IF YOU are in any doubt about living in the lucky country, just attend one of the citizenship ceremonies and see the faces and hear the words of people who have chosen to become Aussies.
Joan Andrews from Manchester, England was so emotional she could hardly speak while Katherine Emery from South Africa said it was nice to go to sleep at night and know that the only noises coming from outside the house were possums.
"Today is one of the happiest days in my life," Marlene Hayes from the Philippines said.
"I am proud to be an Aussie."
After living here for 42 years, Irishman Patrick Rath said "It's about time I became an Australian citizen."
Maureen Emery from South Africa said "It's just so wonderful to see such happy people in such a wonderful place."
Thursday's citizenship ceremony was held at the Civic Centre where Gympie Regional Mayor Ron Dyne welcomed the new Australians and their family and friend.
Mayor Dyne congratulated those who made the pledge of loyalty to Australian and its people.
"I know some of you have been waiting for a number of years to see this status," Cr Dyne said.
"I congratulate you on becoming Australian citizens and for settling in this area."
Mininster for Immigration and Citizenship Chris Bowen sent a message that Cr Dyne read out.
"This is the final step to becoming an Australian citizen," he said.
"Today marks the end of your migrant journey."