Hi from down under!
The Austraian economy has managed to avoid the economic turmoil being experienced in many other countries. We are not in recession. The Australian dollar is strong which does make it more expensive for foreign visitors but there are jobs and there are many young people from a variety of countries visiting here to ride out the economic woes in their respective countries.
The country is big, the climate varies from region to region, the air is clean and free, the beaches are magnificent, the food is fresh and there are big open spaces.
In general Aussies are regarded as friendly and very relaxed.