We're finishing up our lengthy vacation Down Under; tomorrow is our last day in Sydney before flying back to Toronto, and one of our planned stops is the Oak Barrel, a really great and well stocked independent bottle shop. We've already bought a few very nice New Zealand wines (thanks to a few days on Waiheke Island) but we'd also like to bring home some good Aussie wines that aren't so easily obtainable overseas (IE no Yellow Tail or Jacob's Creek or other widely distributed wines). [more inside]
We can't teach Holes anymore. What novels do you recommend for Year 8- hopefully with a female protagonist and an Australian setting (or author.) [more inside]
If I wanted to purchase an Australian animal costume (any! Kangaroo, croc, echidna) for a baby/toddler somewhere in Townsville, Cairns, or Sydney, where would I go? [more inside]
We're seeking recommendations on snorkeling locations and outfitters/tours on the Great Barrier Reef, north of Cairns. [more inside]
We're going to Australia this summer (late July-early August) and would prefer not to book rooms in advance, but will that be a disaster? [more inside]
My partner and I are flying from the US into Melbourne on the first of July and leaving two weeks later. The arrival and departure flights are booked, and now we're looking to lock down our travel schedule within Australia and between Australia and New Zealand. How ambitious is this itinerary? [more inside]
I'm trying to find a humorous commercial for Levi jean that I haven't seen for years. Difficulty: 90's Australian TV. Google is failing me and this is driving me crazy!! Details inside... [more inside]
Can anyone answer the question posed in this blog post? Namely, what is the etymology behind the choice of kanji for the word for Australia?
I'm reaching out to my fellow Sydney-based Australians for recommendations on Accountants that are geared towards small business/consultancies. I've recently hung up my shingle as a consultant and would like to engage with an accountant that will grow with me and set me off on the right foot. [more inside]
Australian-made, possibly late 70's/early 80's, about a teacher (I think) who moves to a new school (I think) who encounters an evil child or children or community. One scene in particular has stuck in my head for the last 30-ish years, and I'd like to watch it again to see if it's as scary as I remember. (There is a fake suicide scene which I describe inside, so please be warned about a potential trigger.) [more inside]
How long do I have to be exposed to 'bad UV' to be at risk of negative effects? [more inside]
Me and my partner are spending October through March on a working holiday in Australia. Our goal is to save money to bring back to the USA with us. What should we know about banking in Australia? How will we go about getting our money back into our US credit union while minimizing loss due to fees & exchange rates?
I'm traveling to Australia and New Zealand later this month and would like to use my Verizon iPhone 5s. Can you help me figure out what SIM card to buy? [more inside]
My husband and I have our plane tickets booked, but not a lot else planned and I'm starting to panic slightly. We've scheduled 20 days on the ground, from the end of August to the beginning of September. [more inside]
My wife, two daughters and I are hoping to fly to Singapore in January next year to visit some friends. We are not regular airline passengers, and I am wondering how far in advance I should book the flights in order to secure the best deal? Is there an optimum season or distance from the departure date to book? We will be flying out of Melbourne.
I would like to travel by sea as a passenger from Adelaide to Hobart in November, and then return to Adelaide in the same manner after a week. Is this doable? What are my options? [more inside]
My boyfriend and I are going with my parents to Australia in June, and my parents have tasked us with finding out things to do for the portion of our trip in the Blue Mountains, which will be in early June. What are your favorite things to do there in the winter? What are some things that would be good for a group of four adults who are not particularly outdoorsy or athletic? [more inside]
I know Australia has taken the idea of the Easter Bunny and turned it on it's [feral pest] head in the form of the Easter Bilby, highlighting native species. Where can I buy one of these chocolate darlings that will ship to the US? [more inside]
This recent report from OpenSignal boasts Australia as having the fastest 4G LTE service in the world. How big of a deal is it? I'm moving to Australia and am going to sign up for a mobile plan with Telstra, living in Sydney. The report indicates that while Australia has the fastest speeds, the coverage also isn't that consistent. So how fast is it really in daily use? And how does Telstra adapting the 2600 MHz (Oct. 2014) and 700 MHz (Jan. 2015) factor into that? I presently have a smartphone capable of HSPA+ speeds in AU and I was wondering how much I'd be missing out by not having a device capable of that LTE connectivity, even if it's only a temporary thing until I upgrade my phone.
Asking on behalf of a friend: May be transferred from the US to Australia shortly. What should I be looking for in a relocation package? Special snowflake details inside that may affect your answer! I have been transferred around the US a lot and thus know how to assess a relocation package when it's from point A to point B in the US - and, most importantly, I know when it's not enough and I need to hold out for more. I've never been transferred overseas and the only thing I know right now is that a relo package like the ones I get in the States would probably be insufficient. What should I be looking for? [more inside]
Where can I buy pens in Sydney, and/or who has a wide variety of pens (gel pens, paint pens, that sort of thing)? I am working on my sister's wedding invitations and am rather pressed for time... I am especially interested in the Sakura Souffle pens, if you know of anyone who carries them. [more inside]
You are, of course, not my Australian lawyer. However, my SO may soon be hiring one for a suit against a hospital. To ensure that the lawyer we're hiring is the kind that we think we're hiring, she's asked me what the difference (if any) is between a no-win, no fee lawyer, and a lawyer that is hired under a contingency agreement. [more inside]
Will I even be able to get a job there?? [more inside]
Who is the woman dancing in the film clip of Berlin Chair, by You Am I? There's plenty of info about PJ the boxer (in the spangly suit), but I can't find anything about the woman. I recall this was the case even when the song came out (almost 20 years ago, gah). Who is she? What has she been up to since 1994? [more inside]
I've recently acquired a small sum of money and I'd like to put it somewhere where I can't touch it, except in emergencies. It's not a massive amount, but its more than I usually have on hand and I'd rather not squander it. If I just leave it in my bank account I know I'll end up using it up. Where can I put it so that its aavailable in emergencies but is still hard to access? If it gains interest that would also be good. I'm in Australia.
Is there an external professional/creative communication undergraduate program with no class interaction at any Australian university? [more inside]
Cleaning my balcony yesterday, I overturned a bench to find these small eggs attached by a fine, stiff filament • • • • (or if not egg sacs, what, fungus maybe?). I'd like to know what will be issuing from them. I'm in Sydney, Australia.
What are the most fun things to do in Melbourne on holiday? I've got 4 days as a solo female traveller in my 30s. I'm not into footy but open to shopping, good places to eat (cheaply), cultural things and tourist attractions. Inspire me!
I have been asked to submit my CV/resume to an Australian based management consulting firm to potentially do some project based work with them. What is the acceptable length, format and font to use for a CV/resumes in this industry?
I am seeking the name of a film, set in post-apocalyptic Sydney (Australia). I could have sworn it had Cassandra Harris in it, but IMDB disagrees. It was filmed and was set in in the early- to mid-80s, and had a bunch of people running around trying to escape the nuclear fallout that hit the Opera House and ended up in the northern beaches. The film wasn't necessarily good, but it resonated. Can you name the film? Thanks!
In a few month's time, I will be recovering from a c-section whilst wrangling a newborn and a toddler. We don't have family here in Sydney so Mr Jubey and I will be coping alone. I'll be freezing meals in advance to help there but our freezer is only small so I'm looking for a meal delivery service for 4 weeks or so til I recover. Endless takeaway doesn't appeal, nor is it healthy long term. I know of Lite & Easy but that's geared towards weight loss and while (hopefully) breast feeding I will need more calories. Can you recommend a good meal delivery service? No special dietary requirements.
The Wikipedia page on statistics about rape shows a very high crime rate for countries like UK, US and Australia in stark contrast to, say, India. The gap can't be explained simply by under-reporting, as that exists in all these countries (even assuming different rates of under-reporting). Is it because these countries have different definitions of rape? Or something else? [more inside]
Any Aussie ant experts around? I'm tired of having sugar ants crawl up my legs while I wash up after dinner. [more inside]
Travel tips for Tasmania? [more inside]
Please identify this tree (3 photo imgur album) growing in my backyard in Sydney, Australia. [more inside]
My sister-in-law is somewhere in NSW, Australia, pregnant, and a US citizen ... are we supposed to be freaking out? Links to pages of how a US citizen gets healthcare in AUS appreciated. [more inside]
Do you have any experience of investing in an NRAS (National Rent Assistance Scheme) house in Australia? Or the Australian property market in general? [more inside]
I bought a couple of Twinkies today and just noticed that their expiry date is August 2007. My SO has misgivings about eating something so, well, old. I contend that Twinkies are basically Cold War-era bunker spec foodstuffs. So: Perfectly Fine, or Deadly Poison?
Has anyone used the Indian Pacfic railway in Australia? Was it worth the price? [more inside]
Do you know some awesome sweet red wines available in Sydney (Australia)? [more inside]
What cellphone and service should I choose for an upcoming 6-week vacation to Australia? [more inside]
What is the smallest, lightest mosquito tent available in Australia (or to be shipped to Australia within three weeks for a non-ridiculous price)? [more inside]
Seeking mobile broadband on the cheap in SE Queensland, Australia. [more inside]
Could a gecko really trip the breakers in an electrical mains box? [more inside]
Cheap clothing in Sydney? [more inside]
Help me track down this weird Australian folk band! They were called Avocado Baby, and had a really great song about aliens. Their record came out in the early 90s I think. Any idea where to find mp3s or vinyl would be much appreciated!
[AustraliaFilter and CricketFilter] What are the Aussie cricket fans chanting in the SCG stands? [more inside]
What netbook should I buy for my mother who has very limited experience with computers? [more inside]
Aus Politics: No-one wants to be speaker, where to from here? [more inside]