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 Facsimile number guides are accessible at post offices, and prices vary.

 Services are widely available from assorted retail outlets.

 Free collection by courier is available in Melbourne, Brisbane, Adelaide, Perth and Sydney.

 Facsimile services are hard to access in the outback.


 Internet cafes are widespread in all capital cities including over 24 outlets in Tasmania, and individual hotels may also provide facilities.

  ISP's include BigPond, Hunterlink, Tassienet and Telstra.


 Full services for national and international telecommunications are available.

 Full International Direct Dialing is accessible.

 The country code is 61.

 The outgoing international code is 0011.

 The payphones green, red, blue or gold, and red phones only allow local calls to be made from them. Blue, gold and green phones have International Direct Dialing and Subscriber Trunk Dial (IDD and STD).

 A local phone call costs 40c and Telstra Smart Phone cards can be bought at supermarkets, newsagents and chemists. These can be bought in denominations of A $20, A $10 and A $5, and used for local, international or STD calls.

  Credit phones can be found at airports, city centre locations and many hotels, these take most major credit cards.

  Multimedia payphones are available in parts of Sydney and Melbourne, these have a touch screen which allows users to gain access to information services and tourist information, which can be printed off. Phone cards for these telephones can be bought at local shops.

Mobile telephones

 Global System for Mobile communications (GSM) 900 and 1800 networks are available.

 Main network providers include: Optus, Telstra and Vodafone.

 Good coverage extends to all main cities including Tasmainia, whilst access in the more isolated areas is limited.

 U.S. handsets are not compatible.


 Post offices exist in all the main towns of every State.

 Post office hours are Monday to Friday from 9.00 am to 5.00 pm, some post office are also open Saturdays 9.00 am to 12.00 am.

 Stamps are often offered at hotel and motel reception areas and selected newsagents.

 Poste Restante facilities are accessible at selected post offices throughout Australia, and mail is held for 30 days free of charge.


 The major daily newspapers are The Australian Financial Review and The Australian.

  The weekly newspapers with the largest circulation are the Sunday Mail and the Sunday Telegraph.

  Newspapers usually have a high circulation throughout the continent.


BBC World Service and Voice of America can be received. From time to time the frequencies vary and the most up to date can be found online.