5 Things You Didn’t Know About Australia


Life Down Under is full of excitement; from interesting wildlife that can’t be found anywhere else in the world, slick city streets with plenty to see and do, to gorgeous beaches ready for you to try your hand at water sports. Our currency partners at Global Reach have highlighted five things you might not know about Australia and life Down Under.

A Room with a View

It’s estimated that approximately 85% of Australia’s citizens live within 30 miles to the coast, so if you’ve always dreamed of owning property close to the beach, this might be your perfect opportunity.

Some Lakes are Pink

You might have a few sites to see on your list of things to do when you reach Australia, but don’t confine yourself to the Sydney Opera House and the gorgeous shores of Bondi Beach. Lake Hillier is an unusual sight to see as it’s bright pink! It’s great to see from the air if you can because it contrasts so much with the surrounding greenery, but when you’re on the ground you can still enjoy its bubble-gum waters, and even take a dip in it if you’d like.

Forward Thinking

Did you know that Australia was the second country in the world to give women the right to vote in 1902? This was a significant development to remove gender discrimination and pass the Commonwealth Franchise Act which enabled women not just the right to vote, but also the opportunity to stand for Parliament.

Plenty of Wine

If you’re a wine connoisseur that enjoys a chilled glass of white or a tipple of red while out for dinner, you’ll be pleased to know that Australia is full of wine regions – 60 to be exact. Here you can roam the vineyards, take in the view, and enjoy some of the best tasting wines on the planet.

Commodity Prices Matter

It might surprise you to know that the value of the Australian dollar changes dependent on commodity prices. The prices of iron ore, copper, and gold can all cause the Australian dollar to move as well as other factors, such as central bank developments, economic data, global risk appetite, and politics. Because there are so many different factors that can influence the Aussie, it’s important to speak to a currency specialist ahead of your move, so you can make your transfer at an opportune time.

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