Johannesburg Basic Information

Some of the unique sights of Johannesburg include the huge cash economy of street entrepreneurs selling everything from mobile phone accessories to food at traffic lights. For more need-to-know info on Jo'burg, read on.

Visa Requirements

Australians travelling to South Africa on holiday are required to have a passport valid for no less than 30 days after the expiry of your intended stay, and at least 2 completely blank pages for your entry permit to be endorsed. Be aware that this information is only a guideline. For up-to-the-minute visa information, contact your local Embassy or Consulate of South Africa.


The currency of Johannesburg is the South African Rand. The exchange rate between the Australian Dollar and South African Rand fluctuates constantly, so it's a good idea to monitor the rate before purchasing cash. For safe spending while overseas, consider using a credit card or debit card.


Jozi offers a plethora of dining experiences that reflect the various multicultural influences of the city. Taking advantage of the great weather to dine outside is popular with locals with dedicated eat streets with alfresco cafes and restaurants found in neighbourhoods such as Emmarentia, Greenwood, Melville, Norwood, Illovo, Parkview, Parkhurst and Parktown. Try Indian food in Fordburg, or Asian specialities along Jo'burg's Chinatown, Derek Avenue in Cyrildene. You'll also find all the usual fast food suspects available plus local chains.


From high-end clubs to student pubs, Johannesburg has a pumping after-hours scene. Head to Melville, Rosebank, Braamfontein and Newtown for live music, pubs and clubs. Try Cool Runnings for chilled-out reggae, Brixton's House of Nsako for African vibes or live music at Jo'burg's oldest bar, The Radium Beer Gall in Orange Grove. For upmarket clubs, Rivonia and Sandton in the northern suburbs of Jozi are the place to go. Dress to impress at multi-level Taboo, while the glam-set go to Barcode in Boksburg.