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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Are there any do-it-yourself penguin sighting tours on Phillip Island, Australia?

Penguins are a known attraction on Phillip Island. I know there are organised paying penguin sighting tours, such as the Penguin Parade. Is this the only way to see penguins on the island? Are there ...
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Do I need the original of my parents Birth Certificate to apply for an Australian passport

I am applying for an Australian passport. I was born in Austalia, as were my parents (and grand parents). Part of the application requires that I present one of my parents birth certificates. My ...
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Will nights be cold along the route from Perth to Melbourne at the end of November?

In a few days I'll be hitchhiking across Australia from Perth to Melbourne (and then up to Sydney). Now I've heard it can get surprisingly cold in the outback at night. But I don't know if that's ...
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Applying for a visitor visa to Australia from New Zealand. Is medical exam required for a 3 day stay?

I am flying to Melbourne in July for a 2 day conference and want to take my spouse with me. I'm a NZ citizen from birth. However, she is still on a working visa with multiple re-entry rights to NZ ...
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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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Is there a cheap(ish) way from Brisbane airport to the central business district late at night?

WikiVoyage has a fairly good section on getting from Brisbane Airport to the CBD (central business district), including things like the AirTrain and cheaper alternatives. For a daytime arrival, it ...
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How do I know if my Australia ETA is approved? [duplicate]

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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Bringing shrink-wrapped cheese through Australian Customs?

I have purchased cheese in France and it is shrink wrapped. Do I have to declare the cheese to customs or not?
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When does Immigration happen on leaving Australia

I am flying ORD-LAX-BNE with a return flight of BNE-SYD-LAX-ORD. The layover in Sydney is 1.5 hours. Is this sufficient? I was wondering: when does immigration happen when I'm leaving Australia? At ...
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Is it safe and practical to visit the Northern Territory?

After watching "Australia" by Baz Luhmann and following the NT News on Twitter, I'm thinking of visiting the Northern Territory. However, I've heard about flooding in the NT and I'm wondering whether ...
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Which currency should I carry to Australia from Bangladesh?

I will go to Australia from Bangladesh. I can carry either "US dollar" or "Australian dollar" there. But I do not know whether carrying "US dollar" will be profitable or not if I convert "US dollar" ...
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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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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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Travel to Australia with new passport

I was granted a visa to Australia few months ago. I like to travel to Australia in few days however I've just renewed my passport and I don't have enough time to inform them about my passport renewal, ...
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Are there “turn up and board” shuttle buses from Cairns airport to the city, or do you always have to pre-book?

Look at the WikiVoyage page for Cairns under "Get In", it mentions that there's a nearly-hourly airport shuttle running into the city centre. From other comments, I gather that the shuttle company ...
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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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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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Do I have to pay import duties on items replaced overseas by travel insurance?

I am on an overseas holiday and had an unfortunate incident where I lost my DSLR. Luckily it seems to be covered by my travel insurance. If I buy a replacement camera (identical to lost articles) will ...
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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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What's the cheapest way to get from Melbourne's two airports to Southern Cross Station? [duplicate]

What's the cheapest way to get from Melbourne's two airports to Southern Cross Station? There's buses that run to $20+ each way to each, which seems quite high for public transport so I am curious if ...
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Inexpensive vehicular guided tour of Sydney

We're looking for a guided tour of Sydney. We initially considered the hop-on, hop-off tour bus for Sydney, but $40 for ordinary fares, $30 for concession was a bit steep. Another possibility I ...
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What does the $900 limit apply to in Australia?

When I recently went to Sydney, I was surprised to find that you had to declare items if the total cost was above $900? That seems like a rather small amount. I checked the box in the immigration ...
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Japanese style or themed accommodation in Melbourne

What Japanese-style or Japanese-themed accommodation is available in Melbourne? I tried doing a search for ryokans in Melbourne, and while I've found a number of ryokans in countryside Victoria, ...
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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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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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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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Going to Australia - hand luggage

I'm going to Australia to see my children, I have my laptop and my phone, can I buy 2 iPhones for my children and have them in my hand luggage?
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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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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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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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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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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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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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I am a UK Citizen on a working holiday visa in New Zealand but want to go on holiday to Australia

I am a UK Citizen on a working holiday visa in New Zealand but want to go on holiday to Australia, I looked at evisitor visa (subclass 651) and it says if you hold another visa it can replace it. Is ...
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What's the fastest way of getting a visa for Australia after ETA is refused?

I am in Canada and tried applying for the ETA for Australia online. It was deferred and I waited 12 hours to find out that it was not approved. My flight is in 3 days, is there any way to get an ETA ...
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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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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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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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Parts of Australia that aren't dominated by white Australians that are easy for tourists to visit [duplicate]

Basically, this question but for Australia. When I visited Alice Springs, while I was able to meet and exchange pleasantries a bit with Aborigines, virtually all of the staff I interacted with were ...
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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 a ...
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Renting a van for 6-7 people in Australia

I'm looking to travel with my elderly mother, my wife and other family members, across the southeast part of Australia, from Sydney to Adelaide, taking about a week. We may have 6 or 7 in our party. ...
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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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Australian visa with mis-matched names on two passports

I was born into both US and Japanese citizenship and have passports with 2 different names. For some odd reason, my parents decided to use my father's family name for the US and use my mother's maiden ...
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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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Travelling after living in Australia before returning to the US?

My daughter is an American citizen living in Australia for a year. When her one year visa is up does she have to return to the US or can she travel to other countries with her valid US passport ...
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Do I need a transit visa to pass through Australia?

I booked a cheap (nightmare) ticket from Wellington NZ to Kathmandu via Sydney and KL. I am a US citizen and New Zealand resident; my wife is a dual US and Australian citizen. We have to pick up our ...
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US citizen traveling to New Zealand via Australia

Do I need any types of visas to travel from USA to New Zealand via Australia? I am a US citizen.