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My top 10 things I love about Australia

My top 10 things I love about Australia

So you are thinking of moving to Australia? Whether your move is temporary or more permanent I guarantee there will be lots of things you will love (and maybe some things you won’t love so much) about living in Australia.

After 9 months these are my top 10 things I love about Australia! (Of course these are very individual to me so some may not appeal to you!)


THE WEATHER


Number one has to be the weather – one of the main reasons given by people emigrating to Australia. Whilst I know some people prefer the cold and wet and miserable grey days in the UK (I don’t believe them – do you?) there is something absolutely fantastic about living in a country with sun! Yes that round orange ball appears in the sky every day just like in the Uk. Except here you can see it.

The weather patterns are obviously not the same all over the country. The tropical north of Australia have just 2 seasons – the wet and the dry. Most of Australia has 4 seasons which are opposite to those in the northern hemisphere. Each season lasts 3 months and winter in Queensland is a LOT different to winter in Victoria.

You can check out daily averages at the Bureau of Meteorology!

Brisbane skyline

Beautiful blue skies are the norm in Brisbane


THE OUTDOOR LIFESTYLE


This really does go hand in hand with the wonderful weather. Here you can plan an activity at the weekend and be fairly certain you will be able to do it. We love packing a picnic at the weekend and heading to a beach or a park. Here outdoor areas are set up with tables, BBQ’s and covered seating. Everything is free.

There are also swimming pools (lagoons) that are accessible to all. These are even manned by life guards, have changing rooms, toilets, sitting areas and cafes. Brisbane excels in this area with South Bank. South Bank has a beach and pools and it a fantastic place to spend a day in the summer.

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If you enjoy walks/hikes there are some great places to go (and you may be lucky to see some wildlife too). There are loads of National Parks to visit. We loved visiting Eungella National Park to see platypus in the wild and Cape Hillsborough to see kangaroos when we lived in Mackay. Now we are living in Brisbane we are exploring the Gold Coast and Sunshine Coast Hinterlands.

The lagoon at Redcliffe

The lagoon in Redcliffe

 

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THE WILDLIFE


Some people focus on is the creepy crawlies when moving to Australia (huntsmen spiders anyone!!) but actually when you get here its all the other amazing wildlife that will be on your mind. Who doesn’t want to see a koala? A kangaroo? An echidna? A patypus? Come to Australia and you will see animals that are only native to this continent!

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We have loved seeing so many wonderful animals and birds here. While out for breakfast the other day I videoed hundreds of white parrots as they flew around in front of me and landed in the tree where I was standing. This is just one of the things I love about Australia and it was one of the things I was looking forward to the most-

 

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THE BEACHES


With 10,685 beaches you will be spoilt for choice in Australia! Living in Brisbane you have the option of heading to the Sunshine Coast or the Gold Coast which both have amazing beaches.

So far I have visited some truly spectacular beaches in Australia and these are my  top 3 so far:

1.Whitehaven Beach – the Whitsundays

Consistently voted one of the top beaches in the world is Whitehaven Beach in the Whitsundays. With good reason – the white, soft sand and beautiful clear waters totally blew us away. We can’t wait to go back!

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Visiting Whitehaven Beach at the Whitsundays in Queensland

2. Burleigh Heads Beach – Gold Coast

We have only recently started exploring the Gold Coast and we loved Burleigh Heads. The beach is fabulous and you get a great view of Surfer’s Paradise too. Popular with surfers and with a great cafe culture Burleigh Heads should be on your itinerary if you are visiting the Gold Coast and surrounding areas.

3. Noosa Main Beach – Noosa

Noosa’s main beach on the Sunshine Coast is one of the only beaches in the east coast of Australia that faces north. Its gentle waves and white sand make it a perfect beach for families and those learning to surf. There are cafes and restaurants along the boardwalk so you can enjoy the views whilst lunching in the warm sunshine!

beaches in Australia

Noosa, Whitehaven and Burleigh Heads


THE OUTBACK


I love the outback. It is one of the most special places I have ever been. Only 3% of the population of Australia live in the area classed as the outback. Although I haven’t yet had the opportunity to visit the outback as much as I would like we were lucky to be able to travel to Uluru recently. I would highly recommend a visit if you can – we plan to travel to see King’s Canyon next time too – as it is an experience you will never forget.

uluru

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AUSTRALIA’S BIG THINGS


Ok this is a very personal one but I LOVE Australia’s big things! So far I have seen 5. There are over 150 and they range from fruit to people to objects and more! So I have a few more to see! There are big things to see in every state and territory and I will admit I will go out of my way to see them.

Big fruit in Australia - things I love about Australia

As you can see big fruit feature quite a lot!!!!!


THE FOOD


Well probably more specific than that – breakfasts! Australia really do breakfast. It is like a gourmet feast and at the weekend having breakfast out al fresco at one of the many cafes and restaurants is the norm. Even better if it is by the beach!

The fruit is pretty good here too though you really do need to get used to eating it only when in season. It isn’t like the UK where any and all fruit is available all the year round in Tesco. Here you need to be seasonally aware – or pay a steep price!

aussie breakfast

 

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SUNSETS


Any list of things I love about Australia has to include sunset! The sunsets are nothing short of spectacular here. I have literally hundreds of photographs of sunsets because nearly every night it is stunning.

The light at dusk and dawn is incredible and with the light comes the sound of the birds. Hundreds (thousands) of birds roosting or waking makes quite a racket!

hervey bay

Hervey Bay at sunset Courtesy of Megan!


EPIC ROAD TRIPS


Unless you want to fly driving large distances is going to be the norm. Catching a flight here is a bit like catching a bus in the UK – it is so easy. Make sure to sign up for airline loyalty programmes to start collecting air miles as soon as you can it is definitely worth it! The main airlines you will find in Australia are Qantas, Virgin Australia and Jetstar.

This is also the land of the grey nomad. Selling up and buying a camper van/motorhome or caravan and travelling the country in your retirement is a popular lifestyle choice and one I really cannot wait to try! Camping is a popular weekend and holiday activity here too so even if the thought of owning a caravan is something you would never have considered in the UK don’t dismiss it until you get here as you may find the weather and general lifestyle makes a caravan a tempting consideration!

 

 

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THE SHEER VARIETY AND BEAUTY OF THE SCENERY


Tropical rainforests, palm trees and white beaches to semi-arid landscapes to mountain ranges to islands and more. So much to see and enjoy and with the beautiful weather you will really enjoy an active outdoor lifestyle in a truly spectacular part of the world!

Australia is home to 19 UNESCO World Heritage Sites including the Great Barrier Reef, Fraser Island and Kakadu National Park. You really are spoilt for choice here when it comes to natural wonders.

Scenery in Australia

 

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PIN FOR LATER – THINGS I LOVE ABOUT AUSTRALIA



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24 Comments

  1. June 1, 2018 / 1:05 am

    Great post, great pics. I live on the Sunshine Coast & as I type I’m “working” out of my favourite offsite “office” – Mooloolaba Surf Club – overlooking another north facing beach. After having lived in Aus my entire life, whenever we go back to the UK to visit hubby’s family it feels as though the sky is too close. When you say how some people from the UK prefer the grey I laughed – on a flight to Dubai the other week I was sitting next to 2 women who’d been out for the Commonwealth Games. I asked how they enjoyed Australia and they said ‘oh, not at all – we can’t be doing with that sun all the time.’ Lol. Thanks for linking up this week. #TeamLovinLife

    • TracyJane
      Author
      June 1, 2018 / 9:45 am

      Hahahaha that sounds so funny! I found it was like living in a cave being in the UK – so dark and small! The sky is so much bigger here!

  2. June 1, 2018 / 3:57 am

    As a born and bred Aussie who has lived in Brisbane all my life, I have to agree with your Top 10 wonderful things about Australia. I love our country and our lifestyle. I don’t know any different. Perhaps if I did, I’d love it even more. Fabulous photographs! Lovely to meet you Tracy! 🙂 #TeamLovinLife

    • TracyJane
      Author
      June 1, 2018 / 9:44 am

      Thank-you! Glad you agree with my top 10!

  3. June 1, 2018 / 3:18 pm

    Based on your descriptions, I have to say Australia (at least the area where you live) reminds me a lot of Southern California. We have great weather, a love for the outdoors, good food, sunsets and beaches. Plus, it is easy to take road trips or find different scenery. I would love to stop by Australia and enjoy everything the country has to offer!

    • TracyJane
      Author
      June 3, 2018 / 7:32 am

      You must visit Ruth! Yes southern California and SE Queensland have a lot in common!

  4. June 2, 2018 / 10:34 am

    There really is so much to love about Oz isn’t there! The outdoor lifestyle was one of my favourites as well, I used to watch people playing tennis before work and cricket after work, there were outside gyms along beach fronts, it was just great. So glad to hear you are enjoying as much as we hoped you would #feetdotravel

  5. June 2, 2018 / 10:37 pm

    Perfect place, everything I would want myself -from road trips, good weather to nice beaches. Uk has some wonderful places but what’s lacking big time is good weather to be able to enjoy those magnificent places and views. You have some amazing photos there. #feetdotravel

    • TracyJane
      Author
      June 3, 2018 / 7:28 am

      Absolutely and one of the main reasons why we moved!

  6. June 3, 2018 / 7:50 am

    Tracy you have got it in a nutshell! Australia has all of these wonderful attributes, plus I feel we’re a fairly safe country and the people are generally very easy-going and friendly. I love that you love my beloved country! #TeamLovinLife

    • TracyJane
      Author
      June 3, 2018 / 10:55 am

      Totally agree Kathy! (There are a few things i am not so keen on and they are coming in another post but they are little things!)

  7. June 4, 2018 / 6:49 am

    Ah, this is a lot like my list! Great minds. The weather is such a huge factor, people make fun of me for moving for sunshine but seriously, it makes such a difference! Even now heading into Australian ‘winter’ I’m very sad that the lovely summer heat has gone away. Luckily we still have the sun every day, and the blue skies make the whole thing much more bearable. How lucky we are to live here!

    • TracyJane
      Author
      June 6, 2018 / 8:04 am

      I know and I have written a things I don’t like post too! We are also missing the heat of summer in some ways too (night swimming) but it is nice not drowning in sweat!

  8. June 4, 2018 / 8:58 am

    As I was reading this Dorothea Mackellar’s poem, My Country, popped into my head. It’s the one with the regularly used 2nd verse – I love a sunburnt country…. Do you know it? Have a read Tracy and let me know what you think. I think she had it down pat. Loved reading this. You made me homesick though. 😉

    • TracyJane
      Author
      June 6, 2018 / 8:04 am

      I must read it Shona! Will definitely read it though!

  9. June 4, 2018 / 3:16 pm

    Those beaches though – for me it´s already enough to move! lol The weather is also a great bonus, I mean – I love rain but I also live in Spain (where it´s always sunny) and I guess, if I was based somewhere in the UK – I´d have a different opinion about that! Sun matters more than we realize! #feetdotravel

    • TracyJane
      Author
      June 6, 2018 / 8:00 am

      The weather is huge after the awfulness of the grey damp Uk summers 😉

  10. June 5, 2018 / 3:40 pm

    Great things to do in Australia. I would love to see Uluru in the outback, beaches, World Heritage sights and so much more. Weather I see plays a big part. I pinned this to my board to use when I visit Australia. Thanks for sharing! #feetdotravel

  11. June 7, 2018 / 5:29 pm

    Oh, those beaches and waves! I can feel how warm it is on the beach, too. So lovely! My favorite photo is the panorama of the city of Brisbane — great shot!

    • TracyJane
      Author
      June 11, 2018 / 7:33 am

      Thanks Sharon! The beaches are lovely!

  12. June 11, 2018 / 7:43 am

    We still haven’t got to Australia yet, but this is more motivation.Love the idea of a road trip to see all of that wildlife, like your post on kangeroos!

    • TracyJane
      Author
      June 12, 2018 / 9:37 am

      Thanks guys! A road trip is compulsory!

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HI THIS IS ME – TRACY

Hello from Australia

Traveller, teacher, train lover, and milkshake connoisseur.Now living and working in my 7th country and experiencing life in Queensland, Australia.

I write to inspire others whatever their age to explore the world - near and far!

I have travelled for over 30 years including solo in my 20's , as a single parent in my 30's and now in my 40's and beyond with my husband. House sitter and aspiring grey nomad a life of location independence is my goal.

Over 40 years ago I dreamt of a life well travelled and that is the life I live!

Dream it, plan it, do it!!

Tracy

“Once the travel bug bites there is no known antidote, and I know that I shall be happily infected until the end of my life”
-- Michael Palin