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Re: A little ray of sunshine from Australia

Post by Barney » January 2, 2021, 8:26 am

Barney wrote:Aussie dollar exchange rate is ever so slowly creeping up a satang at a time.
Might reach the dizzying heights of 23 bht by end of 2020.
Long way from the 18 a number of months ago.


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Might be a new year rise. Not sure why.


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Re: A little ray of sunshine from Australia

Post by pipoz4444 » January 16, 2021, 11:19 pm

Has any Australian (he who still regularly uses his Australia passport) flown back to or tried to fly back to, Australia from Thailand in the last 4-5 months

If so I would appreciate any details of what you had to go through to get back in and who you flew back with.

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Re: A little ray of sunshine from Australia

Post by tamada » January 17, 2021, 7:34 am

^ Everything you need to know is available at the following, scroll down for repatriation information. Here's a bit of it below.

https://thailand.embassy.gov.au/

*IMPORTANT*

Regular updates on the situation in Thailand and travel opportunities to Australia are posted to the Australian Embassy’s Facebook page; Australia in Thailand

If you are an Australian citizen or permanent resident and you\'re travelling or living in Thailand, you may wish to register with the Australian Embassy.

If you have already registered with the Embassy via email since March 2020, do not complete an online registration. For those who have not already registered with the Embassy, please do so here: https://covid19.dfat.gov.au. When prompted to provide your address, provide the address of your current location in Thailand, not your residential address in Australia.

Flights to Australia

If you wish to return to Australia, please look for commercial options. Cathay Pacific and Singapore Airlines group are flying to Australia.

Thai Airways will facilitate flights from Bangkok to Sydney every Sunday until the end of March 2021. These flights will depart at 18:50 in the evening on Sundays and will arrive in Sydney at 08:10 the following Monday morning.

Each flight will only be able to carry thirty-two (32) passengers. Please ensure you are registered with the embassy to ensure you receive further details on the price and how to register interest.

Entering Australia

From 20 March 2020, only Australian citizens, permanent residents and immediate family members (with exemption) can travel to Australia. For further information including how to apply for an exemption, please go to https://covid19.homeaffairs.gov.au/

Quarantine on arrival in Australia

Everyone arriving in Australia must undertake a mandatory 14-day quarantine at designated facilities (for example, a hotel), at their port/city of arrival, regardless of final destination. If you’re due to arrive back in Australia soon, you may have to contribute to the cost of quarantine.

Individual states and territories have started to introduce their own quarantine arrangements and costs.

Some have an exemption period, where if you purchased your ticket before a certain date you will not be charged for quarantine.

Most states are offering payment plans, fee reductions and/or fee waivers for those experiencing financial hardship.


My Aussie mates experience from last year, it took about two months and being bounced off three consecutive repatriation flights before he got back home. There's a daily limit on the amount of Australians that can return from ALL nations and being moved to a later flight was very common during the peak of repatriation. Their embassy website or the airlines can best advise if this is any easier. He was in Phuket and returned to SYD via BKK and HKG on Cathay Pacific.

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Re: A little ray of sunshine from Australia

Post by jackspratt » January 17, 2021, 8:26 am

I am currently in Oz, having flown Bangkok/Singapore/Perth at the beginning of December. Flights were Singapore Air to Sing, and then Scoot to Perth. I was required to stay in a holding area at Changi for 17 hours due to the limited transfer flights, and did my 14 days quarantine in Perth at the Pan Pacific Hotel.

You can only transfer at Changi if you are utilising a flights within the Singapore Air group ie Singapore Air/Scoot/Silk Air, and the flights must be booked on a single ticket. You must be very careful to get all your ducks in a row before getting to your originating airport.

Unless there are flight cancellations, or other unforeseen problems, I will be returning to another 14 days of hotel quarantine in Bangkok on 1 February - this time Singapore Air to Sing (with 11 hours transit, but not confined in the terminal), and Scoot to Bangkok.

All information can be found here: https://www.singaporeair.com/en_UK/sg/m ... d=kataac8r

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Re: A little ray of sunshine from Australia

Post by pipoz4444 » January 19, 2021, 11:02 am

Good luck to their tourist dependent businesses, too

https://www.bbc.com/news/world-australia-55699581

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Re: A little ray of sunshine from Australia

Post by pipoz4444 » January 19, 2021, 11:10 am

Thanks JS and Tamada for the response

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Re: A little ray of sunshine from Australia

Post by Barney » January 19, 2021, 12:19 pm

There have been some recent changes. Especially with reduction of people allowed to enter and the requirement for a PCR test prior to permission to board a flight.
Thai airways Bkk to Sydney is down to 25 passengers this Sunday.

https://www.smartraveller.gov.au/news-a ... 5_iOaRBTwA


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Re: A little ray of sunshine from Australia

Post by noosard » January 21, 2021, 11:44 am

Just love the hope
Aussie Pollie says we aim to have travel by Christmas to so called green countries
ie NZ possible Fiji Solomon New Caledonia Tonga
The hope ( by Christmas )

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Re: A little ray of sunshine from Australia

Post by pipoz4444 » January 24, 2021, 4:50 pm

Hopefully, one more off the streets

https://www.abc.net.au/news/2021-01-24/ ... d/13086838

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Post by tamada » January 28, 2021, 2:29 pm

Survivor advocate Grace Tame named Australian of the Year

"Grace Tame, the 26-year-old woman who fought to repeal a law that silenced Tasmanian sexual assault survivors, has been named the 2021 Australian of the Year.

Ms Tame, the first Tasmanian to earn the title and a survivor of sexual assault herself, delivered a powerful speech onstage at the National Arboretum as she accepted her award.

"I lost my virginity to a paedophile, I was 15, anorexic. He was 58, he was my teacher," she said.

"Publicly, he described his crimes as 'awesome' and 'enviable'. Publicly, I was silenced by law. ..."


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Re: A little ray of sunshine from Australia

Post by Bandung_Dero » January 28, 2021, 4:08 pm

As most have heard there are a number of "elite" tennis player squirling like stuck pigs about Australia's strict protocalls (one of the loudest came down the virus 55555).
Just listening to some interviews done by an American network = One girl complaining that she has never washed her own hair before and finding it difficult - 55555.
Then Serena Williams interview, what a breath of fresh air, stuck in quarantine with a 3 yo - had nothing but positive comments about how they were being treated and the Australian approach to the pandemic.
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Post by noosard » January 28, 2021, 4:55 pm

Yes good to hear some sport stars are real
Lots act as though the world owes them
Spoilt overpaid brats

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Re: A little ray of sunshine from Australia

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ON THIS DAY – 1st February

1811 – John Oxley was appointed Surveyor-General of New South Wales.

1858 – The first hot air balloon flight in Australia occurred in Victoria.

1870 – A state flag of Victoria was adopted, although with no crown like the current flag.

1915 – Opal was first discovered in Coober Pedy, Australia.

1924 – The Australian Loan Council met for the first time.

1927 – The North Australia Act of 1926 was enforced and the territory of Central Australia was created.

1955 – The six o'clock swill was abolished in NSW.

1976 – Five people were killed when two light planes collide above Parafield Airport, 16 km north of Adelaide.

1977 – The Federal Court of Australia began to exercise its jurisdiction.

1981 – Trevor Chappell bowled underarm in the final delivery of the game against New Zealand at the Melbourne Cricket Ground (MCG). The delivery led to the banning of underarm deliveries in cricket.

1984 – Medicare came into effect in Australia.

1985 – AM stereo broadcasting started in Australia.

1989 – The Western Australian towns of Kalgoorlie and Boulder amalgamated to form the City of Kalgoorlie-Boulder.

1992 – One and two-cent coins began to be withdrawn from circulation.

1999 – An unprecedented rush for Telstra shares helped vault Australian share prices to a record high, as investors focused on the continued strong performance of the local economy. The all ordinaries index surged 29.9 points.

1999 – QSTV became an affiliate of the Seven Network, becoming known as Seven Central.

2004 – The first Ghan passenger train across Australia from Adelaide to Darwin set off on its three-day journey.

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Coppin's balloon medal, 1858 (Twisted History) - Top
Members of the New Colorado Prospecting Syndicate in Coober Pedy in 1915. The party was led by James Hutchison, whose son Willie discovered opal in what is now known as Coober Pedy. (Department of State Development, Government of South Australia) – Right Middle
A Barmaid at Work in Wartime Sydney. Petty's Hotel, Sydney, 6 pm, 1941, by Max Dupain. (Wiki) – Right Bottom
Australia's Trevor Chappell bowls underarm to New Zealand's Brian McKechnie observed by keeper Rod Marsh and non-striker Bruce Edgar 1981

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ON THIS DAY – 6th February

1788 – The first female convicts arrived at Port Jackson.

1794 – Captain John Hunter (former commander of HMS Sirius) is appointed as Phillip's replacement as governor. However, he was in England at the time and did not arrive until September 1795.

1832 – The Swan River Colony was officially renamed “Western Australia”.

1839 – The Port Phillip Patriot and Melbourne Advertiser were published for the first time by John Pascoe Fawkner

1851 – The Victorian bushfire known as 'Black Thursday' occurred in which fires covered a quarter of the state, twelve lives were lost, along with one million sheep, thousands of cattle, countless native animals and destroying 5 million hectares of land.

1906 – The world's first surf lifesaving club was formed at Bondi Beach.

1926 – The South Australian nickname "crow-eater" was first explained in the Adelaide newspaper, the Register.

1938 – Three hundred beachgoers were dragged out to sea when three freak waves struck Bondi Beach in Sydney in an event known as "Black Sunday". A team of eighty surf lifesavers managed to rescue all but five people.

1943 – First Spitfire in action above Darwin, Australia. Mu Ki-46 shot down.

1974 – High tides and heavy seas caused flooding and damage to homes and other buildings on the Queensland Gold and Sunshine Coasts and the NSW North Coast. Waves of up to 20 feet battered the coast as Cyclone Pam swept southward offshore.

1987 – Mary Gaudron was sworn in as the first female Justice of the High Court of Australia.

1991 – Roma Mitchell was appointed Governor of South Australia, she was the first female Governor of an Australian state.

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Captain John Hunter, Governor of New South Wales, 1801, engraved by Ridley, published by Bunny and Gold, Shoe Lane. (State Library of NSW) – Bottom Right
Sketch of Perth and Melville Waters, with Mount Eliza from the main street of Perth, Western Australia C. D. Wittenoom 1824?-1866, artist.; J. Henshall, printer (SLV) – Bottom Left
Black Thursday, February 6th. 1851, as depicted by William Strutt in 1864. (SLV) – Top

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Post by Barney » February 6, 2021, 6:14 pm

The Aussie lads came from far and wide to get in the action of WW1.
Would not have been to many sail from further than Hobart, Tassie.

Pontville/Brighton Australian army camp in Tasmania - WW1

Pontville, Tasmania. 1914-10-19. Members of the 9th Battery, 3rd Field Artillery Brigade (3FAB), formed up at the training camp where they had been for six weeks before embarkation for the Middle East the following day. On leaving the camp they marched through Hobart to Ocean Pier.

The Pontville Army Camp was renamed Brighton Army Camp, becoming the focus of military training in Tasmania on 13 August 1914. (Aussie Mobs)

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Re: A little ray of sunshine from Australia

Post by Barney » February 8, 2021, 12:06 pm

We do have the best of the food world hands down.

https://www.australia.com/en-us/things- ... o-try.html


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Re: A little ray of sunshine from Australia

Post by Sport » February 8, 2021, 12:34 pm

Barney wrote:
February 8, 2021, 12:06 pm
We do have the best of the food world hands down.
https://www.australia.com/en-us/things- ... o-try.html

Jesus H Christ Barney, why did you put this up. Now OZ will probably be invaded by other countries seeking our gorgeous foods, you have let the cat out of the bag. BTW off tomorrow for salt water fishing, jewfish, flathead, spanish mackeral & whiting. Maybe the covid is a good thing, the outsiders can't get here lol.

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Sport wrote:
Barney wrote:
February 8, 2021, 12:06 pm
We do have the best of the food world hands down.
https://www.australia.com/en-us/things- ... o-try.html

Jesus H Christ Barney, why did you put this up. Now OZ will probably be invaded by other countries seeking our gorgeous foods, you have let the cat out of the bag. BTW off tomorrow for salt water fishing, jewfish, flathead, spanish mackeral & whiting. Maybe the covid is a good thing, the outsiders can't get here lol.
Our prime minister will keep the hoards out for a bit yet.
Which harbour are you venturing out of for the deep sea adventure?


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