Australia and the USA are almost the same size. Their climates are even similar. They’re quite comparable if you flip the map over eachother (opposite hemispheres). If America glanced in the mirror they’d probably see Australia. Albeit, a more laidback self with a cooler accent. The states (and territories) Down Under aren’t too far off select American states. Let’s match ’em up!
Canberra is a planned city chosen as a compromise between Sydney and Melbourne. Much in the same way Washington, DC was chosen over New York and Philadelphia.
Universities: Australian National University, Australian Catholic University and the University of Canberra.
Today, we could have been calling Aussies “New South Welshman”. Before “Australia” was “Australia”, it was “New South Wales“. The colony of New South Wales was founded in 1788, comprising much of modern Australia. The atmosphere here very much shares Southern California’s laidback lifestyle. Cities such as Sydney, Wollongong and Newcastle are popular study abroad destinations.
Population: 7.2 million
Universities: The University of New South Wales, Macquarie University, the University of Technology, Sydney, The Australian Catholic University, the University of Notre Dame Australia, the University of Newcastle, the University of W0llongong, the University of New England, Charles Sturt University and Southern Cross University.
The smallest mainland state, Melbourne dominates Victoria with over 75% of the population living in the metropolis. This metropolis seems to share many similarities with New York City.
Population: 5.5 million
Universities: The University of Melbourne, Monash University, Charles Sturt University, Deakin University, La Trobe University, Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology, Swinburne University of Technology, University of Ballarat, Victoria University and the Australian Catholic University.
The tourist attraction of Australia. Queensland has been one of the fastest growing states. Popular destinations include Brisbane, the Gold Coast, the Sunshine Coast and Cairns. With all of the tourism hub-bub (over $4 billion in revenue annually) surrounding this tropical peninsula, I’m reminded of Florida.
Population: 4.5 million
Universities: Bond University, Central Queensland University, Griffith University, James Cook University, Queensland University of Technology, the University of Queensland, University of Southern Queensland and the University of the Sunshine Coast.
Rugged Western Australia. Not only is Western Australia the largest Australian state, it is one of the largest in the world. Despite the state’s monstrous size, most of the population is concentrated in Perth. This state has become a major mining boom and generates the third most iron worldwide. If everything is truly bigger in Texas, then they must have never heard of Western Australia. The state is so large and signal-free that it is in the running for the world’s most powerful radio telescope.
Population: 2.3 million
Universities: The University of Western Australia, Murdoch University, Edith Cowan University, Curtin University and the University of Notre Dame Australia.
The state of South Australia (shouldn’t it be Southern Australia?) has a population concentraded around the city of Adelaide. The first state to offer women’s suffrage, this is a progressive state that has always looked ahead. Not too different than the nature of Northern California’s Silicon Valley or Bay area.
Population: 1.6 million
Universities: The University of South Australia, the University of Adelaide and Flinders University.
The small island state of Tasmania is draws sparse tourists. Almost 37% of the land lies on a World Heritage or State Park site. The natural landscape compares to the rain-heavy region of the Northwestern USA. Though the Tasmanian Tiger doesn’t quite look like the Looney Tunes character and the infamous wolf is likely to be extinct, the state has plenty of unique fauna.
University: The University of Tasmania.
The Northern Territory is not a state but a territory. This could have to do with the territory’s heavy population of aborigenes. The famous Mick “Crocodile” Dundee hails from the territory’s Walkabout Creek. Don’t expect a university out in the bush. Most of the population (and the only major university) is in Darwin.
University: Charles Darwin University.
The study experience in each state vastly differs. It’s a reality that students want to go to a place with a comfortable lifestyle and climate on top of the educational quality. So maybe Australia and the USA aren’t so different. Which one is the “evil twin”? That’s up to you to decide! If you think think of additional comparisons, comment below!