Emigration Guides: What to expect when migrating to Australia
Australia is a massive country stretched over three million square miles, but with a minimal population of 25 million people, the country’s natural magnificence overshadows its suburban areas. When one thinks of Australia, images of the red dusty 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. In fact, around 2% of Australia is populated and the majority of those people live within a few hours or minutes drive from the coast.
For more top facts and stats on Australia’s population take a look at this great article by the worldpopulationreview.com
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, festivals, 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. For the more adventurous or nature loving types Cairns, Noosa, Hobart, Margaret River, Broome or Darwin are great options due to their near immediate connections to wilderness, outback or the sea.
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 CBD’s within one or two hours, meaning you could save some money on accommodation costs. This is often the best choice for emigrating families or professionals who are keen to get more space for their investment.
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. And then of course don’t forget the Great Barrier Reef off the coast of Queensland and The Ningaloo Reef, off the coast of Western Australia, in fact, no matter where you live, you’ll be itching to learn new hobbies like surfing, Stand Up Paddle boarding or maybe even White Water Rafting.
Cost of living
If you are planning on emigrating to Australia on a skilled independent 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.