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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What is the difference between the Australian 600 and 601 visas, for people who are eligible for both?

I'm traveling to Australia in July and I've been looking into getting a visa. I see two visa options, a 600 and a 601 that appear to be appropriate (I'm going for leisure and not for work). The 600 ...
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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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Flying With Uncharged Laptop

I've been living in Australia for the past few months and during that time my laptop charger broke. I haven't bought another one because I have a spare charger back home and haven't seen the need to ...
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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 ...
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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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Donating unwanted foreign coins in Sydney

More general question: How do I get money back for my foreign coins? I've got some unwanted foreign coins, some of them reasonably obscure (Danish currency) and I want to donate them to charity. I ...
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Getting to Australia from overseas cheaply and not by air?

I really thought this had been asked before but can't find such a question. I'm looking for either a website or guidebook or detailed directions on how to arrive in Australia from another country ...
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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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Accommodation for a large group in Cairns in November 2012

I'm organising a largish group (around 10, hopefully) to go to Cairns in November for the total solar eclipse on the 14th. With a group that size, it'd be nice if we could have a place to ourselves - ...
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Domestic flight in Australia, without passport

Will it typically be possible to fly domestically in Australia with just e.g. a UK driver’s license as ID? I’ll be travelling to/from Australia on my Australian passport, but while I’m there, I’m ...
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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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Is China going to be added to the list of countries eligible for working holidays in Australia as part of the upcoming visa changes?

This year USA and China changed their reciprocal visa rules making it easier for their people to visit the other country with visas lasting much longer. I've heard that something similar is in the ...
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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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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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Exporting a queen bee from Australia to Beirut

I live in Sydney. My cousin who is a hobbyist bee keeper asked me to get him an Australian queen bee. I know that Australian laws are very strict on what to get into the country but how about ...
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I am a dual Australian/British citizen with an expired emergency Aussie passport and a valid UK passport. What are my chances for an Aussie visit?

I was going to have to miss my brother's wedding on Jan 4th but he bought me a flight today. But my Aussie passport is expired and was only an emergency passport to begin with. I'm born and bred ...
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Possibility and price of getting to Lord Howe Island by sea?

I'm having trouble finding details of getting to Lord Howe Island other than by the expensive flights. Wikipedia implies that the ship that brings supplies can also carry passengers, and searching ...
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Which Australian bank/account incurs lowest fees using an ATM card overseas?

As per this question about US banks, I would like to know if any Australian bank offers an account with an ATM card (or Visa/Mastercard debit card) with no or low fees for travellers using them in ...
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What are the cheapest ways to get from East Asia to Australia?

I have a return ticket that gets me from Turkey to Korea to Australia but it cannot be extended beyond the end of May. I'm thinking of forfeiting or refunding some leg(s) of my ticket but as my ...
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Taking everyday medicine to Australia - do I need documentation for these?

I was planning a trip to Australia next month and was wondering: do I need to do anything/carry permits or prescription for everyday medicine like tylenol (acetaminophen), tums and Imodium? The ...
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Is there free wifi in Sydney Airport?

I'm flying into Sydney airport in about a week, and there's a chance that I'll find myself wanting to look online for a last minute hotel. However, because I will just have arrived, I won't have had a ...
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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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Can you buy duty free at Kuala Lumpur 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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Darwin to Timor by boat

Need a bit of advice. I can't seem to find any information about boats from Darwin to Timor. I've been informed there are no ferries. Anyone know how to or had experience getting from Darwin to ...
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Can I take soya milk into Australia in my luggage?

Does any one know if I can take soya milk in my luggage to Australia, and if I need to or is it easy to obtain in Australia?
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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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Recommendations for snorkelling on the Great Barrier Reef

I'm going to Australia in January with my girlfriend. It's the first time she's visited Australia and one thing we really want to do is to see the Great Barrier Reef. We'd prefer to snorkel, rather ...
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Service to carry bags to / from airport in Australia - right up to checkin?

I've got a flight in a week to Melbourne. However, I've recently had surgery and am not allowed to lift anything heavier than 2kg (4.5lb). The trick being that I need to take a suit and carry-on bag. ...
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Dual citizen travelling to Australia with valid UK passport and expired NZ passport

I've just had a business opportunity pop up and need to travel from Auckland to Sydney urgently the day after next. The thing is my New Zealand passport which would normally let me straight in has ...
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Driving from Melbourne to Sydney on the Hume Highway, where should we stop for the night?

We'll shortly be driving from Melbourne to Sydney on the Hume Highway and plan to stop for two nights en route. We'll have a late departure from Melbourne, so the goal is to drive only a few hours ...
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What is the best base town to look for a 3-4 day scuba diving trip for the Great Barrier Reef?

I am planning to go for a conference in Cairns in June this year, and I am hoping to do a 3-4 day live-aboard scuba diving trip afterward. There are numerous companies organizing these kind of trips ...
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Precautions to take for travelers when doing short-term apartment rental

I'm considering short term apartment rental (about 2 months) while travelling to Canada and Australia, probably with roommates. What precautions should I take not to get scammed, as well as making ...
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Do I need a transit visa for a technical stop in Australia?

I'm travelling to New Zealand, and my itinerary mentions a technical stop in Australia. Will I need to apply for an Australian transit visa for this?
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What foods must I try while visiting Australia?

I will be traveling to Cairns, Brisbane, and Sydney and was wondering what are the must try foods/dishes I should get while there.
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Is it possible to exchange Australian dollars in New Zealand?

We're flying from Australia to New Zealand and have a few hundreds of AUD left. Is it possible to exchange them to NZ dollars in New Zealand or we need to this from Australia?
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Airline ticket for an Australian domestic flight as a gift without knowing the dates

I would like to give a plane ticket from Perth to Melbourne (Australia) as a gift. However, since it is a surprise, I do not know the dates. How can I do this?
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Should I plan a single route across Australia or split them with a flight?

I'm considering migrating to Australia, but before I can make that decision I want to explore the country. I've set my sights on Perth, but relocating through my employment will probably see me ending ...
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Is nudity as common at the Australian Burning Man as at the original US Burning Man?

It's pretty well known that the original Burning Man event held annually in is about as free and "do your thing" as possible, to the point that numerous people are always wandering around naked. But ...
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Diving safety in Australia

I'm going to Australia next October and I was wondering if it is safe to go diving (near Cairns) even though it will be my first time doing so. Should I take a course locally before the trip?
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How does the scuba diving compare between Coffs Harbour and Byron Bay?

As part of my idea for taking the train from Sydney to Brisbane, and stopping on the way, I'm thinking of stopping off in one of Coffs Harbour or Byron Bay. I'd probably pause for a couple of days, ...
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Classic Aussie pub (hotel) in central Sydney

I'll be meeting my dad in Sydney next month, and after dinner (already got that scoped out) we'd like to head to a nice, old-school, civilized pub/hotel for a beer or three -- ideally something like ...
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Getting to Guangzhou from Melbourne

I am taking a business trip to Guangzhou from Melbourne is a few months. I have noticed that there are no direct flights (correct me if I am wrong). Looks like I have to transfer in Hong Kong. ...
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Does a US citizen need a visa to go to Australia to put on a conference and go on vacation?

I'm going to Australia for both business and pleasure for two weeks. Do I need a special visa for this?
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What is this Queensland lizard/dragon, and is it friendly or dangerous? [closed]

I've spotted quite a few large lizards around Brisbane's parks, such as in Roma Street Parklands. Today, while I sat in a park by the river, one scuttled over. I took his photo, then he pushed himself ...
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What is the indoor climbing wall closest to the centre of Sydney?

I will stay in central Sydney for a few days and would like to do some climbing one evening. What would be the closest (or most convenient to get to without a car) indoor climbing wall from Centre ...
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Tour or circuit to see different Melbourne neighborhoods?

We plan to spend a week in Melbourne near the end of May. Besides the usual recommended places for typical tourism, we are interested in visiting different neighborhoods in order to understand their ...
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Buying a car in Australia or New Zealand as a non-resident? [closed]

Is it possible to buy, register and insure a car by a tourist (i.e. non-resident citizen of another country that entered on a tourist visa) in Australia or New Zealand? I was thinking about buying a ...
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Are there any Australian war memorials I shouldn't take Japanese visitors to? [closed]

I'm planning on sightseeing Melbourne with someone who is Japanese. I was browsing Trip Advisor's top attractions for Melbourne, and site number five was the Shrine of Remembrance. I'm not after ...