Should You Emigrate to Australia? – A Personal View

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There are plenty of people wondering whether to emigrate to Australia. The lure of a new life with higher living standards and better prospects for your children has always been a big draw for new migrants. But as someone who decided successfully to emigrate to Australia from the UK, what really motivated me was to hear the stories of those who had gone before me. So, this article is the first in a series in which I will be telling how it was for me, why I made the move and what sort of experiences I had along the way.

Unlike what many people say it was less the push of the old country rather than the draw of the new one that made me emigrate to Australia. In other words I found the attractions of Australia more compelling than the reasons to stay behind. Having already spent two long holidays in Australia I was fairly confident of what to expect.

I had been won over by the beautiful climate that enables you to experience a remarkable outdoor lifestyle virtually all year round. As someone who loves golf, I could play all year round, not just in a few brief windows when the weather was right. It was also the realisation that great weather improves the disposition not just of yourself but of the people around you. Perhaps that is part of the reason why Aussies tend to be so welcoming and positive in outlook.

However, even if you are really pleased to be in a new country, the first few months within arrival can be especially testing, with the struggle to find a job, get children settled in school, as well as making all the essential major purchases such as a car and a new home. Moving home within your own country is arguably one of life’s most stressful activities, but when it involves moving the entire family to the other side of the world, it takes on a whole new dimension!

I consider myself fortunate. I had close members of my wife’s family already living in Australia that made our first few months of settling in and getting organised more of an adventurous pleasure than a bitter struggle, but there were still times when I questioned whether I was doing the right thing.

So, potential emigrants should look at the down side as well as the upside of such a major move and realise that there will be challenges along the way. Having said that, once the decision to emigrate to Australia has been made, don’t look back!

Author: George Simpson

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Written by Mark

As the founder of Getting Down Under, Mark is passionate about demystifying the process associated with a move to Australia.
Having launched Getting Down Under in early January 2006 and made the move to Australia from the UK in the same year, Mark continues to share resources and support for those looking for assitance, Getting Down Under.

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  1. I’ve been 3 times now firstly for five weeks Melbourne wasn’t for us then to queensland eight months then emigrated back to queensland lasted three months hated every minute everyone talks about lovely warm air blue sky’s but they don’t mention ridiculously hot humid days not sleeping at night because the humidity is unbearable no one on the streets in the day because of the heat crap tv every one gets drunk most days very expensive to live there I have friends who were well off in London emigrated to oz and now they look like tramps always skint noooooo give me the countryside of the uk any day.i love England ps only my opinion

  2. Me and my husband are really considering emigrating. We’re both 27 and know this is where we want to spend our lives. Your comments have really helped with some unanswered questions we had : )

  3. I have been to oz three times in the last 18 months on holiday and I have enjoyed it every time, I admire there attitude to life very laid back and outdoors activities. I hope to be going there in the next few months on a sponsorship visa and hope to stay there.

  4. How about accomodation in first few weeks and months? Real estate agents do not seem so interested in rentals. Holiday rentals are very expensive so what did you do?

    • Peter, short term rentals are also available (2 – 3 months) althogh pretty rare. Best bet would be to look for a min term of 6 months if you can.

      Holiday rentals are expensive but just another expense to factor into a move abroad IMO.



  5. This is so true. When I moved over with my wife and three-year-old daughter in November 2007, the first few months can only be described as exciting and difficult. Exciting because there was so much to see and do, but difficult because my daughter couldn’t understand why she couldn’t see her friends anymore and worse still, where were all her toys?

    Well, they were floating somewhere out at sea in a container.

    But our furniture turned up sometime around January 21 and my daughter started playschool (Kindie) a week later and began making lots of new friends. By March, we were settled and couldn’t be happier.

    We’ve never looked back since and as for the weather and the outdoor life, it’s fantastic! And it is really difficult to be miserable when the skies are clear, blue and sunny almost all the time. No more grey and dull.

    • Wow i really can’t wait to go. We got our visa last july and went for two weeks to get visa stamped. I know two weeks is not enought time but I fell in love with the place. Im now waiting for my husband to find work over there and we will be on the move again. I thought he would have found something by now, so fingers crossed for the fucture.

      Joan O’ Sullivan

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