by Mark Albert
Top Travel Tips in Two Minutes
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Love it? Live it!
- Fort Denison (have a serving of history along with your fish and chips)
- Mount Coot-tha Lookout
- Story Bridge Adventure Climb
- South Bank
- State Library of Queensland
- Meet a local as part of the “Brisbane Greeters” program
- Gold Coast
- City of Melbourne
- Great Barrier Reef
When Mark visited Sydney, he stayed in the Radisson Plaza Hotel.
When Mark visited Brisbane, he stayed at Starwood’s Four Points by Sheraton hotel.
-If you are flying into Sydney, Australia’s largest city, from the East (say, from the United States), sit on the starboard, or right, side for the best view of the Australian coastline as you approach. After 14 hours of darkness over the Pacific Ocean, you’ll usually be in for a beautiful sunrise as it hits the coast upon arrival.
-Since Australia is (way) south of the equator, the seasons are reversed compared to those in the northern hemisphere and in the United States, for example. So when planning a trip, be aware that Australia’s winter is in June, July, and August, even though winter may be relatively mild depending on your destination within Australia.
-Australian authorities issue electronic visas, good for up to one year, to visitors from several countries, including the United States, Japan, Canada, and South Korea, in advance. Before you leave for Australia, check to see if you can participate in the Electronic Travel Authority (ETA) system. The entire process, all the way through checkout and confirmation of your visa, usually takes under 10 minutes. The cost is $20 AUD (about $15 USD).
-Australia offers a cultural exchange program for young adults ages 18-30 that allows them to stay for a year or more in Australia and work. Learn more about the Working Vacation Maker Programme
-The emergency number for police or fire assistance is 000.
-Sydney and Brisbane have trains connecting the international airports to their downtowns. They are quick, safe, and cheaper than a taxi or ride-hailing service. Sydney’s airport has the Airport Link Brisbane’s airport has the AirTrain. Booking online in advance can save you an additional 10%-15%.
-If you spend more than $300 at a single business while in Australia, you may be entitled to a refund of the 10% Goods and Services Tax (GST). You must filed the claim within 60 days of leaving the country. Learn more.
-Australia’s Tourism Agency listing of sponsored vacation packages
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