Wildly, ruggedly beautiful, our home Australia is known for its glorious beaches, its harsh and isolated outback, its barbies, its climate, its laid back atmosphere, its Vegemite, its coral reefs, its kangaroos and its Hemsworths.  We're not biased or anything, but we think it's a pretty top spot to live.

If you're a city slicker, Australia's capital cities provide modern metropolitan sophistication whilst still proudly preserving and showcasing historical landmarks.  If you're a nature buff or an adventurer, Australia provides the ultimate playground.  From its towering mountain ranges to its lush rainforests to its arid desert to its idyllic beaches and World Heritage Listed coral reefs, Australia's raw, wild and untamed natural beauty is truly a treasure to behold.

What we love about Australia is its immersive cultural pride.  From our indigenous Dreamtime to our bush poets, from our stockmen to our bushrangers, from our Vegemite to our racehorses, we are a nation of storytellers, who love "a good yarn" and a story of an "Aussie battler", the underdog-made-hero whose grit, determination, thick hide and perseverance made him legend.

Australia can be a pretty expensive country to live in, and even more expensive when you're traveling, and there's SO much to see and do.  Even when getting out of the cities, our wild landscape and at times harsh climate can be dangerous.  However, our tips will help you prepare for an Australian trip that is affordable, safe, and unforgettable.

The Best Time to Come

Australia is a pretty wonderful place to explore year-round, depending on what you're here for.  The weather gets rather extreme in summer - we're either fending off bush fires, battering down the hatches up north for cyclone, storm and flood season, or sweltering under extreme heatwaves.  

If you're planning on coming to south east Queensland, you're in luck: our temperatures are pretty fantastic all year round, but we think the best times to come are in Spring and Autumn.

Facts

Population: 24.4 million (2016) | Capital: Canberra | Land Area: 7,682,300 sq km | Language: English | Religion: Christian  | Currency: Australian Dollar (AUD) | Time Zone: UTC+8 (WA), UTC+9:30 (NT), UTC+10 (Qld), UTC+10 (NSW, Tas & Vic - winter), UTC+11 (NSW, Tas & Vic - Daylight Savings) | Drives On: Left

AVERAGE TRAVEL COSTS PER DAY ($AUD) (based on mid-range travel)

Accommodation: $272 twin share | Food: $76 pp | Local Transport: $40 pp  | Travel Between Cities: $127 pp | Attractions: $50 - $150 pp | Alcohol: $15 | Pizza costs: $7 - $25 | Bottle of water costs: $3.50