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What makes Australia unique?

Why should you study in Australia? Learn more about what makes this popular study destination so unique. From the cities to the food, there is so much that this huge country has to offer.

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When thinking of Australia, there is likely a lot that comes to mind. From beautiful beaches to friendly citizens, there is a lot to be said about this popular destination that attracts tourists and international students from all over. But what makes Australia stand out among the rest and what exactly do they have to offer? We take a look at what makes this huge country so unique.



There is so much to explore when visiting Australia


The Australian mainland is the world’s largest island, and is the only island to also double as a continent.  Splashed across countless postcards, the Australian landscape is definitely one of the nation’s most distinctive features. Dry, flat and very hot, experiencing the sheer red-and-blue expanse of the Australian outback is a sensation you won’t soon forget.


Visit Uluru at the nation’s dead centre, or take a tour around the stunning Kakadu National Park: Australia’s largest terrestrial national park. Australia also boasts one of the world’s longest coastlines, a number of tropical rainforests at the nation’s tip and spades of rolling green pastures in winery and agricultural regions. When it comes to natural beauty, Australia has it all..


What does Australian English sound like?


Whilst the official language in Australia is English, Australians have a unique flair that can sometimes make them difficult to understand. Aussies speak with a distinct style that is spurned from a national sense of humour, playfulness and affliction with irony.


Humour is a key part of Australian culture, and is notorious for being dry, self-deprecating and sarcastic .  As honesty and directness will always be placed before diplomacy in Australia, what might be considered an inappropriate topic elsewhere is likely to be ‘fair game’ when Down Under.


If that weren’t tricky enough, the Australian fondness for conversationally abbreviating words and playful use of slang can be especially tough to grasp. Words such as ‘chewie’ (chewing gum), ‘sunnies’ (sunglasses), ‘arvo’ (afternoon) and ‘ambo’ (paramedic who works in an ambulance) might throw you at first, but Australians are a friendly bunch who will only be too keen to explain what they mean. 




What is Australian food like?


Ever heard the phrase ‘chuck another shrimp on the barbie!’ in reference to Australia? Whilst in Australia ‘shrimps’ are called ‘prawns,’ high-quality seafood is in fact one of the nation’s crowning jewels. The Australian fishing zone is the third largest in the world, with seafood the fifth most valuable protein source for Australians. Surrounded by coast, temperate waters and with excellent agricultural facilities, Australian fisheries are amongst the best managed in the world. 


Australia is also renowned for its developed wine and viticulture industries. Consistently one of the world’s top ten wine producing countries, Australia is one of the few nations that produces wine in every single major wine style.  


As well as the perfect climate and soil for wine production, Australia is also at the forefront of viticultural research and education. There are generous scholarship schemes in place to attract the brightest minds in viticulture from around the world to help develop an already booming industry.


Enjoying good wine is also an established part of Australian culture. With more and more wine bars opening up in city centres, a winery tour is a favoured activity for a weekend get-away. Australia also has a number of state and national wine festivals and events, where anyone can go and get a thorough cross-section of what Aussie grapes have to offer.


What are the best Australian cities for students?


Flecked along the coast of Australia, the nation also sports 41 cities across 7 states and territories. Historically a nation of immigrants, Australian cities are cultural melting pots with restaurants, festivals, events, cafes and specialty stores that draw inspiration from cultures around the globe. With a strong economy, key international business ties and high-calibre education that offers graduates world-renowned qualifications, metropolitan life in Australia is cosmopolitan and bustling without being over-crowded.


These cities are very popular among international students, with some of the top universities in the world calling Australia their home. Some of the most popular cities include, but are not limited to:


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