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Margaret River, 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 Margaret River, 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 Margaret River?

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

"Margaret River is a small town in Western Australia, known for its craft breweries, boutiques and surrounding wineries. The town is located in the heart of the Margaret River Wine Region, which is internationally renowned for its wine production. The climate is Mediterranean, with mild, wet winters and hot, dry summers. Before moving to Margaret River, expats should know that the cost of living can be high, especially when it comes to housing and dining out. The town is quite isolated, with the nearest city, Perth, being a three-hour drive away. This means that access to certain services and amenities may be limited. The town is very safe and has a low crime rate. The local community is friendly and welcoming, with a laid-back lifestyle that many expats find appealing. The town is also very environmentally conscious, with a strong focus on sustainability and conservation. English is the primary language spoken in Margaret River, but as a popular tourist destination, it's not uncommon to hear other languages as well. The town has a strong arts scene, with numerous galleries and festivals throughout the year. Outdoor activities are a big part of life in Margaret River, with surfing, hiking, and wine tasting being popular pastimes. The town is surrounded by stunning natural beauty, including forests, beaches, and caves, which offer plenty of opportunities for exploration and adventure. Healthcare in Margaret River is of a high standard, with a local hospital and several medical centres. However, it's important for expats to have comprehensive health insurance, as medical costs can be high. Public transportation is limited in Margaret River, so having a car is almost essential. The town is also quite spread out, which can make getting around on foot or by bike challenging. The education system in Margaret River is of a high standard, with several well-regarded schools. However, options for international or bilingual education may be limited. Finally, it's important for expats to understand Australian customs and etiquette. Australians are generally laid-back and informal, but they also value honesty, respect, and a fair go. Understanding these cultural nuances can help expats integrate more smoothly into life in Margaret River," remarked one expat living in Margaret River, Australia.

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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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