Australia

Australia

Country profile

Australia is as naturally diverse as it is large. Home to rainforests, desert islands, bushland and, of course, the dusty wilderness of the Outback, plus species of wildlife unique to the country, nature-lovers will be in their element. Elsewhere, its cities are hubs of art, culture and gastronomy, and its beaches unmatched.

Australia

KEY INFORMATION
Capital: Canberra
Visa requirements: Visitors must apply for a visa before leaving home, either at your nearest Australian Embassy or Consulate or online
Time zone: Australia is divided into three distinct time zones: Australian Eastern Standard Time (GMT + 11), Australian Central Standard Time (GMT + 10.5) and Australian Western Standard Time (GMT + 9).
Language: English
Currency: Australian dollar
Population: 25 million
Electricity: 220V and 50Hz, Type 1 plug

Tipping policy: Hotels and restaurants do not add service charges to your bill, and tipping is always your choice. In high-end restaurants, it is common to tip waiters ten per cent of the bill for good service 

AIRPORTS AND FLYING TIME FROM THE UK 

Visitors to Australia can fly from key metropolitan and regional UK airports, with one stop in either the Middle East or Asia. Typical flying times are between 20 and 24 hours, but visitors can now also fly direct from London to Perth in 17 hours with Qantas.

TOP FIVE ATTRACTIONS
Sydney Harbour Bridge and Opera House, New South Wales
Uluru, Northern Territory
Great Barrier Reef, Queensland
Wine regions, South Australia
Great Ocean Road, Victoria

MAJOR EVENTS
Vivid Sydney, an annual festival of light, music and ideas, New South Wales, May 24 to June 15
Field of Light, Uluru, a light-based installation, on from now until December 31, 2020
Cairns Indigenous Art Fair, July 12-14
Adelaide Fringe Festival, February 15 to March 17
Australian Motorcycle Grand Prix 2019, Phillip Island, Victoria, October 25-27

WEDDINGS
Documents needed:
Passports;
Birth certificates;
Divorce certificate, if applicable;
Death certificate of former spouse(s), if applicable;
Notice of Intended Marriage.

Same-sex or LGBTQ marriages are legal in Australia.

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