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Noosa, Australia

By Betsy Burlingame

Last updated on Jul 09, 2023

Summary: Expats, digital nomads and retirees talk about what it is really like living in Noosa, 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 Noosa?

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

"Noosa is a popular destination for expats due to its beautiful beaches, warm climate, and relaxed lifestyle. Before moving to Noosa, it's important to understand the cost of living can be quite high, especially when it comes to housing and dining out. The primary language spoken is English, but the Australian accent and slang can take some getting used to. Noosa has a strong sense of community, and locals are generally friendly and welcoming to newcomers. The town is relatively small, so it's easy to get around, but public transportation is limited, so having a car can be beneficial. The healthcare system in Australia is excellent, but it's important to secure health insurance, as not all services are covered by the public system. If you're moving with children, Noosa has a range of quality public and private schools. The climate in Noosa is subtropical with warm temperatures year-round, so pack accordingly. It's also important to be aware of the local wildlife, which includes a variety of insects and reptiles that can be dangerous. Noosa has a thriving food scene, with a focus on local, organic produce. The town also has a range of recreational activities, from surfing and hiking to art galleries and farmers markets. Finally, it's important to understand the visa requirements for living in Australia. Depending on your circumstances, you may need to secure a job before moving or prove that you have sufficient funds to support yourself," said one expat in Noosa.

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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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