I'm a twenty-something American guy who has been considering an extended trip to Australia, ever since I visited for a few weeks in 2008. Last night I decided to be bold and finally applied for a Work and Holiday Visa (Subclass 462). I woke up and found the visa approval email in my inbox. Talk about fast! Excellent... so now what? How do I pause my established life and go on an adventure? How do I let people know, especially at work? I have a fair amount of stuff tying me down at home, but I think I need to leave in a few months or it's never going to happen. [more inside]
What books (fiction, non-fiction) should I read to find out more about the early colonial history of Australia? [more inside]
How have landscapes transformed by drought in Australia (esp. Brisbane or Melbourne) impacted people's perceptions of climate change? [more inside]
What funny little novelty items could I put in a going away pack for my girlfriend who is going to Australia for the summer? [more inside]
Sandalfilter: Australian shoe, looks like a flip flop, but with strap farther back and a peg for between big toe and middle. Named something like yogi shoe. Any bells?
Please tell me about Melbourne, Monash and U. Melbourne. [more inside]
Was the Audi Ur-Quattro ever sold in Australia? If not, is anybody importing them today?
Anyone who has been to Australia or talked to any Australian males (sometimes females) will know they frequently call people they have never met before or even people they're angry with: "mate". What other expressions of universal male bonding are used in other countries?
How can I sell a fairly small number of t-shirts and/or stickers in Australia? [more inside]
AustraliaFilter: The hive mind helped me plan a very enjoyable trip to Australia in April 2008. I had such a good time I'd like to return this October/November for another few weeks and try some new places. Suggestions/advice please! [more inside]
What are your favourite things to do in both the Byron Bay and Melbourne areas? [more inside]
I'm an Australian citizen leaving Australia permanently. Can I withdraw anything from my superannuation? [more inside]
TravelFilter: Will the current cheap flights between Australia and New York remain into 2010? And what times of the year are considered off-peak travel to NYC? [more inside]
What shops should I go to in Melbourne, Australia, to buy inexpensive necessities (clothes, shoes, groceries, linens, electronics)? [more inside]
When it is time to pack up and go home? I am at a standstill trying to decide on whether it's time to go home to visit and refuel, or to keep living the Australasian dream. Family is important to me and I'm worried about my grandma. [more inside]
I'm visiting Australia for 10 days / 9 nights, flying in and out of Sydney. How would you divide your time amongst the various cities? 3 nights each in Sydney, Melbourne and Brisbane?
We’re hoping to rent a camper van in Melbourne (approx April 13), drop it off in Brisbane a week later. Any advice? [more inside]
Australian readers, what is a good financial planning/money management site (like mint.com) that is localised?
Is it possible for my wife to go from Australia to the UK on a tourist visa and then apply for a settlement visa when we get there, without having to come back to Australia again?
Is it possible for my wife to go from Australia to the UK on a tourist visa and then apply for a settlement visa when we get there, without having to come back to Australia again? [more inside]
Why, now that the Australian government's "Alcopops" tax has failed to pass, does the government owe liquor manufacturers money? [more inside]
A coin a year, but the mint isn't sweet. [more inside]
Recommend an eBook Reader for purchase by an Australian? [more inside]
Will I have trouble with customs bringing homemade Indian food spice mixes (made in Australia) into Japan? [more inside]
Paul Keating recently said that the people running the banks in Australia were 'counterhoppers'. What did he mean? [more inside]
What did an inline gaming machine (available in Queensland pre-pokies) look like and how did they operate?
Does anyone know anything about the inline gaming machines that used to be available in RSL clubs and various other places in Queensland, back in the olden days (pre-1992) before pokies (aka slot and fruit machines) were introduced? [more inside]
I'm taking a introductory level macroeconomics course in college. In it, you need to collect a whole bunch of data about a single country (I chose Australia). I got almost all the information I need, but I'm stumped on one small part of it. [more inside]
Where can I get malt liquor in Australia? Specifically, Brisbane? [more inside]
In Australia, is there a way for a non-member to obtain the members register of a "company limited by guarantee"? [more inside]
Australian (and U.S.) Mental Health/Legal Filter. Can you just go and talk your GP into having someone put through a psychiatric evaluation? [more inside]
Immigrating into Australia: My girlfriend is English and is attempting to become an Australia Resident. Everything seemd to be going so well until this morning. [more inside]
Building a website for a charity in Australia. Can I get any tax deductions from this? Does it make a difference if I charge them or if I do it for free? [more inside]
I'm living in Melbourne, Australia, and I have a whole lot of unwanted clothing (some unworn or barely worn) that I want to donate to an op shop. Am I able to get any tax deduction for this?
Are parks and lawns highly valued in Australian cities and suburbs? Does drought threaten parks/lawns/gardens in a palpable way? [more inside]
Electricity theft. This is particular to NSW Australian law and energy theft. I can't imagine that anyone has experienced it, but on the off-chance and input from other people that have been victims, can you give me some advice? [more inside]
Where can I buy Discworld items (Terry Pratchett) such as t-shirts, calendars, play scripts, coffee cups etc., in Brisbane, Australia before Christmas (not online as I don't have either a credit or debit card)? [more inside]
I'm looking for econometric analysis of the Australian housing market and the medium-term risk of a crash in prices. I'm particularly interested in information about Canberra house prices. Something like Calculated Risk, with lots of data and layman-level explanations of its probable import, would be perfect.
I'm currently looking to buy my first small flat in Melbourne, Australia and having no luck. Apart from the big two online sources, are there any other sources to see what's on the market, or to find places before they get listed? [more inside]
I was born in the US to a British Father and an Australian Mother. Shortly ofter I was born, my father registered my birth with the British Consulate in the US and I was issued a consular birth certificate. At the time, no effort was made to get me set up as an Australian citizen. [more inside]
What are the cultural barriers to kangaroo meat being a popular food in Australia? [more inside]
Have you seen my people? They must be in Melbourne somewhere... [more inside]
How can I create poutine... in Australia? What the heck are these "cheese curds" anyway? [more inside]
Can anyone help me find the best dietitian in Melbourne, Australia? [more inside]
What is the best way to book a cheap flight to Australia from Calgary? [more inside]
Know of any psychiatrists or psychologists in the Brisbane, Qld area who specialise in--or at least have some knowledge of--Aspergers Syndrome? [more inside]
Question for Aussies or Mauritian ex-pats: Where can I buy some products from Mauritius in Australia? [more inside]
Immigration Law! Help me get my bagged Aussie into the U.S. and A. [more inside]
I am looking for a source on the internet that will give me ranges for postal codes in Australia for metro areas, eg, 3200-3500 is Melbourne where the range would include all suburbs generally agreed to be part of metro Melbourne. If they aren't really in a range, than a list of all the Melbourne metro postcodes would work. I feel like I have only found ranges by state but those include rural areas. Any help very appreciated. The cities are Sydney, Perth, Melbourne, and Brisbane.
Where can I find an Australian migration agent who's good with the creative industries, or otherwise unusual career paths? [more inside]
Does my study load affect my chances of getting into (an Australian) medical school? [more inside]
Australian MeFites: have you used an online tax return service and been happy with the results? [more inside]