Top Five Reasons why Australia is a Great Place to be an Expat

by Ashleigh Fox 09 November 2017

Untamed expanses, wild rainforests, enigmatic cities, art-town alleyways, and cinematic beauty on your doorstep is the stuff of dreams for many, which is why Australia is one of the world’s top expat destinations. Just in case you needed some reasons as to why Australia’s a great place to expatriate to, here’s our top five.


Adventure is out there

Australia’s the world’s sixth largest country, after Russia, Canada, China, the USA, and Brazil, as well as being the planet’s largest island. With such a huge expanse of space, there’s plenty of unique places to visit and things to do, meaning you’re only steps away from an adventure. You can take trips to see the Great Barrier Reef, spend time in glamorous cities visiting art galleries and upbeat cocktail bars, camp under the stars in perfect silence, take a trip to a ski resort and work on your skills, be a tourist and take pictures outside of the Sydney Opera House, or just head somewhere remote to spend time on a white-sand beach with a good book. There’s also expanses teaming with wildlife out there, from untamed kangaroos and wallabies roaming the land, to rugged mountainous terrain with birds and flowers perfect for those keen hikers.



Distinctive cities for every lifestyle

There are a number of great cities in Australia for people in all different stages of life. Active adventurers may be drawn to Cairns for its water sports and wildlife, while Melbourne might attract the foodies, the art lovers, and the music fanatics. Sydney’s electric vibe might draw in those looking for a mixture of an active nightlife and relaxing beaches to recover on. Meanwhile, Brisbane offers expats tropical temperatures, sports galore, and a fabulous city to boot. Darwin appeals to those looking for a mixture of cultures and warm weather, but the whole of Australia is very multicultural. Around 43% of citizens have either been born overseas, or have a parent who was. Diversity Harmony Day is celebrated each year on 21st March. Whatever your city or new Australian location, just remember that the weather is significantly hotter (cities in the south can even reach 42 degrees!), and so a new home with air-con is a must.


Less people, more space

Although Australia has a selection of cities, the nation also has a much lower population density than that of other nations such as the UK. In fact, it’s been reported that Australia has the lowest population density of any continent in the world, with around 6.4 people per square mile. So, if you fancy moving somewhere with fewer people and cleaner air (it has one of the lowest levels of air pollution in the world), Australia should jump straight to the top of the list.


Laid back, but not about the things that matter (healthcare)

Australia’s known for its laid-back lifestyle where everyone’s friendly, people say ‘Hi,’ to you in the street, and you can chill out after work with a cold beer and a barbie. But did you know that Australia’s healthcare system is ranked as one of the world’s best? Medicare provides a basic level of health cover for Australians, and there’s a private healthcare set-up too.


A healthier lifestyle is easy

If you’ve been struggling to get to the gym on those cold, dark mornings, Australia might be able to help you out. Australians are generally quite active and with so many activities and sports to get involved with, it’s hard to find a reason not to be. There’s plenty of space for sports centres and grounds, and even schools have gyms. Cricket ovals and football spaces are common in most villages, towns, and cities, and there are so many things that you can be active with, it’s hard to spend your spare time lazing around too much. So, if you’re seeking a more active lifestyle, you might want to trade in your UK New Year’s gym resolution in cold and rainy January for sunshine motivation somewhere beautiful.


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