Friday, October 9, 2009

Planning our Perth-fect escape: Part IV

continue from Part III...

Business and shop hours:

Business hours
Most businesses operate Monday thru Friday, 9.00am to 5.00pm.

Banking Hours
Most banks are open Monday to Thursday, 9.30am to 4.00pm and Fridays til 5.00pm. There are numerous ATMs (Automated Teller Machines), throughout the Experience Perth region which accept most cards.

Shopping Hours
Shopping hours vary across the region. The City and Fremantle have seven-day shopping all year round, excluding public holidays.

Extended shopping hours apply for the Christmas period.

Currency and tipping:

Currency
Australia has a decimal currency system.
Notes are a high quality polymer-based synthetic and come in denominations of $5, $10, $20, $50 and $100.
Coin denominations are 5 cent, 10 cent, 20 cent, 50 cent, as well as $1 and $2.
Prices under 5 cents are rounded up or down to the nearest 5 cent - that is, 3 and 4 cent totals are rounded up to nearest 5 cent, while 1 and 2 cent totals are rounded down to nearest 5 cent denomination.
For example – 12 cents would be rounded down to 10 cents. 14 cents would be rounded up to 15 cents.

aha...now i know where do us Malaysians get the idea to round up the prices

Banking
Banks are open from 9.30am to 4.00pm Monday to Thursday, and 9.30am to 5.00pm on Fridays.
Some suburban banks are open on Thursday evenings and Saturday mornings.
Automatic Teller Machines are plentiful and readily available 24 hours a day, seven days a week.
Banks provide a full range of financial services including currency exchange, all at nominal rates.
Electronic fund transfer machines (EFTPOS) are commonly used at most retail outlets, as well as by taxis, restaurants and hotels, and can be used to access many types of bank accounts and credit cards.

Tipping
Tipping is generally not expected within Australia, however it is acceptable to leave a small amount should you feel you have received exceptional service.

National park passes:

National park passes are required for entry to the national parks and marine parks of Western Australia. A range of passes are available to suit your holiday requirements.

Day Pass
This pass covers entry into one or more parks on any one day. Passes are available from rangers within the parks. In some parks, a system of self-registration applies.
Fees: $10 per car (up to eight legally seated people), $5 per motorcycle, $4 per passenger on commercial tour vehicles and buses.

Holiday Park Pass
If you are on holiday and want to visit a number of national parks, this pass entitles you to as many visits to as many parks as you wish for any four-week period.
Fees: $35 per vehicle (up to eight people)

Annual All Parks Pass
This pass entitles you to visit any park throughout Western Australia as many times as you wish for a period of 12 months.
Fees: $75 per vehicle (up to 8 people)

Travel times & distances:

all information gathered from Experience Perth


to be continued...

other stories:
Planning our Perth-fect escape: Part I
Planning our Perth-fect escape: Part II
Planning our Perth-fect escape: Part III
Planning our Perth-fect escape: Part IV

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