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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Are there reliability statistics for overnight trains between Melbourne and Sydney?

I'm looking at flying from Melbourne to Christchurch, but can save a considerable amount if I go via Sydney. I could fly to Sydney, but that relies on using Jetstar for my connection there, who I ...
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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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Is there anywhere at/near Casino station where you can buy food, when changing between the CountryLink bus and train?

If you take the daytime CountryLink train from Sydney to Brisbane, it somewhat annoyingly turns into a pumpkin at Casino.... At Casino, you have to change to a bus to continue your journey onwards to ...
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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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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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Long stopover time in Melbourne Airport

I and my wife have planned for a short Australia tour, just covering Sydney as we have only 5 days in our hands. But it looks like during our return journey we will have a 14 hour stopover time at ...
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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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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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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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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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What limitations are there on my 4 month old UK driving licence for use travelling across Australia?

I’m looking into buying a cheap car to use for travelling around Australia but have been spending quite a bit of time trying to ascertain the legalities/pitfalls of doing so with a UK issued licence. ...
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Visit Brisbane during a layover

I'm flying with Virgin Australia from Port Moresby to Singapore in 2 days. On the way back, I will have a layover of 6.30 hours in Brisbane International Airport. Will I have time to leave the airport ...
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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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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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Visiting Australia - Can I go for a week, leave for two weeks, and come back for two months? [closed]

My understanding is that I can visit Australia for three months with a basic travel visa. One issue is that I plan on visiting New Zealand for two weeks after I visit Sydney for a week. I plan on ...
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Can a family pool their duty free allowances entering Australia?

This is a question that came up with a colleague of mine, who is returning to the UK for a visit. If they have a family of 4 with two children under 18, can you pool your allowance for alcohol, ...
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Transit in Australia

I am traveling from Singapore to New Zealand. My trip consists of a stop in Australia, Brisbane. Where I have to get my luggage and re-check in at the counters in Brisbane. I'm a Singaporean. Will I ...
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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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Going to Manila with layover in Sydney

I'm travelling soon to Auckland going to Manila and has a layover way back in Sydney for 12 hrs. Can I leave the airport? Or do I need a transit visa or whatsoever? I'm a first time traveller with NZ ...
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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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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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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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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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Cheaper Contiki-style trips than Contiki

I want to go on a Contiki-style trip while I'm young enough to do so. However, I looked at Contiki's web site, and found the prices a little bit high. For example, Beaches and Reefs (Start Cairns) is ...
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What is the cheapest way to use data for a Australian (telstra) iphone in the US? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Data-plan for the USA I'll be travelling to the US soon from Australia, and I was wondering what is the cheapest way to have 3G data in the US using my iPhone which has ...
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Can a child travel on a parent's passport to New Zealand?

I've heard some countries let children travel as long they are with their parents who have valid passports. Is this the case for New Zealand, assuming the parents and child are Australian?
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Are airport security and check-in times from the US applicable to Australia and New Zealand?

I'm currently planning a trip to Australia and New Zealand with my fiancee, and specifically I'm trying to decide how much time to budget for the "airport stuff" before our flights. Specifically, we ...
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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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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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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 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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Does an Indian citizen need a transit visa in Australia?

Indian passport holder. Do I need transit visa in Sydney?
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Is there a “best” wireless broadband provider or package for Australia?

Since ASUS came out with their original Eee PC I've always travelled with a netbook computer. I've travelled to many countries, rich and poor recently and everywhere there is free Wi-Fi at least in ...
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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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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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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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No exit stamp leaving Australia

I am Iranian passport holder. I was in Australia with temporary visa. While I left Australia, the passport officer did not stamp my exit in the passport. I am wondering, if he has forgotten to stamp ...
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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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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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Unable to check my Australia ETA status

I try to check my Australia ETA status, but the message "There has been no application for an ETA through this site with the data and reference number you supplied." appeared. But when I try to submit ...
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Purchasing a campervan in Australia

My girlfriend and I are off to Oz at the start of January - looking to travel the East Coast in a campervan. The plan is to purchase one when we get there and was just wondering about the details. ...
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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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What are the options for a prepaid SIM card in Australia?

Similar to the other prepaid SIM card questions. What are my options in Australia if I'd like a prepaid SIM with mobile data? Since I'm travelling a lot, what would the operator be with the most ...
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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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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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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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Is there a cheap(ish) way from Brisbane airport to the CBD late at night?

WikiVoyage has a fairly good section on getting from Brisbane Airport to the CBD, including things like the AirTrain and cheaper alternatives. For a daytime arrival, it looks to have everything ...
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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 ...