My 3 kids lived and worked in Australia for a year. I loved going to Oz to visit them.
Once in summer and once in winter.
We accept young folks from Australia to live and work here in the UK as part of the Commonwealth of countries. Like Oz does for our kids.
As you say Aussies are proud of their convict heritage and are often disappointed to find they have ancestors who merely migrated.
I have lots of relatives in Oz today - mostly found using the internet.
Its surprising when we swop photos to see how much alike our parents are on the male side of the tree.
Sydney is a 24 hour city of bright lights and music.
Perth - from what I've been told - goes to bed at 9.30.
Sydney was founded 40 years before Perth.