Beautiful Australia

                                                                     Beautiful Australia

As promised, here is my second blog in the series of our focus on ‘Why Australia’. I have tried to put assortment of pictures from different parts of Australia. It’s soon going to be two years of living in Australia for me on permanent residency. I love to travel but with family and job commitments in tandem, it is a slightly difficult task. Still, I have managed to see some beautiful parts of Australia. These include Sydney, Newcastle, Woolongong, Canberra, Brisbane, Sunshine Coast, Melbourne, Tasmania, and of course Gold Coast! So, let’s dive in!!

They say a picture paints a thousand words, so I will let the pictures do the major portion of talking in this blog, so that you can soak in the beauty of Australia.

SYDNEY

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Opera House – Vivid Sydney (World’s largest festival of light, music and ideas)

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New Year’s Eve Fireworks

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Bondi Beach, Sydney

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Three Sisters, Blue Mountains, Near Sydney

Newcastle

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Canberra (Capital)

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Parliament House

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Spring festival

Melbourne

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Great Ocean Road

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World famous MCG

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Australian Open Tennis (Rod Laver Arena)

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Yarra Valley, near Melbourne (wineries)

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Brisbane

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Southbank, Brisbane [Brisbane is the only major city not situated on a coast. No worries, we got one man-made beach 🙂 ]

Gold Coast

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Iconic Surfers Paradise

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Gold Coast Coastline

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Gold Coast – Entertainment Capital of Australia

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Sea World

Tasmania

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Wineglass Bay

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Russell Falls

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Rain forests

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Bay of fires

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Dove Lake, Cradle Mountains

 

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Great Barrier Reef

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Heart Shaped Reef

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Humpback Whales

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Underwater Corals

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Sunshine Coast

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Uluru

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Must see places? All of Australia! Each corner is full of natural beauty – from pristine beaches to beautiful rain forests. You name it and Australia has got it! Oh, that reminds me. Do you know Australia has got penguins as well? Don’t believe me? I too didn’t initially, but…

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Now you do? They are found south of Melbourne and in the Western Australia too!!

I am personally looking forward to go see a living structure which is 25 million years old and which is the only living structure which can be seen from the space!! Do you know what I am talking about? Yes, you do, if you read my first blog – the Great Barrier Reef. It is under tremendous attack due to environmental factors, therefore, I would like to see this beauty at the earliest.

Other places on my list include Adelaide (Barossa Valley wineries) on the south, Darwin and Uluru on the north, Perth in the west. All the major cities (Sydney, Melbourne and Brisbane) of Australia are located on the east coast of Australia except for Perth which is on the west coast. Remember growing up when we used to be happy when the cricket games were held at Perth? Because the time difference between Indian Standard Time (IST) and Perth is minimal and we could enjoy the games without waking up early unlike the Sydney, Melbourne and Brisbane games!!

So, there you go! If you are still thirsty for more, do let me know and I will post some more pictures. Please feel free to write what you thought of these pictures and topics which interest you.

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Top 10 reasons to settle in Australia

I am starting a new blog series for those of you who are considering moving to Australia. I will try to provide all kinds of information in this series – from immigration to settlement. So, get ready for an exciting journey of a lifetime. Just don’t sit back, ask whatever you want to as this journey is also very challenging! And it won’t hurt if you are prepared in advance!!
Today, I will list some major reasons why you should move to Australia. I was born in India and I love my country. The comparisons I will draw on my blogs will be to just put things in front of you so that you can make an educated decision. Also, I do not claim that I know everything and whatever I will be writing here is for general purpose for starting a conversation. Always, do your thorough research for your personal situation as each individual’s circumstances are different and hence what may be an advantage for one may be disadvantage to the other.
So, let’s start:
1. Australia is the fourth happiest country in the world (Prosperity Index 2012) and we have five of the 30 best cities in the world for students (Top University Rankings 2012).

https://www.studyinaustralia.gov.au/global/why-australia
2. Australia is a land of opportunities and after your initial struggles, if you are hardworking and relentless, success will be at your feet.
3. Excellent play areas and parks for your kids. If your children’s future and security is your priority, then look no further. My personal opinion – these facilities are even better than US!
Education in public schools is free and the level of education is pretty high.

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4. Australia is called a lucky country! There are many reasons for that. My current reason? No recession for Australia in last 25 years! When all the countries were facing the global financial crisis in 2008, Australia was still posting positive growth numbers! And still is!!
5. Australia is a big country. To put this in perspective, it is almost as big as the US is but the population is less than 1/10th! What it means? Lots of open spaces but not in cities. And a great scope for the future generations.

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6. Australia is a beautiful country and you literally need to go may be an hour or so from the city (any) to see the natural beauty of Australia. From beautiful pristine beaches to snowy mountains (yes, we have snow here too) to natural wonders like the Great Barrier Reef. It is the world’s largest living structure which is even visible from the space. And it’s size is as big as the UK’s!! And what is the age of the reef? 25 million years!!

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7. Australia is a safe country, especially when you compare it to the US, parts of Europe and definitely India. Australian government takes its job of protecting its borders very seriously and unauthorised boat arrivals have totally stopped.

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8. Australia is big in sports. We play cricket in summers and rugby in winters. But Australia rules football (no, not soccer), swimming, surfing, horse racing, basketball, netball are all very popular sports. Australians love to be ‘outdoors’!!

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9. By the way, we are in southern hemisphere. So, the seasons are reversed here. We have summers in December, January and winters in June, July to give you a rough idea. So, no ‘white’ Christmas for you as it is summer time here. I know, this may be depressing for some who are used to northern hemisphere’s snowy Christmas, but the schools are closed here from second week of December to the last week of January. So, you can plan ahead…

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10. Australian weather is fantastic year around. The winters are not as harsh as Canada or USA (East Coast) and the summers are also not that hot. Exceptions: winters in Canberra/Tasmania and summers in NT/Northern Queensland.

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So, there you go! I just listed top 10 reasons to migrate to Australia. This list can change a lot if you look from someone else’s perspective or if someone is single! I have barely scratched the surface! Each point can be a topic for a book and we can have at least 100 more points which can be easily included in this list.

My work is just to provide some perspective, so that you can do some research and arrive at your own conclusions. And also you can throw some questions here and I will try to answer them (or may be some of you can answer them too!). Again, the purpose is to start a meaningful and fun conversation for the benefit of prospective immigrants! After all, we work for YOUR bright future!

Got any questions/comments? Post below…