Queensland, home of the Great Barrier Reef and commonly referred to as the "Sunshine State", is the ultimate outdoor playground. Relax on an island, hike through rainforests or scuba dive on the Great Barrier Reef. From Gold Coast fun to a Cape adventure, Queensland offers a special kind of paradise.
BRISBANEThe capital of Queensland and the third largest Australian city with a population of 1.3 million, is the gateway to to the Sunshine and Gold coasts. Spanning a large area from the shores of Moreton Bay in the east to the Brisbane River Valley to the hills of the D'Aguilar Range.
THE GOLD COASTThis sweeping 75km of coastline offers a stretch of patrolled beaches including Surfers Paradise, Coolangatta, Broadbeach, Burleigh Heads. Beach front esplanades extend a warm welcome to visitors to lay back and relax, take in fun and excitement of Australia's most popular playground.
THE GREAT BARRIER REEFQueensland's Great Barrier Reef is the worlds largest expanse of coral reefs and islands, comprising 3000 individual reefs and approximately 600 islands. Stretching for more than 1200 kilometres along Queensland's coast, it is as breathtakingly beautiful as it is diverse.
CAIRNSA garden city situated between the ocean and rainforest covered mountains. Cairns boasts a world class marina, used by charter boats and fishing vessels and the international airport is a short drive from the city centre. Guided tours leave daily to explore the tropical northern regions.
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Weather in Australia
Australia's weather can differ greatly from state to state. Even in the hottest part of summer the south eastern states can experience quite cold weather. Although it doesn't happen every year. It has been known to snow in the snowy mountains of New South Wales, Victoria & Tasmania in the middle of summer. Winter is very cold in the eastern states of NSW, VIC and TAS and yet it is very pleasant around the tropical ranges of Queensland. Head wear is a must on sunny days and care should be taken to not get sun burn.
Airport transfer shuttle buses operate out of most airports right around Australia. Cost can be a little as $5 per person. Taxi's are readily available at every airport. Cost varies depending on travelling distance.
Australia has approx. 18.5 million population nation-wide. We are a very multicultural society. 8.5% of the population is unemployed. 90% of us would be glad to help you, if asked.
Decimal currency - 100 cents = $1.00Banking Hours
Our note denominations are $5, $10, $20, $50 and $100 dollar bills
Coins are 5¢, 10¢, 20¢, 50¢, $1.00 and $2.00
1 American Dollar USD buys about $1.80 Australian AUD
9 am to 4 pm Monday to Thursday
9 am to 5 pm Fridays
Hours may vary with some Banks
Automatic Teller Machines are readilly available outside majority of Banks and in other business areas.
Currency exchange can be done at most banks or at all the large airports, also exchange offices in all major cities and towns.
*Prices are shown in Australian Dollars and are subject to change without notice!
- New Year's Day - Friday 1st January
- Australia Day - Tuesday 26th January
- Sydney Mardi Gras - Saturday 27th February
- Good Friday - Friday 2nd April
- Easter Monday - Monday 5 April
- Anzac Day - Sunday 25th April
- Labour Day (QLD) - Monday 3rd May
- Queen's Birthday - Monday 14th June
- Exhibition Day (Brisbane) - Wednesday 11th August
- Bank Holiday - Monday 2nd August
- Labour Day (NSW)- Monday 4th October
- Melbourne Cup Day (VIC) - Tuesday 2nd November
- Christmas Day - Saturday 25th December
- Boxing Day - Sunday 26th December
- Local Phone Call - 40 cents
- Milk 500 ml - $0.70
- Sliced Bread - $1.65
- Eggs 1 doz - $2.30
- Potatoes 1 Kg - 90 cents
- Petrol 1 litre - 89.9 cents
- Cup of Coffee - $1.80 - $2.70
In Australia we drive on the left hand side of the road. Speed limits in housing or business areas is a maximum 60 kph, unless speed signs advise other. National speed on country roads is maximum 100 kph and 110 kph on marked freeways. Seat belts are mandatory. All states have Random Breath Testing (Blood Alcohol Level of 0.05 max.)
Emergency Phone Numbers for Police - Ambulance - Fire
Emergency Phone Number 000