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Australia

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Capital: Canberra

Airport Information

Name of airport: Brisbane

Airport tax: A$27, included in airfare.

Flying hours from Hong Kong on direct flights

8 2/3 hours

Visa

Required for HK Passport holders & HKCI holders

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Customs

Customs Allowance

  • Tobacco: 250 cigarettes or 250 gms cigars or tobacco

  • Liquor: 1 litre alcoholic liquor including wine, beer or spirits

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Currency

Australia Dollars (A$)

Approximately: A$1=HK$4.79=US$0.6083

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Time Zone

GMT: + 10

Difference from Hong Kong: + 2

Transportation

Bus

limousines (carries up to 6 passengers)

luxury mini coach

Taxi

Ferries

Car rental

Railway

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Tourist Attraction

City Hall

Lone Pine Koala Sancturay

South Bank Parklands

Government House

Mt Coot-tha Botanical Gardens


Weather

Jan - Mar: Temp - 27 C, Rain - 157mm

Apr - Jun: Temp - 18 C, Rain - 75 mm

Jul - Sep: Temp - 16 C, Rain - 51 mm

Oct - Dec: Temp - 22 C, Rain - 100 mm

Temperature - Five Day City Forcast

Precipitation - Five Day City Forcast

Language

Official Languages: English

Language of Business and Administration: English

Electricity

240/250 volts 50 hertz

Emergency and Useful Tel. No.

S.O.S. Worldwide Alarm Centres: Please click here

Emergency calls for Police, Fire & Ambulance: Dial 000

Public Holidays

1999
Jan 1,  26; Apr 2, 3, 5, 26; June 14; Oct 4;   Dec 25 - 28
2000
Jan 3, 26

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Australia

MELBOURNE

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Melbourne is situated in the State of Victoria.

Airport Information

Name of airport: Melbourne International

Distance to town: 12km

Airport Transport:

  • Skybus

runs between the airport and Spencer Street station in the city

runs every 30 minutes, starting from 5:30am to 11:30pm

fare: adult A$9.00, child under 14 A$4.50.

Discounts apply to two passengers traveling together.

  • Taxi

fare: A$25.00 - A$30.00

takes about 35-50 minutes

Airport tax: A$27 (over 12 years of age)

Flying hours from Hong Kong on direct flights

8 2/3 hours

Visa

Required for HK Passport holders & HKCI holders

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Customs allowance

Tobacco: 250 cigarettes or 250 grammes of tobacco products

Liquor: 1 litre alcoholic beverages

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Currency

Australia Dollars (A$)

Approximately: A$1=HK$4.79=US$0.6083

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Tax

Most banks charge an A0.10 stamp duty on traveller's cheques.

Time Zone

GMT: + 10

Difference from Hong Kong: + 2

Transportation

Bus

Taxi

Train

The Met - Melbourne's world-famous electric tram system and the newest free tram service, operates 7 days a week around the perimeter of the city.

Car rental

The NightRider Bus - leaves from the City Square hourly from 12:30am to 4:30am on weekends, with routes covering most of the Melbourne Metropolitian area.

City Circle Tram - The free City Circle Tram runs around the entire city centre between 10:00am and 6:00pm, 7 days a week, at approximately 10 minutes intervals, completing the circuit in 30 minutes.

Clipper (Mon - Fri: free)

Melbourne City Explorer Bus

Domestic Flights

Tourist Attraction

Rialto Towers Observation Deck - It is the tallest building in the Southern Hemisphere. It gives you a 360 degree panorama of Melbourne and surrounding areas. Also available is restaurant, boutique bar, kiosk, souvenirs, telescopes and Rialto Vision Theatre.

Sovereign Hill

The Meat Market Craft Centre - at North Melbourne, the city's busy wholesale meat market for 90 years, is now one of Australia's finest craft centres. Contemporary crafts are exhibited while craftspeople are seen at work in the textile, glass, ceramic and wood workshops. It is the home of the Victoria State Craft Collection, and includes a craft shop and coffeee shop.

The Crown Casino - It is now a temporary casino which is already bigger than any in Australia. The permanent casino is planned to open in June 1996, will be the world's largest.

Royal Melbourne Zoological Gardens - Highlights include the African forest, the Asian forest, the Butterfly house, World of Frogs and the Treetop exhibits for monkeys and apes. There is a kiosk, gift shops and a restaurant, Admission is charged.

The Royal Botanical Gardens - established in 1846, spreads over 32 acres.

Fitzroy Gardens

Old Melbourne Goal

Parliament House

Victorian Arts Centre

The National Gallery of Victoria - holds the largest collection of art in the Southern Hemisphere. Admission: adult A$6.00 child A$3.00 family A$12.00

The Museum of Victoria

Scienceworks - Melbourne's new science and technology adventure indoor - outdoor venue, which features interactive exhibits about energy, invention, travel, and materials and lots more. Adults A$6.00, children A$3.00 and families A$11.00 (1 adult and 2 children) or A$17.00 (2 adults and 2 or more children).

Shopping Guide

Bourke Street Mall

Collins Street &Toorak Road

Queen Victoria Market

Melbourne Central

South Melbourne Market

Prahran Market

Chinatown

Sport & Health

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Telephone

Local calls from public telephones: A$0.40

Weather

Sep - Nov: Temp - 17 - 21C, Rain - 59 - 68 mm
Dec - Feb: Temp - 24 - 26 C, Rain - 48 - 58 mm
Mar - May: Temp - 20 - 30 C, Rain - 52 - 58 mm
Jun - Aug: Temp - 15 - 18C, Rain - 48 - 51 mm
Temperature - Five Day City Forcast
Precipitation - Five Day City Forcast

Language

Official Languages: English
Language of Business and Administration: English

Electricity

240 volts 50 hertz

Emergency and Useful Tel. No.

S.O.S. Worldwide Alarm Centres: Please click here
Emergency calls for Police, Fire & Ambulance is 000.
Melbourne Tourism Authority 6542288
Victorian Tourism Commission 6199444
Metropolitan Public Transport Infromation 6170900

Public Holidays

1999
Jan 1,  26; Mar 8; Apr 2, 5, 25; June 14; Nov 2; Dec 25 - 28
2000
Jan1, 26

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Australia

PERTH

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Airport Information

Name of airport: Perth International
Distance to town: 18km
Coach fare: A$7
Taxi fare: A$20
Airport tax: Tax included in the airfare

Flying hours from Hong Kong on direct flights

9:45 hours (including transit time)

Visa

Required for HK Passport holders & HKCI holders
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Customs allowance

Tobacco: 250 cigarettes or 250 gms cigars or tobacco
Liquor: 1 litre alcoholic liquor including wine, beer or spirits
Click here for more details

Currency

Australia Dollars (A$)
Approximately: A$1=HK$4.79=US$0.6083
Click here for restrictions

Tax

Airport Tax
- Tax included in the airfare

Time Zone

GMT: + 8
Difference from Hong Kong: + 0

Transportation

Bus
Taxi
Clipper (Mon - Fri: free)
Train

Tourist Attraction

His Majesty's Theatre
Underwater World
Burswood Casino and Resort Hotel
Swan Valley
Art Gallery of Western Australia
Western Australian Museum
Cohunu Wildlife Park
Perth Zoo

Shopping Guide

Frematle
Haystreet Mall
London Court
Rockingham
Claremont
Forrest Chase

Sport & Health

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Weather

Jan - Mar: Temp - 27 C, Rain - 13 mm
Apr - Jun: Temp - 16 C, Rain - 117 mm
Jul - Sep: Temp - 14 C, Rain - 131 mm
Oct - Dec: Temp - 25 C, Rain - 30 mm
Temperature - Five Day City Forcast
Precipitation - Five Day City Forcast

Language

Official Languages: English
Language of Business and Administration: English

Electricity

240/250 volts 50 hertz

Emergency and Useful Tel. No.

S.O.S. Worldwide Alarm Centres: Please click here
Emergency calls for Police, Fire & Ambulance: Dial 000

Public Holidays

1999
Jan 1,  26; Apr 2, 5, 26; June 7; Sep 27;  Dec 25 - 28
2000
Jan1, 26

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Sydney Harbour Bridge

Australia

SYDNEY

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Sydney is the oldest and biggest city in Australia.

Airport Information

Name of airport: Kingsford Smith
Distance to town: 11km
Airport transport:
  • Yellow and Green Airport Express Bus
Fare: AUD5 one way, AUD8 return.
It takes about 15-30 mins.
Every 20 mins through the day.
  • Taxi fare: AUD20
Airport tax: AUD27; under 12, no charge.

Flying hours from Hong Kong on direct flights

8 hrs 50 mins

Visa

Required for HK Passport holders & HKCI holders
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Customs allowance

Tobacco: 250 cigarettes or 250 gms cigars or tobacco
Liquor: 1 litre alcoholic liquor including wine, beer or spirits
Click here for more details

Currency

Australia Dollars (A$)
Approximately: A$1=HK$4.79=US$0.6083
Click here for restrictions

Time Zone

GMT: + 10
Difference from Hong Kong: + 2

Transportation

Bus
Taxi
Ferries
Car rental
Motorhome
Sydney Explorer Bus - AUD20 adults, AUD15 children, AUD45 family. Purchase from Driver. The red Sydney Explorer bus will take you to 26 different points of interest in the city, The Rocks, Kings Cross, Chinatown and Darling Harbour. The red Explorer operates seven days from 9am to 7pm.Passengers can board or leave the bus at any of the 26 stops along the route and catch any following bus approximately every 20 minutes.
Bondi and Bay Explorer Bus - It operates daily from 9am to 6pm. A guided tour of the eastern suburbs. The blue bus begins its 35 kilometre journey at Circular Quay and travels through Kings Cross, Double Bay, Vaucluse and Watsons Bay to The Gap, then returns to the city via Bondi Beach, Centennial Park and Oxford Street.Passengers can board or leave the bus at any of its 20 stops and catch a following bus approximately every 30 minutes.
Darling Habrour Monorail - overlook Sydney's interesting streets and around Darling Harbour. A scenic link between hotels, shops, restaurants, mesuem, attractions and cinemas.
Trains

Tickets to save you money

Travelten -For the ocassional users of buses. The ticket is valid for ten trips with no time limit and gives about 40% discount on a single fare. A blue Travelten covers two sections for AUD8. A red Travelten will cover up to nine sections for AUD15.40 (longer available). You can buy Travelten from bus depots, train stations and newsagents.
Bus Tripper - AUD7.80 adults and 3.9 children for a full day's unlimited travel by all metropolitan buses. Buy from bus depots and some newsagents. There is also an unlimited bus / ferry day tripper for AUD12.
Sydney Pass - Allows 3, 5 or 7 days consecutive travel on all STA buses, ferries, Sydney Explorer, Airport Express, JetCats and RiverCats. Prices from AUD60 to AUD90.
Travelpass - Unlimited weekly, quarterly or yearly travel on buses, trains and ferries. There are 10 zones and the cost depends on the number you travel through. Travelpass can be bought at rail stations, bus depots and most newsagents.
Cityhopper - Unlimited one day travel on the rail system bounded by Central, Kings Cross, Circular Quay and North Sydney after 9a.m. weekdays or all day on ther weekend. Cost: AUD2.20.
Darling Harbour Superticket - Cost: AUD29.90, valid for one month and are available at the Sydney Aquarium, Matilda Cruises or any monorail station. Includes Sydney Aquarium, the Chinese Garden, a monorail ride, lunch or dinner at the Aquarium cafe, a 2- hour Rocket Cruise with Matilda Cruises, a discount shopping voucher, a discount ride on the SS South Steyne.

Tourist Attraction

Essential Sights:
Sydney Opera House - Sydney's world-famous landmark is also the busiest perfoming arts centre in the world.
Sydney Tower - Over 300 metres, the highest public building in the southern hemisphere. AUD6.50 to the top of the tower, you can have the best view Sydney.
Sydney Harbour Bridge - also the sybmol of Sydney
Darling Hourbour - A shopping and attractions complex. From where you can find the Sydney Aquarium, Sydney's only Chinese Garden, museums such as Powerhouse Museum, Australian Nartional Maritime Museum and Harris St Motor Museum, Sydney's 2000 Olympic Showcase & Information Centre.
"The Rocks" - Sydney's oldest settlement area with lots of historic sights, free entertainment and special events every weekend.
Zoos & Aquarums:
Taronga Park Zoo - features Australian's finest collection of native and exotic animals.
Australian Wildlife Park
Featherdale Wildlife Park
Sydney Aquarium - The largest aquarium in the Southern Hemisphere. Excellent displays and the world's largest exhibited grey nurse shark, plus crocodiles, fur seals, harbour seals and fascinating moray eels. Open 9:30am - 9pm.
Oceanworld - Fascinating, well presented aquarium walk under the ocean in the "Tunnel of Life" and be surrounded by sharks and giant stingrays. Certified divers can dive with the sharks.
Parks & Gardens:
Royal Botanic Gardens - covering 30 hectares
Museums & Galleries:
Art Gallery of New South Wales
Sydney Jewish Museum - Australian Jewish culture and customs

Shopping Guide

Oxford St- Paddington - It is the fashion victim centre of Sydney for the young and beautiful crowd.
Centre Point, Pitt Street Mall & Strand Arcade - with all the major department stores and international chain shops.
Clocktower Square Shopping Centre in the heart of The Rocks
Harbour Side Festival Market Place
Queen Victoria Building Shopping Centre - This beautiful sandstone building has been transformed into Sydney's most prestigious shopping centre. You can see copper domes, stained glass windows and the Royal Clock.
Glebe - Close to Sydney University. On Saturdays there is a big market at the local school which has cheap new and second-hand clothes, food and interesting bits and pieces.

Sport & Health

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Quick Costs Reference

@ Price (in AUD) @ @ Price (in AUD)
Food & Drink @ @ Entertainment @
Dinner per head @ @ Cinema Ticket (adult) 12.00
High price range 40.00-60.00 @ Theatre Ticket (adult) 35.00+
Medium price range 25.00-40.00 @ Fringe Theatre Ticket 15.00+
Low price range 15.00-25.00 @ Gallery / Museum Ticket 5.00-8.00
Cafe-style lunch 6.00-10.00 @ Daily Newspapers 0.80- 1.20
Hamburger 2.50-7.00 @ Tourist Attraction 7.00- 20.00
Sandwich Take-away 3.00-5.00 @ Film @
Glass of Wine 3.00-5.00 @ 24 Print Film 6.00-8.00
Scotch & Water 3.00-4.50 @ 36 Print Film 7.00- 10.00
Nip of Spirits 2.60-3.00 @ 24 Print Development 7.95
Top Shelf Spirit 3.00-4.00 @ 36 Print Development 11.95
Glass of Champagne 3.00-4.00 @ Local Phone Call @
Can of Coke 1.20 @ Public Phone 0.40
Bottle of Orange Juice 1.80-3.00 @ Private Phone 0.25
Bus Fares @ @ @ @
1-2 Sections (approximately 1 1/2 km per section) 1.20 @ @ @
3-9 Sections 2.50 @ @ @
10-15 Sections 3.30 @ @ @
16-22 Sections 4.00 @ @ @
23-27 Sections 4.40 @ @ @

Weather

Spring (Sep - Nov): average 20 C
Summer (Dec - Feb): average: 24 C
Autumn (Mar - May): average 16 C
Winter (Jun - Aug): average 12 C
Average Annual Rainfall: 1,226mm

Temperature - Five Day City Forcast

Precipitation - Five Day City Forcast

Language

Official Languages: English
Language of Business and Administration: English

Electricity

240 volts 50 hertz

Emergency and Useful Tel. No.

S.O.S. Worldwide Alarm Centres: Please click here

Emergency for Ambulance, Fire, & Police: Dial 000

Public Holidays

1999
Jan 1,  26; Apr 2, 5, 26; June 14; Aug 2; Oct 4;   Dec 25 - 28
2000
Jan1, 26

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