Streets beach in Southbank Brisbane, Australia
Streets beach in Southbank Brisbane, Australia
Streets beach in Southbank Brisbane, Australia

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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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 expat in living in Sydney, Australia.

"This city is a highly developed financial city with a high level of education, convenient transportation and a high quality of life.Healthcare and banking are well developed.Elegant environment, suitable for tourism," added another expat in Melbourne.

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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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