This vast continent contains lush rainforests, arid lunar landscapes, dramatic mountain ranges, great swaths of pristine beach and an amazing diversity of exotic wildlife. And from the primeval wilderness of the Northern Territory to the Victorian manors of the Barossa Valley, the Australians themselves are unfailingly genial and hospitable. Sydney remains one of the great modern cities of the world, but even once-provincial Perth has lately evolved into a buzzing pan-Asian metropolis. The continent’s wines are justly renowned, and Australian restaurants now rank with some of the best in the world.
Eastern Australia is 15 hours ahead of New York (EST).
Canberra, Tel. (61) 2-6214-5600. Consulates: Melbourne, Tel. (61) 3-9526-5900; Sydney, Tel. (61) 2-9373-9200; and Perth, Tel. (61) 8-6144-5100.
Australian dollar (A$). Fluctuating rate valued at A$1.34 = US$1.00 as of July 2021.
To phone hotels and restaurants in Australia, dial 011 (international access) + 61 (Australia code) + city code and local numbers in listings.