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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How to book a ticket for an unborn infant?

How does one go about booking a ticket for an infant who isn't born yet ? Planning to fly from Darwin, Australia to Dubai and bub's on the way in a month. Looking to fly in November/December and want ...
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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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What is meant by “Country of residence” in Australian Visa Application form?

I'm filling in an online application form for an Australian visa, and there is a step "Contact details" which asks for a "Country of residence", specifically "Usual country of residence" (see the ...
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Why do some hostels only allow international visitors?

Some of the hostels in the Gold Coast, Australia, only allow international visitors. I'm a bit surprised at this because the average Australian is not at all dangerous only dangerous in the same way ...
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Walking across Australia?

Is it possible to walk across the Australian continent East to West (or W to E)? In other words, as an American, only familiar with movies/tv shows, etc, I think of Australia as a wasteland in the ...
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Does the rotation of the earth affect the travel time from Europe to Australia?

Assuming that a place in Europe is exactly on the opposite side of the earth than Sydney. Now I want to take a plane to travel there. Does it matter if the plan flies with the rotation of the earth or ...
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Plane landing at Sydney Airport — from where is this photo taken?

I have found (actually Flightradar24 did this for me) a beautiful photo of an Etihad Airways A340 banking right to land at Sydney Airport: Basing on building in the background, is it possible to ...
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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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When visiting urban areas in Australia, do I need to be worried about deadly insects / animals?

Australia is known to have more than its fair share of deadly insects and animals. These would obviously be a concern when, say, you're off in the wilderness but is there any reason to be worried ...
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Can I take chocolate to Australia?

Australia is well known for having very strict rules on what food and plant-based materials can be brought into the country, to try to keep the country free of diseases. Some food/animal/plant things ...
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Where would be the optimal place to watch the Nov 2012 Solar Eclipse from?

There's a solar eclipse going across northern Australia on November 14th, 2012: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Solar_eclipse_of_November_13,_2012 Given that climate and weather varies substantially ...
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Places to stop off along the Sydney to Brisbane railway?

I'm hoping this is a constrained enough question to not produce either long lists, or lots of subjective answers, so here goes... In December I'm going to want to get from Sydney to Brisbane. I won't ...
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Does condition 8115 mean you can't check your work email?

My parents have just received their visa for their upcoming Australia trips. Among the terms, there's condition 8115: Condition 8115 allows 'business visitor activities' such as general business ...
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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 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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How to visit Lake Hillier?

Is it possible to visit Lake Hillier? Do I have to go with tour or can I for example rent a car and go there? I see no roads near it.
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Can you eat food refused by quarantine by Australian border control?

If some food you're bringing in is refused by quarantine, are they sometimes willing to let you eat it? Assume there isn't a massive queue behind you and the officer is in a good mood. Background: I ...
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Where can I take a selfie with kangaroos in Australia?

I see a lot of people doing this. I believe this is not safe, isn't it? Where can I do this?
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What is the cheapest way to get from Thailand to Australia with a car?

Imagine I have a car in Thailand and I want to get Australia, is there any ferry that cross from Asia to Australia? How much is it? No problem if have to drive to another country or if there is no ...
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Does an EU citizen need a visa to visit Australia for holidays?

Is a visa required, or is just a passport enough, for a short holiday trip to Australia? Specifically, how is it for citizens of Nordic EU member countries such as Finland?
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Will I be covered under the UK Health system?

I am an Australian resident but a British Citizen. I currently hold a British passport and receive a small British pension but do not pay any British taxes. I have cancer and I am coming to the UK to ...
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How to get to Christmas Island?

Christmas Island is an island of Australia far off the northwest of the mainland, much closer to Indonesia. (Thanks to Wikimedia Commons for the map) I know I can fly there but Wikitravel seems to ...
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Sydney to Perth on the Indian Pacific, what is included?

I will probably take the Indian Pacific from Sydney to Perth in February, and was wondering if anyone has taken the train before. Most likely will be travelling in "Red Service Sleeper Cabin" (3rd ...
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Are you allowed to set up a tent/van at Australian “Rest Stops”?

Over the Christmas area my wife and I (kinda off the bat), decided to go for a 2 day camping trip to the "Southern Forests" region of Western Australia. However, each site we checked ended up being ...
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What if you don't get an ETA for a flight to Australia?

As a US citizen, I've gone to Australia twice, and dutifully signed up for the ETA visa on the website and paid my $20 or so and had no hassles on entry. There was no mention of the ETA at any point ...
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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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Can you climb the Sydney Harbour Bridge for free?

When searching with Google for "Climb Sydney Harbour Bridge", pretty much every result say it costs $185. Only Wikivoyage talks about a free climb (although they also talk about the one above): ...
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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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Free view of the Sydney CBD

Where is the best free view of the Sydney Central Business District from within 30 minutes drive of the city? I'm used to the Brisbane tradition of going up to the top of Mt Coot-tha to look over ...
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Driving license in Australia

We will be in Australia for a few days and I was considering renting a car. Is a standard European license (we have Polish and Italian) good enough, or do we need "international driving license"? We ...
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One slightly groggy day in Sydney alone - what to see?

Tonight I leave for Sydney, Australia and I will arrive early Thursday morning. The event I am attending kicks off Friday. I plan to sleep as much as I can on the flights (I am good at sleeping on ...
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How do I buy a double ticket for myself?

I want to travel conveniently from Darwin to Sydney. For an empty seat next to me, I am happy to purchase another ticket. Do airlines allow a passenger manifest with two similar names ? Am unable to ...
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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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Seeing Penguins “in the wild” in Sydney

Are there places near Sydney, Australia where one can see penguins in the wild (not in a zoo)? If so, what's the best way to catch a glimpse of these cute creatures? I have read some information ...
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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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What is the cheapest way to get from South America to Australia?

What is the cheapest way to get from South America to Australia? I found several flights mostly from Buenos Aires and Santiago de Chile, however the prices are quite prohibitive. Do you recommend ...
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Where can I buy a cup of 'cat poo' coffee (Kopi Luwak) in Melbourne?

I'm currently in Melbourne, a coffee-lover's paradise. As such, I'm quite keen to try the infamous 'cat poo' coffee (Kopi Luwak) in Melbourne, given that the skill of a Melbourne barista is likely to ...
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What is the cheapest method to get a flight from Australia to New Zealand?

I'm planning to be about a month in Australia and then continue my trip to New Zealand. What is the cheapest method to get a flight from Australia to New Zealand? Does it make a difference from which ...
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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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Is it possible to climb Uluru (Ayer's Rock)?

Suppose I'm in Australia. Can I climb Uluru? Do I need any special permits or gear? And how long do I have to walk to the top?
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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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Why doesn't Australia have any trains that can go faster than 160 km/h?

Despite enthusiastic support from the Qanda set, high speed rail between the major capital cities isn't a reality in Australia. Wikivoyage mentions high speed trains from Brisbane to Rockhampton, and ...
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Are there any travel experiences in Australia that offer aboriginal (or Torres Strait) “cultural immersion”?

I am wondering if it's possible for a traveller in Australia to immerse in aboriginal culture, or Torres Strait Islander culture. By "immerse" I mean stay in a traditional aboriginal area where ...
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Where can I find guided tours of Australia by indigenous people?

Where can I find guided tours of Australia by Aboriginal persons, or organisations, ideally where profits go back into helping or preserving the local people and/or landmarks? I would love to see ...
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Can one take wooden toys to Australia?

I have given my grandaughter a wooden doll house and little table and chairs. My son and his partner are emigrating to Australia. Can they take children's wooden indoor toys to Australia?
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Touring opal mines in Australia

I would like to visit some of the opal mines in Australia (Coober Pedy, Lightning Ridge, etc.). Are tours available to the general public at any of the mines? Do any of them offer for-fee ...
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Tours of opium poppy farms or processing facilities in Tasmania

I read several years ago that Tasmania is a major supplier of legal opiate products, and this weekend I spotted first-hand some farms growing opium poppies. Are there any tours of opium poppy farms ...
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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 does it add to a North America / Australia journey to go “the wrong way”?

North American flights to Australia generally involve getting to the west coast (LAX or YVR) and then crossing the Pacific. I believe Air Canada used to have a tech stop in Hawaii and still may. I am ...
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Can you receive an Australian passport stamp if you ask?

I am a big fan of all things analog & souvenir-ish, and I am planning a visit to Australia. I was discouraged to hear about the ETA and that it means you do not get a stamp... but I know some ...