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This is a standard clause found on tourist visas for many countries. What it basically means is you cannot legally seek employment within Australia or its territories or be employed by any entity in Australia and receive income from it. So checking your work email or working offline or even online for their employer outside Australia doesn't violate the ...


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This actually depends on quite a few factors. I wondered this once many years ago, and asked around quite a bit. Didn't have Travel.SE back then ;) The earth is rotating at a rather fast speed - and any point on the earth is therefore actually 'moving' (it's all relative). Since the points on the equator have further to travel, they're moving even faster ...


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The other answerers have answered your question about whether it is safe. I'd like to address the issue of chlorinated water not being very pleasant to drink by explaining how to dechlorinate the chlorinated water. You can reduce that chloriney taste somewhat, mainly by aerating the water. I kept tropical fish for years and you can't use chlorinated water ...


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Venomous spider bites have not caused a death in Australia since 1979. You are far more at risk getting in to a car than being biten by a spider in Australia. Bites from red backs very rarely cause anything more than a little discomfort, but if you are bitten, always seek immediate medical help. Anti-venom is widespread and you should not be far away from ...


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My understanding is that chlorine, in the concentrations found in drinking water, does not pose an acute health danger. There may be health risks associated with long-term exposure, and this is a more controversial topic, where the literature and expert opinions are mixed. Most main-stream information seems to suggest it's safe, but the skeptics claim a ...


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While it's occasionally being seen a bit more, tipping is NOT expected in Australia. Wages are expected to cover the employees, and everything is included in your bill. Indeed, in some places, tipping is forbidden - for example you might not be able to tip a security guard or dealer in a casino. It's occasionally common to tell taxi drivers or waiters ...


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Yes it's possible. The question is - should you? From Wikitravel: To climb or not to climb Uluru is sacred to the Anangu people of the area. They say that the climb follows the track that the ancestoral Mala men took to get to the top for ceremony. They say that when you climb, you are on their tracks. In addition, there are some safety ...


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The "E" in ETA stands for "Electronic", and that pretty much refers to the entire process. Not only do you apply electronically (eg, on the ETA website), but the airlines are responsible for electronically checking that you have obtained an ETA or a Visa. Presuming that your previous flights to Australia have been from the US, you may recall that whilst ...


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Very, very easy. Any bank in NZ will happily exchange those for you, or indeed as you step off the plane, there are several currency exchange places at all the international airports. Be aware that the airports can sometimes offer worse rates than banks in town - but it depends how much you're exchanging of course, as to whether bothering with the effort ...


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Answering my question since I was unable to find a solid answer elsewhere: Yes, you can. Whereas Aussie rental companies insist on "unrestricted" licenses, their American counterparts are happy with any "valid" driver's license. In San Francisco, the two random Hertz and Enterprise outlets I tried didn't bat an eyelid at seeing an Australian license, they ...


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"Hitop" is just a model description of a van with a permanent vertically extended roof in the rear compartment so that you can stand up in it. What you'll get in Australia is a "Toyota HiAce Hitop". Other body styles are generally well covered by vendor supplied photos. The Hitop is OK to drive, more liable than a car to be caught side on by a wind gust ...


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Yes, a visa is required for EU citizens. Fortunately, getting one is free and (usually) pretty quick. The easiest way is to apply for eVisitor online. The eVisitor allows visitors to travel to Australia for short term business or tourism purposes for up to three months. eVisitor applications are free and are available to passport holders from the ...


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Obviously this is a question that could have very different answers depending on the specific country. For your specific example of Australia, the official list of actions that can be taken for refused items are : pay for the item to be treated to make it safe (for example fumigation, irradiation) store the item at the airport for collection when ...


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I can't help with the logistics of actually getting the vehicle between Thailand and Australia, however despite what is and isn't possible there, there's no cheap way to do what you're asking. Australia has a relatively strict process for approving imported vehicles, which would normally only be worthwhile if the car was in some way special. If the vehicle ...


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This page collects lots of information about the total solar eclipse of 2012. It shows the path, an interactive map and cloud cover information. Currently only monthly averages are available, later you may find a better prediction. It is also a good idea to check the page of MrEclipse (Fred Espenak), he's a solar eclipse veteran. Going to the same place he ...


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The biggest danger by far is from jellyfish. Some will paralyze you and cause you to drown, while others merely put you into excrutiating pain for up to 30 hours. Fortunately, jellyfish are easy to avoid: stay out of the sea, at least between October and May while you're north of Brisbane (more detailed information) - no matter how urban the area, how hot ...


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OK, so my friend - Kylie Phaup-Stephens, has a blog on bugbitten. Over the period of 20 months from ANZAC Day(25th of April) 2009 to the end of 2010, she cycled from London, UK to Christchurch, NZ. Naturally, she had to use water methods at some point. She struggled for a while to find a boat to Aus - and a visa (a legacy law means that even Kiwis need a ...


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This is a common misconception. There is no such thing as an "International driver's licence". What you need is a "International Driver's Permit" which is a translation into multiple languages of your original licence, and is only valid when presented with said licence at the same time. The IDP does not give you any more rights to drive in a country than you ...


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Well yes and no. Because it depends what you mean by "near Sydney". Sydney is too far north to have penguins but further south there are plenty of penguins at Phillip Island in Victoria. That's a bit over 1,000 km or 600 miles away from Sydney. There is a very famous "fairy penguin parade" near a town called Ventnor that you can begin reading about on ...


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Chocolate (and biscuits/cookies) are OK! A travel blogger actually emailed the Australian Customs to see what the case was, and got a response: Thank you for your enquiry about bringing biscuits and chocolates into > Australia as part of your personal luggage. Cooked cakes, including cakes containing custard or dairy based fillings that have been ...


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As a rule, tipping is not necessary in Australia, wages are sufficient to make a living anyway and this shows in the eye-watering prices for any service. Most cafes and casual restaurants have tip jars, where you're welcome to reward good service with a coin or two (or, like us when eating out with our two-year-old, apologize for mess), but this is purely ...


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As Murphy's Law dictates, the very next Google search I did for this info after giving up and submitting it as a question here, was successful! From the Sydney Airport website: Sydney Airport opening times are: T1 International terminal is opened everyday from 3AM to 11:00PM (0300 to 2300) • Customs are opened for departures passenger processing ...


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It's hard, but possible. I think the best answer for me aside from giving links is to just link to you my friend's blog - she cycled from London to New Zealand, and took boats between the land masses. It took her four months of searching to find a boat from East Timor to Australia, but you'll be better off reading about it on her blog, and potentially even ...


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Based on my knowledge, there is no private yacht or cruise from Indonesia to Christmas Island. On the other hand, there is a cruise from Fremantle, Australia to the islands. The boat's name is Athena (from a company called Classic International Course) and here is the Athena's schedules. The price varies from USD 2000-2800 for the cheapest cabin (for 2 ...


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One of the joys of living in a 3 dimensional world (Eat your heart out The Simpsons!) is that there's more than just the East or West - there's actually numerous routes you can take from the US to Australia - including both North and South! How much these routes actually add obviously depending on where you're starting from - if you're in San Diego it's ...


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Flying one-way with many of the major carriers is normally far more expensive than half of a return due to the way airlines price flights. That leaves you with three options : Find a major airline that doesn't bump prices for one-way (as much). Malaysian is one that springs to mind, and their one-way flights are normally cheaper than other major airlines. ...


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Yes. The chlorine is put in there exactly in order to make it safe to drink by killing germs. If tap water is not chlorinated, it can mean one of two things: either the place has no regulations concerning germ counts in tap water and whether it's safe to drink is basically up to luck. or there are such regulations and the water provider is able to ensure ...


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Safe, absolutely! Diving in Australia is some of the safest in the world. Sensible use of your time on holiday? Perhaps not... I'd suggest that you'd want to do the theory part at home before you go. That way the two days sat inside happen when you're not on holiday. When you get out there, do the open water parts of the qualification as part of your ...


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The relevant visa for this case seems to be ETA (Business Entrant - Short Validity) subclass 977. Since you mentioned you're going for a conference, a longer validity business visa should not be required. It can be applied for online. Visitor/tourist visas will probably not fit as only 'limited volunteer work' is allowed under them.


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There is, in fact, a direct flight from Melbourne to Guangzhou with China Southern Airlines. (They have two websites - the global one, which I've linked to, can accept payments from international credit cards while the Chinese one doesn't. Of course, you can book via third parties like Expedia et al too.) This seems to be the easiest option. If you want to ...



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