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G’DAY AND WELCOME TO AUSTRALIA!

What do you think of when you think of ‘Australia’? Is it throwing prawns on the BBQ? Or is it lying in the sun on Bondi Beach? There’s no right answer because Australia can be so many things at once, and that’s the beauty of this great country. Whether you’re looking for a quick escape or a long term getaway, the friendly people, diverse culture and white sandy beaches welcomes you with open arms.
Australia’s history

What does 50,000* years of indigenous culture and friendly, modern multiculturalism get you? A country that’s built on the spirit of mateship, making it the ultimate travel-friendly destination. Australia conjures up images of pristine beaches, dense rainforests, crashing waves and empty deserts but the truth is, it’s all of these and more. Diverse, bold and beautiful.
Australia is your next incredible adventure waiting to be had.

Population
23,938,821

Language

The official language of Australia is English, although with its own distinct and unique twist.
Language Breakdown – 76.8% speak English. Other spoken languages include Mandarin 1.6%, Italian 1.4%, Arabic 1.3% and Greek 1.2%.
 
Key Phrases;
 
G’day = Hello
No worries = Not a problem
Thongs = Flip flops
Cozzie = Swimming costume

Currency

The national currency is the Australian dollar ($AUD).
Notes come in denominations of $5, $10, $20, $50 and $100 with coin amounts of 5c, 10c, 20c, 50c, $1 and $2.

Food and Drink

Australia has a diverse range of food and drink stemming from its multicultural heritage. Flavours from all over the globe have found their home in Australia making it a true culinary destination. Surrounded by oceans, the seafood is fresh and plentiful and with hundreds of wineries and a unique craft beer selection, the dining options are truly endless. Whether it’s an adaptation of a classic cuisine or a new Australian style, from kangaroo to emu, crocodile and everything in between, your tastebuds will never get bored.
Local Beers: Victoria Bitter (VB), XXXX Gold and Carlton Draught
Local Foods: Four and Twenty Meat Pie, Chicken parmigiana or Vegemite on toast

Electricity Info:
When travelling to Australia you may need two devices to ensure you’re able to recharge your portable electronic devices.
A voltage converter may be required to transform the voltage from the power outlet to your device. Australia uses a 230V 50 Hz.
You may also need a power adaptor to allow you to plug your device into an Australian power outlet. The plugs in Australia have two flat metal pins shaped like a "V" and some may contain a third flat pin in the centre.

Topography

Australia is the smallest continent in the world but contains some of the most extreme and unique landscapes.
You can trek through Queensland’s Daintree Rainforest, bushwalk through NSW’s Blue Mountains region, stargaze in the middle of the Outback desert, or try your luck at catching a wave on the infamous Bondi beach.  
Each area is teeming with unique flora and fauna and waiting to be explored.

Climate:
Spring: September – November
Average Temperatures:
Min 17     Max 24
Summer: December – February
Average Temperatures:
Min 18      Max 29
Autumn: March – May
Average Temperatures:
Min 16     Max 24
Winter: June – August
Average Temperatures:
Min 16    Max 19

International Airports

The following cities have airports designated for international flights to Australia.
 
-    Adelaide       
-    Brisbane      
-    Cairns       
-    Darwin  
-    Melbourne       
-    Perth       
-    Sydney

Flight Times to Australia

Fiji to Australia – 4 hours 30 minutes
New Zealand to Australia – 5 hours 30 minutes
USA to Australia – 19 hours 30 minutes
Canada to Australia – 19 hours
Hong Kong to Australia – 7 hours 44 minutes
Pacific Islands to Australia – 7 hours

Customs

When entering Australia, you will need to have a valid passport and fill out an incoming passenger card (provided on the plane or at the airport).

Certain foods, plants, animal items as well as large sums of currency may need to be declared. Consult your local embassy for further details.

Carry-on:

Each passenger is permitted one small item of baggage as carry on. Which means if you’re looking to bring a surfboard over for practice you’ll have to check it in. Smaller items though are more than welcome.

Duty Free:

Duty free goods purchased overseas or from an inward board duty free shop may be brought into Australia tax free.
If you are over the age of 18 you may bring in up to $900 worth of general goods duty free. These include gifts, souvenirs, cameras, jewellery, watches, sporting equipment, electronic equipment and perfumes.

Passport and Visa Requirements:

Both a passport and valid visa are required to enter Australia although a return airfare ticket is not necessary.
Most tourists staying for less than three months will only require an Electronic Travel Authority (ETA) or evisa. These are stored electronically and are most useful for short term stays across leisure and business travel.
Other visas may be required depending on the length of stay, such as working visas, holiday visas or alternate forms of both. Contact your local embassy for more information.

Best times to visit:
As the 6th largest country in the world Australia has a number of climates, which makes it the perfect destination all year round. The further north you head the warmer it will get (e.g. Queensland and Northern Territory), and the further south you go the colder it will get (e.g. Melbourne and Tasmania).
Spring (September – November) or Autumn (March – May), are ideal times to travel where the weather is not too hot nor too cold.

Key Tourist Hotspots:
A visit to Australia can take so many forms. Whether you’re after exquisite culinary experiences, adrenaline thrills or relaxed escapes, there’s something for everyone.
Check out these travel hot spots for your next unforgettable adventure.
- The Great Barrier Reef (QLD) – One of the most remarkable natural wonders to see, this protected site is filled with the breathtaking beauty of the world’s largest coral reef. Enjoy snorkelling, scuba diving, swimming with dolphins and a host of other incredible experiences amongst a picturesque backdrop.
- Kangaroo Island (SA) – Nature abounds on this beautiful national park island, where you can get up and close with Australia’s native fauna, including kangaroos, wallabies, echidnas and koalas.
- Sydney (NSW) – The Harbour City offers unparalleled views with a food and drink culture unmatched in the country. Let the awe-inspiring Harbour Bridge and Opera House frame a night out in buzzing Circular Quay.
- Melbourne (VIC) – The sport and culture capital of Australia, explore hidden alleys to find quirky, intimate bars, works of art and secrets not in any guidebook. Check out the infamous Hosier Lane for eclectic street art or head to Bourke Street Mall for hours of blissful shopping.
- The Kimberley (WA) – Hidden away in Australia’s north-west corner, this rugged landscape offers a beauty found nowhere else. Take a 4WD for a spin or a sunset camel ride - either way it’s unforgettable.
- The Red Centre (NT) – Home to the magnificent Uluru (Ayers Rock), this is a World Heritage listed site to be enjoyed on foot, on a camel or on board a helicopter.
- Hobart (TAS) – The capital city of Australia’s Tasmania island, located off Australia’s south coast. With its allure of natural beauty, contrasting blend of heritage, culture and world class attractions, this seaside location will not disappoint.

Key Events
Australian Tennis Open (VIC) – January (mid-late)  
Clipsal 500 Adelaide (SA) – February to March
Formula 1 Australian Grand Prix (VIC) – March to April
NRL Grand Final (NSW) – September
AFL Grand Final (VIC) – September/October
Australian PGA Championships (QLD) - December

Beaches
Australia is world famous for its beaches with white sands, beautiful clear waters and no shortage of space for you to stretch out in the sun. Notable beaches include;
- Bondi Beach (NSW). The people watching, the atmosphere, the lifeguards. No visit to Australia is complete without stepping foot on the sands of the world’s most famous beach.
- Byron Bay Beach (NSW). Clean and undeveloped, the beaches are not overcrowded with high-rises, or in fact with buildings of any sort and this sprawling stretch of sand is framed by beautiful rainforest.
- Mandalay Beach (WA). On the opposite side of the country, this beach is devoid of tourists and overflowing with natural beauty. Backed by a national park this is Australia’s Rainbow Coast.
- 75 Mile Beach (Fraser Island). Found on the world’s largest sand island. Facing the ocean on the east coast, it's not really a swimming beach due to rough waters and a high shark population but most popular for ocean viewing and fishing.
- Noosa Beach (QLD). Beautiful one day and perfect the next, Queensland is famous for beaches. Sheltered by mountains, it’s a year round option for beachgoers with pods of dolphins to be spotted if you’re lucky.
*Safety Advice – Always swim on patrolled beaches, between the red and yellow flags.

Getting Around:

Australia is a large country, so it’s important to note that travelling between major cities will take a little planning.
All of Australia's major cities and towns have reliable and affordable public transport options available (buses, trains, ferries and trams).
- Bus/Coach: There is an extensive bus system that operates within Australia, so if you’re not looking to drive then you can be driven around in comfort.
- Rail: The train system in Australia is highly developed with both the Ghan and the Indian Pacific routes sweeping the entire breadth of the country.
- Taxis: Are usually available in abundance across all major cities.
- Flying: This is by far the quickest and easiest way to travel across Australia. If you’re travelling coast to coast, it’s recommended to travel by air. Australia operates a large number of domestic airports, flying to remote destinations.

*http://www.australia.gov.au/about-australia/australian-story/austn-indigenous-cultural-heritage

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