Destination Guide – Australia
Fact file on Australia
Capital City: Canberra
Population: Despite being the sixth largest country in the world, Australia’s population is only made up of 24,168,303 people.
Currency: Australian dollar
Language: English is the most prominent language, with 78.5% of the population speaking it. Other languages spoken in Australia include Chinese, Italian, Greek, Arabic and Vietnamese.
Business opportunities: Australian agencies are focusing on providing job opportunities to those moving from the UK in the engineering and construction industries, as well as the power, mining and building markets.
Climate: Inland Australia (otherwise known as the Outback) experiences hot, dry summer days, with freezing cold nights. In East coast and South East Australia, the weather usually gets warmer the further north you travel, or milder when moving south. The South and South West is known for its Mediterranean climate, with long dry summers followed by mild and rainy winters. In Tasmania, the summers are very mild, and winter inland temperatures can drop below zero.
The Australian way of life
The country boasts a wealth of spectacular nature spots filled with wildlife, animals and plants which can only be found in Australia.
2. Get active
With all of this stunning scenery, it would be a shame not to make the most of it and get stuck in! Australians love to lead a healthy lifestyle, so go for a surf, play some volleyball or go for a run along the beach; whatever activity you decide to do, just make sure it’s outdoors.
3. See the sights, hit the heights
Australia is known for its natural landmarks and iconic structures, including Sydney Opera House, the Great Barrier Reef and the Outback. So whether you choose to take a helicopter ride over these beautiful spots, or would rather take a road trip on the open road, the opportunities are endless.
4. Authentic Australian cuisine
Australian cuisine doesn’t finish at ‘throwing another shrimp on the barbie’. In fact, there is a diverse range of local delicacies which will tantalise your tastebuds, some more conventional than others. From Vegemite and crocodile to grilled kangaroo and chiko rolls, a move to Australia will encourage you to try something new.
5. Local lingo
Whilst the main language spoken in Australia is English, there is a plethora of slang terms which can seem like another language! As such, it’s important to clue yourself up on the lingo most commonly used, from ‘fair dinkum’ and ‘ripper’ to ‘servo’ and ‘esky’.
Managing your finances in Australia
The simplest way of sending your money to Australia when relocating is by transferring the money electronically from your current bank to one in Australia. Please note: using this method may cause you to lose a considerable amount of money to bank fees and exchange costs. Alternatively, you may choose to take your money to Australia in cash, however it’s worth noting that if you have more than 10,000 Australian dollars, you will have to declare the money to customs.
If you plan on opening an Australian bank account, you will need to take with you a form of identification (e.g. a passport, birth certificate or driver’s licence), proof of an Australian address and a reference from your old bank.
Ease of moving
Whether you are moving to Australia via sea or air, you must ensure your belongings are packed correctly, ready for inspection. As such, you must make sure you adhere to the following checklist to ensure you don’t encounter any problems:
- Clean all of your household items, ensuring anything which has been in contact with the following is free from contamination:
- Animals/animal products
- Closely inspect your belongings to check for any indication of insect or pest infestation as this is prohibited.
- Carefully wrap any fragile items, such as sharp utensils and glass or ceramic items, so they are completely secure during transit.
- Clearly label any boxes which contain medical items or potentially dangerous goods which may compromise the safety of those handling your belongings.
- Put together a clear inventory of all contents in each box you are shipping as this list will be required by authorities in Australia.
- For further details about preparing your belongings for shipment to Australia, please take a look at this list compiled by the Australian Government.
Whittle International Movers
Moving to the other side of the world can be a daunting prospect and a complex process, which is why the experts at The Whittle Group are always on hand to provide a helping hand. We aim to make your move as stress-free and easy as possible, which is why we offer a dedicated international removals department to oversee the entire process, from planning and preparations to packing and shipping. We even offer clean, purpose-built storage facilities for those items you plan to keep in the UK while you are living abroad.
Not only that, we also provide a comprehensive removals service for those moving from Australia to the UK which usually works out far cheaper than using an Australian company to do the same job. For further information about any of our services, or to arrange an appointment with us, don’t hesitate to get in touch today!
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