Visas: Every nationality except New Zealanders need visas. Tourists visas are generally valid for six months. Visas for less than three months are free. Public holidays: New Years Day; Australia Day (Jan); Anzac Day (25 April); Good Friday; Holy Saturday; Easter Monday; Christmas; Boxing Day (except for South Australia). Good buys: Aboriginal art, antiques, craft and design. Local dishes: ‘Modern Australian’ food is an amalgamation of Mediterranean, Asian and Californian cuisine. Good reading: The Songlines, by Bruce Chatwin, is a beautiful, elegiac and comic account of his experiences among the central Australian Aborigines.