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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 a retiree who moved to 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," said another retiree in Brisbane.

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What is life like in Australia?

When we asked people living in Australia what life is like and how people spend their time, they said:

"Perth has a mix of those fanatical about work and sports. Fly in / Fly out jobs to the mining and oil and gas areas are common and put strain on those families. Family and sports play a major role in the community. Outdoor sports are happening all year round in major numbers," explained one retiree living in Perth.

"Brisbane's a pretty laid back, low-stress city. Work doesn't seem to be the number one priority - that's lifestyle and sport, especially sport," said another retiree in living in Brisbane, Australia.

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What do I need to know before retiring 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," said another retiree in Brisbane.

"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," commented one retiree living in Adelaide, Australia.

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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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