Streets beach in Southbank Brisbane, Australia
Streets beach in Southbank Brisbane, Australia
Streets beach in Southbank Brisbane, Australia

Brisbane, Australia

By Betsy Burlingame

Last updated on Nov 27, 2021

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

When we asked people what advice they would give someone preparing to move to Brisbane, 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," remarked another expat who made the move to Brisbane.

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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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