What was once a punishment to be sent to, is now considered one of the top destinations in the world. What was once discarded as not desirable, and of little use other than for a penal colony, has now grown to be one of the best places to live on this planet.
Australia has come a long way in a short time. A land of people who were invaded by the Europeans, are now part of a Nation who live together as one. Countries once fought against are now allies and trade partners. Immigrants to this land are now part of a magnificent tapestry that forms Australian society. It is the only country in the world that gained independent government without a war.
Australian's for the most part are no different from other western civizations, having the same performing arts and music likes and dislikes. Most of inland Australia still encompasses many of the same qualities and characteristics of colonial Australia. City life consists of the hussel and bussel of a working day, and a vibrant and exciting nightlife that can be equalled to anywhere in the world. Combine this with a diverse multicultural society, and you are bound to feel welcome and at home. Australian's are known worldwide for their hospitality and mateship.
Strong community relations have been formed over the years, and these hands of friendship eventually spread overseas, and to visitors to our shores. It's not uncommon for conversations to be struck up with visitors upon hearing the visitors accent. Many think that this bond of mateship has evolved from a harsh past when it was important to rely on your mates and neighbours. This was more than evident in war time, when strong bonds were formed between soldiers, and friendships were struck with soldiers overseas and civilians who corresponded with them during their service.
Australian's respect their diverse multicultural heritage, and are generally very open minded, which is evident with events such as the Chinese New Year and the Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras. Australian's just like to make the most out of life!
So don't be shy, say "G'day!" and make a new friend today!
Indulge in some of the best local country produce and a number of wineries offering great wine tasting and cellar door wine tour experiences.
Pies have been popular in Australia since 1788, becoming a beloved part of Australian culture and providing an Aussie take on takeaways.
The Adelaide Hills region is celebrated for its impressive wines, which have achieved significant international recognition.
In Western Australia & want to find out the best surfing spots? We have them for you.
Every year there is a wide range of free events, info sessions, an array of open gardens, and a host of market stalls.
Stadium Australia, also known as ANZ Stadium and formerly known as Telstra Stadium, is a multi-purpose stadium located in the Sydney Olympic Park.
Check out the annual Mandurah Crab Fest held every year in beautiful Mandurah
Surfing captured the imagination of locals and quickly built up a cult of devotees and proceeded to capture the imagination of sporting Australians.
In South Australia & want to find out the best surfing spots? We have them for you.
In Tasmania & want to find out the best surfing spots? We have them for you.