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I found, when in Europe, that going "beep beep" when trying to get through would instantly get both a way through and a smile from the former obstructors.


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A picture is worth a thousand words: If sending within the same country, you can omit the country name in the address. When sending to a different country, you can write the address (except the "Country" part) in the destination country language. To address the "Country" controversy that ensued in comments, I offer these guidelines from ...


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At point-of-sale terminals, cheque and savings transactions are processed through the domestic EFTPOS debit card system. As far as I know they only accept locally issued debit cards. Credit transactions are processed through the relevant international card scheme (Visa, Mastercard, etc). Despite its name, they accept both debit and credit cards issued ...


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Well I think in case they are polite Asian people, you should say more than just 'excuse me'. Because in Asian language, 'excuse me' does not mean anything rather than just an opening of a conversation. So my advice is next time you should add more information like: Excuse me, can I get through please? or Excuse me, can you clear a path for me so ...


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From personal experience, I have brought in many wooden items from Papua New Guinea (PNG), which is somewhere they are very strict about checking imports from. The last time I did this two of the wooden stools I brought in had a couple of borer holes so they gave me two choices: Have the stools destroyed or have them treated. It was the same cost to me for ...


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The relevant page for the visitor (subclass 600) visa on the Department's website (once you have provided your details) provides the following under the Visa applicants tab: Including family in your application Family members who want to travel to Australia with you must lodge separate visa applications. You cannot include them in your application. ...


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I live in Sydney. When you say "Asian", I think you mean mostly Chinese people since Chinese people are our largest immigrant group by far. In Australia, we currently have over 200,000 international university students living here and 136,000 are from China alone. Many people arrive in Australia with virtually no English language skills at all, and while ...


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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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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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The only time you'll find Central Australia in the low 30's or below is May to September. The rest of the year it'll be in the high 30's or the 40s. It's not impossible for it to hit the high 40's around Christmas time. And during that period it will also be cold at night - just above freezing most nights. My parents have just done a very similar trip to ...


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To deal with the situations you faced, I will share some tips. If all she does is nod or say something like "Ah~~~", then it is likely that she either doesn't understand English, or is so obsessed with the smartphone that she doesn't hear what you are saying. Then you should just step in to check what you want while putting your hand forward. She will ...


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Your travel agent is very confused. Australia has not issued physical visas for several years - everything is electronic. Whilst it was previously possible to request a physical visa in your passport at an additional cost, even this option has now been removed by the Australian Government. The airlines have the ability to check your visa electronically at ...


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A number of hotels near major Australian airports offer heavily discounted day use rooms. For example, here's the Ibis Sydney Airport with a room you can use from 9 AM to 5 PM. If simply "freshening up" is enough, almost any hotel will be happy to hold your bags until you can check in, and many (but not all) larger ones can give you advance access to the ...


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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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No one here can predict how the Australian visa office will act in a particular case. Your UK immigration record attaches to you as an individual, not to your passport. Thus, holding a passport without entry or visa stamps is meaningless. Trying to hide your history is a dangerous and risky tactic. All of us here advise you not to do this. Your best ...


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In Australia, people are encouraged to keep to the left in busy pedestrian areas. For example, here is a sign posted in a railway station in Sydney: In addition, doors, walkways and other structures are placed assuming pedestrians keep to the left. For example, you may notice that in Australia ticket gates, one-way doors and escalators are placed so that ...


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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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I'd suggest not going by plane then, but rather by ship. It might take longer, but your dog will not have even remotely as much stress. Some cruises allow at least smaller dogs. What Peter M wrote still applies, though.


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There are 2 ways that an ETA application can be lodged - via the official Australian Government website, or via a travel agents GDS system (basically, the same system they use to book flights/etc). When done via the official ETA website there is a fee of A$20 as you've stated. When done via the GDS, there is no additional fee, other than the fees the agent ...


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As a New Zealand citizen you won’t need a visa for Australia as you don’t plan to leave the airport and will only be there for a few hours. If you do choose to take a longer layover (8+ hours) or leave the airport you can get a SCV visa on arrival by filling out a landing card. You don’t need a visa for Japan either as you are going for 90 days or less, ...


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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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As of October 26th 2019, it will not be possible to climb Uluru: In line with the agreed process in the Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park Management Plan 2010-2020 and the wishes of traditional owners, the climb to the top of Uluru will close on 26 October 2019. https://www.environment.gov.au/mediarelease/uluru-climb-close


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FlightAware has a handy IFR Route Analyzer that will supply some of the most common routes from flight plans between two airports. We can use it for Sydney to Perth. The most common route as of this writing (it varies from day to day depending on what flight plans airlines file) is DCT KADOM H44 AD Q33 ESP Q158 BEVLY, which, if we plot it, does indeed bend ...


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It'll depend on first, whether or not they raise an issue. If not, all good. If they do, however... Some countries work with each other if you've broken the law, so leaving may not help you avoid it, and may just make it worse for you. You'd also potentially have trouble if you ever wanted to come back to Australia. Also they can share the black mark ...


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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 a Victorian provisional ...


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In addition Tom's answer. If you are planning on returning to Australia with your dog then you are going to face strict quarantine restrictions that could preclude you from traveling with your dog anyway. See Cats and Dogs returning to Australia from the Department of Agriculture and Resources. From that page: When your cat or dog leaves Australia it ...


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