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What's it like to live in Australia?

Australia is a large country with just about every type of landscape you can think of, from dry deserts to lush rainforests, and sandy coastlines to modern cities. It is a popular destination for international students.

Australian culture

Australia’s warm climate, laid-back lifestyle and lively cities inspire people from many different countries and cultures to move here. This makes it a welcoming and diverse place for international students to live. 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.

City life

ANU is located in Canberra, which is the capital of Australia, although cities like Sydney, Melbourne and Perth may be more familiar to most people. You will find restaurants serving excellent food from around the world using quality Australian ingredients. Canberra is home to renowned galleries, such as the National Gallery of Australia and the country's national Parliament.

World-class coastline

Some of Australia’s best-loved attractions lie around its 25,760 kilometres of coastline. You can spend time touring the impressive cliffs of the Great Ocean Road or learning to surf on the Gold Coast. The underwater paradise of the Great Barrier Reef is a world-famous place to snorkel and scuba dive. You'll have so much to squeeze into your time off from your studies.

Aboriginal heritage

The indigenous people of Australia are the Aborigines, who are reported to have arrived in Australia tens of thousands of years ago. Their way of life is 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. 

Weather in Australia

Australia is well-known for its sunshine and outdoor lifestyle, and Canberra enjoys a pleasant climate throughout the year.

December to February are the summer months, when temperatures are usually between 13 and 28 degrees Celsius. The Autumn months are March to May, with mild daytime temperatures and cooler nights. June to August are the winter months in Canberra, when it can get chilly with highs of 12 degrees Celsius. Spring is Australia's wettest season, but Canberra gets less rain than much of the rest of the country. Spring temperatures are between 6 and 19 degrees Celsius.

Travel in Australia

Canberra International Airport is 10 kilometres away from ANU College. Buses depart the City Bus Station for the airport and the journey takes less than an hour. You can also take the bus to Sydney International Airport. It takes three hours and 25 minutes. Alternatively, you can board a connecting flight in Canberra for international flights to destinations all around the world from Sydney.

From Canberra Railway Station you can take the train to Sydney. The journey takes around four hours and 45 minutes. Greyhound Australia provide coach services to destinations including Melbourne, Sydney, the Gold Coast, the Northern Territory and more. 

Local bus services (stopping at destinations around Canberra) are provided by Transport Canberra.