Our unique animals are one of the many reasons people visit our country. Australia has more than 378 mammal species, 828 bird species, 4000 fish species, 300 species of lizards, 140 snake species, two crocodile species and around 50 types of marine mammal.
More than 80 per cent of our plants, mammals, reptiles and frogs are unique to Australia and are found no-where else. Some of our best-known animals are the kangaroo, koala, echidna, dingo, platypus, wallaby and wombat.
Australia’s native animals can often be difficult to spot in the wild, but you are guaranteed to see them in our world-class zoos and wildlife parks across our major cities and regional areas. These include Sydney’s Taronga Zoo, the Rainforest Habitat in Port Douglas, Victoria’s Healesville Sanctuary, South Australia’s Cleland Wildlife Park and Queensland’s Australia Zoo, amongst others.
Approximate living costs in Australia
Hostels and Guesthouses- $80 to $135 per week
Shared Rental- $70 to $250 per week
On campus- $80 to $250 per week
Homestay- $110 to $270 per week
Rental- $100 to $400 per week
Boarding schools- $10,000 to $20,000 a year
Other living expenses
Groceries and eating out- $80 to $200 per week
Gas, electricity- $60 to $100 per week
Phone and Internet- $20 to $50 per week
Public transport- $10 to $50 per week
Car (after purchase)- $150 to $250 per week
Entertainment- $50 to $100 per week
Minimum cost of living
The Department of Immigration and Border Protection has financial requirements you must meet in order to receive a student visa. Below is a guide on the requirements you must meet to study in Australia:
Your partner- $6,515
Your first child- $3,720
Every other child- $2,790
All costs are per year in Australian dollars. To convert to your own currency, visit http://www.xe.com/
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