Australia, the ‘sunburnt country’, has a mesmeric beauty that is anchored in paradox. It is the world’s largest island, yet its smallest continent. It is one of the youngest countries in terms of European settlement, yet it boasts the world’s oldest culture (the earliest Aborigine arrived 50,000 years ago).
Much of Australia is prone to regular bushfires, droughts and floods. Yet its apparently inhospitable environment supports no fewer than 27,000 plant species (compared to England’s 1,700). It is also the only place on the planet where you can still witness living evidence of stromatolites, the planet’s earliest life forms.
It boasts swathes of open interior, yet is largely uninhabited. In this incredibly roomy country, the majority of its 22.5 million residents huddle in Australia’s southeastern coastal cities.
With roughly 2.8 people per square kilometer, this has by no means detracted from Australia’s quality of living. The country thrives on the spoils of its mineral rich legacy and its cities are among the most beautiful. In 2012, for the second time running the Economist Intelligence Unit dubbed Melbourne the world’s most livable city.
Australia prides itself on nurturing a vibrant, multicultural society. Home to no fewer than 200 different nationalities, it fiercely champions the arts, culture and sports. It also means business; Australia boasts more than two decades of uninterrupted economic growth, low inflation and low unemployment, making it a compelling relocation destination.