Dublin travel tips
Australian passport holders travelling to Ireland don't need to apply for any visas at all unless looking for work. Your Australian passport (valid for at least six months) will be enough to grant you entry. If you have any visa concerns, speak to your local Flight Centre representative for more in-depth Dublin travel advice.
Ireland uses the euro (€) as its primary currency. The Australian dollar, however, is typically not very strong against the euro, so it may pay to exchange more money for your trip than you think you'll need. Assuming that every Australian dollar you've got is worth half a euro in Irish currency is a generally sound policy.
While there is plenty of traditional Irish cuisine to find throughout Dublin, its status as a global city is reflected in the wide variety of international food available. Those who are picky or perhaps unadventurous eaters will find that there is plenty of familiar food in Dublin, from fast food favourites to generous homemade-style dishes in pubs.
Tipping in Dublin
Much like Australia, there isn't a strong tipping culture in Ireland. While certainly welcomed by service industry professionals like taxi drivers and restaurant waiters, you should not feel obligated to tip unless provided with truly exceptional service. If you would like to tip someone, aim for about 10% of your total bill.
Irish electrical plugs and voltage
When travelling to Ireland, you'll need to procure a UK/Ireland travel adapter from a local electronics retailer to deal with plugs and voltage. Most modern appliances like smartphones, laptops, cameras and tablets are equipped with dual-voltage settings, which means you'll likely not have to go to the trouble of getting an additional power convertor.
Language in Dublin
Conversing with the locals and being able to read local signage won't be a problem in Dublin as English remains the primary language in Ireland. While a small subset of the population does still use the traditional Gaelic language for speaking and writing, it is very unlikely that you'll run into a situation where there won't be anyone who speaks English.
Ireland's busiest airport and the major international gateway to the country, Dublin Airport will likely be where you catch your first glimpse of the Irish countryside. A large but easy-to-navigate building, the airport is located about 10km north of Dublin in a suburb called Collinstown. It's also home to a large short and medium haul fleet of aircraft for those travelling on to other Irish cities.