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Byron Bay is 10 hours ahead of GMT (GMT/UTC +10 hours).
Byron Bay has daylight savings time from 2am on the
last Sunday in October until 3am on the last Sunday
in March. All clocks are turned forward one hour for
the duration of daylight savings time.
Byron Bay has a General Post Office (Post Code 2481)
located in the CBD . A local postage stamp is 50c
which will get a normal letter to anywhere within
the country. Overseas mail generally goes via air
unless specified otherwise and it takes around 4
to 5 days to get to most international destinations.
As a general guide you can send a postcard to the
UK or the USA for around $1.50
There are branches of almost all the Australian
"National" banks throught the town. All banks provide
electronic banking facilities including ATMs outside
almost all branches.
There is a decimal currency in Australia, with bank
notes for five, ten, twenty, fifty and one hundrend
dollars. You can use this currency converter to get a more accurate
conversion from 180 different currencies.
foreign currency can be done quickly and efficiently
at most banks.
As a rule, tipping is not expected in Byron Bay,
however, it is customary so if you are happy with
someone who has tried that little bit harder and
gone the extra mile, then a tip is in order and
always appreciated. Giving a small tip (10% of the
bill) in a restaurant is in order if the service
Taxi services are usually plentiful within the CBD.
Cars drive on the left hand side of the road. If
you're not used to it, take care when crossing the
road - you should always use a "zebra crossing"
to cross safely.
The temperature in Byron Bay, on average, ranges from
23 ° C (72° F) in summer to 13° C (55° F) in winter.
The seasons in Australia are :
: September 1 through November 30
: December 1 through February 28 or 29
: March 1 through May 31
: June 1 through August 31
Smoking is not permitted in government buildings and
on most public transport, including domestic flights.
In a life threatening emergency dial 000
for Fire, Ambulance & Police.
20,485,000 (2006 est.)
Total area: 7,682,300 sq km (2,966,200 sq miles)
Chief of state: Queen Elizabeth II, represented by
Governor-general Sir William Deane
Head of government: Prime Minister John Howard Australia
Official name: Commonwealth of Australia.
Form of government: federal parliamentary state (formally
a constitutional monarchy) with two legislative houses
(Senate ; House of Representatives ).
Official language: English.
Official religion: none.
Currency: 1 Australian dollar ($A) = 100 cents.
Time zones: 3, Sydney is 10 hrs ahead of GMT
Population density: 6.3 people per sq mile, 2.4 people
per sq kilometre.
Largest Australian City: Sydney ( Pop: 3,900,000)
Australia also has a Territory in the Antarctic called
"Australian Antarctic Territory")
Urban-rural Pop (1996): urban 85.0%; rural 15.0%.
Population projection: (2000) 19,117,000; (2010) 21,018,000.
Ethnic composition (1996): white 95.2%; aboriginal
2.0%; Asian 1.3%; other 1.5%.
Religious affiliation (1991): Christian 74.0%, of
which Roman Catholic 27.3%, Anglican Church of Australia
23.9%, other Protestant 19.2% (Uniting Church and
Methodist 8.2%, Presbyterian 4.3%), Orthodox 2.8%,
other Christian 0.8%; Muslim 0.9%; Buddhist 0.8%;
Jewish 0.4%; no religion 12.9%; other 11.0%.
Place of birth (1996): 73.9% native-born; 26.1% foreign-born,
of which Europe 12.4% (United Kingdom 6.3, Italy 1.3%,
Greece 0.7%, Germany 0.6%, The Netherlands 0.5%, other
Europe 3.0%), Asia and Middle East 5.6%, New Zealand
1.6%, Africa, the Americas, and other 6.5%.
Immigration (1996): permanent immigrants admitted
96,970, from United Kingdom and Ireland 12.8%, New
Zealand 11.8%, China 7.6%, Vietnam 4.8%, Hong Kong
4.6%, India 4.4%, Philippines 3.9%, South Africa 3.2%,
Bosnia and Herzegovina 3.2%, Yugoslavia 3.1%, Sri
Lanka 2.2%. Refugee arrivals (1994-95): 13,600.
Birth rate per 1,000 population (1996): 14.1 (world
avg. 25.0); (1993) legitimate 75.0%; illegitimate
Death rate per 1,000 population (1996): 6.9 (world
Total fertility rate (avg. births per childbearing
woman; 1996): 1.82.
Marriage rate per 1,000 population (1996): 6.0, Median
age for brides and bridegrooms is 26.8 years and 29.2
Divorce rate per 1,000 population (1996): 2.7.
expectancy at birth (1996): male 75.4 years; female
Major causes of death per 100,000 population (1995):
diseases of the circulatory system 296.0; cancers
190.0; respiratory diseases 52.0; accidents, poisoning,
and violence 41.0; endocrine, nutritional, and metabolic
diseases 23.0; digestive system diseases 21.0; nervous
system diseases 17.0.
Educational attainment (1995). Percentage of population
age 15 to 64 having: no formal schooling 0.3%; incomplete
secondary education 36.3%; completed secondary 17.8%;
post secondary, technical, or other certificate/diploma
33.7%; university 11.9%.
Average workweek (1995): 40.5 hours (16.8% overtime).
Criminal offenses(1996). Offense rate per 100,000
population for: murder 3.8; sexual assault 78.7; assault
620.8; auto theft 672.2; unarmed robbery, burglary,
and housebreaking 4,608.2; armed robbery 34.0.
Households possessing (1995): automobile 85%; telephone
95%; refrigerator 99.7%; air conditioner 32.3%; personal
computers 23.0%; washing machine 90.0%; central heating
3.9%; swimming pool 10.1%.
National economy Gross national product (1996): US$367,802,000,000
(US$20,090 per capita).
Agriculture, forestry, fishing (1995-96): livestock
slaughtered 6,066,400 (cattle 3,474,300, sheep and
lambs 1,005,000, poultry 964,600, pigs 589,200); wheat
4,602,000, wool 2,686,800, barley 1,347,000, sugarcane
1,319,700, cotton 851,000, grapes 680,600, potatoes
378,000, oats 311,000, apples 269,800, bananas 254,700,
sorghum 242,000, oranges 214,800, rice 216,000, tomatoes
166,000, carrots 133,000, pears 73,400, onions 54,100,
peaches 50,000, pineapples 43,300, corn (maize) 41,000,
tobacco 40,000, cauliflower 33,700; livestock (number
of live animals; 1997) 121,900,000 sheep, 26,250,000
cattle, 2,410,000 pigs, 73,509,000 poultry; roundwood
(1995) 22,458,000 cu m; fish catch (1995) 219,499
Mining and quarrying (metric tons [tons of contained
metal]; 1995-96): iron ore 142,936,000; bauxite 42,655,000;
zinc 930,000; lead 455,000; copper 437,000; tin 8,175;
gold 253,504 kg; diamonds 40,693,000 carats.
Land use (1995): agricultural and under permanent
cultivation 6.3%; other 93.7% (of which, meadows and
pastures  54.2%).
Foreign trade Imports (1995-96): $A 77,819,000,000
(machinery 33.4%, of which office machines and automatic
data-processing equipment 7.7%; basic manufactures
14.2%, of which textile yarn and fabrics 3.0%, paper
and paper products 2.5%, iron and steel 1.8%; transport
equipment 13.5%, of which road motor vehicles 10.2%;
chemicals and related products 11.4%; mineral fuels
and lubricants 5.5%; food and live animals 3.7%; crude
materials [inedible] excluding fuels 2.0%; beverages
and tobacco 0.6%).
Major import sources: US 22.6%; Japan 13.9%; UK 6.3%;
Germany 6.2%; China 5.1%.
Exports (1995-96): $A 75,999,000,000 (food and live
animals 20.1%, of which cereals and cereal preparations
6.5%, meat and meat preparations 4.3%, sugar, sugar
preparations, and honey 2.3%, dairy products 2.2%,
crude materials excluding fuels 19.4%, of which metalliferous
ores and metal scrap 11.4%, textile fibres and their
waste 5.3%; mineral fuels and lubricants 16.6%, of
which coal, coke, and briquettes 10.3%, petroleum,
petroleum products, and natural gas 4.2%; basic manufactures
Major export destinations: Japan 21.6%; South Korea
8.7%; New Zealand 7.4%; US 6.0%; China 5.0%, Singapore
4.7%; Taiwan 4.5%; Hong Kong 4.0%.
Education and health Literacy (1996): total population
literate, virtually 100%.
Health: physicians (1995-96) 45,800 (1 per 400 persons)
Infant mortality rate (1996) 5.7.
Food (1995): daily per capita caloric intake 3,068
(vegetable products 66%, animal products 34%)
The largest National park in Australia is Kakadu,
in The Northern Territory, covering 19,000sq km.
Australia is the 6th largest country in the world
at 7,686,848 sq km (2,967,909 sq miles) The largest
is Russia, 17,070,289 sq km (6,590,867 sq miles).
To help put this in perspective, consider this Australia
is almost the size of the USA, excluding Alaska, it
is four fifths the size of Canada, nearly three quarters
the size of the whole of Europe,or 25 times larger
than Britain and Ireland put together.
The Royal Flying Doctor Service, services 80% of the
country, handling 153,000 consultations each year
and flying more than 8,810,000km (5,471,010 miles)
to do so.
Australia is regarded as a continental land mass rather
than an Island. If it were an Island it would come
in at number 6 of the most highly populated countries
in the world.
The highest mountain in Australia is MT Kosciusko
at 2,228 m (7,312")
The Australian Desert is the 2nd largest in the world,
covering 3,800,000aq km (1,470,000sq miles). The world's
largest is The Sahara Desert in North Africa at 9,000,000
sq km (3,500,000 sq miles).
The Great Barrier Reef is Australia's largest world
heritage area at 34,870,000 hectares (86,163,770 acres).
It is the largest complex of coral reefs and islands
in the world. There are 2600 individual reefs and
300 islands extending 1250 nautical miles from south
to north off Queensland's coast.
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