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What are the differences between states?

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I was wanting to know some of the differences in the Australian states. I know climate is different, but is there much difference culturally, accents, the people?

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Yes i'd like to know about this topic as well..I have heard that the people are very different, but never been there myself to find out...

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Considering how BIG Australia is (Similar size to the US) Australia is not particulary diverse. The accent and peoples are incredibly similar across the nation. The biggest difference in people would probably be living standards and big city- rural area divides. You will find that those who live in Sydney and Melbourne will be different to those from Perth, Adelaide and Brisbane - as the Sydneyites and Melbournites lead faster lifestyles - and hence are often regarded as ruder or more un-welcoming than their smaller-city counterparts. Gold Coast city, south of Brisbane also are sometimes considered brash - as they also lead this hectic lifestyle (Well, I suppose it is hard running one of the biggest tourist traps in the Southern Hemisphere?!?!.)

Generally speaking though, as Australian is an Australian. The differences you find in the US - Northerners, "Yanks", Southerners, or whatever, simply don't exist in Australia.

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Are there any differences in ethnic backgrounds? I have heard about a number of Germans having immigrated to South Australia. Although I guess it's probably been far enough back that there isn't much German culture or heritage left. But anyway are there any differences in that aspect between different areas of the country?

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Yes there are differences, kinda like the same differences you get in the united states.

Culturally: Most immigrants settle in either sydney or melbourne. Over the last 15 years almost 70% of new arrivals to Australia have chosen Sydney as their place of residence. And someting like the majority of people living in Sydney were either born overseas or are the children of immigrants. It not uncommon to have over 70 nationalities in a 10km square area.

Accents: yes there are accents in australia, although it would only be noticable to people that live here. For example, people down south (melbourne) will pronounce 'el' as al', so telephone become tallaphone, elephant become allaphant.

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In terms of ethnic backgrounds

Yes there are plenty of germans in South Australia.

After WW2 most immigrants came from europe, then in 1980's there was a huge intake of asians and lebanese. During 90's arabs, indians, and now this century we are seeing plenty of Africans.

In other words unless your an aborigine, everyone in this country has some sort of ethnic background. Even the brittish and irish.

Any more questions???

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