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[[Image:Uluru, helicopter view, croped.jpg|right|300px|Uluru/Ayers Rock]][[Image:Australia satellite states.jpg|right|300px]]'''Australia''' is a country large as [[Europe]] but with 23 million inhabitants. You can then easily imagine that there are very vaste areas only populated with kangaroos and camels.
Therefore you have to take extra care if you leave some the mains roads and the touristic place. Australia can be as much a dream of huge empty spaces with genuinely generous people as quite a hell if you get stuck without water after being beaten by a deadly snake or spider.
But if you take the necessary precautions you will not be part of the very very few people that die every year because of wildlife ha ha.
More seriously, Australia is a safe country as long as you respect some basic rules, which really make sense here compared to Europe for example as you can end up in some really remote place.
People in Australia are really laid back and they will enjoy a chat every now and then while waiting for the bus or doing a “barbie” (barbecue) in the public park. Police forces and government agents are following this general attitude, however they are nice as long as you obey the rules.
Australians are really into this “safety first” mentality and you will find all the time fences, “do not ...” boards, yellow lines that you shouldn't cross. Crossing at red lights or doing bike without helmet for example can expose you to nice fines. A difficult task in Australia is to analyze whether the safety instructions are total bullshit or are a real survival advice. Because they have so many safety instructions all the time, you can get bored after a while and start not considering them anymore. And still, when they tell you that there are crocodiles and deadly jellyfishes in the sea and that you shouldn't go swimming, they are right. Or the same when they tell you not to dive from this rock, because people died from an underwater hidden rock. So keep your brain open and don't forget that Australia, even-though very European looking, has some particularities that you should not forget.
Australia has an economy partly based on backpackers (this is how travellers are called here): in fact, a lot of jobs like fruit-picking are done by foreigners because no Australian want to do it. Then the backpackers spend the money they just earned buying second-hand cars or renting them to visit the touristic places and to sleep in the "backpackers" (shortening often used meaning backpackers' hostels, sort of slang from Australia and [[New Zealand]]. A bit confusing at the beginning but you get used to it very fast). Now it's your to take part in the Australian economy he he.
It is a quite expensive country, alcool and tobacco for example, but the ratio wage/cost of living is one of the best in the world, and finding a job is not too difficult. Conclusion is: when you only travel, you can easily spend a loooot of money. But when you work, you earn a loooot of money as well
Without any intention of advertisment, but [http://www.gumtree.com.au/ Gumtree] as kind of a monopoly for all second-hand and new stuff possibly imaginable: from eletronics to finding roommates or buying a house, finding travelling mates or jobs, carpooling, offering language courses and so on. Most likely you will hear about it one day! It is simply very efficient because everybody uses it.
They are 6 states in Australia, [[New South Wales]], [[Queensland]], [[South Australia]], [[Tasmania]] and [[Western Australia]], - and two mainland territories, the [[Northern Territory]] and the [[Australian Capital Territory]] (basically it is [[Canberra]]).
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