Travel Insurance

All international visitors are strongly advised to obtain travel insurance, including medical coverage, prior to arriving in Australia.

Vaccinations

It is recommended that athletes and other tourists obtain any required vaccinations and check that their medical insurance covers travel and accidents in Australia.

Customs and Quarantine

It is recommended that athletes and other tourists visit the Australian Government’s Customs and Quarantine website prior to arriving in Australia for information on what to do and not to do when travelling through Australia’s border, what to pack and not to pack in your luggage and what to expect at the border.

Climate

Perth enjoys a Mediterranean climate, allowing for plenty of outdoor activities. It boasts more hours of sunshine than any other state in Australia, with brilliant blue skies, clean air and picturesque surroundings. In spring (September – November) days are warm and sunny, especially from October and November with daily temperatures of around 20 – 25°C. There is little rainfall at this time of year and Western Australia comes alive with colourful wildflowers.

Time Zone

There are three time zones in Australia and Western Standard Time (AWST) is GMT + 8:00.

Check the current time in Western Australia here.

Culture

Perth is proud of its broad cultural diversity which is reflected in its multicultural lifestyle, a wide range of restaurants, events and the arts. The city’s cultural diversity and proximity to Asia have had an intriguing influence. Perth’s more creative chefs are experimenting with the cultural collision of flavours and with some of the best fresh produce in the world, good food and wine is among the city’s many charms.

Perth will provide a safe, friendly and welcoming environment for the World Masters Athletics and the 2016 World Masters Athletics Championships. Voted the friendliest city in the world in a 2002 Travel and Leisure Magazine reader’s poll, Perth people have a reputation for embracing hallmark events that are staged in their State. World Masters Athletics can be guaranteed that the event will be strongly embraced by the friendly locals who will go out of their way to ensure that visitors to the State will leave with many fond memories.

Language

The official language is English.

Currency

Australia’s national currency is the Australian dollar which comes in denominations of $5, $10, $20, $50 and $100 notes. Coins come in 5, 10, 20 and 50 cent and one and two dollar denominations.

Currency exchange is available at banks, hotels and international airports. Australian banks offer the same range of services typical in other western nations, and cash withdrawal machines or Automated Teller Machines (ATMs) are widespread, although facilities may be limited in remote towns and the Outback. EFTPOS is also widely available in most Australian shops. Fees may be charged on transactions, particularly if withdrawing from an international account.

For live exchange rates, check out the XE Currency Converter.

Voltage Converters and Power Adaptors

Mains voltage in Australia is 230V 50Hz. Travellers from most nations in Asia, Africa and Europe should have appliances that work on the same mains voltage as Australia – therefore you will not need a voltage converter. Notable exceptions to this are Japan, USA and Canada which use 100/120V 50/60Hz.

If your country does not use appliances within the 230V 50Hz mains voltage range, you will need to purchase a voltage converter. This will transform the voltage from the power outlet into one your appliance can use. You will also need a power adapter.

If your country does use the same mains voltage as Australia, all you need is a power adapter. This enables you to plug your appliance into the sockets in Australia. The plugs in Australia have two flat metal pins shaped live a “V” and some may contain a third flat pin in the centre.

In Case of Emergency

Dial triple zero (000) for ambulance, police and fire emergency services.

Find more detailed safety information for travelers on the WA Police website.

Wifi

The City offers free public WiFi around the CBD and Northbridge. The service allows users to connect to the internet for basic browsing, with a download limit of 50mbs per connection.

There are other private companies offering hotspot based free WiFi in the city, however the City of Perth’s free WiFi service gives people the freedom to explore the city while staying connected.

Smoking

Smoking was banned in all indoor areas of pubs, bars and clubs in Western Australia from July 2006. Smoking bans apply in outdoor eating areas, where people eat and/or drink sitting at tables (e.g. restaurants, cafes, delis, lunch-bars and hotels). Smoking is also prohibited within 10 metres of any children’s playground equipment and ‘between the flags’ on a beach in patrolled swimming areas. Smoking is also not permitted in taxis, rental cars or public transportation.

Alcohol Laws

There are strict laws regarding alcohol consumption in Western Australia. To avoid penalties or alcohol-related injury while on holiday, find out more about alcohol and the law.

Driving

Visitors to Western Australia may drive on a valid overseas driver’s licence for the same class of vehicle. Vehicles travel on the left hand side of the road and the wearing of seat belts is compulsory for all passengers.

Sun Protection

To enjoy Australia’s sunniest capital and Western Australia’s great outdoor lifestyle in safety, always apply sunscreen, wear a wide-brimmed hat and sunglasses and drink plenty of water.

Find out how to be Sun Smart with Cancer Council WA.

Phone Calls

If you are expecting a call from abroad, the international country code for Australia is +61 and the area code for Perth is 8.

If you wish to call abroad, you must dial the exit code (0011) + the country code of the destination country.

Water

Tap water in Australia (unless otherwise signed) is safe for consumption.

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About

 
We will create an extraordinary World Masters Athletics Championships in Perth, Western Australia. Athletes will compete at world-class facilities located a short drive from the Perth city centre. After competition, athletes will have the opportunity to experience the extraordinary, which is Perth and Western Australia.

CONTACT

 

Please don't hesitate to get in touch:

    Phone:       +61 8 9244 5200
    Email:        [email protected]
    Address:   PO Box 1960, Osborne Park DC, Western Australia 6916

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