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Apollo Bay, 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 Apollo Bay, 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 Apollo Bay?

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

"Apollo Bay is a small coastal town in Victoria, Australia, known for its stunning beaches and outdoor activities. Before moving, expats should know that the cost of living can be high, especially for housing, as it is a popular tourist destination. The town is quite small, with a population of just over 1,000 people, so it may not offer the same amenities and conveniences as a larger city. The primary language spoken is English, and while Australians are generally friendly and welcoming, it may take some time to understand the local slang and accents. The climate in Apollo Bay is temperate, with mild, wet winters and warm, dry summers. It's important to be prepared for this, especially if you're from a country with a different climate. The healthcare system in Australia is excellent, but it's important to have health insurance to cover any potential medical costs. If you're moving for work, it's worth checking if your employer offers any health insurance benefits. Apollo Bay is a great place for outdoor enthusiasts, with plenty of opportunities for surfing, hiking, and wildlife spotting. However, it's important to be aware of the potential dangers of the Australian outdoors, such as strong currents in the ocean and the presence of venomous creatures. Public transportation is limited in Apollo Bay, so having a car can be beneficial. However, the town is small enough to walk or bike around. The job market in Apollo Bay is primarily centered around tourism, agriculture, and fishing, so it's worth considering this when planning your move. Finally, while Apollo Bay is a beautiful and friendly place to live, it can be quite isolated. The nearest large city, Melbourne, is over three hours away by car. Therefore, it's important to be comfortable with a slower, quieter pace of life," remarked one expat who made the move to Apollo Bay.

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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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