You will find a wide variety of house styles in Australia. Each of these styles tells something about the history of the country and how Australian people live. Architecture grows and changes over time, but you will find a mix of old-style homes and more modern ones. Here are 4 of the most common house styles:
Victorian (1840 to 1890)
During the 19th century, Australian architects were taken by the British styles. They started building simple one-storey Victorian houses to copy these styles. The Victorian style was very popular and it evolved with time from single-storey to grander and taller homes with decorative artwork like railings and porches.
Inner-City Terrace (1850 to 1890)
This style of house was once banned in Australia. They have unexpected interiors that are not evident when you look from the outside. This style was also adapted from Britain and was another symbol of the wealth that many gained with the gold rush. These houses are very versatile and can range from small to massive. It can be made from brick, bluestone or stucco, and be any color.
Queenslander (1890 to 1930)
This is the Australian equivalent of the New York penthouse apartment. These Queenslanders are mainly found in Brisbane and give it its character. They were built for practicality in the subtropical climate and were made from timber and tin. Each of these houses has their own personality which makes the neighborhoods that have them very inviting.
California Bungalow (1915 to 1940)
Between World War I and World War II, Australian architects went all Californian and built California Bungalows in new developments. During this period, architects were looking for something new and found these bungalows to be ideal. They are one-storey homes with decent size and they allow for a backyard and a driveway.
As you drive or walk through the streets of Australia, look closely at the houses. You might just see something beautiful and learn something new.