If you decide to come to Australia and experience the Aussie lifestyle, you should also do some research about the Aussie culture and history.  For example, did you know that there are six states in Australia: New South Wales, Queensland, South Australia, Tasmania, Victoria and Western Australia?  All these states have great stories when it comes to the origin of their names.

New South Wales

It is true that the hot, muggy climate of Australia is extremely different from the temperate Wales. This state must have just reminded Cook of the coast of Wales.  The origin of New South Wales is subject of debate:  was the territory similar to South Wales, it reminded Cook of Wales as a whole or was named New South Wales because it was in the Southern Hemisphere?

Queensland

150 years ago, the people living in Queensland (at that time Queensland part of the New South Wales colony).  The main problem was that the seat of the colony, Sydney, was too far away.  People petitioned to separate, and in 1859 Queen Victoria granted them their own colony.  As the name perfectly suggests, they named it Queensland to honour Queen Victoria.

South Australia

The interesting part about this name is that South Australia is missing the –ern­ ending.  The main idea is that “South Australia” simply sounded better than “Southern Australia.”   Believe it or not, the state isn’t the southernmost state.

Tasmania

Not too many people know that this island state was discovered in 1642 by Dutch explorer Abel Janszoon Tasman.  This is how the state got its name.

Victoria

As the name perfectly suggests, this state was named after Queen Victoria when it separated from New South Wales in 1851.  People loved Queen Victoria so much!  In fact, this is the main reason she has two Australian states named after her.

Western Australia

Western Australia is the largest state in Australia.  The name itself says everything.  This territory is situated in the west of Australia.

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There are many things to say about Australia’s states.  They all have wonderful and friendly people, spectacular landscapes, unique flora and fauns.  Come to Australia and spend at least 1-2 weeks here!  Book accommodation at a Manly hostel if you love the ocean! Discover the new lifestyle, new hobbies!

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