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Anglesea is a lovely sea-side town that swells with activity during summer, when Victorian families flock to it. Set on the Anglesea River, along the Great Ocean Road between Torquay and Lorne, Anglesea attracts visitors with its surfing and swimming beaches, scenic lookouts, forests and parks, and golf course with a large resident kangaroo population.
The vibrant and friendly Anglesea Music Festival is held in spring, where the bush meets the sea. This Surf Coast Festival focuses on regional talent, who perform alongside Australia's finest talent and internationally established musicians of all genres.
The six main venues and fringe venues are all within easy walking distance, and you can participate in great workshops. A market offers arts and craft and a multicultural food court, and street performers and buskers also perform in these beautiful surrounds.
There are no flights to Anglesea. The nearest airport is Avalon Airport, near Geelong.
From Melbourne, it takes about an hour and a half to drive to Anglesea. Follow the Princes Freeway to Geelong and then take the Surf Coast Highway south to Torquay, where you turn west towards Anglesea.
There are no regular passenger boat services to Anglesea. Searoad have a car and passenger ferry operating daily on the hour between Queenscliffe and Sorrento. Anglesea is about thirty minutes from Queenscliffe.
Having a car can certainly be an advantage if you want to explore the rest of the Great Ocean Road, but Anglesea itself is quite easy to get around by foot.
There is no organized public transport in Anglesea.
Anglesea is small, so it's quite manageable to explore on foot.
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Internet cafés are very common in the larger Australian cities and popular tourist destinations. However, once you leave the major population centres, you might have trouble finding somewhere to log on. Free wifi is getting more and more common (either with or without a code) in places like restaurants, some bars and coffee places and hotels. Sometimes a fee is required.
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Australia is on a GSM 900/1800 network, so if you have an unlocked phone that works on those frequencies, you will be able to buy a prepaid SIM-card and stick into your phone when you're in Australia. You will receive a new Australian phone number with the SIM-card.
To dial out of Australia use the prefix 0011, followed by the calling code of the country you are trying to reach, followed by the area code of the city/town (without the 0!) and finally the phone number.
Within Australia, it is necessary to add an area code to the phone numbers if you are calling from outside the area. Below are Australia's area codes:
000 is the emergency telephone number in Australia, but the international GSM mobile emergency telephone number 112 also works on mobile phones.
Australia Post is the government's postal service. Most suburbs will have at least one post office. Opening times are mostly from around 8:00 or 9:00am to 5:00pm though larger ones keep longer hours sometimes. A standard letter or postcard sent within Australia will cost $0.60. Internationally, it costs $1.70 to send postcards anywhere in the world. Letters cost $1.85 to send within the Asia Pacific region and $2.60 to anywhere else in the world.. It is also possible to send things as parcels or by express mail. You can also use use private courier companies like TNT, UPS or DHL as they are competitive and reliable.
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