Relocating to Australia from any country is easy due to the superb international connections the country has. However, this does not mean that there aren’t any factors that you need to consider before finalising your decision to make the move. That said, here are 5 things about Australia that we think you will find useful to know:
Cost of Living
While Australia may not be the most expensive country you could choose to move to, it isn’t the cheapest one either.
The cost of living in Australia is more costly than living in either the U.S. or Germany.
On average, the consumer price index is at 130.51. The rent index is at 61.46 while the groceries index is at 118.95. The restaurants index is marked is at 110.30 while the local purchasing power is at 108.36.
What do these indexes mean? Before anything else it is important to understand that the aforementioned indexes are relative to New York City. For instance, the rent index of Australia is 61.46. This means that rent rates in the Australia are 38.54% less expensive than in NYC; while an imaginary index of 110 would mean that rent rates are 10% more expensive than in NYC.
Many mistake Sydney to be Australia’s capital and for good reason. Sydney is home to Australia’s iconic Opera House and Harbour Bridge. Not to mention, the world famous Bondi beach. This Australian city is filled with personality, fun and sun.
When it comes to fashion and sports, Melbourne is the city to be. Screaming with culture, Melbourne stands out from other Aussie cities what with its unique version of China Town, St. Paul’s Cathedral, the Melbourne Gaol, and many more tourist attractions.
Perth is the only major city in Western Australia and it has gained popularity in recent years due to its penchant for the arts, music in particular. For those who like open spaces and are not one for crowds, Perth may be the city for you. The classic architecture and relaxing ambience found in Perth has lured many to call the city home.
While some Australians may deem Brisbane as ‘backwards’, this is changing as Brisbane’s charm has won many people over. This isn’t difficult to understand what with the small community attitude that it offers and the medium-sized city that it is. There is no lack of sights to see either.
Last but not least, Adelaide is a city that many Europeans would take a liking because of its distinct European feel. There’s no shortage of activities to partake in here and whether you are in search of nature or the arts, you’ll find it all here.
Customs and Traditions Unique to Australia
Australians are extremely laidback and open people. If you are used to a formal setting or tradition this may take some getting used to. People who are around the same age as you are may be addressed by their first names but if a person is slightly older, it may be best to address them with Mr., Mrs., or Ms., followed by their surnames.
Australians appreciate eye contact when they are being spoken to. Personal space is something that is upheld. Australians often dress in a casual fashion. Smoking is banned in most public places and if you are in another person’s home, be sure to obtain their permission prior to lighting up.
When it comes to language, Australians like to abbreviate terms. They also have a unique vocabulary that may take time to get accustomed to.
5 Websites That Are Useful
1. British Embassy in Australia. No matter where you go, it is always important to know how to get in touch with your embassy. The British Embassy is located in Canberra, the capital of Australia.
2. Law and Justice Australia. This provides important information on Australian laws, court processes, and more.
3. TripAdvisor. There’s not a more reliable website out there for when it comes to travel advice. Whether you have a question about the least expensive method of transport to get from one state to another or you want to do your homework on hotels in Australia for your holiday, this is the website to visit. It is sure to come in handy as you map out your Aussie travels.
4. Moving to Australia. Comprehensive information from the Australian government (Department of Immigration and Citizenship) on what you need to know if you are moving to Australia.
5. Australia Migration Forum. If you can’t find answers to your questions in any website, then ask away at this helpful forum for people who have migrated to Australia, are planning to migrate to Australia, or have lived in Australia for years.
5 Landmarks to Visit in Your First Year
1. Sydney Opera House. This is a no-brainer. This is the shot that makes it to all the movies that have featured Australia. One glance and everybody knows it’s Australia. The unique construction of this beautiful structure has made it #1 on the list of places to visit of both visitors and locals alike.
2. Sydney Harbour Bridge. Another equally breathtaking sight to see, the Sydney Harbour Bridge is another of Australia’s top landmarks. For the adventurous and thrill-seeking, it is possible to be strapped in and walk across the centre of the bridge.
3. Great Barrier Reef. Whether you are a nature buff or not, the Great Barrier Reef is enough to leave anyone dumbfounded. The world’s largest coral reef system, it’s no wonder that it is one of the most popular tourist destinations in the world.
4. Royal Botanic Gardens. Yet another must-see for nature lovers, the Royal Botanic Gardens features 30 hectares of 7500 different species of plants. Art instructions, tours and walks can also be partaken of here.
5. Port Arthur. Situated in Tasmania, Port Arthur is rich with history and showcases buildings and structures that weren’t destroyed by fires in the late 1800’s.
So if you are planning on relocating to Australia, be sure to keep all of this information in mind as you never know when it might come in handy. Bon voyage!