IN his continuing search for the more weird, wacky and wondrous in the world of travel, David Ellis wonders what mind-pictures some people in the UK must have of us.
Travel agents there have compiled a list of some of the weirder questions they've been asked by people thinking of visiting Australia, amongst them such gems as:
. Can you wear high heels in Australia?
. Are there supermarkets in Sydney?
. Will fresh milk be available year round in Sydney for my baby?
. I want to walk from Perth to Sydney – is there a railway line I can follow?
. Which direction is north in Australia?
. I am visiting Australia and I have large breasts; as it is on the underneath side of the world, will I need a special bra?
. Do you have a map of where I can find ATMs in Sydney?
. Do they have ATMs in Sydney's suburbs as well as in the city?
. Are the instructions on ATMs in Australia in English?
. Does the sun come up in the morning in Australia, or is it later because it is on the other side of the world?
. Can I do a day coach trip (from Sydney) to Ayer's Rock?
. And of course someone had to ask their agent this: Do they have fish and chips shops in Australia?