Australia Travel Guide: Country & Destination Information for Visiting

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Australia travel guide and destination overview of the country. Key information, general overview, and more for travelers to Australia.

Updated: 2019-05-11.

Commonwealth of Australia

Australia is a country in the Oceania domain that is made up of its namesake island / continent of Australia, the island of Tasmania, and several other islands. Australia is home to 10% of the world’s biodiversity, and a great number of its flora and fauna exist nowhere else in the world.

In recent decades, Australia has become an internationally competitive, advanced market economy due in large part to economic reforms adopted in the 1980s and its location in one of the fastest growing regions of the world economy. Long-term concerns include an aging population, pressure on infrastructure, and environmental issues such as floods, droughts, and bushfires. Australia is the driest inhabited continent on earth, making it particularly vulnerable to the challenges of climate change.

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Australia Travel Information & Key Points

General points to know about the country of Australia – demographics, important ages, phone numbers, key statistics, and more, whether you’re traveling there or not.

Capital: Canberra

Largest City: Sydney

Population: 25 million (2018 estimate)

Language(s): English

Monarch: Queen Elizabeth II

Governor-General: Sir Peter Cosgrove

Prime Minister: Scott Morrison

CurrencyAustralian Dollar (AUD)

Area: 7,692,024 km2 (2,969,907 mi2)

Time Zone: AWST (UTC+8), ACST (UTC+9:30), AEST (UTC+10)

Demonym: Australian or Aussie (what is a demonym?)

Endonym: Australia (their name for their country)

Emergency Number: 000

Drinking Age: 18

Smoking Age: 18 to purchase

Age of Consent: 16

Drives on the: Left

Electricity & Adapter: Plug Type I (define)

ISO Country Code: AU

Dialing Code: +61

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