Australia Fast Facts


Population: 22,507,617

Capital City: Canberra

Climate: Generally arid to semiarid; temperate in south and east; tropical in north

Time Zone: GMT+10

Language: English

Abundant Australia: Good Living, Down Under

Australia is famous for its large beaches and temperate climate. Across the continent, Aussies, and those who’ve chosen to emigrate there, have access to an active and healthy lifestyle. But urban dwellers will find plenty of great culture and excellent food in Sydney and Melbourne, and a cost of living below that of some of the world’s other great cities.

If Australia is on your list of possible retirement destinations, you’ll find that few English-speaking countries with quality healthcare and good infrastructure will benefit as much as Australia from the economic booms in Asia and China.

From the Archives of Australia Archive

Tips for Housesitting During the COVID-19 Outbreak

Tips for Housesitting During the COVID-19 Outbreak

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April 20, 2020

Housesitting during the COVID-19 pandemic is presenting unique challenges. My husband, Don, and I, are housesitting in Western Australia and looking after an adorable dog, Peppi, and five chickens. We have been here for three weeks, since before the virus put the brakes on travel and made social distancing, quarantining, and panic buying the new norm...

The World’s 10 Best Travel Adventures

The World’s 10 Best Travel Adventures

We’ve all spent enough vacations lying on the beach…day after day…only to return to the office feeling like we’ve somehow wasted our precious time away. How many people do you know who stand at the water cooler recounting the time they led a team of dogs across the Norwegian snow plains…or were guided up beginner-level Read more...: The World’s 10 Best Travel Adventures