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Road Trip AUS - Where To Stay?

Road Trip AUS - usually when I roadtrip (in the US), I'll just stop for the day when; somewhere particularly nice turns up; I'm tired and reach the next motel. Is this style of roadtripping possible in AUS? From the research I've done so far, I'm not too sure, and I'm concerned about hassles involving pre-booking hotels to ensure a place to stay each night: for me, in a roadtrip, I'm looking for the freedom of not having to make daily schedules. [more inside]
posted by forallmankind on Jul 4, 2015 - 13 answers

Best prepaid data SIM plan for Australia/NZ visit

What are my SIM options for a two week visit to Australia (Sydney) followed by a 1 week visit to NZ (Wellington then drive down west coast of south island to Queenstown)? [more inside]
posted by modernnomad on Jun 25, 2015 - 6 answers

Three questions about Australian English

Toward a better definition of "bogan;" gender differences in everday speech; an American tourist speaking without giving offense? [more inside]
posted by BadgerDoctor on Jun 21, 2015 - 33 answers

Help me become an Australian news junkie

I went on a news sabbatical while on holiday in Australia. Four years later (and still here!), I haven't picked up my news habit, and I'd like to start. [more inside]
posted by third word on a random page on Jun 15, 2015 - 9 answers

Two questions about Australia's animals

Going to Australia for its animals. Seeking advice re making conversation: [more inside]
posted by BadgerDoctor on Jun 1, 2015 - 50 answers

Is there a (non-alcoholic) drink that Australia calls its own?

I have been planning fun and cutesy little dinner parties just for two once a week for my boyfriend and I where I find new recipes for a meal, a drink, and a dessert. Seeking an Aussie beverage! [more inside]
posted by cristalina on May 16, 2015 - 18 answers

Bedazzle my advocacy resume, lexicon and (potential ) interview skills.

Today a casual social chat on the phone with an acquaintance had her asking me what kind of work I was looking for. I had mentioned that I wanted to do advocacy work as I believed it was something I was very good at and would enjoy doing. She then asked me what kind of advocacy and I said I wasn't really focused on any one type but supporting the voices of marginalised people was something I was passionate about. I was really just chattering on... then she told me she'd like to see my resume. Oops. [more inside]
posted by taff on Mar 31, 2015 - 1 answer

If kids born/raised in USA but dual Australian citizens,free college?

My understanding is that Australian citizens get access to a much lower tuition rate at Australian universities, and that the way student loans are repaid in Australia basically means that the repayment pauses indefinitely as long as the Australian moves abroad after graduation. Does this mean that if my kids are born/raised in the USA (but have Australian citizenship through their Australian mother), I could send them off to Australian universities and have them receive their university education more-or-less for free (since they'd presumably be returning to the US after graduation)? Or are there additional residency/repayment requirements that I'm missing? [more inside]
posted by Televangelist on Mar 29, 2015 - 11 answers

Help me bring my cat safely to Australia

Hello Mefites: My girlfriend and me are seriously considering the possibility of moving to Australia permanently next year. If everything goes as planned, we will move in around 12 months from now. I have a 7-year-old adorable Norwegian Forest male cat I adopted in Spain 5 years ago and brought to Colombia (I have dual nationality) 3 years ago. I need to know what options are available to bring him safely to our new home down under. [more inside]
posted by Matrod on Mar 29, 2015 - 6 answers

Recommended Accountants in Sydney, AU!

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]
posted by qwip on Mar 26, 2015 - 3 answers

Convince me that a 100-year old house is a bad idea

We are house-hunting at the moment in Sydney, Australia. I keep falling in love with federation-style houses. For example, my current obsession is this 101-year-old beauty but I also love this one and a variety of similar places. My husband thinks that houses of this sort of age are likely to be a total money-pit, especially if wooden, and even if renovated. Is this true? [more inside]
posted by lollusc on Mar 16, 2015 - 45 answers

A great Australian printing co?

I'm an NYC-based photographer who has been asked to send a print to Australia. My regular printer doesn't offer this option, so I was thinking that I might find a good lab there and send along my digital file, hopefully saving myself a boatload of cash in the process? I'm looking for a good lab that offers C-Prints, (specifically 11x14 and larger for now) located in Australia. Can it be that hard? Thanks!
posted by nevercalm on Mar 13, 2015 - 8 answers

How much of a danger/problem is the sun in Australia?

How much of a danger/problem is the sun in Australia? [more inside]
posted by sunflower16 on Mar 7, 2015 - 20 answers

NYC eats for an Aussie

My friend is coming to New York City from Australia this weekend. I'm a local, so I don't have any idea what sort of restaurants I should take her to that both say "New York" and that she wouldn't be able to get in Australia. Thoughts?
posted by roomthreeseventeen on Mar 5, 2015 - 30 answers

Viewing natural Australia around Sydney (without too much walking)

We have a couple more days in Sydney, and need a few suggestions for what to do with the rest of our time. I would prefer sights and scenes of nature we can't see anywhere else. The difficulty: my wife needs a break from walking. [more inside]
posted by chndrcks on Mar 2, 2015 - 11 answers

Using a Galaxy S4 in Australia

G'day Austalian mefites! I'm going to be visiting Australia, and I'm trying to figure out the best way to use my phone while I'm there. It's a Galaxy S4 from Verizon. [more inside]
posted by chndrcks on Feb 4, 2015 - 10 answers

Seeking the title of a vaguely-remembered Australian suspense film.

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]
posted by malibustacey9999 on Feb 4, 2015 - 3 answers

Day trips and hikes in and around Sydney & Melbourne?

Next week I am visiting Australia for the first time. Flying in to Sydney, spending a week there with relatives in Merrylands, then two weeks with relatives in Melbourne (Braybrook) and then another week in Sydney. I want to know what is the best way to spend my time given that I am primarily interested in nature and day hikes, so the most pressing question is really 'What are the best day trips and hikes within a two-hour radius of Sydney and Melbourne?' Other factors: [more inside]
posted by legospaceman on Jan 24, 2015 - 20 answers

How to prepare for a ~3 month stay in Sydney, Australia.

If the visa arrives, I'm going to be spending mid-Feb to May in Sydney; I've never been to Australia before & know no one in the city. I'd like to prep by signing up to useful emails & following twitter accounts to help me feel more familiar with the city before I fly out. [more inside]
posted by AFII on Jan 3, 2015 - 10 answers

Where are all the mid-rise heels?

I am trying to get a work wardrobe together for my return to work after maternity leave. I want to buy a couple of pairs of decent wearing, mid-rise heels in beige and black. Should be easy, right? Not so. [more inside]
posted by jojobobo on Jan 1, 2015 - 16 answers

One afternoon/evening in Adelaide - where to go?

I am in Adelaide, Australia with a car for one afternoon/evening. Is there anything I must see, that will get me back to the CBD tomorrow night? [more inside]
posted by ftm on Dec 3, 2014 - 10 answers

What is the name of that film I saw?

I am trying to remember the name of a film that I saw. It is Australian, made in the late 80s or early 90s, and is about the neighbour and the nurse trying to get an elderly man's family to help with his declining health. My Google- and imdb-fu are not worthy. [more inside]
posted by Multicellular Exothermic on Nov 17, 2014 - 3 answers

out of bridging visa blah, yay!

A couple of months ago I finally got out of bridging visa hell and obtained my Australian permanent residency. What can I do with it? [more inside]
posted by divabat on Nov 9, 2014 - 8 answers

How do I cash a foreign currency check?

I have a paper check in Australian dollars from the Australian tax office. I have a credit union account in the US where I could deposit it (the default route). Alternatively, I still have an Australian bank account, if that opens up a better way to transfer the money to the US. You are not my foreign exchange day trader, but maybe you have some advice for me? [more inside]
posted by RedOrGreen on Nov 3, 2014 - 7 answers

There's no place like home... We just need a loan!

The issue isn't us as borrowers... It's the house. The house is part of a coop/co-housing setting. We'd be buying the house, but the land it sits on would remain owned by the co-op. Mortgage? [more inside]
posted by jrobin276 on Nov 2, 2014 - 2 answers

A People's History of Great Britain, Canada and Australia

I'm a huge fan of Howard Zinn's book "A People's history of the United States" and I'm looking for close equivalents for Britain, Australia and Canada.
posted by asharchist on Oct 29, 2014 - 14 answers

Minimizing the negative effects of sun-derived UV radiation

How long do I have to be exposed to 'bad UV' to be at risk of negative effects? [more inside]
posted by paleyellowwithorange on Oct 3, 2014 - 6 answers

Moving to the tropics, gonna eat me a lot of mangoes

We are moving to the tropics (specifically, Cairns, Australia) in January. I have never lived in a climate like this before. We are also going to be first time homeowners. Talk to me like I'm five and explain to me all the things I should know about this situation before I screw up my house, electronics, etc. [more inside]
posted by olinerd on Sep 22, 2014 - 12 answers

Best Australia bank/credit union?

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?
posted by aniola on Sep 13, 2014 - 7 answers

Where can I see a great sunset near Sydney, Australia?

In six months I'm travelling to Sydney, Australia to visit a friend and I thought it'd be a great idea to watch the sunset to act as a memory for us both. Where is a good place outside of the city for this?
posted by hytrack on Aug 19, 2014 - 12 answers

Please help me use my US phone in Australia and New Zealand.

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]
posted by cndelia on Aug 5, 2014 - 7 answers

Correct Qualification/Title for a postgraduate diploma (Australia)

If someone completes a Postgraduate Diploma (in Engineering) and they do not have an undergraduate degree in Engineering (but rather in something else, i.e. architecture), does the postgraduate dip. qualification enable this person to be called/ titled an engineer? [more inside]
posted by Under the Sea on Jul 20, 2014 - 6 answers

Why do I have three electricity meters? And how to choose a provider?

I just moved into a new house (in Sydney). We have three old fashioned looking electricity meters in the meter box. Why are there three? [more inside]
posted by lollusc on Jun 17, 2014 - 8 answers

Help me plan a three-week trip to Australia!

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]
posted by cndelia on Jun 16, 2014 - 14 answers

Recommendations for specific things on an ongoing Australian vacation.

Asking on behalf of (The Rt Hon.) MP, who currently has spotty internet access while he travels around Australia. Where are the best places to 1) see an improv comedy show in Sydney, 2) see a punk/hardcore show in Melbourne, 3) get to relatively quickly from either of those cities to be able to see the outback (as opposed to the bush, which has already been seen on this trip)? [more inside]
posted by ocherdraco on Jun 15, 2014 - 8 answers

To caulk or not to caulk?

In an Australian rental unit, how likely is it that our landlords will expect the caulking in the shower to be clean at move-out, and if they will, should we do the caulking ourselves to avoid paying a handyman for this simple but tedious and probably time-consuming job? [more inside]
posted by gingerest on Jun 15, 2014 - 13 answers

A big trip to Australia and Japan. Recommendations wanted.

I am planning a big trip this summer to Japan and Australia, departing from Belgium. I have 2 months to travel and this is going to be a 'once in a lifetime' experience. When I get back I know it will be a long time until I can do a trip like that. [more inside]
posted by wolfr on Jun 8, 2014 - 12 answers

Best time to purchase flights to Singapore from Australia?

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.
posted by bakery on May 24, 2014 - 9 answers

Best SIM card for data and texting travelling in the USA?

I will be in the USA for exactly three weeks in July. I've been looking for a SIM card option (for my unlocked Nexus 4), and it seems like most people recommend the T-Mobile $2 or $3 per day unlimited texts/calls/data option. I also saw a deal from Spot-Mobile that looks better: it's $39.99 for a month of unlimited texts/calls/data, with the first 1GB of data at 4G speeds and free $10 credit for international calls. I'm a little wary, though, because I basically can't find any reference in forums to travellers using Spot-Mobile, or any reviews of them. Their coverage map looks fine, though. Also, I can't tell what their data speed will be for me, since my phone doesn't have 4G. Will it default to 3G or 2G for that first 1GB? Has anyone had any experience with Spot-Mobile? Would you recommend this plan? [more inside]
posted by lollusc on May 24, 2014 - 13 answers

How can I get a gun across the planet?

I want to get an air rifle from the UK ( where the police don't care about it ) to Australia ( where its a gun that needs a licence )? How...? [more inside]
posted by sodium lights the horizon on May 17, 2014 - 4 answers

Gluten free gift for friend in Australia (when I'm not)

I'm in the US, a friend in Australia is going through a really rough time after surgery... I'd like to get her something nice delivered. I was thinking a food hamper would be nice. The catch is that she can't have gluten or lactose. Does anyone know a site where I could order a gluten free gift/meal service/fruit basket? I'm open to other non-food ideas too.
posted by Caravantea on May 10, 2014 - 2 answers

Ansari, Burr and CK comedy specials: Region 4 DVD or download

Where can I buy Region 4 DVDs of standup comedy specials by Aziz Ansari, Bill Burr and Louis CK? Alternatively, where can I legally download these specials? [more inside]
posted by paleyellowwithorange on May 1, 2014 - 6 answers

Sailing from Adelaide to Hobart as a passenger

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]
posted by paleyellowwithorange on Apr 24, 2014 - 4 answers

Any Melbourne tech companies that use a "Stripe"-like interview process?

I tend to have bad experiences with traditional job interviews. I'm interested in finding out whether there are any tech companies based in Melbourne, Australia, that use an interview process similar to the one used by Stripe.com. Simply, Stripe gets candidates to work on a simulated project (http://www.quora.com/Stripe-company/What-is-the-engineering-interview-process-like-at-Stripe) rather than, say, writing code on a whiteboard. [more inside]
posted by tomargue on Apr 10, 2014 - 3 answers

Best things to do in Australia's Blue Mountains?

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]
posted by ocherdraco on Apr 4, 2014 - 15 answers

How can I score a Happy Easter Bilby?

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]
posted by sweetmarie on Mar 20, 2014 - 5 answers

Am I making the right decision? (Plus bonus negotiation questions)

I am an academic in Australia, in a social sciences/humanities field that I have mentioned before but would rather not repeat here for googleability reasons. I am currently employed until the middle of this year. I have a job offer in another city that I think I'm going to accept. I'm worried it might be the wrong decision. [more inside]
posted by lollusc on Mar 18, 2014 - 20 answers

I need some small, square/rectangular, rainbow-colored candies.

I'm trying to recreate this rainbow mosaic cake (by Cakes of Our Lives in Melbourne), and need candies for the sides. The best US possibility I've found is these rainbow tropical gum tabs from Sweetworks/Oak Leaf, but they seem to be available online only in bulk quantities, for use in mall gumball machines and the like. I need suggestions for either (1) other ways to source those chiclets (for instance, anyone know a large brick-and-mortar candy emporium that might be able to do a one-off mail order?), or (2) alternative brightly-colored square/rectangular candies that I could use to create the same effect. [more inside]
posted by Bardolph on Mar 14, 2014 - 26 answers

How fast is Australia LTE, really?

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.
posted by signondiego on Mar 12, 2014 - 3 answers

I want a share of the (Australian) share market

What are some good online information sources for investing in the Australian share market. Looking for all options be they paid or unpaid, blogs, discussion boards, newsletters etc. I have an advisor but I am looking to check his advice as well as develop my own sense of what constitutes a good investment. Google is giving me too many options.
posted by MT on Feb 28, 2014 - 1 answer

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