Everybody wants to visit Australia at some point in their life. The country is so big that it is closer for people living in Perth to travel to Indonesia than it is to travel to Sydney. Australia is home to the Great Barrier Reef, Sydney Harbour Bridge, The Sydney Opera House, Uluru (Ayres Rock) and many more amazing sights to visit.

Due to their warm climate, sport is a much loved part of their culture. Their rugby union, rugby league, cricket, field hockey (men and women) and netball teams have all been world and/or Olympic champions. Ian Thorpe (aka the Thorpedo) has won 5 Olympic swimming gold medals. The country hosts the Australian Open, one of the 4 tennis grand slam tournaments, every year in January in Melbourne.

General Information
Capital: Canberra
Language: English
Currency: Australian Dollar
GMT: +8 to +10 hours
Flight time: approx 24 hours
Int Dialling Code: +61
Population: 22.6 million

Sports Available
Rugby (May – Aug)
Hockey (May – Aug)
Netball (May – Aug)
Lacrosse (May – Aug)
Cricket (Oct – Mar)
Athletics (Oct – Mar)
Football (Apr – Sept)
Basketball (All year)
Swimming (Sept – Apr)

Places to Visit
The Great Barrier Reef