The City of Angels is known for its glitz, glamour, blockbusters, beach lifestyle and famous residents; but there’s far more to it than a shiny veneer. Los Angeles has experienced a cultural and entrepreneurial renaissance in recent years which has seen run-down neighbourhoods such as Downtown LA and West Hollywood converted into artist studios and fashion districts, encouraging new business and ideas. LA has also become the third largest startup hub in the US. It has fast become a haven for artists, entrepreneurs, architects, top chefs, fresh designers and trendsetting retailers. In 2016, The Australian Consulate-General in LA estimated there were roughly 60,000 Australians in California, with about 44,000 of them in the greater Los Angeles area.

Meet some members living in Los Angeles!

Jaddan Comerford: “I
think that when you
focus more on things
like culture and
purpose, one plus one
can equal a hundred”

Judy Olian: “Being
global, I think, is very

Paul O'Byrne: "LA
brings about a sense
of optimism"

Adam Garone: "Everyone can make a difference in a variety of ways"

Jeff Bleich: “Australia has done some very innovative things that the US can
learn from”
Elizabeth Jens: "If I had a thin skin I don't know how long I would have lasted"



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Feeling hungry? Eat your way around LA’s best markets on Sundays. Choose between quintessential old-meets-new market Hollywood Farmers' Market or DTLA’s Smorgasburg L.A.

Feeling thirsty? Head Downtown to The Edison, a power-plant-turned-nightspot where industrial architecture and Art Deco chic meld together.

Top experiences and sites? Take a visit to the Getty Center to see the impressive artworks and sculpture garden. Alternatively, hire a bike in Venice and cruise the pathway to Santa Monica taking in the eccentric spirit.

Unique to this city? Get some extra steps in hiking up Runyon Canyon. The view is worth it.


  • The Hollywood sign originally said “Hollywoodland”
  • Los Angeles and San Francisco become 2.5 inches closer every year because they are on opposite sides of the infamous San Andreas Fault
  • Los Angeles, being the cultural centre that it is, has at least 90 stage theatres and over 300 museums, which is more than any other American city
  • Los Angeles has the largest number of women-owned businesses in the nation