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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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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Travel to Australia buy or rent surfboard

I'm going to travel to Australia in April and I'm traveling the east coast (from Melbourne to Cairns) with a campervan. I'm very keen on surfing and have some experience. I was wondering if it's ...
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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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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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No surname in my passport

Surname field is blank in passport,my full name was in my given name so will that be a problem while applying for study visa to Australia? My actual name surname: Ganta given name: Dheeraj In ...
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Applying for a visa for Pakistan as a student in Australia

I am a Sri Lankan studying in a university in Australia, and am currently 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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Is there a cheapest city / airline / season to fly one-way from anywhere in Europe to Australia?

Sooner or later in the next few months my money is going to run out and I'll have to get back to Australia from some point in Europe. Since Europe is big and many fares vary significantly from season ...
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Will failing to declare a previous visa denial come back to haunt me?

I am a 30 year old male citizen of Singapore. Previously I studied at Northwestern University for 7 years from 2004 to 2011 , but due to poor academics , dropped out of school 3 times. The last time I ...
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Can I drive a van in Australia on my UK full driving licence?

I want to drive a delivery van in Australia and I m new in Australia so I don't know the rules for driving a van
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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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When entering Australia with an eVisitor visa, do I need a return ticket?

I'm about to go to Australia with an eVisitor (subclass 651) visa. This is a tourist visa available for people with a passport from a European country. I haven't found any mention on the Australia ...
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Museums about Japan's World War II history

I'd like to go to a museum, or possibly a memorial or similar, that is about Japan's World War II history. Criteria for such sites: Historically accurate. I want it to be honest about what Japan ...
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Can tourists meet mikos (Japanese Shinto shrine priestesses)?

While browsing this article, I saw a photo of mikos, and I would like to see some in real life. From Wikipedia: A miko (巫女) is a Shinto term of Japan, indicating a shrine (jinja) maiden or a ...
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Are there restrictions on Greyhound Australia's “hop on hop off” tickets?

Greyhound Australia offers various "Hop on hop off" passes. But searching around their website I can't seem to find the rules of these passes. Specifically can I only hop on and off a maximum ...
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Transit visa Australia

I'm Brazilian and I was living in Australia until July using a student visa. I then left the country because I had no further period of stay in my visa. I went to New Zealand to apply for a new ...
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Can I get visas to travel from Vietnam to the UK and go to Australia and then go back to Vietnam?

I'm Vietnamese and have a Vietnamese passport. I'm just married and my husband is from England, and I have 3 sisters who live in Australia. Now, I want to visit my husband in the UK from about 10 ...
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Things to keep in mind booking ARNK international tickets [closed]

I'm planning a Europe trip with my fiance and we're interested in booking our flights from and returning to the same city (Brisbane, Australia) but arriving in London and then departing from Rome - ...
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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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If parents with permanent residency visas arrive in Australia with their two babies who don't have permanent residency visas, can they be turned away? [closed]

My partner and I, and our first son were granted Permanent Residency visas for Australia a couple of years ago. Since then we've had 2 more kids. We're all Irish. We're now ready to make the move, ...
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Extending ETA Visa once in Australia as a US citizen?

My US friend wants to spend 90 days in Australia though the remainder of her ETA expires after 56 days?
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What happens if I leave Australia without paying a fine (for setting off fireworks)? [duplicate]

I don't know if anyone can be helpful, but, I ve just received this 670$ fine from the NT. I stayed for 3 days in Darwin and cracked one small firecracker, and got caught by the cops. (I know its ...
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Oat Bran in Sealed Canisters

I will be travelling to Australia for a couple weeks. Daily intake of oat bran is a routine for me. Am I able to take a couple of manufacturer-sealed canisters of oat bran?
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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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 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 ...