The things I love about living in Australia

This month marks a whole year since I moved to Australia, so I’m celebrating the milestone with some posts all about what it’s really like living here. I’m starting out strong with some of the reasons I love living in Australia. This is by no means an exhaustive summary of everything I love about this country, so if you don’t see your favourite thing on the list don’t be outraged – I probably love it too! Just leave me a comment telling me what it is and we can coo over it together.

So without further ado*, let me tell you some great things about my new home.

The weather

You all knew this was coming first, didn’t you? It’s no secret that a large reason I moved here was for the weather. That sounds really shallow, but the weather does have a really big impact on me – particularly the cold. I am miserable when I’m cold; grumpy and just unpleasant to be around. The metal in my back seizes up and gives me grief, and no number of thermal layers is enough to make me feel warm.

It's been a whole year since I moved to Australia, and I've learned a lot. Here are the things I love the most about my new home country. Read more about my expat shenanigans on www.anestingnomad.com

Just a casual autumn day in Manly. I mean really.

Needless to say, I was cold for most of the year in the UK and it really took its toll. Unfortunately we arrived in Australia just in time for the start of winter, but even that wasn’t so bad – and spring and summer have been a joy. I’ve even forgotten where I put my umbrella! Now that’s freedom.

The birds

I love the birds here. They’re so fun! Of course you’ve got the cheeky kookaburras that everyone has heard of. And we definitely heard them when we moved here. But my personal favourite are the rainbow lorikeets, which I can’t believe just fly freely here. They’re so pretty, zipping around in a flash of colour and squawking loudly. My second favourite are the sulphur crested cockatoos, because they look so funny, and I also can’t believe they just hang out like you’d see a pigeon hanging out in London. Then there are the galahs of course, the magpies, mynah birds, and the infamous ibis aka bin chicken. The avian population here is so nuts and I love it.

It's been a whole year since I moved to Australia, and I've learned a lot. Here are the things I love the most about my new home country. Read more about my expat shenanigans on www.anestingnomad.com

A fine specimen of Australian King Parrot (Alisterus scapularis) as befriended in the Blue Mountains. These guys are just roamin’ free up there. Imagine!

It makes for an interesting morning chorus, too! Slightly more squawky than the one in the UK to say the least…

Actually, all the wildlife

Who am I kidding, I’m not stopping at just birds. I love ALL the weird and wonderful animals that live in Australia and it’s a trip to see them in person after reading so much about them. You may have seen that time I cuddled an echidna, the egg laying mammal. I’m keen to meet it’s cousin, the platypus, which also lays eggs, digs burrows, can sense insects with it’s hard bill, and has poisonous spurs on its rear legs. I also got to pat a wombat and a Tasmanian devil in Tasmania, and learned that they’re quite friendly until they turn into antisocial teenagers at about 18 months old. This has not helped my desire for a pet wombat in any way. Did you know their pouches face backwards, so they don’t fill with dirt when they dig their burrows? Or that they have square poo?

It's been a whole year since I moved to Australia, and I've learned a lot. Here are the things I love the most about my new home country. Read more about my expat shenanigans on www.anestingnomad.com

Me and my new bff Yella

I’ve stroked a koala, which barely woke him from his snooze. I’ve seen fairy penguins toddling back to their giant chicks to give them some dinner. I also smelled the penguins, but that’s another story.

I’ve patted kangaroos and wallabies, and seen them roaming around in the wild. Watching them cover huge distances with a few effortless looking bounces is something I won’t forget in hurry. I discovered pademelons, an animal I’d never heard of before, and decided it’s probably cuter than kangaroos and wallabies combined. I’ve seen weird and wonderful insects, watched a possum tightrope the top of the fence at the back of our apartment block, listened to the nighttime squeals of our new fruit bat neighbour, and generally fallen in love with every animal I’ve met here. Apart from the cockroaches. Those I could happily do without.

With that said, I won’t leave the country until I get to cuddle one of all the following: a platypus (I understand they don’t like people so I’ll settle for seeing one in the wild), a goanna (ditto), a dingo, and maybe a few sea creatures. The list is ever growing.

The light

The light here is different. It’s clearer, brighter (and yes, more burny). Coming from the endless grey of a British winter (and spring, and autumn…) it lifts my spirits to have such wonderful light even on a winter’s day. Even when it does get a bit cold, if it’s clear and bright, I’m ok.

It's been a whole year since I moved to Australia, and I've learned a lot. Here are the things I love the most about my new home country. Read more about my expat shenanigans on www.anestingnomad.com

Sydney CBD skyline + amazing light = still makes me speechless

The smell

Alright hear me out on this one. I’m talking about eucalyptus! All the trees here smell SO good, and when it rains I just love going outside and smelling the air. I also love driving through the National Parks (even those in the middle of Sydney!) with my windows down and smelling that amazing eucalyptus smell…

It's been a whole year since I moved to Australia, and I've learned a lot. Here are the things I love the most about my new home country. Read more about my expat shenanigans on www.anestingnomad.com

Spot the deliberate mistake – these aren’t eucalyptus but they are still pretty

What’s also great is how readily available eucalyptus oil is, so you can also make your home smell like a forest for very little hassle! Basically always my goal.

The focus on food

Australians love their food, and they love it even more if it’s organic, local, artisan etc. For someone who likes their food, a nation that takes it seriously is a wonderful place to live. It’s not just found in fancy restaurants, either – your average home BBQ will be a cut above whatever you’ve experienced at home, guaranteed. Even if they feed you kangaroo steak.

It's been a whole year since I moved to Australia, and I've learned a lot. Here are the things I love the most about my new home country. Read more about my expat shenanigans on www.anestingnomad.com

Seafood is also generally done exceptionally well in any coastal Australian city, town, village, hamlet…

This also applies to coffee, but I don’t care about that personally seeing as I (still) don’t like coffee. You won’t find a Starbucks on every corner here – in fact I can’t even think where my nearest is. Here, it’s all about individual coffee shops with proper barista coffee and people are very particular about the whole coffee scenario.

The scenery

You want rugged mountains and canyons, Australia has them. You want red desert, green forests, blue ocean, Australia has them. And most likely, when you get there, there won’t be anyone else there cluttering up your view. It seems like everywhere I go, I find some kind of landscape that’s far more impressive than anywhere else I’ve been, and yet is far less famous. My camera has certainly had a workout these past 12 months.

It's been a whole year since I moved to Australia, and I've learned a lot. Here are the things I love the most about my new home country. Read more about my expat shenanigans on www.anestingnomad.com

#ihavethisthingwithmountains

Have you moved to Australia recently? What do you love – or hate?! – about living in Australia? Or wherever you are right now?

-Rachel

*I have an irrationally strong pet peeve for people who mis-spell this as no further adieu. Who’s French, please tell me?! And ‘without further goodbye’ makes absolutely no sense. Arg. Is this just me??

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It's been a whole year since I moved to Australia, and I've learned a lot. Here are the things I love the most about my new home country. Read more about my expat shenanigans on www.anestingnomad.com

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20 Comments

  1. 4th April 2018 / 20:56

    Yes yes yes yes and yes! I totally agree with all of these! Aren’t we lucky! 😊

  2. 4th April 2018 / 21:35

    You make me laugh. Yes to all the things you mentioned (minus the bin chickens- they can scram). You would know where your brolly was if you were in Brissy the past month, I think it’s rained every day!

  3. 4th April 2018 / 22:38

    well if this doesnt make me want to move there haha. seriously i dont think it’s shallow that you moved for weather as a big reason. i did the same by moving to florida from the northeast US. the gray skies get to you! and i want to visit with all the animals there as well. just not the scary ones 🙂

    xoxo cheshire kat

  4. 4th April 2018 / 22:47

    Ahahahaha grammar nerds unite – I cannot handle the wrong word being used in phrases! But wow – has it seriously been a year already?! Great list… I look forward to seeing many more of your cuddly animal / beautiful landscapes / tasty food adventures in the next 12 months!

  5. 5th April 2018 / 04:34

    I can’t get over the fact you’ve now lived in Australia for a year. Time flies and it’s terrifying! In regard to Australia, those sound like fab reasons to love a place. I am weirdly partial to the rainy days of England, but I recognize that I may be the only one! They just make me feel cozy (without getting too cold) and then make the sunny days feel that much more special. However the lack of sunlight in winter was really getting to me. Basically what I’m saying is I’m open to options and maybe I should just move to Australia to see if I like it as much as you do?! Lol. Someday, who knows!

  6. 5th April 2018 / 04:47

    I love that there are so many things that you love about Australia! Nick and I are planning to go back to New Zealand after he gets back from deployment and we’re also hoping to get in a few days in Australia. You have me dying to go!

  7. 5th April 2018 / 08:54

    Wow – a whole year? Where is the time going? Doesn’t feel like that long ago that we met up for Mexican in September!

    Loved this post Rachel – such a good reminder of all the things I love about this beautiful place I call home. Sometimes when you’ve lived somewhere all your life you do start to take things for granted a little but this has been the reminder I need to look around and appreciate all the fab things about it! I do particularly love the birds – waking up to their chirping in the morning is one of my fave things (pink and grey galahs are my favourite birds) and the weather… I don’t think I’d do very well living in a colder climate!
    Xxx

  8. Jen
    5th April 2018 / 12:20

    The weather just seems incredible!!! 🙂 I really hope I get to visit there someday.

  9. 5th April 2018 / 13:10

    Gaaah. My work colleagues from Australia yesterday was saying, you have to move there. And now this post. I think it’s a sign! Right! I’m moving down there!!

  10. 5th April 2018 / 19:53

    Oh my goodness, YES to the without further adieu. That drives me nuts! It’s like when people say “bare with me” – um, no I don’t think I want to get naked with you 😂

    I also love all of the things you’ve mentioned here because they’re home to me. Anytime we travel, it’s those things we start to crave and can’t wait to head home to ❤️

  11. 6th April 2018 / 19:04

    Aw so many wonderful positives! I have to say a lot on your list must come down from weather, like the light and the love of food and just any outdoorsy stuff! I have to say it’s one of the reasons I don’t know if I can live forever in the UK haha

  12. 9th April 2018 / 18:45

    Ah sounds amazing! I am the same in the winter in the UK. wish we could pack up and move to australia too!!

  13. Laura: Adventures with J
    9th April 2018 / 19:57

    Ooh you have listed lots of my favourite things about Australia too. The weather and wildlife are definitely my top 2 favourite things. In Sydney I also loved the fact that people would make a huge effort to get dressed up for a night out. It felt so glamorous and special. Do they still do this? I’d love to move to Oz but I am not needed at the moment – maybe one day! Enjoy your adventures 🙂
    #MondayEscapes

  14. 10th April 2018 / 02:13

    My goodness your list of animals is amazing. The UK seems to have nothing, or at least they are nocturnal so we never see them! I don’t think I’ve smelt eucalyptus trees before… oh well I can buy the oil until I reach Australia I guess. #MondayEscapes

  15. 10th April 2018 / 07:49

    Those sound like excellent reasons to me, I’d love to visit one day #MondayEscapes

  16. 10th April 2018 / 10:33

    I love the weather – loving this late summer we’re still having. #MondayEscapes

  17. 11th April 2018 / 02:08

    You’ve made miss Aus so much! It was our home for 5 years and totally agree with all these. I really miss camping trips in the outback too! #MondayEscapes

  18. 11th April 2018 / 11:28

    Love your list! I spent a year in Australia on a Working Holiday Visa and I totally agree, it really is brighter there! I always felt like the blue skies were a much more vibrant blue than I ever see at home in Upstate New York. The weather was truly too good to be true. I miss being surrounded by insanely beautiful coastline and being able to spend so much time outside. Especially right now, being at the tail end of a very long and continuing snowy winter, I long for that more than ever! Sounds like you’ve been having an amazing time and I’m excited to see where your time there takes you! 🙂 #mondayescapes

  19. 16th April 2018 / 03:51

    Your list makes me want to move to Australia 🙂

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