Australia is perhaps the most unique continent and country on planet Earth, with its immensely indigenous population and eco-system, stemming back to tens of thousands of years ago. With cultures unique to the continent, such as Aboriginal, Melanesian and Torres Strait Islander cultures, Australia offers a world of experience that can’t be gained in any other civilization. With climates ranging from tropical, to desert, to grassland, to more temperate regions in the south, Australia is a geographically diverse continent with mass appeal in terms of education, job opportunity, art and entertainment, and overall quality of life. Here are just some of the 10 best places to live in Australia, from the largest cities to the smallest rural gems.
1) Melbourne, Victoria
Melbourne is the most populated city in Australia’s state of Victoria, with a growing population of over 4,500,000 residents. It is the state capital and has set the pace for modern and urban growth and development in Oceania. The city has experienced positive economic growth over the years and has both powerful job and real estate markets. Melbourne has a geographically diverse climate, with cool and breezy coastal conditions as well as hot and dry inland areas. Culture and entertainment are alive and well in Melbourne, with an array of multi-media festivals as well as literary and educational strength. The city is well known for hosting events such as the Melbourne International Arts Festival, the Melbourne Fringe Festival, and the Melbourne International Comedy Festival, which welcome visitors and participants from all over the world. Popular points of interest include the National Gallery of Victoria, the Australian Centre for Contemporary Art, and the East End Theatre District.