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Pros and Cons of Living in Australia

By Betsy Burlingame

Last updated on Nov 27, 2021

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

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What are the pros and cons of living in Australia?

Expats, digital nomads and retirees living in Australia responded:

"After 14 years I have a love/hate relationship with Sydney. With over 5 million people the city is bursting at the seams and is suffering from growing pains. I am thoroughly displeased with both the state federal politicians and hope that some real change will be coming soon. My husband and I have bought land in Tasmania and will be moving there as soon as the kids are done with school. But I adore the Australian ethos. Home life matters just as much as work life. Holidays are almost considered a birthright here. I can send my teens all over the city on public transport by themselves with reasonable belief in their safety. I wish Diet Coke was cheaper and I would kill for decent Tex Mex or pizza, and yes, sometimes the spiders scare the crap out of me....but I will never willingly live outside of Australia again," explained one expat living in Sydney.

"Sydney is a very beautiful city, beautiful environment, suitable to live, transportation is convenient, medical conditions are good, the local people are very warm and hospitable, is a good place to live," said another in Sydney.

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What do expats in Australia appreciate most about the local culture?

"Not the culture but the country is beautiful and the wild life, birds, plants, trees, flowers are amazing. The fact we are no more than an hour from a beach," added another person living in Brisbane.

"The nature! Beautiful flowers everywhere, butterflies, birds, exotic wildlife, pools, sunny days, botanical gardens, good coffee. a gorgeous country," explained one expat living in Brisbane.

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What do expats find most challenging?

"Superficiality, materialism, ignorance. Particularly young people = self-involved," said another expat in Melbourne.

"The people. Not nearly as friendly as their reputation implies. I have found the majority of people in Brisbane to be rude, superficial, and occasionally nasty. Very close minded and prejudiced. There seems to be a general feeling of apathy towards strangers. People don't help each other out and don't seem to care. Lack of manners. Poor sense of community," added another person living in Brisbane.

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About the Author

Betsy Burlingame Betsy Burlingame is the Founder and President of Expat Exchange and is one of the Founders of Digital Nomad Exchange. She launched Expat Exchange in 1997 as her Master's thesis project at NYU. Prior to Expat Exchange, Betsy worked at AT&T in International and Mass Market Marketing. She graduated from Ohio Wesleyan University with a BA in International Business and German.

Some of Betsy's articles include 12 Best Places to Live in Portugal, 7 Best Places to Live in Panama and 12 Things to Know Before Moving to the Dominican Republic. Betsy loves to travel and spend time with her family. Connect with Betsy on LinkedIn.

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