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Gold Coast, Australia

By Betsy Burlingame

Last updated on Jul 10, 2023

Summary: Expats, digital nomads and retirees talk about what it is really like living in Gold Coast, Australia. They offer advice about meeting people, cost of living, finding a home and more.

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What do I need to know before moving to Gold Coast?

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

"Before moving to the Gold Coast, expats should know that it is a popular tourist destination known for its sunny weather, beautiful beaches, and vibrant nightlife. The cost of living can be high, especially in areas close to the beach. The city is very spread out, so having a car can be beneficial, although public transportation is available. The Gold Coast has a diverse population, with people from all over the world living there. English is the main language spoken, but due to the multicultural population, many other languages are spoken as well. The healthcare system in Australia is of a high standard, with both public and private healthcare options available. The Gold Coast is known for its outdoor lifestyle, with plenty of opportunities for water sports, hiking, and other outdoor activities. The city is also home to several theme parks, including Sea World and Warner Bros. Movie World. The job market on the Gold Coast can be competitive, especially in popular industries like tourism and hospitality. It's a good idea to secure a job before moving, if possible. The education system in Australia is highly regarded, with a range of public and private schools, as well as universities and vocational education providers. Australia has strict quarantine laws, so it's important to check what you can and can't bring into the country. Finally, Australia's visa requirements can be complex, so it's important to understand what type of visa you need before you move," wrote one member in Gold Coast.

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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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