Know about Australia
Australia is situated between, and isolated by, the Indian and the Pacific oceans. It has many animals and plants, which are unique in the planet. The surface geology is typically old and flat. In land area, Australia is the sixth largest nation and it has, however, a relatively small population. Australia is the only nation to govern an entire continent and its outlying islands and also is the driest inhabited continent on the earth.
Climate: Nearly a third of Australia is in the tropics and the rest is in the temperate zone: Summer is from December to February; Autumn from March to May; Winter from June to August; and Spring from September to November.
Language: Although English is the official language, a host of other languages like French, Spanish and Hindi are also spoken in Australia.
Culture: Australia is a safe, friendly, sophisticated and harmonious multi-cultural society in which students can learn, travel and live harmoniously. Australia is a safe country compared to almost any other country world. Crime and political unrest are rarely seen in Australia. Your study plans and progress are not likely to be upset by political turmoil. People from about 200 countries have migrated to Australia, making Australia one of the most culturally diverse countries in the world. The multicultural nature of Australian society means international students are readily accepted by other students and teachers.
Australia is rich in the Arts and Music. In music, Australia has developed a fertile environment that supports a great range of musical tastes ranging from the most avant-garde experimental to folk, from the youthful sounds of chart-busting pop to the unique music of the aboriginal people. Painting in Australia has a history that can not only be traced back over forty thousand years of Aboriginal culture but also is represented in the major museums and galleries of modern and avant-garde art, worldwide.
People: Australians are open, warm and friendly people and you will find a welcoming embrace in Australia. Many students living in Home stay situations experience Australian family life in a natural, friendly way and often find they are treated like a family member. Wherever you live - home stay, boarding school or campus accommodation - you will discover many opportunities to make long lasting friendships.
Religion: Australia is predominantly a Christian country; however, all religions are represented in the community. Devotees will find churches, mosques, temples and synagogues located in most of the major cities.
Sports and recreation: Australians are very keen on sport and outdoor activities and has a worldwide reputation for sports and outdoor activities. This is endorsed by the Olympic Committee's selection of Sydney to host the Olympic Games in the year 2000.
Transport: Australia has an extensive public transport system that includes trains, buses, tramways, ferries, two major national airlines and a number of regional airlines. Metropolitan areas are divided into zones and your ticket type and cost depends on which zone you are going to travel in and for how long. Tourist students may drive in Australia on a valid overseas driver's license but if the document is not in the English, the visitor must carry a translation with the permit. An international driving license is not sufficient by itself. Cab services: Metered taxicabs operates in all major cities and towns. There is a minimum charge on hiring and then a charge per kilometer travelled. Taxi drivers do not expect to be tipped.