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Shops and restaurants in Australia

From fresh foods to famous dining rooms

You have plenty of options for where to shop and eat in Australia.

Opening hours vary depending on where you live, but you can usually pick up groceries from major supermarkets until at least 10:00pm every day.

If you’re looking for clothes, make-up, toys or sporting goods, stores usually open until at least 5:00pm, with late-night shopping until 9:00pm on Thursdays and Fridays.

If you like to cook at home, you’ll love the abundance of fresh food available year-round. If you prefer to go out to a restaurant, café, or pub, you’ll have plenty of options to choose from, covering a range of price points, cuisines, cultures and more. If your waiter gives great service you may wish to tip, but it’s your choice.

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Money & living expenses

You want to enjoy a healthy and happy study life in Australia. Knowing how much you need to for living expenses is a great starting point, but keep in mind the cost of living may be higher or lower depending on where you live.


You'll want to explore your local town, city or even the whole of Australia while you study. Depending on where you're going and where you're coming from, your transport options include buses, trains, taxis, ferries, planes, cars, bikes and of courses, walking.


Places to visit

One of the reasons you likely want to study in Australia is because you’ve seen how beautiful the country is. Millions of people visit Australia each year to visit its pristine coastal areas, lush rainforests and red deserts.

People and Culture

Australian cities are quite diverse. You will likely meet people from many different ethnic, religious and cultural backgrounds, including Australia’s indigenous Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islands people. The Aboriginal culture is an important part of Australia’s national identity.

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