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.
Newcastle is a regional airport with no international flights, so you will not be subjected to customs checks for the previously mentioned banned items. However, if you are visiting from overseas, be prepared for customs checks at the airport through which you enter Australia. Departing passengers at Newcastle Airport are subject to security checks only.
Updated October 2013 by Chris Houston. Information is subject to change at any time.
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