Australia

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QUICK FACTS

Sydney, New South Wales
* Sydney is the capital of the State, which is the most populous city in Australia
* Sydney is also one of the most multicultural cities in the world, with up to 31.7% of its population born overseas compared to 22.2% of the country’s overall. 58% of its population are first or second generation immigrants originating from everywhere around the world
* The Sydney Harbour Bridge (also known as the Coat Hanger) is the widest long-span bridge and tallest steel arch bridge in the world, and the 5th longest spanning-arch bridge according to Guinness World Records
* It is capital of Australia’s ICT industry, with 76% of Australia’s ICT regional headquarters and operating centres located in NSW
* It accounts for about 1/3 of the employment in Australia’s finance industry with 65% of Australia’s finance industry located here including banks (domestic & foreign), financial services, insurance, funds management and stockbroking firms.
1 in 8 people are over 65 years old in Sydney
* Flight is about 8 hours from Singapore

Melbourne, Victoria
* The capital of Victoria is Melbourne
Melbourne was the capital city of Australia for 26 years between 1901 and 1927 until Canberra took the position
* 38% of the population in Melbourne were born overseas
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Stretching along 244km of track and boasting 450 trams, Melbourne’s tramway system is the largest outside Europe and the fourth largest in the world
* Melbourne became first host of the Olympic Games outside of Europe and North America
* It boasts the highest number of cafes and restaurants per number of people
* Melbourne has been voted world’s most liveable city for the seventh year since 2011 by the Economist Intelligence Unit’s annual global liveability survey 
* Flight is about 7.5 hours from Singapore

Canberra, Capital Territory 
* Australia’s capital city – Sydney and Melbourne, were arguing which city should be the capital of the continent. As a result, an area of 2400 square kilometers was given to the country by New South Wales to build Canberra in
* Canberra is unique because it is a planned city of Australia 
* The name Canberra comes from the area’s Aboriginal name meaning ‘meeting place’
*  Only a smooth three-hour drive or a quick 30-minute flight from Sydney
* The city has been home to Australia’s Executive, Judiciary and Legislature arms of government for 100 years
*The city has a highest number of cyclists in the whole country with about 87,000 Canberrans riding a bicycle
* About 88% has access to home computers and 74% of residents have broadband internet connection, which is the highest in Australia 
Flight is about 8 hours from Singapore, with Singapore Airlines introducing the direct flight in 2017

Brisbane, Queensland 
* The second largest state, after Western Australia
* Brisbane is the city of the state
* The top five ancestries for people in the state are: English, Australian, Irish, Scottish and German
* The state is nicknamed The Sunshine State as it receives an average of 261 days of sunshine every year
* The coastline spans more than 7400km, 2000km of which boasts parts of The Great Barrier Reef – the largest living thing on earth and is even visible from outer space
Tourism and hospitality is the largest industry in Queensland
* Over 200 separate national parks can be found in Queensland, more than any other state
* Flight is about 8 hours from Singapore

Perth, Western Australia
* The biggest state of the country
* The largest city is Perth, which is the fourth-most populous city in Australia
* Perth is also known as one of the most isolated city in the world
* Also renowned as the third windiest city in the world making sailing and kite surfing extremely popular
* Fourth best city in the world for street art
* A minumum of 8 hours sunshine a day with more sunshine than any other city in Australia
* Perth’s very own King’s Park is the largest city park in the world. at 400 hectares (988 acres) 
Two of the world’s largest producers of gold are located in Western Australia
* Perth also has Australia’s oldest operating and official gold bullion mint which is owned by the State Government and been in operation since 1899
* Flight is about 5.15 hours from Singapore

Adelaide, South Australia
* The city of South Australia is Adelaide
* Adelaide was established as a colony for free settlers in 1836. It is the only capital city that was never settled by convicts
* Known to be highly accessible, one can reach any point in the city within a period of 20 minutes
* The driest state with rainfall being unreliable, light and infrequent throughout summer
* Hahndorf, a small town in the Adelaide Hills is Australia’s oldest surviving German settlement, which is a major tourism spot, with charming street façade and shops
* Adelaide is known as the ‘city of churches.’ with a church on every corner, containing some exquisite architectural designs.
* Adelaide is the opal capital of Australia and its opals are internationally renowned
* The new Royal Adelaide Hospital, upon completion, will be the third most expensive building in the world, at a cost of AUD$2.7 billion
* The Adelaide Fringe Festival is the largest arts festival in the southern hemisphere and second largest worldwide
* Flight is about 7 hours from Singapore

Hobart, Tasmania
* The smallest state in Australia 
Hobart is the capital city of Tasmania, located in the south of the Island
* Tasmania has the cleanest air in the world, monitored by the Cape Grim Baseline Air Pollution Station
*  Tasmania is the world’s 26th largest island and includes 334 other islands as well
* 42% of Tasmania is World Heritage Area of which 1.58 million hectares includes national parks, marine, and forests reserves
* Tasmania has over 2000km of walking tracks and 18 national parks
* The Tasmanian Devil, which is unique in Tasmania, is the largest carnivorous marsupial

* Tasmania has 69 golf courses, more per capita than any other state in Australia
* There is no direct flights to Hobart from Singapore. One would have to transit usually from Sydney or Melbourne

Darwin, Northern Territory 
* Darwin is the territorial capital of the Northern Territory in Australia
* The city is named after Charles Darwin by member of the crew of the ship that started a port there to honour him
* It has about 9.7% Indigenous Australians living in the city, more than any state in Australia 
More than half of the population lives in Darwin city or within a short distance in nearby Palmerston and Litchfield areas
* The top five countries of birth (other than Australia) for people in the Northern Territory are: England, Philippines, New Zealand, India and Greece
* Host of the Weekly Mindil Beach Sunset Markets, which take place every Tuesday and Sunday during the dry season in Australia which is from May through October
Outback camel races are unique camel racing held at Blatherskite Park in Alice Springs
* Flight is about 5 hours from Singapore

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