Australia’s custom laws are strict, thanks to its geographical situation- it is an island with diverse endemic flora and fauna to protect. Customs and Border Protection exists to protect the country from biological hazards, harmful goods and unauthorised visitors. Find www.customs.gov.au/site/page4369.asp for a good guide to what can and cannot be brought into the country. The list contains nothing out of the ordinary- essentially, nothing illegal, especially drugs, and no plants or animals.
Townsville Airport does not currently have any international flights, but it is equipped with customs facilities for the possibility of future international routes. Domestic flights are not subject to the above customs restrictions (these will apply at your entry point to Australia), but departing passengers must pass security checks before flying.
Updated October 2013 by Chris Houston. Information is subject to change at any time.
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