Ok now for the down-side of Australia....it gets hot in summer! 40C (104F) is not uncommon (even higher sometimes, but most Aussies enjoy summer and go to the beach a lot. Most places don't get snow and the places that do the snow isn't as good as overseas snow, the people that live there will probably disagree. We don't have heaps of international movies and entertainment been made here except for Australian productions and tv. We don't have as many free-to-air TV channels, but we have enough so we're not couch potatoes. We get made out to other countries like we're bush weirdos with bad accents, which annoys just about every Aussie I know. No other country can do our accent right, do you how many times me and my family & friends crack up laughing in 'Lost' when people do fake accents (they sound awful!!!), Emily (because she is an Aussie) is the only one who really sounds like us. People also think we're just beach and bush....so not true...we do have big cities with good shopping.
Overall though the upside definetely outweighs the lows. I love it here and would never live anywhere else, though I do love other countries, but Australia is definetely my fave and my home.
Best old style city: Melbourne (well no other city looks as old style, good night life there)
Best sightseeing city: Sydney (Sydney harbour and the SH bridge, Opera House, great shopping also)
Best city to live: Perth (Has the best beaches in Australia (though Gold Coasters will claim this), good shopping, prettiest city, good nightlife and relaxed atmosphere)
Best city to see natural beauty: Darwin (though the city is not so nice looking the places surrounding the city are gorgeous, such as springs and tropical settings) Beware of the lakes with crocodiles...
Best city to be bored in: Canberra (well I haven't been there so maybe I shouldn't mock it, but everyone I know who's lived there and moved says how boring it is....but hey my mum liked it)...the Capital of Australia
Best city if you want a city not too big but big enough: Adelaide, a nice city, reasonable size, good shopping.
Ok now that leaves me with just Brisbane and Hobart...
well Hobart let's see....
I can't really say what to give both of them as I've only drivin through Brisbane and I've never been to Hobart....but I'm sure they're both nice
Not only this, but australia has this thing where they remove anything awesome. i call it the AUSTRALIA'S CAMPAIGN ON ANYTHING GOOD. First they removed pop tarts because they were too awesome, then skittles but skittles returned. then they got rid of gummi worms then they started pulling bullshit like taking away my favourite beer from pubs and then when movies came out the best movies they'd only show in unknown random cinemas in the middle of nowhere. whenever i buy something like food and start to enjoy it a few weeks later they get rid of it. NO ONE NOTICES THIS SHIT. IN FACT, ANY AUSTRALIAN WON'T NOTICE HOW SHIT EVERYTHING IS.
what would you want to come here for? well we have the biggest rock in the world...oh well we have the beach? oh wait so does every other country.
employer "well i'm going to have to hire someone worse than you because your too awesome. this is australia mate, we don't welcome kickass shit"
Despite sentiments to the contrary, Australian society as a whole is not that racist. Hell, there are so many cultures living in Australia aren't there, you are bound to have a few tensions from time to time. I think it is important that people realise only a minority of Australians are racist thugs. The rest, are great people.
I live there