13 Differences Between Australia and South Africa

13 differences between Oz and RSA

13 differences between Australia and South Africa

It’s like comparing Ostrich eggs to Emu eggs

Frank Rijkers – South Africans to Oz

I was always of the impression that South Africa and Australia were very similar.

Boy, how wrong was I.

Just because we play the same sports does not mean that we have much else in common. It’s the same as trying to compare us with Holland and England.

For many reasons we feel more comfortable mixing it up with Aussies and Kiwis but when you have a closer look you realise that as nations we are actually very different.

The good news is that when you come to live or work here that bridge is, with a little effort on your part, quite easy to cross.

I have made a tongue in cheek list of 13 differences between Australia and South Africa that may encourage or discourage you to come and stay here.

Differences between Australia and South Africa


Passport differences between Oz and South Africa

Difference between Aus and RSA passports


1) Which country’s passport would you rather have?

Australian citizens have visa-free or visa on arrival access to 170 countries and territories, ranking 7th in terms of travel freedom.

South African citizens have visa-free or visa on arrival access to 121 countries and territories, ranking 55th in terms of travel freedom.

Henley visa restrictions index

2) Where would you rather work?

Australia population of 24,641,662 had an unemployment rate of  5.5 percent in May 2017.

South Africa’s population of 55,436,330 had an unemployment rate of 27.7 percent in the first quarter of 2017.

3) If size is everything, then where would you prefer to live?

Size of Australia is 7.692 million km² of which 6.1% is arable.

Size of South Africa is 1.22 million km² of which 10.3% is arable.

Check it out here

4) Which country drinks more beer?

Australia consumed approximately 76 million litres of beer in 2014

differences between Aus and South Africa


South Africans drank approximately 2.4 billion litres of beer in 2015.

Ha-ha, I think we win this one hands down.

5)  How high can you go?

Australia’s Mount Kosciuszko, at 2,228 metres is the highest mountain on the mainland.

South Africa’s Mafadi  is 1.2 km higher i.e. 3,450 metres high. That’s blerrie high.

6) Which country’s animals scare you more?

13 differences between Australia and South Africa

“Any one know a good dentist?”

Australia’s little five i.e. the kangaroos, wombats, koalas, emus and duck billed platypus.

The notoriously shy platypus has continued to elude me, except in the zoo.

13 differences between Australia and South Africa

” Just a little closer…”

South Africa has the big five i.e. the African lion, African elephant, Cape buffalo, African leopard, and  rhinoceros.

7) So, what’s each country worth?

Australia’s Gross Domestic Product is 1.34 trillion USD (2015)

South Africa’s Gross Domestic Product is 312.8 billion USD (2015)

Here are 6 more differences between Australia and South Africa that may surprise you.

8) What is each country’s official language?

Australia has no official language. English is regarded as the de facto national language and is spoken by all.

South Africa has eleven official languages i.e. AfrikaansEnglishNdebeleNorthern Sotho, Sotho, Swazi, TsongaTswana, VendaXhosa and Zulu. Eisha, it’s too much.

9) Which country has the nicer national flower?

13 differences between Australia and South Africa

The Golden Wattle

Australia’s national flower is the golden wattle and when in flower is green and gold, which are  Australia’s national colours.


13 differences between Australia and South Africa


South Africa’s national flower is the largest in the genus Protea known as the King Protea.

For me, nothing beats the fynbos.

10) What about their national sports?

Australia’s national sport is, yes you guessed it – Cricket

However, Soccer is Australia’s biggest club based sport with twice as many participants as cricket.

South Africa’s national sport is, and you probably know this one as well – Soccer

11) Who has the largest Barrier Reefs? It’s that size thing again.

Australia’s Great Barrier Reef is the world’s largest coral reef system composed of over 2,900 individual reefs and 900 islands stretching for over 2,300 kilometers.

South Africa’s coral reefs stretch for approximately 150 kilometers along the northern KZN coast from north of Cape Vidal to the Mozambique border.

12) Who has the better taste in cars?

Australia’s best-selling passenger car in 2016 was the Toyota Corolla. This gets my tick.

South Africa’s best-selling passenger car in 2016 was the Volkswagen Polo Vivo! What’s happened to Toyota?

13) Which leader is doing a better job?

13 differences between Australia and South Africa

“If you say so your Majesty”


Australia’s head of state is Tannie Queen Elizabeth 2 of Great Britain,  who can tell the Prime Minister of Australia what to do.

13 differences between Australia and South Africa

“Nobody tells me what to do, oh yes except my Gupta brothers”

South Africa’s President is Mr. Zuma who is head of state, government and cabinet and he tells them what to do.

Only the Guptas can tell him what to do.

These are only 13 differences between Australia and South Africa and are only the tip of the iceberg. How exciting is it to know that there are many more waiting for you to discover as you continue on your migration journey to Oz.

I know as I am discovering new ones everyday.

Learn more about Australia here

There are easier ways to migrate to Australia in 2017






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