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Retire in Australia

By Betsy Burlingame

Last updated on Nov 27, 2021

Summary: Retirees share their experiences living in Australia. What are the challenges and rewards of retiring in Australia?

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How do I meet people in Australia?

When we asked people living in Australia about club and activities where newcomers can meet others, they responded:

"Cycling, any children's activities, triathlon, swimming, running and basically any outdoor activities," said another retiree in living in Perth, Australia.

"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," explained a retiree in Brisbane.

"Newcomers Network Adelaide Facebook Group http://www.facebook.com/home.php?#/group.php?gid=8236505681 Expats in Adelaide http://www.facebook.com/group.php?gid=8826383423 http://expatsinadelaide.blogspot.com Bridgebuilder International Group http://www.bridgebuildersa.com Meet in Adelaide http://www.meetin.org/city/MEETinADELAIDE Multicultural South Australia http://www.multicultural.sa.gov.au," explained one retiree living in Adelaide.

"There are plenty of clubs around and it all depends on your hobbies. If you are into sports -- particularly Rugby, you can become part or a Rugby club and either play (men's and women's) or help out the club in some format. Another great place to meet people is at the gyms. The university has many special interest clubs that are open to the general public and there is a section in the local paper on Modays showing many clubs' meeting times and places," said another member in Newcastle.

"If you have children it seems very easy to meet others through playgroups, kindergarten/school etc. If not, then joining a sports team/club is a good start. Also participating in outings etc that are arranged through other newcomers - I've found it easier to make friends with other newbies (foreigners or those from other parts of Australia) than long time Perth people," remarked another retiree in Perth.

"Too numerous to list here. Melbourne is a very cosmopolitan, culturally positive, diverse, multi-cultural city with interests for everyone. Great theater companies, museums, galleries, opera, symphony, concerts of all kinds, food festivals (greatest food city I've seen). Meeting people is easy," explained a member 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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