What’s life like in Australia?
Australia has high quality of life, and cities like Sydney and Melbourne are often in the top 10 in terms of their livability. Australian culture has a British foundation, but people are less formal than in the UK on the whole. It’s easy to strike up conversations in Australia and people are often willing to help.
Immigration to Australia is high and acceptance of people from different cultures is the most common attitude. It’s easy to find food from all around Asia and the world both in restaurants and in grocery stores. The population in Australian cities is diverse and international visitors say they feel welcome.
Although Australia is a very large country, almost the entire population lives along the coast, and up to 75% live in cities. The middle of the continent is largely depopulated. Life in Australian cities is not entirely urban, however. Beaches are a part of most people’s weekly schedule, and city parks and green spaces are valued recreational areas. City beaches are well-maintained, and the coastal areas around major cities have been extensively developed.
Australia is an expensive country, often coming out in the top ten worldwide. Being an island, Australia has to import a great deal, and although emphasis on buying local is growing, prices are still much higher than in most countries. Salaries are high as well to support this higher cost of living. For visitors, it can feel quite expensive.
Many Australians love technology. Although the country is an island, most people follow international news closely and are well-informed about current events in Asia, Europe, and the Americas.
Life in Australia generally includes lots of outdoor time. The weather is often sunny and warm, even in the winter. Australians are known for their love of sport, both as participants and as fans. It’s very common to discuss sporting matches with colleagues or neighbors.
Over half a million international students study in Australia every year and the numbers of international students in the country are on the rise. Life in Australia for international students is pleasant because of the thriving international community, high quality of life, and the ability to work part time on a student visa to help pay for their studies.