General Information

Public Holidays
2014 - 1 Jan - (New Year), 26 Jan (Australia Day) holiday Jan 27, 18 April, 19 April, 21 April (Easter), 25 April (ANZAC Day), 5 May (May Day), 9 June (Queens Birthday), 4 July*, 4 August (Picnic Day), 25 Dec (Christmas Day), 26 Dec (Boxing Day)
*Alice Springs Show Day

2015 - 1 Jan - holiday 3 Jan (New Year), 26 Jan (Australia Day), 3 April, 4 April, 6 April (Easter), 25 April (ANZAC Day), 4 May (May Day), 8 June (Queens Birthday), 3 July*, 3 August (Picnic Day), 25 Dec (Christmas Day), 28 Dec (Boxing Day)
*Alice Springs Show Day

School terms 2014
28 January to 4 April
16 April to 20 June
22 July to 26 September
6 October to 11 December

School terms 2015
23 January to 2 April
13 April to 19 June
20 July to 25 September
5 October to 10 December

The voltage in Australia is 240 volt with 3 point sockets. Most major accommodation houses have alternative power points for personal appliances, otherwise a transformer kit will be required for safe operation.

Time Zones
The Northern Territory operates at Universal Time Coordinated plus 9 1/2 hours. It does not have daylight saving.

Australia has three time zones:
Eastern Standard Time (EST) - operates in New South Wales, the Australian Capital Territory, Victoria, Tasmania and Queensland.

Central Standard Time (CST) - operates in South Australia and the Northern Territory (one half hour behind EST).

Western Standard Time (WST) - operates in Western Australia (two hours behind EST).

* Note - daylight saving applies in NSW, ACT, VIC, WA and SA from the end of October to the end of March and in Tasmania from the beginning of October to the end of March.

Mobile Phone Coverage
Whilst mobile phones work in Alice Springs, the digital mobile network is not available throughout outback Australia. The coverage extends approximately 30kms outside of Alice Springs.

To call international direct dial 0011 the international access code, then the country code, then the area code, and finally the telephone number.

Replace 0011 with 0015 to access Telstra's international fax service.

Australian Clothing Sizes
Travellers are advised they should try on clothing before buying. You'll find clothing sizes are generally - women's sizes are: 8, 10, 12, 14, 16 and men's sizes are: 37, 38, 39, 41.

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Road Report

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The wettest year on record was 1974 with 782.5mm.

Amazing Trivia

Alice Springs - You'll Never Never Know If You Never Never Go!