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Adelaide | Alice Springs | Brisbane | Cairns | Canberra | Melbourne | Perth
Sydney |
Albury | Armidale | Ayers Rock | Ayr | Ballina | Barcaldine | Bathurst
Blackall | Blackwater | Bourke | Broken Hill | Broome | Bundaberg | Burnie (Wynyard)
Carnarvon | Ceduna | Charleville | Cobar | Coffs Harbour | Coober Pedy | Darwin
Devonport | Dubbo | Emerald | Esperance | Mount Gambier | Geraldton | Gladstone
Gold Coast | Grafton | Griffith | Hamilton | Hamilton Island | Hayman Island | Hervey Bay
Hobart | Mount Isa | Kalbarri | Kalgoorlie | Karratha | King Island | Kingscote (Kangaroo Island)
Kununurra | Launceston | Lightning Ridge | Port Lincoln | Lismore | Longreach | Mackay
Port Macquarie | Merimbula | Mildura | Monkey Mia | Moree | Moruya | Mudgee
Narrandera | Newman | Norfolk Island | Orange | Paraburdoo | Parkes | Port Hedland
Proserpine | Rockhampton | Sunshine Coast | Tamworth | Taree | Townsville | Wagga Wagga
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Australia Holidays,  Australia Holiday Packages Overview

Australia is the sixth largest country in the world - more or less the same size as mainland USA. This vast land however also has the lowest population density in the world, with only two people per square kilometre.

 

Australia is politically divided into six states and two territories, each one offering a different experience for the traveller. There is the drama of the remote 'Outback', the colourful spectacle of the Great Barrier Reef and its coral islands, the excitement of the cosmopolitan cities, the sun and surf at some of the best beaches in the world, and the tropical rainforests of Western Australia. The list is endless in this diverse land of adventure, which boasts 2,000 national parks and 14 World Heritage-listed areas, along with more than 7,000 beaches.

 

Australia is a land of character too, with its melting pot of cultures. For more than 50,000 years the Aboriginal people lived and thrived in the continent's unique environment. It is believed the Aboriginals are the world's oldest civilisation, and in recent years there has been a resurgence of interest in keeping the Aboriginal culture alive and flourishing.

 

The vast continent at the bottom of the world was the last landmass to be discovered by European explorers. Captain James Cook arrived in Botany Bay in 1770 and sparked off generations of emigration to Australia, which for some time served as a penal colony. It was not until 1860 that two explorers - Robert Burke and William Wills - became the first Europeans to cross Australia from south to north. The country remains a magnet for modern explorers and adventurers and has a great deal to offer tourists and holidaymakers.

 

Tourist Offices - Australian Tourist Commission, Sydney: +61 (0)2 9360 1111 or www.australia.com

 

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Entry Requirements

 

Visitors must hold sufficient funds and all documents required for further travel. An ETA is an electronically issued and verified visa, not visible in a passport. ETAs are issued to passengers travelling for tourist or business purposes. Tourist ETAs are valid for 12 months or the validity of the passport (whichever is shorter) for multiple stays of up to three months each and business ETAs are also available for multiple entries of up to three months each. ETAs are obtainable online at: www.eta.immi.gov.au or through most travel agents.


- For Australians -
- New Zealanders require a valid passport to enter Australia. Although a visa is not a requirement, New Zealanders have to apply for a Special Category Visa on arrival by completing a passenger card.


- US nationals must have a valid passport for intended period of stay, or an identity document showing a photograph. A visa or an Electronic Travel Authority (ETA) is required.


- US nationals must have a valid passport for intended period of stay, or an identity document showing a photograph. A visa or an Electronic Travel Authority (ETA) is required.


- UK nationals must have a passport valid for intended period of stay, or an identity document showing a photograph. A visa or an Electronic Travel Authority (ETA) is required for British passport holders endorsed British Citizen or British National (Overseas) if residing in Hong Kong. Other British passport holders are not eligible for an ETA and require a visa.

 

Australia Holidays - Currency of Australia

 

The Australian Dollar (AUD) is divided into 100 cents. Notes come in denominations of AU$5, 10, 20, 50 and 100. Banks and bureaux de change exchange most foreign currencies. Travellers cheques are also welcome everywhere, but banks take a small commission and it is better to take cheques in major currencies (e.g. US dollars or Euros) to avoid additional charges. Credit cards are widely accepted and ATMs are freely available throughout the country. Banking hours are generally 9.30am to 4pm Monday to Thursday, and 9.30am to 5pm on Friday, but some banks offer extended hours and some are open on Saturday mornings.

 

Australia Telephone Access Codes and Communications

 

The international access code for Australia is +61. The outgoing code is 0011 followed by the relevant country code (e.g. 001144 for the United Kingdom). The area code for both Canberra and Sydney is (0)2. Local calls from public payphones are unlimited and cost a standard rate, while international and long distance calls are charged according to the time spent on the phone. Mobile phone operators use GSM and CDMA networks (area code (0)4); mobile phones are available for rent. Internet cafes are widely available.

 

Australia Duty Free Allowances & Restrictions

 

Travellers to Australia over 18 years do not have to pay customs duty on 2.25 litres of alcohol; 250 cigarettes or 250g cigars or other tobacco products. Gifts are included in the AU$900 duty-free allowance. Fresh produce and animal/plant products are prohibited.

 

Australia Holidays & Packages- Tipping Information

 

A gratuity of between 5 to 15% is usually expected in cafes and restaurants in the larger cities, though tipping is a relatively new phenomenon in Australia. Taxi drivers are happy to be left with the change.

 

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