Living Guide to Australia
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Don’t be deceived by the size of the Northern Territory – it’s actually got the smallest population of any Australian State or Territory with a fair majority of the area made up of arid desert. The Territory is rich in history especially with native Australians and you can visit two of the country’s biggest heritage sites – Uluru and Kata Tjuta – both found close to the Territory’s “red centre”.
Set against a backdrop of gorgeous, preserved environments and with a booming economy, beautiful beaches and world-class wineries, Western Australia has emerged as a hotspot for migrants over the last decade. The State offers great job opportunities in the booming mining industry and great lifestyle options in a warm, tropical climate – ideal for anyone looking for a climate change or a boost in their salary packet.
If it’s hot weather, endless sunshine and white beaches with crystal clear water that you are looking for, then Queensland is the place for you. Situated in the country’s north east, Queensland has a tropical climate throughout the year which complements the State’s natural rainforests and beaches perfectly. Its capital city, Brisbane, offers a great culture with popular restaurants and cafes adorning the shores of the Brisbane River.
Often known as the ‘Festival State,’ South Australia always gives you something to sink your teeth into and whether it’s a great drop of wine from the Barossa, McLaren Vale or Coonawarra wineries or fresh, local food from the Adelaide Central Market, there’s something for everyone in this State. The State’s capital Adelaide is home to just over 1.3 million residents and offers a bustling city centre set to the backdrop of the low-lying Mount Lofty Ranges.
New South Wales
With a thriving economy, great beaches and up to 300 days of sunshine a year, it’s hard to find a reason why someone wouldn’t want to move to New South Wales. The State’s capital Sydney is full of hip, trendy restaurants and bars which adorn both the city centre and the famous Sydney Harbour. As the country's financial and economic capital the city also offers great career opportunities and strong salaries to match the high standard of living throughout the State.
As the home of “Four Seasons in one day”, a move to Victoria won’t disappoint. Known as “Australia’s Sporting Capital”, this State is home to the Melbourne Cup, the Australian Open and the Australian Formula One Grand Prix. With a vibrant café culture and upbeat economy, this fast-paced State encompasses the perfect mix of parks and gardens with vast spaces to explore, making it a popular option for families and young professionals alike.
Australian Capital Territory
Tiny but mighty and home to the nation’s capital Canberra, the ACT is a great destination for potential migrants. Home to a wide range of political and Government institutions including the Australian Parliament, the ACT offers a wide range of job opportunities and great salaries that would easily rival those of its much larger neighbours. As a lifestyle destination, the Territory offers a four seasons climate that brings you the benefits of a warm Australian summer combined with the chance to recover through the cooler winter months.
Comprising the main island “Tasmania” and 335 surrounding islands (many small and unpopulated), Tasmania is the smallest of the Australian States. Named after Dutch explorer Abel Tasman, who made the first reported European sighting of the island, a significant amount of the island (45%) is protected by nature reserves designed to protect the island’s natural habitats and environment.