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What You Need to Know About Seasons in Australia
With Australia in the Southern hemisphere, several things that set it apart from countries in the Northern hemisphere, particularly its seasons.
Autumn in Australia
Autumn in Australia begins on March 1 and ends on May 31.
What to Expect if You're Visiting Australia in...
The Australian winter takes place in the months of June, July and August.
What to Wear in Australia
Except for really formal occasions, casual wear is pretty much the norm in Australia.
Melbourne's Free Tourist Bus
Melbourne's free tourist bus, the City Tourist Shuttle, is a free hop on, hop off service with stops at a number of Melbourne city attractions.
Australia in October
October is midspring in Australia, the flowers are in bloom, the weather is warm, and the sand and surf of Australia's beaches beckon.
Sydney Harbour Bridge Walk
You can take the Sydney Harbour Bridge walk from The Rocks to Milsons Point, and it's free.
Learn Why Australia’s National Flower is...
The golden wattle, Acacia pycnantha, is the national flower of Australia.
Your Guide to May in Australia: The Month...
May in Australia is the month before the onset of the southern winter.
Do You Need a Visa to Visit Australia?
Do you need an Australian visa? Here's what you need to know.
Melbourne City Tourist Shuttle
The Melbourne City Tourist Shuttle is a free hop on, hop off bus service with stops at a number of Melbourne attractions.
Tips on Tipping in Australia and New Zealand
Tips on tipping in Australia and New Zealand shed light on tipping customs.
Mt Augustus
Mt Augustus in Western Australia is the world's biggest rock, about two and a half times the size of Uluru in the Northern Territory.
Ferry to Tasmania
A guide to passenger and vehicular ferry transportation to Tasmania, Australia, including schedules, prices, and booking information.
Australia in April
April in Australia is mid-autumn with temperatures starting their slide into winter. Anzac Day is celebrated in April and Easter celebrations may occur in April as well.
The Best Time to Visit Sydney - Autumn
The best time to visit Sydney could be in the Australian autumn.
Why Winter Might Be the Best Time to Visit...
Sydney in the winter could be the best time to visit Australia's largest city.
Your Guide to June in Australia: The First...
June in Australia is the beginning of winter which also sees the start of the ski season during the Queen's Birthday holiday weekend.
There Are Lots of Reasons to Visit Australia in...
September in Australia is the first month of the southern spring and it's a season of regrowth and flowers.
A Tourist's Guide to Driving in Australia
Driving in Australia means having to know Australian traffic rules and regulations.
How Is the Australian Prime Minister Chosen?
The Prime Minister of Australia is chosen by members of the winning party or coalition in an Australian Federal election.
Australian Traffic Rules
You would need to know these basic Australian traffic rules and regulations if you want to go driving in Australia.
Going Down Under? Learn Some Common Aussie...
The Australian language includes some unique idioms, terms, words, phrases
Australia Travel: The Top 10 Free Melbourne...
There are a number of free attractions available in Melbourne, Victoria. Here's a selection of Melbourne attractions which shouldn't cost any money.
The Best Time to Visit Sydney
This page talks about the Australian Spring and why Spring is the best time to visit Sydney, Australia.
What Are Thongs?
Thongs in Australia are not the skimpy, sexy pieces of underwear some people think of when hearing the term.
Want to Visit Australia or New Zealand? Read...
Australia and New Zealand Map. Australia Travel.
Australian Money
Australia’s national currency is the Austrian dollar. Here is what you need to know about denominations and coin restrictions to help you avoid confusion.
How Are Tropical Cyclones Rated?
Australian tropical cyclones are rated in five categories according to their strongest wind speed.
City Circle Tram
The City Circle Tram in Melbourne operates daily along a city circuit passing a number of Melbourne attractions.
Is Summer the Best Time to Visit Sydney,...
The best time to visit Sydney could be in the Australian summer.
What You Can Expect from Australia in December
December is a month of holidays. Not only are there two public holidays - Christmas Day and Boxing Day - but quite a number of businesses close down for the Christmas season, and school terms end before Christmas, so it's holiday time for large numbers of Australians.
Spring in Australia
Spring in Australia begins on the first day of September and ends on the last day of November.
The Dog on the Tuckerbox
Celebrated in Australian folklore, poetry, and song, the Dog on the Tuckerbox, a monument to the pioneers of the Riverina region, has become an icon of Australia's past.
Australian Visa
Australian visa requirements apply to electronic travel documentation.
Arriving in Sydney
Here's what to do on arriving in Sydney and how best to get to your hotel.
Canberra Attractions
The Canberra City Explorer takes in Canberra's major attractions on a hop on, hop off tour.
Why July Is a Great Month to Visit Australia
July is midwinter in Australia, and one of the best months for skiing and other snow activities. There's also Yulefest and the Darwin Regatta.
Sydney to Melbourne
From Sydney to Melbourne the major inland route is through the Hume Highway.
Hook Turn
If you plan to drive in Melbourne, watch out for the
Ever Thought of Visiting Australia's Great...
Australia's Great Barrier Reef is a succession of spectacular reefs extending from just south of the Tropic of Capricorn off the Queensland coast to Torres Strait in the north.
6 places to swim with Dolphins
Sweet, smart and keenly social, dolphins are utterly enchanting. With their cheeky chatter and human-like displays of affection and altruism, they seem to relate to each other in ways that we’re still just beginning to understand.
Irukandji Jellyfish
The Irukandji jellyfish is found in north Australian waters during the jellyfish season from October to May. Here’s what to do if you are stung.
Strine and Australian Slang
A glossary of Strine and Australian slang - words and phrases starting with the letter A
What Is Yum Cha?
Yum cha in Australia, and particularly in Sydney, is a serving of small Chinese dishes of a large variety of mainly steamed items, such as dim sums and barbecued-pork buns, served from trolleys that go around among the diners.
Melbourne, Australia
Melbourne, capital of Victoria, has a large number of interesting city attractions best visited by tram or on foot.
Your Guide to Australian Holidays in March
The first month of the Australian autumn, March is a month of various festivals and holidays.
10 Reasons to Visit Sydney
Sydney is Australia's best known city and one of the most popular destinations Down Under. Here are 10 reasons why.
Melbourne Theatre Guide - What's Playing in...
The Melbourne theatre guide is a regularly updated listing of theatre productions in Melbourne, when and where they are playing, and how to book tickets.
The True Story of Red Dog
The movie Red Dog is based on the true story of a hitchhiking, people-loving adventurous red kelpie in Western Australia's Pilbara region.
The Bungle Bungles
Some fast facts you might want to know about the Bungle Bungles in Purnululu National Park. Page 3.
Car Hire
When renting or hiring a car in Australia and New Zealand, watch out for possible problems in order to have hassle-free travel.
Australia in August
August in Australia is the last month of the southern winter but in the New South Wales Snowy Mountains and the Victorian Alps, you'd hardly know spring is just around the corner.
Australia Facts
Here are some Australia facts for a quick overview of this nation continent.
Australia Travel Planner
An Australia travel planner helps organise a trip to Australia especially for people visiting Australia for the first time.
Australia's Capital Cities
While it’s easy to forget that Sydney is not the capital of Australia, here are the capital cities of Australia’s six states and two mainland territories.
The Ekka
Colloquially known as the Ekka, the Royal Queensland Show held in Brisbane is Queensland's biggest annual event and is one of the top three agricultural shows in Australia.
What Is XXXX?
XXXX is Queensland beer brewed by Castlemaine Perkins.
Sydney Landmarks
Sydney landmarks are not only distinctive structures on the Sydney urban landscape but also assist visitors and newcomers to the city to find their bearings.
Phillip Island
What you need to know to see the Phillip Island penguin parade, including access, viewing areas, and travel information.
Australia Weather
Australia weather should be a guide to what clothes you wear.
Southwestern Western Australia
The southwestern arc of Australia's Southwest includes cities and towns from Fremantle to Albany.
Animal Emblems of Australia
Certain states and territories of Australia have adopted official animal emblems or state and territory animals symbolic of them.
6 fun free things to do in Sydney
Sydney may have the unenviable reputation as being at the top of certain ‘most expensive city lists’, but that doesn’t mean you have to be cashed-up as a visitor to enjoy the city’s best attractions.
Top 10 Queensland National Parks
Queensland national parks feature spectacular landscapes, offer insights into the Australian natural environment and provide spaces for passive and active recreation.
What Is the Haka?
The popular form of the New Zealand Maori haka is a war chant and challenge with many aggressive sounds and movements.
Summer in Australia
It's summer in Australia when it's winter in the northern hemisphere.
Shark Beach
The beach in Nielsen Park, part of Sydney Harbour National Park, faces Shark Bay in the east Sydney suburb of Vaucluse, and is properly known as Shark Beach but is popularly known simply as Nielsen Park. Page 14.
G'day and All That
G'day, here are some Strine and Australian slang words and phrases you may come across on your visit to Australia.
New Zealand Visa
Holders of certain passports will find it easier getting New Zealand visas
Aussiespeak
Aussiespeak needs an understanding of the Australian language, its idioms, terms, words, phrases
Top 10 Free Sydney Attractions
There are a number of free Sydney attractions available in Australia's largest city. Here's a selection of free Sydney attractions.
Shark Bay, Western Australia
Shark Bay on the western coast of Western Australia, is a World Heritage site and home to dugongs, dolphins and stromatolites: a fascinating aquatic world and a diver's paradise.
Australian Open Year by Year
The Australian Open sees the continuing march of champions, retaining and losing titles as well as coming up through the qualifying rounds.
Where to find the best last minute Hotel deals...
When you’re exploring a country as colourful as Australia, you may want the flexibility to go where your adventure takes you, without being locked into pre-booked dates and hotels.
Sydney Activities Guide
A guide to activities and attractions to consider on your visit to Sydney, Australia, including walking tours, dining, and the Sydney Opera House.
Australia Month by Month
Visiting Australia? Check out the months when you plan to travel.
Melbourne Landmarks
Melbourne, Australia's second largest city and the capital of the state of Victoria, is a fascinating blend of old and new in its buildings and their architecture.
Walk into History at The Rocks in Sydney
Locate the Sydney Visitor Centre on Argyle St in The Rocks. Page 4.
Australian Vineyards with food as good as their...
Where good grapes grows, good food usually follows! At these delectable restaurants throughout Australia’s famed wine regions, you’ll enjoy creative and flavourful meals paired with some of the finest wines you’ll have the pleasure of tasting.
Best attractions in Canberra
Canberra may be our nations political centre, but theres so much more to the Australian Capital Territory than public servants and politicians arguing with each another.
Australia in January
January in Australia is a midsummer month of the Sydney Festival, Australian Open, Australia Day, and various other Australian events and attractions.
10 Reasons to Visit Melbourne
Melbourne's most popular visitor attractions make the Victorian capital one of Australia's top destinations.
Australian Opals
Know what you're buying when shopping for Australian opals
Australia in February
February is the last month of the Australian summer with generally warm weather in most of Australia tapering to cool as autumn approaches.
Is Mel Gibson Australian?
Actor, director, producer Mel Gibson spent much of his early years in Australia, studied at the National Institute of Dramatic Art in Sydney, and starred in a number of Australian films at the start of his movie career.
Sydney Theatre Guide - What's Playing in Sydney
The Sydney theatre guide lists current and coming plays, musicals and other theatre productions in Sydney with venues and booking information.
Driving in Australia - Getting It Right
Driving in Australia means learning a few things and getting it right.
Skiing in New South Wales
Skiing in New South Wales takes place in the northern summer when it's winter in Australia.
Shopping in Sydney
Know where to go in Sydney when shopping for items to buy, such as souvenirs and uniquely Australian products.
New Zealand Visas: Waiver and Length of Stay
Passport holders of certain countries can get a visa waiver for a New Zealand visit.
Driving in Australia
There are rules to follow regarding parking and roundabouts when you're driving in Australia.
Australia in November
November in Australia is best known as the month of the Melbourne Cup. It is, too, the last month of spring.
Webb Bridge at Melbourne Docklands
Webb Bridge, or Web Bridge, is a footbridge spanning the Yarra River in the Melbourne Docklands precinct.
Sydney Royal Easter Show
The Sydney Royal Easter Show is held each year at Eastertime in the Sydney Showground, Sydney Olympic Park, Homebush Bay, and includes carnival shows, rodeo, stunts, races, competitions, fashion shows, food stalls, and a showcase of new and popular products.
Where to find halal restaurants in Australia
Restaurants throughout Australia, both in capital cities and increasingly in regional areas, are beginning to embrace Halal-certified ingredients in their menus.
Boobie Bird
The boobie bird is one of the largest seabirds found on Lord Howe Island off the northern coast of New South Wales. Page 3.
Australia Highway
The Australia highway around the Australian continent is Highway 1.
New Zealand Fast Facts
Here are some fast facts and other information about New Zealand.
Australian Theme Parks
Australian theme parks are popular attractions for the young and the young at heart. Here are some of Australia’s major and more popular theme parks.
Jervis Bay
Jervis Bay beaches are Some of the most stunningly white - and uncrowded - beaches in New South Wales.
Horse Racing in Australia
Sydney has two major metropolitan horse racing venues at Royal Randwick and Rosehill Gardens with two other sites at Canterbury Park and Warwick Farm.
Royal Botanic Gardens Melbourne
The Royal Botanic Gardens Melbourne feature thousands of plants from across Australia and around the world.
Strine and Aussie Slang - B
Strine and Aussie slang: a glossary of unique Australian words and phrases starting with B
South Island, New Zealand
Take a five-day South Island tour to see the island's major attractions.
Melbourne Beaches
Melbourne beaches can be found close to Melbourne city centre.
Strine and Aussie Slang - H
Strine and Aussie slang: a glossary of unique Australian words and phrases starting with H
Escape the daily grind at one of Queenslands...
If you’re looking to complement your surf and sand break with a different kind of holiday, you can escape to the rainforest and bush at one of Queensland’s beautiful mountain retreats.
Outback Travel
The central Australia map shows the major road link between Alice Springs and Uluru through the Stuart and Lasseter Highways.
Australian Visa Centres
Here are some Australian visa centres where you could get a visa to visit Australia.
How To See Sydney in One Day
a simple how to on exploring sydney in one day
Australian Language
Knowing the Australian language and uniquely Australian words and phrases helps in understanding the Australian idiom.
Bilby
The bilby is an Australian nocturnal marsupial found mainly in the north of the continent.
Bottlenose Dolphins
The bottlenose dolphins, particularly in the waters of the Western Australia town of Monkey Mia, are among the friendliest of sea mammals. Page 4.
Box Jellyfish Danger
The box jellyfish is said to contain enough poison to kill three adult human beings.
Anzac Day
Anzac Day is the anniversary of the landing on Gallipoli by the Australia and New Zealand Army Corps in World War I.
Queen Victoria Market
Queen Victoria Market in Melbourne, Victoria, is said to be the largest open-air market in the southern hemisphere.
Kangaroo Island
Kangaroo Island in South Australia is close enough to Adelaide for a day trip.
7 (and a half) deadly Australian Animals
When you plan your visit to Australia, you may picture yourself splashing around at the beach, exploring coastal rock pools and sipping cocktails while over-looking the ocean.
Australia's Flower Festivals
Australia celebrates the return of spring with a number of Australian flower festivals held in various cities, towns and states.
Sydney, Australia
Sydney is Australia's best known city and the first to be established in Australia by the English navigators, soldiers and convict settlers.
Dingo
The dingo, although found in parts of Australia, is in fact not a native Australian animal. Page 6.
Circular Quay
Circular Quay in Sydney is an ideal place to start your Sydney discovery tour.
Sydney Walking Tour - Circular Quay to Hyde Park
Start your Sydney walking tour from Circular Quay.
Brolga
The brolga is a tall crane found mainly in Australia's tropical wetlands. Page 5.
Fairy Penguins
They're also called little penguins and may be found along the Australian coasts. Page 8.
Australia Pictures
Australia's unique landscapes and seascapes are the subject of pictures in this photo gallery.
Brisbane Australia
Brisbane, located between Australia's more popular Gold and Sunshine Coasts, is a destination in itself with its own unique attractions.
Koala
You'll find the koala in its natural habitat among the gum trees, and in zoos and wildlife parks throughout the country. Page 11.
John Howard
John Howard was reelected for a fourth term as Prime Minister of Australia in the federal elections held on October 9, 2004. He lost office in the elections of November 24, 2007, when the Australian Labor Party swept into power.
Who Is Makybe Diva?
Makybe Diva is the seven-year-old mare (at the time of the 2005 Melbourne Cup) who entered the Australian horse racing record books by being the first racehorse to win three consecutive Melbourne Cup races (2003, 2004, 2005).
Where Is the Sydney Opera House?
Where is the Sydney Opera House located?
Sydney Metroads
Sydney Metroads provide an easy way of navigating through the city's major thoroughfares by simply following the Metroad numbers.
Australia Quiz - Test Your Knowledge of Australia
In this Australia quiz, test your knowledge of this great southern land.
Australia Attractions
Unique Australia attractions, sights and destinations contribute to the lure of Australia.
Kookaburra
The kookaburra, biggest member of the kingfisher family and noted for its distinctive, raucous laugh, is common throughout coastal Australia. Page 12.
New Zealand Visa Exemptions
Here's a list of countries whose passport holders do not require visas to enter New Zealand if staying for three months or less.
New Zealand Visas
What you need to know about New Zealand visas
South Bank Dining and Shopping
South Bank in Brisbane provides an attractive dining venue and shopping area across the Brisbane River from the city central business district.
Princess Mary of Denmark: A Fairy-Tale Romance
Australian-born Mary Donaldson became Crown Princess of Denmark after her marriage to Danish Crown Prince Frederik on May 14, 2004. A son, heir to the throne of Denmark, was born of the union on October 15, 2005, followed by a daughter on April 21, 2007, and twins on January 8, 2011.
Brisbane to Sydney
Highway 1 is not only the most direct route from Brisbane to Sydney (and vice versa) but it is as well one of the most scenic drives in the country alternating between hill and valley and shore.
How Do You Get to the Sydney Opera House?
Here's how to get to the Sydney Opera House on foot or by car, train, bus, taxi, water taxi, ferry.
Black Swan
The black swan is the state and bird emblem of Western Australia. Page 2.
The Devils Marbles
The Devils Marbles are an extensive collection of huge round red-colored boulders in the Tennant Creek area of Australia's Northern Territory, said to be the eggs of the Rainbow Serpent in Aboriginal lore.
Australia Interactive Map
Interactive map of Australia showing major cities.
Emus
Emus are large flightless birds native to Australia and are represented on Australia's coat of arms together with the kangaroo. Page 7.
Great Barrier Reef Coral
The multi-colored coral formations of the Great Barrier Reef comprise living polyps of the family Coelenterata.
Tasmanian Devil
The Tasmanian devil is the world's largest surviving carnivorous marsupial but it may heading towards extinction.
Kangaroos
Kangaroos are indelibly identified with Australia, of which they are a native, and are represented on the Australian coat of arms together with the emu. Page 10.

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