Travel Information for Australia
Time zone:GMT +8 to +10 (4 time zones: Eastern standard (+10), central standard (+9.5), western standard (+8))
Daylight savings:GMT +1hr, begins last Sunday in October; ends last Sunday in March
Main languages:English
Other languages:Mandarin Chinese, Italian, Greek, Arabic, Vietnamese
Currency: Australian dollars (AUD)

1 = $1.47, $1 = $1.32, £1 = $1.75

(rates as of Sep 2016)

Internet Domain:.auInternational Dialling Code:    61

For help planning your trip to Australia including visas, vaccinations, currency exchange, flights, accomodation and insurance, see our Australia trip planning page.

Further information on Australia

Discover more about Australia - the country's geogrpahy and natural features, an assessment of its status on freedom and rights and data on the country's population and economy.

Geography & Natural Features

Map of australia

Total area: 7,686,850 sq km (68,920 sq km under water)

Coastline: 25,760 km (Coral Sea, Indian Ocean, Pacific Ocean, Tasman Sea)

Neighbours (border lengths): No land borders

Highest mountain: Mount Kosciuszko (2,229m)

Freedom & Rights

Summary status and rankings for Australia from classifications of different organisations measuring political and economic freedom, democracy and civil rights. See more details of these rankings.

Freedom in the WorldFree -
Democracy IndexFull democracy 9/167
Economic FreedomFree 4/179
Press FreedomSatisfactory situation 25/179
ILGA LGBT rightsSome rights -
Corruption PerceptionsLow corruption 11/174
Overall Ranking:    14/195

Other Data & Links

Full name: Commonwealth of Australia     Status: Independent Country

Population: 22,507,617 (rank: 55/196)     Density: 2.9 people/sq km (rank: 194/196)

Ethnic groups: white 92%, Asian 7%, aboriginal and other 1%

Religions: Catholic 26.4%, Anglican 20.5%, other Christian 20.5%, Buddhist 1.9%, Muslim 1.5%, other 1.2%, unspecified 12.7%, none 15.3% (2006 Census)

GDP (PPP): $998.3 billion       GDP per capita: $43,000 (rank: 11/195)

Information derived from the CIA World Factbook. Other country profiles: BBC News.