A guide for Indian travelling to Australia
It’s been a while since I came to Australia now and with time flying away (13 years now); my only fear was that I might lose touch with India and its people. So I came up with an idea of helping out Indian community through my website Indian connection and blog.
Although my busy schedule of full time job hardly helps but I make sure to reply to all Inquires. This blog post is also the reason for one of these inquiries where as someone asked me to about any tips for Indian visiting Australia.
The scope of the tips is so wide and I would try to cover them all with an intention to update more regularly.
1) Misconception about Australia among Indian.
Australian people aren’t racist, they are friendly and helpful, they won’t make you feel like a foreigner, but don’t get too personal in the initial phase of the acquaintance.
2) Quarantine at the Airport
Australia is very sensitive of its environment so their quarantine is pretty strict, so watch what you bring to Australia. So when they ask you to open your luggage don’t be surprised. Just be yourselves, if you don’t have anything to hide!
Read more about ‘What I can’t take it when travelling to Australia’
3) Culture in Australia is different to that of India
Cricket, Indian food and bollywood are probably things which join together Indian and Australian together. However due Australians European early inhabitant there is considerable difference in culture between both countries. The difference in culture is noticeable both in social and work sceniroes.At times it can be a huge cultural shock for many and it’s quite normal to feel home sick initially where you would be expected to your work and get used to the Australian accent.
4) Expected behaviour or I must say the ‘Way of life’ in Oz.
What behaviour are expected in Australia, where people are known for their Aussie slang’s, their obsession with “beer”, their no worries attitude certain habits are mandatory like using
a) Please, sorry and thank you where ever appropriate
b) Using your earphone to listen to music while in a public transport
c) Not speaking loudly either normal conversation or on phone.
d) Not keeping cash on the counter in a retail counter instead handing it over to the cashier hand
e) Need extra patience levels while standing in queues or while driving
f) Don’t ever think of giving bribes to any official to get your work done.
5) Weather and Climate
Because Australia is situated in the Southern Hemisphere, its seasons are the opposite of what they are in the Northern Hemisphere. Spring runs from September to November, summer from December to February, fall from March to May and winter from June to August.
6) If you are returning visitor from Australia to India remember to avail the following refund
a) Refund Scheme where as GST paid on certain items which are brought within 30 days may be eligible for a refund. For more details check this website
b) If your employer is paying superannuation on your behalf you might be eligible for return of your super depending upon you contract. Do file your Tax return in Australia because you might be eligible for Tax return.
a) Where will you eat? -Is it good and affordable for frequent dine out! Absolutely not although the extra expense is worth trying.
b) Which are the places we should see? -Beech of course but always observes the beach safely signs. Swim only at patrolled beaches, by beach patrol life guards, and within the flag areas
c) Shopping in Australia-Direct Factory Outlet are where you can find majority of brands at a much affordable prices.See more information over here
Lastly remember it is really important to protect yourself from sunburn at all times, but especially in summer. You may want to wear a wide brimmed hat and use 30+ sunscreens high UV levels and skin damage occurs fast, especially mid day.