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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.
What to Expect if You're Visiting Australia in...
The Australian winter takes place in the months of June, July and August.
Autumn in Australia
Autumn in Australia begins on March 1 and ends on May 31.
What to Wear in Australia
Except for really formal occasions, casual wear is pretty much the norm in Australia.
Your Guide to May in Australia: The Month...
May in Australia is the month before the onset of the southern winter.
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.
Why Winter Might Be the Best Time to Visit...
Sydney in the winter could be the best time to visit Australia's largest city.
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.
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.
Tips on Tipping in Australia and New Zealand
Tips on tipping in Australia and New Zealand shed light on tipping customs.
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.
Learn Why Australia’s National Flower is...
The golden wattle, Acacia pycnantha, is the national flower of Australia.
Sydney Harbour Bridge Walk
You can take the Sydney Harbour Bridge walk from The Rocks to Milsons Point, and it's free.
A Tourist's Guide to Driving in Australia
Driving in Australia means having to know Australian traffic rules and regulations.
Australian Traffic Rules
You would need to know these basic Australian traffic rules and regulations if you want to go driving in Australia.
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.
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.
10 Facts About Australia That Aren’t...
Australians have adopted a global reputation for being fit, fun and friendly – and for the most part, that’s true! However, there is plenty of misinformation out there...
Going Down Under? Learn Some Common Aussie...
The Australian language includes some unique idioms, terms, words, phrases
What Are Thongs?
Thongs in Australia are not the skimpy, sexy pieces of underwear some people think of when hearing the term.
Do You Need a Visa to Visit Australia?
Do you need an Australian visa? Here's what you need to know.
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.
Is Summer the Best Time to Visit Sydney,...
The best time to visit Sydney could be in the Australian summer.
Ferry to Tasmania
A guide to passenger and vehicular ferry transportation to Tasmania, Australia, including schedules, prices, and booking information.
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 - Autumn
The best time to visit Sydney could be in the Australian autumn.
City Circle Tram
The City Circle Tram in Melbourne operates daily along a city circuit passing a number of Melbourne attractions.
Spring in Australia
Spring in Australia begins on the first day of September and ends on the last day of November.
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 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.
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.
10 Free things to do in Melbourne
With dozens of museums, art galleries, marketplaces and other creative hubs, Melbourne is renowned as the unofficial cultural capital of Australia!
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.
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.
Anzac Day
Anzac Day is the anniversary of the landing on Gallipoli by the Australia and New Zealand Army Corps in World War I.
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.
Arriving in Sydney
Here's what to do on arriving in Sydney and how best to get to your hotel.
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.
Melbourne, Australia
Melbourne, capital of Victoria, has a large number of interesting city attractions best visited by tram or on foot.
Strine and Australian Slang
A glossary of Strine and Australian slang - words and phrases starting with the letter A
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.
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.
Australian Visa
If you need to have an Australian visa to visit Australia, here's how to get one.
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.
How Are Tropical Cyclones Rated?
Australian tropical cyclones are rated in five categories according to their strongest wind speed.
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.
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.
Hook Turn
If you plan to drive in Melbourne, watch out for the
Canberra Attractions
The Canberra City Explorer takes in Canberra's major attractions on a hop on, hop off tour.
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.
New Zealand Visa
Holders of certain passports will find it easier getting New Zealand visas
7 Essential carry-on items when travelling...
Nothing can ruin a vacation quite like getting sick: when a cold takes hold or a tummy bug derails you, all of your carefully-laid plans go out the window.
Australia Weather
Australia weather should be a guide to what clothes you wear.
What Is XXXX?
XXXX is Queensland beer brewed by Castlemaine Perkins.
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.
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.
The Anzacs
The story of the Anzacs, born in the flames of war, was firmly forged on April 25, 1915, with the landing of the Australian and New Zealand Army Corps at Gallipoli in what is now known as Turkey.
10 Australian Animals with a weird side
Australia is home to some of the most unique animals on the planet; we have the only mammals in the world that lay eggs, and a large variety of creepy crawlies!
Want to Visit Australia or New Zealand? Read...
Australia and New Zealand Map. Australia Travel.
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.
Animal Emblems of Australia
Certain states and territories of Australia have adopted official animal emblems or state and territory animals symbolic of them.
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.
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.
New Zealand Visas: Waiver and Length of Stay
Passport holders of certain countries can get a visa waiver for a New Zealand visit.
Summer in Australia
It's summer in Australia when it's winter in the northern hemisphere.
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.
Australia Facts
Here are some Australia facts for a quick overview of this nation continent.
The Bungle Bungles
Some fast facts you might want to know about the Bungle Bungles in Purnululu National Park. Page 3.
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.
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.
Australia Quiz - Test Your Knowledge of Australia
In this Australia quiz, test your knowledge of this great southern land.
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.
Tasmanian Devil
The Tasmanian devil is the world's largest surviving carnivorous marsupial. Page 24.
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.
Anzac Biscuits
There are various recipes for what are now commonly known as Anzac biscuits. Here's one Anzac biscuits recipe.
Driving in Australia - Getting It Right
Driving in Australia means learning a few things and getting it right.
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.
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.
12 Facts you (probably) didnt know about...
What are the first things that come to mind when you think of Australia? Once you learn the following striking facts about Australia, they may completely redefine how you think about the land down under...
10 Reasons to Visit Melbourne
Melbourne's most popular visitor attractions make the Victorian capital one of Australia's top destinations.
Melbourne Beaches
Melbourne beaches can be found close to Melbourne city centre.
Driving in Australia
There are rules to follow regarding parking and roundabouts when you're driving in Australia.
Australian Wildlife
There is a variety of Australian wildlife, from kangaroos, koalas and kookaburras to bilbies, boobie birds, bottlenose dolphins and brolgas. Here are some of the animals and birds of Australia.
Southwestern Western Australia
The southwestern arc of Australia's Southwest includes cities and towns from Fremantle to Albany.
Australia Travel Planner
An Australia travel planner helps organise a trip to Australia especially for people visiting Australia for the first time.
Aussiespeak
Aussiespeak needs an understanding of the Australian language, its idioms, terms, words, phrases
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.
Australian Population
The Australian population of 21 million comprises a mix of cultures, ethnic origins, marital status, family structures, education, religion, and financial and economic standing
Wallaby
The wallaby is a close relative of the kangaroo and is a smaller members of the family Macropodidae. Page 25.
Phillip Island
What you need to know to see the Phillip Island penguin parade, including access, viewing areas, and travel information.
Sydney to Melbourne
From Sydney to Melbourne the major inland route is through the Hume Highway.
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.
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.
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.
Australian Language
Knowing the Australian language and uniquely Australian words and phrases helps in understanding the Australian idiom.
Floriade Flower Festival
The Floriade flower festival is an annual spring festival redolent with the scents, sounds and sights of the Canberra spring held from around the middle of September to around the middle of October.
Walk into History at The Rocks in Sydney
The Argyle Cut was hewn by convicts through the sandstone ridge of The Rocks to connect Sydney Cove with Darling Harbour and Millers Point. Page 5.
New Zealand Visas
What you need to know about New Zealand visas
Skiing in New South Wales
Skiing in New South Wales takes place in the northern summer when it's winter in Australia.
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.
Australia Pictures
Australia's unique landscapes and seascapes are the subject of pictures in this photo gallery.
Go Fossicking for Thunder Eggs
At Mount Hay Gemstone Tourist Park, visitors are able to fossick for thunder eggs through rock and soil carted down from the volcanic slopes. The volcano, subsequently named Mount Hay, has been extinct for millions of years.
Australian Rhyming Slang
An explanation of Australian rhyming slang together with examples
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.
How To See Sydney in One Day
a simple how to on exploring sydney in one day
Your Guide to Australian Holidays in March
The first month of the Australian autumn, March is a month of various festivals and holidays.
Australian Visa Centres
Here are some Australian visa centres where you could get a visa to visit Australia.
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.
Australia Month by Month
Visiting Australia? Check out the months when you plan to travel.
Australia in November
November in Australia is best known as the month of the Melbourne Cup. It is, too, the last month of spring.
Labor Day
Labor Day is celebrated on different dates in Australia.
South Island, New Zealand
Take a five-day South Island tour to see the island's major attractions.
New Zealand Fast Facts
Here are some fast facts and other information about New Zealand.
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.
Sydney Suburbs Map - Australia
Map of Sydney, Australia, and its surrounding suburbs
Australian Opals
Know what you're buying when shopping for Australian opals
Top 5 Australian Travel Books
Top picks in Australian travel guide books
Sydney Central Business District Map - Australia
Map of the central business district of Sydney, Australia.
Water Buffalo
The water buffalo was introduced in Australia in the 1800s to provide meat to remote northern settlements and is to be found today where surface water is available mostly in the Northern Territory. Page 27.
Sydney Dining Guide
Sydney dining guide: Dining in Sydney gives you a wide choice of restaurants but you must know where to go.
Rainbow Lorikeet
The rainbow lorikeet is a gaudy parrot found in many areas of Australia. Page 18.
Webb Bridge at Melbourne Docklands
Webb Bridge, or Web Bridge, is a footbridge spanning the Yarra River in the Melbourne Docklands precinct.
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.
Best Aussie Desserts
One of the absolutely unbreakable rules of holidaying is to taste the local cuisine. In Australia, that might mean trying your first barramundi (it’s a local fish), sampling a kangaroo burger, or braving a crocodile-meat sausage – but it also means dessert.
Great Barrier Reef Map - Australia
Map of the Great Barrier Reef, Queensland, Australia.
New Zealand Quiz: Test Your Knowledge of New...
Test your knowledge of New Zealand, the Land of the Long White Cloud.
Rhyming Slang Examples
Here are some Australian rhyming slang examples together with their meanings
Australia Interactive Map
Interactive map of Australia showing major cities.
Strine and Aussie Slang - B
Strine and Aussie slang: a glossary of unique Australian words and phrases starting with B
Strine and Aussie Slang - S
Strine and Aussie slang: a glossary of unique Australian words and phrases starting with S
Sydney Metroads
Sydney Metroads provide an easy way of navigating through the city's major thoroughfares by simply following the Metroad numbers.
Brisbane Australia
Brisbane, located between Australia's more popular Gold and Sunshine Coasts, is a destination in itself with its own unique attractions.
Sydney Hotels
Sydney hotels - Know the range of accommodation choices in Sydney from luxury Sydney hotels to serviced apartments to backpacker hostels.
Sydney Tollways
Sydney is probably one of the world's major cities with the most number of tollways.
Perth, Australia
Perth Australia is the remotest state capital in continental Australia.
Australian Federation History
Australian federation history had its formal beginnings in 1889 but only took place on January 1, 1901.
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.
Western Australia
Western Australia is Australia's largest state with a coastline starting at the state's northern boundary with the Northern Territory and southward along the Indian Ocean coast and, in the south, the Southern Ocean until the South Australia border.
Shopping in Sydney
Know where to go in Sydney when shopping for items to buy, such as souvenirs and uniquely Australian products.
Sydney Walking Tour - Circular Quay to Hyde Park
Mrs Macquaries Point east of the Sydney Opera House offers a breathtaking view of the harbour with both the Opera House and the Sydney Harbour Bridge providing the perfect backdrop for picture taking. Page 4.
Great Barrier Reef Coral
The multi-colored coral formations of the Great Barrier Reef comprise living polyps of the family Coelenterata.
Crocodile Danger
Crocodiles in northern Australia pose a danger to the unwary.
Canberra in the Winter
Canberra in the winter is cool to cold but there are a number of activities suitable for the season.
The Southern Spirit
The Southern Spirit train travels between Adelaide and Brisbane and between Melbourne and Brisbane.
Wedge-Tailed Eagle
Australia Travel. Page 26.
Australia's Public Holidays
Australia has a number of public holidays which are normally non-working days resulting in various government and non-government offices being closed.
Outback Travel
The central Australia map shows the major road link between Alice Springs and Uluru through the Stuart and Lasseter Highways.
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.
Uluru
Uluru in the heart of Australia is a striking rock monolith better known as Ayers Rock in earlier times until its Aboriginal name became more popular.
Aboriginal Life and Culture
While indigenous experiences of Aboriginal life and culture are generally associated with the Outback regions, Perth and its environs provide an insight into Aboriginal life, art, culture and history through Aboriginal arts and crafts and a range of Aboriginal tours on offer.

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