Currency Australian Dollar - $AUD. Check out the conversion here. Language English, however there’s a pretty extensive vocabulary of uniquely Aussie words and phrases which you should study up on. Visas They’re easy for some, difficult for others. Check out this guide to Australian visas. Phone numbers Country code: 61 Calling overseas from inside: 0011 + (country code) + (number) Emergency: 000 Time zone Australian Eastern Standard Time (AEST) is on the East coast and is GMT/UCT plus 10 hours. There are also Central (South Australia and Northern Territory) and Western (Western Australia) Standard Time zones. Capital Canberra Population 22.6 Million Major Cities Sydney - capital of New South Wales Melbourne - capital of Victoria Brisbane - capital of Queensland Adelaide - capital of South Australia Perth - capital of Western Australia Darwin - capital of the Northern Territory When’s the best time to go? In general, the north and the middle of the country are always hot. In summer they get stinking hot, so it's best to go in winter (July to September). The summer months are December to February, which is therefore high season for most of the country. The further south you go, the more mild it is. In winter the southern states get pretty chilly and quite wet while further north is mild and sunny a lot of the time. For current weather and climate, check out the Bureau of Meteorology. Need to know more? Head right this way!
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