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Don't take it personally, that happens in other countries as well. It's not common, but there are hostels in the US, Canada, and Europe that don't allow people from their own country to stay there. So if it makes you feel any better, there are U.S. hostels that will happily accept you, but not a U.S. citizen. I ran into that once myself when I wanted to ...


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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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It's definitely not the same thing. There are two 'routes'. One is along the pedestrian walkway on the bridge. Same height as the traffic and trains. (source: Wikipedia) The other is over the 'arch' of the bridge, which is the one you pay $185 for. You get safety lines, can't take anything up with you (including cameras, I gather) and you have a guide. ...


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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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Now that you've clarified in the comments, yes, it's entirely 'possible', but not easy, by any means. As mentioned by @Relaxed, only 37 people have been recorded successfully completing this challenge. As an American, you'd be the 5th American citizen to complete it, if you did it now. Some (crazy) people have even run across Australia. One of the ...


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I called a cousin who works for an airline at an airport, he explained how to do this in a very safe and efficient way. Infants do not need a seat, airline require a fraction of the price paid by the adult to be paid for the infant (~10%) or sometimes it is free. Hence, just make the reservation for you and your wife and other passengers who need seats, and ...


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Kangaroos are wild animals. While you will come across them if you are driving in rural areas, do not approach them. While most will simply run away, some may enter a more defensive posture especially if there are young (joeys) nearby. A kick from an adult can kill a human (http://www.amazingaustralia.com.au/animals/kangaroo_attacks.htm). Kangaroos can be ...


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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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Note the word 'usual'. If you're on a tourist visa in another country for just 6 months, that's not really where you NORMALLY reside. You're considered a visitor in that country, not a resident. In this case it's likely to be your country of citizenship, if that's where you usually live when you're not on this tourist visa.


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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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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. See "Eligible passport holders" on that page to check if you are eligible for eVisitor. The eVisitor allows visitors to travel to Australia for short term business or tourism purposes for up to three ...


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It depends on how close you intend on getting for your selfies. If you insist on approaching closely, I would only do so in a controlled environment. If you're willing to have your selfie with the kangaroos a dozen or more metres in the background, you'll be fine. As to where you're able to do so, just about every major town or tourist location has some ...


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I think you have covered all the typical reasons; I would also avoid T-Shirts with images of guns, explosives, etc. The link you shared with a woman with very short shorts could be seen by some as underwear. But back in the day, Southwest Airlines in the United States used to have their "Stewardesses" wear hot-pants.


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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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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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To make it a little more complicated and add to Mark Mayo's answer, the jet streams are caused by the fact that the earth is rotating via the Coriolis effect, so in fact you could argue that yes, the rotation of the earth does affect the travel time, but perhaps not in the way you'd expect.


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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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It's taken from a helicopter. Here's how I've confirmed this: The photographer's name is Seth Jaworski, as mentioned on the Jetphotos.net page. Googling his name yields a video showing how Seth flies out on a helicopter to take photos around Sydney airport.


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That depends on the cultural background of the country you are flying (from and to), and how relatively conservative or liberal the decision maker is. Generally, if it gets you in a good restaurant (in that country), you will have no problems on the airplane. Edit: I should have said 'medium level restaurant', I didn't mean 'upscale', just not 'cheapo' ...


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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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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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Your residence What address would you give someone who intends to send you critical correspondence at some indefinite point in the future? Where do you have your mail shipped? Where do you receive your bills? What address does your most recently opened bank account have on it? What address do you put on your tax forms? What address is nearest the school you ...


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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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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". Penguins do exist in Sydney, but they are so endangered that only about 60 pairs remain in the only location on the New South Wales mainland that has them. You can read about the efforts to protect them on the environment.nsw.gov.au website. The page doesn't mention anything about tourist ...


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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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One little known option is Blue Bar on 36, at the Shangri-La hotel, close to Circular Quay. It's on the 36th floor, is pretty smart (but have been in there in smart-casual) and the drink prices are horrendous, but there's nothing stopping you going up for a look. It's free to enter. (source: Lonely Planet article) You get a view down on the Opera House, ...


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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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You have a current ETA to travel to Australia. Yes, you have been approved.


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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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