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Living in Australia

By Betsy Burlingame

Last updated on Dec 02, 2021

Summary: Expats, digital nomads and retirees talk about what it is really like living in Australia. They offer advice about meeting people, cost of living, finding a home and more.

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What do I need to know about living in Australia?

When we asked people what advice they would give someone preparing to move to Australia, they said:

"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," explained one expat living in Brisbane, Australia.

"There is always something going on here, no matter the time of year. Coming to Adelaide is an adjustment just like moving anywhere else would be, but there are plenty of opportunities to meet people and do things," said another expat in Adelaide.

"Go for it, you will really have a great time. Try to live within 10 minutes drive from the beach. Remember people pay to vacation in cities like Newcastle," added another expat who made the move to Newcastle.

"Be sure you can cope with the isolation - Perth is the most isolated capital city in the world - it's a long, long plane ride and not much change out of $2000 to get to most major destinations. And a long car drive to many destinations in the state. And depending on where you come from, the cost of living is quite high: housing is reasonable, but food, clothing, entertainment etc is much more than expected," explained one expat living in Perth, Australia.

"Melbourne is consistantly voted best city in world to live in by Economist magazine and others," mentioned another in Melbourne.

"I would say..... bring a pair of bathers a T shirt and shorts and lets get a suntan. I would also say to live within a 5 km radius of the city, North Perth, Victoria park Leederville, Subiaco, Como or live down at the Fremantle area to name a few suburbs. If you prefer the hills and trees type environment then Kalamunda, Roleystone, Parkerville (more for the family oriented). Bring a bike because the bike paths here are scenic and second to none. Weekends hold lots to do especially in the winery districts both in Perth and down south (3 - 4 hours drive)," explained one expat who made the move to Perth.

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Betsy Burlingame Betsy Burlingame is the Founder of Expat Exchange. She launched Expat Exchange in 1997 as her Master's thesis project at NYU. Some of Betsy's more popular articles include 12 Best Places to Live in Italy, 12 Things to Know Before Moving to The Dominican Republic and the Living in Panama Guide. Betsy loves to travel and spend time with her family. Connect with Betsy on LinkedIn.

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