Living in Australia

Very useful: Guide to Studying in Australia (pdf)

The Basics-A Taste of Australia

Australia is renowned for its glorious beaches and reefs, friendly cities and towns and the excitement of the outback. It is a very safe country with a high standard of living, minimal crime or disease and a stable economy. Australians are typically considered very friendly, helpful and kind people who love to kick-back and relax with a traditional Aussie Barbeque, trip to the beach or walk in the park. Also renowned for their solid work-ethic and patriotic nature Australians are proud of their country as well as welcoming and accepting of international visitors and different cultures.

States & Capital Cities

  • Australian Capital Territory (ACT) = Canberra (Canberra is the Capital of Australia)
  • New South Wales (NSW) = Sydney
  • Victoria (VIC) = Melbourne
  • Queensland (QLD) = Brisbane
  • Western Australia (WA) = Perth
  • South Australia (SA) = Adelaide
  • Northern Territory (NT) = Darwin
  • Tasmania (TAS) = Hobart

Tourist Highlights

There is so much to see and do within this vast land that we recommend you take time to consider tourist information sites and travel agents. Here are a few of the Australian tourist highlights as well as some links to get you started.

The ‘Outback’

The Outback is a generic term used for the broad areas within Australia which are sparsely populated. The towns within these areas usually have a particularly relaxed and country feel to them often filled with welcoming locals typically referred to as ‘true-blue Aussies.’

The Great Barrier Reef

The Great Barrier Reef is so large it can be seen from the moon! It extends along the majority of the east coast of Queensland and provides excellent snorkeling and diving opportunities as well as glorious islands and beaches all along the coast.

Ayres Rock

In Central Northern Territory there is a famous large rock, renowned for its size and divine changing colours as the day passes, which can be climbed or walked around.

The Great Ocean Road

A picturesque coastline is enhanced by a lush green landscape that encapsulates the Victorian coastline. Tours are available from Melbourne as well as Adelaide. With the Twelve Apostles a highlight (sandstone rocks along the coastline being carved away by the ocean) you may even like to join a helicopter flight to see them from a better angle.

Ski Fields

Traditionally Australia is known for its warm temperatures; however, there are also several mountains which attract snow each year providing much fun for skiing, snowboarding, or just relaxing amongst the beauty of the white covered mountains. By summertime the snow has melted and the mountains are just as beautiful covered in lush green vegetation.

National Parks

Every state has many national parks that can be explored. Some of the most visited parks include; Kosciusko National Park (NSW), The Grampians (VIC), The Daintree Forest (QLD), Namadgi National Park (ACT), Cradle Mountain National Park (TAS) and Kakadu National Park (NT).


There are several Zoos within Australia two of them being the Taronga Zoo; directly across from the Sydney CBD and the Western Plains Zoo in Dubbo; four hours by road from Sydney.

How to get there

Australia is a vast city and it can take many hours to travel by car or train and even plane, depending on which cities and towns you are travelling to and from. It is therefore best to plan your route before travelling and consider which mode of transport will be best.

Central Station is the main transport centre of Sydney and is only one train station from GCA. From here you can depart for anywhere in Australia, including a train or shuttle to the airport for flights, national bus and train services as well as various sightseeing tour departures.

Station Details and Information

Further information

Every capital city, as well as most of the smaller towns, also provides at least one tourist information centre where you can locate further information about any of the traditional Australian attractions, events and highlights as well as additional sites to see and activities to do.

You can also try these links for further information. (GCA does not manage these suggested sites therefore does not affirm support of all of the content, recommendations or advice within these links.)

Study in Australia website (Australian government website)

Living in Australia

About, Explore, Plan Australia

Tourism and Travel in Australia

Tourist Information

Traveling to Australia

Australian Travel Information