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The Australian Climate and Wildlife Australia is a huge continent with extremes of climates and locations.
A good understanding of how vast this land is and the extremes of climate & animals, is highly recommended when looking for work.
Overview of working in Australia


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Australia's Natural Environment

The Australian continent is one of the most diverse nations in the world, both in species of plants and animals, as well as extremes of climate. When working in Australia, it is well worth taking note of some of these. Around 80% of Australia's plants and animals are found nowhere else in the world and there are well over 700 different species of bird life alone.

Australia has a population of around 22 million people and most of these live and work around the coastal edge of Australia. This means that the inland or rural towns are usually longer distances apart than you may be used to, with little or no services in between. In Europe, fuel stations are not very far apart. In rural outback Australia, they can be many hundreds of kilometres apart! Newcomers to Australia are advised not to go wandering off without a good knowledge and understanding of where they are going and what is needed first! Australia is home to some poisonous species as well. Some of the spiders and snakes are venomous but won't chase you down the road! It is recommended to become well acquainted with the Australian wildlife and the vastness of this continent before beginning work in Australia.

Australian weather and the seasons

Australia has 4 seasons, apart from the Tropics which have 2 seasons, The Wet and Dry:
  • Summer: December to February
  • Autumn: March to May
  • Winter: June to August
  • Spring: September to November

The Australian Sun
We have some of the extreme ranges of climate in the world as well. The temperatures can reach 50 degrees Celsius (122 Fahrenheit) in the summer to minus -10 Celsius (14 degrees Fahrenheit) in the Winter. The Australian sun is very strong, compared to Europe and can burn your skin in as little as 5 minutes during summer. Applying sunscreen is a must if you are working in rural Australia. However, Australia is not comparable to the extreme lows experienced in other continents. This is partly because Australia lacks very high mountain ranges and is surrounded by warming oceans around its coastal regions. Also wearing a hat when doing any outside work is highly recommended.

Diverse types of weather
Because Australia is such a large country, its weather patterns vary greatly in different parts of the continent. You can experience just about every form of climate, from scorching summers, to the snow of Tasmania and New Zealand, to the hot humid tropics of Darwin and the Northern Territory.

In the north, there are tropical regions with high temperatures and high humidity with distinct wet and dry seasons. The centre of Australia is basic a very dry, desert region with high daytime temperatures and very low, if any, rain. In the south of the country are the more temperate regions, with moderate rainfall and temperatures ranging from hot to cold. The tropical rain up North (can go on for days and days) and flash flooding are also something to be aware of when seeking employment in Australia.

The temperature in Australia changes with the seasons, but in general it ranges between highs of 50 degrees Celsius to lows of sub-zero temperatures. The lowest temperatures reached in Australia,

Australian Weather Article
Understanding the times and seasons of the Australian climate is very important when looking for rural work. A very informative article on Australia and its climate is available on the Government website.

TIME Zones: Australia has different time zones, ranging from Western Australia, GMT+8 hours, to GMT+10 hours in New South Wales. This can also vary in the Eastern States as some have Daylight saving.
 
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When working in Australia avoid
  • * Wild animals, particularly driving at night.
  • * Watch out for snakes.
  • * Mosquitoes
  • * Kangaroos
  • * Spiders

Earthquakes in Australia are only minor
unlike our Kiwi cousins, The chances of
being injured by an earthquake are
remote in Australia.
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