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Using telephones in Australia

tips

Telstra Phonecard, for public phones
Telstra phone card
  • Do not use the telephone in your hotel room unless you know the rates. They can be much higher than the ones from a public phone.
  • The mobile phone can be a good solution as well. You don't necessary need to apply with your company for Global Roaming. Buy a prepaid card from Sydney.
  • Main players in the mobile phone industry in Australia are: Telstra, Vodafone and Optus. Check the Internet if your mobile phone supports the frequencies used in Australia.
  • Invest in a phonecard some public phones are not accepting coins.

public phones


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Most public phones are accepting coins, phone cards and credit cards. Phonecards can be purchased from News Agent or from any shop displaying the Telstra logo.

Local calls are un timed and cost at the time I'm writing this, 40c. Dial 1222 for cost information. There are peak and off peak hours.

Long distance calls are more expensive if you need an operator's assistance.

phone directories

White Pages lists all private and business numbers. There is a second directory called Yellow Pages that is listing business numbers grouped by their relevant heading.

calling in or from Australia

To call from EU dial:
0061+AreaCode+number

To call from USA dial:
01161+AreaCode+number

To call from Australia dial 0011 + country code (ex Romania: 40) + Area Code omitting the leading 0 (ex Bucharest: 21) + local number.

Emergency no:

Police/Fire/Ambulance: 000
Note: 000 calls are free.

Poison Info: 13 11 26
Life Line: 13 11 26
30 May
1923 - Australia, New Zealand the the United Kingdom sign an agreement to share the administration of former German colony Nauru.

1925 - Millicent Preston-Stanley becomes the first woman member of the New South Wales Legislative Assembly.
Australian slang
  • technicolor yawn vomit
  • Oz nick name for Australia
  • ankle biter infant
  • ta thanks
  • poofter male homosexual
  • what-da-ya-know a phrase used to open a conversation
  • bogan immature guy
  • spruiker man standing outside of a nightclub to persuade people to enter
  • sparky electrician
Online Maps
Sydney A to Z banners
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Sydney A to Z banners

Useful phone numbers

Emergency: 000
Operator help: 1234
Directory info: 1223
Rev. charge: 12550
Cost info: 12222
Poison Info: 13 11 26
Life Line: 13 11 26