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Australia, the land down under is a new country as compared to many countries around the world. It was initially inhabited by people from South East Asia who are thought to have come here during the last ice age, i.e, at least 50,000 years ago.
These initial inhabitants, the Aboriginal people, lived in Australia as hunters and gatherers. The aboriginals were spread around Australia in over 300 clans and spoke as many as 250 different languages.
European explorers visited the coast of Australia (then called New Holland) in the 17th Century. However, in 1770, Captain James Cook visited the east coast of Australia and claimed it for Briton. Following that, the first European settlement came in the late 18th century. Half of the settlement was full of convicts sent to Australia as a result of penal transportation.
Though the penal transportation brought the initial groups of people to Australia, the country was later flooded by migrants from European and Middle Eastern countries. These migrants were attracted by the industrial phase that Australia was going through. Migration was also helped by the Gold Rush when it was found that few cities in Australia are naturally rich in the shining stone.
Though the gold rush ended in the late 19th century, Australia has continued to grow with the help of migrants from around the world who have imposed upon Australia a true meaning of multiculturalism. Currently, you will find people from every possible background living in Australia and calling it home.
Geographically, Australia is very unique. Being 50 percent larger than Europe, it is the sixth largest country in the world. The big size and low population has also given Australia the lowest population density in the world with only 2 people per square kilometre. There are numerous towns in country Australia that have a population of less than 5000.
Australia governs the entire continent and its outlying islands. That is another unique feature as compared to other countries in the world.
Australia is a beach paradise with coastline stretching around 50,000 kms. With major population density near the coastal areas, no wonder Australians love to have fun with water.
Australia is divided into 6 states and 2 territories: New South Wales, Victoria, Tasmania, Queensland, Western Australia, South Australia, Northern Territory and the Australian Capital Territory. Each state and territory offers tourists many unique attractions.
Australia is home to so many natural wonders a place that could take years to explore and still you wouldn't beable to take it all in. With so many people from all over the world now calling our great land home, it is no wonder so many refer to Australia as 'The luckiest country in the world'. There is so much to see and so many opportunities to make to most of. From its diverse landscapes, different cultures and breath taking scenery. It is definatley a stand out for travellers.
The largest and flattest continent in the world, is home to the largest coral reef the 'Great Barrier Reef' which is also the biggest tourist attraction. This isnt all Australia has to offer though. Australia has eight states including: Australian Capital Territory (ACT), New South Wales, Victoria, Queensland (Home of the Great Barrier Reef), Northern Territory, Western Australia, South Australia and Tasmania. Each state is as different as the people that live there.
The Australian Capital Territory or the ACT as the locals know it is the home of Australia's capital city 'Canberra'. This is where our national government is located, and is the most inland of all the Australian States with no coastal border. It is also the smallest of all our states. The ACT is home to the best snow seasons in Australia, quite a cold state but with great snow fall during the winter months.
New South Wales is the most populated of Australias states. Sydney is the capital city of NSW. Some of Australias greatest attractions live in NSW such as the Sydney Harbour Bridge, Bondi Beach and The Opera House. As well as being home to the biggest and best New Years Eve parties in Australia, visiting Sydney during New Years is an opportunity not to be missed with its specatacular fire works displayed which are televised though out Australia.
Queensland or the Sunshine State as it is also known, is the highlight of most peoples Australian vacations. Home to the Great Barrier Reef on the North East side and all it has to offer. Visiting the Whitsunday Islands are a great way to have a close up encounter with the reef. Brisbane is the capital of Queensland and is such a spectacular city. South of Brisbane before the New South Wales border is the Gold Coast home to all the theme parks Queensland has to offer as well as some of the best beaches. A great place for a family vacation.
Victoria is the second most southernest state of Australia. To the north is great snow fields and mountain ranges, south west is some of the best surf beaches in Australia and home to The Great Ocean Road which is a drive every visitor to Australia must do. South East of Victoria is the Yarra Valley and some of the best vinyards Australia has to offer. Smack bang in the middle of all this is the states capital Melbourne, a beautifull vibrant city full of culture, history and so much to do. A trip to Australia means a trip to Melbourne.
Tasmania is the coldest and most Southern state in Australia. It is an island south of Victoria. Don't let the weather discourage you Tasmania is an amazingly beautifull place to visit, with beautifull beaches, mountain ranges, old towns full of history and some great brewarys ready for tours and tastings. Hobart is the capital of Tasmania first settled in 1772 this town is full of History.
South Australia, home to the Great Australian Bite, Kangaroo Island, The Barossa Valley, it's capital city Adelaide and who couldn't forget Coober Pedy an opal mining town in the middle of the dessert where people live under the ground as it can be to hot most of the year to live in a home above ground. Certainly a place to visit for it's unique places and beautifull sights. South Australia has some of the best fishing in the whole of Australia, with Kangaroo Island offering some of the biggest crabs you can catch, the Murray River runs through South Australia home of the prestigous Murray Codd and the Southern Ocean.
Western Australia is the largest state in Australia also known as the Golden State as it was one of the largest areas hit during the Gold Mining rush. Perth is the capital city of Western Australia a beautifull town located on the edge of the Swan River. With some of the best weather in Australia and some of the best beaches west and south of the state. Western Australia is home to some of the most diverse landscape in Australia, with forests, mountain ranges, coral reefs and dessert there is something here to suit everyone.
The Northern Territory is our most northern state. The home of Darwin (Capital City), Uluru and Alice Springs, Northern Territory is a beautifull and magical place to explore. Offering the most information on Indigenous Australians, there is so much to learn about their culture and history and their ways of life. Visit the Crocodile Parks in Darwin or go swimming with the largest croc on offer (You will be safely in a cage of course) for those a bit more daring. Or you can try crocodile cuisine at many of the local Crocodile Farms.
There is so much to see in Australia, you will need a lifetime to explore it.
Australia – Like Family, Like a Continent
Australia takes you to the history of the earth itself. At the beginning all of the earth is one lump. You can imagine a lump of ice moving inside the womb of the waters. Or you can see all as a lump with some becoming waters as a result of heat from within the crust. It does not matter. What matters is that in the beginning all of the earth was one which over time became the many, one of which, as a continent, is Australia. But all this is like speeding through a story, which if it is life itself, one sees but little if at all, if one jets through.
So, let us move slowly through history to see how Australia comes to be where it is today. In the beginning all of the parts of this home planet were a floating lump in the midst of the waters of the sea. This floating lump is a supercontinent. It is called Pangaea.
The source of the name, Pangaea does not matter an iota. What matters is that in the beginning there was this parent continent – the supercontinent – called Pangaea. You don’t need any science at all to come to the conclusion that all was one in the beginning. All you need is imagination in the service of intuition. But glory be, there is a scientific road to all this which is written as a footnote on the invitation from Australia.
From the parent supercontinent that reminds us of corals that asexually reproduce themselves – they are waiting for us aplenty in the famous Great Barrier Reef of Australia – the other continents of the world drift apart as does happen in a family when the children are mature enough to leave their parents.
The drift called Continental Drift, finds many continents flowing to some sections of the ocean as floating plates that became home within the home that is our planet. This is also like saying that in the beginning, human beings, the flora and the fauna, yes the land and the ocean, the lake and the pond, the birds and the elephants, the stone and the pebble, ebbs and flows, all these and more were living inside the same house, under the same roof which was called Pangaea.
Now, after Australia was delivered from the womb of the superparent, where does she go? Indeed she leaves with others to form the continent of Gondwana. The members of the Gondwana family from the superparant Pangaea are presented below:
In fact what we got from the parent supercontinent Pangaea was another supercontinent called Gondwana or Gondwanaland which was made up of Antarctica, South America, Africa, India and Australia. At this stage the area which later emerged as New Zealand lay between southeast Australia and west Antarctica, most of it under the sea.(http://www.doc.govt.nz/conservation/land-and-freshwater/land/geology/gondwana)
And when they go their own way, now mature enough to do so as happens in every family when they grow up, may this be in the human family or in the family of continents, these members of the Gondwana family become countries, one of them becomes a continent, that is Australia even as they continue to flow in one another and the other continents of the world and Nature through the oceans and the seas of waterlife, the forests and shrubs, the home of the kangaroos and the birds, all natural beauties, indeed through the fauna and the flora, inhabiting as it were and sharing as has to be, the natural living space as habitat and so flowing into one another through life in its various manifestations on this green grass, indeed, this beautiful planet of home.
With the foregoing, it’s welcome to an immersion in the history of our planet, yes it’s welcome again to Australia, a home to, amongst others, the Great Barrier Reef, one of the Seven Natural Wonders of the World.
Australia is located in the southern hemisphere and comprises the mainland also known as the Australian continent (World’s smallest), the Islands of Tasmania and numerous smaller Islands in the Indian Ocean and Pacific Ocean. Australia, according to World Economic Index figures is a, Prosperous Developed Country. Australian Cities are ranked among the world’s highest in terms cultural diversity and quality life and so are the education standards in the country.
The Country has achieved a literacy level of 99% since education was made compulsory in 1870.It is well to note Australia is the flattest continent with the oldest and least fertile soils plus it is the driest inhabited continent on our planet, yet it has turned out to be such an attractive destination for those seeking higher education. Away from the desirable likeable Cities, most of Australia is desert or semi-arid land, areas which today are commonly known as the Australian Outback.
The world’s largest island and smallest continent, Australia’s diverse land is a welcoming invite to international tourists from around the world. Snow capped mountains, tropical rainforests, outback deserts, white sand beaches and the history of the Australian Aboriginal people ensure that any type of traveler will be enchanted by the variety this country has to offer.
226 languages are spoken in Australia, with over 20 percent of the population being foreign born, embracing the multicultural society Australia offers. More than 80 percent of Australians live by the coast, linked by over 10,000 beaches, more than any other country.
Australia’s highest mountain Mt Kosciuszko stands at 2,228 metres above sea level is a popular trek for any level. It is the land in which Aborigninal people, believed to be the world’s oldest civilization, have resided for over 50,000 years.
East of Australia in Queensland is where the world’s largest oyster, with a weight of up to 3 kilograms lives. Australia’s icon, the kangaroo, resides across the land at a growing population of an estimated 40 million.
Because of it’s diverse climates, Australia is boasts a tropical north and a temperate south, ensuring a variety of choices for any traveler.
INTERNATIONAL VISITOR SPENDING
International visitor consumption includes all expenditure on goods and services within Australia and this accounted for $12.8 billion or 22% of total tourism consumption in 1997-98.
Long distance passenger transportation and accommodation services contributed 43% of tourism consumption.
If the value of shopping is added to long distance passenger transportation and accommodation services they account for over half (58.5%) of international tourism consumption.
Australia warmly welcomes international students who choose to study at its universities, schools and colleges. Australia offers you a quality education and positive graduate outcomes.
Population of Australia owing to its historical developments and governmental policies consists of people of different races, religion and countries. At first it was the land of the "Aboriginals" the original inhabitants of Australia.
The mingling of the races started with the formation of the colonial settlements of the English people during the later half of the 18 the century. They were followed by the people from the rest of the world, the majority of them being the Asians, giving the Australian population a diverse look.
There were the Chinese, Vietnamese, Indians and the Sri Lankans. They came to this island treasured with riches mainly in search of jobs and finally settled there and this all forms the Australian population.
- The currency used in Australia is Australian dollars, or AUD.
- Countries surrounding Australia include Indonesia, Papua New Guinea, The Solomon Islands, Vanuatu, and New Zealand.
- Before European settlements came to Australia, Indigenous Australians, more commonly known as Australian Aboriginals, occupied the continent.
- Australia is comprised of 6 states; Victoria, New South Wales, Queensland, Tasmania, Western Australia, and South Australia, and 2 territories; Australia Capital Territory, and Northern Territory.
- Australia has a landmass of 7,617,930 square kilometres and is situated on the Indo-Australian Tectonic Plate
- The Oceans surrounding Australia include the Indian Ocean and the Pacific Ocean.
- Australia is a very dry continent, and has been affected by droughts for many years
- Australia is a large exporter of opals, coal and wool.
- Australia is the only country, which is also a whole continent. Compared to other continents, Australia is the driest, smallest and flattest.
- Sydney Harbour Bridge, Uluru, The Great Barrier Reef, and The Twelve Apostles.
- In Australia, there are over 1500 species of Australian Spiders, 4000 species of ants, and 6000 species of flies.
- Within Australia there are over 150 million sheep, while the human population currently sits at 22 million.
Many tourists come to Australia not quite knowing what to expect. Their heads are filled with pictures of rugged beauty and un real sights. The real Australia is not so unlike this, in fact it is much better.
Luckily in Australia each sight seeing attraction has it's own amenities, whether it be accommodation, visitors centres, tour guides or catering. Tourists can be sure that their stay will be set out for them.
As Australia's main attractions are located in the "Outback" it is best to take a moment to learn a bit about first aid. Any visitor centre or tour guide will advise tourists of tracks and safety measures which may need to be taken. If the tourist is new to the area it is advised that they let a tour guide show them the sights, this will not only give you an in depth look and description of the area but it will ensure they are safe and are not unintentionally harming the environment or wildlife.
Home to many fantastic sights the main attractions include the Sydney Harbour Bridge in Sydney, New South Wales. For those who are not scared of heights there is a Harbour Bridge walk which takes tourists for a walk across the bridge, here they will see some seriously breath taking sights. Whilst in Sydney don't miss the opportunity to visit the Sydney Opera House or visit the world famous Bondi Beach.
Then there is Queensland home to the two natural wonders the Great Barrier Reef and the Daintree Rain Forest. Both of these areas span across huge parts of land and are World Heritage Listed. Home to some of the most endangered species of flora and fauna in Australia.
Possibly the most well known Australian icon is Ayers Rock or Uluru in central Australia. The red centre as local Aussies know it. A huge rock full of history, culture and art work. Here tourists can tour the rock with local guides and learn all about the indigenous Australians and their culture.
Although there are many more Australian places to sight see including Kakadu National Park in the Northern Territory, the Coral Reef in northern Western Australia, the Great Ocean Road in Victoria or the Great Australian Bite in South Australia. The list could go on forever.
Every tourist should get the chance to come and see the real Australia. It is an unforgetable experience.
Australia is over 7,600,000 square kilometres, it is the sixth biggest country in the world but it is also the world’s biggest island continent. Located in the Southern Hemisphere it is the flattest and driest populated continent but with its thriving multicultural inhabitants and unique natural landmarks it is no wonder it is one of the most popular countries to visit.
Australia has the reputation of being a friendly and multicultural country with picturesque beaches and iconic landmarks. This is all true but Australia has a lot more to offer than what first meets the eye. This vast nation is divided into eight separate states and territories. All of these states and territories offer different and exciting activities and escapades that need to be experienced firsthand.
Australia Fact - Believe it or not
- Australia was only the second country in the world to give women the right to vote
- Australia's national anthem unti 1984 was 'God save the King/Queen
- Australia Day commemorates the arrival of the first convict ships into Sydney
- Australia is the driest, flattest and smallest continent in Australia
- Australia is a country as well as a continent
- Over 90% of the Australian continent is arid, dry and flat
- The Australian Inland Taipan's venom is potent enough to kill over 100 people or 250,000 mice
- Australia's deadly box jellyfish kill more people than stonefish, sharks and crocodiles combined
- The funnelweb spider's venom kills people in less than 2 hours and humans have no immunity to it.
- Australia as a country has been shaped by post WWII immigration.
- The first humans arrived in Australia about 70,000 years ago from Indonesia
- Tasmania's Aboriginal race is totally extinct
- Australia's multicultural society has been shaped by post WWII immigration
One of the most fascinating things about Australia is its aboriginal culture and Animals in Australia. It is a rarity in any part of the world since indigenous cultures are under a serious threat following the changes that humanity continues to experience as a result of globalization and urbanization.
The aboriginal culture is so central to the life of the Australian people because it is also one of the major tourist attractions in virtually almost all parts of Australia. This underscores a very important point about the significance that countries attach to the preservation of their cultures. Every year, thousands of people from across the world travel to Australia to explore the culture of the aboriginal people.
This has placed Australia in a unique position as one of the few countries who command respectable revenue generation from international and domestic tourism. Australia also has other tourist attraction sites such as the Australian Outback, golden beaches, operas, dining spots and museums.
One can also go for exciting desert tours in the beautiful landscapes that dot the country. One of the most important factors that have fuelled the success of the tourism industry in Australia is its stable political system; a democratically elected government is in place in Australia and unlike other governments. Australia has effective political machinery that ensures that her economic interests are not threatened as a result of political upheavals.
Closely related to this is the fact that Australia is a key ally of the United States, an economic giant. This has led to favorable balance of trade. Suffice to say that Australia is a melting pot of cultures. Australian cities like Brisbane have been hosting various cultural and artistic festivals that attract participants from all over the world. This has led to massive campaigns by the Australian government towards cultural tourism.
An aspect such as the cultural elements of the aboriginal people is one such initiative that has awakened the realization that indigenous culture is a central aspect of domestic and international tourism. Indeed; Australia is one of the countries that has successfully mainstreamed culture in her economic development focus.
Originally a British territory in the 1900 hundreds; currently is a commonwealth continent, it give people the opportunity to enter and leave as they desire with the appropriate paper work for international individuals. Australia is the only place that is simultaneously considered a continent, a country and an island, with more than 21 million habitats is about the size of 48 contiguous United States and there is enough space for everyone to live comfortably and affordably. With low interest rates, economy is doing well, the labor market is flexible and the business sectors are very competitive.
This continent is well affordable and its low crime rate is appealing to tourist; its openness to accept people and treat everyone equally is a trait Australians takes pride in. From various religious beliefs to cultural background being diverse within the Australians you can certainly find a little bit of everything.
Australia was the second country to give women the right to vote and today it treats men and women equally, nobody is superior than someone else just because of their title and everyone gets treated as a person.
Water is precious to Australians and being one of the driest inhabited continents on earth, bush fires are common in Australia. Yet it has some of the worlds most beautiful beaches and sea life in the universe.
Is a land like no other, with more than one million different native species, there are more than 80 per cent of the country’s reptiles, over 50 types of marine mammals and frogs are only unique to Australia along with its freshwater fish, 4000 fish species, 1700 coral species and almost half of its bird, 828 species are all only seen in Australia. Along with other animals like: crocodiles, kangaroos, koalas, echidnas, dingoes, platypus, wallabies and wombats.
Where else could you climb a bridge like in Sydney Harbor? Or visit an opera house down by ocean like Sydney’s Opera House and still take a hike in the rainforest absorbing all its nature and beauty?
Australia is one of a kind, for reasons people may not even know about, is true, its beaches and sightseeing are some of the best in the world and it has been classified various of times as a destination to visit, but its unique food like seared kangaroo filet and adventurous in snorkeling, scuba diving, helicopter tours and the great Barrier Reef with thousand of species living under water, makes Australia a must see, must learn more location.
A spirit of egalitarianism runs through out the continent that embraces tolerance, mutual respect, and compassion for those in need. Australia also holds firmly to the belief that no one should be disadvantaged or treated differently. Is the six largest continents in the world but is a location with top ranks in human dignity, well behavior towards others and taking care of their land.
Everyone who visits Australia will definitely feel at home and welcomed.
Because Australia is situated in the southern hemisphere, celebrating New Year’s Eve on the beach or visiting the snow for a bit of skiing in July is a very popular and commonplace occurrence.
Australia’s weather, in comparison to other countries, can be quite extreme, with summer days becoming very hot and humid in the northern states and hot and dry in the southern. Winter in the southern states can become quite cold and wet with some areas experiencing extensive snowfall.
If you are visiting central Australia, expect desert conditions, with the weather becoming very hot and dry through the summer and extremely cold at night during winter with temperatures often dropping below zero degrees.
Outdoor activities, especially sport and barbeques, are a central part of the Australian lifestyle. The availability of water and sport activities makes life very appealing in Australia.
Most cities and towns offer community swimming pools, recreational parks and bike paths. A large part of Australian culture involves the beach, with most cities clustered along the Australian coastline to take advantage of the beautiful ocean views and clean sands.
There are many opportunities for you to explore life in Australia, whether you chose to travel independently or with a group. Australia hosts plenty of extraordinary natural wonders to see.
The Great Barrier Reef, Kakadu National Park and Uluru (Ayers Rock) are only some of the amazing places you can experience. Or if it’s bright lights and big cities that excite you, the metropolitan cities of Sydney, Brisbane, Melbourne, Adelaide and Perth are sure to keep you entertained.
By Lere Shakunle
Welcome to Australia, the paradise of natural attractions that magnetize the beholder to a standstill in wonderment. Welcome to Nature’s lullaby that cuddles the human imagination, indulges human curiosity to ask questions and make wonders in her own image.
The infinite peace of the rolling waves, the sleeping pose of pagoda of the vegetation and its kind of variety concentrated in a place that you never can find anywhere, exquisite birds and animals that liberate the imagination from cocoon and throws it into the embrace of the infinite, its natural habitat, in which everything is possible, all of these and more await the visitor as masters of ceremony to celebrate Nature’s diversity at its most strange and sublime. Yes, Nature is generous in the superlative with variety in land, sea, sky, people, forest, yes, in everything natural in Australia.
Everything about Australia’s natural attractions of lakes and seas, coral reefs and sands, rare birds and strange animals, whales and their acrobatic stunts and cool shows, beaches and their glittering waters and of course more as we shall get to know soon, reduces to puniness the human inventions in science, products of reductionism that emasculates Nature and ends up with the durable, the breakable, the ephemeral. Here Nature shows the long way which the human creativity still needs to go as far as reaching close even if not attaining her creative and artistic feat is concerned. Here is good news in the halo of straight talk, hard facts that touch with poignancy the grimness of the human condition.
For let’s face it, what can you compare with the sand dunes that bring forth luxuriant forest? Pray, what among the products of the reductionism of science and its technology can you compare with the peace you feel as the sands welcome your feet and respect your footsteps by leaving them there as you move ahead in, where is that now? Wait! Australia gives the answer as we move ahead.
It is the nature of facts that they are hard and the condition of Truth that it is bitter. But where we allow one or the other to speak we would say that compared with the clip-clap of the lips of the city that never go on holiday, the quietude of the Muse of Australian beaches is a nest to the soul in search of nirvana. There is nothing to compare with natural beauty in its raw purity, its innocence, indeed in its flow of feelings so inviting - the allure in a birthday gown – that it entraps to a standstill, enchants into wonder. Nature expresses her feelings through the undulating landscape, the ebb and flow of the tides forever engaged in the hide of withdrawing and seek of folding and spreading, rising and falling and splashing gleefully, yes joyfully as the music of the waves rent the air, reaching beyond the beech and making for the city gallantly.
That’s Australia where Nature invests her resources of radiance, the radiance of the prince and the queen as they stroll hand in hand, the special guests of the beech, wondering why all this could be given to them, to us, to you, these infinite landscape of natural attractions, this Australia, a continent, a country and an island. It’s all peculiar, as no other place in the world shares these qualities. A basket of Nature’s trademarks in grandeur and spledour, this Australia.
With a standard of living rated among the highest in the world and a comparatively lower cost of living to the rest of the western world is among one of the factors which make Australia one of the best places in the world to live and study. Australia is also a multicultural society consisting of more than 200 nationalities with a reputation of being friendly and easy going. Several Australian cities was also ranked in the top 40 by the Mercer Human Resource Consulting 2008 as the most liveable cities in the world.
With Australia’s first rate education costing less than similar education programs in the UK or US resulting in an education with a significant saving. Students are also spoiled for choice when it comes to attending cultural festivals, concerts and museums, major sporting events.
Australia seem to be well established as a highly attractive place for students to develop their academic and personal skills for years to come.
- Australia is also a sunny, bright, young country with over 100 different ethnic groups who speak approximately 200 languages, yet is home to the planet?s oldest continuous culture that has been in existence for roughly 50 000 years. 90% of Australians live within 50km of the coast and has large cosmopolitan cities that are the equal of any city in Europe.
So, what are the benefits of studying in Australia?
Australia is a multicultural society where roughly 25% of Australian citizens were born overseas. Australia has over 100 different ethnic groups that make their home in Australia and Australia has some of the best weather, beaches, night clubs, pubs, parks, rainforests, lagoons, waterfalls, and wildlife on the planet. The people are friendly and relatively good natured a lot of the time and will give you a ‘Fair Go’. Australian education qualifications are accepted throughout the world and you will have an opportunity to study at some of the finest and most respected institutions that the country has to offer. There are also a range of sporting clubs, cultural organizations and art forums that you can join. Australian educational institutions offer high quality outcomes and par well with North America and Britain in cost. Australian educational institutions are very democratic in they way they are administered and laid back in style. But the
credentials that they offer are second to none.
Australia also has many of the amenities of Europe and has one of the best communication systems in the world. And it is easy to access money in Australia and there are banks in Australia that you can get accounts with that have ATM’s, on line banking and face to face customer service. The Australian banking system survived the last recession relatively unscathed and all accounts are insured by the Federal Government. An international student can also bring $10 000 into Australia undeclared and much more if they declare it. Money orders, promissory notes and other financial documentation can be brought into the country as well. As an international student who holds a visa with the subclass designation of 8105 you will only be allowed to work 20 hours per week during the semester, so you will need to have funds of $400 per week to live in Australia without hardship. But work for international students in Australia is common, if not glamorous and you can pick up part-time work relatively easy.
Life in Australia is good, the country has one of the lowest crime rates in the world and the weather is temperate most of the year round. So consider Australia as a study and travel destination.
Australia is the only country in the world that is its own continent and has a land mass of roughly the same size as the continental United States. And offers visitors some of the most diverse scenery seen anywhere in the world. Australia is a country of roughly 20 million people and will continue to grow at an extraordinary rate over the next 30 years to accommodate another 15 million by 2040. Australia is one of the largest mineral exporters in the world and has significant contracts with China, the USA, and Japan for raw material.
So there is a lot more to Australia that meets the eye.
Life in Australia happens on the east coast and over 85% of Aussies find their home there. The east coast of Australia was the region that was settled first by Europeans at the end of the 18th century and the colony of New South Wales spent its first worrying years near starvation and under the assault of some of the indigenous clans that made their home in the area that would become Sydney. It was a miracle that the new colony even got off the ground in the first place, but through plucky determination, dumb luck and the inspired leadership of Arthur Phillip and his humanity that the colony flourished and continued to grow over the next decade. Norfolk Island, Hobart, Melbourne and the colony in Redcliffe were born over the next 30 years and the country began to take shape becoming the Commonwealth of Australia at the turn of the 20th century. It is interesting to note that those first settlers thought that the country could not sustain a farming community in the European model, but over time flood plains were discovered in New South Wales and Victoria and significant farming was underway.
But people don’t come to Australia to hear stories about farming, but come to see many of the awesome sights that Australians pass by everyday and take no notice of at all. Australia has some extraordinary man-made and natural sights in the world. The greatest of the man-made sights is the Sydney Opera House that stands in Sydney Harbour welcoming the ships of the world to come and find safety in the world’s largest deep water harbour. Sydney Opera House is still relatively young though and was only completed in the 70’s after significant dispute between the parties involved in its design, development and construction. The designer of the Sydney Opera House has never seen it and most probably never will having ambiguous feelings about the other parties involved in the creation of this icon of the world.
Of the great natural sights that Australia has to offer two stand out more than many of the others, although significant in themselves. And they are Ulura (Ayers Rock) and the Great Barrier Reef on the Queensland Coast. Ulura is not quite in the heart of Australia, but is pretty close to it and is a significant spiritual place for many indigenous people in the area. Ulura still remains one of the country’s significant international icons and a tourist Mecca for millions of people throughout the world. While the Great Barrier Reef is the world’s most significant reef and has many gateways to it on the Queensland coast and has been the subject of more documentary films than anything else in Australia. The Great Barrier Reef is a diving wonderland and has seen significant tourist numbers make use of the reef in the past 50 years. The Great Barrier Reef is over 2000 kilometres long and is the home of still many undiscovered species of fish and sea life that has not been catalogued. So the preservation of the Great Barrier Reef is paramount for Australia.
There are four major culture myths that make up the Australian psyche and if you are going to do life in Australia then you will need to understand them a little.
‘The Australian Dream’ is the myth that developed largely out of the prosperity of the 1950’s and centres around the ownership of property, a house in particular. It is reported that the number one desire of most Australian families is to own a house in the suburbs and on the surface this seems to be true. And can be testified too because of the large urban sprawl that spread out from all Australian state capitals since the end of the Second World War when those veteran’s who survived the campaigns in North Africa and the Pacific returned home to settle down and start families. The Australian Dream is the dream of middle class Australian’s and it is a significant rite of passage for many people in that socio-economic group, up there with getting married and first communion. While the promise (opportunity) of home ownership is a significant drive for many of the recent and diverse migrants to Australia, ‘The Australian
Dream’ is the country’s most capitalistic myth and lays at the heart of economic life in the country.
The notion of ‘The Fair Go’ underpins the essential democratic nature of the country. It is ironic that, in spite of this myth and the belief that Australian’s have about themselves that they are a people who are devoid of a class system. Australia is a fierce international competitor in the sporting arena and expectations of Aussie’s winning looms large over all Australian athletes. There are also divisions within Australian society and it is still difficult for indigenous Australians to get a foothold in society. But the myth serves its purpose and it is still widely believed and all Australians can use the myth in their favour when they are moving through the different stations of life. Even international students when they come up against difficulty in Australia can appeal to people to give them a ‘Fair Go’ and find that people often will.
Many Australian’s believe that they are an ‘Underdog’ and the idea of always supporting the ‘Underdog’ is as old as the Bible where the young shepherd boy David defeated the Philistine monstrosity Goliath in a fight to the death and support for the ‘Underdog’ is an essential myth of many cultures around the world. Not just Australia. But Australian’s have turned support for the ‘Underdog’ into an art form that has made them buy swimming pools for Senegalese swimmers who came last in their Olympic heats, supporting the Japanese rugby union side when they did not have a hope in Hades of winning and becoming the cheer squad for mediocre English cricketer Phil Tufnell. Supporting the ‘Underdog’ is by far Australian’s most endearing trait and it is when Australians support someone who they believe to be an ‘Underdog’ they that are at their most ego evasive. The support of the ‘Underdog’ is a purely emotional response to a person’s plight but it has a purpose and it is good to know that people will help you if they perceive you as an ‘Underdog’.
So from here we turn to one of the negative cultural myths in Australia. And that is the idea of ‘Culture Cringe’. No element of the Australian psyche has been more satirized then Australian’s sense of shame about their place in the world. Many Australian’s are (still) ashamed about where they come from. And it can be off putting for many visitors to Australia. Bill Bryson in his book ‘Down Under’ commented about this when he met an Australian woman in a rural town who insisted on telling him how awful Australians were. He said Australian’s at their most neurotic were downright frightening and he is right. And there was the time at a comedy gala in Canada when Australian comedian Adam Hill insisted on apologizing for Steve Irwin, in spite of the fact that Irwin was a cultural icon in North America who changed the nature of documentary film making. In reality Aussies do not have a lot to be ashamed off and play themselves down by insisting that they are a second rate people who have not achieved anything. While the fact of the matter is, is that Australia is a diverse society that administers itself well, has produced some extraordinary people and is seen as quirky alternative to the United States and Britain.
English is the language most used in Australia, although it is still not an official language. 80% of Australians use English in their home and Australian English is seen as an alternative to the language of the UK and US. Australian English is the 6th largest style of English used and Australian English is the inspiration for many of the weird phrases used by other English speakers throughout the world. Australian English has its own unique accent and vocabulary and is spoken broadly, generally and culturally. There seems to be no class divisions with the use of the different accents although middle class Aussies and women tend to speak with a general accent and upper class Australian women speak with a cultured accent. While a considerable portion of 2nd generation Australian’s are bilingual and there are 70 indigenous languages been spoken today throughout the country. Chinese is the second most common language in Australia, while Italian and Greek come in third and fourth. Australia has its own sign language spoken by roughly 7000 hearing impaired people called AUSLAN.
As an international student you will need to have a good grasp on the English language and it is good to know that Australia is one of the administrators of IELTS and English language schools are common throughout the country and can be found in all major universities. Your AA Education Agent will help direct you to the best language school for you and a list of language schools can found at the AA Education Network website.
Australians are very laid back and friendly people, who enjoy the simple things in life such as family and the outdoors. It is no wonder that Australians spend so much time outdoors with some of the most stunning beaches located right on our door step. Australians lead a pretty active life style enjoying their sports including Australian Rules Football or the AFL, surfing, snow boarding, rugby, tennis, cricket, bush walking, mountain biking the list goes on.
With it's amazing temperate weather making Australia ideal for an out doors life style, most Australian's are very proud of their big back yards and proudly own a barbeque for all year round entertaining. Australians dress casually to fit in with their active life styles and save getting dressed up for work or special occasions.
Such a magical country with so much to see and enjoy, as well as having some of the most friendly locals in the world. It is a must for you to come and visit.
Listed as a UNESCO World Heritage site, the Great Barrier Reef is the world’s largest coral reef, and is home to an array of sea life and birds. At 300,000 square kilometres the Great Barrier Reef is so large that it is even visible from space. Stretching from north of Cape York to the coastal town of Bundaberg, the Great Barrier Reef is one of the world’s seven natural wonders. Every year the Great Barrier Reef, with its turquoise waters, idyllic environment and perfect diving sites, attracts visitors from all around the world.
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Visa Requirements for Australia
The Department of Immigration and Citizenship handles all visa matters in Australia. It is important to be aware of all regulations concerning your student visa. If found to be not complying with the visa regulations, the visa may be cancelled meaning deportation.
Visa conditions are available on the letter of approval which would have been received by the student. Read these regulations and abide by them, as failing to do so can also mean being prohibited from entering Australia for a further 3 years. The most common mistake made by students is working longer hours then what is allowed, or over staying their visa without applying for an extension.
If the student needs to change their details, educational providers or need a visa extension they will be required to contact the Department of Immigration and Citizenship.
It can be a frightening experience entering a new country alone, if you need assistance there are officials located throughout the terminal that can be asked for help and directions.
Clearing Immigration and Customs Check Points
After leaving the airplane have your Passport, Visa, Incoming Passenger Card and Confirmation of enrollment ready before heading to the Immigration check point. After clearing the check point head towards the baggage hall. Here travellers are required to claim their luggage and go to the customs and baggage examination area.
As mentioned earlier it is a great idea to be aware of items which need to be declared when entering Australia. There are two different coloured channels in the customs and baggage examination area, these are the green channel and the red channel. If there is nothing in need of declaring then follow the green channel, and if there is something that does need to be declared follow the red channel.
When entering the red channel, officials will x-ray travellers luggage. The official will ask the traveller to open their luggage so they can inspect the items. It will be up to the official whether or not the traveller is allowed to keep the item. If not it will be quarantined, it may be returned to the owner at a later date.
If a passenger fails to declare an item and is caught with it they will be given a $220 on the spot fine. As well as the off chance of being prosecuted and fined $60,000 and spending 10 years in prison.
There is a full list of prohibited items on the Australian Quarantine Website. The most common items brought into Australia include:
* Food products
* Plant Material
* Animal Products
* Money of more then AU $10,000 being carried with them.
A common mistake is bringing in prohibited prescription medicines, as many have restrictions in Australia. Obviously all fire arms, weapons and ammunition are prohibited from entering the country.
Leaving the Airport
Once having cleared the check points the student will arrive in the arrivals hall. Here there are currency exchange booths available. This is where the passenger will meet any one who is picking them up. If there is no one picking them up there are public transport options or taxi ranks available outside the terminal.
Many students will need to transfer to a domestic flight. There will be signs directing them to the domestic terminal. If required there are Airport Shuttle Buses outside the terminal which will take the passenger and their luggage to the domestic airport.
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Commonwealth of Australia is the fifth largest country in the world that comprises of Australia mainland, Tasmania, and small islands. Varied topography, flora, fauna, and cultural setup have made the country a hot spot for photographers, photo-journalists, and videographers.
Australia has sub-tropical rain forests, arid desert lands, Australian Antarctic region, immensely long coastal belt with monoliths, and mountain ranges. Australian waters are noted for the Great Barrier Reef where thousands of marine species thrive among the crevices of the coral reefs. Colorful and undulating, underwater sea divers, some with a passion for underwater photography frequently visit this area.
Just drive down the Stuart Highway into the Outback region of Australia, and you can see a separate geographical set up, arid bush lands, and sandy area. On the other hand, rain forests host species of marsupials, platypus, and near extinct species. There are evergreen lush green trees and Eucalyptus in the rainforests while shrub lands and grasslands between the coast and the mountains in Australia. You may find wattles in the semi arid region.
In Western Australia, monoliths are common. From tropical climatic conditions in the gulf region to temperate climate of Tasmania and arid atmosphere in Great Victoria Desert, Australia has varied temperature zones that have given rise to different types of species.
Wild flowers, colorful fungi, and ferns deck up the temperate mountains and rain forests in Australia. Kangaroo, wombat, wallaby, and koala are some of the marsupials which are found only in this part of the world. While many are extinct or near extinct, there are some which are thriving well in the wild in reserve forests, parks, and untamed forests. Take a canopy drive to check out the dense flora in the forests and fauna thriving in the area. The Australian government has taken steps to ensure ecological balance in the country and sustainable development of the resources.
Life in the Cities
Most people live along the coast where top cities have come up. Sydney is the harbor city that is noted for its boutiques, bars, cuisine delicacies, and beaches. Melbourne, Adelaide, and Brisbane are populated with young families and students. Popular festivities are celebrated by the people from time to time. From Darwin, Canberra, and chilly Hobart, the cities show prosperity of the people living the region. Culturally friendly and hardworking, the inhabitants readily accept foreigners or immigrants. There are world class universities and colleges located in Australia. No wonder, a lot of revenue comes from the academic sector.
The countryside has agricultural land, farmlands, and wineries. Wwoofing is a common way for foreigners to work and travel in the countryside. If you are little daring, you can even join the Jackaroo or Jillaroo schools in Outback ranches to learn how to ride or break a horse.
While traveling, studying, working or residing in Australia, it is possible to narrate the life in the country. If you are savvy with your camera your pictures can easily say a thousand words at one go.
Australia is a place that has to be seen and experienced to be believed, full of striking contrasts – not only in a geographical and physical sense, but cultural too. Aborigines first populated this land about 40,000 years ago, before the more recent colonial settlement. Today, Australia is a dynamic, multicultural society which still retains most of the beauty of its vast landscapes and unique flora and fauna, and attracts visitors of all types, from holiday-makers, students, work, business and pleasure.
Australia is about the same size in area as the United States (excluding Alaska); however, with a population of just under 22 million inhabitants it is the most sparsely populated continent after Antarctica. Known for being a land of adventure and amazing scenery, Australia certainly doesn’t disappoint: sun, sea, sandy white beaches, grand parks and forests, raw mountains and plains, are just some of the views visitors will encounter.
The country is the driest inhabited continent on earth but interestingly has a climate ranging from mild and temperate to tropical. As expected, each state and territory has its own noteworthy attractions. Western Australia features the dramatic Kimberleys and the Goldfields, rich in mining and settler history, alongside marine playgrounds like Ningaloo Reef and resort destinations like Rottnest Island and Monkey Mia. Across the Nullabor, South Australia boasts some spectacular vineyards and church architecture (Adelaide), whilst New South Wales has the Snowy Mountains (also known as the Australian Alps; an area which remarkably receives more snow than Switzerland and is thus a very popular destination for skiers and tourists). Sydney, its capital and the largest city in Australia, is of course home to such internationally recognised landmarks as the Sydney Opera House and Harbour Bridge.
Like WA, the State of Victoria is rich in history from the pioneering Gold Rush days, and visitors can get a glimpse of this past at small/heritage towns like Ballarat/Sovereign Hill, and Inglewood. The town of Beechworth is also not to be missed; not only is it considered the premiere preserved mining town in Victoria, it is also home to the cell and courthouse where Ned Kelly – Australia’s infamous bushranger and national icon – and his mother, were held and tried.
Tasmania is Australia’s southern island state, located across the Bass Strait. Affectionately known as the ‘Apple Isle,’ Tasmania is indeed home to a thriving apple producing industry. The island consists of large expanses of wilderness and steep mountains in the south and west coasts, as well as rolling hills, parks and apple and pear orchards plus numerous World Heritage Sites.
Back on the mainland. Queensland is very much a holiday maker’s dream; the Great Barrier Reef and the Gold Coast, with its holiday resorts and beaches, make it ideal for those wanting to soak up the sun as well as view one of Australia’s most breathtaking natural ecosystems.
The Northern Territory is captivating in its often unblemished presentation of Australia’s indigenous history via iconic natural landmarks like Uluru, or Ayers Rock, and the rare species of animals which dwell in the famous Kakadu National Park, which contains examples also of ancient aboriginal rock art. 4WD and road enthusiasts will find driving Alice Springs, Darwin and the great unknown in-between to be a truly memorable experience.
In terms of resources, Australia is a strong producer of gold, coal, natural gas and petroleum, copper and uranium, amongst other minerals, and its major cities – particularly Sydney and Melbourne on the east coast, and Perth on the west – are considered world centres of business, finance and education, which is why the country continues to attract foreign investment as well as steady numbers of overseas students and skilled job seekers.
Unique because of its differences, Australia is an inviting place to live, to visit, to study and to work in, and a destination that always rewards the adventurous spirit.
By: Leo Toh
Australia is lush tropical rain-forests, crisp, white snowfields; burnt orange deserts, green- purple mountain ranges, rainbow coloured great barrier reefs; emerald- green pristine beaches surrounded by natural blond sand dunes.
Australia is their people, their culture and their history. A multi- cultural, and cosmopolitan mix of nature and business, hustling, bustling market places, that are open all hours, talented artisan enclaves, and historical sites all combine to make Australia what it is today.
Tours range according to personal taste, there's the action Jackson type, diving, caving, parachuting, skydiving, and for dare devils in need of a real challenge bungee jumping.
The australian solo discovery journey, boasts yoga, mediation, oesteopathy and herbalists, swamis, gurus, massage, surfing, sailing, bush walking, and more meditation perhaps.
The romantic honeymooner, imagine sailing together on pristine still lakes, and riding the crest of waves on the blue-green seas aboard luxury yachts; while eating delicacy platters and supping on a beverage of your choice -with or without the chef and captain,you choose: Or you can select any one of a number of cruise companies with packages designed to suit your budget.
There is the bucking bronco type holiday; a trail riding and camping adventure, select a mount of your choice,be it donkey, horse, or camel, a tour guide and a travel route, and let your mystery journey begin.
Green Tours down under is echo tourism at its finest. Tour through world hertitage listed areas; visit delicate echo systems supporting marine life, the great barrier reef; the bat caves and dugong enclaves in far north queensland, tasmanian devils in the tarkine forest and platypus at hastings caves, Tasmania, and view spectacular protected crocidiles in the northern territory, or be mesmerised and spellbound by boarding a whale watching tour and sighting whales swimming and playing in their natural habitat at Coffs Harbour or Hervey Bay.
Australia is a renowned safe haven that is a mecca to tens of thousands of travellers hailing from all corners of the globe each and every year.
The legenday aussie mateship forged during World War 11 eptimosises the modern day Australian who'll share half their last buck with you, and almost anything else we hear.
So whether you are travelling on a stretched stroestring budget or are a well heeled toff, Australia has the ideal holiday package for you!!
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First of all, you will need to identify what you require as a student. Is entertainment a priority? Or would you rather go for a quiet, slow- paced environment? Australia can cater for both, and you will find that the bigger the city, the more nightlife, economic activity and enjoyment options you will have, although the cost of living and the population levels rise. Sydney and Melbourne, for instance, are busy and populous, which drives high prices due to higher demand and development.
If having a restricted budget is not your case, then you might go to any of the largest cities without worrying about high accommodation prices, tuition fees, transport and living expenses. However you can also base your decision on other factors such as lifestyle, which is highly influenced by climate and location. A research on weather conditions would give and idea of the activities and social interaction in every community.
As a reference, cities with hot summers and easy access to the coast will attract those who enjoy an outdoor lifestyle and other summer activities. But once the season is over and cold temperatures take place, many would regret not choosing a destination with a less variable climate. Fortunately, Brisbane offers attractive weather conditions all year round: hot summers that involve some rain and warm winters that will not stop you from enjoying the beach, the backyard and multiple outdoors activities. This convenient climate remains almost the same across Queensland, which allows visitors and residents to enjoy popular destinations such as the major theme parks in Australia and the coast line.
Besides affordability and lifestyle, students should also take into account the salary levels offered by Australia’s capital cities. Big centres of economic activity like Sydney, Melbourne and even Perth have the highest salaries rates, but they are also known for the high cost of living whereas places with a lower average income are more affordable due to isolation or demographic features like population or development levels. In this case, Brisbane, fallowed by Adelaide, seems to find a balance offering a relatively lower income (compared to Sydney) against a cheaper cost of living, but without the isolation of Perth, Canberra or Hobart.
Finally, is worth mentioning that whether you choose moving to a busy and expensive city or a quiet and affordable area, the best place for a student is that one providing a good balance between economic opportunities and cost/quality of living, compromising personal well-being, environment and social conditions. An extensive research on these elements will give you solid arguments to base your final resolution.
THE BEST PLACES TO VISIT IN AUSTRALIA
Australian continent is quite massive with endless places to visit from the most populated city of Sydney to the least populated city of a Darwin. Their places that have been singled out as the best places to visit, or the most popular tourist destinations. However, when it comes to preference of where to visit, it is very subjective as it depends on ones preference; some people come to visit for pleasure others for educational reasons whereas others come just to visit their families. The ten best places to visit in Australia are-
1. The Australian capital city of Canberra which is a relatively small city, where the Australian new parliament house is located, the Australian High court and the Australian war memorial. These landmarks are very notable and especially for foreign students this would be very enlightening.
2. Sydney Harbour Bridge, which is a bridge linking the two old cities when Sydney city was divide into two cities. Here you would have the opportunity to get some of the best views you would possibly see in Australia as you get a ride on the ferry, this bridge were built in the early nineteenth century and does attract huge numbers of tourists from allover the world.
3. Uluru, which is located in the Northern territory of Australia, has been a historical site for many years, and gives many insights into the origin of the people of Australia. Here you would also get to see the National parks.
4 The Great Barrier Reef in Victoria
It is the biggest coral reef that exists in the world, off the coastline of Queensland. It is a very good place to view the amazing feature as one takes a cruise along coastal waters or just being around the place.
5 Hunter Valley in New south Wales Here you will be able to get a chance to see Australia’s oldest wine region and many more iconic buildings , wineries and lots of other attractive sites.
6. Fraser Island, in Queensland
This is where you will find the largest sand Island in the world. You can take very beautiful pictures here and keep them as souvenir, to always remember your experience in the largest sand island in the world.
7. Kangaroo Island in South Australia, it is a place that you would live to remember more so if you love nature. You get the opportunity to see animals like the Kangaroo living in their natural habitat.
8 Broome in Western Australia
Broome is a hot spot tourist destination located in Kimberley region of Western Australia. You will be able to see fascinating sandstone cliffs and the huge masses of land covered with sand.
9. Great ocean road in Victoria
Here you will find the home of the famous 12 Apostles that is a great tourist attraction place and get to travel through very beautiful scenes along the road.
10 The Hunter Valley in New South Wales is a huge tourist attraction place where you will find lots of vineyard restaurants, golf courses, guesthouses and wineries. One of the largest horse breeding places is located here.
This is just be a list of ten places but there is a wide range of variety to choose from.
Useful links and information
Australia and the education system wants nothing more than to help you in each possible way on your journey and is commited to make sure you have the most limited issues and the best experience ever.
Visit these websites for more information on living and studying in Australia: provided by the Australian Government, also listed below:
Australian Government - www.australia.gov.au
Study in Australia - https://www.gotoaustralia.com.au/study-australia/
Education in Australia - www.education.gov.au
Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade - www.dfat.gov.au
(For contact details of your country’s embassy)
Department of Immigration and Citizenship - www.immi.gov.au
(For immigration and visa information)
Australian Customs Service - www.customs.gov.au
(For information on what you can bring
Australian Quarantine and Inspection Service - www.aqis.gov.au
Australian Taxation Office - www.ato.gov.au
Tourism Australia - www.australia.com
Wages and Working Conditions - www.wagenet.gov.au
Emergency services 000 (police, fire, ambulance)
Visa issues: 131 881
Dialing out of Australia: 0011 (country code)
Australia’s country code: 61
AQIS: Australian Quarantine and Inspection Service
ATO: Australian Taxation Office
DEEWR: Department of Education, Employment and Workplace Relations
DIAC: Department of Immigration and Citizenship
ISA: International Student Adviser
OSHC: Overseas Student Health Cover
*Note: All costs listed are in Australian dollars.
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