Embassy of Australia
United States of America

Living in the greater Washington DC area

Living in the greater Washington DC area

 Living in the District of Columbia

Official government home page http://dc.gov/DC/
Public schools http://dcps.dc.gov/portal/site/DCPS/
Department of Motor Vehicles http://dmv.dc.gov/
Various greater Washington DC Neighbourhoods http://dc.about.com/od/neigborhoodprofiles/u/Neighborhoods.htm
Moving to Washington DC http://rrc.dc.gov/rrc/site/default.asp?rrcNav_GID=0

Living in Virginia

Official government home page http://www.virginia.gov/
Public schools http://www.doe.virginia.gov/
Department of Motor Vehicles http://www.dmv.state.va.us/
Fairfax County http://www.fairfaxcounty.gov/
Arlington County http://www.arlingtonva.us/



Living in Maryland

Maryland Motor Vehicle Administration http://www.mva.maryland.gov/
Public schools http://www.marylandpublicschools.org/msde
Department of Motor Vehicles http://www.mva.maryland.gov/
Montgomery County http://www.montgomerycountymd.gov/



Travel and Transportation

Washington Metropolitan Area Transit http://www.wmata.com/
Amtrak http://www.amtrak.com/home
Virginia Rail Express (VRE) http://www.vre.org/
Maryland Mass Transit Administration http://www.mtamaryland.com/
Zipcar short-term car rental company http://www.zipcar.com/
Car2go short-term car rental company https://www.car2go.com/en/washingtondc/
Taxi http://dc.about.com/od/transportation/a/Washington-Dc-Taxis.htm
Cycling                                                                          http://bikewashington.org/






Reagan National Airport (DCA) http://www.metwashairports.com/reagan/reagan.htm
Dulles International Airport (IAD) http://www.metwashairports.com/dulles/dulles.htm
Baltimore/Washington International (BWI) http://www.bwiairport.com/en



Social Security Administration*

Social Security Administration Office Locations https://secure.ssa.gov/ICON/main.jsp


*Do not attempt to obtain a Social Security Number until registration with the US Department of State has been finalised and confirmed by the Consular section of the Embassy.

Publications for Parents

Washington Families Magazine http://www.washingtonfamily.com
Washington Parent Magazine http://www.washingtonparent.com


Neighbourhood Information Around the Embassy

Below is a list of information on various aspects of the neighbourhood directly around the Embassy compound for current and prospective staff members of the Embassy.

Nearest Parking

The closest parking to the Embassy is the Airline Pilots Association located two doors down from the Embassy. The nearest other location is on the corner of 15th and M St.

Public Transportation

The Embassy is easily accessible by public transportation.

Metro Stations

Dupont Circle (Red Line) at the intersection of Massachusetts and Connecticut Ave NW.
Farragut North (Red Line) on the corner of Connecticut and L St.
Farragut West (Blue, Orange and Silver Lines) on the corner of 18th and I St.
McPherson Square (Blue, Orange and Silver Lines) on the corner of 15th and I St.

Local Bus Service

Local busses S1 & S2 run towards 16th and Colorado, and the S2 & S4 run toward Silver Spring.

Taxi/Hire Car Service

The major taxi/cab service companies are Diamond Cab, Maine Cab Co of DC, MATS Taxi Cab, Car & Sedan Service, Taxi Transportation Service, Washingtonian Cab Company, Washington Flyer Taxi and Yellow Cab Company of DC. Uber is also readily available in the DC area.


There are numerous recreational cycling trails/paths around the greater Washington DC area as well as bicycle lanes in the metropolitan area. The Embassy also offers a location within the building for commuters who travel by bicycle to and from work to secure their bicycle in a safe location.

Grocery Stores

There are two major grocery stores near the Embassy. Whole Foods located on P St between 14th and 15th St is a specialty natural foods market. Safeway located on the corner of 17th and Corcoran St is a full service grocery store.


There are two CVS pharmacies within walking distance of the Embassy, the closer of which is located on the corner of 17th and P Street. There is also a 24 hour CVS located on Dupont Circle.

Lunch and Cafés

The closest place to get coffee or lunch near the Embassy is Galley Café located inside the Airline Pilots Association on the ground floor. The café offers a variety of sandwiches, hot and cold drinks, and a number of hot lunch options.

For more lunch options, 17th Street and Dupont Circle each within a 10 minute walk have a large variety of restaurants, sandwich shops and food trucks.

There are two Starbucks in the area - one located at the corner of N St and Connecticut Ave and the other located at 14th and P St across from Whole Foods.

Postal Services

The closest post office to the Embassy is located on the corner of 18th and M Street.

Map of the area around the Embassy