Living in Australia

Thinking about moving to Australia?

Choosing where you want to live in Australia is not straightforward. Australia is a big place, as if you didn’t know. Australia has big cities, it has small towns. It has beautiful beaches and it has barren outback. Australia also has a good selection of islands.

Where are you going to live?

You can click on the links above in the navigation menu or further below to find out more about Australia’s Cities and Australian States. But for a quick roundup of the major cities and help with choosing a suburb, check out:

It is not so much the content on my pages that will help you decide where to live in Australia, but the hundreds of comments that have been added by those who do live here. Do be sure to join in on the conversation wherever you can.

More useful links:

I also have a more comprehensive roundup, which includes annual weather charts and more, for each of the following cities. Please click on any of the links below to read more:

Want to live outside of the capital cities?

You will find information on many of the smaller towns in our states and territories on the following pages:

I do hope the information I have here helps you; good luck with your search.

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  • Leon January 22, 2017, 1:00 am | Link

    The best city for Foreign people in australia is Sydney and then Melbourne.
    Adelaide is worst city for Foreign.

  • Parth gusani January 15, 2017, 4:38 am | Link

    Hey
    I’m from India and having master degree in Finance & Account and looking forward for moving Australia -my favourite city is Sydney, is there any job opportunity for me there?
    How can I come to know ?
    Pls guide

  • arslan sadiq December 21, 2016, 4:53 pm | Link

    Dear Sir,

    I am a mechanical engineer and recently got my 189 visa. I would like to know which city should i target, where there are plenty of opportunities in manufacturing business.
    I am currently working and residing in Dubai.

  • Cassandra December 2, 2016, 5:26 am | Link

    Hi Bob,

    I’ve been researching emigration to Australia for myself, 18 y/o son and two other teenage kids from the USA. I am self employed with a successful small business that can be operated from anywhere. My income is comfortable and can afford my family in a decent number of cities. Though I have considered migrating to a few different predominantly English countries before, Australia (Melbourne or possibly Perth, namely) is a locale I am taking great interest in. I checked out the visas available, and none seem to match other than an extended travel visa. From what I have learned, it takes 6 years of residence before one can qualify for citizenship. Do you have any suggestions for our process? Thank you

    • BobinOz December 2, 2016, 8:28 pm | Link

      No I don’t have any suggestions, mostly because the only people who can legally give you advice on this are MARA registered migration agents. Australia is a difficult country to get in to and with all the different visas available, it takes a trained professional to advise on these matters.

      For more information on this, see my page Would I Qualify?

      Good luck with your plans, Bob

      • Cassandra December 3, 2016, 1:34 pm | Link

        I’ll read your link and start up with an expert, thanks 🙂

  • rachel November 28, 2016, 3:25 pm | Link

    I am working on getting a independent skilled workers visa in australia, I am a enrolled nurse from northern california. I plan to go back to school to become a registered nurse and was wondering what is the best city or part of Australia that would cater to nursing students, nursing employment , cool temperatures, beautiful scenery because northern California is a forest, great place to meet people and alot of fun activities to do?

    • Mark November 28, 2016, 4:47 pm | Link

      Having grown up in SoCal with a few vacations your direction. I’m guessing you are further north than San Fran even close to Oregon … I think you may be hard pressed to find the match but Id aver Melbourne’s climate to be the closest perhaps…I think if you flipped USA mirrored into the Southern hemisphere Sydney might be LA that;s the non scientific approach…Out past Cockatoo near Melbourne, well to the east of it, the scenery gets more and more looking like say Mendocino which is a close as it gets…

      Nursing My brother in law (gas and air ) came out from UK years back, his wife, a nurse, they opted for Wollongong near Sydney. Id say you’d have to be near the three main East coast areas Melbourne Sydney Brisbane for more nursing choice…Hopefully someone more in that field may come along and answer you…

      The problem you may have is the lack of people compared to NorCal the population of Aus has just hit 24 million this year, so you need closer to city for more things to do.

  • Desi November 8, 2016, 4:23 am | Link

    Hi bob
    I have received skill migrant visa 189. I am a mechanical engineer with experience in maintenace in fertiliser and chemical plants. Could you please suggest the best place to come and search a suitable job for mechanical engineer.

  • Derrick November 5, 2016, 11:18 pm | Link

    Hi bob,
    I was wondering. Is marijuana legalised in Australia? Because I’m thinking of moving…

    • BobinOz November 7, 2016, 6:21 pm | Link

      It’s complicated, mostly because each state has different laws on this. These laws can change at any time, but a few of our states have decriminalised marijuana and if you are caught with small amounts of it in other states you could be cautioned, fined, or have to go through some kind of counselling program called, for some reason, diversion.

      So you need to check out the laws in each individual state, I think South Australia and ACT have the most relaxed laws at the moment, and Western Australia the toughest. It is still possible to go to prison for possession of cannabis in some states, but I think it’s quite rare so we are nothing like the US on this. Hope that helps 🙂

  • Paul November 3, 2016, 5:45 pm | Link

    Hi
    Not sure which suburb to choice in brisbane to live under $1 million dollars. I want be a great lawn bowls club and want join a gym near shopping my brother live bulimba

    bulimba, qld 4171; balmoral, qld 4171; morningside, qld 4170; newstead, qld 4006; teneriffe, qld 4005; hamilton, qld 4007; ascot, qld 4007; eagle farm, qld 4009; hendra, qld 4011; east brisbane, qld 4169; norman park, qld 4170; seven hills, qld 4170; cannon hill, qld 4170; hawthorne, qld 4171; south brisbane, qld 4101; west end, qld 4101; spring hill, qld 4000; paddington, qld 4064; auchenflower, qld 4066; fortitude valley, qld 4006; highgate hill, qld 4101; milton, qld 4064; brisbane city, qld 4000

    • BobinOz November 3, 2016, 7:47 pm | Link

      Bulimba is very nice and it does have a bowls club, that would be my choice. You should ask your brother what he thinks.

  • Mickey October 22, 2016, 2:50 pm | Link

    Good Afternoon Bob, I would be immigrating to Australia within the next 2 to 3 months along with my wife and 9 year old daughter from India. I have gone through many blogs searching for the best cities to live in. As of now, we have shortlisted Sydney/Canberra based upon XYZ factors that suits our requirements. I am from the IT background (Software Quality Control – 16 + years of experience) and wife is an Electronics Engineer (College Professor – 7+ years of teaching experience). Getting hold of a job in our respective areas of expertise is gonna be little tough considering the current state of affairs but we are optimistic to get hold of them in a quick time.

    Our key priority – Both of us want our daughter to get herself involved in sporting activities like Rifle Shooting & Swimming at a deeper level, get quality training & would be able to make a professional career (she is keenly interested in both of them). Considering this situation, would moving to Sydney/Canberra serve this purpose? Or would you please recommend a suitable city in Australia which would provide easy and best access to get trained for these sporting activities.

    Have a wonderful evening ahead 🙂

    Cheers,
    Mickey.

    • BobinOz October 24, 2016, 4:56 pm | Link

      Well I’d be lying if I pretended I could give you a meaningful answer to your questions, but the reality is I wouldn’t know where to point you given your requirements.

      All I can tell you is that Canberra and Sydney are two vastly different cities, one has a population of around 400,000 people and the other just over 4 million.

      For your jobs, all I can suggest is that you search for the kind of work you want to do using the links on my page called Getting a Job or a Sponsorship just to see which cities might offer you the most opportunities. Getting work quickly is obviously a priority.

      Sydney is probably better than Canberra for swimming, the weather is warmer in Sydney and clearly Canberra does not have any beaches, so you would be restricted to swimming pools there.

      I have no idea about rifle shooting, I’m not even sure they do it in schools. Bottom line for me though, is go where the work is and let the rest take care of itself. Cheers, Bob

  • Neal October 15, 2016, 7:41 am | Link

    Hi Bob
    My wife received a job offer a few months back for a company in Sydney, with a start date end January 2017. The last few months have been crazy with the application process and our 457 Visa’s were approved 2 weeks back. Over the last couple of months, we have slowly become quite terrified at the cost of living, especially as we are a family of 5. I still have to secure a job and am currently having interviews. This morning we were thrown a curve ball and I’m not sure how to deal with it. Her new employer has advised her that they also have a position available for her in Wollongong, and it seems quite appealing as the cost of living seems to be remarkably lower than Sydney. The down side is that employment prospects, also salary scale, don’t appear to be as good as Sydney for myself. Is Sydney commutable from Wollangong? Also, I am in retail management, so working hours can be lengthy and erratic. Does the public transport cater for late nights/ early morning travel. Are there any other factors you think we should consider before deciding between the 2?
    Thanks

    • BobinOz October 17, 2016, 5:29 pm | Link

      Well, firstly, if you are coming from the UK and you are converting the continually plunging post Brexit pound into Australian dollars then yes, the cost of living here would frighten the life out of you.

      When you get here though, and you start earning Australian dollars, things won’t appear quite so expensive here. If you have a lot of money put by, this would be a terrible time to convert your pounds to Australian dollars. If you don’t have a lot of savings though, I think this would be a good time to move.

      As for whether Wollongong to Sydney is commutable, I suspect it is, but I also suspect it will drive you completely mad. I’m not sure what the train service might be like, but I reckon it would take you a couple of hours each way by car and then you would need to find somewhere to park.

      I can’t help you any more than that, I just don’t know those areas well enough. It might be worth you asking your Wollongong or Sydney question on my page about Sydney, maybe somebody local will see it and try to help you out. Good luck, Bob

  • SERKAN October 12, 2016, 1:02 am | Link

    Hi Bob,
    How can I learn which town should I live in Darwin in terms of children education and safety (good ranged primary schools etc..)?
    thanks.

    • BobinOz October 12, 2016, 8:38 pm | Link

      You can check information about schools on my page called Which school? You can also look up information about suburbs using the links on my page called Which Suburb?.

      There has also been a fair bit of talk about the various suburbs in the comments on my page about Darwin so it might be worth checking them out. Also, if you ask a question there, with luck, hopefully somebody local might swing by and help you out with an answer. Good luck, Bob

  • SHADAB SYED October 9, 2016, 10:27 pm | Link

    Hello Bob
    I a software profession from India with 5 years experience,
    I want to immigrant to Australia on PR Visa, which location will be good for my profession.

  • Maran October 7, 2016, 10:09 pm | Link

    Hi Bob, I want to move to Australia. I have experience in many fields, but I want something outdoors … know any jobs in beekeeping? What would you recommend state. Thank you

    • BobinOz October 10, 2016, 4:11 pm | Link

      You will need a valid visa that specifically allows you to come to Australia and work, have you looked into that yet? If you haven’t, see my page about Visas.

  • Nambaka Faith October 5, 2016, 12:18 pm | Link

    Please,have humble request,am looking for someone who can sponsor my studies in Australia.am a kenyan,19 years.currently am in Kenya.please help.

  • Gaia October 4, 2016, 12:53 am | Link

    Hi Bob!I’m a 20 years old girl living in Dubai (italian) would it be possible applying for a whv even though I have my place of residence here in the UAE? And I’m really confused about the place I want to live in. What would you suggest for me? I was thinking about Perth… But it seems a bit depressing based on what I read… What do you think about Perth? Is it easy fo find a job?? How about the salaries? Thank u

    • BobinOz October 4, 2016, 7:07 pm | Link

      The WHV qualifying countries applies to your nationality, the country for which you hold a passport, not your place of residence. Perth is very nice, but quite isolated and jobsite difficult there at the moment I think.

      Go where the work is, that’s what I would advise, and you can research that my page called Getting a Job or a Sponsorship and look up salary information by occupation. Cheers, Bob

  • Bobby September 18, 2016, 9:37 pm | Link

    Hey Bobin. Hope u r doing great. I want to move to Australia. I cannot bear too much of cold. So which place according to you would be the best where there isn’t too much cold or even extreme hot ?

    Thanks
    Bobby

    • BobinOz September 19, 2016, 2:35 pm | Link

      Sounds like you should be looking at the east coast, anywhere from say, Byron Bay all the way up to Noosa. Great weather, never too cold, maybe just a little too hot for around five weeks year. I’m in Brisbane and I love our weather here. Shorts all year round. Good luck, Bob

  • Afrigal September 16, 2016, 6:33 pm | Link

    Hi Bob!
    I am going to be studying medicine next year in either Perth or the Gold Coast (UWA or Griffith’s). I want somewhere that has a reasonably relaxed lifestyle, that is quite “outdoors-y” and has beautiful nature. I am drawn to Perth because of the proximity to Africa (where I’m from) and the numerous Africans that make Perth their home, but then I like Gold Coast because of the better weather, the more affordable living costs. It also seems like there is more to do in the Gold Coast, but maybe this is at the risk of being somewhere too commercialised? What advice can you give me on a good place to study?

    • BobinOz September 16, 2016, 8:49 pm | Link

      Perth can be a little isolated, so the Gold Coast wins easily in terms of location. It’s on the east coast and you can easily travel to many of our other major cities with a cheap flight that takes only an hour or two.

      On the downside though, yes, it is very commercialised, but mostly at its centre which is Surface Paradise. If you really like the outdoors-y life, I don’t think either place will disappoint. Perth will probably win in terms of it having so much countryside around it, but the Gold Coast doesn’t do too bad either.

      It has some amazing hinterlands, rainforests and is close to Lamington National Park.

      It’s a difficult choice, I’d go with your gut if I were you, or maybe just whichever university you think would be best for your studies.

      Good luck, Bob

  • danish September 3, 2016, 6:12 am | Link

    Hi Bob
    Thanks for your informative website and blog.
    I am currently living in London I would like to buy a house in Gold Coast, what are your thoughts about Gold Coast and sovereign island ? is it nice area to live and whats the demographic like ? what sort of people live there ?
    is predominantly white area or mixed sort of people live there
    sorry for so many questions

    • BobinOz September 4, 2016, 8:48 pm | Link

      Gold Coast is very commercial and it has a mixed demographic. If you like beaches, boats and nightlife, then it may just be the place for you. I’ve never been to Sovereign Island though, I don’t think I could go even if I wanted to. Isn’t it a gated community?

      So I can’t really tell you what it’s like at all, although obviously it is a very expensive area. You might want to click on the link in the above article to Gold Coast and have a read of the comments there to find out more.

  • JAHANZEB ASIM September 2, 2016, 5:42 am | Link

    Hey Bob, how are you doing??

    I am coming to Melbourne in the quarter of 2017, I am Electrical Engineer and I have MS degree in Engineering Management. I have 4 years experience, do you think I have to come as immigrant to Australia or not??

    What about job opportunities in Melbourne??

    • BobinOz September 3, 2016, 12:14 am | Link

      I don’t understand your question, but I can tell you that if you want to come to Australia and work here, you will need a visa issued by the Australian government that will allow you to do that.

  • Mona August 30, 2016, 2:27 am | Link

    I am getting married to a taxi opeartor in canberra.I am an arts graduate , what kind of job i expect to get there and hows the city?

    • BobinOz August 30, 2016, 7:54 pm | Link

      Hi Mona

      If you visit my page about Canberra and read the comments, you will find there is plenty of talk about what that city is like and also the kind of jobs available there. You can also search for jobs on my page called Getting a Job or a Sponsorship.

      Good luck, Bob

  • Samy August 11, 2016, 4:19 am | Link

    Hi Bob;
    I’m 40 years old & I have a PR in Australia & I’m working currently in KSA. I want to move to Australia BUT I’m afraid of loosing my job in KSA without getting job in Australia so I need to know which is the best city for employment & I need your advise if I need to stay more in KSA or to move to Australia as quickly as possible due to my age.

  • Sho July 31, 2016, 5:19 am | Link

    Hello Mr.Bob.
    I am Sho and 21 years old Japanese living in Switzerland. I am currently studying hospitality management in Switzerland and planning to move to Australia and would be Sydney. I used to live in Wollongong by the way for a year.

    The reason why I’m studying hospitality management is it’s worth having a hospitality background because I believe that this degree is related to any kind of industry. Also it’s a huge industry in Australia. However, I have no idea how to get a work permission over there. I’m from Japan and tons of Japanese lives there.

    I would really like to have an advice from you that how to get a work permission or working visa. I’m sure that I’ll have to find an employment first and they’ll help me out yet I have no idea.

    Can you help me a bit?

    • BobinOz August 1, 2016, 12:28 am | Link

      No, I can’t help you with this, only MARA registered migration agents are legally allowed to assist people with these questions. I do offer lots of advice and information about the process though, you can read it all on my Migration Advice page.

  • Rejoyce July 12, 2016, 10:30 pm | Link

    Hi Bob
    I am from South Africa and are planning to move to Australia in the next year. I am currently studying towards CPA and do have South African Honors degree in Finance. Along with that I am an accountant. So my question is will I be able to secure a job in OZ or I should plan to do the moving after I complete my CPA qualification. What exactly should I do, should I apply for the visa now before I complete my CPA qualification or finish the qualification then apply for the visa?.

    thank you and kind regards

    • BobinOz July 13, 2016, 8:51 pm | Link

      These are not questions I can answer accurately for you, if you are unsure how to proceed you should seek the advice of a migration agent.

  • Silver Sute July 1, 2016, 10:12 am | Link

    Hi Bob, I’d just like to say that I’m really inspired by your story and love the effort you put into your blog!

    I am an Italian-American 21 year old university student. Ever since my brief stint living in Sydney as a child (for 5 years during primary school), I have always had my heart set on returning to the land down under, at least for a few years. I’m currently studying at the University of St Andrews (in the UK). Next year I’ll be graduating with a first-class degree in economics, and I’m debating whether to do a masters degree in either a good UK university (warwick, ucl, lse, etc) or one of the best Australian universities. My goal is to obtain the best qualification imaginable for a potential job in a large city in Australia, though please keep in mind that I am in no means set on remaining in Australia no matter what (so the flexibility of my degree will be somewhat important). I’m not sure which field I’d like to enter, but by the time I make my application decision I’ll obviously have decided. Would you happen to have any advice based on any experiences you might have had?

    • BobinOz July 2, 2016, 12:32 am | Link

      Gosh, no, I wouldn’t have a clue.

      If you want the best qualification imaginable, then I think you really need to speak to somebody who knows which school is the most respected in the field of economics.

      All I know is the best lawyers go to Harvard, but that’s only because I watch Suits 🙂

      Sorry I couldn’t be more helpful.

  • Santosh Kumar June 29, 2016, 3:11 pm | Link

    Hello Bob,
    migrating to Aus soon, Could you pls let me know which is the best place for Information Technology jobs, also the best place for new immigrants to feel home away from home.

  • ajao June 29, 2016, 4:59 am | Link

    hello mr bob ,i really appreciate your respond of people enquiries on this website,i am a young footballer and single status, am hoping and dream to live and start my football career in australia, so i need your help to precribe the best city full of football training, gyming house,athlectic around ,and visa that australia embassy accept from nigerian citizen, i love australia.

    • BobinOz June 29, 2016, 10:32 pm | Link

      Football isn’t really Australia’s sport, so it’s not the best place to come to to launch your career. We don’t even have a city that is, what you would call, football mad. Your biggest problem will be getting a visa though, see Would I Qualify?

  • freda June 28, 2016, 5:29 pm | Link

    Where is the greenest, coolest town or area in Australia? I mean, temperature.

    • BobinOz June 29, 2016, 2:40 am | Link

      This is easy, it’s Hobart. Or anywhere in Tasmania. It’s green, very green, and cool. It’s not mainland Australia, but if that doesn’t bother you, that’s where you should go. If you do want mainland, then I suspect the answer is Canberra.

  • Despo givi June 18, 2016, 5:48 pm | Link

    Hello! I am from greece, I am 44, I have 4 children and I want to move tp australia or new Zealand. I was hotel employ amd my husband musician. We have some money and want to invest there for a new beginn. Any idea what could we do there?

    • BobinOz June 18, 2016, 10:45 pm | Link

      Hi and welcome. I think before you start thinking about what you can do here, you really need to look into whether or not you would qualify for a visa. They are not easy to get.

      Please see my page about Visas. Good luck, Bob

  • Beth ackley June 15, 2016, 4:57 am | Link

    Hi bob,

    I am a 22nd year old nursing student at present and my partner is 23 and an account. I qualify as a childrens nurse september 2017 and we are looking to move striaght over to aus for between 6 and 12 months to work and to live.
    we have been looking for a while now and the best city too choose from and brisbane seems to he standing out the most what is your opnion on brisbane?
    And also regarding accomodation in brisbane, i would like to rent a house whilst over there but my partner much prefers a apartment how are the houses in brisbane?

    Also do you know if its easy for newly qualified nurses to get there first job in a new country?
    Thank you in advance!!

    Beth

    • BobinOz June 15, 2016, 11:23 pm | Link

      Well I love Brisbane, I’ve lived here for over eight years now. I have visited all the other major cities and none of them have tempted me to move away from here. So it gets the thumbs up from me.

      Most people do choose to live in houses here, apartments are mostly for those who want to live closer to the city. I have no idea how easy or hard it might be to get a job as a nurse here at the moment, but that will vary from city to city and state to state. I do plenty of research if I were you, as you may want to choose where you live depending on where you can best secure work. Good luck, Bob

  • Kyri June 13, 2016, 2:09 pm | Link

    Hi Bob,
    I’m a Year 11 high school student in Adelaide and I want to be a music teacher. I want to study at the University of Adelaide to get my music and teaching degree, but I’m thinking of moving interstate after I graduate from uni. SA has the highest unemployment rate and I believe I have more of a chance getting a job in a different state. I’m thinking of living in Melbourne as I have most of my family there and there are plenty of music schools. Should I move or stay in Adelaide?
    Kind regards,
    Kyri

    • BobinOz June 13, 2016, 4:53 pm | Link

      That’s a very big decision Kyri, especially for someone as young as yourself, I’m guessing you can only be about 16 or 17 at the moment? So you will still be quite young even after you graduate.

      I would wait until then, just to see what the job situation is like in each state and how you feel about moving at that time. It’s not a decision anyone else can make on your behalf though, this one has to be down to you.

      Good luck, Bob

  • Halle June 11, 2016, 8:23 am | Link

    Hello Bob, thanks for an insightful website. We recently got our permanent residency visas for Australia. We are a family of four (mum, dad and 2 boys, 7 and 2 years)

    I’m in the Public Relations trade, my husband is in IT. We are not sure which part of Australia to move to though our minds are on Sydney and Brisbane. Which of the 2 would you recommend?

    I also want to reside in a nice family orientated neighbourhood with essential amenities such as good schools, preschool, shopping centre, health care facilities and fun activities for the kids are close by, preferably with excellent transport links.

    We have set the move for this coming December, therefore kindly assist with rental agencies, list of schools and day care centres I can contact in the meantime and employment agencies to set my career in motion.

    Thank you

    • BobinOz June 12, 2016, 9:11 pm | Link

      Well, my preference would be for Brisbane, but then I live here, so it would be. Both cities can offer you what you are looking for, so I can’t really choose one over the other for you based on what you’ve said.

      If I were you though, I would definitely go to whichever city offers you the best chance of getting employment, because it just isn’t easy for people to get jobs at the moment. See…

      http://www.bobinoz.com/blog/17033/whats-it-really-like-trying-to-find-a-job-in-australia-2015/

      Also, to help you choose which city, in the event that both Brisbane and Sydney have employment opportunities for you, check out my page called A Quick Guide to Choosing a City in Australia.

      Once you know which city you are going to go to, you should check out my page about that city, all city pages are linked underneath the Australian Cities main navigation menu above, and have a good read of comments. There is lots of talk about suburbs to live in.

      Hope that helps, Bob

    • Keysi June 17, 2016, 11:58 am | Link

      Halle,

      My partner and I are looking into moving to Australia in the next upcoming year. However, we don’t know how to go about getting started. What kind of visa did you acquire? I appreciate any advice! Thanks!

  • James June 1, 2016, 12:15 pm | Link

    Hey Bob,

    I’m a 25 year old Kiwi looking to move to Australia – I’m a Civil Engineer, so construction demand is favourable. I’m looking for a warmer climate with close beach access. Went to Perth over Christmas, but it’s too far away for my liking. Just been to Sydney, I loved Bondi but rent is so expensive and Sydney is super busy, perhaps could get used to the bustle.

    My preferences:
    – sunny and close to a beach
    – plenty things to do
    – woman who are down to earth and not fake or snobby (plenty of women is a plus)
    – busy but not overly packed with huge congestion.

    Any recommendations?

    Cheers

    • BobinOz June 1, 2016, 11:26 pm | Link

      I think you need to concentrate mainly on where you might find work as a civil engineer, because landing a job here at the moment isn’t easy. May I suggest you read my post about the state of states, I think you’ll find it helpful…

      http://www.bobinoz.com/blog/17690/commsecs-australian-state-of-states-report-july-2015/

      Also, checkout…

      http://www.bobinoz.com/blog/17033/whats-it-really-like-trying-to-find-a-job-in-australia-2015/

      Get the job first, then move close to where you’re going to work, that’s what I’d do. Unless you’re going into the outback, you’ll never be too far from the beach, things to do and down to earth women. We don’t really have any serious congestion outside of Sydney and possibly Melbourne.

      Good luck, Bob

    • Vera Lopes June 14, 2016, 1:46 am | Link

      Hey James,

      Did you find what you were looking for? As i pretend to move to Australia to and want the exact same things, well not the girls 🙂

      Let me know wich city you choose

      Cheers
      Vera

  • Rob May 2, 2016, 11:36 am | Link

    Bob,

    I am an app developer, website and branding expert from Virginia USA. I’m considering living in Australia during the summer season each year June – September. Any recommendations on places to live that might have a lot of new businesses on the regular? Would like to be able to build apps out there and sites for new places and get work in the summer while there. Thanks for any advice, Sunshine Coast sounds like a great place. Oh, and what city has the most beautiful women?

    • BobinOz May 3, 2016, 6:06 pm | Link

      Well, I think before you decide which city to go to and whether you can get some work there or not and what our women might be like, you should look into visas that will allow you to come here and do what you’re hoping to do.

      I am not a MARA migration agent, and I do suggest you speak with one, but your main problem is finding a visa that will allow you to live in this country for four months of each year and work why you’re here.

      That’s what I would sort out first if I were you. Good luck, Bob

      • Rob May 4, 2016, 6:14 pm | Link

        Thank you Bob for the great advice. I think it’s best I visit first and get better aquatinted with everything there. Can you at least recommend the better place to stay while there? Sunshine Coast, Perth or Syndney? Thanks again

  • Luke vyse April 28, 2016, 3:37 pm | Link

    Hi bob,
    This is an amazing cite you’ve got going here. I’m Luke from England and I’m thinking about coming to oz for a working holiday before my time is up and I’m to old. I worked in England as a painter and decorator but also worked on sites as a plumber/laborer. I hope you can help point me in the right direction in which city I should try to start my journey.. Thanks so much bob,
    Luke.

    • BobinOz April 28, 2016, 6:39 pm | Link

      Glad you like my website Luke, thank you. If it were me, I would want to see as much of Australia as possible. I’d probably start in Sydney and work my way north up the coast at least covering Byron Bay, the Tweed Coast, Gold Coast and Brisbane.

      If you can, keep going until you get to Cairns, not missing out Airlie Beach. Depending upon what time of year you arrive, you might want to do it the other way round. As in if you arrive during our Australian winter, start in the north and head south.

      Be sure to read my pages about Working Holiday Visas and Backpacking in Australia, you might pick up some useful information there.

  • Neesa April 25, 2016, 12:39 am | Link

    Hi Bob
    I am a medical doctor looking to come and specialise as well as enjoy good weather with sunshine and beaches. l will also need an affordable lifestyle.What city would you recommend for both good study opportunities and affordable living conditions

    • BobinOz April 25, 2016, 5:35 pm | Link

      Sorry, this isn’t something I can help with, I know absolutely nothing about the studying options for medical students in Australia. All I can tell you about affordability is that Sydney and Melbourne are our most expensive cities, and probably Hobart and Adelaide the least expensive. Good luck, Bob

    • Rosie Viduka April 26, 2016, 2:10 am | Link

      Hi Neesa, there’s a few options. but i would suggest the Sunshine Coast as an affordable laid back town that has plenty to offer. beautiful beaches and good sunny weather all year round. it is also very close to Brisbane about 1.5 hours drive south, where you will find great universities and hospitals to study in and then a further 1 hour drive south is the goldcoast which is dubbed the mini las vegas for its party scene and stunning landscapes. these three areas are large tourist based cities. al three haveairports, with brisbane being the key city with an international airport. 🙂 hope this helps.

  • Muhammad Shahid Hanif April 13, 2016, 5:14 pm | Link

    Dear Bob
    I am a Chemical Engineer and I am looking for best suited city of Australia to my profile.
    I have working experience of FMCG and I want to live in a city with Job opportunities in FMCG with cheap living expenses
    Kindly guide me.
    Regards
    Shahid

  • Drew April 10, 2016, 7:26 pm | Link

    Hey Bob,

    Absolutely love your site. I listened to your advice and moved to Australia. Currently in Sydney. I am finding it expensive as hell here, a room for rent is $300p/w minimum anywhere in the surrounding suburbs. That’s insane!!! Is there any place that is cheaper but still has a decent amount of job opportunities? Weather isn’t a huge concern for me. Definitely want to be in a coastal area.

    Thanks in advance!!

    • BobinOz April 11, 2016, 8:13 pm | Link

      Sydney is our most expensive city, certainly for accommodation. So yes, you will find it much cheaper elsewhere, the big issue is whether or not you would find employment.

      I can’t answer that question, but you can research it on my page called Getting a Job or a Sponsorship.

      Accommodation is way cheaper in Adelaide and Hobart, but these are the cities with the most unemployment at the moment so it might be hard to find work. Brisbane is a much cheaper city to live in than Sydney, and you may just find work, employment isn’t too bad here. Melbourne is buzzing, but again quite expensive although not as expensive as Sydney.

      I think you need to find out where you can get work first, and then decide whether you want to move there. Could luck, Bob

  • Joao PS Langaro April 8, 2016, 5:21 am | Link

    Hey Bob, great blog!
    I’m moving to Brisbane from Brazil in June. I’d like to know where are the best bars besides the ones at Fortitude Valley and also bars where I can have cheap beers, the famous ones… etc.

    Congrats for the blog!

    • BobinOz April 8, 2016, 6:07 pm | Link

      Apart from the Valley, there are also lots of bars in Boundary Street in the West End (Archive has a good range of beers) and in Paddington along Caxton Street. Cheap beers are hard to come by though I’m afraid, although they are slightly cheaper in some of the sports clubs and RSL’s that you would need to join.

      Best bet is to shop around in the bars, prices do vary. Have fun, Bob

  • Kevin April 6, 2016, 12:01 pm | Link

    Hi Bob, great website!! I am hoping to get your advice on where to live in Australia. I am a single 28yr old professional looking for somewhere to live that 1. Has good access to nice beaches (lots of sunshine all year-round), 2. a decent nightlife (bars, clubs), 3. beautiful single women (young and vibrant), 4. good access to essential services such as hospitals, shopping centres, schools, restuarants etc. Lastly, somewhere that I can opt to drive no more than 1.5 hours to a good residential quiet area with stunning homes (to reside). Thanks! Looking forward to your top 2 suggestions- matching my wish list.

    Kev

    • BobinOz April 6, 2016, 7:13 pm | Link

      Look no further than the Gold Coast, it has everything you are looking for, I’m not even sure I need to give you a second choice.

      Why?

      Brisbane, no beaches. Sunshine Coast, no nightlife. Sydney is a possibility, but you may struggle to find a good residential quiet area with stunning homes within an hour and a half drive, unless you have a great deal of money.

      Melbourne will not give you the weather you’re looking for consistently and Perth/Adelaide would be too quiet for you, especially the nightlife.

      So I’m sticking with the Gold Coast, good luck, Bob

      • Kevin April 7, 2016, 2:57 am | Link

        Thanks for the recommendation Bob, Ill take a closer look at the Gold Coast.

        Cheers,
        Kevin

  • Vinod Viswanathan Naik March 30, 2016, 9:46 pm | Link

    Hi Bob,
    I found your blog and website quite interesting and it helped me a lot to get insights into many areas. My background is Mechanical engineer specialised in project management for oil and gas projects.Even I am ready to venture into mining sector. Could you please suggest which state in Aussies has got more scope in terms of many undergoing projects related to above both domains. I would highly appreciate your valuable inputs.

    Thank you

    • BobinOz March 31, 2016, 8:49 pm | Link

      Hi Vinod

      No I can’t, I don’t keep up to date with what goes on in that industry. Your best bet would be to research it using the links I have on my page called Getting a Job or a Sponsorship.

      At least that way you know the information is up-to-date. Good luck, Bob

  • WalCH March 17, 2016, 8:51 pm | Link

    Hello Bob,

    Thank you for all the wonderful information that you have made available to all the people through this website.
    I have a specific question for you.
    I am looking forward to apply for Australian immigration under the subclass 190. I have spoken to and met at least 5 Australian Immigration Agents in Dubai and Pakistan to discuss my case. Most of them being MARA certified (checked on the MARA website).
    The problem is that some would say that I will be eligible and others say I will not be for the skilled category; based on the fact that I graduated as a Chemical Engineer but my 2 year work experience is in a different field of work.
    3 of the 5 agents say that since you wont be claiming any points from work experience, it doesnt matter what job have you been working in. While the other 2 consultants have a different opinion about this. They say it still counts and you will not be able to get a positive assessment.

    What do you think is correct? Can you please help me out here??

    I score 60 points without claiming any work experience. Looking forward to your response.

    Best.

    • BobinOz March 18, 2016, 11:56 pm | Link

      I don’t think anything, I’m not a MARA migration agent. I’m afraid this is one of those questions I simply cannot answer because I’m not qualified, see Would I Qualify?

      I feel for you, because each of those MARA migration agents should be saying the same thing, whatever the correct thing is. If you want to ask my MARA migration agent what he thinks, and I do recommend him, then maybe you should go through my Visa Assessment Service.

      Good luck, Bob

  • mumof2 March 11, 2016, 10:42 pm | Link

    Hi
    I am a secondary school English teacher (15 years experience) and my partner is a Quantity Surveyor (six years experience) and we are looking at emigrating to Australia in a couple of years with our two boys, three and 20 months. As much as we love the UK, our main motivation is to provide our boys with the best quality of life we can, as well as improving our family life as a whole. There is such a wealth of information available, it has made me really unclear of how to begin!

    We are looking for somewhere really family-friendly with plenty to do, obviously good schools and a beach close if possible.

    Any advice on where to start wold be amazing.

    Thanks

    • BobinOz March 14, 2016, 4:36 pm | Link

      You need to be clicking through on the many links on this page and reading more about each state and city. You need to narrow down your own search based on what you want and where you can get work. Family friendly with good beaches and schools could fit many places in Australia.

      You will learn a great deal about each of these places if you read through the comments that have already been made as well. Good luck, Bob

  • StaffordshireLady March 10, 2016, 8:53 pm | Link

    Hi Bob,

    I’m currently studying for a Degree in Adult Nursing and plan on emigrating within a few years of graduation. My husband is concerned about his job prospects and I’m not sure where he would fall within the job sections….

    He’s currently assistant manager within a property maintenance firm where he’s worked for 10yrs+ and he’s trained through experience in plastering, tiling, painting, fitting bathrooms/kitchens etc. He is currently in charge of around 50 men on the tools now, so his day to day job is scoping and pricing jobs (internally) liaising with project managers/directors, customer care, and liaising with the workers.

    If you had any idea of where he’d fall within the jobs in Australia or can point me in the right direction i’d be much appreciated.

    Thank you

    • BobinOz March 11, 2016, 5:01 pm | Link

      You need this page – Getting a Job or a Sponsorship.

      If you qualify for a visa because of your qualifications, your husband can be included as your spouse on the same application. So he doesn’t have to find a name for what it is he does, he just needs to find a job when he gets here.

      If you need help with the process, you should really talk to a MARA migration agent, for help with that see Migration agents..

      • Laura March 11, 2016, 5:21 pm | Link

        Hi Bob

        Thanks for your reply.

        My husband and I just want to make sure there is a trade that he fits in…. management as he says he’s done his time on the tools 🙂 although looking into it more we think he would fall within a foreman supervisor or site supervisor etc.

        Thanks for the info we will look into it further.

        😉

        • jim March 13, 2016, 8:05 pm | Link

          You should go on the block TV show…

  • bahar March 9, 2016, 10:03 pm | Link

    Hiii
    How can I find the cheapest islands in Australia?

    • BobinOz March 10, 2016, 5:20 pm | Link

      Do you want to buy a whole island?

  • Kim March 5, 2016, 7:11 am | Link

    My boyfriend and I are hoping to move to Australia if Trump is elected…. It’s been overwhelming to begin research but this is a great start! Thank you!

    • BobinOz March 6, 2016, 9:11 pm | Link

      Ha ha ha, that’s funny! Trump is President? Runaway!!!

      Glad to hear you like my website, thanks.

      • asdfghjkl June 6, 2016, 5:18 pm | Link

        lol

  • briju March 2, 2016, 5:00 pm | Link

    Hello bob,
    I got a independent PR visa to Australia.I am an engineer.kindly advice the best location in Australia where I can find a job easily and places I should not consider for migration at present situation.

  • Raj February 26, 2016, 3:29 am | Link

    I am a banker and got PR for Australia under open skilled migration. Please guide best city to move for me having better job prospects

  • Anshul Tyagi February 24, 2016, 1:23 am | Link

    Hey bob, I had seen your reply against the comments and they were tremendous and very helpful . 🙂
    So i need your help to decided which state in Australia is better for studies and less expensive with vast job opportunities
    Basically i had done graduation in civil engineering and having experience of 2 year in mine field
    Please bob help me to decide which state is better and cost of leaving is cheaper with there studies along woth job opportunities from civil engineer point of views

    • BobinOz February 24, 2016, 6:03 pm | Link

      I’m afraid it doesn’t work like that, states with the most job opportunities are by their nature the ones that are more expensive to live in. Places that are cheap to live in have fewer job opportunities.

      So what you are asking for doesn’t really exist. Please check the comments on my main pages about Australian Cities and Australian States to help you decide where to head to.

  • dulanjalee February 23, 2016, 5:17 pm | Link

    Hello there……
    It’s a very useful site Bob. Thanx for that. We r a family with 2 small kids n moving to Aussi in August., Will u suggest few good city/ places from Melbourne for us? With school access, Reasonable rent, Basically a good area to brought up children with out hazels… Pls. Thank u

    • BobinOz February 23, 2016, 6:22 pm | Link

      You need to visit my main page about Melbourne, it’s under the link to Australian Cities in the navigation menu across the top of each page. Lots of talk about where to live in Melbourne in the comments over there. Have a good read, you will learn a lot.

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