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About Australia

Australia is a country and is also a continent. It is located in Oceania between the Indian Ocean and the South Pacific Ocean.  It was founded on January 26, 1788. (photo above is taken by Jan Kratochvila / Shutterstock.com)

Australia Travel Guide

This local travel guide below will provide you with local travel information & tips to plan your trip to Australia and find the best things to see, do and experience in Australia even before you arrive here.

Local Attractions

Ayer Rock, Uluru

Ayer Rock
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Uluru, or Ayers Rock, is located in the heart of the Northern Territory’s Red Centre desertUluru. It is a large sandstone monolith and is now a very popular Australian land mark. To the Aboriginal, this is a sacred site.

Blue mountain Australia

Blue mountain AustraliaThe Three Sisters From Echo Point, Blue Mountains National Park.

Bondi Beach

Bondi BeachBondi Beach in Sydney, Australia.

Great ocean Road

Great ocean RoadTwelve Apostles and orange cliffs along the Great Ocean Road in Australia.

Queen Victoria Building

Queen Victoria Building
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It is a late nineteenth-century building designed by the architect George McRae in Sydney, Australia.

Sydney harbor bridge

Sydney harbor bridge

North Sydney city Australia harbor bridge.

Sydney Opera House

Sydney Opera House
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Night view of Sydney Opera House with Harbour Bridge.

Sydney Tower

Sydney Tower
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Sydney Tower is Sydney’s tallest structure and the second tallest observation tower in the Southern Hemisphere.  From the observation tower, one can view the Sydney CBD area.

Whitsundays

WhitsundaysHumpback Whale breaching, Whitsundays,Australia.

Shopping Guide

Shopping Malls, Streets, Markets

Malls and Streets

Local Markets

Local Food Guide

Drinks & Desserts Guide

Map

Facts

History [Founded on January 26, 1788] • Capital [Canberra] • Government [Parliamentary Democracy (Federal Constitutional Monarchy)] • Currency [Australian dollar ($, AUD)] • Language [English(official)] • Religion [Christian Catholic , Anglican and Uniting Church] • Electricity [240V, 50Hz (plug Type I)] • Time Zone [UTC +8 to +10] • Country Code [+64] • Internet TLD [.au ] • Emergencies [Dial 000]

Climate

Events, Festivals and Holiday

January

– New Year’s Day, January 1, Fri

February

April

May

– Labor Day, May 1, Sun
– Reunification Day, May 2, Mon
– International Labor Day, May 3, Tue

September

– National Day, September 2, Fri

Tipping

Restaurant – No tipping expected.
Tour Guide – No tipping expected.
Hotel –  No tipping expected.
Taxi Driver – No tipping expected.
Spas – No tipping expected.
Hair Dresser – No tipping expected.

Money & Duty Free

Currency

Australian Dollar:  AUD with symbol: A$ = 100 cents
Australian Dollar Notes denominations (A$): 5, 10, 20, 50, 100
Australian Coin denominations (A$): 1, 2
Australian Coin denominations (cents): 5, 10, 20, 50

Credit cards

MasterCard, American Express and Visa are widely accepted in hotels, shops and restaurants.  It is advisable to have more smaller US dollar notes for easy spending as locals prefer dollars.

ATM

ATMs are available in many places and accept cards from overseas banks such as MasterCard, Visa, Cirrus, Plus, Maestro.  Except rural areas.

Travellers cheques

Widely accepted. In major currencies example US dollars, pound Sterling, Euro

Banking hours

Mon to Fri: 0930-1600
Fri: 0930-1700