What to expect when migrating to Australia
If you plan to emigrate to Australia or you are fortunate enough to get a skilled visa then there are a few pointers to help you out with adjusting to life Downunder.
Australia is a massive country stretched over three million square miles, but with a minimal population of 21 million people, the country’s natural magnificence overshadows its suburban areas. When one thinks of Australia, images of the red Outback, koalas, kangaroos, dramatic gorges and treacherous rainforests come to mind, but it’s not all about the wilderness. Nestled on the coastlines away from the drama of nature you’ll find modern metropolitan areas bustling with progressive career opportunities and cutting-edge technology.
You’ll be spoilt for choice
One of the best things about Australia is that it has something for everyone. Whether it’s dining, sports, music, partying, arts, wildlife, shopping or the beach – you will find it all! Choosing a place for a night out with friends, a vacation with family or some alone time will be a piece of cake in Australia. The main cities expats consider when migrating to Australia are Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane, Perth and Adelaide which are all very modern cities.
Excellent public transport
Australia’s main cities of Sydney, Melbourne, Perth and Brisbane all have great infrastructure when it comes to public transport making it easy to get around without a car. You can also live in the suburbs and commute into the CBDs meaning you could save some money on accommodation costs.
The great outdoors
You may have emigrated to Australia via a skilled migration path, however, that doesn’t mean you have to spend all of your time working. Even though most expats choose to live in the main cities there’s much more to life outside of them. Australia is blessed with 400+ national parks, so weekends or short haul holidays can be spent exploring the incredible flora and fauna of Australia.
Cost of living
If you are planning on emigrating to Australia on a skilled visa, it’s worth doing your research on the cost of living in various cities and suburbs within those cities as this can vary quite greatly.
If you plan on investing in property, it’s important to note that like most other countries, certain areas are going to be more expensive than others. Make sure you do your research and work out if buying is a viable option for you. If not, you may want to consider renting and choosing an area close to your work, but within your budget, so you still have money to enjoy yourself. Again, do your research on how much a weekly shop may cost you as well as eating out, this will help you determine where’s best for you to live.
If the above is of relevance to you it is advisable that you seek out support and advice from a registered MARA approved Migration Agent. The team at Overseas Emigration will be more than happy to discuss your options.