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Living in Australia/ Housing/ Pets

What is the climate like in Australia?

Australia's seasons are the opposite of those of the northern hemisphere. Summer is from December to February, autumn is from March to May, winter is from June to August and spring is from September to November. The country is so large that it experiences a wide variety of climatic conditions, ranging from snow and frost to heat waves.

Australia is one of the driest countries in the world. Much of the interior is flat, barren and sparsely populated, whereas much of northern Australia has a tropical climate. Parts of Queensland, the north of Western Australia and the Northern Territory experience monsoon-type rainfalls during the wet season from January to March.

The coldest areas are in Tasmania and the alpine areas in the south-east highlands of mainland Australia. The hottest areas are in the central west of the continent. July has the coldest average temperature. Temperatures below freezing are rare near the coast but many inland areas experience light overnight frosts in winter. In alpine areas, temperatures regularly fall below 0 degrees Celsius (32 F) and snow lies above 1500 meters elevation for several months a year. January and February are the hottest months in southern Australia, whereas in the tropics November and December are hottest.

What is the cost of living like in Australia?

You can use this website to help calculating the cost of living in Australia:

Cost of Living calculator

What is housing like?

In Australian cities and towns there are different kinds of housing, ranging from small one bedroom apartments to large houses. The design of Australian houses has been influenced by many cultures. A typical house may be made of brick and have three bedrooms, a kitchen, a family or lounge room, a bathroom and a laundry. The bathroom usually has a shower and a bathtub, although most adult Australians have showers, not baths. The toilet may be in a small separate room near the bathroom. In addition to houses, many Australians now live in apartments. Tall blocks of apartments are common in large cities. Household kitchens normally include gas or electric stoves and ovens, refrigerators, storage cupboards and hot and cold running water.

Is it safe to drink the water?

In most urban environments it is safe to drink and cook with water from household taps. Never drink or cook with water from urban lakes and streams as it may be polluted.

Can I bring my dog or cat?

www.daff.gov.au/aqis/cat-dogs

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