Sydney is one of the most iconic and well-known cities in the world. It is the capital of New South Wales and the second most populous city in Australia. If you are moving to Sydney, you can use this blog post as a resource to help you learn about the city, what it is like to like there and what things there are to do when you aren’t working. Sydney’s location is unique. While it is a major metropolitan hub, the mountains, national parks, and countryside nearby make it ideal for getting variety and a lot of different Australian landscapes near the place you live and work. We previously featured Sydney on our blog with tips for moving there and 6 reasons why you should move to Sydney. Continue reading

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Are you planning to move to Adelaide? We regularly feature city spotlights here on our blog and we have featured Adelaide, the capital city of South Australia  before, but since that was almost three years, ago, it is time to revisit what it’s like to live in Adelaide, South Australia.  As we mentioned, Adelaide is the capital of South Australia and it has a population over 1.3 million. This city has the most centralised population of any other state because more than 75 per cent of South Australians live in Adelaide. Adelaide is a planned city with five squares arranged in a grid with the Adelaide city centre in the middle with a ring of parks called the Adelaide Parklands. There is a great deal of variety with the beaches, the city, and the Adelaide Hills all nearby, residents can experience a lot of variety close to the city. Most of the homes in Adelaide are single-storey detached homes built on 1,000 square metre blocks with a wide variety of styles. Adelaide is considered a “20 minute city”, which means that you can reach any destination in the city from another destination within 20 minutes. Continue reading

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Perth is one of the fastest growing cities in Australia. It is the capital of Western Australia and also the largest city in Western Australia. We have featured it quite a bit on our blog, but we thought it was time to revisit a post all about moving to Perth. Our last Perth City Spotlight  post was back in August of 2014. Perth was founded in 1829 and was named as an official city in 1856. The city is situated on the Swan River and the east side of the city is bordered by a low escarpment known as the Darling Scarp. Much of the city was built on Wetlands and the Indian Ocean is off the coast to the east. Although Perth is one of the fastest growing cities, much of the land surrounding Perth has been protected with National Park or Nature Reserve status to maintain the conservation of the land, forest, and cave systems nearby. In fact, Perth is surrounded by a total of 15 national parks, 7 regional parks, 3 marine parks, and 3 nature reserves. If you are moving to Perth for work, it is likely in the mining, oil, or gas industry. There is a high demand for I.T, medical professionals, and jobs in the financial industry. Tourism is also very important for Perth. Tourist attractions include the city centre, Fremantle, the coast, and the Swan River. Continue reading

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The cities of Mooroopna and Shepparton in Victoria are usually referred to together as a unit. They are located about a 2 hour drive north of Melbourne and a little over 150 km. In the 2011 census, the combined population of the two cities was at 60,450. The two towns are opposite each other. Mooroopna is on the banks of the Goulburn River and Shepparton is in the floodplain of the Goulburn River. The Midland Highway joins the two towns which are separated by the river. Mooroopna is more residential and Shepparton has the Central Business District and is more urban. Mooroopna is considered a suburb of Shepparton. Continue reading

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Wagga Wagga is a city in New South Wales that straddles the Murrumbidgee River. It is New South Wales’ largest inland city with a population of over 55,000. Important industries in Wagga Wagga include agricultural, military, and transport. It is located halfway in between the two largest cities in Australia, Sydney and Melbourne. It is actually closest to Canberra when it comes to proximity to other cities. Continue reading

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Coffs Harbour is a city in New South Wales located on the coast and is a popular half way point between Sydney and Brisbane. It is 540 km north of Sydney and 390 km south of Brisbane. The region is known as the Bananacoast because Coff’s Harbour’s economy used to be based almost solely on bananas. Now, tourism, fishing and blueberries have eclipsed the banana industry for Coffs Harbour, but bananas and product are still important factors. Continue reading

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Bundaberg is a city located close to the Queensland coast in between Brisbane and Rockhampton. There is quite a bit of history in the city and how it has evolved into a big tourism hub for the Great Barrier Reef. Bundaberg was first surveyed in 1870 and became a city in 1913. As a result, there are many historical buildings in the city. Even though Bundaberg has experienced a great deal of growth, it still maintains a relaxed atmosphere with a natural charm. The city has plenty of parks and natural landscape. Residents and visitors alike can participate in the city’s recreational, educational, cultural and sporting facilities. In addition, there are plenty of shopping opportunities and a wide variety of restaurants and eateries. The combination of the equable climate of the region, amenities, relaxed lifestyle and low cost of living make Bundaberg an appealing choice for new residents. Continue reading

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Bunbury is a port city in the southwest corner of Western Australia. It is the 3rd largest city in Western Australia and, like the other major cities of Perth and Mandurah are growing very quickly. Since it is surrounded by water on three sides, Bunbury is known as the City of Three Waters, offering waterfront living and a cosmopolitan lifestyle. It is located 175 km south of Perth’s central business district. The city itself has a population over 33,000, but including the surrounds that make up the Greater Bunbury area the population is estimated to be just over 67,000. The Greater Bunbury area includes the adjacent city centres of Australind, Leschenault, Eaton, Gelorup, Dalyellup, and Stratham. The suburbs of Bunbury include South Bunbury, Withers, Mangles, Glen Padden, Crosslands, Carey Park, Wollaston, Picton, Sandridge Park, East Bunbury, Rathmines, Glen Iris, College Grove, Kinkella, Mindalong Heights, Pelican Point, Usher, Grand Canals, Vittoria Heights, and Tuart Brook. Continue reading

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Rockhampton is one of Queensland’s major port cities for the Great Barrier Reef and is known as the beef capital of Australia. “Rocky”, as it is known to the locals, is located in central Queensland in the Capricorn Coast Region. The city is situated on the Fitzroy River and is about 600 km north of the capital of Brisbane. It isn’t quite a coastal city; it is actually quite inland for a port city. The Fitzroy River splits the city into a north side and south side that are connected by 3 bridges. One bridge is for trains and the other two are for vehicles and people. Over 80,000 people live in Rockhampton. Continue reading

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Mackay is located on the central Queensland coast 950 km north of Brisbane and 335 km south of Rockhampton. It is a port city with access to the Great Barrier Reef and has a growing tourism industry. However, the city is best known for its cane sugar production. If you are moving to Mackay, it is likely for one of those two industries. the region has a rich history. European explorers first reached the Mackay region in 1770. The city was named after the leader of an 1860 expedition into the Pioneer Valley, John Mackay.   Continue reading

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