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