Hints and Tips
Our hints and tips are designed to ensure that you are well prepared for the best DriveWA escape of your life.
Business hours in Western Australia are 9.00am to 5.00pm. Most shops will stay open to 6.00pm and also open on Saturday.
Telephones and Internet
Public telephones are available in most towns and cost 50 cents for a local call, charges for STD and IDD long distance calls vary. Public phones accept coins, prepaid phone cards or credit cards.
Stamps can be bought at any Post Offices, many newsagents, and front desk at hotels.
Perth has temperate climate with long dry summers with temperatures on average ranging between 20 and 35 degrees Celsius and low humidity. Winters are short, mild and wet. Remember, if you are from the Northern Hemisphere, the summer is December to March and winter is May to September.
Western Australia is home to kilometres upon kilometres of coastline and some superb beaches; however, it is important to remember a few things when at the beach. If lifeguards are on duty – swim between the flags to increase your visibility.
Major towns throughout WA have world-class medical and health services. The Royal Flying Doctor Service operates throughout the state especially in the remote areas.
Remember the emergency number for Australia 000.
When you see a yellow tick on a green circle it means the business is an Accredited Tourism Business.
• Professional customer service
• Accuracy in advertising
• Sound environmental practices
• Compliance with health and safety standards
• An appropriately licensed and qualified operator
Look for the tick when choosing your accommodation, attraction or tour operator.
Western Australia is on Western Standard Time (WST) or GMT + 8 hours. Which means when it is 12 noon in WA it is:
4.00am in London
1.00pm in Tokyo
11.00pm in New York
6.00pm in Los Angeles
12.00pm in Hong Kong
5.00pm in Auckland
5.00am in Paris
2.00pm in Sydney
In Australia, tipping is not customary and therefore not necessary. However if you feel that you have received outstanding service then you can tip, usually 10% of the bill.
Supply in Australia is 240v AC, frequency is 50Hz. Australian outlets are three pinned. You may require an adaptor to use electrical products.
Smoking is prohibited in restaurants, public buildings, office buildings, public transport, tourist coaches, planes, airports, pubs and clubs. Some accommodation prohibits smoking while others have designated smoking and non-smoking rooms.