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Country name conventional long form
conventional short form
Commonwealth of Australia
Nationality noun
Australian (singular), Australians (plural)
Capital name
geographic coordinates
daylight saving time
35 17 S, 149 08 E
+1hr, begins last Sun in Oct; ends last Sun in March
Australia is divided into three time zones
Currency name
Australian dollar
Phone international country code 61
Internet country code .au
Climate generally arid to semiarid; temperate in south and east; tropical in north
National holidays Australia Day, 26 January (1788)
ANZAC Day (commemorated as anniversary of 1915 landing of troops of Australian and New Zealand Army Corps during World War I at Gallipoli, Turkey), 25 April
Flag description blue with the flag of the UK in the upper hoist-side quadrant and a large seven-pointed star in the lower hoist-side quadrant known as the Commonwealth or Federation Star, representing the federation of the colonies of Australia in 1901; the star depicts one point for each of the six original states and one representing all of Australia's internal and external territories; on the fly half is a representation of the Southern Cross constellation in white with one small five-pointed star and four larger, seven-pointed stars

Updated August 2011. You may notice that we show information from a variety of dates. We are unable to find the same type of information for more recent dates than what we show here. The information provided above is for entertainment purposes only. For more information, please visit any of the Australian government websites and the CIA World Fact Book

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