Telephoning From Scarborough
International calls and National calls are most cheaply
done with phone cards or VOIP.
Discount landline calls apply for most telcos for local
"Neighbourhood" calls. See
Cheap phone calls
At present I only have the following
Telstra local call number information which I believe costs 17 cents per
The telephone exchange is located in Stanley Street,
Scarborough. It is operated by Telstra (formerly Post Master General)
which provides line access to other telcos such as Optus.
Telephoning to Scarborough
When calling a Scarborough telephone number from overseas
Country code prefix is: 61
Area code prefix is: 8
Scarborough is 8 hours ahead of Greenwich Mean Time (UCT) and
approximately 3 hours (depending on summer time or not) behind the eastern
states of Australia.
There are a number of mobile telephone transponders on top of the tallest
building in Scarborough, the Rendezvous Observation City. At March 02,
it was my judgement that Telstra offered stronger and clearer
reception than other telcos, at my location at the southern end of the
Data / Internet
Common dial-up data rate via standard landline is nominally 56 kbps
max and usually
about 46 to 52 kbs depending how close you are to the Stanley Street
telephone exchange and other conditions of the day. Broadband ADSL is
available and better hotels / motels. I can recommend "BeachFront"
Current rates for ADSL are up-to 1,500 kbps with data cap or 256kbps
||$ PER MONTH
Broadband is also available via mirowave dishes and some of
the telcos provide PCMCIA cards for broadband internet @ about $100 per