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Seven reasons to live in Australia

G'day sparklesI’ve been an expat American living in Australia for over seven years and a lot of my American friends still living in the US ask me why I choose Australia as my home.   Well, since I’ve been traveling around Australia for a while, it’s pretty easy to say why I prefer life here rather than on the other side of the world….  Australia is just incredible.  And, to celebrate my seven years in Oz, here’s my top seven reasons to live in this great country!

Aussie Flag and Beach7. Aussie Animals are downright cute!  Marsupials are unique and incredibly cuddly – there’s so many wildlife parks around Australia where you can go up and feed Wallabys and Kangaroos.  Being from the US, I find this incredibly cool to get up close with them… not to mention that Australia is pretty much the only place in the world where you can eat the Australian coat of arms for dinner.

Which brings me to number….

near miss

6. True – Blue Aussie attitude.  They’re funny – laid back and not to be taken too seriously.  Which can be seen in this sign we found en route to Coober Pedy.

Glendambo SignOr at Gnomesville in Western Australia… Looks kinda creepy at first but this is Australian humour at it’s finest.

Gnomesville, WA5. There’s so many incredibly unique places to go.  Our favourite unique location from our last adventure would have to be Coober Pedy.   Currently it’s a hot bed for real-estate because all the underground opal they’ve been finding over the years not to mention the rumour of crude oil underground.

Tom's working opal mineIt’s a great tourist location that comes with unique living conditions most of which is underground.

Coober Pedy accommodation 4. People. They’re as unique as their history and my favourite historical figure would have to be Crocodile Harry – the original Crocodile Dundee.

Crococodile Harry's Harry was a true blue Aussie character, originally from Europe, lived on his own little bit of real-estate in the tropics of Australia.  After he decided that he was done wrestling crocs for a living, he retired to South Australia in search of opal.  He was an eccentric man and an artist in his own right who truly lived and loved every bit of life.

Crocodile Harry's artwork3. Changing Landscapes – I’m not sure of many countries around the world that have such incredibly differences in land.  From desert landscapes that look like you’ve landed on the moon…

moon in outback Australia

to the incredible trees of Denmark, WA – where cars can nearly drive though them!

Denmark, WA trees2. The weather is also as unique!  In Sydney, there’s super mild temperatures in the winter – so you’re able to go hiking, camping or surfing all year round…

img_5410And yes, it DOES snow in Australia and you’d be surprised where!  You just need to know where to look!

Tassie bush snow walkingBut my most favourite part about Australia would have to be…

Cloey beach1. The Beaches – They are top notch!  And free!   I’m an avid SCUBA diver – so I’m pretty spoiled for choice.  Australia is super safe and the beaches are patrolled in the summer by volunteer surf lifesavers all over the coasts.  They’re also pretty cluey about waves and natural marine life, so just ask them.  You’ll see them in red and yellow uniforms.   

Bondi costal walk

But, there is so much to do – from exploring the rock pools to riding the waves on your surf board for the first time, walking the coast line to just sitting next to the beach at a little cafe.  The beaches are beautiful and safe and I’m so glad that I live so close to them!

It’s not that hard to find a house or an apartment by the beach. You can search properties across Australia on websites like Domain to find your dream home and make the jump.

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An Aussie girl gone walkabout in the great big world!

9 thoughts on “Seven reasons to live in Australia Leave a comment

  1. I completely agree with you, Tara! I only lived in Oz for one year, but it was enough to convince me that I’d like to relocate some day. Thanks for sharing and thanks for checking out and following Travel Oops! Cheers, Steph

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  3. I totally agree! Just shared your post on Teaching House’s Facebook (we do ESL Teacher Training and lots of Americans are interested in teaching abroad in Australia for a year on a working holiday visa) — — Love your blog and your pics! I just left Australia myself after traveling around and I LOVED it!

  4. Welcome to Australia, taz! It’s good to have people like you come and join us. Like you, I have travelled extensively around the Outback and find it unique and incredibly interesting. May I suggest you also visit a quirky little opal mining town called LIGHTNING RIDGE (up in northern NSW near the Qld border) – it has more eccentrics per square meter than anywhere else in the world. Also if you want a quintessential Aussie weekend that will leave you laughing until your sides hurt, I strongly recommend a weekend visit to the iconic BIRDSVILLE RACES where the population goes from 50 to 5,000 to see and experience this unusual event. Everyone gets dressed up in fancy dress, downs cans of beers in the company of hundreds of local ringers (cowboys) and shearers, attends the Birdsville Ball and dances the night away with eccentric and hospitable locals. I suggest you hire a 4WD (take spare tyres) and drive along the Birdsville Track stopping at the incredibly unique Mungerannie Hotel en route (where they have an amazing collection of cowboy hats suspended from the ceiling) – the pub is run by two of the funniest cowboys I have ever met. Here are some links:


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