In reality, Australia (Sydney, specifically) is about 16 hours ahead of the Western US , and about 13 hours ahead of the Eastern US . And that’s traveling East. What makes it seem like they’re a day ahead is because of that time difference. The globe is divided into roughly 24 time zones.
The center of Australia is 15:45 hours ahead of the center of the United States. PLEASE NOTE: United States and Australia may span multiple time zones.
The World Clock – Time Zone Converter – Results
|Location||Local Time||UTC Offset|
|Brisbane (Australia – Queensland)||Sunday, March 16, 2014 at 9:00:00 am||UTC+10 hours|
|Los Angeles (USA – California)||Saturday, March 15, 2014 at 4:00:00 pm||UTC-7 hours|
|Corresponding UTC ( GMT )||Saturday, March 15, 2014 at 23:00:00|
Though, sadly for the Americans, it left American Samoa marooned, only 70km away but 24 hours apart (25 in summer). And then there’s the Republic of Kiribati, which became independent in 1979 by combining three colonies – the UK’s Gilbert Islands, and the Phoenix and Line Islands from the US.
The Republic of Kiribati’s Line Islands, which have a time zone of +14 hours UTC, are on the far east of the earth. These two places, therefore, have the biggest time difference of 26 hours .
The Pacific island of Tonga is first to ring in the New Year and celebrated at 10am GMT on December 31 – making the tiny island nation the first to head into a fresh year.
The International Date Line passes through the Line Islands . The Line Islands that are part of Kiribati are in the world’s farthest forward time zone, UTC+14:00. The time of day is the same as in the U.S. state of Hawaii (UTC-10.00), but the date is one day ahead.
Time Differences UK/Australia
|New South Wales Victoria Australian Capital Territory Tasmania||9 hours ahead of the UK|
|South Australia||8.5 hours ahead|
|Queensland||9 hours ahead|
|Northern Territory||8.5. hours ahead|
|Western Australia||7 hours ahead|
Australian passport holders can travel to the USA for up to 90 days without a visa – but must apply for a visa waiver, called an ESTA (Electronic System for Travel Authorisation), through the official government website ( travel .state.gov) for about AU $15 per person.