Brisbane is close to the east coast of Queensland in between the Sunshine Coast and Gold Coast sections. It is a metropolitan population reaches almost 2.5 million, the 3rd largest city in Australia. The climate is humid subtropical, with hot summers and mild warm winters; this makes for great warm holidays even in the winter. The city is fondly known as BrisVegas because of its laid back atmosphere that still has plenty of exciting things to do in contrast. The city has been one of the fastest growing cities in Australia.
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Brisbane River and Weather
Brisbane River and Story Bridge Photo Credit: Wikipedia
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Brisbane is not exactly right on the coast; it is built around the Brisbane River, which is a magnificent centerpiece winding through the city. Don’t worry, though the beach is close and the nearby beaches Gold Coast and Sunshine Coast are some of the best beaches in the country. You are also located close to the southern tip of the Great Barrier Reef. Brisbane is warm all year with very moderate winters.
Where to Live in Brisbane
Brisbane is the 4th most expensive city to live in in Australia. Housing closest to the city, beaches, or transportation will be the most expensive. If you are moving to Brisbane for a job, then you already know where you are going to be working. You might want to make a decision on living close to work or close to the train stops. There are other factors to consider when trying to decide where to live. Being closer to different things might be more important to you and your family such as schools and your desired lifestyle. You can choose between being close to shopping or having a bigger backyard, or perhaps peace and quiet are most important to you. Brisbane is divided into 5 areas: Inner Brisbane, Northern Suburbs, Southern Suburbs, Eastern Suburbs, and the Western Suburbs. Some of the suburbs you might consider include New Farm, Newstead, Ascot, Hamilton, Clayfield, Mt Gravatt, and Chermside. If you really want to be close to the beach, you can choose Gold Coast as your home, but realise that your commute will likely be over an hour. Some of the best places to try are in the Northern End of the Gold Coast including Main Beach, Southport, or Sanctuary Cove.
Local Secrets in Brisbane
The AussieRelocation.com website is very helpful with insider information on moving to Brisbane. Some of the best places to go in Brisbane include:
- The Barracks Shopping Centre, Petrie Terrace, Paddington. This is a shopping centre with 3 levels of stores and shops. Some of the highlights include Stewarts Wine Co, Bittersweet the Chocolate Boutique and Libertine – a restaurant that serves a fusion of French and Vietnamese cuisine.
- James Street, New Farm, Fortitude Valley. This is a great shopping location where you can find clothing stores with international designers, dining, and people watching.
- Food Options. Meat@Billy’s is a great butcher in Ashgrove. Banneton Bakery is where you can get all natural breads, baguettes, pastries, macaroons, and delicious gourmet sandwiches.
Stuff for Kids in Brisbane
There is plenty of things to do for families with kids in Brisbane. There are many child friendly swimming options in Brisbane, parks, and playgrounds. There are also many restaurants that are made for families with children. Kids’ entertainment options include The Science Centre, The Queensland Art Gallery, The Queensland State Library, Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary, Rocksports, The Queensland Maritime Museum, and several indoor play centres. In addition to that, the nearby Gold Coast is the top destination in Australia for kids.
Tips for Moving to Brisbane
These are some general moving tips and advice if you are moving to Brisbane, or anywhere in Australia. The important thing is to plan ahead, get organised, and don’t wait for the last minute.
- Make sure your passport is valid and up-to-date. Obtain a visa if you are going to need one.
- Get an international free email address so that you will be able to keep in touch. Checkout gmail Yahoo, or Hotmail.
- Connect with a relocation agent to help you find a job and a place to live.
- Start going through your clothing and other belongings to see what you can sell or giveaway before it’s time to pack.
- If you are moving from another country, check the compatibility of your appliances. Australis uses voltage 220-240 volts.
- Start to inventory the items you are taking and see if you have receipts for those items.
- Start getting quotes for renting a moving truck or hiring a moving company and decide which one is best for you.
- Ask about the cost marine insurance. This is based on the value of the things you are taking.
- Take pictures of everything you are moving, especially the more expensive items to keep a record for insurance purposes.
- Make a checklist and a calendar and stick to them.
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