Australia is the world’s smallest, flattest & driest continent. (40% lies in tropics, 1/3 is a desert & 1/3 is marginal grazing.) The Great Barrier Reef off the east coast of Queensland is the largest coral reef in the world. Most of the populations are of British ancestry, 6% are Asians & 1.5 is Aborigines. Australia processes vast mineral reserves and grazing lands. She has depended on primary business industries – agriculture & mining, while expanding its manufacturing base. The well education population enjoys a high standard of living and high degree of self-sufficiency.
AREA: 7,682,300 sq. km
Canberra Population: (311,000)
English, Aboriginal languages (plus Italian, Greek and numerous other European and Asian languages)
75% Christian, 1% Muslim, 1% Buddhist, 0.5% Jewish.
Sydney, Melbourne, Perth, Brisbane & Adelaide
1 Australian Dollar (A$) = 100 cents
Notes: 5, 10, 20, 50 & 100 Australian dollars
International credit cards & travelers’ checks are widely accepted in cities.
Taxi – Taxis are metered, available in major cities and most towns. Rates vary from day and night trips.
Bus – Travel by coach is cheaper than rail or air but long distance makes this method of travel tiring.
Railway – Indian Pacific, the main trans-continental service, operates between Sydney and Perth.
Local calls from public pay phones cost 30 cents. Most public phones have direct long distance & overseas dialing. Telefax, fax & other services are available at post offices. They are open from 9am to 5pm (Mon-Fri).
If you are travelling from Hongkong and in need of full internet access please browse the website for router rental service to use in the country.
Major Exports: Cereal, meat, wool, diamond, alumina, coal, iron, refined zinc, ores & mineral sands.
Major Imports: Transport equipment, machinery, petroleum, petrochemical products and computers.
Major Trading Partners: New Zealand, Japan, US, EU Countries, ASEAN & South Korea.
Government and most business offices open from 930am-430pm (Mon-Thu) & 930am-5pm (Fri)
Good hospitals & medical facilities are available in major cities and towns. Visitors may bring in up to a months’ supply of prescribed medications. Tap water is safe to drink, except in remote areas.
The northern coastal area enjoys tropical weather with the heaviest rainfall in the summer. Southern cities enjoy temperate climate.
Please visit: http://www.climate-zone.com/climate/australia/
THE FOUR SEASONS:
Spring – September to November, Summer – December to February
Autumn – March to May, Winter – June to August
The cities have a good selection of restaurants. International cuisine is becoming more common. Lamb, beef & fish are inexpensive. Seafood is plentiful.
WHAT TO WEAR:
Casual clothes are suitable. Suits are worn for business & formal social events.
ART AND CULTURE
Australia is a multicultural Society. Australians were Predominantly of British and Irish descent, but that has changed dramatically. Large immigrations from Greece, Italy, Yugoslavia, Lebanon and Turkey followed the war and have been supplemented by more recent in influxes of immigrants from Asia. There are also about 230,000 Aborigines and Torres Strait Islanders. Australians has a rich artistic heritage and a rich artistic heritage and a vibrant contemporary art scene. Aboriginal rock carvings and paintings date back at least 3000 years.European settles began to produce distinctively Australian Art Forms towards the end of the 19th century. Australians mid-20th century artists were world figures
(Sidney Nolan, Patrick White) and its modern practitioners have excelled in painting (Fred Williams), Literature (Peter Carney) Opera ( Joan Soother Land), Film (Peter Weir) and Popular Music (Nick Cave).
Visas: Every Nationality except New Zealanders needs visas. Tourist’s visas are generally valid for six months. Visas for less than three months are free.
Normally an electronic visa can applied through their website or from travel agencies depends on your Nationality and country of origin. For more information please explore the website. http://www.nationalvisas.com.au/
Passport or travel document must have at least 6 months validity.
It is the passengers responsibility to obtain all required travel documents, visas and permits, and for complying with the laws, regulations, orders, demands and other travel requirements of countries of origin, destination or transit.
We strongly recommend that you go to the IATA Travel Centre website http://www.iatatravelcentre.com for more information.
It's absolutely essential to have adequate travel insurance covered, especially for the purposes of flight cancellation, delay or any other unexpected incidental cases occurred during the trip and to enjoy the journey with a peaceful mind.
Take the travel insurance that meets your needs and understand its coverage.
YOUR TOUR ARRANGEMENTS
All land arrangements within Australia are solely at the discretion of our land operators who control the final scheduling of sightseeing programs based on current situation of the day or period like weather, flight schedule, traffic condition etc…….
Those situations are not under our control and cannot be held responsible for sudden changes.
Terms & Conditions are based on our website : www.f56.com/Terms&Conditions.pdf
HEALTH INFORMATION FOR TRAVELING ( FOR TRAVELLERS FROM HONGKONG )
OUTBOUND TRAVEL ALERT ( FOR TRAVELLERS FROM HONGKONG )
If you are traveling from Hongkong and would like to know more about the outbound
Travel alert please explore the website: http://www.sb.gov.hk/eng/ota/
If you are a Hongkong Resident holding a valid HKID card and have register a MyGovHK account, you can use the ROTI which is free of charge. Or explore the website to register. http://www.gov.hk/en/residents/immigration/outsidehk/roti.htm