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Sydney & Surrounds, New South Wales

Sydney & New South WalesBuilt on one of the world’s most beautiful harbors, cosmopolitan Sydney is the gateway to New South Wales. Visitors will delight in cruising the harbor to view the Opera House and Harbour Bridge… or venturing just an hour or two outside the city to some of the state’s diverse regions.

New South Wales MapThe Blue Mountains, sometimes called “Australia’s Grand Canyon”, offer opportunities to view Australian wildlife amid beautiful canyons and vistas. In the Hunter Valley, taste some of Australia’s famous wines, go hot air ballooning, shop for antiques, or indulge in a game of golf or relaxing spa treatment. Further afield, Outback New South Wales is home to opal mining, ancient Aboriginal rock art, wildlife, and strikingly rugged landscapes.

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Great Barrier Reef & Beyond, Queensland

Sydney & New South WalesQueensland is Australia’s sunshine state, home to World Heritage rainforest and the magnificent Great Barrier Reef. The northern gateway, tropical Cairns, is the perfect base from which to explore the rainforest, experience Aboriginal culture up-close, and visit the wonders of the reef.

Queensland mapWhy not indulge in an island getaway or cruise—perhaps in the Whitsundays, heart of the Great Barrier Reef? Divers, snorkelers, and sunbathers alike will find plenty of fun in the sun in Queensland’s Tropical North. In Southern Queensland, the capital city of Brisbane is a jumping-off point to the rainforest and mountains of Lamington National Park; Fraser Island, the world’s largest sand island; the sophisticated Gold Coast; and the Sunshine Coast, home of the Crocodile Hunter’s Australia Zoo.

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Northern territory

Sydney & New South WalesAustralia’s Northern Territory is home to the real outback, with rugged red landscapes steeped in Aboriginal history and culture. Ayers Rock, the world’s largest monolith, is an awe­inspiring sight.

Queensland mapWhile visiting the Rock and the nearby Olgas rock formation, learn about the area’s significance to the Aboriginal people. Alice Springs, in the center of the country, is an outpost of pioneer history as well as Aboriginal culture. Darwin, gateway to the Top End, is a tropical frontier town with access to some of Australia’s most scenic national parks, including the wildlife­rich wetlands, waterfalls, rock formations, and Aboriginal rock art of Kakadu.

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Perth & Western Australia

Sydney & New South WalesPerth, capital of Western Australia, is a cosmopolitan city with a year-round mild climate. From Perth, visit the wineries of the Swan Valley and Margaret River.

Queensland mapTravel further to reach the unique sandstone formations called The Pinnacles, in Nambung National Park, or Monkey Mia, where wild dolphins swim near shore daily to interact with humans. Australia’s last frontier lies across the north of the state: The Kimberley, home to amazing scenery and Aboriginal culture.

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Adelaide, Kangaroo Island & South Australia

Sydney & New South WalesMore than 50% of all Australian wine is produced within a three-hour drive of South Australia’s capital city, Adelaide, in the world­famous Barossa Valley, Clare Valley, and McLaren Vale.

Queensland mapA short flight or ferry ride from Adelaide lies Kangaroo Island, sometimes called a zoo "without fences" for its diverse and populous wildlife. In the center of the state is the opal-mining town of Coober Pedy, with its unique underground homes, churches, and stores. South Australia’s outback also includes the Flinders Ranges, featuring rugged mountain scenery with an abundance of wildlife.

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Tasmania

Sydney & New South WalesOnce known chiefly for its carefully-preserved convict history and stunning natural scenery, the island state of Tasmania is gaining renown for its exceptional food, boutique wines, and local arts and crafts.

Queensland mapFrom the capital city of Hobart, discover Port Arthur, Australia's best-preserved former penal colony, or Freycinet National Park, with its beautiful bays and rugged terrain, perfect for hiking. From the historic city of Launceston, with its Victorian-era facades, visit the vineyards of the Tamar Valley, or tour through the alpine scenery of beautiful Cradle Mountain National Park, home to waterfalls, glacial lakes, and a variety of Australian wildlife.

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Melbourne, Victoria

Sydney & New South WalesThe elegant capital of Victoria, Melbourne, is home to a thriving arts and cultural scene, glorious colonial architecture, and superb restaurants.

Queensland mapAs Australia’s smallest mainland state, Victoria offers a variety of regional attractions, from the koala and penguin reserves of Phillip Island and the Mornington Peninsula; to the surf beaches, maritime history, and unique rock formations of the Great Ocean Road; wineries and wildlife sanctuaries of the Yarra Valley and Dandenong Ranges; and colonial history of the Goldfields and Ballarat. Look closely at all the pieces that make up Victoria, and you'll soon discover the only piece missing is you!

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AUSTRALIAN TRAVEL TIPS
Size, Location, Population
Approximately the same size as the continental U.S. with a population of 18 million. A non-stop flight from Los Angeles to Sydney takes about 14 hours.

Time Zones
Like the US, Australia is broken into three different time zones. From Pacific Standard Time, the eastern states (New South Wales, Queensland, Victoria, ACT, Tasmania) are + 18 hours, the central states (Northern Territory, South Australia) are + 19, and Western Australia is + 20 hours. Some states practice daylight saving, so these times will differ during certain months.

Entry Formalities
You must have a passport, valid for not less than 6 months beyond the date of arrival, and a visitors visa. Consult your travel agent or airline.

Currency
Australian dollar, decimal currency system. Notes: $100, $50, $20, $10, $5. Coins: 5¢, 10¢, 20¢, 50¢, $1, $2.

Bank Hours
Generally 9:30am to 4pm Monday through Thursday, and 9:30am to 5pm Friday.

Departure Tax
Departure tax is A$38 (approximately US$27) per person over 12 years of age (included in international air ticket).

Electricity
240/250 volts, AC 50Hz. As the 3-pin outlets differ from those in the US a converter/adapter kit is required. Most major hotels have 110v outlets for electric shavers.

Language
English is the official language, but you will hear many colorful local expressions. Do not hesitate to ask questions, as people are very helpful.

Shopping
9am-5pm weekdays, and Thursday to 9pm. Saturday 9am-4pm. Put Akubra hats, Driza-Bone bushman raincoats, Aboriginal objects, wool products, opals and pearls on your shopping list.

Tipping
Tipping is not the general custom, and service charges are not added in hotels and restaurants. In better restaurants, however, it is usual to tip up to 10%. Porters at airports, taxi drivers and hairdressers do not expect to be tipped. At railway terminals porters have set charges, but not at hotels. At any time tipping is your choice.

Climate
As Australia covers 30 degrees of latitude, there is a wide variation in its climate. Looking to the north, about 40% of the continent is in the tropics. In the southeast region of the Australian Alps, there is snow for about 6 months of the year. Primarily, Australia is a sunshine country - even in the cooler southern regions. No capital gets less than 5.5 hours of sunshine per day. Perth is the sunniest state capital, with nearly 8 hours of sunshine a day. Remember that Australia, located in the southern hemisphere, has seasons opposite North America's.

Food
Australians don't really have a dish that they can call their own. But the country does offer a multitude of foods, from native kangaroo tails and macadamia nuts, through avocados, fresh tropical fruits, oysters and lobsters, to tender beef and lamb. And what you will find is a variety of foods prepared with the skills of many nationalities - French, Greek, Italian, Indian, Chinese, Japanese, Indonesian and many others.


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