FACTS ABOUT AUSTRALIA & NEW ZEALANDHover over each state to learn more about your next potentional living destination!
New South Wales
- Population: 7.596 million.
- Capital city: Sydney.
- Sydney accounts for over 25 percent of Australia's total economic activity including services, manufacturing, mining, finance, property and retail.
- Like South Africa, NSW has become a prominent melting pot, attracting a diversity of peoples and cultures from all around the world.
- NSW is home to the largest proportion of South Africa-born people in Australia (as recorded by the 2011 Census).
- Recognised for having some of the top elite schools in Australia (according to My School 2013 rankings).
- Sydney’s hallmarked Harbour Bridge is the widest long-span bridge and tallest steel arch bridge in the world, and the 5th longest spanning-arch bridge according to Guinness World Record.
- Pitt Street Mall, Sydney Central Plaza and Bondi Junction are some of Australia’s most bustling shopping districts.
- Sydney hosted the 2000 Olympic games, is an important international finance center and home to one of the world’s greatest sea sports.
- The top five languages (other than English) spoken in NSW are: Arabic, Mandarin, Cantonese, Vietnamese and Greek.
- Population: 1.696 million.
- Capital city: Adelaide.
- South Australia has a healthy Mediterranean climate with cool wet winters and hot dry summers.
- Known as “The Festival State”, it prides itself on being an art and culture hub and holds multiple creative festivals throughout the year.
- Outdoor sports, eating and events are easy to enjoy because of the weather, excellent facilities and easy accessibility.
- Adelaide is within easy access to beautiful wine regions such as Adelaide Hills, Clare Valley, McLaren Vale, and the world-renowned Barossa.
- Population: 2.587 million.
- Capital city: Perth.
- The town of Kalgoorlie in WA is Australia's largest producer of gold.
- Host to the largest city park in the world, King’s Park.
- A great sight seeing attraction is WA’s Mount Augustus, the largest rock in the world which measures a staggering 8km long and 3km wide
- Western Australia is also known to be Australia’s second largest export industry.
- The world-acclaimed Margaret River region is known for its gourmet food and wines and natural wonders, towering forests, ancient caves, migrating whales, dolphins and white-sand beaches.
- Population: 5.791 million.
- Capital city: Melbourne.
- Known as the world’s most liveable city 5 years in a row and is the ‘cultural, sporting and culinary capital’ of Australia.
- The Melbourne Sports Precinct hosts some of the country’s most prominent sporting events - MCG (AFL finals and cricket), Rod Laver Arena (Australian Open) and AAMI Park (rugby league and rugby union).
- Highlights of Melbourne’ hot entertainment scene include: indoor and outdoor concerts, Melbourne Cup Carnival at Flemington, and the ballet and theatre at the Arts Centre.
- The Melbourne landscape is trademarked by its wide array of cafes embodying unique character and world-acclaimed coffee.
- Melbourne is within a short drive of beaches, ski resorts, richly varied rural hinterlands and spectacular forests.
- Known for having some of the best elite schools in Australia.
- Population: 4.6 million.
- Capital city: Brisbane.
- Boasting over 200 National Parks, Queensland offers a wide range of outdoor activities including camping, fishing, hiking and cycling.
- Queensland is home to one of the Seven Natural Wonders of the World - The Great Barrier Reef.
- Queensland is South Africans’ second-favourite destination in Australia, accommodating the second largest proportion of South African-born immigrants (as recorded by the 2011 Census).
- Brisbane is flanked by some of the world’s most famous surfing-friendly beaches from the Gold and Sunshine Coasts.
- Also known for having some of the top elite schools within Australia.
- Population: 243,800.
- Capital city: Darwin.
- One of Australia’s greatest attractions is the Northern Territories Uluru; originally sat at the bottom of the ocean it is a towering rock that stands 348m above ground today.
- Experience Uluru first hand by taking part in a 10km base walk on a flat marked dirt path that allows you to see all its indigenous markings.
- Population: 516,100.
- Capital city: Hobart.
- Known for its beautiful walking tracks, well-conserved wildlife, and its 19 national parks, including the world-famous Cradle Mountain-St Clair National Park.
- Hobart places second in Australia for quality and affordable housing.
- Tasmania enjoys a cool temperate climate with four distinct seasons.
- New Zealand’s largest urban area.
- Population of over 1.2 million people.
- The most vibrant and multicultural city in New Zealand.
- Auckland has the 5th best quality of life, ranking out of 219 major world cities.
- Capital city of New Zealand.
- Tourism is a vital contributor to Wellington's economy, resulting in some $1.6 billion in expenditure per year.
- With reportedly more cafés, bars and restaurants per capita than New York, Wellington is known for its lively nightlife and world-class culinary scene.
- This amazing city has also attracted some of the world’s most popular films such as Lord Of The Rings, Avatar and The Hobbit.
- Largest city in the South Island of New Zealand.
- Christchurch was named after the college John Godley had gone to at Oxford University.
- Hamilton is situated alongside the Waikato River, New Zealand's longest river.
- A half-hour drive will take you to Raglan, New Zealand's premier and world famous surf spot.
- The city hosts many international sporting events for sports such as cricket and rugby.
- Hamilton is a student city with more than 25,000 people involved in tertiary study.
- It has a growing and strong economy
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