Life in Australia

Why live in Sydney?

While living in Sydney you will discover that Australia is a vast and diverse country, in terms of its population and its landscapes. People from all over the world have made Australia their home. You can explore just about every type of landscape you can think of, from dry deserts to lush rainforests to sandy coastlines and modern cities, all within one country.

Australian culture

Australia’s sunny climate, relaxed lifestyle and vibrant cities like Sydney inspire people from many different countries and cultures to move here. Multicultural and welcoming, Sydney is a fantastic place to live while you work towards your Higher School Certificate (HSC). It is easy to feel at home here no matter where you are from because the people speak so many different languages. You may pick up some ‘Aussie’ slang words while living in Australia. For example, ‘arvo’ means afternoon, ‘barbie’ means barbecue, ‘toggs’ means swimsuit, and ‘yakka’ means hard work. So after you have finished some yakka you can put on your toggs and head to the beach for a barbie in the arvo.

Sydney life

The vibrant and multicultural city of Sydney is one of the most exciting places to live in the world. Global dishes can be found in Sydney's massive selection of restaurants, while internationally renowned performers take to the stage underneath the huge white arches of Sydney Opera House.

Beautiful landscapes 

Australia has an astonishing 25,760 kilometres of coastline. You can spend time touring the impressive cliffs of the Great Ocean Road or learning to surf on the Gold Coast. You can even go to the beach without leaving Sydney as the city has several to choose from. Bondi Beach is famous for its clear blue water and relaxed, hippy vibe. 

Aboriginal heritage

The indigenous people of Australia are known as Aboriginal Australians. They are thought to have arrived in Australia tens of thousands of years ago. Their way of life is in tune with the natural environment and very different to the modern lifestyle in Australian towns and cities. It is well worth finding out about Aboriginal art and culture on trips to stunning sacred sites such as Uluru and Kata Tjuta.

Weather in Australia

Sydney is perfect for people who enjoy an outdoor lifestyle. It gets lots of sunshine and has mild winters and warm summers. The summer months are December to February, when average temperatures reach between 18 and 25 degrees Celsius. The water temperature warms up to a lovely 21 to 23 degrees Celsius too. The temperature drops a little during the autumn months, March to May, before winter arrives during June to August. Average winter temperatures in Sydney lie between 8 and 17 degrees Celsius, so it never gets too chilly. Temperatures begin to rise again during the spring months, September to November.

Travel in Australia

Sydney Kingsford Smith International Airport is the main gateway to Australia, which makes it the country's busiest airport. From here you can take domestic flights to destinations within Australia and international flights to countries all around the world. Train and bus services operate from the city centre to the airport, which is 10 kilometres away.

The NSW TrainLink runs affordable services from Sydney's Central Station to the Central Coast, Southern Highlands, South Coast, and Blue Mountains.

It is convenient and easy to pay your fares on local buses and trains using an Opal card or a credit or debit card. You can find out more about how to pay for public transport and find your way around here:

It is convenient and easy to pay your fares on local buses and trains using an Opal card or a credit or debit card. You can find out more about how to pay for public transport and find your way around here:

You can also catch the bus along the coast and to the Blue Mountains. Private companies run daily services from Eddy Avenue outside Central Station.

Uber is widely available in Sydney and taxis are available through several operators.

Bicycle riders are permitted on most roads in Sydney. They must obey the road rules and wear a helmet at all times.


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Taylors High School 2017 Graduate

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