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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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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Are there websites which do last minute accomodation deals in Australia?

I'm heading out to Australia fairly soon, and for the start of my trip I'm hopefully staying with friends. However, there's a small chance that that won't be possible. I might find out when changing ...
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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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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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What is the minimum wait before I may I re-enter the USA from Australia after a 90 day visit through the non visa program?

I entered the USA on a three month visa waiver program from Australia. I am about to return to Australia and would like to come back again to the USA. How long do I have to wait until I can re-enter ...
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Can a used smartphone purchased in South Korea be used in Australia?

I'm thinking about buying a second-hand smartphone before I leave Korea since some major brands are based here and Koreans seem to always want the latest and greatest I'm assuming models one or two ...
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Sydney, Australia - for 5 days. With a 6-month old baby. Any tips?

My wife and I are living in San Francisco, CA (SFO) and are going to Sydney, Australia (SYD) for a short trip (5 days), probably in October or November. I will be attending a training for only 1 day ...
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Can you use a UK paper license counterpart in Australia?

A few weeks ago I lost my card UK driver's license somewhere in Arizona/Nevada. In November I will be in Australia. My new license may not make it here in time. However I still have the paper ...
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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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Can a student visa to Australia be changed to a working holiday visa after the course without having to leave the country?

A friend here in Korea just told me he wants to get a student visa to study in Australia for six months then switch to a working holiday visa. I know Koreans are eligible for working holiday visas, I ...
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Options for Cooking while visiting Australia

I asked a similar question about Canada and was advised to make a separate one for Australia. I'm planning to travel to Australia on my own for about one month - two months, I'll be in Melbourne area ...
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Where to go in Australia when traveling with (small) children

We would like to go to Australia. For now our desire is "just" Australia, although we are fully aware of the size of the country. We would be traveling in our summer holiday (July-August) What is ...
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What would a month holiday to Australia from Amsterdam/Brussels roughly cost to a family of four? [closed]

We would really like to visit Australia next year. We are a couple with two kids. We are still in the very early stage of planning. This means that we don't even know if it is at all affordable when ...
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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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Australian to Japanese power converter?

I am planning to charge my phone and camera while in Japan and am wondering if I will need to purchase a power socket converter? Also, is the wattage in Japan the same as Australian power sockets?
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Dingo fence - how to visit?

Although being "only" a fence, it is unusually interesting, because of its extraordinary purpose and length. What are the most interesting parts of the Dingo Fence? Are there any bus/train rides ...
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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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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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How do I know if my Australia ETA is approved?

I received a email saying that I would need to check again within 12 hours. However when I check my ETA status at http://www.eta.immi.gov.au/ I got this: You have a current ETA to travel to ...
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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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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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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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Transport Melbourne to Byron bay via Gold Coast Airport

I currently stay in Melbourne Australia and I want to get to Byron Bay. So what is a convenient and inexpensive way to get from the Gold Coast Airport to Byron bay? For example: a Shuttle bus service. ...
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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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Is there Anyway of getting from Australia to South America on a Budget [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: What is the cheapest way to get from South America to Australia Does anyone know how if there iss anyway of getting form northern Australia to south america. I've looked ...
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buying travel backpack? [closed]

OK, so here is the thing, I need to buy some traveling packs. Where should I buy travel back-packs ? (i.e online, travel specialty shops, wholesaler) Is there any specific make/brand that has ...
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Transit visa needed for Australia when flying from New Zealand to South Africa?

I'm flying with Qantas from Johannesburg to New Zealand in 9 days. On the way back I have to wait 14 hours for next flight. Not going to leave the airport (Melbourne airport). Do I need a visa for ...
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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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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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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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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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What is the best part of year to visit Australia [closed]

What is the best part of year to visit Australia. I'm interested in following criteria: Number of tourists (high/low season) Accomodation price Weather Cultural events
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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 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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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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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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Daintree National Park as a backpacker

I will have 2.5 days to visit Daintree National Park from Cairns (and get back there). What are the possible itineraries to do it as a backpacker (and keep the costs down)? I have seen many tours ...
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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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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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What Australian dishes - Aboriginal or otherwise - made of kangaroo meat should I not miss?

I've eaten kangaroo steak once (in Cambodia). Are there any traditional Australian dishes - Aboriginal in origin or otherwise - exist that use kangaroo meat, and is it easy to find them in ...
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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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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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Best company for flying from Europe to Australia [closed]

Me and my wife are planning a journey to Australia next March. We live in Madrid, Spain, and we would like to know which is the best company for flying to Australia (Melburne or Sydney). We are ...
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Return trip mandatory when leaving Australia? [closed]

Is it mandatory to plan the return trip in advance when leaving Australia (NSW) for 3 months? I ask because airport staff makes it look like there's a law or something without explaining further ...
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Prepay simcard for data in Australia

I'm arriving in Sydney on Friday for a week. Ideally I'd like a pre-pay simcard for text and data (I need to check my stackexchange sites of course ;)). However I have no idea of what companies or ...
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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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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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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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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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Direction to go to Australia — where does it change?

Where is the "dividing line" between the places from which most people would get to Australia by traveling east and where most would travel west? And are there any places where the actual part of ...