In winter time in Melbourne Australia is the same as Sydney and Brisbane Easter Standard Time.
During summer, the southern states, including Sydney and Melbourne, have daylight saving time, which leaves Brisbane hour behind.
It can become confusing trying to work out what time it is on the other side of the planet, especially as it changes throughout the year.
I have managed a few times to get an overseas family member out of bed in the middle of the night by making wrong time calculations.
Here is your current time in Melbourne.
This is how it works: Looking west, Melbourne standard time is 10 hours ahead of Greenwich. If it is morning in Europe, it is evening on the same day in Australia.
If you travel east from Melbourne, you cross the International Date Line in the Pacific. Australia is one of the first countries to start a new day.
Therefore, the Americas may be a day behind. The American East coast is 18 hours behind Melbourne. (I find it easier to think of them 6 hours ahead, but one day behind.)
If it is early morning in Australia, it is lunchtime in the US, but on the previous day. Here are current times in San Francisco and Berlin.
But all these calculations are only true in spring and autumn when there isnt any daylight saving time anywhere. During daylight saving time in the northern hemisphere the gaps reduce by 1 hour.
In the Australian summer it is the other way around. The gaps increase by one hour.
Daylight saving time in Melbourne Australia finishes on April 6, 2008. It starts again on October 5, 2008 and then finishes on April 5, 2009.
Here is a map of world time zones.
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