An island country and continent in the Southern Hemisphere, located in the south-west Pacific Ocean. A Commonwealth state with a population of ~23 million. Colonization began in 1788 by the British.

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Australian tourist visa for Philippine citizens - no stamp in the passport [on hold]

I have a Philippine passport and have an Australian tourist visa issued, but I do not have a stamp in my passport. I am leaving tonight. Will I be ok to travel without the stamp in the passport?
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Are there still any “cheap” options for flying from Australia to Mexico without going through the US?

I've travelled to Mexico many times and I'm starting to feel the itch again but I think finding a cheap way there has become more difficult since my last trip 3 years ago. I have some problems with ...
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Applying for a visa for Pakistan as a student in Australia

I am a Sri Lankan studying in an University in Australia and currently I am in Australia (Please note that I do not have a permanent residence in Australia, only a study visa). I want to travel to my ...
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UK Travellers to Australia with pending visa subclass 100 on eVisitor

I'm an Australian citizen sponsoring my (British) partner and step children for a visa subclass 100. We expect that this will be granted some time mid December 2014 to mid-January 2015 but have no way ...
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What times do the Sydney international and domestic airports open and close?

Sydney airport is a complex containing both the international airport and the domestic airport, but unlike many other busy airports neither part is open 24 hours. I usually work in a backpacker ...
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What is a typical Australian dish which can be considered a “must-have”? [closed]

Even as an Australian, I usually struggle to come up with what a typical 'Aussie' dish is. I think the outdoor barbeque is a well-known past-time, but it is not all that different to an American ...
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Non-Japanese hot springs near Sydney

I can find a Japanese-style hot spring near Sydney. In the Blue Mountains, there's Japanese Bath House, which according to visitnsw is "the only Japanese onsen (hot spring) in New South Wales where ...
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Exchanging a Motorhome (RV) between USA and Australia

We are planning to visit USA in October and November 2014 and would like to arrange a swap for the Motorhome we have in Australia for one in USA. Does anyone have any contacts we might try. We would ...
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I have a Chinese F visa, and I want to apply for an Australian eVisitor visa - is this possible?

This may sound silly, but I have noticed on the Australian government website that if you already have a valid visa, getting an Australian evisitor visa will make your current visa invalid. Is this ...
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Remaining Employed in Hong Kong While in Australia on a 417 Working Holiday Visa

I have applied for and obtained a type 417 Australia Working Holiday visa. However, should my company in Hong Kong be willing, could I continue working for them while in Australia? I can't find any ...
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How easy is it to find a temporary job in Brisbane as a foreign university student? [closed]

I am looking to travel to Brisbane, AU for a period of 3-6+ months. I can obtain a work-holiday visa; but how easy is it for someone to make it a working holiday, especially without prior experience ...
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Is an Australian travel insurance company right not to honor a cancellation claim even if I can't enter the country while pregnant?

So I've booked tickets to Malaysia about a year ago after we found some super cheap tickets (non-refundable, non-changeable). A couple of months after booking the ticket, I got pregnant, and will be ...
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Lowest cost method of exchanging AUD into physical other currencies?

I have a trip planned that will take me from the origin of Australia to several countries throughout Europe, who mostly use Euro, but also some other currencies. For a person that either has ...
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How to drive a car from Australia to Europe?

I want to drive to Europe from Australia by shipping it to Asia and to drive from there onwards. Can someone tell me the cheapest way for shipping, which ports I should use for shipping and how much ...
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Visa for Australia and New Zealand for Indian citizen living in USA

I am an Indian citizen living in the US (California) on H1B Visa. I plan to go to Australia and New Zealand for tourism. I have 2 questions - Do I need a separate tourist visa for both countries? ...
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Do CountryLink offer compensation for long delays?

In Europe, most train operators offer some sort of compensation refund in the event of large delays. The amount offered and the minimum delay vary between country and operator, but generally a delay ...
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Obtaining Australian visa to re-enter the country on a British passport?

I am a British subject living in Australia and hold a British passport. How do I obtain an Australian visa to re-enter the country when I leave for a holiday?
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Visiting Daintree Rainforest on an budget

In the Lonely Planet guide for Australia Daintree is the top #6 attraction. The guide book claims there are (among other things) mountain treks, self-guided walking trails, kayaking, croc-spotting ...
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Can I import absinthe into Australia?

While absinthe is legal in Australia, several sources like this Sydney Morning Herald article and this article on absinthe.com.au claim that a special permit is required for importing it from ...
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Time taken for customs check in Brisbane Australia

What is the average time taken to clear a customs checkpoint in Brisbane ? I am (not an Australian citizen) flying in from the US in a flight that lands at 6.15 AM and have a connecting flight to ...
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Is it safe to drink water with a strong chlorine smell?

Are there any health issues with drinking heavily chlorinated water? During a recent trip to Australia (Queensland, NSW), virtually all tap water I found had a very strong chlorine smell and taste. I ...
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Is it feasible to visit the Yarra Valley by public transport?

What public transport options are there for getting to the Yarra Valley from Melbourne, and do they stop at tourist sites or are they just local services? It looks like there's no train access to the ...
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Fudge into Australia [duplicate]

Can I take fudge that has been produced in Guernsey, Channel Islands, UK - into Australia together with my personal luggage?
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Tripod in Carry-on Luggage

Many years ago someone told me about travel with a Camera Tripod is not allowed. I have a trip to Europe from Australia, and I have a 10 hour layover in Dubai. I would like take photos at night in ...
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How to send baggage from US to Australia?

We are planning a trip to Australia. We are going to spend some months there and we would like to take with us more than the current baggage limit. One option would be carrying in the plane just what ...
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Australia visa “enter-by” date [closed]

How many day does one have to enter Australia after issuing his visa?
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Getting a YHA discount on Greyhound Australia's website?

According to the discount page on Greyhound's site: Greyhound offers up to 10% off Travel tickets and Passes for customers who hold one of these membership cards. ISIC card YHA card MAD card ...
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Can you buy duty free alcohol at Hong Kong International Airport for travel to Australia?

Currently, Australia has tough restrictions on liquids for both departing and arriving flights. These mean that for a flight to Australia, you will be re-screened before boarding the plane, with ...
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Recognised Graduate visa (subclass 476) and iBT for Australia? [closed]

This is a statement from this page: ..., you must achieve a score of at least 6 in each of the four components of the International English Language Testing System (IELTS) or another language ...
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Tipping in Australia

I will be travelling to Sydney and just wanted to know about the tipping etiquette in Sydney. I have read somewhere that the Service tax is already included in the price and there is no need to tip. ...
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How much to tip at restaurants in Australia? [duplicate]

Is the tipping culture prevalent in Australia ? Especially at restaurants ? How much should I tip after a meal costing $50 (incl taxes) at a restaurant ? (The food is horribly expensive and the ...
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When do pedestrians have right of way in Australia?

How does the pedestrians right of way law work in Darwin (NT) and other cities in Australia ? When do pedestrians have the right of way ? Is it not common courtesy to offer pedestrians the right of ...
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How to get a job in Australia before I go there? [closed]

I have been granted permanent residency in Australia. I intend to relocate from Ireland in October. Ideally I could have a job line up before I go, as it's a high-risk and potentially expensive move ...
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How to learn about funeral customs while traveling in Australia

Is there a way one could learn about the local funeral customs (irrespective of the religion of the deceased) while traveling through a country ? In NT, Australia how could one go about learning the ...
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What is the estimated tuition fee of Australian Universities for Citizens? [closed]

My family is planning on immigrating to Australia very soon and be naturalized citizens there. My question is, is there a discount in the tuition fees of Australian Universities for citizens, or is ...
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Liveaboard on the Barrier Reef at New Years - Book now or wait to haggle?

Having got lucky with airmile flight availability, I've just booked a trip which'll see me in Cairns around the new year. I've done some scuba diving in Australia before, but never the Barrier Reef, ...
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Can I use my probationary Australian driver's license to rent a car in the United States?

I got into this driving thing kinda late, which means I have a probationary driver's license from Victoria, Australia that looks kinda like this: (courtesy Angie Sommer's blog) This basically means ...
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Are there any free camper parks in Australia?

I travel around Australia, I find some camper van hire service in Australia,i just want to know is there some camper park from Sydney to cairns for free?
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How to visit attractions in Tasmania without a car?

We will firstly arrive at the airport (HBA) in Tasmania, planning to go to the Sorell Fruit Farm, Marakoopa Cave and the Tasmanian Chairlifts. We can't rent a car because we are still under 25, so ...
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Where to convert USD to AUD for maximum benefit?

What would be the best way to convert United States dollars to Australian dollars? Is it better if I visit my local bank? Or is it better to exchange at the airport? If airports are better which ones ...
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XPT train pricing in NSW

I'm looking to book a trip from Sydney to Orange on NSW's XPT train system. Up until the end of March it's $37 for the trip, after which it's $53 for the same trip. Does anyone know if NSW ...
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Is it safe to drink tap water in Darwin (Australia)?

Is tap water (from the kitchen sink of a holiday apartment) in Darwin, NT safe for human consumption ? I see algae (and fungus ?) on water fountains in public places so I am guessing those weren't ...
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Big vacation in Australia [closed]

I moved to Australia have been one year. Many guys here get a holiday of 3, 6 or 12 months. How it works. I'm Brazilian and in Brazil is normal to take one month off. In Portugal when I lived is ...
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How is a hightop different to a camper van?

I just wanna hire a campervan to travel from Sydney to Cairns. I have had a look at a hire company and they have a lot of campervans but I don't know what the difference is between high tops and ...
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Does an Indian citizen need a transit visa in Australia?

Indian passport holder. Do I need transit visa in Sydney?
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Can I get back into Australia on a tourist visa if I have an unpaid fine?

I am from Canada, and I have been in Australia for 2 years on a working visa. I have received a fine ($110) for disturbing the peace (public nuisance). If I leave the country, can I get back in on a ...
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ETA for Australia after got denied evisitor visa

I was denied an eVisitor visa for Australia because I had already spent two years in Australia and thought I would get another eVistor visa for a reason other than holiday. I really for holidays ...
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Do Brisbane and Darwin airport charge for trolley?

Does one have to pay anything to use the trolley at Brisbane and Darwin airports in Australia ? If yes, how much do they charge and do the machines accept bills or coins ?
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Customs check points in Australia

If someone is flying from the US to a city in Australia and has to take a connecting flight in a different state, e.g. flying from Dallas to Darwin in the Northern Territory, and they have to take a ...
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Travelling from USA to Australia [closed]

I am on H1B and travelling to Australia on my permanent residency visa. Since I am a Indian citizen / passport are there any additional formalities that needs to be done?