20 Things No One Will Tell You Before You Move to Australia

Thinking of moving to the land down under? You’re in for a life-changing experience! However, there are a few things you should know before you go. Things like…

Australians are some of the most empowered and happy people in the world

Recently, a report published by the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) ranked all of the countries in the world based on their human development. Human development seems like a vague thing to try and measure, but basically, researchers looked at the opportunities presented by each country, and ways that each country supports its citizens.

The primary question was how are citizens valued, and what can they achieve in their country of origin? In this report, Australia came in second overall for the country with the highest potential for human development – only a few percentage points behind Norway. The United States currently sits in the 10th highest spot – tied with our northern neighbor, Canada.

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Australia has over 10,000 beaches

Sure, you would expect an island that’s mostly desert in the Southern Hemisphere to contain plenty of beaches, but it’s pretty staggering when you realize that Australia has over 10,000 of them!

There are over 18,000 miles of beachfront in Australia, even more if you count the multiple islands off the mainland. Many traditional trades in Australia are completely reliant on their waterfront –  pearling, fishing, marine biology, and oceanfront tourism, just to name a few.

If you move to Australia, chances are you’ll never be far from a beach. Even if you’re not into swimming or water sports, there are plenty of beautiful natural formations along the coastline that are worth a visit, such as the Twelve Apostol’s limestone stacks off the coast of Victoria.

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The city of Melbourne used to be called Batmania

It was originally named for a farmer named John Batman, who signed a treaty with the elders of the indigenous Wurundjeri tribe to develop the land that later became Melbourne. Batman led an expedition of farmers to the site that he had recently purchased from the Wurundjeri, but was furious to discover that a similar party of farmers, led by a man named John Pascoe Fawkner, had already settled on the spot.

Luckily, their conflict ended when Fawkner and Batman realized that there was plenty of land for everybody. No one was sure what to call the settlement at first, so they experimented with a few names like Batmania, Bearbrass, Bareport, Bareheep, Barehurp, and Bareberp before finally settling on Melbourne.

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