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Do I need a travel adapter for a trip to Australia?

Yes, you need a travel adapter (plug adapter) for a trip from Canada to Australia. In Australia, people are using different plugs and electrical outlets that are not compatible with plugs from Canada!

Australia und Canada compared
Flag: Canada
Canada
AOutlets of type ABOutlets of type BOutlets
120 VoltVoltage
60 HertzFrequency
Flag: Australia
Australia
IOutlets of type IOutlets
230 VoltVoltage
50 HertzFrequency
Country information

About Australia

Flag: About Australia

Australia is a country in Oceania (Australia and New Zealand) with about 22.8 Millionen inhabitants on an area of almost 7.7 Millionen km². The capital of Australia is Canberra (368 000 inhabitants).

People in the country are mainly speaking English.

Australia does not have a neighbor country.

TLD: .auCurrency: AUDCountry calling code: +61Country Code : AU
Power sockets

Which types of power outlets are used in Australia?

Australia uses power outlets of type I. Electrical outlets of type A and B, which are common in Canada, are not in use in Australia.

Mains voltage

What is the Electricity Voltage in Australia?

The voltage in Australia is 230 volts.

The voltage, therefore, is higher than the 120 volts in Canada. This difference means that you have to be cautious when using electrical devices purchased in Canada:

You should read the instruction manual of your device and check at which voltage it is safe to use.

If the voltage stated in the user's manual or on the device's power supply differs from the mains voltage in Australia, you should either not use your device there, or buy a voltage converter before departing.

Utility frequency

What is the utility frequency in Australia?

The utility frequency in Australia is 50 Hertz.

The frequency, therefore, is lower than the 60 Hertz in use in Canada. This difference may not be a problem for most of your devices, but you still have to be cautious:

Devices that either measure time, or are equipped with moving and rotating parts, are particularly dangerous! So, if you plan to use shavers, heaters, kitchen appliances or alarm clocks in Australia, read the instruction manuals to see if these devices are safe to use on the local utility frequency.

If the mains frequency specified in the manual or on the power supply is different from the rate used in Australia, you should not use the device!

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