What comes to mind when you think of Australia? Kangaroos, Nicole Kidman, the Sydney Opera House?
Whilst all of the aforementioned may be Australian icons, what really makes the land down under an attractive place for visitors and ex-pats is the lifestyle. With an average of 2759 hours of sunshine a year and access to some of the world’s most beautiful beaches and landscape, Australia really hits the mark when it comes to having a great quality of life.
It is the 6th largest country in the world of some 12 million square kilometres and the only continent of 23 million people in the world.
Majority of Australians live within 100 kilometres of the coast line making Australia one of the world's most urbanised coastal dwelling populations. Vegetation covers nearly 7 million square 91% of Australia. Most of its exotic flora and fauna cannot be found anywhere else in the world.
Melbourne continues to hold the title for the world’s most liveable city (fifth year in a row), with Adelaide, Perth and Sydney also featuring in the top 10. With a healthy minimum wage threshold, Sydney was also highlighted as the world’s most affordable city for young people to live.
Australia is multicultural and accounts for the highest proportion of migrant settlers in a developed nation with over 200 different languages and dialects spoken with some of the most common ones being: Italian, Greek, Cantonese, Arabic, Vietnamese and Mandarin.
Australia Day today is a celebration of diversity and tolerance in Australian society, embracing all ethnic backgrounds, differences and political standpoints. Australia is also the second country in the world who has given women the right to vote in 1902.
The continent has been awarded sports capital of the world with over 70% of its total population participating at least once a week in some type of physical activity.
Aussies like a good joke! They have their own slang and like to call English people ‘Pome’ - acronym for Prisoners of Mother England.
They also love their vino! In just 200 years, Australia's wine industry has grown from a few small plantings to an industry renowned throughout the world for its quality. With over 60 wine regions, Australia produces around 1.35 trillion bottles of wine per year.
If you love coffee then Australia is definitely the place to be. It has become a land where coffee obsessives drink flat whites and lattes, cold drip and single origin long blacks, piccolos and cappuccinos. Cafes serving coffee are at every street’s corner, it’s a matter of finding your favourite barista, who knows how to make your coffee just as you like it.
Find out what others have to say about relocating to Australia by reading Cindy's story.
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