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Skin

 
"Sunbaker" from 1937 is possibly the most widely recognised of all Australian photographs.

Exposure to the sun at Australian latitudes frequently results in sunburn. Getting sunburnt can make you feel feverish and unwell and may take a few days or weeks to heal depending on the severity. It means you can't go back out into the sun until the sunburn fades, so getting sunburnt on the first day of your beach holiday can seriously reduce the fun of your trip. It can take as little as 15 minutes to burn in Australia on a fine summer's day, even in shaded outdoor areas. You should wear sunscreen (SPF 30+), clothing, and a hat to shade the sun.

 Re-apply sunscreen every 2–3 hours throughout the day as it wears off quickly if you are sweating or swimming. Make sure to cover all parts of your body. UV radiation in the middle of the day can be double what it is in the early morning or later afternoon, so if possible avoid the sun during the hottest part of the day. Daily UV forecasts are issued by the Bureau of Meteorology online.

If you are heading to the beach, consider buying a sun-tent (less than $20 from discount and hardware stores). You can't hire beach umbrellas at Australian beaches, and they are very exposed.

Food preparation

Australia has high hygiene standards, with restaurants required to observe strict food preparation standards. Food poisoning rates are comparable to other first world nations.

Water

The tap water in urban Australia is almost always safe to drink, and it will be marked on the tap if this is not the case. The taste and hardness of the tap water will vary considerably across the country. Bottled water is also widely available. Carrying water on hot days is a good idea in urban areas, and it is a necessity if hiking or driving out of town. At sites where tap water is untreated, water sterilization tablets may be used as an alternative to boiling. If driving long distances on infrequently trafficked roads it is essential to carry drinking water. This is absolutely necessary in hotter areas and on dirt roads or tracks. It is rare that someone does not die of thirst in outback Australia in any year. It is recommended that in event of a breakdown you stay with the car for shade and to increase your chances of being found. Before long distance touring seek specific advice on calculating how much water to carry for the proposed journey and allowing for breakdowns.

Vaccinations

Australia does not have endemic communicable diseases that will require non-standard vaccinations. Like many other countries, it will require evidence of yellow fever vaccinations on entry if you will have been in a country with a risk of infection within 6 days before your arrival in Australia.

Mosquitoes

Mosquitoes are present all year round in the tropics, and during the summer in southern areas. Screens on windows and doors are common, and repellent is readily available. Ross River Virus is spread by mosquitoes in the tropics, and can make you sick for a few weeks. There have been cases of dengue fever. Malaria is not present in Australia.

Medical care

As described above, 000 is the Australian emergency services number and in any medical emergency you should call this number and ask for an ambulance and other emergency services as necessary, to attend.

Australia has first world medical standards. In particular, it is safe to receive blood transfusions in Australia, as donors are screened for HIV, hepatitis and many other blood borne illnesses.

However, since Australia's population density is low, parts of Australia are a long way from medical facilities of any kind. Many of these areas are served by the Royal Flying Doctor Service. Towns with populations of 5,000 or more will have a small hospital capable of giving emergency treatment in serious emergencies, and larger towns will have a base hospital capable of routine and some kinds of emergency surgery. In severe cases, particularly any kind of injury requiring microsurgery, you will need to be evacuated to one of the capital cities for treatment. Evacuation procedures are well established and normally involve being evacuated by plane or helicopter. For this reason travel insurance or ambulance membership is highly recommended for those travelling to remote areas as helicopter evacuation could cost thousands of dollars.

Capital cities will have medical centres where you can drop in, often open on weekends or until late. In country towns you may have to make an appointment, and may have no alternative other than the closest hospital after hours and weekends. You can also expect to wait a few hours if your condition isn't urgent.

Australian citizens and permanent residents who live in Australia can receive health care through the taxpayer funded Medicare. Foreigners working or studying in Australia and without a reciprocal agreement are generally required to take up private health insurance as part of their visa conditions. Foreigners on a short visit will want to make sure their travel insurance is in order, as medical costs can be expensive for those not entitled to Medicare benefits. Even Medicare cover does not include ambulance costs (at least several hundred dollars) in the event of an emergency; only private insurance with ambulance cover will pay for this.

Travellers from Belgium, Finland, Ireland, Italy, Malta, the Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, Slovenia, Sweden and the United Kingdom are entitled to free reciprocal Medicare treatment for medical problems that occur during their visit. It is advisable to familiarise yourself with the conditions of the reciprocal arrangement with your country. For example Irish people and New Zealanders are only entitled to free treatment at a hospital, whereas the other reciprocal nationalities are entitled to subsidised treatment at general practitioners as well. No reciprocal programmes cover private hospitals, and the full cost will have to be met by yourself or with travel insurance.

If you are not a citizen or permanent resident of a reciprocal agreement country then you can expect to pay around $60 to see a general practitioner, plus any additional costs for any pathology or radiology required. The charge to pay to visit a local hospital can be much more expensive, private hospitals even more so, up to $500 even if you are not admitted, and thousands if you are.

  • Poisons Information Hotline: ☎ 13 11 26 will give free advice if any medication or poisons are taken inadvertently. They will also give advice on what treatment is necessary for things like a spider bite.

 

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Internet / Phone / Postal service in Australia

Internet

Australia offers many Internet access options for travellers:

Internet cafés are available in most tourist areas and normally cost $4–5 per hour. However, many internet cafés have 12-20 computers sharing a single broadband connection, sometimes making the internet painfully slow. If possible, ask if you can check the speed of a café's connection before forking out $4–5 for an hour.

Public libraries usually offer some form of Internet access to travellers, either free or for a small fee. Some prohibit access to email, promoting research use of their facilities. Others offer both Wi-Fi and terminals, with Wi-Fi usually being free of restrictions.

Major hotels offer Internet access, usually for an exorbitant fee. Most youth hostels and backpacker accommodation have at least an Internet terminal at reception. Some other accommodation providers offer Wi-Fi to their guests, almost always with a charge. It is still common to find motels and other smaller hotels without any Internet offering to customers.

 

  • Many coffee shops offer Wi-Fi free to their customers.
  • McDonalds has free Wi-Fi in just about all their stores.
  • Internode has free Wi-Fi hotspots, including much of Adelaide city centre.
  • Telstra has partnered with Fon to create an extensive network of WiFi hotspots around Australia that utilise Telstra telephone boxes and Telstra broadband customers to create hotspots that go by the name Telstra Air with the slogan 'Australia's largest WiFi Network'. Look for a distinctive white WiFi logo on solid pink and the words 'Telstra Air' to indicate major hotspots. The networks appear in WiFi lists as 'Telstra Air' or 'Fon WiFi'. Expect good coverage in city centre areas although it may require some searching to locate a hot spot outside of CBD areas. Hot spot maps are available on both the Telstra and Fon websites.
  • Access can be purchased for $6.60 for 1 hour, $10 for 1 day or $23 for 5 days.
  • Until June 30, 2016 an offer exists for unlimited usage of the WiFi network for eligible Telstra customers. Importantly for travellers this includes those with an activated pre-paid SIM.

It is unusual to stumble upon open Wi-Fi hotspots.

3G/4G wireless

There are three mobile networks in Australia. All of them provide 3G/UMTS and 4G/LTE mobile data services.

As the data is carried over the mobile network, the advice about frequencies, obtaining SIMs and using a foreign device in the Mobile Cellular Phones section applies.

If you intend to use your phone with your home carrier, check with them for data roaming fees (likely quite expensive). If your handset isn't locked, it may be much cheaper to buy a local SIM.

Several carriers offer prepaid mobile data access with no contract from around $20-$30 per month with various bundles and inclusions. For around $50 you can get a USB modem or Wi-Fi dongle. There are thousands of plans available through hundreds of resellers. Using an internet comparison site will direct you to the current best deals.

Dialup

There are ISPs that offer dialup Internet for around $10–20 per month flat rate range. It can be surprisingly difficult to find Australian dialup ISPs with instant online signup, but they do exist (Beagle is one if you can provide an Australian address).

You can buy prepaid dialup cards for several ISP's from Dick Smith stores, for around $20 per month. The ISPs Dodo and Planet Ozi for example have prepaid internet cards available for around $10 a month from a variety of retail outlets.

If moving around, check that your ISP has an access number that can be reached via a local call from landlines nationwide (the access number starts with 019 or 13), rather than just in the ISP home city. All prepaid cards that can be purchased from Dick Smith have access from anywhere in Australia for a local call fee.

Telephone

 
A typical Telstra payphone booth

Calling overseas from Australia

The main international access code or prefix is 0011. (When using a mobile phone the plus symbol "+" can be used instead of the 0011 prefix.)

Dialling codes

The country code for international calls to Australia is +61. When dialling from overseas, omit any leading '0' in the area code.

For example, the local number for the Broken Hill tourist information is 8080-3300. The area code is 08 as Broken Hill is in the Central & West area code region. To dial the number from Adelaide or anywhere else inside the same area code region you can optionally omit the area code, and just dial 8080-3300. To dial the number from Sydney or anywhere in Australia outside the area code region, you will need to dial 08 8080-3300. If you don't know your area code region, you can still dial the area code, and it will still work. To dial the number from overseas you will need to dial your local international access code (00 for most of Europe or 011 in the USA and Canada) and then dial 61 8 8080-3300, that is drop the leading '0' from the area code.


Australian area code list:

  • 02 = Central East (New South Wales, Australian Capital Territory and north-eastern fringe of Victoria)
  • 03 = South East (Southern NSW, Victoria and Tasmania)
  • 04 = Mobile phones Australia-wide (higher call charges apply).
  • 07 = North East (Queensland)
  • 08 = Central & West (Western Australia, South Australia, the Northern Territory and far Western New South Wales)

Local calls are about $0.25 on most fixed lines and $0.50 on all Telstra Pay Phones.

  • If calling an Australian number from a mobile phone outside Australia it is best to use the format +61880803300 with no spaces and no (0) prefixes included.
  • If making an international call from your mobile phone from within Australia use the '+' followed by the country code, followed by destination area code, followed by the local number at the destination. Omit all leading '0' prefixes and do not include any spaces.
  • If dialling from a mobile telephone in Australia it is not necessary to use an international dialling prefix (such as 0011). The '+' symbol followed by the destination country code is all that is needed to access the international telephone system from your handset.

Special numbers

  • Numbers commencing with 13 are charged at a local call rate, and what they connect you to can vary according to your location. They can be 10 or 6 digit numbers. For example 1300 796 222, will connect you with the Albury tourist information, no matter where you are in Australia. However, 131 008 will connect you with a different local taxi service depending on where you are. 13 22 32 will connect you to New South Wales Railways in Sydney or Victorian Railways in Melbourne. Calling these numbers internationally can be problematic.
  • Numbers commencing with 18 are free when dialled from a payphone or fixed phone, and commonly used for hotel reservation numbers, or tourist information numbers.
  • Numbers commencing with 19 are premium numbers, often with very hefty call charges (make sure you check before dialling).
  • Numbers commencing with 12 are carrier services, and are dependent on what network you are connected to. For example 12 456 is a general information number for Telstra. Vodafone offer a similar services on 123. These numbers can be premium services as well.

Calling special numbers internationally can often work - just try dialling the number prefixed with the +61 country code. Many locations will give an alternative direct number for use in international dialling. You can use the non-geographical number search on e164.org.au to look up a normal number from a 13 or 18 number.

You may make reverse charge calls by using the number 1800 REVERSE (1800 7383773).

Mobile cellular phones

Australia has cellular networks operated by Telstra, Optus and Vodafone, and each of the networks have several resellers with different price plans. All three operate GSM (2G) and UMTS/HSPA (3G), with varying levels of LTE (4G) deployment.

There are no restrictions on overseas residents obtaining Australian prepaid SIM cards, although you will require some form of photo ID such as your passport for identification.

All three 2G networks operate on the 900/1800 MHz bands. Telstra and Vodafone have 3G HSPA+ services on 850/2100 MHz, and Optus on 900/2100 MHz. Telstra and Optus also have 4G LTE services at 1800 MHz; Vodafone rolled out 4G at 1800 MHz in a few large cities only in 2013-14. 4G coverage is very limited outside city areas; as 4G LTE is primarily a high-speed data service, most handsets will 'fall back' onto the 3G frequencies provided by the same carrier.

CDMA phones (phones without a SIM card) will not work in Australia.

With foreign SIM cards, international roaming is generally seamless onto Australia's GSM 900/1800 and 3G (UMTS/W-CDMA) networks, depending on agreements between operators. Check with your home operator before you leave.

All major cities and their suburbs have decent coverage on all three networks, as do many country towns except the smallest. Telstra's 850 MHz 3G network provides the best rural coverage (though it is also the most expensive), but unpopulated or sparsely populated areas away from major roads are unlikely to have service at all. If you are heading way out into the bush then a satellite phone may be your only option. Remember all mobile phones can be used for emergency calls on all networks, even if they don't have a local SIM or aren't roaming. This applies to satellite phones too.

There are coverage maps for Telstra, Optus and Vodafone.

A cheap prepaid mobile phone with a SIM retails for around $40 in most Australian retail outlets, supermarkets, and post offices; a SIM alone for an existing phone is around $2–3. Prepaid credit is added using recharge cards available at all supermarkets, newsagents, some ATMs, and other outlets.

You can buy a seemly infinite variety of packages, SIM cards, and phone bundles, with varied combinations of data, SMS and call time. Some carriers make calculating included calls difficult, by giving you a dollar "value" that is included in your package, and you then need to find the call, sms and data rates to calculate what is included. These rates can differ from plan to plan. Make sure the plan you choose includes what you need, because using data or making calls outside of the package allowance is often orders of magnitude more expensive.

Satellite phones

If you need comprehensive coverage in rural and remote areas, you can use a satellite phone. Iridium, Globalstar and Thuraya satellite services are available in Australia. Expect to pay around $120 per week to hire a satellite phone, plus call costs. Satellite messaging units, which send your location and a help SMS or email, can be hired for around $80 per week.

These units are only available from specialist dealers, often only in major cities (away from the remote areas you may be visiting). You should be able to acquire or hire these units in your home country before departure if you wish. Text messages can be sent from many public phones, using the keypad in much the same way as a mobile phone. Follow the instructions on the phone display.

Post

 
Express (yellow) and normal (red) Australia Post street posting boxes

Australia Post runs Australia's postal service. Letters can be posted in any red Australia Post posting box, which are found at all post offices and many other locations. All stamps can be purchased from post offices, and some stamps can be purchased from newsagents and hotels. Posting a standard letter costs $0.70 within Australia (up to 250g), $1.95 for Asia/Pacific (up to 20g) and $2.75 for the rest of the world (up to 20g). 'Domestic' and 'international' stamps are different, as international is tax free, therefore, so make sure you use the right stamp. Parcels, express post and other services are also available.

Addresses in Australia are generally formatted in the following way, which is similar to addresses in the United States and Canada

Name of recipient
House number and street name
(If needed) Suite or apartment or building number
City or town, two or three-letter state abbreviation, postal code

You can receive mail via Poste Restante in any city or town. Mail should be addressed to your full name c/o Post Restante, and you simply call into the post office with ID to receive your mail.

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Winter sports in Australia

Mt Hotham, Victoria

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Australia has a surprisingly good sized winter sports industry. The season is not very long compared to more 'favourable' climes, but Australians take full advantage of what they've got, extending the natural ski season with snow machines, etc.

 The major ski fields are found in Victoria and New South Wales and Tasmania.

The largest and highest alpine skiing resorts, usually having the most reliable snowfalls are found in the mountain areas of New South Wales. Victoria also has extensive ski fields along the ranges. Tasmania is located much further south and has more extensive snows during the winter, which make for some winter hiking and cross-country skiing opportunities, but alpine skiing is more limited, with a shorter season and ski smaller ski resorts that are harder to access.

In News South Wales and Victoria the ski season traditionally begins on the Queen's birthday long weekend (the second Monday in June is a public holiday). The beginning of the ski season is more often marked by a celebratory drink than a early morning run down fresh powder. The most reliable snowfalls are in July and August. If you had to pick one week of the year, the second week in August would have to be the choice with the best chance of good alpine skiing. In good seasons there will be some lifts open in June, September and sometimes early October.

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Melbourne, the most liveble city in the world

Visa melbourne-australiaAlso this year and for the sixth consecutive year Melbourne is the most liveble city in the world! He says the English magazine The Economist, appointing the capital city of Victoria, the best city in the world, to education, health, economic stability, culture, infrastructure and services and green spaces. Melbourne has conquered 97.5 points on 100. Practically is a perfect city. Live in Melbourne is really nice. This should be a good enough reason to choose: salaries are high and proportionate to the cost of life; the quality of life is incomparable to other parts of the world; sport and leisure are a value to be observed here; live in the open air and surrounded by nature is the everyday life and then bureaucracy and infrastructure are not a problem, indeed. Not to mention the hundreds of events, festivals, markets, concerts and much more. When you go to the bar not order more coffee at the bench but a "large, Skinny Milk, double shot, two sugar, take away", produced in a biological roasting of Colombia; your bar of reference is an old factory (say better warehouse) transformed into local trend; in Melbourne there is the world champion of the neapolitan pizza - the best pizza maker free style to the world; the dough leavened most in the world and in fact the pizza is very good almost everywhere, especially the one with tomato, spinach, pumpkin and mozzarella and an addition of feta cheese or ricotta. You put in a row to eat the brioche more good in the world; to attend the exhibition of four frames of Keith Haring; to recharge the Myki; for eating in the restaurant which does not accept bookings, to go to the concert where there are no numbered seats and more or less in any other place of the city. Now go to the museum means to go to the National Gallery of Friday evening while I admire the paintings, drink a sparkling wine of the Yarra Valley ............ Now you must continue to discover the marvels of this city...go to agency, book your trip, and get your visa Australia clicking on the page apply-for-evisitor-eta

With visa australia you can visit Kangaroo Island

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Obtain a visa for Australia you will give the possibility to travel on the beautiful Kangaroo Island is truly spectacular, where you can find the cliffs overhanging the sea stormy, quiet beaches, an ocean blue color, vast Boschive Formations of eucalyptus, sheltered bays and coves hidden. But do not be fooled by the dimensions, in fact though seemingly an islet near the great Australia in fact Kangaroo Island is as big as the Val d' Aosta and therefore the tourist need time to visit it well. Not only the Echidna, kangaroos, koalas, wallabies and penguins live on the whole island, but these creatures are also easily arranged at the approach so completely one with this memorable experience of close contact with nature. A visit to South Australia may not be complete if you do not pass a few days on the island. If you are staying at Kingskote at the Ozone Seafront remember that evening just opposite the hotel part of the guided walking tour to observe the Penguin colony and, behind the hotel there is a restaurant that is called local Beautiful , well worth visiting but remember that you must go up to 8 pm……… To visit Kangaroo Island, remember to ask for a tourist visa Australia

SEAL BAY

The most famous attraction of Kangaroo Island is the Natural Park of Seal Bay on the south coast of the island. It is a place of permanent stability for a colony of around 500 rare Australian sea lions. Particular important, this Cologne represents approximately 10 % of the entire world population of this species. Sea lions Seal Bay accept without problems the presence of people in their beach and tour guided by the Park Ranger assure an encounter as far as possible aligned with these large creatures. At the top of the walk on wooden platforms is an excellent information center that provides everything needed for the knowledge about the life of sea lions.

The Flinders Chase National Park

Kangaroo Island has 18 National Parks Natural and dedicated to the protection of its rare flora and fauna. The greater extension of these is the Flinders Chase National Park, that west covers most of the island with its pristine forests and grasslands.The area is a true paradise for many seals, sea lions, eagles marine birds with plume and many other varieties of flora and fauna. The inner part of the park sees the predominance of eucalyptus forests, place of refuge a series of animals such as kangaroos and wallabies, possum, Echidna and Platypus. Koalas are also numerous on the island, which is one of the few places in Australia where visitors can admire them in their natural habitat.

The Remarkable Rocks and the Admiral's Arch

maritime environment of Kangaroo Island was the main architect of his terrestrial forms. In no other place you are such demonstrations of this, since the bizarre natural sculptures of Remarkable Rocks. These massive formations of granite stand out high on a promontory with their contorted, curious excavations created in  thousands of years of wind, rain and splashes coming from the waves. The Remarkable Rocks are one of the representations most photographed on the island, and are a true wonder for students of geology. Another natural icon of Kangaroo Island is the Admiral's Arch at Cape du Couedic. This rocky arch, chiselled by the elements, rises above a species of auditorio natural coastal that constitutes an area of refuge for sea lions New Zealanders who fish in the waters of the district and then rest on the surrounding rocks.

The cute penguins

 

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A visit to Kangaroo Island cannot be complete without having admired the little penguins, and build their nests on sandy hills and on the rocky headlands from parts of Penneshaw and Kingscote. Unique among the species which reproduces in Australian waters, these cute penguins are waiting until sunset before returning to the shore. Every night, are performed guided tours at Kingscote and Penneshaw. They are held after the sunset, when the Penguins return to their settlements after having caught in the sea.

Dive in the waters of the Island

Kangaroo Island offers some of the most temperate waters in which dive throughout Australia. There are coral reefs multicolor just below the water level and rocky barriers where it can be observed a marine ecosystem undisturbed. The submerged life is lively and the pristine waters are rich in fish which the devil Blue, The Harlequin, fish of corals and the elusive Leafy Sea Dragon.There are more than 80 places where there were shipwrecks, scattered all around the island, in many of which you can still see the remains off the coast of beaches.

An underground world

at the Natural Park of Kelly Hill, a set of caves of the Kelly Hill reveals a underground labyrinth. The Caves and the excavations limestone contain various series of formations of stalagmites and stalactites and other concretions.

The beaches

Kangaroo Island has some of the most beautiful beaches of Australia, and are ideal for swimming, surfing, observe nature or simply for rilassarvisi. The twisted coast to the south of the island offers spectacular sandy beaches pristine, as  Vivonne Bay and D'Estress Bay, while the north coast has a series of beaches for swimming in complete safety, as EMU Bay, Browns Beach and the American Beach.If you are a surfer, you cannot miss the opportunity to ride the waves on these pristine beaches...get your electronic visa for asutralia and parts for an unforgettable holiday.

LITTLE SAHARA

This is an area of spectacular white and sandy dunes, surrounded by the typical vegetation of the bush, near the coast to the south of the island. It is worth to do a climbing on the dunes to enjoy spectacular views along all the surroundings of sand and desert.

The products of the Island

The island offers magnificent food and products such as free-range poultry, honey of Ligurian bees and the 'marron', a delightful crustacean of sweet water. There are flocks of sheep that daily produce fine cheeses and yoghurt and a distillery of eucalyptus. In addition to Kangaroo Island It produces excellent wine and the two areas most renowned are Dudley Wines near Pennashaw, and Two Whheeler Creek Wines at the center of the island near to AndermelMarron.

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