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Capital of Australia, Canberra.
Photo: Capital of Australia, Canberra.

Visitors Info for Travelling to Australia

Canberra, in the Australian Capital Territory, is where the seat of the Australian government resides. Sydney is the largest city in the country with a population over 4 million and is the capital of the state of New South Wales. Melbourne has been voted the number 1 place to live in the world for a number of years.

The State Capitals of Australia are as follows:

New South Wales: Sydney
Northern Territory: Darwin
South Australia: Adelaide
Queensland: Brisbane
Tasmania: Hobart
Victoria : Melbourne
Western Australia: Perth

Driving in Australia

Driving Info for Travellers in Australia


English is official language of Australia. Only a few words vary in pronunciation and usage throughout the country. The accent is called ’Aussie’.


Australia is very much a cosmopolitan country. All the major religions and many sects are represented here.

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  • A.C. electrical power is 220-240V at 50Hz. Plugs have 3 flat prongs that form a triangular Y shape configuration.

Metropolitan Banking Hours

  • 9 am to 4 pm Monday to Thursday.
  • 9 am to 5 pm Fridays.
  • Some have extended hours, including Saturday mornings.

Most Banks will exchange most foreign currencies, and foreign currency exchanges can be found at Sydney Airport and popular tourist spots such as Martin Place, CentrePoint, and Circular Quay.

Post Offices

  • Open 9 am to 5 pm Monday to Fridays, except public holidays (see below).

Daylight Savings (Summer Time)

Recent changes by state and territory governments have changed the length of time Daylight saving will run. They have been extended from the 1st Sunday in October to the 1st Sunday in April, beginning in the Australian summer of 2008. This includes New South Wales, ACT, Victoria and South Australia.

NSW Public Holidays - Most Australia Public Holidays Coincide

New Years Day2017 Friday 1st January
Australia Day2017 Tuesday, 26 January
Good Friday2017 Friday, 14 April
Easter Sunday2017 Sunday, 16 April
Easter Monday2017 Monday, 17 April
Anzac Day2017 Tuesday, 25 April
Queen’s Birthday2017 Monday, 12 June
NSW Labour Day2017 Monday, 2 October
Christmas Day2017 Sunday, 25 December
Boxing Day2017 Monday, 26 December

* Additional, ** Not State Wide. Extensive information about Australia Public Holidays can be found here Australia Public Holidays.

NSW School Vacation Days

  • Autumn Holidays: Sat 8 Apr 2017 to Tue 25 April 2017
  • Winter Holidays: Sat, 1 Jul 2017 to Sun, 16 July 2017
  • Spring Holidays: Sat, 23 Sept 2017 to Sun, 8 October 2017
  • Summer Holidays: Sat, 16 December 2017 to Mon 29 January 2018

Note: Seasons are reversed in Australia from the Northern Hemisphere.

Other Australian states may vary somewhat from these dates. Public and Private Schools may also vary and some individual schools may also have their own time tables. More information about Australia Public Holidays and School Vacation Days can be found here:

Australia Public Holidays.

Wheelchair Access

For maps of city facilities with wheelchair access Sydney City Council.

Phone Directory Assistance

Australian White Pages -

Road Safety for Overseas Travellers.

Driving Safely in NSW - Road Rules..

Visa and Immigration Information

Visa and Immigration Information.

Tourist Refund Scheme

You can claim a refund of the goods and services tax (GST) and wine equalisation tax (WET) that you pay on goods you buy in Australia. This applies to goods you take with you as hand luggage or wear on to the aircraft or ship when you leave Australia.

Work in Australia - Jobs Information

Finding Sydney Jobs - Changes in government policy has made it easier to get work visas for the skilled and backpackers.

Australian Currency

  • Australia uses decimal currency - 100 cents = $1.00
  • Notes presently in use are $5, $10, $20, $50 and $100 dollar bills.
  • Coins are 5¢, 10¢, 20¢, 50¢, $1.00 and $2.00.

See current exchange rate for the AUD Currency Exchange Rates.

Sydney Business Information

Police - Ambulance - Fire Emergency

Emergency Contact Number



Note: The Sydney travel information provided here is a guide only - call the relevant organisation(s) direct to ensure accuracy.

Beach Notes

Swim at beaches patrolled by lifesavers

NOTE: Swim at beaches with lifeguards. Swimming at Australian beaches involves Swimming Between The Flags!

Ask a lifeguard about the conditions for the day. Be considerate of them, they are there for you and your children!

We wish you a safe and enjoyable stay.

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