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.
A.C. electrical power is 220-240V at 50Hz. Plugs in Australia have 3 flat prongs that form a triangular Y shape configuration.
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||Tuesday, 1 January 2019
Wednesday, 1 January 2020
|Australia Day||Monday, 28 January 2019
Monday, 27 January 2020
|Good Friday||Friday, 19 April 2019
Friday, 10 April 2020
|Easter Sunday||Sunday, 21 April 2019
Sunday, 12 April 2020
|Easter Monday||Monday, 22 April 2019
Monday, 13 April 2020
|Anzac Day||Thursday, 25 April 2019
Saturday, 25 April 2020
|Queen’s Birthday||Monday, 10 June 2019
Monday, 8 June 2020
|Bank Holiday||Monday, 5 August 2019
Monday, 3 August 2020
|NSW Labour Day||Monday, 7 October 2019
Monday, 5 October 2020
|Christmas Day||Wednesday, 25 December 2019
Friday, 25 December 2020
|Boxing Day||Thursday, 26 December 2019|
Saturday, 26 December 2020
Monday, 28 December 2020*
* Additional, ** Not State Wide. Extensive information about Australia Public Holidays in other states can be found here:
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:
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.
- Changes in government policy has made it easier to get work visas for the skilled and backpackers.
See current exchange rate for the Australian Dollar AUD:
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!
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