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Pros and Cons of Living in Australia

By Betsy Burlingame

Last updated on Dec 03, 2023

Summary: The pros of living in Australia include its diverse culture, excellent education system, and high quality of life. Australia is also known for its beautiful beaches, stunning landscapes, and vibrant cities. Additionally, the country has a strong economy and a low crime rate. On the other hand, the cost of living in Australia can be quite high, and the climate can be quite extreme in some areas. Additionally, the distance from other countries can make it difficult to travel abroad.

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What are the pros and cons of living in Australia?

Expats, digital nomads and retirees living in Australia responded:

"Expats and digital nomads often appreciate the laid-back lifestyle and friendly people in Australia. They also enjoy the country's diverse culture, stunning landscapes, and abundance of outdoor activities. Additionally, the country's strong economy and excellent healthcare system are attractive to many expats. On the other hand, some expats and digital nomads may find the cost of living in Australia to be quite high, as well as the distance from other countries. Additionally, the climate can be quite extreme in some parts of the country, with hot summers and cold winters," said one member in Australia.

"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," remarked one expat in Sydney.

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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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