Australia is a vast continent with a range of climates and a diverse landscape with something for everyone. There are more than 300 languages spoken throughout the country and we are a hugely multicultural nation, home to more than 25 million people, making Australia the 53rd most populated country in the world. However, much of the country remains rural and relatively untouched when compared with the metropolitan cities dotted around the coast.
When you take a closer look at where Australian’s live, you will find that 67% live in capital cities and 23% live in other urban areas. That leaves only 10% of the population living in rural Australia. The question is, why? The rural areas of Australia are fascinating places, occupied by interesting, friendly people who are keen to share their home with you. Experiencing Australia’s rural lifestyle can be an eye-opening experience for newcomers with an exciting culture and way of life to explore.
Continue reading to learn about the unique lifestyle of rural Australia.
Depending on just how rural you go, you might have a bustling town nearby or you might not have anything within 100kms or more. The vastness of the Australian outback can be isolating and it’s important you find something to keep you busy. Outdoor activities like hiking, off-roading, hunting or shooting air rifles are great ways to pass the time and make friends with the locals.
The Driving Experience
Driving through the rural Australian landscape is an experience like no other. Views stretch on for what seems an eternity, the sunsets are mind-blowing and there is a lot less traffic to deal with. On the other hand, road surfaces can be subpar, road markings non-existent and wildlife abundant. Be sure to fit your vehicle with ‘roo bars’ and avoid driving at night when possible to keep you and your vehicle safe.
A Different Language
As Australian’s, we are known for using our fair share of slang. However, if you’ve spent most of your time living in one of the big cities, be prepared for some new lingo when you go rural. The locals have their own slang, and while you might recognise some words, there will be others that will leave you scratching your head.
New Exciting Sports
Just like the rest of the country, rural Australia is sport-mad! Whether it’s footie, cricket, rugby or soccer, you will find plenty of sports fans glued to whatever game might be on. But, they also have some sports of their own unique sports where locals earn serious bragging rights if they come out on top. Keep an eye out for local competitions of cattle-herding, sheep shearing and wood chopping and enjoy the spectacle.
Pace Of Life
If you’re arriving from the chaos of city living, be prepared to take a breath and dial things back a notch or two. Life in rural Australia doesn’t move at the same speed as life in the cities, and that’s a great thing! Those living the rural life tend to enjoy a simple, slow way of living, which you should embrace whole-heartedly.
Rural Australia is teeming with fascinating wildlife of all shapes and sizes, as well as a diverse range of other flora and fauna. Kangaroos, snakes, spiders, colourful birds, fascinating reptiles, dingos and even camels, are just some of the amazing wildlife that calls rural Australia home. Having the opportunity to be amongst such incredible nature is something not to be missed.
It’s all too easy to get swallowed up in the big city and lose that sense of community. In rural Australia, however, that sense of community is very much alive. It’s the kind of place where everybody knows everybody, and people come from far and wide to be together. In fact, they could be coming from ‘up the road’, which could be a 3hour drive away or more! This friendly community spirit is something every first-timer to rural Australia will appreciate right away.
Embrace And Enjoy Australia’s Rural Lifestyle
Although it might not have the finesse, the glitz and glamour or the shining lights of the big cities, Australia’s rural areas have something different to offer. A slower pace of life, a better community spirit, a different way of speaking and a unique outlook all help to give rural Australia its charm. For first-timers, it’s a matter of slowing down, embracing the lifestyle and enjoying your time getting to know this wonderful part of the country.