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General Information

Australian passport holders require a valid passport with a validity of at least 6 months beyond their intended stay. All travellers must have return or onward tickets and sufficient funds for their stay. For more information and for holders of other passports, please refer to the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade website for the latest travel advice.

The United States Dollar (USD) is the unit of currency in California. One Australian Dollar is worth approximately 0.74 USD.

English is the official language of California.

The standard two-pronged flat plug type is used in the USA, set at 100 Volts.

California is in the Pacific Time Zone in the United States of America (USA). US Pacific Standard Time (PST) is 8 hours behind Greenwich Mean Time (GMT-8).

California experiences the seasons. Therefore light clothes should be worn in summer, and a jacket and pants may be needed for the winter months.

Depending on where you are in California, the climate can range from hot desert, to subarctic temperatures! The regions along the coast of California experience Mediterranean climates with warm summers and mild, wet winters.

Water temperature along the Southern coast of California reaches around 20 degrees in the summer, where as the northern coast water temperatures only reaches a top of about 11 degrees!

None at 01 June 2017.

Tipping is a common practice across California and should be made to waitresses, taxi drivers, bartenders, tour guides, food delivery people and so on. As a general rule of thumb, the tip should be calculated as a percentage of your total bill as follows: 10% usually means you aren’t totally happy, 15% usually means all was acceptable, 20% for great service. Tipping varies across the state and depends on the situation and type of service.