International Relocation Guide
International Relocation Guide

Living in Australia > Brisbane >

An Expat Talks about Living in Brisbane, Australia

What is the name of the city or town that you are reporting on?

Brisbane

How long have you lived there?

18 months

What activities, clubs and organizations would you recommend to newcomers to help them meet others?

If you've got kids, you're automatically going to meet people through childcare services; ditto work. Otherwise, join sports clubs - sport are huge here - and make sure you introduce yourself locally to neighbours. We've found ours very welcoming.

Get a free international health insurance quote from our partner, Allianz Care, whose plans ensure that you have access to quality healthcare whenever you need it. Allianz's flexible solutions allow you to tailor your cover to meet your needs and budget.
Allianz Care International Health InsuranceInternational Health Insurance in Australia

Get a free international health insurance quote from our partner, Allianz Care, whose plans ensure that you have access to quality healthcare whenever you need it. Allianz's flexible solutions allow you to tailor your cover to meet your needs and budget.
Get a Quote

In terms of religious, racial, economic and cultural diversity, are the people of this city or town diverse? Are they accepting of differences? Describe.

There is diversity here - racial, cultural, religious - but less than the other centres, and I think attitudes are less enlightened. Brisbane's often quoted as a country town that's exploded in size, and we've definitely seen that... I think attitudes here can be quite entrenched.

What are the main industries in this city? What types of career opportunities commonly exist? How do most people find new jobs?

I'm not aware of any stand-out industries, but there is masses of development going on - when we arrived in May 08, 1,200 people were arriving every week - so construction is big. There's heaps of ongoing housing development and the State Govt is ploughing serious money into transport infrastructure, to keep the economy turning over during the GFC. Beyond that, it's the usual office / corporate / retail sectors...

In general, what are peoples' priorities in this city? For example, do lives revolve around work, family, socializing, sports, etc.?

Brisbane's a pretty laid back, low-stress city. Work doesn't seem to be the number one priority - that's lifestyle and sport, especially sport!

Let the Adventure Begin! E-Newsletter

Let the Adventure Begin! is our premium weekly relocation newsletter that guides you step-by-step through your international move. The weekly newsletter begins 8 months before your move and runs through your first 4 months abroad. For US $29.99, you'll receive an e-mail on Wednesday with tips and advice tailored to where you are in the relocation and settling-in process.

Let the Adventure Begin! E-Newsletter

Let the Adventure Begin! is our premium weekly relocation newsletter that guides you step-by-step through your international move. The weekly newsletter begins 8 months before your move and runs through your first 4 months abroad. For US $29.99, you'll receive an e-mail on Wednesday with tips and advice tailored to where you are in the relocation and settling-in process.

If a friend of yours was thinking of moving to this city or town from far away, what other advice would you give them.

Do your research and be clear on what you're looking for. Brisbane can offer you an easy, laid-back lifestyle, with lots of outdoor living. Blue skies are the norm, winters are warm and dry and the worst humidity and storms of summer only last about 4 months. It's very live-able. People are largely friendly and relaxed, and there's a slow pace.

You're further away from the sea - and good beaches - than you may expect, though there's plenty along both coasts to explore. There's some beautiful scenery and nature walks, on numerous day drives.

That said, if you're looking for high culture and a sophisticated, cosmopolitan centre, it's probably not for you. Attitudes can be very old school, customer service is a rare thing - the downside of the laid-back vibe - and many people have never travelled outside of their state, let alone Australia. It's a developing city and it hasn't quite caught up to itself yet.

Whatever you decide, it's what you make of it - expect culture shock and roll with it!

Allianz Care International Health InsuranceInternational Health Insurance

Get a quote for health insurance from our partner, Allianz Care.
Get a Quote

Allianz Care International Health InsuranceInternational Health Insurance

Get a quote for health insurance from our partner, Allianz Care.
Get a Quote

Allianz Care International Health InsuranceInternational Health Insurance

Get a quote for health insurance from our partner, Allianz Care.
Get a Quote

Allianz Care International Health InsuranceInternational Health Insurance

Get a quote for health insurance from our partner, Allianz Care.
Get a Quote


 

Brisbane, AustraliaGuide to Living in Brisbane, Australia
Brisbane, Australia: Cost of Living, Healthcare and What to Know About Living in Brisbane

Australia Forum Australia Forum
Join our Australia forum to meet other people living in Brisbane, Australia.

Contribute to Australia Network Contribute
Help other expats and newcomers by answering questions about the challenges and adventures of living in Brisbane.

Healthcare in AustraliaHealthcare in Australia

Information about healthcare and hospitals in Australia.

Pros and Cons of Living in Brisbane, AustraliaPros and Cons of Living in Brisbane, Australia

Take off your rose-colored glasses and learn what expats and digital nomads have to say about the pros and cons of living in Brisbane, Australia.

Retiring in BrisbaneRetiring in Brisbane

Retiring in Brisbane, Australia.

Brisbane, AustraliaExpats Talk about Living in Brisbane

Expats talk about what it's like living in Brisbane, Australia: Cost of Living, Healthcare and What Newcomers to Brisbane Should Know

Culture Shock in BrisbaneExpat Report: Culture Shock in Brisbane

A Brit who ended up settling in Brisbane, Australia talks about culture shock, finding expat friend and more.

Allianz Care International Health InsuranceInternational Health Insurance

Get a quote for health insurance from our partner, Allianz Care.
Get a Quote

Allianz Care International Health InsuranceInternational Health Insurance

Get a quote for health insurance from our partner, Allianz Care.
Get a Quote

5-Tips-for-Living-in-Melbourne,-Australia5 Tips for Living in Melbourne, Australia

Expats in Melbourne, Australia enjoy diverse cultural options on par with many of the most cosmopolitan cities in the world. Find some ideas on how to make the most of expat life in Melbourne.

5-Tips-for-Living-in-Perth,-Australia5 Tips for Living in Perth, Australia

Expats in Perth, Australia enjoy diverse cultural options despite the fact that it is in a geographically remote area compared to Melbourne and Sydney . Find some ideas on how to make the most of expat life in Perth.

Moving-to-AustraliaMoving to Australia

If you're moving to Australia, here's a primer on housing, healthcare, cost of living, choosing a neighborhood and more.

Allianz Care International Health InsuranceInternational Health Insurance

Get a quote for health insurance from our partner, Allianz Care.
Get a Quote

Allianz Care International Health InsuranceInternational Health Insurance

Get a quote for health insurance from our partner, Allianz Care.
Get a Quote

Brisbane, AustraliaGuide to Living in Brisbane, Australia

Brisbane, Australia: Cost of Living, Healthcare and What to Know About Living in Brisbane

Australia Forum Australia Forum
Meet other people living in Brisbane.

Healthcare in AustraliaHealthcare in Australia

Information about healthcare and hospitals in Australia.

Pros and Cons of Living in Brisbane, AustraliaPros and Cons of Living in Brisbane, Australia

Take off your rose-colored glasses and learn what expats and digital nomads have to say about the pros and cons of living in Brisbane, Australia.

Retiring in BrisbaneRetiring in Brisbane

Retiring in Brisbane, Australia.

Brisbane, AustraliaExpats Talk about Living in Brisbane

Expats talk about what it's like living in Brisbane, Australia: Cost of Living, Healthcare and What Newcomers to Brisbane Should Know

ContributeContribute
Help other expats and newcomers by answering questions about the challenges and adventures of living in Brisbane.

Culture Shock in BrisbaneExpat Report: Culture Shock in Brisbane

A Brit who ended up settling in Brisbane, Australia talks about culture shock, finding expat friend and more.

Copyright 1997-2022 Burlingame Interactive, Inc.

Privacy Policy Legal