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Moving to Brisbane, Australia

By Betsy Burlingame

Last updated on May 05, 2023

Summary: Expatriates are drawn to Brisbane, Australia for its temperate climate, vibrant culture, and diverse population. With its close proximity to the beach, the city offers a relaxed lifestyle and plenty of outdoor activities. The city is also known for its excellent public transportation system, making it easy to get around. Additionally, Brisbane is home to a number of universities and colleges, making it an attractive destination for students and professionals alike. Before moving to Brisbane, it is important to be aware of the cost of living, which is higher than in many other parts of Australia. Additionally, the city is prone to flooding, so it is important to be prepared for potential weather-related disruptions. It is also important to be aware of the city's strict quarantine laws, which are in place to protect the health and safety of the community. Finally, it is important to research the job market and the availability of housing before making the move.

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What do I need to know before moving to Brisbane?

When we asked people what advice they would give someone preparing to move to Brisbane, they said:

"Before moving to Brisbane, it is important to have a good understanding of the climate. Brisbane enjoys a subtropical climate with warm and humid summers, and mild, dry winters. This can be a pleasant change for those used to living in more extreme climates. It is also advised to familiarise oneself with the transportation system - both public transport and roads. Taxis are also a convenient option for getting around the city. Furthermore, expats should become acquainted with the cost of living in Brisbane. While it is generally more affordable than many cities in the US and the UK, basic necessities such as housing, food, transport, and entertainment will add up, and expats should plan their budget accordingly. Additionally, health care should be made a priority and expats should arrange for international health insurance in case of medical emergencies. Finally, it is important to research the job market for any skills or qualifications you may have to ease the transition into the city," said one expat in Brisbane, 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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