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Essential Info for Tourists
BANKING Opening hours - Monday to Thursday 9:30am to 4pm, Fridays only 9:30am to 5pm. Closed Saturday and Sunday. Banks and major hotels will cash travellers' cheques. Money exchange facilities operate slightly more flexible hours. Post Offices: Monday to Friday 9am to 5pm.
CLOTHING For most of the year, light clothes are all you need. For some winter nights you may need a jumper or warm clothes. Comfortable shoes are a must for hiking through national parks.
CREDIT CARDS Most major credit cards are accepted in the shops.
DISABLED SERVICES Most public areas, shopping centres, accommodation houses and hotels, attractions and restaurants have disabled facilities and services. For further information (07) 5597 5666 or Paraplegic & Quadraplegic Association Of Queensland Ph: (07) 3391-2044
EMERGENCY Emergency calls
MEDICAL SERVICES Overseas visitors should obtain their own medical insurance. Major public hospitals include:
PARKING ample parking is available at major parking areas in Surfers Paradise, Broadbeach, Southport and Coolangatta. Most shopping centres offer free parking.
PHONE Local calls cost 40c from public phones. Prepaid phone cards can be used for local, interstate and overseas calls. Directory assistance: Local 12455 International 12455 Operator assistance 1234. To dial a Queensland phone number from interstate - prefix with 07. International callers prefix the Gold Coast or Queensland phone number with 617
RADIO & TV Tune in to SeaFM - 90.9, ABCFM - 91.7, GOLDFM - 92.5, HOTFM - 105.7. In some areas you can get up to nine TV channels from Brisbane, Gold Coast and Northern NSW.
SUN PROTECTION Slip slop slap - slip on a shirt, slop on some 30+ sun screen and slap on a hat. Try to avoid staying outdoors for long periods during the heat of the day.
SURF SAFETY The Gold Coast City Council employs full time lifeguards to patrol major beaches daily all year round - phone (07) 5581 6740 to fnd out which beaches are patrolled all year round. Always swim between the yellow and red flags. Volunteer Surf Life Saving Club members also patrol some beaches during the school holiday and weekends during summer months.
SPEED LIMIT A 50-60 kmh speed limit applies to most residential and commercial areas or other speed limits where otherwise indicated. A 100 kmh limit on the open highways.
OVERSEAS VISITORS Overseas visitors should be aware of the following facts.