Life in Australia summary

What's it like to live in Australia?

With its relaxed, multicultural and welcoming culture, Australia is the ideal destination for international students. Its cities are world class, and you can explore just about every type of landscape you can think of, from dry deserts to lush rainforests and rugged mountains to sandy surfing beaches.

Australian culture

Australia’s warm climate, laidback lifestyle and world-leading cities inspire people from many different countries and cultures to move here. This makes it a welcoming and diverse place for international students to live. Australia’s population speaks many different languages including its own ‘Aussie’ slang. For example, ‘arvo’ means afternoon, ‘barbie’ means barbecue, ‘toggs’ means swimsuit, and ‘yakka’ means hard work.

City life

The capital of Australia is Canberra, but cities like Sydney, Melbourne and Perth may be more familiar to most people. You will find restaurants serving excellent food from around the world using quality Australian ingredients. Famous international artists perform on the stage at the stunning Sydney Opera House. Melbourne is much-loved for its bohemian café culture, and Perth is blessed to have some of the world’s finest beaches close by.

World-class coastline

Some of Australia’s best-loved attractions lie around its 25,760 kilometres of coastline. You can spend time touring the impressive cliffs of the Great Ocean Road or learning to surf on the Gold Coast. The underwater paradise of the Great Barrier Reef is a world-famous place to snorkel and scuba dive.

Aboriginal heritage

The indigenous people of Australia are known as Aboriginal Australians. They are reported to have arrived in Australia tens of thousands of years ago. Their way of life is highly in tune with the natural environment and very different to the modern lifestyle in Australian towns and cities. You can discover more about Aboriginal art and culture on trips to sacred sites such as Uluru and Kata Tjuta.

Weather in Australia

Australia is known for its sunny climate, and Perth gets more than its fair share. Summers (December – February) in Western Australia are warm, with average temperatures between 17 and 30 degrees Celsius and little rain. The sea breeze called the 'Freemantle Doctor' brings some cooling relief on hot days. Autumn (March – May) tends to be a few degrees cooler and you may get the occasional rain shower. Thunderstorms sometimes happen during the winter (June – August) and temperatures are usually between 8 and 19 degrees Celsius. Spring (September – November) is the time when the state's beautiful wildflowers come into bloom. It's a warm, sunny and dry time of year.

UWA student Farhan from Singapore

When I first arrived in Australia, I was impressed by the vast and beautiful beaches and the wonderful, varied and interesting natural surroundings. The ability to explore large natural spaces and enjoy the scenery in Australia is a welcome change from home.

Liyi from Singapore Studied UWA Foundation Program Now studying Bachelor of Medical Science

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