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Noosa Heads, 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 Heads, 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 Heads?

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

"Noosa Heads is a popular tourist destination in Australia, known for its beautiful beaches, national parks, and vibrant dining scene. Before moving to Noosa Heads, expats should be aware that the cost of living can be quite high, especially when it comes to housing. The town is located in Queensland, so the climate is subtropical with warm temperatures year-round and a rainy season from December to March. English is the primary language spoken in Noosa Heads, but due to its popularity with tourists, it's not uncommon to hear other languages as well. The town has a relaxed, laid-back vibe, and outdoor activities like surfing, hiking, and boating are popular pastimes. Healthcare in Australia is of a high standard, and expats will have access to both public and private healthcare options. It's important to note that while public healthcare is subsidized by the government, private healthcare can offer shorter wait times for non-emergency procedures. The education system in Australia is also highly regarded, and Noosa Heads has a number of quality schools to choose from. However, it's worth noting that public schools often give priority to students living in their catchment area, so this may influence where you choose to live. Public transportation in Noosa Heads is reliable, but many residents choose to drive as the town is spread out and some areas are not easily accessible by bus. If you plan on driving, you'll need to get an Australian driver's license. Finally, while Noosa Heads is generally a safe place to live, like any tourist destination, it can have issues with petty crime, so it's important to take standard precautions to protect your belongings," commented one expat who made the move to Noosa Heads.

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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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