Australia is a diverse and huge country and is a popular place for people to move to. When thinking of moving to Australia, whether it’s from Europe, North America or from New Zealand, it’s good to get an idea of what the country is all about, and what better way to do that than to find out some facts and statistics. So, without further ado, here is everything you need to know about Australia:

The Cities

The largest city in Australia is Sydney, and the capital city is Canberra. 85% of the population of Australia lives right near the coast, so yes, lots of beach life. Other notable cities are Melbourne and Brisbane.

The Population

Australia has a population of around 24 million people. As mentioned earlier, it’s a very popular country to move to, and around 25% of Australians were actually born in another country, overseas.

Moving from New Zealand to Australia is pretty simple, and you just get a special visa on entry. You make take advantage of the services of expert movers for a smoother transition. Getting cargo across from New Zealand to Australia is also pretty simple, costing a couple of thousand dollars by sea from one of the main New Zealand seaports.

The median age of an Australian is around 37.5 years of age, and there is a pretty even split between men and women as you would expect.

Cost of Living

It is easy to travel by road in Australia on a budget. The weather is great – mostly warm with little rain –, and there is an abundance of free campsites for you and the rest of your travelling crew.

Most of Australia’s great natural sites and attractions, including national parks on the East Coast, are free to visit. You can also see amazing art galleries and other man-made wonders for free.

Prices of food and other kinds of stuff bought in Australian supermarket are sometimes lower than in European countries, and at other times they are higher. But you will find a lot of items reasonably priced. Many of the big, such as Coles and Woolworths, are her, with much more other springing up.

For about $9 you can get an average of 5 litres of boxed wine. You may want to shake up the flavour a little by adding lemonade or coke and you will still get your ice-cold, deeply satisfying drink. And with as little as $5, you can get a fine choice of bottled wine.

Colloquial Language

We’ve all heard the Australian generalisations, and many of them are true. You will hear language like “No worries”, “Arvo” and “G’ day mate”. So, although Australians have a national language of English, they have their own version of it in many ways.

Industry

Australia has a thriving industry and didn’t do as badly as many places in the recession, following the financial crisis of 2008. Around 32.5% of exports are ash, slag and ores. Around 26% of exports are oil. Gems, precious metals and other minerals account for around 6% of exports. Australia has a lot of gold. Meat accounts for around 4% of exports, with Australian meat known around the world.

Australia tends to grow pretty fast at around 2% a year, and with its position between different markets, it doesn’t tend to be reliant on either Europe, Asia or America. The currency of Australia, if you’re moving over, going on a holiday, or just want to trade a bit of forex, is the Australian dollar.

So, there you have it. A whistle-stop tour of everything you need to know about Australia.

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