The Australian accent sounds like a mix of British and American English, and makes learning English in Australia particularly appealing. Many of Australia's language schools are located on the coast in major cities as well as in smaller, fascinating places such as Byron Bay, Noose and Airlie Beach. The outback provides a stark contrast to the sea. It spans more than three quarters of the country and is very sparsely populated. Depending on the region, the outback is either extremely hot and arid, or covered in tropical rainforest. It holds an almost magical allure for visitors. The flora and fauna also offer a new experience. Kangaroos, koalas, wallabies and tasmanian devils are worlds apart from the kind of creatures you'll be used to back home.