Sunday, 9 November 2008

The Facts About Australia and A Few Good Books


THE FACTS ABOUT AUSTRALIA

CAPITAL
Canberra
AREA
7.7 million sq km
POPULATION
18 million
LANGUAGE
English
CURRENCY
Australian dollar

TIME
There are three time zones: Eastern Standard Time is GMT +10 hours; Central Time is GMT +9.5 hours; and Western Time is GMT +8 hours
TELEPHONE CODES
00 61
ELECTRICITY
220-240V 50hz AC

MORE FACTS
Visas: Every nationality except New Zealanders need visas. Tourists visas are generally valid for six months. Visas for less than three months are free.

Public holidays: New Years Day; Australia Day (Jan); Anzac Day (25 April); Good Friday; Holy Saturday; Easter Monday; Christmas; Boxing Day (except for South Australia).
Good buys: Aboriginal art, antiques, craft and design.
Local dishes: Modern Australian food is an amalgamation of Mediterranean, Asian and Californian cuisine.

Good reading: The Songlines, by Bruce Chatwin, is a beautiful, elegiac and comic account of his experiences among the central Australian Aborigines. And all these too!

2 comments:

Suzanne said...

I love BIll Bryson. I haven't read this one yet but I'm sure it's just as irreverent and politically incorrect as the rest of his books.

- Suzanne, the Farmer's Wife

Bespoke Press said...

A few facts you forgot about Australia.
a. we do indeed have funny accents. but the funniest thing is that the tourists from overseas sound the funniest to us
b. we do occasionally get snakes and spiders and all those crawly things, but thankfully we are not too scared. you shouldn't be either
c. Christmases are spent with summer bbq out on the deck, a quick dip in the pool,a cool drink or two and an afternoon nap!