Photo: Capital of Australia, Canberra.
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|
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.
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.
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.
|New Years Day||2017 Friday 1st January|
|Australia Day||2017 Tuesday, 26 January|
|Good Friday||2017 Friday, 14 April|
|Easter Sunday||2017 Sunday, 16 April|
|Easter Monday||2017 Monday, 17 April|
|Anzac Day||2017 Tuesday, 25 April|
|Queen’s Birthday||2017 Monday, 12 June|
|NSW Labour Day||2017 Monday, 2 October|
|Christmas Day||2017 Sunday, 25 December|
|Boxing Day||2017 Monday, 26 December|
* Additional, ** Not State Wide. Extensive information about Australia Public Holidays can be found here Australia Public Holidays.
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:
For maps of city facilities with wheelchair access Sydney City Council.
Road Safety for Overseas Travellers.
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.
Finding Sydney Jobs - Changes in government policy has made it easier to get work visas for the skilled and backpackers.
See current exchange rate for the AUD Currency Exchange Rates.
Note: The Sydney travel information provided here is a guide only - call the relevant organisation(s) direct to ensure accuracy.
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.
More information about Australia - see the Australia Tourist Guide.
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Photo: Sydney Cove and the Opera House