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Australlia, Sydney and Canberra

Australia, Sydney and Canberra

Officially the Commonwealth of Australia, is a country in the Southern Hemisphere comprising the mainland of the Australian continent, the island of Tasmania and numerous smaller islands in the Indian and Pacific Oceans. Neighbouring countries include Indonesia, East Timor and Papua New Guinea to the north, the Solomon Islands, Vanuatu and New Caledonia to the northeast and New Zealand to the southeast. Australia has three time zones; Australian Eastern Standard Time (AEST = GMT +10), Central (ACST = GMT +9 ½) and Western (AWST = GMT +8).  The Eastern seaboard of Australia is ten hours ahead of Greenwich Mean Time (GMT +10) from early April to early October (autumn, winter and Early Spring months). The national capital of Australia is Canberra.  There are six states; Queensland (QLD), New South Wales (NSW), Victoria (VIC), Tasmania (TAS), South Australia (SA) and Western Australia (WA). The Australian Capital Territory (ACT) is now self administrating with its own legislature. The Northern Territory (NT), despite being self administering, can still have its state laws overturned by the Federal Government.
 

 
Sydney
 
Sydney is a rare jewel - sparkling both day and night - and the city reflects the Australian personality - a bit brash, a bit cheeky but warm, outgoing and friendly. And it knows how to party! Sydney Harbour is a magnificent sight. During the day, ferries and sailing ships continually cross the water. At night the Harbour Bridge, the Sydney Opera House and the CBD come alive with lights and aromas in the city that never sleeps. A holiday in Sydney replaces stress with adventure and days are filled with historical sightseeing, fine cuisine and natural wonders
 

 
Canberra
 
Canberra, the capital city of Australia is a beautiful city and contains many attractions to the holiday visitor. For Australians, a visit to the national capital is an awe inspiring experience with so much of our history and culture recorded and celebrated here as well as a proud display of national icons. Canberra is the home of a long list of attractions: Parliament House, The War Memorial, The National Gallery, The High Court of Australia, The Questacon Science Centre, Mount Stromlo Observatory, The Telstra Tower, Lake Burley Griffin, the list goes on and on.

 
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