Seeing how Australians are portrayed in popular culture, you’d be forgiven for thinking that Aussie life is dominated by the “three B’s”: beach, barbecues and beer. But this does the Australians a disservice. Sure, no other country in the English-speaking world approaches hedonism with such dedication, but the Aussies’ love for sports, culture and the natural world runs deep. And the country is possibly one of the most beautiful on earth. Some people even call it a continent.
Australia’s natural diversity is unique and its coastline often unbelievable. Over 7,000 beaches dot 37,000 km of coast, including the legendary Bondi in Sydney and Surfer’s Paradise on the Gold Coast. If you’re into kilometres of white sand that squeaks underfoot, year round sunshine and a laidback beach vibe, you can’t go far wrong. A huge array of sports is on offer along the coastline, including surfing, windsurfing and diving. The Aussies’ love of adrenaline makes adventure sports a huge draw too.
Australian cities are multicultural and exciting. Sydney is the beach city par excellence, where you’ll see stripped-down surfers mingling among the bankers on the way home from work. Sophisticated Melbourne has a vibrant arts scene and hosts huge international events like the F1 Grand Prix (usually in March) and Australian Open Tennis (January). Perth has astounding white beaches facing the Indian Ocean.
Between the tropical north and the south, where penguins live, the middle of Australia is huge; you can travel for days by car without seeing another soul. But then you’ll come across something amazing, whether a stunning canyon, vast lake, lush oasis or a reminder of the continent’s aborigine history. The cast of animals includes everything from koalas to kangaroos, kookaburra to water dragons... Disney couldn’t make it up. Wherever you choose to learn English in Australia, you will receive a warm welcome under the hot sun.