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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Why do some hostels only allow international visitors?

Some of the hostels in the Gold Coast, Australia, only allow international visitors. I'm a bit surprised at this because the average Australian is not at all dangerous only dangerous in the same way ...
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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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Exchanging US dollars for Australian Dollars [duplicate]

Traveling to Australia, where is best place to exchange money? US Bank? Airport in LAX? SLC airport or in Australia
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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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How do I know if my Australian ETA was approved?

I would like to know is my visa application being approved or not I receive an email saying I need to check on eta.immi.gov.au after 12 hours but after I check in I just received this only : ...
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From which point near the NSW/QLD border does it become legal for pedestrians to walk along the M1 (Pacific Highway)?

Two days ago I was hitchhiking back to Sydney from Queensland. I'm sure it's legal to walk along the M1, Pacific Highway on the NSW side since there were signs about bicycle crossings, no signs ...
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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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To convert my USD$ in to Euro in my country of origin or in Paris?

Hi everyone :) I live in Australia. I have a remaining money(2,000USD) from my previous trip in the US. Me and my husband are planning to visit Paris maybe in September. I'm not sure whether to ...
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How do I buy a double ticket for myself?

I want to travel conveniently from Darwin to Sydney. For an empty seat next to me, I am happy to purchase another ticket. Do airlines allow a passenger manifest with two similar names ? Am unable to ...
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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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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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Does an EU citizen need a visa to visit Australia for holidays?

Is a visa required, or is just a passport enough, for a short holiday trip to Australia? Specifically, how is it for citizens of Nordic EU member countries such as Finland?
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Will I be covered under the UK Health system?

I am an Australian resident but a British Citizen. I currently hold a British passport and receive a small British pension but do not pay any British taxes. I have cancer and I am coming to the UK to ...
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What is the cheapest method to get a flight from Australia to New Zealand?

I'm planning to be about a month in Australia and then continue my trip to New Zealand. What is the cheapest method to get a flight from Australia to New Zealand? Does it make a difference from which ...
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Australian Bridging visa B - BVB - (subclass 020) duration?

I'm on a Bridging visa and planning to go travel for 2-3 weeks to my home in Georgia. I've been informed I need the Bridging visa B - BVB - (subclass 020) to travel outside Australia . I'm not a ...
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Australian visa and criminal convictions

I have a subclass 651 eVisitor visa to travel from the UK to Australia. One VISA condition is The holder must not have one or more criminal convictions, for which the sentence or sentences ...
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IGCSE to apply for Australian visa

Can I use my I IGCSE to apply for my work and holiday Australian visa? Or should I take a TOEFL or IELTS?
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Obtaining Australian visa to re-enter the country on a British passport? [closed]

I am a UK citizen living in Australia and hold a UK passport. How do I obtain an Australian visa to re-enter the country when I leave for a holiday?
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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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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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Transit visa needed for 90 minutes at Brisbane, Australia? [duplicate]

I have a Mumbai – Singapore – Brisbane – Auckland flight with Qantas, with changes of aircraft at Singapore and Brisbane. The Brisbane change is for one and half hours only. Is a ...
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Can I visit Australia after leaving the country without paying a drunk driving fine?

My British friend left Australia when he was on a Working Holiday Visa without paying his drink driving fine of $700 and is wondering if he would be allowed back in the country if he pays it, even ...
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Can I travel to Australia for leisure but on a business visitor visa? [closed]

I have a two years Australian business visitor visa with multiple entry option. This visa lets me attend business related workshops for a project undertaken by our parent company which is located in ...
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Prepaid phone number provider in Sydney / Brisbane airports

Does anyone know if there are any mobile prepaid phone provider store at Sydney / Brisbane airport? And if so, do they stay opened 24 hours? I'll have a flight link at SYD 17:45 and after that I'll ...
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Entry to Australia

What should I expect at the border entry at an Australian airport? I will arrive with a training visa. Passport, visa control and customs?
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Plane landing at Sydney Airport — from where is this photo taken?

I have found (actually Flightradar24 did this for me) a beautiful photo of an Etihad Airways A340 banking right to land at Sydney Airport: Basing on building in the background, is it possible to ...
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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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Is riding motorcycle convenient in Sydney? [closed]

I plan to move to Sydney and seek a job. Currently, I generally use motorcycle to go around city. I am thinking about buying a motorcycle as soon as I reach there. But I have no idea about the ...
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Train from Gold Coast to Sydney

I'm searching to alternative to travel from Gold Coast to Sydney, other than flying. Is there any train service from Gold Coast to Sydney? How long and which station to go? Is the train ticket able ...
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Where can I camp for free in, or near, Byron Bay, Australia?

I'm currently road tripping across the Gold Coast. I find myself in Byron Bay, NSW, Australia and am looking for accommodation. I rented a small camper van and don't really wish to pay 70+ Australian ...
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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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What visas are available for consultants paid by a foreign company in Australia?

My employer rushed me out here on short notice so I'm currently in Australia on a 3 month ETA Business Visa (Subclass 601). I'm wondering if anyone has any idea if I'm using the right visa as I'm not ...
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How do I enter Australia on an expired Australian passport and a valid US passport urgently? [duplicate]

I am a dual-citizen who travelled to the US for sport on an expired Australian passport and a valid US passport. I don't have time to renew my passport in the US at the moment as I have to be back in ...
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Am travelling to australia and am bringing period delay tablets do i need to declare?

Hello I am travelling to Melbourne first and then onto sydney. I am planning to take period delay tablets in my hand luggage. I bought them online from my local pharmacy, so doesn't have a ...
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Delay in visa process

I had applied for visitor visa to Australia and it's still in process while I already have my New Zealand student visa and traveling to NZ for the first time, does it matters if I get a visa for ...
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Are you allowed to set up a tent/van at Australian “Rest Stops”?

Over the Christmas area my wife and I (kinda off the bat), decided to go for a 2 day camping trip to the "Southern Forests" region of Western Australia. However, each site we checked ended up being ...
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Parts of Australia that aren't dominated by white Australians that are easy for tourists to visit

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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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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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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Can I travel to Australia without a return ticket?

I am a European citizen and I have already got a visa to Australia for 3 months, should I buy a return ticket in advance or can I buy it on my way back so I will just buy a single ticket for now ?
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Old passport info: what if old passport were lost? [closed]

I need to send an old passport to Australian embassy for visa application. If this is to do so what happen with those people who have lost their old passport. Do they still send a visa application ...
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Australia - Arriving with prescription drugs (birth control) [closed]

I'm going to move to Australia 2 months from now and my wife has some concerns about taking a pack with 6 months worth of birth control pills. Reason why is we'll have plenty of stuff to care about in ...
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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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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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8 Hours layover in Sydney on my way back to Singapore, Can I roam Sydney without an Australian visa?

Going to Fiji soon and my flight back to Singapore from Fiji is a dreadful 8-hour lay over in Sydney. I have friends in Sydney and wondering if I can take an exit from the airport and come back ...
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Technical stoppage, which visa required?

I am travelling to Brisbane (Australia) via Hong Kong from India. My flight from Delhi to Hong Kong is a direct flight but from Hong Kong to Brisbane is not direct. It is having a technical stoppage ...
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Changing travel to Australia dates after visa issuance

I will be graduating from a university in Australia in the next 6 months and intend on inviting my family over for the graduation ceremony. We are only eligible to apply for Visitor Visa (Subclass ...
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Why does Australia have little in the way of visa free travel?

The countries I've visited haven't required a visa to visit as a tourist. However, visiting Australia require a visa in advance for virtually every country. I know that Australia isn't perfect, but ...
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Applying Australia Tourist Visa from Bangkok, for Nepali

I am Nepali citizen working/living in Thailand, can I apply for Australia tourist visa from Bangkok? I plan to go for 2 weeks visit in april 2016.