With its relaxed, multicultural and welcoming culture, Australia is the ideal destination for international students. Its cities are world class, and you can explore just about every type of landscape you can think of, from dry deserts to lush rainforests and rugged mountains to sandy surfing beaches.
Australia’s warm climate, laidback lifestyle and vibrant cities such as Sydney inspire people from many different countries to visit, and even move here. This makes it a welcoming and diverse place for international students to live. It also means you can find a wide range of delicious food from around the world here. Australia’s population speaks many different languages including its own ‘Aussie’ slang. For example, ‘arvo’ means afternoon, ‘barbie’ means barbecue, ‘toggs’ means swimsuit, and ‘yakka’ means hard work.
The capital of Australia is Canberra, but cities like Sydney are more familiar to most people. This international travel, business and culture hub offers something for everyone. Famous international artists perform on the stage at the stunning Sydney Opera House. You can be shopping in designer outlets in the morning before relaxing on one of the city's beaches in the afternoon.
Some of Australia’s best-loved attractions lie around its 25,760 kilometres of coastline. If you feel like exploring more of Australia during time off from studying, you can tour the unique landscape of the Red Centre and Uluru, try out surfing at Cottesloe Beach in Western Australia, or take a scuba diving tour of World Heritage-listed Ningaloo Reef.
The indigenous people of Australia are known as Aboriginal Australians. They are reported to have arrived in Australia tens of thousands of years ago. Their way of life is highly in tune with the natural environment and very different to the modern lifestyle in Australian towns and cities. You can discover more about Aboriginal art and culture on trips to sacred sites such as Uluru and Kata Tjuta.
Sydney is perfect for people who enjoy an outdoor lifestyle. It gets lots of sunshine and has mild winters and warm summers. The summer months are December to February, when average temperatures reach between 18 and 25 degrees Celsius. The water temperature warms up to a lovely 21 to 23 degrees Celsius too. The temperature drops a little during the autumn months, March to May, before winter arrives during June to August. Average winter temperatures in Sydney lie between 8 and 17 degrees Celsius, so it never gets too chilly. Temperatures begin to rise again during the spring months, September to November.
Sydney Kingsford Smith International Airport is the main gateway to Australia, which makes it the country's busiest airport. From here you can take domestic flights to destinations within Australia and international flights to countries all around the world. Train and bus services operate from the city centre to the airport, which is 10 kilometres away.
It is convenient and easy to pay your fares on local buses and trains using the Opal card. You can find out more at opal.com.au.
The NSW TrainLink runs affordable services from Sydney's Central Station to the Central Coast, Southern Highlands, South Coast, and Blue Mountains.
You can also catch the bus along the coast and to the Blue Mountains. Private companies run daily services from Eddy Avenue outside Central Station.
Cyclists are permitted on most roads in Sydney, and taxis are available through several operators.