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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.
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 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...
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.
Autumn in Australia
Autumn in Australia begins on March 1 and ends on May 31.
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.
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.
Learn Why Australia’s National Flower is...
The golden wattle, Acacia pycnantha, is the national flower of Australia.
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.
7 places in Australia to see penguins!
Australia is home to many quirky animals, but there’s something special about penguins: they’re small, have an adorable little waddle and, most importantly, they’re incredibly cute...
Sydney Harbour Bridge Walk
You can take the Sydney Harbour Bridge walk from The Rocks to Milsons Point, and it's free.
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.
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.
Australian Traffic Rules
You would need to know these basic Australian traffic rules and regulations if you want to go driving in Australia.
A Tourist's Guide to Driving in Australia
Driving in Australia means having to know Australian traffic rules and regulations.
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.
What Are Thongs?
Thongs in Australia are not the skimpy, sexy pieces of underwear some people think of when hearing the term.
Going Down Under? Learn Some Common Aussie...
The Australian language includes some unique idioms, terms, words, phrases
The Best Time to Visit Sydney
This page talks about the Australian Spring and why Spring is the best time to visit Sydney, 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.
Tips on Tipping in Australia and New Zealand
Tips on tipping in Australia and New Zealand shed light on tipping customs.
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.
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.
Do You Need a Visa to Visit Australia?
Do you need an Australian visa? Here's what you need to know.
Need to know: Carry-on allowances for...
When you’re hopping between Australian capital cities and regional destinations, there are few things more frustrating than being dealt a costly ‘excess baggage’ fee due to over-packing...
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.
Your Guide to May in Australia: The Month...
May in Australia is the month before the onset of the southern winter.
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.
Is Summer the Best Time to Visit Sydney,...
The best time to visit Sydney could be in the Australian summer.
The Best Time to Visit Sydney - Autumn
The best time to visit Sydney could be in the Australian autumn.
Ferry to Tasmania
A guide to passenger and vehicular ferry transportation to Tasmania, Australia, including schedules, prices, and booking information.
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.
The little-known secret luxury Australian...
I stumbled upon a secret a number of years ago that literally transformed my travel experience – it can have a huge positive impact on your hotel stay!
City Circle Tram
The City Circle Tram in Melbourne operates daily along a city circuit passing a number of Melbourne attractions.
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.
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.
Australia Facts
Here are some Australia facts for a quick overview of this nation continent.
How Are Tropical Cyclones Rated?
Australian tropical cyclones are rated in five categories according to their strongest wind speed.
Strine and Australian Slang
A glossary of Strine and Australian slang - words and phrases starting with the letter A
Spring in Australia
Spring in Australia begins on the first day of September and ends on the last day of November.
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.
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.
Australian Visa
Australian visa requirements apply to electronic travel documentation.
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.
The Bungle Bungles
Some fast facts you might want to know about the Bungle Bungles in Purnululu National Park. Page 3.
Want to Visit Australia or New Zealand? Read...
Australia and New Zealand Map. Australia Travel.
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.
Hook Turn
If you plan to drive in Melbourne, watch out for the
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.
Melbourne, Australia
Melbourne, capital of Victoria, has a large number of interesting city attractions best visited by tram or on foot.
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 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.
Summer in Australia
It's summer in Australia when it's winter in the northern hemisphere.
What Is XXXX?
XXXX is Queensland beer brewed by Castlemaine Perkins.
Australian World Heritage Sites
Accessible Australian World Heritage sites are among the most popular destinations in the continent with a variety of important environmental, archeological, cultural and historical features.
Animal Emblems of Australia
Certain states and territories of Australia have adopted official animal emblems or state and territory animals symbolic of them.
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 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 Weather
Australia weather should be a guide to what clothes you wear.
Canberra Attractions
The Canberra City Explorer takes in Canberra's major attractions on a hop on, hop off tour.
New Zealand Visa
Holders of certain passports will find it easier getting New Zealand visas
Sydney to Melbourne
From Sydney to Melbourne the major inland route is through the Hume Highway.
Australia Travel Planner
An Australia travel planner helps organise a trip to Australia especially for people visiting Australia for the first time.
Arriving in Sydney
Here's what to do on arriving in Sydney and how best to get to your hotel.
Australia in November
November in Australia is best known as the month of the Melbourne Cup. It is, too, the last month of spring.
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.
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.
Aussiespeak
Aussiespeak needs an understanding of the Australian language, its idioms, terms, words, phrases
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.
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.
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.
What Is a Hongi?
The hongi is a traditional Maori greeting expressed by the rubbing or touching of noses.
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.
Skiing in New South Wales
Skiing in New South Wales takes place in the northern summer when it's winter in Australia.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Driving in Australia
There are rules to follow regarding parking and roundabouts when you're driving in Australia.
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.
New Zealand Fast Facts
Here are some fast facts and other information about New Zealand.
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.
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.
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!
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.
New Zealand Visas
What you need to know about New Zealand visas
Sydney Dining Guide
Sydney dining guide: Dining in Sydney gives you a wide choice of restaurants but you must know where to go.
Driving in Australia - Getting It Right
Driving in Australia means learning a few things and getting it right.
Glasshouse Rocks
The Glasshouse Rocks at Narooma is at the southern end of the beach east of the township. Page 10.
Brisbane Australia
Brisbane, located between Australia's more popular Gold and Sunshine Coasts, is a destination in itself with its own unique attractions.
Sydney Central Business District Map - Australia
Map of the central business district of Sydney, Australia.
Australian Opals
Know what you're buying when shopping for Australian opals
Australia Pictures
Australia's unique landscapes and seascapes are the subject of pictures in this photo gallery.
Southwestern Western Australia
The southwestern arc of Australia's Southwest includes cities and towns from Fremantle to Albany.
Anzac Day
Anzac Day is the anniversary of the landing on Gallipoli by the Australia and New Zealand Army Corps in World War I.
Drop Bears
Drop Bears. Australia Travel. Page 8.
10 Reasons to Visit Melbourne
Melbourne's most popular visitor attractions make the Victorian capital one of Australia's top destinations.
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.
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.
Emergency Help
When in Australia, know the number to call when you need emergency help.
New Zealand Visas: Waiver and Length of Stay
Passport holders of certain countries can get a visa waiver for a New Zealand visit.
Best and cheapest deals for Australian theme...
Planning a holiday to the Gold Coast? You’ve no doubt heard about – and if you’re travelling with little ones, you’re likely planning to visit – the city’s famous theme parks.
Top 5 Australian Travel Books
Top picks in Australian travel guide books
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.
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.
Australia Quiz - Test Your Knowledge of Australia
In this Australia quiz, test your knowledge of this great southern land.
Strine and Aussie Slang - B
Strine and Aussie slang: a glossary of unique Australian words and phrases starting with B
Royal National Park, Sydney: Getting There
Here's how to get to Australia's Royal National Park at the southern edge of Sydney city.
Webb Bridge at Melbourne Docklands
Webb Bridge, or Web Bridge, is a footbridge spanning the Yarra River in the Melbourne Docklands precinct.
Shopping in Sydney
Know where to go in Sydney when shopping for items to buy, such as souvenirs and uniquely Australian products.
Camel Rock Beach
Camel Rock Beach, with its distinctively shaped rock formation of a camel in silhouette, lies north of Bermagui town and is a popular surfing beach and picnic spot. Page 11.
Blue Mountains Yulefest
In a country where Christmas takes place in the summer, it seemed only a matter of time before people started enjoying the spirit and the trappings of Christmas in the middle of the Australian year, which is when it's winter in Australia. So was born Christmas in July and Yulefest in the New South Wales Blue Mountains.
Red Kangaroo
The red kangaroo is the animal emblem of the Northern Territory. Page 19.
Blue ringed Octopus
Blue ringed Octopus. Australia Travel.
Australian Language
Knowing the Australian language and uniquely Australian words and phrases helps in understanding the Australian idiom.
Instagram-worthy landscapes: Australia’s...
On your next trip through Australia’s sensational scenery, be sure to check out, and snap a pic of, Australia’s most Instagram-worthy landscapes – with #nofilter needed, of course.
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.
Queen's Birthday Holiday
The Queen's Birthday holiday is celebrated on different dates in Australia and New Zealand.
Sydney Walking Tour - Circular Quay to Hyde Park
Start your Sydney walking tour from Circular Quay.
What Are Australian Postcodes?
For those used to the American postal system, Australian postcodes are the equivalent of American zip codes.
Phillip Island
What you need to know to see the Phillip Island penguin parade, including access, viewing areas, and travel information.
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
Dingo
The dingo, although found in parts of Australia, is in fact not a native Australian animal. Page 6.
Great Barrier Reef Coral
The multi-colored coral formations of the Great Barrier Reef comprise living polyps of the family Coelenterata.
Australian Rhyming Slang
An explanation of Australian rhyming slang together with examples
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.
Sydney to Hobart Yacht Race
The danger-fraught Sydney to Hobart Yacht Race starts at Sydney Harbour on Boxing Day, December 26, and finishes in Hobart, Tasmania.
Sydney Quiz - Test Your Knowledge of Sydney
Test your knowledge of Sydney, capital of New South Wales.
Funnel web Spiders
Funnel Web Spiders. Australia Travel. Page 5.
Strine and Aussie Slang - S
Strine and Aussie slang: a glossary of unique Australian words and phrases starting with S
Bird Emblems of Australia
Various Australian birds are closely identified with Australia's states and territories although two have not been formally adopted as state bird emblems.
Eastern Brown Snake
Eastern Brown Snake. Australia Travel. Page 3.
Australian Visa Centres
Here are some Australian visa centres where you could get a visa to visit Australia.
Australia Month by Month
Visiting Australia? Check out the months when you plan to travel.
Australia Interactive Map
Interactive map of Australia showing major cities.
Tweed Valley Australia - Discover Tweed Valley...
The Tweed Valley in the Northern Rivers region of New South Wales, Australia, is home to the largest extinct volcano in the southern hemisphere, World Heritage national parks, great surfing beaches.
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.
Rosella
The rosella is a brilliantly colored parrot found in most of Australia. Page 20.
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.
The Rocks - Sydney, Australia
The Rocks district in Sydney is the birthplace of Australia and a place worth visiting.
Movie World
If you are fascinated by movies, movie characters, movie shows and how movies are made, Movie World on Australia's Gold Coast could be a place to visit on your trip to Queensland.
Saltwater Crocodile
Saltwater Crocodile. Australia Travel. Page 4.
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.
Eden Harbour
The last major New South Wales coastal town before crossing south into Victoria is the old whaling port of Eden at the southern end of the Sapphire Coast. Page 12.
Box Jellyfish
Box Jellyfish. Australia Travel. Page 2.
Who Is Crocodile Dundee?
Crocodile Dundee epitomised the rugged Outback Australian and is the title character of the 1986 film Crocodile Dunee starring Paul Hogan.
Redback Spider
Red back Spider. Australia Travel. Page 6.

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