It’s Australia Day weekend and this is always a time when I reflect on how grateful I am to live in this wonderful country. So I decided to compile a list of 26 reasons why I love Australia so much and show why others should too.
Despite the controversy that now surrounds this day, to me it has and always will be a celebration of this incredible country we get to call home. I’ve been fortunate enough to travel to a fair few places – Europe, South America, Asia, USA and NZ so far. But no matter how far, or how wide I roam, I’m so grateful I’ll always get to call Australia home.
We have the best climate, the most incredible sights, hands down the best beaches, a laidback lifestyle, great music, triple J, great sport culture, the cutest animals, and we’re so well looked after.
Having an English boyfriend and watching the process he and his friends have to go through to stay here just makes me all the more grateful for what we have.
I celebrate my love of Australia every day as you can tell through my brand and content. But I love that we have a day where all Australians far and wide can come together and celebrate all things Aussie.
So in honour of this special weekend here’s 26 reasons why I love Australia.
1. Our Beaches
First things first, it would be impossible to write a list about Australia without mentioning its incredible beaches. I’ve been to a lot of beaches around the world but nothing ever comes close to the beauty we have here.
Australia’s coastline stretches almost 50,000 kilometres and is linked by over 10,000 beaches, more than any other country in the world. More than 85 per cent of Australians live within 50 kilometres of the coast, making it an integral part of our laid-back lifestyle.
Lots and lots of sunshine. I mean, what’s the point of having all those glorious beaches if you never get to enjoy them. Thankfully we have plenty of sunshine which means we can really make the most of our beaches all year round.
3. Endless Summers
Position yourself right and you can pretty much skip winter forever, not that our winter would even come close to what the rest of the world considers as cold. But it’s nice to know there’s parts of Australia where winter doesn’t even exist (like where I live now in the Sunny Coast)
4. Beautiful City Skylines
I haven’t been to all our capital cities, but of all the ones I have visited the skylines are stunning. And they generally always overlook water which makes them even more appealing. Australia really is home to some of the most beautiful (and cleanest) cities I’ve seen.
5. Colourful Cities
I don’t know about you, but I love a pop of colour. And it seems our cities do too. Most places have really embraced street art and it’s hard to come by a place that doesn’t have some gorgeous wall murals these days.
And it’s not just the street art that’s colourful. Sculptures, colourful buildings, buildings that light up at night. You name it, al the major cities are full of colour and I love it!
6. Cute Country Towns
And when you want a break from the city, we have some of the cutest country towns. If you don’t mind driving a few hours to get to them of course.
I love the scenery of our farming and winery regions.
7. The Outback
Then of course there’s the beautiful Aussie outback. Hot, red, a lot of land, hotels with skimpies, and not much else. These areas are cool to visit, nice to learn about, and just as nice to leave. But it’s great we have that option to come and go whenever we please.
8. Road Trips
Speaking of our country towns and outback. Nothing beats grabbing a bunch of mates and going on a good old road trip. Which is what it takes to actually get to any of these cute towns.
I’m even partial to going by myself every now and then. I just love getting in my car, rolling the windows down, turning my music up really loud, and driving on those wide open roads.
9. Our Coffee
This one had to be pretty high up. Yes Australian’s are probably known around the world as quite the coffee snobs. But seriously our baristas just have skills that no-one else around the world can match.
I’ve been to a lot of cute cafes around the world, but it’s always a risk actually ordering coffee. And it generally never meets my high Australian expectations.
10. Our Animals
From the happiest creature on earth (quokkas), and the most cuddly (koalas), to every one of the most dangerous animals you can think of. We really have it all.
I love that basically everywhere you go you’ll see a warning sign for some dangerous creature that might be lurking around. I mean, it’s all part of the adventure right?!
11. Our Sights
It’s not just our beaches that cause a fuss. We have one of the largest land masses going and with that comes lots of diverse landscapes, stunning natural wonders, and beautiful man made sights. There’s truly something for everyone when you come to see Australia.
Just to clarify, I mean the type we put on our feet. Yes, we may get weird looks when we where them in high fashion countries like France. But boy are they comfy and if we’re going to be wearing shoes (that’s a big IF), then these are what you’re most likely to catch us in.
13. Our Slang
Speaking of thongs, what about our slang in general. I don’t really use a lot of the hyped up, really typical Aussie slang. But even I become a source of laughter to the boys when I say things that the English just don’t use. I’m talking simple everyday things like “heaps good” and “yeah but” or “yeah nah”. Even the word “bathers” caused a lot of confusion when I was on a trip with my boyfriend’s family.
Words and phrases we think are perfectly normal can cause such a fuss. And you’ve got to love the way we shorten EVERYTHING!
“We’re happy little Vegemites as bright as bright can be…”
I don’t think there’s a week that goes by where I don’t eat Vegemite at least once. And I love bringing it with me wherever I travel. One, because I can’t go without eating it. And two, because it’s such a form of entertainment watching non-Australian’s try it for the first time.
Speaking of favourite Aussie foods. You really can’t go wrong with a good old barbie (see above for how we shorten all our words). It’s the perfect way to get a lot of mates together, whip up a quick and easy meal, and enjoy our quality weather together. Generally made even more perfect when you’re gathered at the beach or by a pool.
And when it comes to dessert you really can’t go wrong with a pavlova. The perfect mix of sweet and fruit to make you feel a little bit healthy while being totally naughty.
Whilst there may be debates about its true origin, us Aussies will still continue to claim it as our own.
17. Our Music
While my boyfriend and his mates might think we don’t know good music. I still claim we have put out some of the best music going.
From the golden oldies like ACDC, INXS, Cold Chisel, Men at Work, Crowded House, Kylie Minogue and John Farnham to my more recent favourites like the Jezabels, Carmada, Chet Faker, Flume, Sia and Tash Sultana (just to name a few). We really have some of the most talented musicians going.
18. Triple J
Speaking of music, what better place to listen to it than on the best radio station around. I’ve listened to radio in a lot of different countries but nothing ever compares to our beloved Triple J. My love for Triple J actually started one Aussie Day many years ago.
Listening to the Hottest 100 countdown while playing on a slip and slide and blow up pool in my friends front yard with all the neighbours stopping by to join us (a true Aussie thing to do). From that moment, it’s the only station I’ll listen to, and since then I’ve even managed to convert my parents. And I’m slowly wearing my boyfriend down.
Oh and when it comes to music, we definitely have some of the best festivals around. But not just music festivals, Australia can pretty much come up with a festival for anything. We have the best climate so why not use that to our advantage.
From food festivals to beer festivals to chilli festivals or flower festivals and everything in between. We sure know how to celebrate the things we love.
20. Our Clothing Designers
If you know me, you would know how much I love fashion. And I’m a huge advocate of supporting local and this definitely rings true when it comes to my clothes. And it’s so easy to support local when we have such a fabulous range of talented designers here.
Just a few of my faves: Zimmermann, Aje, Alice McCall, Sass & Bide, Spell & the Gypsy, Jonte, Hunter Rose (who happens to be one of my besties) and many, many more.
21. Our Sporting Legends
For a little population, we do pretty well on the world stage and it always makes me so proud to see our athletes representing our country and doing so well.
22. Our Celebrities
Say what you will, but Australia has created some of the greatest Hollywood actors of all time. And they just continue to keep coming. With all the competition out there it’s so wonderful to see so many of us doing so well ain the big leagues.
23. Our People In General
Aussies really are the best, of all the people I’ve met all around the world. Aussies are always the most genuine, kind hearted, down to earth people I know (closely followed by the English).
Maybe because we’re a country made up of all different people, but I think that makes us more accepting. And when we travel, as much as we say we want to experience new cultures, you can’t help but get excited when you end up in a place packed with Aussies.
24. Our Money
Our currency may not be the strongest. But our money sure is the prettiest and most colourful. And when it comes to actual strength of paper, ours is definitely best. You can put it through a washing machine (a mistake I’ve made many a time) and it still comes out perfectly in tact.
25. Government Benefits
We have got to be one of the luckiest countries when it comes to how well the government looks out for us. With all different kinds of pensions available. Plus schemes and incentives to buy first houses and HECS to help us study without having to pay until we actually get a well paying job. Not to mention all the incentives for workers (annual leave, sick leave, stress leave, long service leave etc.) Since working online I’ve spoken to lots of people from different countries and learnt a bit about other systems and we really do have it good over here.
26. World Class Healthcare
Ok this final one is boring, but oh so true. When I’ve been in other countries and witnessed their healthcare systems you can’t help but feel super grateful for how advanced our care is. And how easily accessible it is for us. Which is another reason to always take out travel insurance when you go away so if worse comes to worse you can come home and know you’ll be in good hands.
And there you go, 26 reasons why I love Australia. What do you think? Is there anything I’ve missed? Whether you’re from here, a short term visitor, or a new resident, I’d love to hear your thoughts about why you love Australia.
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