Choosing Where to Live in Australia

With such large and varied regions across the Australian country, once you have made the decision that you will move out, the next thing you need to choose is where in Australia you are going to live.

The country is made up of eight distinct areas, six states of New South Wales, Queensland, Victoria, South Australia, Western Australia and Tasmania as well as the two mainland territories of ACT and the Northern Territory.

Deciding where you are going to live is going to be based heavily on what you are looking for in your new life.

New South Wales (NSW)

Probably the most well known of the Australian states, the ‘First State’ is synonymous with the Opera House that sits in Harbour in Sydney but there is much more to New South Wales than the tourist attractions by the water.

The state is the most densely populated of all the areas in Australia and is home to more than a third of all people who live in the country.

With over half of all NSW residents living in Sydney itself the state combines such a broad range of cultures, fashions and beliefs that it creates one of the most exciting places in the world.

With a range of mountainous and beach areas, this state boasts the biggest city in the whole of Australia and remains the financial centre of the country. Between 10 and 11 hours ahead of GMT, NSW has a predominantly arid climate but can experience snow in the winter along the south east part of the region.

Queensland (QLD)

Known as the ‘Sunshine State’, Queensland is the third most populous area of Australia but the second largest. Boasting more than 300 days of sun per year, Queensland is popular with people who want to take advantage of the outdoor lifestyle and the availability of space.

On the east, Queensland is home to some of the most wonderful beaches along the Golden Coast and is a Mecca for surfing and fishing. But with the Great Barrier Reef running along its length this State has some of the most spectacular diving and snorkelling opportunities of anywhere in the world.

Move further north for more tropical climates which can include some intense weather in the rainy season or move to West Queensland to enjoy the arid environment of the Outback.

Victoria (Vic)

Sitting under NSW, the popularity of Victoria has exploded in recent years as Melbourne was named the Wold’s Most Liveable City.

This eclectic and diverse state can achieve long hot summers as well as weather colder than the UK in winter making it the home to some of the best skiing facilities in the country. And unlike NSW, homes in Victoria tend to have both air conditioning and central heating to combat ensure comfort as the temperature changes.

Known as the Garden State, Victoria is the smallest state on the mainland yet is the second most popular, with more than 75% of residents centralised in Melbourne. With a reputation for sporting, culture and culinary excellence, Victoria boats some beautiful countryside and spectacular National Parks of the entire continent.

South Australia (SA)

Though this state covers some of the most arid areas of the country, South Australia is known as the ‘Festival State’ thanks to the wines, beaches and national parks that can be enjoyed in a gorgeous Mediterranean climate which draw in the tourists and residents alike.

Though only home to approximately 1.6 million people, the Clare and Barossa Valleys ensure there are always plenty of visitors and as the popularity of the capital of Adelaide increases, South Australia is definitely set to become much more fashionable in the coming years.

Western Australia (WA)

As the biggest state in Australia, the city of Perth is officially the most isolated city in the world. But with wide open spaces and arid desert conditions all year round, apart from the monsoon temperament of the far north, the attraction of Western Australia is obvious.

Covering a third of the entire continent WA is home to less than 10% of the Australian population who are mainly concentrated in the south west corner of the state, yet it is the third largest iron ore producer in the world.

Tasmania (Tas)

Though still considered an Australian state, Tasmania is actually an Island sited 150 miles south of the mainland. Promoted as the ‘Island of Inspiration’ it has four distinct seasons with the wettest and coolest months between July and August.

With more than half of the 507,000 residents residing in the capital, Hobart, 37% of the island is made up of national parks, reserves and world heritage sites boasting stunning and unspoilt natural environments.

Australian Capital Territory (ACT)

The ACT has been specifically created as the administrative capital of Australia. Built solely within New South Wales and focussed around Canberra, this area is based on a wheel and spoke configuration and enjoys diverging seasons across the year.

Home to less than 400,000 with only a fifth living outside Canberra, ACT is the smallest self governing international territory and has been named ‘The Nation’s Heart’.

Though less densely populated, Canberra boasts a significantly higher average income than the national average with 4.5% of the population holding a post graduate degree as opposed to 1.8% of the nation as a whole.

Northern Territory (NT)

With extreme tropical climates of wet humid summers and dry winters, the Northern Territory is by far the least populated area of Australia but the region boasts some of the most fantastic aboriginal art and natural beauty that you are ever going to see.

With Darwin as its capital it is boasted that you can walk for days without meeting another human being in NT, but with some of the most contrasting weather patterns and breath taking geography, the Northern Territory offers an isolated and challenging environment that some find simply irresistible.

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