Explore Australia: Queensland

Queensland (QLD) is the second biggest state of Australia (behind Western Australia) with total area of 1,852,642 km², and it is the third most populous state behind NSW and Victoria with a population of approximately 5 million. India’s biggest state is Rajasthan with an area of 342,239 km², so QLD is approximately 5.5 times bigger than Rajasthan and to really drill down this fact get this – QLD is bigger than combined areas of top 7 biggest states of India viz. Rajasthan, MP, Maharashtra, UP, J&K, Gujarat and Karnataka!!

 

Queensland is also known as the “Sunshine State” and that’s also my home state now. I moved to Sydney initially after getting Australian PR but moved to Gold Coast last April. The main reason was expensive housing in Sydney but weather is also more pleasant in SE QLD. My family just loves it here!! Moving to Australia was the best decision of my life and I can vouch that moving from Sydney to Gold Coast (QLD) was the second best decision! 😉

 

Gold Coast is the entertainment capital of Australia and the region attracts almost 12 million visitors every year. Gold Coast is hosting 2018 Commonwealth Games. It is expected that over 6,600 athletes and team officials from 70 nations and territories will converge on the Gold Coast for an 11 day sporting and cultural event. Borobi the blue koala has been announced as the official mascot for the 2018 Gold Coast Commonwealth Games.

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Weather:

As you all know by now that we are in Southern hemisphere and hence summer is from December to February with an average temperature of 19 – 29 degrees Celsius (66 to 83 degrees Fahrenheit). Winter is from June to August with an average temperature of 9 – 21 degrees Celsius (48 to 69 Fahrenheit). The subtropical climate with an average water temperature of 22 degrees encourages an outdoor lifestyle anytime of the year. That’s what makes enjoying beautiful, pristine beaches of Queensland even more fun all year-round.

 

Exploring Queensland:

As Queensland is such a big state and it is full of natural beauty, the biggest problem for you will be to decide which places to visit and which ones to skip! BTW, that is always an issue with Australia. But the one you can not afford to miss from Queensland list (in fact from Australia) is one and only the Great Barrier Reef.  The Great Barrier Reef, off the coast of Queensland in northeastern Australia, is the largest living thing on Earth, and even visible from outer space. The 2,300km-long ecosystem comprises thousands of reefs and hundreds of islands made of over 600 types of hard and soft coral. It’s home to countless species of colourful fish, molluscs and starfish, plus turtles, dolphins and sharks. Please read here for more beautiful pictures of Australia.

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Other beautiful places:

You like beaches and seen many around NSW, Victoria? Sorry, but you haven’t seen anything like Whitehaven Beach! I promise you that you will not like to leave this place! Then there is Lake McKanzie on Fraser Island. What is Fraser Island, you ask? Fraser Island is one of the world’s most unusual islands. Not only is it the largest sand island in the world – 123 kilometres (76 miles) long and 22 kilometres (14 miles) wide – but it’s the only place on Earth where tall rainforests grow on sand dunes at elevations of more than 200 metres (656 feet). It also has half the world’s perched lakes – lakes formed when depressions in dunes fill permanently with rainwater. There is no other place like Fraser Island in the world.

Then you have Surfer’s Paradise Beach – which many claim the best beach in Australia while some claim it is Noosa Main Beach! So, as you can see you are spoilt for choice here, really! Oh, what a place! There are so many national parks, which I have noticed are free to enter whereas you need to pay for that in NSW. Please correct me if I am wrong.

 

Jobs:

As I said in my last post too – the most important thing for a new immigrant is to get the job of your choice and for that Sydney and Melbourne are the two recommended cities of Australia when it comes to job openings. If you are looking for IT related, financial sector, and healthcare related jobs then your preferred hunting grounds should be either Sydney or Melbourne.  There are mining related jobs in Queensland but that is on decline but there are some jobs to be had in hospitality sector, healthcare, accounting etc. but of course, you need to do your thorough research about your field.

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Explore Australia: Victoria

Victoria is the most densely and second most populous state after NSW of Australia. It is also the smallest mainland state (237,629 km²) of Australia (Tasmania is the smallest state of Australia but it is an island state – I will write about Tasmania in this ‘Explore Australia’ series in future).

But don’t go by the fact that Victoria is the smallest mainland state of Australia as it is almost as big as Uttar Pradesh (the fourth biggest state of India with a total area of 240,928 km²) and it is almost five times bigger than Punjab! And incidentally, Victoria is also number one destination for Indians. Not only this but Victoria also attracts most number of inter-state movers mainly due to the fact that Melbourne’s housing is cheaper than Sydney’s.

That brings us to Melbourne – one of the most liveable cities in the world. Melbourne is the second largest city of Australia and has a diverse multicultural population with almost 25% of its population born overseas and the city is home to residents from 180 countries, who speak over 233 languages and dialects and follow 116 religious faiths. It has been ranked most liveable city in the world sixth time in a row.

The rivalry between Sydney residents and Melbourne residents is well known with both claiming that they are the best city of Australia. I will leave that to them to continue their fight while we enjoy the best of both the cities. But there is no doubt that the cafes in Melbourne are one of the best in the world.

Melbourne is undoubtedly the sports capital of Australia where you have public holiday for a horse race! Melbourne Cricket Ground (MCG) iconic image comes to mind when you talk about cricket in Australia but guess what cricket is not their most favourite sports, Australian Rules Football is! In fact, cricket comes at distance six when you take popularity in the context of number of people attending! Cricket is played only in summer months and as sports popularity is also very regional here in Australia. So, I leave this topic here as this can be a controversial subject.

Now, coming back to the original topic of exploring Victoria, well as it is with all other states that there is so much for everyone that it is so difficult to choose what to see and what to skip. So, whenever you come here, give yourself extra time as you may encounter a surprise at any corner. There is food, nightlife and wine culture with Yarra valley world famous wineries. There is plethora of nature and wildlife to explore. You mention Australia and Kangaroo is the first thing that comes to mind but there are all sorts of interesting animals here like do you know about Platypus which actually has sixth sense. But do you know you can see Penguins here in Victoria? Yes, Phillip Island is home to one of the world’s largest colonies of the world’s smallest penguins, and this experience is something you don’t want to miss.

There is plenty of culture and art scene going on here in Melbourne, there are so many points of interest and lookouts to enjoy the wonderful beauty of amazing Australia. And once you are in Melbourne, don’t forget to go on that scenic Great Ocean Road drive with some people claiming this to be the most beautiful spot of Australia. Lots of Indian movies have also been shot here with “Salaam Namaste” to be the one which comes to mind straightaway.

Jobs:

As I said in my last post – the most important thing for a new immigrant is to get the job of your choice and Melbourne is no. 2 city of Australia when it comes to job openings. This is the reason Melbourne is the second most populous city of Australia. If you are looking for IT related, financial sector, and healthcare related jobs then your preferred hunting grounds should be either Sydney or Melbourne but of course, you need to do your thorough research about your field.

We offer our clients handy tips to land jobs when they move to Australia based on personal experiences of people around us who successfully got jobs sooner rather than later. But please remember that we are NOT recruiters, hence we do not guarantee any jobs.

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Explore Australia: New South Wales (NSW)

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The vibrant capital city of Sydney is your base for exploring New South Wales (NSW). NSW is a land of contrasts because it has got all you need to see – pristine beaches, lush rain-forests, rugged beauty of the outback and yes, snow too! That’s why NSW is the most visited state of Australia.

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There are so many beautiful beaches in Australia but Bondi beach is the iconic one and comes straight to mind when we talk about Sydney. Byron Bay is world famous for surfing and whale-watching and you can spot celebrities here on your lucky day.

NSW is the fifth biggest state of Australia (809,444 km2) but it is the most populous one with a population of 7.7 million. Sydney is the biggest city of Australia with its population surpassing 5 million mark. It is also the financial capital of Australia, followed closely by Melbourne both in population and job openings. Most of the interstate movement in Australia is between NSW and Victoria with people moving from Sydney to Melbourne because of cheaper housing available in Melbourne. The median home price in Sydney is $1.1 million (apartment $711k) while it is $795k (apartment $459k) in Melbourne.

NSW attractions

  1. Sydney Harbour Bridge
  2. Sydney Opera House
  3. Bondi Beach
  4. Blue Mountains National Park: 65 kms west of Sydney
  5. Snowy Mountains: 500 kms south of Sydney
  6. Hunter Valley (famous for wineries): 2 hours drive from Sydney
  7. Coffs Harbour (beautiful beaches and sub-tropical climate): 537 kms north of Sydney
  8. Byron Bay (hotspot for hippies, surfers and celebrities): 777 kms north of Sydney (less than 100 kms from Gold Coast 🙂
  9. Norfolk Island (World Heritage listed historic sites)
  10. Outback NSW: Mungo National Park (records of aboriginal life dating back approximately 50,000 years)

Financial capital of NSW: Sydney

Most of the new immigrants arrive in Sydney (followed closely by Melbourne). There is a solid  reason for that – jobs! It’s always a better idea to try to get your job at the earliest because your savings start eroding pretty quickly if you are not earning. Sydney is a very expensive city and the rental prices are exorbitant. A two bedroom  apartment easily costs $500 and that would be far from the city! I am talking 30-40 minutes train ride away (more than an hour in car!). Somewhere near CBD will easily make you poorer by $1,000. And when I am mentioning these prices, I should let you know they are weekly rents and not monthly!

But having said that, the average salaries are also higher and Australia affords one of the best lifestyles in the world. Four weeks of paid annual leave, two weeks medical leave in addition to at least 10 public holidays (paid, unlike USA – which guarantees none of the above).

 

Jobs

The most important thing for a new immigrant is to get the job of your choice and Sydney is no. 1 city of Australia when it comes to job openings. This is the reason Sydney is the most populous city of Australia. Sydney is expanding at a very rapid pace and it’s second international airport will be built at Badgerys Creek (western Sydney) at a cost of approximately $8 billion. I also arrived in Sydney and I got job in banking sector within one month of starting my job hunt. So, I will definitely recommend anyone to start from Sydney (but of course, you need thorough research about your field).

But the most important recommendation: be smart! Just having qualifications and experience won’t land you a job here if you have no Australian experience. New immigrants find it hard to digest the fact that they get rejected because they have got no ‘local’ experience. It is their polite way of saying no, as ultimately new immigrants do get jobs here without any local experience, myself included. So, come mentally prepared for initial failures. Also, you should ideally have 12 months saving to see you through if coming with family. Be positive,go to network events and learn from your rejections. Go talk to strangers and make friendships from people of different communities. Make your linkedin account look like a professional and connect with people from your field. Volunteer, if you are without job to get that local experience. It shows that you are fit to work in Australia. I know, I know…

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Explore Australia

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Australia is amazingly beautiful and it’s sheer size (7,692,024 square kilometres!) makes you wonder where to go first! Australia remained ‘hidden’ from Europeans till they finally arrived in 1606. The first European explorers here were the Dutch and they called this land as Terra Australis Incognita (unknown southern land). Between 1606 to 1770 more than 50 European ships arrived here.

In 1770, Englishman Lieutenant James Cook charted the Australian east coast in his ship HM Barque Endeavour. Cook claimed the east coast under instruction from King George III of England on 22 August 1770 at Possession Island, naming eastern Australia ‘New South Wales’. The coast of Australia, featuring Tasmania as a separate island, was mapped in detail by the English mariners and navigators Bass and Flinders, and the French mariner, Baudin. But permanent European settlement begin only in 1788 with the establishment of British penal colony in New South Wales.

For more than 50,000 years before European settlement, Aboriginal people lived on Australian continent. They occupied country across its landscape, including mountains, and even the driest desserts. In present times, even though Australians live across this vast continent but most Australians live in coastal areas only. All the major cities are located near the sea except for Brisbane which is situated on Brisbane river but even Brisbane is not very far from the sea!

The five biggest cities of Australia are – Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane, Perth and Adelaide located in New South Wales, Victoria, Queensland, Western Australia and Southern Australia respectively. There is one more state which is Tasmania. There are also two territories namely Northern Territory and Australian Capital Territory (Canberra). The country measures approximately 4,000 kms from east to west and 3,200 kms from north to south and that does not include Tasmania and Coocs Island, Norfolk Island and Christmas Island (last three being dependencies).

The purpose of providing you all the details here is to appreciate the fact that Australia is really big and exploring it means you must travel widely, always ready to taste something new and be tempted to find out what’s next on your ever growing must-see places in Australia!

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Beautiful Sydney!

In this series, we will continue our journey across Australia and we will take you to New South Wales.

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See you in New South Wales…