When the telephone was invented in the
17th century, no one thought it would be as highly useful as
it is today. It seems that most people could not do without
the telephone. Whether a landline, a mobile or an Internet
phone, the telecom device’s functions and usefulness could
not be neglected and underestimated.
The telephone is useful mostly because it could bridge the
gap and distances facilitated by geography. People in
Australia can get in touch with friends, families and
business partners in North America, Europe, Asia and all
other inhabited continents. Likewise, people from all over
the world could easily reach by phone their friends and
acquaintances who are based in the land down under.
If you are calling anyone in Australia
from elsewhere in the world, there is a need for you to know
and take note of several access numbers like the
international access code and the Australian country and
The international access code is a number prefix
that any long distance caller should dial before pressing
the Australian phone number. For example, if you are calling
from the US, your international access code is 011, which
should be dialed first before dialing the Australian phone
number you are calling.
The Australia phone code is comprised of two numbers. The
first is the country code, which is 61 for Australia.
second is the local area code, which varies across states or
cities. Local area code for Sydney and Canberra is 2; for
Brisbane and Cairns is 7; for Adelaide, Perth and Darwin is
8; and for Melbourne is 3.
Local subscriber or landline
phone numbers in Australia are usually comprised of eight
digits. Thus, if you are calling someone in Sydney, the
number to dial is 2 + the 8-digit number; do not forget to
dial your international access code first (verify with your
phone service operator if you are not sure about your code).
Calling within Australia is never a problem. If you are
calling to another state or area, dial the corresponding or
assigned local area code of the party you are calling.
Calling someone within the same area, state or city does not
require dialing a local area code. If you are calling an
international number from Australia, the international
access code is 0011.
Dialing a cellular phone number has a slightly different
mechanics. The local area code should be replaced with only
one number---4. Thus, if you are calling someone through his
mobile phone in Australia, dial 0 (which is a replacement
for 61, the country code) + 4 + the main mobile number.
Calling a mobile phone in Australia from a different country
requires the use of an international access code + the
country code of Australia + 4 + the main cellular phone
number. For example, if you are calling from the US, press
011 61 4 xxxx xxxx.