
The notes are made of a polymer plastic material. Not only does this material provide greater security against counterfeiting it also means its easier to recycle and waterproof!
- Notes: 5,10,20 50 and 100 dollar denominations
- Coins: 5,10,20 and 50 cents with 1 and 2 dollar denominations.
The Sunshine Coast has many ATMs and EFTPOS (electronic funds transfer point of sale) facilities at most Shops, Resturants, Bars and Accommodation.
Bank opening times: 9am - 4pm Monday to Thursday and 9am - 5pm on Friday. Travellers cheques need to be cashed at banks and bureau de change as they are not generally excepted at hotels or Sunshine Coast businesses. The same applies for foreign currency.
GOODS AND SERVICES TAX
All services in Australia incur a 10% Goods & Services Tax (GST). Prices always include GST, unless stated otherwise.
The Sunshine Coast's electrical current is 240 volts, 50 hertz. Power outlets accept flat 2 or 3 pin plugs.
Most hotels also provide 110 volt AC sockets for electrical razors.
Gratuities are not expected on the Sunshine Coast, Service charges are added to bills at some restaurants.
You may tip at your own descretion, 10% of the total bill normally would apply.
The Sunshine Coast has a large network of Post Offices. Opening times are from 9am - 5pm Monday to Friday.
To post a letter anywhere within Australia it will cost you 50c. They also provide a range of services including electronic banking and passport interviews. Overseas post can vary in price.
In Australia people are free to practice any religion they choose as long as they obey the laws of Australia. Australia is predominantly Christian with around 64% of Australians identified as Christians. Australia is a tolerant and culturally diverse country and that is reflected in most major religious faiths practised.
GAY & LESBIAN
Australia does not recognise(at present) same sex marriages, but recognises same sex couples living together as De Facto couples. This means they have the same rights as co-habiting couples.
For more information contact Gay and Lesbian Counselling and information service: 1800 184 527 or visit www.glwa.org.au