MOVE TO AUSTRALIA | Quick facts about the six Australian states and two mainland territories: New South Wales, Queensland, Victoria, South Australia, Western Australia and Tasmania, the ACT and the Northern Territory.
Also see: The major cities of Australia
Each state of Australia has its own government, lifestyle quirks, breathtaking sights and (of course) sporting allegiances, which all contribute to Australia’s rich social tapestry.
New South Wales (NSW) — The First State
NSW has the largest population of all the Australian states. It has numerous mountains, beaches, national parks and the biggest city and financial centre, Sydney. Mount Kosciuszko, the highest mountain in Australia, standing 2228 metres tall, is in NSW.
Queensland (QLD) — The Sunshine State
â€œAhh, Queensland — beautiful one day, perfect the next” the old tourism slogan goes and is still proudly proclaimed by the state’s residents.
Queensland is Australia’s home of surf and fun, with endless opportunities for fishing, diving and snorkelling (Great Barrier Reef anyone?). The Gold Coast, Cairns and Brisbane are the popular hubs for international travellers but more and more Aussies make the permanent move there every year.
Victoria (Vic) — The Garden State
Victoria is the most diverse state and referred to as the ‘cultural, sporting and culinary capital’ of Australia. Melbourne was recently named as the World’s Most Liveable City in the Economist’s Intelligence Unit Liveability Poll.
The Twelve Apostles National Park is one of the state’s most popular tourist attractions.
Tasmania (Tas) — Island of Inspiration
Green and lush, the island state of Tasmania is the 26th largest island in the world, with 37% of its area comprising reserves, parks and heritage sites.
Hobart is Australia’s least-populous capital with only 214,705 people.
Western Australia (WA) — The Golden State
Occupying one third of the country, WA is the biggest of all six states in Australia and Perth is geographically the most isolated city on the globe.
The Western Australian economy is driven by rich mineral and petroleum resources, making the state the third-largest iron ore producer in the world.
South Australia (SA) — The Festival State
Australia’s first free state; wines, beaches and national parks make South Australia a popular destination, with the Barossa and Clare Valleys in particular attracting numerous tourists.
South Australia shares borders with all of the mainland states as well as the Northern Territory.
Australian Capital Territory (ACT) — The Nation’s Heart
Located within New South Wales, the ACT is a self-governing inland territory, created specifically to be Australia’s administrative capital.
Canberra, an entirely planned city comprising most of the ACT, was selected as Australia’s capital in 1913 after a compromise was reached between Sydney and Melbourne.
Northern Territory (NT) — The Top End
The Northern Territory is the least-populous of all of Australia’s states and territories, with the famous five million acre World Heritage Kakadu National Park well-known for its Aboriginal art and fabulous natural beauty.
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