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Australia Information

Population: 18 million

Time Zone: There are three time zones: GMT+8 Western Standard

Driving side: Left hand side of the road

Languages: English is the official language

Religion: 70% Christian, with minorities such as Buddhists, Jews and Muslims.

Emergency #: Police, fire and ambulance Tel: 000

Australia Popular Destinations

Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park - Situated in the Red Centre of Australia this is where the famed red monolith Uluru (Ayers Rock) and Kata Tjuta is to be found. There is a guided three hour walking trail around this sacred Aboriginal site, with certain sacred areas that are fenced off. Your Aboriginal tour guide will give you a fascinating look into the survival techniques used over the last 22 000 years which enabled them to adapt to this harsh inhospitable land. Visit between April to October when the temperature is slightly more bearable- summer temperatures can reach up to brain sizzling mid-40's°C!

Great Barrier Reef Marine Park - Australia's famed diving mecca consists of 2 000 islands set in an azure blue sea which is populated with darting jewel-like fish and beautiful coral. Just about the best place in the world to go snorkeling or scuba diving; for those who prefer to stay dry there are lazy trips out on glass-bottomed boats that travel between islands and the mainland. From busy resorts with loads of entertainment to quiet nature watching on Heron Island, there is something to suite all tastes here.

Sydney - Explore Sydney's main attractions, starting with the old Quay and Rocks area, with its historical seafaring landmarks. Next up would be a visit to the heart of the city, where the lush Botanic Gardens bring welcome greenery and life to the mid city. Pop over to Kings Cross area for a spot of lunch in one of the trendy cafes. Take in the views across the harbour from the Northern side of the is area. There are numerous museums, galleries and culteral landmarks within Sydney, all reflecting the rich diversity and interesting history of the area. The Aussies are not all sport mad- they are big on arts and culture as well. Dinkum, mate!

Australia Beaches

Surfers Paradise - Visit this popular tourist beach on the Gold Coast of Queensland. Just inland are the remnants of the gold rush boom towns for which the area is named.Not only a top surfing destination it has a wide variety of other activities that will appeal to most visitors.

Bondi Beach - This is Sydney's most famous beach and is a magnet for surfers from all over the world in search of that perfect set of waves. The promonade is vibey and has trendy cafes at which you can enjoy a leisurely lunch whilst taking in the view.

Monkey Mia, Shark Bay World Heritage and Marine Park - Stroke or feed a friendly dolphin at this small beach just North East of Denham. These dolphins have been visiting the bay on a regular basis for the last 40 plus years. The best time to experience this is during the winter months during the morning as the visits are more regular at that time of year.

National festival and holidays

Australia Day - 26 January
Anzac Day - 25 April (Commemorating Australian war fatalities)
Queens Birthday - Second Monday in June
New Year, Christmas, Boxing Day and Good Friday are also public holidays.
Easter is celebrated in a big way all across Austalia with parades.

Useful Australia Links

AUSMAG offers a package of the most recent Australian backpacker magazines that contain helpful information for your trip preperation.

Sydney's all-inclusive attractions pass
Sydney's all-inclusive attractions pass offers free entry to over 40 attractions in Sydney & Blue Mountains for a single price. See Sydney & Beyond Smartvisit Card holders can visit Sydney Opera House, Sydney Aquarium, Taronga Zoo, Sydney Tower & OzTrek, harbour cruises, tours, wildlife parks and so much more! Visit as few as two Sydney attractions and start to save.

Australian maps online
Explore before you visit! This is a free online resource to locate towns and cities around Australia. The site contains detailed maps - from a regional perspective to street level. You can also create your own maps to show friends your favourite Australian spots.

Australian Visa Bureau
Immigration Law specialists who can assist with all visa applications to Australia and New Zealand.
Australian national weather site.
Official site of the Australian Tourist Commission.

Migration Bureau - Australian Immigration agents
The Migration Bureau offer professional immigration consulting services for individuals wanting to migrate to Australia.

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