Living in Brisbane

brisbane southbank BrisbaneBrisbane is the capital of Queensland and Australia’s third largest city. It has a population of around 2.24 million and is located right in the middle on the east coast. Except it isn’t quite on the coast. It was built on the Brisbane River about 15 kms in from the Pacific Ocean.brisbane 300x247 Brisbane

A quick glance at any map of Australia will convince you that all the major cities, Sydney, Melbourne, Perth, Adelaide and Brisbane are all on the beach. They all are, except Brisbane, which is on a mangrove. Perhaps that’s why Brisbane only came 20th in the Economist’s Intelligence Unit’s 2014 Liveability Survey. But London only made 51st, so…..

Any shoreline about 15 kms either side of the mouth of the Brisbane River is a mangrove. Mangroves are intertidal trees and shrubs growing on tropical and subtropical shores. Basically, trees growing on mud. They are highly productive ecosystems, but you can’t build a sand castle on them.

But you’ll still need to bring your bucket and spade, because Brisbane is ideally located for both the Gold Coast and the Sunshine Coast. This accessibility to beaches is one reason why Brisbane pulls in so many tourists. It also has the benefit of a cooler inland climate.

Surfers Paradise (Gold Coast, south of Brisbane), one of Australia’s best know beaches, is about an hour and 10 minutes drive and Caloundra (Sunshine Coast, north) about an hour and a half. The closest sandy beaches to Brisbane are at Redcliffe (north) and Southport (south).

The city itself is very modern, clean and compact. It is easy to navigate and has its own man made “beach” at South Bank Parklands.

What’s the weather like?

brisbane annual weather BrisbaneBrisbane boasts, on average, around seven hours of sunshine each day. It doesn’t really have a “proper” winter, so if shorts and T-shirt are your thing, you can wear them all year round.

The only time it gets anything like resembling “cold”, is usually around July and August at night time when you may, on occasions, need to find some jog bottoms or a jumper to see you through those winter evenings.

Possible severe weather around the Brisbane area could include cyclones and some flooding. So be especially careful where you choose to settle. Brisbane Council has produced a flood areas map which you can download by specific area from  Brisbane Council’s website.

Brisbane is where I live and I love it.

You may think this all looks pretty straight forward, but I didn’t describe them as “sprawling suburbs” for nothing. These areas break down into around 80 or more postcodes and each postcode can have 2, 3 or more places to live. All in all, there are about 250 different places around Brisbane that you can choose from to live.

What’s Brisbane Like?

  • Please note: Brisbane is no longer Australia’s fastest-growing city as stated in the commentary, it was a few years ago, but it’s not now.

Brisbane Suburbs Map:

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The sprawling suburbs can be divided up into 5 areas as follows.

  • Inner Brisbane – Including City, Inner North, Inner South, Inner East and Inner West
  • Northern Suburbs – Including Moreton Bay Islands, Northern Suburbs, North Eastern Suburbs, North Western Suburbs, Outer North Eastern Suburbs and Outer Northern Suburbs
  • Southern Suburbs – Including South Eastern Suburbs, South Western Suburbs and Southern Suburbs
  • Eastern Suburbs – Including Bayside Suburbs and Eastern Suburbs
  • Western Suburbs – Including Outer Western Suburbs and Western Suburbs

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Kent June 3, 2011 at 12:11 pm

hi Bob, just thought I’d let you know your info on the Brisbane page about the Gold Coast being North of Bris & the Sunshine Coast being South is actually wrong – its the other way around.



BobinOz June 6, 2011 at 2:25 pm

Hi Kent

I can’t believe I’ve done that, but then again, I can believe it too. When I first arrived in Australia I used to call left right and right left and North South and South North. I think it was an upside down thing, where I came from North equals cold, here North equals hot. Maybe it’s got a name, hemisphere blindness or something?

Anyway, I thought I was over it. Clearly not. Thanks for pointing it out, I’ve now changed it.




tabatha sandelands June 4, 2011 at 7:13 am

Hi Bob,

Great web site !! My family and I are just waiting on visas and hoping to be moving to Brisbane at the end of July early August this year , we are not sure where to live, the most important things for us is a good community , near schools/shops and good public transport, could you advice any surburbs ?

Many thanks


BobinOz June 6, 2011 at 2:39 pm

Hi Tabatha

Thanks for the compliment.

Check out my new page about choosing a suburb, it’s got some good information and some links to some good sources that give you the demographics of each suburb and also reviews from people who live there.

I only really know about Western Suburbs, because that’s where I live. Kenmore would be good, it’s close to schools shops and buses. Brookfield which is next to it and Fig Tree Pocket are also very nice. Anstead, Moggill and Bellbowrie, which is where I live, are great but more like living in the countryside, which I obviously like. But we’ve got no shops, not since the floods. One day they will return though :-)

Good luck and I hope your move goes well. Let me know what you think of it when you get here.




Elliott Banham September 7, 2011 at 10:30 am

Hello BobinOz,
Great website!, Summer is over in England now!, im planning a working holiday visa to oz in november, my plan is to fly to Sydney check it out for a week then come to Brisbane. Im a chef and aim to find a good quality restaurant somewhere on the coast(maybe Mooloolaba, Sunshine Coast?) im interested in surfing. Or should i just go to Melbourne where there alot of brilliant restaurants scattered everywhere? i cant decide!
Please help!


BobinOz September 7, 2011 at 8:09 pm

Melbourne is a great city, lots going on. But Brisbane is better for the weather if you like it warmer throughout the year. It would probably be harder to find work along the Sunshine Coast though, although not impossible. You are in the right industry to get worked up there.

If you have the time, check out Melbourne as well as Brisbane.

Good luck!


Katie October 8, 2011 at 6:52 am

Hi Bob, me, my husband and 2 daughters (5 and 3) are moving to Australia in January but I would really like your advice on a problem we have. My husband has been offered 2 jobs, 1 in Brisbane (offering $85,000) and 1 in Sydney (offering $115,000). My sister lives in Sydney and we visited her in April thinking we would fall in love with the place but the CBD was too business-like and busy and it was full of tourists and I prefer a leafy, friendly, easy going lifestyle. We never visited Brisbane but feel like it may be a better life for us. The problem is that due to my sister living in Sydney we would ideally like to live near her, but don’t know if we would get the lifestyle we want there. Are the northern shores of Sydney more like Brisbane so we can give my daughters the great lifestyle we dream of and are just as friendly with parklands etc. We need to decide as both jobs need an answer asap. Thank you in advance, Katie


Katie October 8, 2011 at 6:54 am

By the way, great website. Me and my husband have enjoyed reading all the info and watching the videos. Katie


BobinOz October 10, 2011 at 7:04 pm

Hmmm, very tough decision. I’m afraid I don’t know enough about the Northern Shores of Sydney to know if it would be anything like Brisbane, but I’d be very surprised if it wasn’t far more expensive there.

But as I say, I don’t know. Maybe someone else can answer?

Let’s face it, it would be very difficult for you to move all the way out here and not choose to live close to your sister. I have a friend who is in a similar position, his brother lives in Sydney but he really wants to move to Brisbane. It’s difficult.

I am biased towards Brisbane, I live in Brisbane. But I’d be surprised if you weren’t better off here with a lower salary than you would be in Sydney. It’s a difficult decision, I think only you can make it.

Good luck though, sounds like your Aussie bound!


CB May 17, 2012 at 11:24 pm

Hi Katie, I’m from northern beaches now north shore. I can answer any and all your questions about the areas if you still need a hand. Bottom line for me would be weather though. Sydney can be cold, Icy cold in winter!


Sam October 17, 2011 at 7:38 am

Hi Katie

I live in Brisbane and love the lifestyle. I have young children here but no family which has been very difficult at times. I would advise moving to Sydney, you need all the help you can get when you first emigrate. I had a good friend here in Brisbane and that really helped and it was why I chose Brisbane. You can always check other places out later when you’ve got used to Australian life. Having young children helps as well, you will meet loads of people. Your husband will meet a lot of people through his job.

The northern shores of Sydney are very expensive but very nice suburbs. I spent some time in Avalon and Newport Beach. Sydney city itself is very busy, like a mini London. Manly is nice. There are a lot of other suburbs further out that have become very desirable to live in as well but you also need to avoid the bad ones, Cabramatta being one. It’s been a long while since I’ve been there but your sister should be able to advise. Good luck, it’s a great country to live in.


Michelle October 24, 2011 at 7:08 pm

Hi Bob, thanks for a great website! I am moving to Brisbane and need to decide which suburb to live. I don’t know where my work would be yet. But I need to live in a good suburb and it has to be close to public transport. And the rent is not too high. Speaking of rent what is the process of renting in Brisbane?? Thanks.


BobinOz November 4, 2011 at 5:45 pm

Hi Michelle

There are a couple of pages you can look at, firstly Which Suburb?

But as I live in Brisbane, I may be able to help you if you give me more of an idea of what you’re looking for. Countryside? By the sea? City life?

As for renting, check out this page – Cost of Buying or Renting a House in Australia

They will need to check out your references and you will need to pay a deposit to rent here, my advice is offer as much information as possible, including bank statements if you can, they are choosing you, not you them. I think it’s a landlords market, they can afford to pick and choose.

Good luck and I hope you get to love Brisbane as much as I do.


Joanna October 26, 2011 at 9:05 am

Hi Katie

I am from the UK, and have lived in Tasmania for 9 years. I have family in Sydney. Without a doubt, if you’re moving all this way, go be near your sister!! Sydney, whilst the city is big, has some fantastic outer suburbs. With a bigger population, you don’t need to be in the city anyway, as the towns and other, smaller cities have it all. I don’t know it all that well, and yes, it’s more expensive than Brisbane, but when you need that time with people who know you (and you will) you’ll want to be near family. Also worth remembering the myriad of contacts and friends/networks your family will have. We looked at moving to Sydney in the past, and whilst the city is ridiculously expensive, some of the suburbs are not. Can’t remember which we looked at, but 30 mins plus out of the city is very affordable, certianly more so than even little old Hobart! Good luck!! You’ll love it ! Jo


james January 3, 2012 at 7:34 am

hi Bob, im lookiing to go out to oz this time next year, from the uk 21 years old, plumber/ fast fit mechcanic, i have a friend in brisbane which i would like to be near, agencies have been steering me towards a working visa which im thinking about but i want to move there permently, do you know how the job front is for plumbers in brisbane? and the average cost of renting an apartment, insurance on a van or car etc, basically the average cost to live in bisbane in at least a one bed, with a car including ALL the bills etc?

thanks jim


BobinOz January 4, 2012 at 2:12 pm
Stephanie January 6, 2012 at 5:49 am

Hello! I am so exctied to have found this website. My husband and I have just started our process of considering a move to Oz and particularly have gravitated toward Brisbane. My husband is a structural engineer so will likely have a job in the city. We will be bringing our two teenagers 14 and 16 and a 3 year old. We are going to need good schools, large enough home for all of us and a friendly neighborhood. We want to be close enough to the city so the commute is tolerable and so that we can easily take advantage of all there is to do. We are moving from Iowa in the USA (isolated, cold and little to do) we are ready for all Brisbane has to offer. We dont have any family or friends there, just want to take advantage of a unique experience and lifestyle change. We would like to take a trip there soon. Any suggestions on the best way to get a good feel for how life in Brisbane would be or anyone we could chat with to gain some more knowledge? Any advice you may have would be wonderful.

Thanks for your time and all of the great info on your site!



BobinOz January 9, 2012 at 1:05 pm

I always think it’s a good idea to come over and have a good look around first. Brisbane is a reasonably easy city to navigate around, especially if you buy a cheap GPS when you get here.

Take a look at my page called Which Suburb?, it might help you narrow down a few key places to take a look at.

Try to visit for as long as you can to give you a good chance to check everything out, ask questions of everyone, they are a pretty friendly bunch here. You can always pop back here if you have any further questions.

Good luck!


Opal January 13, 2012 at 1:11 am

We’ve finally started the paperwork for our adventurous move down under. I’ve never been to Oz but reading your blog and 20 reasons to move to Oz convince me that I am making the right decision. We have no friends are relatives there so this is really a big adventure for us.
I have a question two questions (for now)- 1) Is there anywhere in Brisbane that does not flood? We are thinking about settling there since there are jobs in our respective fields (accounting and IT) paying good salaries. 2) Our daughter will turn four by the time we move (next year)- how difficult was it to find school for your child? Are catholic schools in Brisbane expensive? I know, that was 3 questions :-)



BobinOz January 13, 2012 at 10:43 pm

There are loads of places in Brisbane that do not flood, my house for a start. There is a link in the above information about Brisbane to the councils flood map.

State schools have an obligation to take your child if you live within their area. If you want a Catholic school, that’s slightly different, read my post about school fees.

Hope that helps.


Tauqir Haider January 15, 2012 at 11:47 pm

I am a skilled migrant from Pakistan as accountant. I am planning to come to Australia for job and permanent stay. can you please guide me about the most economical family rent a furnished home/ apartment of 1 or more bedrooms and job market.


BobinOz January 17, 2012 at 4:24 pm
Samantha Thompson January 16, 2012 at 2:17 am

Hi there! I would appreciate any advice of the best place to live in austrailia as even though ive researched online it’s good to get people’s personal opinions. I would like to live in Brisbane but bribane alone is so big and I don’t no where to start when It comes to looking for a place to live (a suburb) I love the beach life so somewhere that’s closest to the gold coast would be ideal.
Look forward to hearing your advice
Kind Regards


BobinOz January 17, 2012 at 4:41 pm
azmeer yusri January 26, 2012 at 12:09 am

Hie Bob,

As all visitors have been saying Kudos to you to a great website :) I’m currently applying for state sponsorship for migration to the Australia and for my profession as a Mechanical Engineer the WA state ,Victoria and Queensland are the available state for me to apply for my state sponsorship.I have been reading and scouting through the entire net and the more i read its get tougher for me to choose which state as priority to my application.Would the state of Queensland be a good top pick for me if I’m planning to complete my masters degree as well apart from working and staying in Australia or would Victoria be a better choice.Would appreciate you ideas and thoughts.And ohh ohh I am from Malaysia.

Thanks Bob


BobinOz January 29, 2012 at 9:28 pm

Can’t really help you with that one, I don’t know which state would be best for you to complete your masters degree, maybe somebody who is in the field of Mechanical Engineering may be able to help you. Anybody?

I do have pages on this website to help you choose which city though, so if it makes no difference careerwise, you could check those pages out.


Maree January 26, 2012 at 8:54 pm

Hi Bob,
Love the info you have given so many people, its a real help. Like many people have said the place is so massive its hard to know where to start. My husband wants to move to Brisbane in a few years. He works for Virgin media installing cable tv, phones and internet, is there much call for that job out there?. Im doing a degree in health and social care and would be intrested in if theres would be work for me as a social worker for the elderly and wage. We also have two kids so would need to live in a area with good schools and family friendly. I dont want to live out in the sticks but i know we would never afford anything in the city or by the sea. My husbands father lives in Gympie but i dont think the work we do will be needed there. What do you think?. x


BobinOz January 29, 2012 at 9:31 pm

I think there is a lot of work available for people who can lay optical cables, Australia is soon to embark on building the fastest, wizziest Internet connection in the world, apparently :-)

I’m pretty sure you would find work too, if you came here. Brisbane would be a good choice, I love it here in Western Suburbs.


Maree March 7, 2012 at 8:26 pm

Hi Bob,
Do you know the companys that my husband could find work with in broardband like virgin?, we are finding it really hard to find his job title for over there. Here he is called a cable installer. We would like to try and find him a job that might sponser us to get out there.

We would be grateful for any help as we are getting nowhere!

Thanks Bob


BobinOz March 8, 2012 at 12:25 am

Telstra are the big players out here, and I believe they are planning a major cable upgrade. Have you looked at my page about Getting a Job or a Sponsorship?

There are links to the major online employment agencies on it and, as far as I’m aware, all you need to search for is cable installers.


Maree March 8, 2012 at 12:31 am

Yeah we have heard of telstra but think his title is something different over there and i wonder what the chances are of sponsered for that line of work are. I’ll look on there web site.

Thanks Bob x Maree


Carlos Martinez February 4, 2012 at 5:38 am

Greetings Bob i`ve found your page to be quite useful as well as fun!! my wife and i will be moving to Brisbane as soon as august this year we are 29(me) and 25(her) no kids what do you think will be the best place for us to begin our lives in the majestic country called australia



BobinOz February 7, 2012 at 12:00 am

Hi Carlos

Well, that largely depends on what you are looking for. Do you want quiet, or hustle and bustle? Do you want countryside living or city life? Sea breezes or mountain views?

Check out my page called Which Suburb?, it’s got some useful links that can help you choose where to live.


Debbie February 22, 2012 at 2:46 am

Hi Bob,
Thanks for your brill site, it’s taking the stress out of my searches the more I get into it, lots and lots of useful info on lifestyle and practicalities. I really really want to relocate to Brisbane, but as a 47 year old single nurse, I’m confused by all the visa options!!! I would certainly qualify for the Independent Skilled Migrant option but it’s extremely expensive…at 47 is there even a chance that I could get a sponsor or am I too ‘over the hill’??? None of the govt sites make it clear how to go about this…is this why I need to use a migration service?
I’m confused!!!


BobinOz February 23, 2012 at 1:29 am

Unfortunately, I don’t think Australia really does a cheap visa, not for permanent residency. Yes, it is possible you could get sponsored, particularly if your nursing skill is in high demand, but it wont be easy.

Your age is against you, but being a nurse is certainly a plus. Not really sure you need a migration service, but maybe you do need a good recruitment company. Can’t point you in the right direction yet, but I am working on it.


Aidan March 7, 2012 at 8:48 am

Hey bob i have recently been thinking about moving to Brisbane! I have Duel nationality that being the holder of both English and Irish passports! I have a brother that lives in Brisbane for the last five years… Who is a permanent resident… For the past year! Have been on the Auz immigration website… but there are som may option just getting a little lost and would rather ask for a little help incase i make any mistakes…. Oh yeah i am 31 years old…but i dont fit into any of the work sponsors visas… what way if any can i make my way to Australia!


BobinOz March 7, 2012 at 10:08 pm

I’d need at least six pages of information from you and the brain of a MARA registered migration agent to answer your question, I have neither. Which is why I set up my Visa Assessment Service.

If you’re serious about moving to Australia, you might like to give it a go.


Erika Rogers March 15, 2012 at 11:09 am

Hi BobinOz (and anyone else who can help)

We”re from South Africa and moved to Sydney at the end of 2010. My husband is now in a position at work where he may be transferred to the Brisbane office in Indooroopilly, and I need opinions of good, family friendly, safe suburbs with good schools.

We have a 5 year old daughter who started school this year, a 2 year old and a baby on the way (due in June).

I’d love a sea view, but not sure how safe with the cyclones, floods, etc that hit Brisbane? Just want a safe, family friendly neighbourhood with good schools. Even up to an hour train trip from Indooroopilly is fine!!

any recommendations?
Thank you


BobinOz March 16, 2012 at 10:16 pm

Not many sea views around here, you could live Bayside of Brisbane but there are no golden sandy beaches, it’s all mangrove. If I were you I’d take a look at Western suburbs around Pullenvale, Anstead, Brookfield, Bellbowrie and Moggill.

If you are looking for safe and family friendly, you won’t find any better.


Gab March 16, 2012 at 8:08 pm

Hi Bob excellent site, I am also moving to Brisbane but would really apreciate your suggestion on which suburb to move in, safe from the floods but hip and cool for a young couple that doesnt know many people around.



BobinOz March 16, 2012 at 10:20 pm

Hip and cool is New Farm and Fortitude Valley way, safe from flooding is anywhere that isn’t in one of the danger zones, see my link to the Brisbane City Council’s flood map above.

I used to be hip and cool once you know…


Gab March 16, 2012 at 10:53 pm

You still are.


BobinOz March 17, 2012 at 1:09 am
gabriel March 17, 2012 at 1:10 pm

bob would you recommend a subur that high up in a hill near the city with coffee shops around.


BobinOz March 19, 2012 at 5:53 pm

The higher areas around Paddington might suit, but do check the councils map (linked above on this page) to make sure you are away from potential floods. Some areas up there are, some aren’t.


josh March 31, 2012 at 3:38 pm

gab brisbane has changed a lot since the 1974 flood my personal opinion i would say to you is look around the forest lake area as that is on high ground or beenleigh windaroo area in the southern suburbs


josh March 31, 2012 at 3:35 pm

to any one who is wondering about moving to Brisbane, schools are plenty and public transport in Brisbane is rated the best in the country 95% on time,Brisbane has 4 of the largest shopping centres in the southern hemisphere and if you like shopping then the queen street mall is for you.


BobinOz April 2, 2012 at 8:55 pm

Thumbs up Josh!


Belinda June 5, 2012 at 4:06 pm

Hello Bob,

Thanks for the website lots of valuable info, my family and I are thinking of moving from Melbourne, we were interested in a rural area no further than a 45 minute drive to Brisbane. We have 4 kids so schools and sports are an issue. Also where can I find some Aussie rules comp up there?

Yhanks Belinda


BobinOz June 6, 2012 at 12:32 am

Then you’ll be spoilt for choice on both. Almost everything 45 min drive from Brisbane is rural and we have quite a few Aussie rules teams around the city.

Don’t know why :-)

Most places West of Brisbane become rural pretty quickly, where I live is pretty good, Pullenvale, Anstead, Mount Crosby areas, that’s where I would start looking. Or north west, Samford Village area is quite nice.Good luck!


Caroline June 8, 2012 at 5:36 am

Hi Bob,

I am planning a move to Australia in October and have been reading all about the differences between the cities. A friend of mine thinks that Byron Bay is exactly what I am looking for. Have you been there? What can you tell me about it? Thanks!


BobinOz June 8, 2012 at 6:02 pm

Caroline, are you a hippy?

Okay, it’s not quite as straightforward as that, but Byron Bay is very much known as a laid-back town favoured by hippies and generally laid-back dudes. It is also the most easterly point of Australia and, I think, the second most visited town by tourists in all of New South Wales.

I’ve been twice, I love the place! Yes, I’m a bit of a hippy. I’ve written a couple of posts, imaginatively titled a day at Byron Bay and a weekend at Byron Bay or something.

I also saw my first ever snake in the wild at Byron Bay.

Recently, in the news, I hear there has been fighting in the streets at Byron Bay. Perhaps some of the dudes have run out of chill pills, but I wouldn’t let that put you off. I think it’s a great town in a really good part of Australia.


Caroline June 16, 2012 at 12:44 am

Thank you for your response!! It was really helpful. I definitely have some hippy roots I wouldn’t mind getting back in touch with, but I am not sure that what I want that as a permanent atmosphere. I know Gold Coast is really expensive and much bigger, but would that be a happy medium of beach bum/hippy but also a young, fun place to live? I need night life and restaurants every now and then… but I am mostly looking for a simpler way of life. I am 25 and currently live in Dallas, TX if that gives you an idea of what I am trying to get away from.


BobinOz June 17, 2012 at 9:12 pm

Hi Caroline

There’s an interesting discussion going on in a different post where another girl called Stefanie from the USA is looking at moving to Byron Bay. Col B. Who has lived in that area, offers her a lot of advice. You should check it out. It’s on my post called The Economist Intelligence Unit Worldwide Cost of Living 2012.

Hope that helps. Cheers!


jodi June 15, 2012 at 3:51 pm

hi bob my husband and me and my 2 children are thinking of moving to queensland hes looking for work as we are from albury nsw and are no jobs here i have never lived in queensland before but have heard lots of stories about the hot whether and the humidity my family would love to move but im concerned about the hot weather how do people cope and is it as bad as they say and where is the worst arears to live and the best thanks


BobinOz June 17, 2012 at 9:02 pm

No, it’s really not as bad as you think. Most of the time, in the summer, it’s around 30° to 32°C, and not really humid at all. But sometime around January or February, we usually get 2 to 5 weeks of rather uncomfortable humid weather.

I think that’s a small price to pay to have wonderful winters where we can still walk around in shorts and enjoy sunshine and, mostly, 20°C+. But that’s Brisbane, if you are looking to move further north in Queensland, it will be a different story.


Matthew W June 15, 2012 at 9:31 pm

Hi Bob,

I am moving to Melbourne in September, just wanted to say, it is sites like yours (an informal real look at life in Oz) that helped me make my decision.

Keep up the good work!



BobinOz June 17, 2012 at 9:03 pm

Glad to have helped Matthew, I hope you get to love Melbourne as much as I love Brisbane. Cheers!



Martin C July 11, 2012 at 11:31 pm

I have lived in brisbane (5 months)and sydney(4months) in 2007-08 and liked both of them but had to leave due to my 12 month visa expiring.Now iv been granted a 4 year visa where i need to be sponsered so my old boss in bisbane said he’d re-employ me for $35 an hour working 8 hours a day which i really liked the sound of but iv also been offered a job by one of my mates in sydney for $22.50 working 10 hours a sounds like a no brainer, Less hours, more pay, cheaper city etc. but my brother and a good mate of mine live in sydney plus closer beaches which my girlfriend would love sound appealing and after all money isnt everything,so what would you think


BobinOz July 12, 2012 at 9:50 pm

I think only you can decide, if it were me though, I’d definitely choose Brisbane.

Sydney is a very expensive place to live and, frankly, I’m not a big fan of the hustle and bustle there. I think the only reason to live in Sydney is if it is to earn really good money. As that is not the case for you, I’d go Brisbane.

That said, your brother and a good friend are in Sydney, so I guess that’s pulling you in that direction. As I said, only you can decide. Good luck whatever you choose.


josh July 13, 2012 at 9:36 pm

yeah mate Sydney is not as good as it is made out to be the wages are better down there but only by 10% in the dollar more then it is in Brisbane.

Yeah fair enough the state is in shambles from a pollie point of view but the cost of living is much cheaper and transport here in Brisbane is rated one of the best in the country


BobinOz July 16, 2012 at 5:36 pm

Is there somewhere where the pollies aren’t a shambles then? :-)


Karen July 19, 2012 at 2:49 pm

hi, Bob I love reading your website and blog and have done so for about three years. We didn’t move very far, only from Melbourne to Brisbane and now we may be moving again about four hours up… toward Bunderberg, so I have been back at your website reading and enjoying exploring again. I have lived in Sydney for 2 years in 1998-2000 and know a little about the area between Newcastle and the North Shore and the city areas. I lived on the Hawkesbury River at Brooklyn. I now live in Bellbowrie and love it here. thanks for a great website and sharing your reflections about life in Brisbane. K


BobinOz July 20, 2012 at 9:02 pm

Glad you are enjoying Australia Karen, and it’s also good to hear you are getting about a bit. Bellbowrie is a lovely place isn’t it? I know a lot about that area, you may have read about my nights in the sports and rec, my shopping trips to Coles, my picnics in Anstead Bushlands….

It’s almost like I live here myself :-)


Jess July 19, 2012 at 9:36 pm

Hi i am 21 and so is my partner is also 21 and i am chomping at the bit to move to Australia as i have family there and have visited several times before. My partner is a vehicle mechanic and has been in full time employment for 1.5 year and we want to go permanently but i recently attended a Australia expo and they told me to go on a working holiday visa but i am worried this could ruin my chances of moving permanently do you know anything about this am i just worrying over nothing ??? please help


BobinOz July 20, 2012 at 9:09 pm

Yes, I think you are worrying over nothing. I believe the Australian Immigration Department regard any kind of visit to Australia as a positive thing. They like the idea of people who have been here, worked here and like it here enough to want to come permanently.

Personally, I think the WHV is a great idea for young people, it gives you a chance to see if Australia really is for you before taking a bigger plunge.

Oh, and a year’s work and play in Australia is great fun too. I say go for it!


Chuck July 28, 2012 at 6:54 am

Hello Bob,

I recently got a job in Brisbane. I am Canadian and will moving sometime in either late August or early September of 2012. I am looking for country living… a place where I can grow vegetables and fruit trees, preferably with rolling hills and good access to water. I do not mind an hour drive commute to downtown (that is where I will be working). No children. The little that I have investigated so far, suggests looking westerly for a 3-5 acre home. Any advice or suggestions would be greatly appreciated! Not sure how much I am willing to pay yet… likely $300,000 – $600,000

Thank you,


BobinOz July 30, 2012 at 3:02 pm

Hi Chuck

You won’t get better rolling hills than those around Mount Crosby, that’s South West of Brisbane. It would be about 45 min drive from the city from there, but I’m not sure you’d get what you want with your budget. You may have to look further away from the city, and there will be plenty of choice, but I don’t know all the areas so I can’t advise. I think you should be prepared to pay $600,000, you won’t get much acreage for less than that.

Check out my page about Cost of Buying or Renting a House in Australia.




Jason July 31, 2012 at 7:52 am

Hey Bob, i was trying to do some research on living in Australia, My Wife is going to college and taking courses in the psychology field and one of the post college degrees she is interested in is offered at the the University in Brisbane (which would be in 3 years time), and if we do go we are considering a permanent residency thereafter. .

Assuming we are qualified and have no problems getting the visa i have some questions that i need to get the answers for before i say “lets do it”

I am 32 years of age, i have been doing line cooking for most of my life and i plan on having my Red Seal Certification before we do move. That is Canadians certification after completing the 3 year apprenticeship.

What kind of wages could i expect to make there and what is the demand for cooks and chefs like.

Would i need to redo any courses there to make me certified in Australia?


BobinOz July 31, 2012 at 2:50 pm

Hi Jason

Three years is a long way away, who knows what jobs will be available at that time and what salaries will be paid. All I can suggest is you read my page about Getting a Job or a Sponsorship and click on the links to the three top online Australian employment agencies to see what’s available at the moment.


soroosh August 27, 2012 at 8:11 pm

Hi dear Bob. Thank you for your nice website and great information you give us. I am an Iranian Mechanical engineer and I am waiting for my PR Visa now. We expect we (me and my wife) be there till Jan 2013. but it is a big dilemma for us to choose the appropriate city to live in. I myself prefer Brisbane, because we have some friends there (not actually close friends) , but my wife is a little bit concerned about climate and hot and moist weather. I just want to know is the climate disturbing that much or not? we can not choose between Brisbane, Perth, and Melbourne. we are both Mechanical engineers. I will appreciate you if you help me to make the best decision.


BobinOz August 29, 2012 at 4:38 pm

Interesting question soroosh, because for some people it’s too hot, but for me and many others it isn’t. Lots of us think the weather is perfect, you can check out the average temperatures throughout the seasons on my page about Brisbane.

In my view, it gets hot and sticky for something like 3 to 5 weeks a year, but that’s it. The rest of the time, in my view, is very comfortable and it’s the weather here in Brisbane that makes the place so attractive for me. But each to his own, I think you can only find out how you feel about it by trying it.

Good luck!


Ian Still August 28, 2012 at 1:13 am

Hi Bob, nice website as I think Ive said before.
I’ve just returned (22nd aug 2012) from a 3 week holiday in Oz. We landed at Brissy then went to Moreton Island, Tangalooma and fed wild dolphins. Back to the mainland and popped into Australia zoo. Then hit Fraser Island, did some whale watching and fishing. Then to Bundaberg rum distillery followed by a few nights in the Eco Lodge in the Glass House mountains. Then up to Townsville and over to Magnetic Island. OH BOY!! Australias best kept secret is Australia itself. Beautiful country, but why have you never mentioned how lovely and friendly the Australian people are? Anyone reading this that is thinking of moving but may have reservations, GO, and GO NOW. My missus was full of reservations, ‘I’ll miss the seasons’, ‘It’s too hot’, ‘I don’t think I’ll like the Australians’. By week two she told me she had fallen in love with Australia and agreed that we should move and live out our days there. We are now planning to leave the UK. I’ll be crushed if we don’t get in haha.
Good luck everyone. :0)


BobinOz August 29, 2012 at 4:43 pm

Yes, it’s great here isn’t it? And the Australian people are great too, and I have mentioned that before in my post called Are Australians the Friendliest People in the World?

Sounds like you had a fantastic holiday, I hope your quest for a visa goes well and we see you here soon as permanent residents. Cheers!



Jen September 3, 2012 at 9:45 am

Hi, I am looking at moving from Sydney to Brisbane so I can buy a semi rural property to start a business as I can’t afford it in Sydney!! It must be open and rolling hills more than trees, my business is horses so this is a must!

I have looked on the net around Moggill and it looks quite affordable, is this a good area? Shops and utilities etc? I don’t have kids so schools aren’t a big issue.

Not sure of other areas, I don’t want to go too high as I want a quite moderate temperature and not too humid. Can you provide any other suggestions for good semi rural open areas?

Thanks :)


BobinOz September 3, 2012 at 5:18 pm

I think Moggill will be perfect, as is Anstead and Pullenvale. It’s definitely the horsey part of Brisbane. Samford Village and around that way may also be worth looking at, not sure of the prices up that way though. Cheers!



Jen September 4, 2012 at 6:09 am

Thanks Bob! What are the services like in those areas i.e shops, doctors, public transport etc? Also can you or anyone else who knows give me an idea of the cost of living compared to Sydney i.e utilities, car costs etc. I know it’s probably cheaper!

Everyone ive met from Qld seems friendlier, as in general public. Makes for a nice change than snobby Sydney ;)

Thanks! :)


BobinOz September 4, 2012 at 6:19 pm

Yes, we’ve got shops, doctors, buses but no trains until you get to Indooroopilly, and it’s certainly a lot cheaper than Sydney, especially the houses, but not sure if utilities or car costs are cheaper.

And of course we are friendlier up here :-)


adlyn September 16, 2012 at 8:53 am

Hi Bobs

Love your informative site! My partner and I and two boys age 12 and age 4 are hoping to come to Brisbane next year. We cant decide on suburb eldest very fit sporty,and loves football, do you know of a school that would suit or encourage and help develop his enthusiasm for sport? There dad is into coaching local footie team and would love to continue this in OZ.

Cheers in advance


BobinOz September 17, 2012 at 2:52 pm

I don’t know of any specific school that would be best for football players, but football is getting quite popular here these days. I would make sure to check prospective schools to make sure they do have a footy team though.


Lucas September 30, 2012 at 10:24 pm

First , I’d like to thank you for this amazing website. I find it very very useful.
Secondly, I’ve got a question. I’m a young chef and I’m planning to move to Australia. However, I can’t decide which city I should choose. I’ve been thinking of either Brisbane or The Gold Coast. They are both beautiful cities. Since I’m a chef, I would probably choose Brisbane, as the chances of getting a job here are much higher. Do you think Brisbane would be a good choice? I’m not sure whether there are enough good restaurants. You know, I want to learn from someone who’s very good at what they do. Or should I choose busier Melbourne instead? Please help!



BobinOz October 2, 2012 at 2:46 pm

Difficult for me to answer that one Lucas, not being in the industry. The Gold Coast may actually offer more opportunities, being as it is a tourist area with, possibly, more restaurants, but I don’t know that for sure. Melbourne is a bigger city and the nightlife there certainly has more of a buzz, so maybe that could be the best bet of the three.

Any chefs reading this that can help?


Maria October 2, 2012 at 7:39 am

Thanks for taking the time to put such an informative web site together – great to see that lots of people generally have same type of questions & worries as us. Decided that its def the right time for us to make the move ( now or never !!! ) don t want to look make in 25 years and wonder ” what if ? “.
I do love my job here in the UK ( I’m a Qualified nurse ) but its all the other things like rubbish weather; what’s here to offer the kids when they grow up etc.. Have started the process – looking to come out on a sponsorship through my job, hoping my husband will find work once we arrive he’s in the building trade, have a 8 year old who can’ t wait & 11 year old who’s really not sure – hope that they ll reap the benefits of this move !!!!
My job is giving me a years unpaid leave so really feel that we’ ve not got alot to lose really ( except missing family/friends/leaving the dog/ selling our lovely home !!!! ) Both Brisbane & Perth appeal prob more drawn to Brisbane if i’m honest suppose I’m just looking for reassurance really that this is the right thing to do – I’m sure at worst it ll be a year out having an adventure in a new country at best it’ll change our lives forever!!!!
Sorry for rabbiting on just felt the need to converse with others that have made the move!


BobinOz October 2, 2012 at 3:57 pm

I really can’t see any downside to giving it a try, otherwise you really will spend the rest of your life asking “what if?” You don’t want to do that, do you?

I still love it here, just about everybody I know who came from England to live here still loves it here as well. Nobody is going home from my crowd. I say give it a go, what’s to lose? And of course, I would go for Brisbane ahead of Perth, after all, I did.

Good luck Maria, hope it goes well.


Hef October 5, 2012 at 5:24 pm


Great website and your doing a fine job maintaining it with more details each time to respond to these queries.

Just a quick one. I’m from Adelaide based and settled here. My wife having just arrived here from overseas and me hoping for a change of view. Either between Brisbane or Sydney. Loving a little-less of a busier metropolitan, hence we leaning more towards Brissy :-) ! One of the major aspects determining our move would be the overall career scope. Would you happen to know how good/bad the prospects of employment in Web Graphic Designing? As you can guess, Adelaide sucks in technology-driven careers, bloody oath!! Ive just been lucky having my contracts extended working with the SA Govt. Wifey was working with Ernst & Young a big CA firm overseas as a PA. Looking forward to a warmer city as Brissy is.
And secondly wondering if Brissy is as much a melting-pot and cosmopolitan as Sydney but friendlier offcourse.




BobinOz October 8, 2012 at 3:30 pm

Hi Hef

Thanks, glad you’re enjoying my website. Can’t really help you too much on either of your questions though, but I would suggest you check out my page about Getting a Job or a Sponsorship and use the links to the top Australian online employment agencies to search for job opportunities in Brisbane for exactly what you do. That should give you an idea of the opportunities available here.

Can’t really compare Brisbane to Sydney either, I’ve only ever spent about six days in Sydney in my whole life, so maybe somebody else could help you with that. I think you’ll find the people of Brisbane are pretty friendly though.

Good luck.


Brown October 27, 2012 at 6:44 pm

Hi Bob

I’m a graduate of Mechanical Engineering i intend moving to Australia as a student especially Brisbane.

I intend pursuing a master of Engineering management which is a 1 yr course on full time basis at the Queensland University of Technology, campus at Garden point.
Pls i would like to know how the area is generally in terms of work, social life and also accommodation.

Also what are my chances of getting PR after my studies?

Note I am 23 yrs of age.

Best Regards


BobinOz October 29, 2012 at 5:52 pm

I think you will find the social life is okay, there’s plenty to do around Brisbane, but I couldn’t tell you what your chances of PR would be or what the work situation is like.

For accommodation, I think there are plenty of student houses in and around St Lucia.


Denise October 29, 2012 at 8:54 pm

We are moving to the Manly area in April 2013, any ideas of what school to put my daughters into, ages 10 and 6. Thanks


BobinOz October 30, 2012 at 7:26 pm

Sorry Denise, I don’t really know anything about the schools over that side, have you checked out my page about Which school?? It does have some useful tools you can use to help you pick the best school for your children. Good luck.



Stephen November 1, 2012 at 1:26 am

Hi Bob,

Myself and 3 friends are moving to Brisbane in little over a month on a WHV. We are all 22years old and would like to know where you think the best place would be for us to live?? Are ideal place would be somewhere with a lot of job opportunities, a good night life and cheap accommodation (as we are on a budget).

Also If you could recommend any popular businesses in the finance/insurance sector in particular that would be great, as I have just graduated with a BA in Business Studies and would be very interested in acquiring a job in that area. My friends are more interested in manual labour and agricultural work so again any recommendations at all would be much appreciated.

Thank you in advance,



BobinOz November 1, 2012 at 5:57 pm

Can’t help you with the jobs, but I’m sure you’ll find something if you use the links to online employment agencies that you’ll find in my page about Getting a Job or a Sponsorship.

As for which area to head for, I’d be tempted to look around St Lucia, it’s where the university’s so a lot of the accommodation has been converted for students and is therefore quite cheap, the pub there gets quite busy with youngsters too.

It’s also just 10 minutes from the city. Have a great time!


Rachel November 3, 2012 at 3:25 pm

Hi bobinoz, I really need your advice. I’m a 22yr old international student who will be arriving in brisbane this january to study nursing at qut kelvin grove campus. I’m still confused which area/suburbs to choose when looking for a place to stay. I’m looking forward to your advice. Thank you.


BobinOz November 5, 2012 at 1:32 pm

Hi Rachel

I suppose it depends what you can afford, it obviously gets more expensive the closer to the city you are. Newmarket, Ashgrove, Paddington and New Farm are all good areas, but probably won’t be cheap. Your best bet is to have a look at the rental market on my page about Cost of Buying or Renting a House in Australia and check out the prices from there. Good luck!


Juan Pablo December 5, 2012 at 11:03 am

Bob, how are you? I was reading you webpage and was really helpfull.
I just want to ask you if my yearly salary is 160KAUD and I go with my de facto, that would be good enough living in Brisbane.
Thanks a lot!!
Juan Pablo


BobinOz December 5, 2012 at 9:44 pm

Unless you are heavily into gambling or have some other such destructive vice, you will be fine. In fact, much more than fine, you will live very comfortably.

Thanks Juan!


Ian December 6, 2012 at 1:58 am

Hi Bob, just on the back of the comment you left for Juan, how would 80k AUD keep me? and where abouts would the comfortable line start in your opinion. I like the hard yakka system by the way helps make sense of salaries.
Thanks, Ian.


BobinOz December 6, 2012 at 7:09 pm

You should be okay on $80,000 a year, depending upon how much you need to pay for rent or mortgage and, of course, if you need to support anyone else?


Juan Pablo December 6, 2012 at 2:51 am

Thanks for the answer. Just one last question, do you know how much I have to pay in taxes? How much would be my Net Salary after taxes? I got this from a webpage, it this accurate? Gross Salary: $80,001 – $180,000 Taxes:$17,547 plus 37c for each $1 over $80,000
Do you know any quite and relax neighborhood in Brisbane to rent a house relatively near Downtown but that has a backyard??
Thanks a lot!!!
Juan Pablo


BobinOz December 6, 2012 at 7:13 pm

If you search Google there are quite a few online “Australian tax calculators” that you can use, check them out to see if they agree with your figures. There are plenty of places close to downtown with back gardens, relaxed neighbourhoods too, but the closer you get to the city the more expensive they can become.

Luckily, you can afford it!

Check out my page Which Suburb?.


Remario December 17, 2012 at 10:22 am

Hi Bob , thanks for having this website , i am moving to Brisbane from Montreal Canada , my work location is in Archerfield , I love the beach and i am welling to learn surfing , but living an hour a way from my work on the GC i do not think that would be the best scsario ,

i am looking for a nice suburb , trendy , clean , safe , close to the hwy , so I would spend an hour to get the work , I do not mind 20 min , checking the rental price an apt 1 bed in new farm is like 2000 , I prefer one bedroom with garage , air-condition , clean place with the range of 1600 max a moth , if possible  ,
I am single so I would be interested to meet new ppl and make new friends ,
Not into clubs , nice bar is ok
So to make my self clear , Trendy area , close Archerfield , safe , clean , green area to jog would be a plus , close to the city too ,
Any suggestion from you would be much appreciated


Remario December 17, 2012 at 10:50 am

Hi Bob , i also have few questions , i would apprechate if you can advice :

– between Brisbane and GC what you suggest ? in term of living , my work location will be in Archerfield , if it will take me 40 on traficc from Brisbane then is it wores it to be in the GC ?
– also do you think shipping my car would be worse it ? since i will not have a cridet history


BobinOz December 17, 2012 at 11:47 pm

Hi Remario

I don’t know it too well over that way, not sure there is anything there that could be described as trendy. But Sunnybank might be worth a look, although I’ve heard mixed stories about that place, and if it’s not too far away, Springfield Lakes may be a better option.

I would not suggest shipping your car, lots of paperwork and quite expensive, only really worth it for classic cars.


Leanne December 21, 2012 at 5:44 am

Hi bob, me and my boyfriend are coming to Australia on a working visa, so was wondering whether Brisbane is good for jobs or whether you know of any other places which are good for jobs.




BobinOz December 24, 2012 at 2:31 pm

That’s sort of a moving target Leanne, I suggest you take a look at my page about Getting a Job or a Sponsorship and search for what it is that you do using the online employment agencies listed there. Good luck!



Dan December 25, 2012 at 5:16 am

Hi Bob, moving to Brisbane middle of January from the awfully cold NE of England. I only got approached for the job 1 week ago so was totally unprepared. Just wanted to say thanks for all the great advice, I think I’ve picked up more from this site than in hours of searching other pages. Thanks a lot!


BobinOz December 28, 2012 at 8:23 pm

Wow, things are moving fast for you Dan, I hope it all goes well. Glad my site has helped a bit and I hope you get to love this city is much as I do. Cheers!


Remario December 25, 2012 at 1:34 pm

Thanks Bob for your reply , I have to be in Brisbane by Jan 15 , starting a new job there, I need to rent a furnished place for a month or 6 weeks ,till I get familiar with the area and get my own place , I am looking at new farm , west end areas ,

I wonder if you have any suggestion , or you recommend a specific place/building , or a website and what would be the price range … or what you would do in you are on my shoes ? only 2.5 weeks left

thanks for your advice for the car shipping ,

Thanks a lot



BobinOz December 28, 2012 at 8:30 pm

I would Google gumtree and stayz and search in those websites for short-term rental accommodation. It is really, really difficult to get rentals here at the moment, so try not to be too fussy at first, just get what you can and take it from there. Good luck!


HM December 29, 2012 at 7:51 pm

Food for thought here, being in earthquake shaken Christchurch. Relatives in Brisbane too! Hmmmm….


BobinOz January 2, 2013 at 9:21 pm

Yes, certainly worth considering.


Konrad December 31, 2012 at 8:09 am

Hey Bob,

I just watched your video of the Brisbane flood and wanted to find out, are floods in Brisbane something very common or are they quite rare?

Thanks in advance!


BobinOz January 3, 2013 at 12:31 am

Well, we had floods a couple of years ago and we also had floods in the 70s. I think we had another serious flood about 40 or 50 years before that. So no, they are not common, let’s say once every 40 years or so.

Flash flooding is different though, that’s basically when places that are in gullies or at the bottom of hills or any kind of place where water has nowhere to escape cop all the rainfall that might descend in a seriously bad storm and cause a bit of havoc for an hour or two. Then it all drains away again and everything is fine.

Then the sun comes out :-)


surya January 8, 2013 at 11:56 pm

Hi Bob,
I’m from India, I got my offer letter to pursue my Master’s degree in Queensland University of Technology (QUT) Brisbane. It would be helpful if you could provide me info about the Work culture, Expenses (Accomodation, food,entertainment etc.,) and also about Part time jobs. Is Brisbane a good place for students?


BobinOz January 9, 2013 at 7:56 pm

I have written hundreds of pages and posts and I can assure you that everything you ask has already been answered, all you need to do is use the Google search bar on the right hand side of every page. My student days are behind me, but I’m pretty sure Brisbane is a great place to come and study. Good luck!


Francis January 12, 2013 at 11:02 am

Hi Bob,
Glad that I have come across this website. The information contained in this site are invaluable to someone like me who has not visited Australia before. Keep up the great work updating the site.

I’ve just accepted an offer to work in Brisbane and will most like be working in my office close by to Queen Street Mall. My employer will be sponsoring me on 457 visa and will probably take a month for the visa to be granted. Planning to move to Brisbane in March if all goes well.

I’d like to find out if there’s any recommended suburbs that is safe, less prone to flooding for myself and my family as we are planning to rent a house for now. A 30-45mins drive to office would be good enough for me. I have 2 young kids and would prefer a family oriented location where possible.

Another question that I have is what’s the largest IT accessories centre in Brisbane where I could purchase computer hardware parts for a DIY/build my own computer?

Would appreciate your opinion/advise on the above. Cheers!



Josh January 12, 2013 at 6:34 pm

francis to answer your question suburb wise that is safe for your family and has a lot of parks i would say Forrest lake or Sherwood in the western suburbs as it is close to the city and also public transport such as trains and buses, peak hour traffic regardless what side of the city you wish to live on is chaos of a morning and afternoon.

To answer your second question check out this web site they are in Brisbane south




BobinOz January 12, 2013 at 9:01 pm

Hi Frances

Josh has made a couple of suggestions, although I would think that Forest Lake is maybe too far away from the city from what you say. I’d take a look at Kenmore Hills and Chapel Hill area, making sure to choose a property that is on high ground rather than at the bottom of one of their many hills.

As for IT equipment, I’ve never used gamedude, I get a lot of my computer stuff from umart, they are good people to do business with. Oh, and welcome to Brisbane, hope you get to love it as much as I do.




Sascha January 17, 2013 at 12:08 am

Hey Bob,

I think your amaze balls!! Your site is a winner, and you were meant to live in oz as your info is priceless!!

I’ve know decided that Brisbane is the place for me to relocate to from Wales, it was a toss up between Melbourne, but brissie came out clear favourite. My OH is qualified chippy and I am a fashion Make up artist, we are both self employed and have been accepted with a skilled migration visa!!! Sorry very excited, we have a 8 yr old daughter. Basically I’ve been looking at suburbs, you get this question a 1000 times but thought i’d ask just on the off chance. We would like to be near the coast and I don’t mind commuting into Brisbane for work as I freelance, just wondering which areas you’ll recommend? Trying to find temperary accomodation when we first arrive before we go into buying. Also do chiipies need some sort of trade card to work on site? And are there conduction firms around the area? Feel like I’m in the dark, as trying to set up interviews with carpentry firms but need to find out which are the bigger areas that have the most growth for new housing being built, as that would be the direction we would go for OH work, don’t mind if there’s a commute, in your experience are carpenters struggly for work in Queensland?

Also is There much over a production industry there for magazine shoots, filming ect?

Sorry about all the questions, and hope they make sense, look forward to hearing from you! X


Sascha January 17, 2013 at 12:15 am

*obviously got way to excited and have a lot of type-o’s sorry about that! Aka not conduction firms but construction firms, you get the idea x


BobinOz January 17, 2013 at 2:11 pm

Ha ha, I’ve never been called that before, but thank you for the kind compliments, glad you have found my website useful.

Lots of questions, yes, some I can’t answer either. Getting your first rental is really difficult, I’d say get whatever you can at first and ask for a six month lease rather than 12. We don’t have proper beaches here in Brisbane, they can be found on the Gold Coast or the Sunshine Coast about an hour and a bit in opposite directions. You could live on the east and find tiny patches of sand at Manly, Cleveland and around Redcliffe further north. But they are not what you would call golden sandy beaches.

I quite like western suburbs where I live, and I believe filming for TV goes on in studios up in Mtv Coot-tha close by, they may need make up artists, but I know nothing about magazine shoots around here.

As for your 0H, Brisbane isn’t exactly booming right now and not too many new houses being built. I couldn’t tell you exactly how much work there is at the moment for a chippy, but if I had to take a guess, I would say it’s not a great environment right now for that kind of work. But I’m only guessing, maybe somebody else can help you out on that one and the magazine thing. Unemployment has just gone up to 6.2% here in Queensland, the highest since 2009, so that won’t help.

Good luck with your move Sasha, I hope it all works out well.




Sascha January 18, 2013 at 7:24 am

LOL, well you got to give me koodo’s for orginality!

Thanks for the info, that clears a few things up! How far is the western suburbs from the coast? when you went out did you have a job lined up before arriving? or did you go over then get in touch with potential employers? Your right about about short let, as homeowners presently I will be sure to have as much proof with bank statements, ect. thanks again for taking the time to respond, it’s wierd I get a jolt of excitement than a burst of anxiety! Just such a whirl wind, as I’ve never been to Oz it’s all new (I know i’m either really brave or really stupid!)

As you probably aware this won’t be the last you hear from me! so I apologies in advance if I become some what of a stalker!



BobinOz January 19, 2013 at 12:49 am

Yeah, you can have koodo’s. It takes me about an hour and a quarter to get to Surfers Paradise on the Gold Coast, and about an hour and a half to get to Mooloolaba on the Sunshine Coast.

No, I didn’t have a job lined up, been here five years and still haven’t got a job! Both me and my wife work for ourselves.

Never been to Australia? It’s quite nice really, honest….


Sascha January 20, 2013 at 9:29 am

So i’ve heard!

We have found a plan of attack, instead of freaking out trying to look for a furnished place for 2wks when we first arrive, not knowing where we want to be based, we’ve decided on renting a motorhome for 2 wks, it’s pretty spiffy and thought it will give us freedom to explore the areas, as i’m stuck on Brisbane suburbs or sunshine coast, so we shall see them all!

During this time we will open a bank account and look into which areas we would like to settle, in my head it seems like a genius idea? Any tips for us roadies? we will fly into brisbane and get the motorhome from there, than head up the east coat, if you can be so sweet as to give me a little insight where to head, area ect, i’m going to be planning a our tour, so any tips would be great! No Pressure lol

cheers x


BobinOz January 25, 2013 at 1:08 pm

Motorhome is a good idea, if possible, see if you can extend it beyond two weeks if necessary, as I think you may need more time than you have allowed to find where you want to live.

As you have said you are intending to head up the east coast, I assume you are going north? We have always liked Mooloolaba, but this week we have spent some time in Hervey Bay which is even further north. We really liked it there as well, and it appears to be substantially cheaper up that way.

But as they say, beauty is in the eye of the beholder, you can’t beat taking a look for yourself, you’re sure to fall in love with somewhere pretty soon. Happy househunting!



Daniel January 20, 2013 at 5:59 am

dear oz i got one question about cost of living .What is more expensive sydney or brisbane and how hard ill find some job, im 22, year old man who want to live and study there. Thanks and ill be rly surprised for your opinion.


BobinOz January 25, 2013 at 1:00 pm

Sydney is more expensive than Brisbane, but I could not tell you how easy or hard it would be for you to find a job, that’s an impossible question for me to answer.


Erik January 20, 2013 at 7:54 pm

Hi Bob,

Great site! We’re moving to Brisbane in May with the family!

Was wondering if you are aware of any good sites about commuting times between western suburbs and CBD. We’re thinking off areas like Chapel Hill, Fig Tree Pocket, Kenmore Hills and maybe Brookfield, but I keep getting told commuting over Moggill Road is a nightmare. I will work in the CBD but don’t want to spend much more than 30 min each way so am afraid that Brookfield etc. are too far out.

Thanks in advance for any advice / thoughts!


BobinOz January 25, 2013 at 1:32 pm

Hi Erik

I live in Bellbowrie which is further from the city than the places you mention, if I get a bus into the CBD outside of rush-hour it takes about 45 minutes. So from Chapel Hill, it would be around 30 minutes, but how much that time would increase if you do need to travel during rush hour, I don’t know.

There are no trains, so the bus is your only choice. Once you get to Indooroopilly though, you do have the choice of a train.

It’s a great part of Brisbane to live in though, very leafy green and open, great for the kids.




Erik February 12, 2013 at 3:54 pm

Thanks Bob, guess will figure out the rush hour once we get there. Looking forward to our move!


Frank February 12, 2013 at 11:09 am

Hi, this is an awesome website, thanks for the info, I am working for an Australian company which has offices in New Zealand too. Recently I have been promoted to a new job and it is in Brisbane. I am not sure if it is a good idea to sell my house in Auckland and buy another one or just rent it out and rent a house in Brisbane for a while. Also I am not sure if banks in Australia lend me any money since my house is still belongs to the New Zealand bank.
I have two kids 7 yr old and 4 yr old. I am looking for a nice suburb that is good for family and also has good school. My office is in CBD and because we can’t afford to have two cars, I need to take bus or train and leave the car for my wife.
Any idea with $400 PW, if we can rent a house in a nice suburb or not ? If it is a very common question, please just let me know and I will do more research.


Erik February 12, 2013 at 4:02 pm

Hi Frank,

Congratulations with the new job and promotion! Moving over to Brisbane ourselves in th next few months. Whether the bank will lend you money will depend on how much you earn versus how much you have outstanding in loans back in NZ. If you can rent out your house in NZ it is something worth looking into. If you expect to come back to Auckland I would be very carefull with selling your house. Plenty of brokers out there who can give you some advice / initial feedback.

Best place to look for houses is and you’ll quickly get an idea of both rents and purchase prices.

Good luck with your move!


BobinOz February 12, 2013 at 10:08 pm

Erik has given you a good answer, all I will add is that if you want a three or four-bedroom detached house, then you’ll need to settle for a rather long bus journey if you’re wanting to pay $400 a week.

It’s not impossible though, that just check how long that bus or train might take you to get into work.

Good luck, I hope it all goes smoothly.


Frank February 13, 2013 at 5:05 am

Thank you Bob, I have a few months to find a good place with good public system till my family move to Brisbane too. It would be very interesting.

Keep up the great work .


BobinOz February 13, 2013 at 11:19 pm

Thanks Frank, hope you find somewhere suitable.



Frank February 13, 2013 at 5:04 am

Thank you Erik, my new role is permanent so I won’t going back to Auckland.I will talk to the bank when I am in Brisbane, I have also noticed that the more you get closer to the CBD the rent goes up more. So Before my whole family move in next couple of month, I can do some research and find a good place , I also need to organise to move my household , so I think the next couple of months would be very interesting.


Rasha February 22, 2013 at 6:36 pm

Hello Bob,

I will be moving to queensland after 4 months with my family,I have 2 boys, 10 and 11 years old and my husband, wanted to ask you about the schools,I will be working in narangba, could you please advice me where to live ? what suburb to choose ? my prioraties are the schools and safety. Would appreciate your help.
Thank you


BobinOz February 26, 2013 at 5:32 pm

I don’t really know the north side well enough Rasha to advise you, hopefully someone from over that side might pop by to give you some advice. You will get some help though for both choosing a suburb and school from my pages Which Suburb? & Which school?.

Hope your move goes smoothly.



leeza March 6, 2013 at 10:25 am

hi ya we are looking at moving to burpengary i have been told that it is getting rough with gangs and crime is this ture or just gossip, where would be a good area to live we know people in logan and burpengary.thinking of work wise as well my partner is a fitter and turner. i am a massage therapist/ beauty therapist.
my children and grandchildren will be comming over as well so we have to think of all age groups


BobinOz March 6, 2013 at 9:54 pm

I don’t know Burpengary very well, I’ve only driven through it 2 or 3 times. It seems pretty quiet up there, I can’t imagine the streets being full of roaming gangs, although I did hear that there were some bikie gang arrests in that area, one actually in Burpengary with others from the surrounding suburbs.

You can read a bit about Brisbane’s crime stats and Logan does get a mention, on this Wikipedia page

Hope that helps



Danny Molloy March 11, 2013 at 5:40 am

Hi any advice on we’re to choose in brisbane to live ie best places for work that isn’t to expensive for living costs ? Any advice would be helpfull


BobinOz March 11, 2013 at 7:52 pm

The further away from the city, the cheaper it gets basically. The best places for work depends on what you do, but I’d get a job first before settling on where to live.


leeza March 11, 2013 at 7:15 am

thank you this site is great will be watching the comments as it is great to be able to see other comments which help with the big move


BobinOz March 11, 2013 at 7:53 pm

Thanks Leeza


Ashriel April 2, 2013 at 1:13 am

Hi Bob,

This website is really fantastic! Thanks for sharing your experiences and knowledge with people around the world who has the dream to move to Australia some day. My husband and I are currently preparing for our move to Australia and we enjoyed reading your website and blog. My personal favourites are your videos that summarizes each year of your life in Australia. I hope some day we are able to live our dreams too, just like you and your family.

We are considering moving to Brisbane as the climate is more suitable for us. However, our relatives expressed concerns due to the floods that are reported in the recent years. May we please find out from you, how severe is the flooding in Brisbane having experienced it first hand? We do not wish to be asked to evacuate our house because of the flood.

My husband is also exploring to purchase a house and would like to seek some advice on which suburbs are flood-free and safe to raise a family in. We do not need to live near the beaches, but would prefer a suburb within 30 minutes drive from Brisbane CBD.

Looking forward to any advice or help with regards to these questions. Thanks for your time.


BobinOz April 2, 2013 at 10:01 pm

Hi Ashriel

Glad you are enjoying my website and those videos, hope to see you here in Brisbane soon. But is Brisbane really too dangerous? Firstly, let me explain your relatives, they will quite understandably put doubts into your mind about the move, they probably don’t want you to come here, they will miss you. So they will say anything to try and put you off, and that’s understandable.

What’s more important, is are you having any doubts? Now for Brisbane; I love Brisbane’s climate, but it is subtropical, so we get monsoon like rains. Sometimes we get too much of them and it gets very, very wet.

Occasionally the place floods, but every time it’s the same houses that do flood and the same houses that don’t. The houses that do flood are far and away outnumbered by the houses that don’t. You just need to be careful where you buy your house, so I suggest you read my post Brisbane and Queensland Floods: Should We Avoid Living There?

Good luck, whatever you decide to do.




Jayne April 4, 2013 at 11:23 am

Hi everyone, just looking for possible places to rent and I’m a bit overwhelmed right now! My husband has a job in Murarrie (starts July 1st), and we have family on the GC, so i’m looking for somewhere south of Brisbane, the more rural the better. Ideally a 20-30 min max commute, does anyone have any recommendations on suburbs to narrow it down to? My business is equine related, so any neddies in the vicinity would be a bonus! Thanks in advance, & love your work Bob!


BobinOz April 5, 2013 at 12:55 am

Murarrie is very close to the centre of Brisbane, pretty much nothing within 20 to 30 minute commute is going to be rural. There might be some semirural areas south east of there, maybe Mount Cotton, around that way. You’d have to check that out more thoroughly though, I just remembered driving around that way sometime in my past and seeing lots of green fields.

Lots of horses live in Anstead and Pullenvale in Western Suburbs and Samford in the north-west is similarly horsey. Jimboomba is very rural and between Brisbane and the Gold Coast.

Happy househunting!



Ciara April 7, 2013 at 1:42 am

Firstly , i love your page. There are so many different sites which doesn’t give half as much as information as you do. really impressive!!
Myself and my boyfriend are hoping to move to Australia in Novemeber. We are Irish and are hoping to move abroad for a year or maybe more to live and work. I was wondering maybe you could help me out if you could.
I’ve done a bit of research on Brisbane and absolutely love what I see and hear about it. Where would be the best location for us to move to so were close enough to the city to get in and out of work everyday? What about apartments, would we find it hard to find somewhere ? I would really love a reply and your help!!
Thanks so much..



BobinOz April 7, 2013 at 10:14 pm

Thanks Ciara, glad to hear you are impressed.

I think that choosing a suburb in which to live is such a personal choice that it’s impossible for me to recommend somewhere to you. I can tell you though, there are plenty of really nice suburbs close to the city and yes, apartments are available.

Closer to the city you get though, the more expensive they are, of course. I would start your search on my page called Cost of Buying or Renting a House in Australia.




Dee April 24, 2013 at 1:51 am

Hi Bob,
Great site. Was wondering if you, or anyone else, could pitch in with a bit of advice. My husband is currently applying to Queensland Police and has to put down 3 area choices. We’ve narrowed it down to Gold Coast District, Sunshine Coast District and need to select between Metropolitan North Region and Metropolitan South Region in Brisbane. Neither of us love the quiet suburbs of Aus and would rather be nearer hustle and bustle (so near Southport if Sunshine Coast came up). Also, I work in advertising. So, out of Met north and Met south Brisbane, which area provides the more bustling type suburbs, or is closer to Brisbane CBD? Any guidance would be much appreciated.


BobinOz April 25, 2013 at 12:27 am

Hi Dee

I’ve just taken a quick look at the Queensland police map, if I understand you correctly, you have a straight choice between Metropolitan North & Metropolitan South in Brisbane. Both are Brisbane city, one is north of the river and the other is South of the river. Neither, if I read the map correctly, is Gold Coast or Sunshine Coast.

So it doesn’t really matter which of the two you choose, both include suburbs close to the city centre as well as outer suburbs of Brisbane. You’ll find a bit of hustle and bustle in both.

For what it’s worth, I’d go north but there really isn’t that much in it.




Mike May 1, 2013 at 5:44 pm

Hi Bob,

Hoping that these would be my last questions, which make of car you recommend to buy here around 3000 or 4000? I used to drive old BMWs in last 20 yrs in NZ, cars were cheap and lots of wreck yards to buy 2nd hand parts or If I had to Ebay for new parts, but it is different here , rego is expensive and cars have very high millage, so in your experience3 in last few years, should I stick to Germans to Holden,Ford or Toyota, considering the maintenance, please excuse my ignorance if I am asking irrelevant questions here.


BobinOz May 2, 2013 at 12:53 am

Hi Mike

As you’ve probably found for yourself, you won’t get much for $3000-$4000. Cars are very expensive here, I’m no big car expert so don’t take too much notice of me, but I’d say stick to Holden and Ford with that kind of budget.




Gino May 12, 2013 at 12:59 am

Were two scandinavian guys and we wanna move to australia for ~ a year, and we wanna know if we can suvive on about 10 000 £.

We intend to find ourselfs a job before we go, or alteast talk to people who can offer us jobs when we land and or sometime later.

Were young and we wanna have a good time, so I ask you this:

If you are young and you wannna have fun with a good chance of getting a job were in Australia should we aim for?


BobinOz May 13, 2013 at 9:56 pm

Hi Gino

I think £10,000 is a very good kitty to bring with you, I’m pretty sure you will be able to find work on top of that, so I reckon you will get by just fine.

Where would it be best to go to have fun and get work? I’d be guessing really, but certainly Sydney would be high on my list as would the Gold Coast. That said though, if you manage to secure jobs before you leave, then I would head for wherever it is you get that work.

Hope you have a great time when you get here.




Renee June 8, 2013 at 12:46 pm

Dear BobinOz & anyone who’s interested,

I moved here from beautiful Dunedin, New Zealand, 5 days ago. I have automatic accommodation with my 2 lovely sisters who live in Lutwyche and both work nearby. I am currently job-hunting; my field is nutrition/dietetics/research (I’m a nearly graduated Dietitian student finishing up my masters thesis). My husband is working in the regional WA mines; 2 weeks on, 1 week off, and he will fly to me in Brissy on his off-week. My move to Australia was somewhat reluctant, and somehow I rationalized that if I “had” to move over the ditch, then Brisbane (with my sisters) would surely be better than far-away Perth (with no one).

I realize it’s only been 5 days, but so far (I’m so very sorry to be blasphemous) I am HATING this place. It’s absolutely gigantic! I walk and walk for hours and can’t find any cute wee coffee strips, sigh. All I see is sex shops and highways and skyscrapers. I miss things being in walking distance. I miss hilly, historic, coffee-cultured, quaint, university-town, Dunedin. It took me an hour to travel to the nearest hot yoga class by bus. Jesus. Any advice on how to assimilate into Brissy life? Fully appreciate I’m being whiny. Am just completely homesick.

Depressed-and-negative-and-missing-little-old-New-Zuland ;(


BobinOz June 10, 2013 at 6:32 pm

Yes, funnily enough, Australia is gigantic :-)

Sounds like you are off to a bad start, I don’t know where your nearest cute coffee shop would be to where you are, but they are around. Paddington, for example, and a bit closer, try Racecourse Road in Ascot and the precinct in Hamilton.

As for history though, we are a bit short on that here in Brisbane, you may need to buy a book :-)

Hope you settle in soon, it’s a wonderful city when you get used to it.




Jerry June 8, 2013 at 3:37 pm

Hi Bob

Me and my wife and my 2 years old daughter Planing to move to Australia this coming Oct, and we plan to live in Brisbane,i want to know living in Brisbane its cheap there?
and can i find work so easy there? construction work or any kind of hard work apart from thief,can we find apartment for rent for family? in the rate of $250 a week. hope to hear from you..


BobinOz June 10, 2013 at 6:38 pm

I never advise anybody about how easy or hard they will find it to get a job here, simply because I couldn’t possibly know as I don’t know what you are like at interviews. As for costs and rentals, check out my pages The Cost of Living in Australia of Everything and Cost of Buying or Renting a House in Australia.


Elayyan June 25, 2013 at 9:43 pm

hi guys, i will go to Australia to study master of accounting and finance at Griffith univeristy in Brisbane. The campus of this univeristy will be in NATHAN . where do you advice me to live and work in ? which place ?

i did not go to Sydney because i want the less expensive places to live in ! please what is the appropriate place in terms of cost of living and jobs opportunities (In brisbane or close to brisbane (suburbs) )


BobinOz June 25, 2013 at 10:02 pm

Things aren’t too expensive down that way, I was in Sunnybank recently and there were loads of ads on the public noticeboard offering rooms to rent, I think, for about $100 a week. Not sure where you are from, but Sunnybank has a very high Asian population.

If you want to check out other areas, see my reply to the comment above yours and click on the link to the cost of buying and renting houses in Australia, you’ll be able to do more research there.

Good luck!



Elayyan June 25, 2013 at 11:14 pm

Thank you, i am from Jordan (Arabic country), do many Arabs live there ? i want to improve my English so i want to live far away from Arabs

also how many hours driving from Sunnybank to Nathan ?


Elayyan June 25, 2013 at 11:18 pm

oh, i just noticed that its really close to Nathan


Elayyan June 25, 2013 at 11:22 pm

Also, roughly how much the cost of living in Sunnybank per month for one person ?


BobinOz June 26, 2013 at 4:34 pm

I couldn’t tell you for sure how much it would cost for you to live there for a month, everyone’s needs are different. Maybe you should check out my page The Cost of Living in Australia of Everything.

As for how many Arabs lived in that area, I couldn’t tell you that precisely either, I’m pretty sure it is predominantly Asian though.


Elayyan June 26, 2013 at 8:27 pm

thank you mate for this awesome site .


Elayyan June 26, 2013 at 11:44 pm

Hi BobinOz !
do you know approximately how much the wages average for labours ( at Resturants, cafes and so on ) in Brisbane and Sydney ? just to compare between them …

For this kind of job, do you advice people who want to work while they studying to go to Brisbane or Sydney ?


BobinOz June 27, 2013 at 3:19 pm

“I think” you should be able to get something like $20 per hour or thereabouts, not sure which city would be best though.


Sami July 17, 2013 at 4:54 pm


Nice Website. I have checked all the cities here. I am exploring more and more about Australia since last few months over the Internet. I would be moving to Australia with my wife on a PR Visa by Jan/Feb, 2014 and we are looking for a suitable City to start our new life. I haven’t got any job offer yet and am looking for that as well. I am a Business Analyst in IT and my wife is in Banking.

Please suggest which city should we zero-in to live and and work ?


BobinOz July 18, 2013 at 2:15 pm

If you’re asking if I can advise which city would be best for you given your occupations, I can’t, I’d just be guessing. You might like to read my page called A Quick Guide to Choosing a City in Australia, that might help you narrow down your search.

Many thanks, Bob


Joe July 23, 2013 at 1:36 pm

Hi, I’m from Singapore! My daughter will be going to study The University of Queensland in their St Lucia campus next year. We have not been to Brisbane before and we do not have any friends or relatives there which worries me a lot. Where would be the best place for her to stay? We are thinking of visiting Brisbane within next 2 months to have a look of the school surroundings. As we have never been to Brisbane, where should we stay so that we can know more about the surroundings and neighbourhoods near the school.


BobinOz July 23, 2013 at 4:51 pm

Hi Joe

I can understand your concern, but hopefully your daughter will settle in quickly and make some friends. I would suggest the best place for her to stay would be as close to the campus as possible, even on-campus for the first year if there are any spaces available.

St Lucia itself is very much a student area and I think there are quite a few houses converted for students to share. That would be worth looking into as well.

Same for yourself when you visit, just try and find somewhere is close to St Lucia as you can, places will obviously get less expensive the further away from the city you go and more expensive the closer you get to it.

Good luck, Bob


Joe July 23, 2013 at 6:35 pm

I will take your advice to let my daughter stay on-campus for her first year.

Thanks Bob (^_^)


BobinOz July 23, 2013 at 9:14 pm

It’s a pleasure, I hope everything works out well.


Happy Face July 24, 2013 at 2:57 pm

Hi Joe,

I happened to live in a student accommodation house for 4 months even though I am not student and just wanted a temporary place until my family arrived from overseas.
I used to live a big house in Auchenflower which is very close to St Lucia and paid $165 per week, also there was room with en-suite for $185.
I believe the people who look after that place called The Pad Management, specialized in students.
Just let your daughter know to read everything before signing as from time to time they may take advantages of international students.


Joe July 25, 2013 at 2:07 pm

Hi Happy Face,

Thanks for your kind advice!

I’m thinking of flying over to St Lucia next month to take a look at the school surroundings and student accommodation. Any good suggestion where should I stay?


Happy Face July 26, 2013 at 8:52 am

Hi Joe,

Depends on your budget, there are couple of nice apartments in Coronation Drive close to St Lucia (A bit expensive) or just try this website ,make sure the search results is close to St Lucia, sometime when using that website, it suggests cheap accommodation but far away from city.
Or try Southbank suburb (Expensive too) but you can catch ferry to university which for students I believe is around $2 per ride.
Good luck, I am still learning about this city and know the feeling of new man in town.


Puiyee December 9, 2013 at 3:00 pm

Hi Joe! I’ll be studying at the Uni of Queensland next year too! I’m from Malaysia and I’m also having trouble with accommodation. I’m very worried as I don’t have any friends going there with me and the on-campus option is out for me. How was your visit to Brisbane? Have you found an accommodation for your daughter? Could you give me some advice please? Thank you very much!


Michelle July 29, 2013 at 4:36 pm

Hi Bob,

I enjoy living in or close to the mountains in warm weather. Are there any cities/towns that people live in that are at high elevation – around 5000 feet? If so, what are they like; do they have warm Summers or is it cold year round? In the Winters I would come down to the warmer areas.


BobinOz July 29, 2013 at 9:11 pm

Hi Michelle

We don’t really have too much that’s 5000 feet up, but the Blue Mountains about an hour or so outside of Sydney have plenty of residential areas, they’d be at around 2000 to 3000 feet I would guess. Still gets blisteringly hot in the summer though.

Then there’s Adelaide Hills, but I don’t think they are very high at all, maybe 400 to 700 feet? I’m guessing a bit.

We have Mount Tambourine about an hour from Brisbane, but again, that’s not too high, about 600 feet?

Other than that, I’m struggling a bit, maybe somebody else might have some ideas. Anybody?


Chris_Belgium July 29, 2013 at 6:28 pm

Hi Bob,
great website!

I received a job offer from a Melbourne-based company, but the idea is to live in Brisbane as I would be taking care of the QLD area.

I plan to rent an apartment in Brisbane (New Farm looks great) together with my girlfriend from jan. 2014 onwards. I’ll get the working visa via my employee, but I’m wondering what kind of visa my girlfriend should apply for (we’re not married yet) so she can try to find a job as well. We’re both 26 years old…

With a 75 k$ a year (+extras, incl car) do you believe we could have a comfortable live over there, taking into consideration my girlfriend might not have an income for the first couple of months? We prefer not to touch our savings for this 3-years adventure…

Looking forward to hear from you (private message is fine too).




BobinOz July 29, 2013 at 9:19 pm

Hi Chris

It’s impossible for me to say how comfortable you would live on one income, so much depends on how much you spend on rent. $75k to support two of you and pay rent would probably not be comfortable, but you will get by. Two incomes would be much better than one.

I can’t even begin to advise what kind of visa your girlfriend should apply for, but I just want you to know you don’t need to be married, if you can prove you have been living together for more than 12 months as man and wife, your girlfriend could be included with your application.

If you haven’t been living together, check out my page All About Visas.

Thanks, Bob


Happy Face July 30, 2013 at 10:36 am

Hi Chris,

I have wife and two kids and earning $50k per year, single income, but still manage to live well, you should be fine unless wants to splash the cash.


BobinOz July 31, 2013 at 1:40 pm

Ah, so it can be done! Thanks Happy Face.


Ashriel August 4, 2013 at 8:17 pm

Hi Bob,

My husband and I are thinking of travelling to Brisbane to have a 5 days trip, to see the place and soak in the atmosphere. Any recommendations as to where we should visit and what we should do if we don’t have a car to venture too far away from the city? We are looking to migrate to Brisbane soon =)

Any relatively cheap but safe hotel with good location (so that we can travel around via public transport) to recommend us too?

Thanks in advance!



Ian August 5, 2013 at 12:28 am

Hi Ashriel, we were in Brisbane last august doing the same as you, checking the place out before migration. My brother booked us in for 3 nights at Tangalooma an island just off Brisbanes coast. We fed dolphins and snorkeled some man made wrecks. I can honestly say it was one of the best times ive had in such a long time. U can even go for a day trip and still feed the dolphins. Do it you wont be dissapointed. We also stayed in the glasshouse mountains at a place called the ecolodge the guy who runs it, Kieth, is really down to earth and welcoming its a nice place to stay if you dont mind self catering and sharing the facilities.


BobinOz August 5, 2013 at 2:30 pm

Yes, Tangalooma is amazing Ian, isn’t it? I’m not surprised you had a great time, I’ve been a couple of times and it is fantastic. Check out my video about my helicopter ride in Tangalooma.

Ashriel, Brisbane is not the easiest city to see without a car, but close to the city you definitely need to go to South Bank Parklands; try to get out to the east coast to say Sandgate, Redcliffe or Wellington Point. Perhaps check out Paddington and also New Farm, it’s on the river, you should be able to catch a CityCat to get you there. Fortitude Valley and West End are good for nightlife.

If you’re thinking of moving here, then perhaps you need to check out one or two suburbs that take your fancy.

Enjoy your trip, Bob


Ashriel August 6, 2013 at 10:25 pm

Thanks Ian and Bob. I’ve checked out Tangalooma and it is really beautiful and attractive on their website! Looking forward to feeding some dolphins and touring Brisbane city =) Can’t wait to move there already!


Fred Green August 7, 2013 at 6:25 am

Hi Ashriel,

My partner and I did a little “recon” visit before moving to Brisbane a few years ago. We stayed on Kangaroo Point (great name for an Australian suburb!) in the Dockside Apartments. Although it wasn’t as cheap as some of the other hotels, it was so convenient being really close to the CBD and to Southbank. It was safe and nice neighbourhood plus the river ferries and citycats got us around quite quickly. At the end of the day, we didn’t really want to spend heaps of time on buses trying to get into the city.

Aside from the lovely weather, I think what sold us on Queensland was the day trip we took to Noosa on the Sunshine Coast. Being from Canada we had never really seen such pristine beaches like that before. We took surf lessons and sat around enjoying the sun (Yep… I think another trip is in order!).

A year later we decided to officially trade in the “snow for the surf” and have’t look back since. We now live in Kelvin Grove, just north of the city.


Ashriel August 9, 2013 at 8:17 pm

Hi Fred,

Thanks for sharing! My husband is keen to stay in Dockside apartments. Our accommodation in Brisbane is more expensive than Melbourne. (We will travel to Melbourne before going to Brisbane). I’m pretty surprised actually, I was expecting it to be the other way around.

Any recommendations on Sunday markets or flea markets we can visit in Brisbane? I’m a huge fan of flea markets.

Many thanks for everyone’s help so far!


BobinOz August 11, 2013 at 8:09 pm
Pali August 10, 2013 at 5:20 pm

I am Sri Lankan wishing to migrate to Kenmore area in QLD ,Aus in mid 2014. I have 2 kids in ages 9yrs and 2.5 yrs. Is there primary school for Asian origin students in Kenmore area? Do white students accept Asian students in schools??


BobinOz August 11, 2013 at 9:00 pm

I know the area pretty well, but I couldn’t tell you if there was a school specifically for Asians or not, but even if there was, I would strongly advise you against it.

Most schools around here are multicultural and the kids don’t even notice that their friends have different colour skins and backgrounds. That’s how you want your children to grow up here in Australia I would think.

So yes, all schools will accept Asian students here, to look into your options check out my page called Which school?


Pali August 12, 2013 at 2:46 pm

Thx Bob.


Helen August 11, 2013 at 1:24 am


Thank you very much for your effort in providing help for new comers to oz. l am coming for work and travel. it is a headache for me to choose from which cities to . which area do you recommend if i have to rely on public transport, while there are enough jobs. i do care about quality of living and the cost. Thanks.


BobinOz August 11, 2013 at 9:41 pm

Hi Helen

Everybody’s idea of a good city is different, so it’s impossible for me to advise you. I do recommend you read my page called A Quick Guide to Choosing a City in Australia as that may help you to pin down two or three favoured options.

Once you’ve narrowed it down a bit, you can visit each of my individual city pages and read everybody’s comments, you can learn a lot about a place by doing that. Good luck!



colin August 14, 2013 at 5:46 am

Hello Bob, thanks for the information. Myself and my fiance are relocating to Brisbane on a working holiday visa hoping to secure jobs in July. I am a car mechanic and she is a primary school teacher. We where hoping to be some where close to a beach in the Sunshine coast. What do you think of the job opportunity in this area?
Thanks very much


BobinOz August 14, 2013 at 8:11 pm

The Sunshine Coast is great for beaches, but not so good for employment. It’s one of the downsides of the area, so I’ve been told. You may need to rethink which beach you want to be near.

The other thing is, being on a WHV, you can’t work for the same employer all the time. You are supposed to move around a bit. If your ultimate goal is to get a sponsorship which may therefore lead to permanent residency, I highly recommend you check out my page How to Find a Sponsored Job in Australia – that guide could make all the difference to both of you in your search.

Good luck, Bob


Steve white August 16, 2013 at 12:13 am

Hi Bob.
Really useful site you have here.ok to the point,the visa’s arrived and we land in Brisbane on 30/8/13. We have a months temp accommodation booked in kangaroo point and will then be looking to rent for the first year. My wife will be working at the 3/4 days a week and the Mater the remaining 1/2 days and is keen on cycling to work.I just wondered if you had any suggestions as to where we should look to live,the criteria being-within about 15/20 Ks of the hospitals and safer roads to cycle on around six am.

Hope you or another local can help.




BobinOz August 16, 2013 at 10:31 pm

Hi Steve

Congratulations! Great to hear you and your family are on your way to Brisbane soon.

I don’t really know the area you are talking about very well, but if you’re wife wants to cycle to both of her different workplaces, that would very much limit you to the suburbs in that area. I think you should go for anything that fits your budget and is well located for you, subject to being happy with the area.

As soon as you get here, I would spend a fair bit of time driving around to get to know the surrounding suburbs, that should help you decide on which one you want to settle in.

This is a bit of a longshot though, but may be worth looking into. I think Seventeen Miles Rocks to Yeerongpilly to Dutton Park has some sort of decent cycle path setup, so maybe look around that way. I also think there are good cycle paths all along the river, so do bear that in mind. I may also be wrong, I don’t have a bike :-)

Sorry I can’t be more specific, Bob


PENNY August 16, 2013 at 7:55 pm

I am in the process of considering a job offer from Brisbane and will have to relocate. lots to organize and would appreciate the help


BobinOz August 17, 2013 at 12:00 am



Pali August 17, 2013 at 7:52 pm

Dear Bob
Is there Mosquito menace in Kenmore area, Brisbane?
Any deceases spread through mosquito [ like dengue, Malaria] are there in QLD.
[ No details in internet.]


BobinOz August 19, 2013 at 1:32 pm

I have written quite a few articles about mosquitoes Pali, if you search using the Google search box on the right hand side of every page here you will be able to find them all. A good place to start though would be my post called Australia’s Biggest Baddest Thing.

Mozzies are pretty much everywhere, Kenmore included, best advice is to not live too close to the river or any other water source like a pond, lake, billabong or reservoir.


Pali August 19, 2013 at 1:52 pm

Thx. I will read them.
Mosquitos are @#$^%$ in the world


Lauren August 21, 2013 at 7:03 pm

Hi Bob my fiancé and I have been looking into suburbs and we have narrowed it diwn to three – new farm Hamilton and new market. As we are coming to oz on working holiday visas would you say trying a few weeks in each of the suburbs being the best idea? We don’t really want to secure jobs before we arrive as we would like to explore this area of Brisbane first. Any information on any of the suburbs I have mentioned that your familiar wuth would be really helpful thanks x


BobinOz August 22, 2013 at 12:59 am

Hi Lauren

Not sure if you know, but Hamilton is one of the most expensive suburbs in all of Queensland, it may even be the most expensive. New Farm is very trendy and Newmarket is also quite an expensive area.

They are all great places to live, but all expensive too. If I were you, I’d have a good look around all the suburbs in the area you are interested in before making a final decision and as you are on a WHV’s, I’d try and move around a bit, see a few places, after all I don’t think you can work for the same employer for too long anyway, so there’s no reason to tie yourself down.

Have a great time, I hope you enjoy Australia.

Cheers, Bob


Lauren August 22, 2013 at 1:17 am

Yes we can work no more than 6 months with one employer but I’m hoping to do supply work so I can experience different schools. I had not read that hamilton was most expensive so thank you for that ha! I will continue to research thanks for your help xx


RaoulDuke66 September 24, 2013 at 3:41 pm

Hamilton is expensive but there are lots of brand new apartments. So you’d pay say $450 per week for one of those, as opposed to getting a 3/4 bedroom house in the outer suburbs for the same amount. It’s also probably more an area for young professionals without kids, so I doubt there are lots of opportunities in schools. There may be more demand in outer suburbs.
Also, one thing I want to point out to anyone coming on a working holiday visa is the different income tax brackets which will apply to you. You’ll have no tax free threshold, and from the first dollar you’ll be paying 32.5%. Residents don’t pay that rate until over 37k. So you should make sure you really do your sums.


Jason Le August 23, 2013 at 1:50 pm

Hi Bob

I am a young professional from London looking to move to Brisbane.
I work in the fitness industry as a personal trainer/manager in Central London and was wondering which areas in Brisbane would be most suitable for me to find accommodation for my career.
In Central London, the closer to the heart of the city, the better it is. The downside of course is the higher rent. So in that regard, i was wondering which areas are the busiest in Brisbane?

thanks a bunch


BobinOz August 23, 2013 at 10:13 pm

Hi Jason

Australia is probably a good place to be if you are in the fitness industry, there are gyms everywhere, keep fit is quite popular. I would think your best bet would be to find out where you will be working first, and then choose where to live.

It’s the same here, of course, the closer to the city the higher the rent. So if you can find somewhere in one of the biggest suburbs and work locally, you would probably be better off that way.

Good luck, Bob


RaoulDuke66 September 24, 2013 at 3:28 pm

If you’re coming over before getting a job, I’d recommend Teneriffe. There are more gyms than you can shake a stick at there. Plus it’s so close to the centre of the city you can walk it. There are lots of small loft apartments there – fine for a young single person. It also has trendy bars and is walking distance from the Valley (where all the night clubs are).


BobinOz September 24, 2013 at 8:27 pm

Okay, yes, that’s probably a better idea than my one :-)

Right in the city, close to all the nightlife and with an affordable apartment there, I reckon it’d be fun.


mujtaba August 26, 2013 at 2:15 am

hi i m a student coming to Australia for my mba ..can u guide me !for a student which city is good …if a student want to get a good job n social life there plus loves the variety food…but socializing ,n good salary job is more important here and not to forget i have a business background of leather products n cotton bed sheets ….need ur guidance


BobinOz August 26, 2013 at 10:20 pm

I couldn’t tell you for sure, my instinct says Melbourne as it has a buzzing nightlife and it’s not as expensive as Sydney. Have a read of my page A Quick Guide to Choosing a City in Australia and it might also be worth you getting a free assessment from my expert on studying Australia, you can do that from my page called Student Visas.

Good luck, Bob


mujtaba August 27, 2013 at 1:26 am

thx! but intially coming to griffith university brisbane nathan campus …can u give me some helpfull tip ….my visa is in process ..hopefully in couple of month i b there in brisbane..


mujtaba August 27, 2013 at 1:54 am

one of my friend is living in Melbourne frm last 3 years he said for student there isnt much in Melbourne …i told him all about my extra curricular activities i do like swimming alot its part of my daily routine ..,gym , party n stuff like this …he recommended me Brisbane bcz its relatively not that expensive as Sydney n Melbourne .now u suggested me Melbourne i m getting confused /…..even tough coming to Brisbane initially


BobinOz August 27, 2013 at 2:05 pm

Sounds like you are already sorted and heading for Brisbane, so why don’t you just wait and see what you think of that when you get here? It’s certainly better than Melbourne for swimming :-)


mujtaba August 28, 2013 at 6:16 am

sure thx alot …. bob


Grand August 30, 2013 at 6:58 pm

Hi Bob,

I think you deserve to be accredited you with some sort of awards for promoting Brisbane. Your comments are always so convincing that I changed my mind to reside in Brisbane – and I believe there are many others too :-)) My wife and I are very excited and will be there in early November.

I have 2 questions here which I hope you could help to answer:

1. I understand that it may be very difficult to rent a place in Brisbane especially for first time tenant in Australia. Apart from bank statement, what sort of other documentation would one normally need to convince the landlord renting the place to a first time tenant? I don’t know anyone in Brisbane but do have friends in Melbourne.

2. I am not sure whether to apply for a job before or after I have landed in Brisbane, although I would prefer the former. Is it common for employers to interview overseas candidates online? If the answer is no, I would not want to simply waste the opportunities by applying jobs before I land in Brisbane.

A million thanks !


leeza August 30, 2013 at 8:42 pm

hi we have just moved here two months ago from nz myself and family love it, what a lovely place, we are renting in burpengary not far from Brisbane.
we needed bank statements, passport’s, car licences, reference’s from new Zealand- we used work reference’s and one from a landlord. car rego we are in a complex which is a good base for us we will be looking to private rent when lease is up. we found it easier to rent from a complex .


Grand August 31, 2013 at 2:01 pm

Hi Leeza,

Thank you very much for your helpful information.

Unfortunately, it may be more difficult for us to produce any original documents (such as car license, reference letters etc.) in English as we are not from an English speaking country. We are from China. It seems like we may need to get our documents translated by a public notary or equivalent in order for us to use our documents there. NZ and OZ are very close and I think most landlords would readily accept whatever documents presented to them. The same may not apply to people from Asian countries – as original documents may not be readily available in English.

I am not sure if there are any Asian people here who had successfully rent a place in Brisbane. If so, I would very much appreciate your input.

Anyway, you mentioned something about renting from a complex. This is something new to me. Do you have any website that I can refer to for hunting a place to rent in a complex?

Many thanks !


Grand August 31, 2013 at 2:10 pm

Hi Leeza,

One more question. Is there any specific day(s) in the week that house/apartment are opened for viewing? I am not sure about Brisbane but I understand that in Sydney, houses/apartments viewing are normally available on Wednesdays and Saturdays.

Thank you so much if you have an answer, otherwise never mind.



leeza September 1, 2013 at 6:38 am
BobinOz September 1, 2013 at 9:00 pm

Hi Grand, hi Leeza, good to see you sorted quite a bit out between you :-)

Grand, in your search for a job you must surely have references from previous employers and have them translated? You can use those to help with securing your rental property. If you go to a rental agent with bank statements, references (translated officially), proof of your occupation and with it your potential earnings and any other official proofs like driving licences and passports, they will all help.

One additional and sometimes attractive tactic to use is this. Rental agents are only allowed by law to ask for a certain number of weeks in advance as well as a bond. They are not legally allowed to ask you for more than the required advanced weekly rents, I won’t say how many weeks it is because it varies from state to state.

What you can do as a prospective tenant is “offer” more advanced rent than is required, as I say, a rental company cannot ask for it but you are quite entitled to offer it of your own free will. For first-time renters in this country that can be useful to secure a property.

As for applying for jobs, anything you can do in advance of arriving here would be useful, but I understand your concern about burning bridges, so to speak. I do have an excellent course on finding a job in Australia which has been written by an expert, check it out over at my page How to Find a Sponsored Job in Australia.

I truly hope you enjoy Brisbane, otherwise you might be sending me some less complimentary comments in the future :-) Good luck!



Grand September 2, 2013 at 12:41 pm

Hi Bob and Leeza,

Thank you very much for your invaluable information. You guys made me feel very comfortable with Brisbane and I really can’t wait to fly now. Still counting my days …

I hope I will garner invaluable experience in Brisbane and like you guys, make some contributions to this website in the future.



BobinOz September 2, 2013 at 2:33 pm

Thanks Grand :-)


Maria September 11, 2013 at 7:29 pm

Hi Bob, hubby got a job in Brisbane and now we are looking to move the whole family (children 7, 4&1) from Sydney. Ideal suburb is near the cbd or near the airport, close to shops, schools and daycare, any suggestions? Thank you


Pali September 11, 2013 at 7:34 pm

what about Wlston or Newmarket??


BobinOz September 14, 2013 at 2:05 pm

Good suggestions Pali, but if it were me I would go to Sandgate or one of the suburbs close to that. I really like it over that way and it is quite close to the airport.


RaoulDuke66 September 24, 2013 at 3:23 pm

Bob, I’d suggest that Sandgate would be a nightmare to get to the CBD. Public transport is pretty poor. Otherwise you’d be looking at shelling out a bucketload in CBD parking charges. I’d suggest Clayfield or Ascot. They’re also closer to the airport.


BobinOz September 24, 2013 at 8:15 pm

I agree Raoul, Sandgate to the CBD would not be an easy journey, but the question was close to the CBD OR the airport, I would have thought Sandgate to the airport wouldn’t have been too bad a journey, although I’ve never tried it at rush hour.

Property is probably more expensive in Clayfield and Ascot and personally I don’t think they are as nice as Sandgate, which has the added bonus of being by the sea. But they are alternatives worth looking at.

Cheers, Bob


Riley October 7, 2013 at 5:22 pm

Hey Bob,
My name is Riley. I recently came to Australia, about a week back, and am a permanent resident here. I am staying with my uncle, and I am trying to find a really cheap place to rent near the inner city.


BobinOz October 7, 2013 at 7:26 pm

Problem is the inner city is where the most expensive places to rent are.


ARCHANA September 11, 2013 at 10:34 pm




RACHAEL GUEST September 18, 2013 at 7:41 am

Hi Bob,
You are hilarious!
You should get a job in advertising/copy-writing.
Myself and my fiance are on the verge of giving up our plight to move to oz following a five year mission.
Lots of contacts are saying things are on the way down and jobs are becoming hard to secure, how do you see things progressing?
My other half is an electrician (7 years) and also gas safe registered gas installer (2 years) and I am a graphic designer/swim teacher/teaching assistant. How easy do you think it would be for us to survive?
Your doing a wonderful job, I don’t know how you find the time, well done!!!


BobinOz September 18, 2013 at 3:21 pm

Hi Rachael, good to hear I have amused you in some way :-)

Which contacts are these that are telling you Australia is on a slippery slope? Ask yourself if they might be people trying to put you off the move for some reason? Just a thought.

From what I’ve seen, yes, Australia was booming 2007/8 before the GFC and in the last couple of years things look like they’ve slowed up a bit, but we’ve still always been better placed than most of Europe and the US with fewer unemployed than either of those countries. These days, if anything, things have stabilised or maybe slightly improved, but that’s hard to say.

Would you be able to survive? I’d be shocked if you couldn’t, but I’d be guessing if I tried to rate your chances. Check out my page about Getting a Job or a Sponsorship and search using the links to online agencies to see how many job opportunities there are for what you and your other half do.

Good luck, Bob


RaoulDuke66 September 24, 2013 at 3:06 pm

Hi Lauren,

I think the first thing you should do is look into whether your fiance will have to retrain to “Australian standards”. For many occupations they can be a bit funny about that – despite the actual job being exactly the same. That could make a massive difference to your plans.


BobinOz September 24, 2013 at 7:56 pm

That’s a very good point actually RaoulDuke66, thanks for bringing it up.

Yes, certainly electricians and I’m sure it also applies to gas fitters, I know it applies to plumbers, do need to be ‘Australianified’ to work here. I believe there are things you can do whilst still in the UK to speed that up, so that when you get here you are prequalified to work in Australia.

You will need to look into the specifics of exactly how it works for what you do, because if you do arrive here thinking you can work and you can’t, that really would throw a spoke in the works.


paris September 22, 2013 at 7:28 am

Hi i was planning on moving over to Australia for 6 months or a year. However ive never been anywhere in Australia before and i was wondering where the best place to move to is. I dont like the idea of the floods so would prefer somewhere where i wouldn’t be at risk of these. Im 20 and im planning on moving out there to get away from the stresses of life here in England and to start a brand new life. Your help would be appreciated thankyou.


BobinOz September 23, 2013 at 5:51 pm

A good place to start would be my page A Quick Guide to Choosing a City in Australia. See if any of the information I give on there helps to narrow it down a bit, and then I suggest you go to the individual pages for each of the cities on your shortlist and have a good read of the comments, I’m sure your find lots of useful help.

Cheers, Bob


paris September 24, 2013 at 1:59 am

i have already looked on there. Most of them say floods so was just asking for your personal opinion. I am tempted to come to Brisbane.


RaoulDuke66 September 24, 2013 at 3:17 pm

I wouldn’t let the floods issue concern you too much. Brisbane had huge floods in 2010 but these were a once in 50 year event. The flood map for our suburb (which is on the Brisbane river) picks out only a couple of streets which are prone to flooding. Only an issue if you’re planning to buy (which I wouldn’t just now), but you would just check the flood map first.


BobinOz September 24, 2013 at 8:05 pm

Certain houses will never flood Paris, these are houses that are built high enough above sea level, on hills and are near the top. I know if my house were ever to flood, it would almost certainly be the end of the world as we know it and somebody somewhere called Noah will be building an arc.

So I would live in the city you want to live in, and Brisbane is a very good choice, but just be careful where you choose to live, whether you’ll be renting or buying.


Darren October 7, 2013 at 4:07 am

Hi Bob, me and my friend, both 22, have recently graduated from college in Ireland with an honours business management degree, we’re planning to head over to oz in January but don’t know where to start off, we’re thinking between Perth, Sydney, Melbourne or Brisbane. Where do you recommend we go? (Doesn’t have to be one of those options) As in where do you think we’d have the best chance of getting work?
Thanks in advance


Darren October 7, 2013 at 4:09 am

Forgot to mention we’re male if that matters at all :)


BobinOz October 7, 2013 at 7:10 pm

I would go over to my page called Getting a Job or a Sponsorship and use the links to the three employment agencies to find which city or cities might have the most opportunities for the work that you do, and then I would head there.

I would be inclined to avoid Perth unless it is absolutely clear that this city has way more opportunities than any other, simply because it’s so far away from all the others. It’s easy to get from Melbourne, to Sydney, to Brisbane but it’s a bit of a trek to get from Perth to anywhere.

Good luck! Bob


mohammed October 7, 2013 at 5:04 pm

Hi Bob, Do you know where is the Arab community in Brisbane ?


BobinOz October 7, 2013 at 7:24 pm

I have answered this same question for you elsewhere Mohammed, but no, I don’t.


Sofia October 21, 2013 at 11:53 am

Hi Bob,
Me and my boyfriend are moving up to either the Sunshine coast or Brisbane, we cant really chose. My boyfriend is more keen on Sunshine coast but Im leaning more towards Brisbane. He already has a job secured but I am worried if we move to the Sunshine coast it will be hard for me to find a job. I also don’t drive and a lot of people say that Sunshine coast’s public transport is awful. What do you think?
Is there a lot to do in the Sunshine coast besides surfing? We are in our late 20’s and are not ready to live the quite life yet. Is Brisbane better when it comes to nightlife, going out for dinner and live music? What are the pros and cons? We right now live in Melbourne.
Thanks for your help


BobinOz October 21, 2013 at 8:32 pm

Hi Sofia

Brisbane is infinitely better when it comes to nightlife, dinner and live music. As beautiful as the Sunshine Coast is, I think you will, after a while, find it a bit too quiet for you.

Coming from Melbourne which simply buzzes with things to do, I think even your boyfriend will end up twiddling his thumbs and wondering what to do next.

So, I say choose Brisbane and visit the Sunshine Coast at weekends to get away from it all.

Cheers, Bob


Brett October 26, 2013 at 11:45 pm

Hi Bob,

My partner and I have decided to shift from Adelaide to Brisbane. We have been so desperate to move that we have essentially packed up, booked a removalist and organised for our furniture to be put into self storage in Brisbane.

We have done all of this without really thinking past getting to Brisbane. We have a few days until everything happens and we are now realising that we have probably relied on the “we’ll be right mindset” too much and we are now stressing.

We have a place to stay with my sister in GC and have been trying to find properties online but have been unsuccessful so far. We don’t want to burden my sister with our presence for months if things end up taking awhile. She has a family of her own now.

We have both left our jobs to pursue a fresh start and have a small amount of savings around $15k between us. We have managed to find good jobs here in Adelaide even though this is apparently a hard thing to do in SA. We are quietly confident we will find employment quickly. I have already heard really good things from recruitment agencies in Brisbane but I also understand that sometimes things can take a bit of persistence.

If you have any insight into securing a rental with basically only savings. We are willing to pay up to 3 months advance rent to show we are serious. We don’t even really know if that even means anything to a real estate agent. We have a very good work and rental history as we don’t believe in screwing people over.

Any insight or even a reality check would be beyond helpful.

BTW you are doing a really good job with this site. It is the friendly atmosphere we have encountered in SE QLD that is driving this whole move in the first place. Apologies for the long post.


BobinOz October 27, 2013 at 7:32 pm

Hi Brett

Thanks, glad you like the website and good to hear you’re coming up to join us friendly Queenslanders :-)

Getting a rental property here can be a bit tricky, it seems landlords can usually pick and choose their tenants when they have a good property to rent out. I’ve been told it is illegal for a landlord or a rental agency to ask for a bigger than normal advance rental, but it is not illegal for you to offer it. If you offer it, as in three months in advance, that will help your case.

Other than that, be prepared to show bank statements and evidence of your previous good rental history and I think you should be okay. Also, given that neither of you will have jobs when you first start looking at properties, I suggest you have details of the recruitment agents you spoken to, the good feedback you’ve had from them, and also your past employment records to show that you have not had long periods without work.

Hopefully with all that under your arm, you won’t have any problems.

Good luck, and welcome to Brisbane :-)

Cheers, Bob


Brett November 17, 2013 at 2:45 am

Thanks Bob! Everything has turned out perfectly in the end.

I just remembered writing that post on the way home tonight. Feels like a lifetime ago even though it was less than a month ago!

I was in such a state trying to get everything organised when I wrote it. In the end I was stressing for no reason. The advice you have offered though is spot on and much appreciated.

I got a job my first week here and I am very happy there. My partner secured a very nice rental (we want to buy it already!) the day after my original post. Everything has gone perfectly since we got here at the start of November.

Literally since the day we left Adelaide we have not had a single problem with anything. Must be the extra Vitamin D from all the sunshine up here.


BobinOz November 18, 2013 at 3:46 pm

That’s great news Brett and welcome to Brisbane.

Glad it all went well and fantastic that you have found a job so quickly, shame you’ve arrived just in time for storm season here though :-) Don’t worry though, it’s not always like this, we have plenty of hot, sunny with clear blue skies as well.

Cheers, Bob


Yuri November 4, 2013 at 6:35 pm

Hello Bob!

Me and my wife diceded to move down under 5 months ago. Hopefully we shall move in 1.5 years. We got tons of valuable info from your site, thank you very much for what you are doing.

And Brisbane, yes. Love from the first site for both of us. There will be no questions form me, just a burst of emotional happiness :)


BobinOz November 5, 2013 at 4:15 pm

Thanks Yuri, glad you have found my website useful. Hope your journey to Australia goes smoothly and we see you here soon.

Cheers, Bob


islamabadguy November 16, 2013 at 1:22 am

good day,

i am soon gonna coming to brisbane on work visa 457 alone right now. I am looking for a studio apartment close to Pinkenba area. e.g Ascot/Hamilton/Clayfield/Newfarm/Nundah/Chermside a furnished studio appartment, can someone guide me regarding that or one of area in the vicinity of Pinkenba where pakistani community is settled.

2ndly which make of the car is good at australia, i am looking to get a car for myself in the range of 10-15k $.

Right now i am bringing all my stuff from home (e.g furniture, electronics), i am only bringing my luggage, i hope i am taking the right decision regarding that.


BobinOz November 18, 2013 at 2:50 pm

I am not aware of any Pakistani community area in Brisbane, maybe somebody else can help you with that. As for cars, they are not cheap here, triy to go for something that is at least cheap to get spare parts for.

I’m no expert, but I would suggest Hyundai, Ford, Nissan, Holden, that sort of thing, and check out my post Buying a second-hand car in Australia Compared to England.


Yuri December 9, 2013 at 6:29 am

Dear Bob and the community,

I couldn’t find a more suitable place for my question that here. Sorry if I missed the right spot.

I would like to know more about looking for work in Oz. I am a production manager in the field of flexible packaging. I would be happy to move to Brisbane and work in my field there.

How do I start the search for jobs? Is Brisbane the best chice for such a professional activity?

Yours, Yuri.


BobinOz December 9, 2013 at 3:55 pm

Yes, you need this page: Getting a Job or a Sponsorship.


Yuri December 10, 2013 at 4:10 am

Thanx, though It was about getting a sponsred visa only.


BobinOz December 10, 2013 at 11:46 pm

Well, yes, that’s exactly what the page is about and the page that is linked from it called How to Find a Sponsored Job in Australia.


Katie December 11, 2013 at 3:48 am

Hi Bob

Just gotta say, I love your blog. I am from Canada and have been using your blog as my guide in my quest to immigrate to Australia.
I have had my heart set on Melbourne, for (what I perceive) are great city attractions and the beach community. Please advise if my perception is off. But recently, during my IELTS exam, I was able to speak to a woman who lived in Brisbane, and she said it was the place to be for both beach and city life. Plus she said that “it’s always cloudy in Melbourne”. She pointed out the window at our grey Toronto skies and said “like this all the time”. Can I ask your take on what she said. Because I definitely do not want to live in clouds when I have moved to the other side of the planet! I want sun! Haha! Anyway I also want a vibrant city and Melbourne just seems the place to be for that. I would appreciate your advice on this very much. Thank you in advance.


BobinOz December 11, 2013 at 3:25 pm

Take a look at my page about Melbourne Katie, there’s lots of talk about the weather in that city in the comments, I don’t think you will be impressed by what you read.

Without a doubt, Brisbane is hotter than Melbourne, but there also is no doubt that Melbourne is the livelier and more vibrant city. Brisbane doesn’t really have good beaches, but the Sunshine Coast to the north and Surfers Paradise to the south both have great beaches and are about an hour or so’s drive.

Have a good look at my page A Quick Guide to Choosing a City in Australia as well, you should find it and the links on it very helpful.

Cheers, Bob


Craig S December 11, 2013 at 4:21 am

Hi Bob,

I’m currently living in South Africa and am looking to immigrate to Oz in the near future. In the meantime I would like to invest in property in the Brisbane area, and someone has recommended a place in Ipswich. do you have any opinions about Ipswich? Is it a good part of Queensland to live in? And is it close enough for someone to live in Ipswich and commute to Brisbane city for work?



BobinOz December 11, 2013 at 5:54 pm

Hi Craig

Ipswich is about 20 minutes or so drive from me, I live in Western suburbs of Brisbane. To get to the city centre of Brisbane from Ipswich will take less than an hour.

I’m not sure what it’s like to live there, suspect there are good areas and bad areas, but then you are not going to live there, it’s an investment property and I couldn’t tell you either way whether it would be a good or bad investment, I have no idea.

If you are not a resident of Australia, you may need to seek approval before you can purchase any properties here in Australia.

Cheers, Bob


Craig S December 11, 2013 at 6:12 pm

Thanks Bob,

I’m working through an agent, so they are covering all the applications etc for me. Apparently as a non-resident I can only purchase new property, but foreign investment is apparently currently encouraged by the Australian government.

Another area I’m looking at is Toowoomba. That’s about 127km west of Brisbane I think? Apparently quite a fast growing area?

Although I’m working through the “experts” I was hoping I could get a second opinion from a non-bias person, because you never know whether their expert opinion is based on their stock availability and therefore they’re obviously going to punt their stock in a particular area vs another potential area.


BobinOz December 12, 2013 at 2:17 pm

I know where Toowoomba is and I have been there, but I couldn’t tell you if it is a fast-growing area or not. So I’m afraid I can’t help you with that second opinion. Cheers, Bob


katie December 20, 2013 at 9:46 pm

Thanks for your reply, Bob. I think we’re holding firm to Melbourne. Being from Canada, I think we’ll like the 4 seasons. And it won’t ever be cold! At least not from Canadian perspective.


BobinOz December 23, 2013 at 1:58 pm

Ah, yes, coming from Canada you would have a completely different perspective on what is hot and what is cold :-) Hope you get to love Melbourne. Good luck, Bob


Jonatan Ronnlycke December 22, 2013 at 1:31 pm

Hey Bob. First of all, love your website. It helped me a lot with all my questions about Australia. Anyway I’m planning to move from Sweden in April/May to study business in brisbane. Like in my country and most of the country’s I visited a certain type of people live in a certain type of area. Could you (or someone else) just explain shortly what type of people that moves to the different areas. I mean wich areas are for the rich people, the students, the “trendy” people, the poor and so on. How are the oublic transportation like? In my city Malmö wich is one of the most Eco-friendly in the world, everybody get around using bicycle or public transportation wich is very well developed. I read on Internet that Melbourne is very student-friendly. How about brisbane? It seems like ppl either love or hate brisbane/qld yet they all go there for vacation. I think that’s why I can relate to brisbane because my region is also very laid-back and the rest of the country dislike us, yet they love our nature and they all want to own house or property here. Best regards //Jonatan


BobinOz December 23, 2013 at 2:09 pm

Brisbane is very student friendly as well, most of them hang out around St Lucia I think. We do also have a quite intricate bike lane network so it is a cyclist friendly city. Of course, like any city we have rich areas, student areas, poor areas and trendy areas, but it would be too much of a task for me to list every suburb and pin a label on it :-)

By and large, you can tell the kind of area by simply doing house price comparisons.

I’m one of those who loves Brisbane, by the way, and not just for holidays.

Cheers, Bob


Nat December 27, 2013 at 8:52 pm

Hi Bob,

What are some nice suburbs in between gold coast and brisbane? i.e. no more than 40 mins apart.



BobinOz December 28, 2013 at 1:19 am

Hi Nat

I don’t know all of them well enough to compile a list and I’m not sure what you mean by no more than 40 mins apart. Apart from what? Each other? Brisbane? Gold Coast?


Mohammad Nabil Al Sati January 2, 2014 at 8:55 pm

Hi Bob :
First I want you to accept my best wishes for a happy new year 2014 and I want to thank you for your very nice website where we easily can find all information about where to settle and live in Australia .
Actually I am confused about choosing the right city , I believe it is not easy to look for every thing in one place , I am looking for a green area full of trees and rivers . . . while I have to look also for the best higher education chances for my children s .
Finally I think that I am going to follow your choice and may settle in Brisbane ! !
Wish to see you there .
Nabil .


BobinOz January 5, 2014 at 9:35 pm

Happy New Year to you too :-)

Good choice I’d say, plenty of green areas, trees, and a very snaking Brisbane River. I love it here, I hope you get to love it too.

Good luck, Bob


Mit Sengupta January 2, 2014 at 9:37 pm

Hi Bob, I was wondering how can I get a PR in Australia after completing my graduation there? I’ve applied for 2 Australian universities, one is located in Gold Coast another is in Brisbane. Which city would be more affordable for a student?


BobinOz January 5, 2014 at 9:38 pm

I don’t know how you get PR, that’s a question for a migration agent. As for those universities, I can’t think that there will be too much between the two places in terms of cost of living. With the Gold Coast being more of a tourist area, maybe there are more jobs for students that way, but I’m guessing.

Accommodation may be slightly more expensive down the Gold Coast, so on that basis I would go where you want to go as I honestly don’t think the cost difference is big enough to sway your decision.


Barry January 6, 2014 at 10:59 pm

HI Bob,

I am possibly moving over to Brisbane in a few months on an initial 12 month contract. What are the best areas for a a young couple with good access to everything Brisbane has to offer but is also a safe area (i will be working away on occasion and my wife would be on here own)?




BobinOz January 7, 2014 at 7:58 pm

Almost all suburbs in Brisbane are safe Barry, there are a few dodgy areas, but you can tell those by how extraordinarily cheap the housing is :-) Access to everything is pretty easy if you have a car.

Much depends on what you really want; bright lights, seaside, countryside?


Paul January 9, 2014 at 8:41 am

I was wondering what suburb in Brisbane suit me love my golf and lawn bowls and loving going coffee shops and shopping and walking

My brother live Spring Hill Qld and he member Brisbane Golf Club. Im thinking joining their as well so play golf with him


BobinOz January 10, 2014 at 1:47 pm

I’m not into golf or bowls Paul, but I had a comment from someone recently who is, you might like to read what Bill had to say.

Suburbs with a coffee shop culture are mostly closer to the city, New Farm, Bulimba, Paddington, Newmarket, places like that.

Cheers, Bob


Mit Sengupta January 12, 2014 at 9:12 pm

Hey Bob, could you please suggest me a student job search website where I can find jobs in Australia?


BobinOz January 13, 2014 at 3:45 pm

Yes, mine :-) There are a few on my page about Working Holiday Visas.


Dean January 16, 2014 at 6:44 pm

Hi Bob,

This is a great way of helping others. Really appreciate all your work here.

I have been living in Sydney from last 9 years and thinking about moving to Brisbane or Melbourne. I would like to get your thoughts to clear the doubts in my mind.

I am thinking about starting my own IT services business. I am pretty much incline to move to Brisbane as I have been there couple of times and love the place. My wife is suffering from Echezma and hot weather doesn’t go well and this is the only reason I am thinking about Melbourne. I want to know if Brisbane weather can make it worse since it’s warm throughout the year?



BobinOz January 17, 2014 at 1:16 pm

That’s not something I can really help you with Dean, I really don’t know whether Brisbane’s climate would make your wife’s eczema worse or not. My gut feeling is that the drier weather of the south would probably be harsher on the skin than our more humid weather, but I don’t know for sure.

Anyone had any experience with this?


Soizic January 28, 2014 at 11:14 pm

Hello Bob!
Thanks for a great website, which I have just discovered.
We are planning to move down under, and possibly to Brisbane so all this info helps a lot with our research!
The only thing that worries me really about Brisbane are the floods but I will look at your other posts about it unless anyone has something to add to reassure us?! :-)

We are both French, working in Marketing and IT. Anyone has any comments about how easy/difficult it might be to find jobs in Brisbane??

Thanks again Bob!!


BobinOz January 30, 2014 at 3:01 pm

Hi Soizic

Great to hear you are enjoying my website, thank you.

I can’t help you with your question about jobs, I have no idea how the market is here right now for that kind of work. As for Brisbane and flooding though, yes, I’ve only been here six years and I’ve already seen a fair bit of that. But I’d still choose Brisbane over every other city, I love it here.

Take a look at the following post…

Brisbane and Queensland Floods: Should We Avoid Living There?

… I give some advice about deciding where to live in Brisbane, hope it helps. And hope to see you in this great city sometime soon.

Cheers, Bob


laura January 29, 2014 at 1:06 pm

hey bob,

my name is laura and I’m planning to come to live there, I’m very exited about it, but ive been reading, from blogs and different sites, that for young people there is not much night life and that shoks me a bit cause im a bit of a party person, is that true?? can you help me?


BobinOz January 30, 2014 at 4:31 pm

Hi Laura

You must be reading the wrong blogs, there’s plenty for youngsters to do here. Most of it centres around Fortitude Valley, West End, Paddington and the city. Nightclubs, discos, bars, live music, that sort of thing. Don’t expect your local suburb to provide much entertainment though, although that largely depends on which suburb you end up in.

On top of that, the Gold Coast, which is only an hour or so away, can provide alternative nightlife for those long weekends.

This place might not match Sydney or Melbourne for the nightlife, but I can assure you there is plenty to do.

Cheers, Bob


Patrick January 30, 2014 at 12:48 pm

Hiya, Bob – and other followers here.

I’m having a horrible time here in Brissy, I traveled here in December, and have been looking for work, during my year stay here. and I’m finding it to be quite difficult. I’ve never had trouble getting work around the world, and here its a total road block.

Is there any cultural or social system I’m missing in my search.

A quick rundown. I’m a qualified Computer technician, an Experienced Bar tender, and have had a number of years in Retail.

So I’ve been focusing my main work interests in Computer support, and Hospitality, but with over 200 applied jobs since the beginning of December, I’ve only a handful of replies, all of them thanking me for my resume, but telling me i’ve not been chosen for the position. (all tech support positions) – but with about 70 resumes gone out to Bars clubs, restaurants and hotels. I’m really wondering where the good natured hardworking guy can find work.

I’ve added my name down for people resources, manual labor work, recruiting agencts, and added my interest in a range of other jobs i’d be capable of, Warehouse assistant, office admin, handyman, odd jobs. and got my name out to as many friends and people i know here to help me find work. but I’m still being ignored,

I dont know why its such a hassle finding work here, maybe other Irish people in the past gave us a bad name for the city, i don’t know. but all I want to do is work. and its something thats eluding me in this city.

If anyone can help me with a spot, place, job, anything with a paying wage, inside the city. I’d be welcome to trying it.

Bob, if you’d like to help and need more info from me, drop me an email, and i’ll send you my resume.

Thank you all in advance, for at least reading my woes.



BobinOz January 30, 2014 at 4:59 pm

I’m sorry to hear you are having such a horrible time trying to find work Paddy, Brisbane isn’t awash with jobs at the moment, but it shouldn’t be as hard as you describe. First thing I must ask, what kind of visa you here on? I’m just wondering if you are ultimately looking for sponsorship, whether that is what might be putting off potential employers?

It’s certainly not the fact that you are Irish, I can assure you that the people of Brisbane have nothing against paddies :-) Stick around for St Patrick’s Day, you’ll see what I mean.

Other than that, I can’t help, and there is certainly no point in me getting hold of your resume. I can’t help with recruitment, wouldn’t know the first thing to do. I’ve not even ever applied for a job here myself, I’m self-employed.

So all up, I’m afraid I’m the wrong person to ask. Hopefully someone else reading this can help you more than I can, anybody?


Scott February 15, 2014 at 9:57 pm

My cousin moved from Perth WA to Brisbane and was fully qualified in IT and it took him 5 months to get employment in the industry. I now work in employment services and can basically so this, so many people are applying for jobs…and…there are no where near enough jobs to people applying ratio (even experienced, and qualified). Unless you are in absolute high demand you are going to have a difficult time.

I believe the average time for someone moving to get employed in Australia is about 5 months. Also there is no evidence around what I am about to say, but I surely do believe that people who have moved interstate are second preference to locals, and even more so people who are from overseas. Countless times have a met people who are from overseas and cannot find employment.

The whole “You have no experience in Australia” is rubbish, its actually just another reason why someone would not employ you and not be breaching Anti Discrimination laws, or in simple words, covering their own back. Hope this helps, it does not sound fair but its true as I recently moved interstate myself and kept losing the job application to the same circle of known people who lived locally.

Having said that, you just have to keep applying and calling employers is the most important thing. You need to market yourself and don’t bother telling people where you are from previously, don’t even put the location of where you have worked on your resume and if they ask it will be at the interview where you can keep referring to your strengths and why you wan to work for their company. Good luck.


BobinOz February 16, 2014 at 1:09 am

When I arrived here in Brisbane in 2007, it seemed everyone had jobs. It was probably harder not to have a job than to have one. The city was booming. These days, it is a lot tougher, that’s for sure.


Mit Sengupta February 16, 2014 at 3:35 am

Hey Bob, is that true that Aussie mining is beginning to end while New Zealand has entered a period of economic boom? Certainly, NZ growth will be probably double than the Aussie growth this year according to some estimates!


BobinOz February 17, 2014 at 2:07 pm

I know nothing about the New Zealand economy, so can’t comment on that one, as for Aussie mining, I’ve heard Perth may have peaked, but I’m sure they will find somewhere else to dig up sometime soon :-)


Mit Sengupta February 17, 2014 at 2:39 pm

Yeah, hopefully! Without the mining boom Australia is expected to grow half the pace. New Zealand on the other hand looking for oil! Economy aside, Bob do you it’ll easy to find part-time jobs in Melbourne compared to Brisbane?


BobinOz February 17, 2014 at 8:14 pm

No, I think is Australia that have struck oil, search Google for ‘oil in Coober Pedy’.

I have no idea about the Melbourne/Brisbane part-time job situations, so can’t help that one.


Mit Sengupta February 17, 2014 at 9:52 pm

That’s still at the nascent stage of exploration. Cober Pedy possibly has oil worth $20 trillion which is huge. It could easily make Australia a net oil exporter & the richest nation in the world. However, shale oil is very difficult to extract & it remains to seen how much commercially viable the oil field is. Surprisingly, Australia actually imports some amount of crude oil from New Zealand.


BobinOz February 18, 2014 at 5:37 pm

If it’s there, I’m sure they will get it out somehow. Cheers, Bob


Oliver February 24, 2014 at 9:50 pm

Hi Bob

Am an owner of a logistics business in the UK and am currently applying for a senior management migration Visa which the migration expert in the UK seems to think we go through no problem in about 8-12 months – this allows me and my family to be residents before we arrived which is obviously great and makes life easier I’m told.
My wife’s brother & family live in Thornlands and her mother in a nursing home nearby so I think we will want to move to Brisbane to be near them. Strangely I am keener than my wife to make the move as she thinks she will miss lots of things in the UK but I am not so sure I will other than the obvious friends and family! Having read your site and having been to Australia 7 times previously ( my father was schooled in Sydney and we have family in Sydney) then I am pretty sure its the right move but just need to 100% decide – you clearly don’t regret the move!

Any move would involve me looking at buying a logistics business over there – do you know if there are any websites or points of contact for me to get speaking to businesses that might be interested in selling over the next year or two? If I do have an office over there in line with my current business then this makes it easier to come back to the UK if I need to so that is makes it less of a hassle to make the move if I know I can always come back and see my family.

Thanks for any help


BobinOz February 25, 2014 at 2:41 pm

Hi Oliver

There is certainly one big glossy magazine that comes out each month here in Australia, I’m sure if you Google “businesses for sale in Australia” you will not only find that magazine, but quite a few websites that do the same.

Personally I don’t have any points of contact, so I can’t help with that. Good luck with your move though, I hope you and your wife get to love it here is much as me and my family do.

Cheers, Bob


Oliver May 12, 2014 at 1:50 am

Hi Bob

Had a positive response on the skills assessment which is the hard bit done! I now have to take the English test and pass the medical to get the residency in place for the whole family.

Bit nervous about the English test as never been great at exams!! Should be no problem I hope – do you remember much about the IELTS test? Is it anything to be worried about ?! It seems it takes about 3 hours to complete.

Cheers for now


BobinOz May 12, 2014 at 2:40 pm

Can’t help you with that Oliver, I didn’t have to take the IELTS test, that was introduced after I moved here. If you want to increase your chances of success though, I do recommend How to Pass IELTS.

Congratulations on getting past the skills assessment though, that surely is the tricky part out of the way.

Cheers, Bob


Oliver June 28, 2014 at 1:57 am

Hi Bob

Hope all is well – just as an update I took the IELTS test last weekend and will get the results next Friday ( 13 days later).
There wasn’t anything too onerous about the test, the hardest bit was concentrating in an exam room for the first time for 24 years!
The highest score is 9 and to ‘pass’ for Australian migration purposes I need to get an 8 so there is little room for error!

Will let you know how I get on next week – as the eternal pessimist and one who has never been great at exams I can’t say I am hugely confident but will wait and see !

Cheers for now


BobinOz June 29, 2014 at 1:32 am

Well, 9 is very hard to get, so I hear, but if you can snag yourself an 8, you will have also done well. Hope you get it, do let us know how you got on.

Cheers, Bob


Oliver July 4, 2014 at 6:56 pm

Hi Bob

As promised – an update on my IELTS exam

Thankfully I managed to bag a score of 8.5 which I have to say I am over the moon with ! I have always hated exams and feared the worst but luckily it all turned out ok :)
Any advice for people taking the IELTS test though is not to take it too lightly as it is not as simple as some people may think and there are pitfalls you can miss – I would advise reading up a bit on it prior to the day – I must confess I didn’t overdo the homework but I did practice and read up a bit and it helped me for sure.
Anyway that is now done and dusted so just the application is being processed and then just the medical to worry about!



BobinOz July 5, 2014 at 12:11 am

Congratulations Oliver, that is a very good score. Good advice as well, this test should not be taken lightly, it’s not easy. It probably pays, as you say, to read up on it before you jump in.

Good luck with your medical, not much you can do to revise for that one :-)


Oliver August 8, 2014 at 12:08 am

Hi Bob

Am still in the EOI stage – the application went it on the 9th July so not really sure if I have to wait weeks or months for a response but a tad frustrating nonetheless waiting.

The question I have is that as I am applying for a migration visa for my family based on my skills ( I have passed the assessment) and I am told once accepted we will all have permanent residency visas before we even move there.
I assume I wont get a passport without citizenship initially until we live there so with residency do I just have a visa in my UK passport do you know?

Probably a silly question but I’m not sure what the protocol is :)



BobinOz August 8, 2014 at 10:02 pm

Yes, you have to live here for (normally) four years before you can apply for citizenship and then ultimately get that Australian passport. In the meantime you will use your UK passports and when I came here seven years ago, they embossed/stamped it with my Australian visa which gave details of when I must enter the country by and how long it lasted for.

I vaguely remember someone telling me though that they don’t do that any more, it’s all electronic, so when they scan your passport the computer will tell them if you have a valid visa for entry or not, so you may not need anything inside your passports.

Either way, you’ll continue to use your UK passport for a while.

UKAussi February 26, 2014 at 12:42 am

Adding Brisbane to my watch list for when we come over shortly (visa any day now)

Only downside from what I am told it over Sydney is the obviously smaller number of large corporations so IT support jobs are likely a lot scarcer.
I also heard that most recruitment companies in OZ are somewhat “dishonest” in the way they recruit people for jobs that don’t exist etc so where do companies advertise their jobs in the Brisbane area?


BobinOz February 26, 2014 at 3:04 pm

I’m certainly not the person to talk to when it comes to searching for a job in Australia, I work for myself and I’ve never applied for a job here. Nadine, on the other hand, is an expert and she’s written a book called How to Find a Sponsored Job in Australia.

I know the title says “Sponsored” but it’s good for any kind of job search and I think you will find it very helpful when looking for work. I have read the book from cover to cover and it is very comprehensive. I recommend it, take a look and see what you think.

Good luck either way, hope you find something suitable.

Cheers, Bob


Su, Yap March 17, 2014 at 3:37 pm

Hi Bob

Your website is very informative and useful. Thanks for sharing.

We are looking to send our children to study in Australia, therefore, still surveying which city to settle down. My hubby shortlisted Brisbane as he loves Gold Coast.

However, I read some articles about Firefly problem in Brisbane. Just wonder is it still a major concern? If yes, location of property is very important and therefore, limited of choice in order to avoid flooding and firefly problems in Brisbane.





BobinOz March 17, 2014 at 9:33 pm

I have not encountered any such problem either here in Brisbane or anywhere in Australia with fireflies. So, as far as I can see, there is no major concern. I’ve lived here over six years, there never has been a problem either.

Hope that helps, Bob


Kathleen March 28, 2014 at 4:19 am

Hello Bob,

Your website is fantastic! My question for you is how you cope with being so far from your family? My husband and I are currently residing in Canada with our 2 young children. He is Australian and his family is there but my family is living in the U.S. I was granted a permanent residency visa a few years ago and it expires this August if we do not make the move. My family is absolutely heart broken over us moving there and although I’ve always loved Australia (I lived there back in 2005-2007 in Broome) I’m really struggling with the guilt of taking my 2 young kids away from their grandparents and uncles.

Any advice would greatly be appreciated!


BobinOz March 28, 2014 at 2:59 pm

My view is this Kathleen, it isn’t about your parents/your kids grandparents, it’s about you and more than anything, your kids.

Your children have their whole lives ahead of them, where do you want them to grow up? Which country offers them the best lifestyle? I think you have to put your children first and if you think Australia is a good move for them, then go for it, nothing to be feeling guilty about.

It’s also about where you and your husband want to live and you should be allowed to do that without guilt. I’m sure your parents always lived where they have wanted to live, why shouldn’t you?

Your family can always visit. Good luck, Bob


UKAussi March 28, 2014 at 4:24 pm

We are doing exactly what Bob is talking about in 4 weeks in moving from California to Sydney. I moved from the UK to US 20 years ago as a single guy and now I have a family and it is that immediate family that is most important and takes precedent over everything else. It is what is best for my wife and I and what we feel is best for our 2 girls.
My family is in the UK and hers is right here in the US down the road from us.
For my wife it was both a very hard and yet an easy decision to make.

Good luck :-)


Ferdy April 17, 2014 at 1:32 pm

Dear Bob,
My name is Ferdy from Indonesia, I finally got a job at Newstead, Brisbane as a baker. I will be arriving there around June 1st. I am looking for a place for rent, do have any tips on getting one. also, many of them mentioned that I have to show them a reference letter from my previous land lord. But I have been living in my own house all this time. Would it be possible for someone who is still outside Australia to book for a place to rent in Brisbane?




BobinOz April 22, 2014 at 3:00 pm

Check out my page called Cost of Buying or Renting a House in Australia and use the links there check out places available to rent in the area.

Getting a rental can be quite competitive here, so if you don’t have references, try to provide some kind of proof of ownership of the house you have been living in and also maybe bank statements to show you have the money.

Another tip, it is illegal for an estate agent to ask for more rentals in advance than the norm, but it is not illegal for you to offer it. I think (not sure) the bond payable is standard, but I think it’s two weeks advance rent on top of that, if you are in a position to offer four weeks or six weeks in advance, that would help your case.

Good luck, Bob


Mary April 24, 2014 at 1:55 pm

Bob, I wanted to congratulate you on an excellent blog. I’ve been perusing several pages tonight and it has answered so many questions. I have a working holiday visa (I’m 30) and am considering Brisbane for its proximity to beaches and tropical north QLD. I am escaping Permawinter in Canada and year-round allergies that only ocean air can cure.

I wanted to know about public transit. Is it easy to get around? It’s one thing to say it’s 95% better than the rest of the country, but is it easy to get from one side of the city? I find that transit system maps can be misleading. Is the ocean accessible easily via public transit or is a car required? Is Brisbane close enough to the coast that you get the salty air, or do the mangroves change the air quality?

Also, I am a journalist and wondering what the media situation is like there? Lots of TV/Radio/websites/newspapers with good quality news that you as a news reader enjoy? Or poor quality articles? I know you are not in the business, but I ask because poor quality is usually an indication of poor staffing levels. I know most of the media jobs are in Sydney but we went there a few years ago and don’t think we’d want to live there.

Also, how easy is it to make friends in Brisbane? I’ll tell you in Toronto, it’s not easy (that’s a whole other story!) Thanks so much for any insight you can provide!


BobinOz April 26, 2014 at 3:01 pm

Hi Mary

Brisbane probably isn’t your best choice if you want actual beaches, we don’t have too many of those being on that mangrove. You will get the ocean air you are looking for if you live by the coast though.

Better beaches though can certainly be found on the Sunshine Coast and Gold Coast.

Public transport in Brisbane isn’t the best and it is quite expensive compared to say Sydney or Melbourne. I’m not even sure what the public transport is like getting to the Gold Coast or the Sunshine Coast, but not good I would imagine. If you do choose to live somewhere in Brisbane though, I’d try to find a suburb with the train station. Tip: Sandgate.

I think you’ll find most media jobs are actually in Melbourne, but here in Brisbane we certainly have a main newspaper and news channel, the Courier Mail and 7 News are probably the most popular. I couldn’t really comment on the quality, seems reasonably good to me, but won’t win any awards.

We are a friendly bunch here though, so you should be able to make friends.

Good luck, Bob


James Payne May 7, 2014 at 4:18 am

Hi Bob,

Hope this message finds you well. Been awhile since I’ve commented on this, but things with the potential move are going well.
I have found an institute to do my studies, however they have 3 campuses where you are able to study.
Wondered if you were able to offer any insight on the locations to assist in my decision,any pros and cons, personal preferences etc. Bear in mind also I will be a student, so would need to consider local conveniences, jobs, nightlife. Any help would be greatly appreciated. Thanks in advance :)
The 3 locations are…..Brisbane, Broadbeach, Coolangatta.




BobinOz May 7, 2014 at 2:07 pm

Hi James

Glad to hear things are going well with your process to get here. Now, of those three locations, I’d be guessing. But I don’t mind a guess now and then, so here’s what I think.

Broadbeach would probably be the most fun and it is Australia’s most commercial tourists area, well, Surfers Paradise is the centre to be specific. As such it could also offer more part-time employment with all the bars and restaurants that are around.

That’s what I would reckon. Second choice would probably be Brisbane and I would put Coolangatta third because I’m not sure there will be as much to do down there or as many part-time work opportunities.

If anyone else has a different opinion, please let James know as this is only my best guess.

Good luck, Bob


Maxime St-jean May 8, 2014 at 5:03 am

Hi Bob,

I am Maxime, 26 years old from Montreal in Canada. I will be coming to Oz in a year with a Working Holiday Visa for a year or two. I am an IT Technician with 6 years experience and I hope to find jobs in IT Support or IT Callcenter in Oz. If all goes well, i will be considering to move to Australia for sure !

My question is, do you know if there is a lot of jobs opportunities opened for foreigners in IT Support either in Brisbane, Sydney, Melbourne and maybe Perth ?

Thanks a lot !


BobinOz May 8, 2014 at 9:40 pm

Hi Maxine

Great plan, I hope your WHV goes well. Unfortunately I don’t know what the current situation is for IT workers anywhere here in Australia, these things are all moving targets and I just don’t keep up-to-date.

Your best bet is to take a look at my page about Getting a Job or a Sponsorship and use the links to the online employment agencies to search some vacancies to see what comes up in your line of work for each of those cities.

Good luck, Bob


Sally Galloway May 8, 2014 at 5:48 am

Hi Bob, I’m thinking your a life saver!! Love all your facts and info!!

We applied to move to oz in 2007 when it was just the 2 of us, but then the world went a bit mad and nothing really happened until this year and now a bit out of the blue we have been granted a full visa to move to Australia!! There are now 4 of us… (Ages 6 & 4)

We haven’t got a clue… We have never even been… Just all the stories your hear made us want to up sticks and move…

We are planning a fact finding trip to Brisbane in October…

In the mean time we will do as much on line research as possible.

Any tips on job hunting, best time to come?? Where to stay on the visit???

Basically any advise, we are looking for a nice family area..





BobinOz May 8, 2014 at 9:46 pm

Hi Sally

October is a pretty good time to come, middle of spring, it’s not too hot and ‘winter’ (for what it’s worth) is over. I don’t think it matters too much where you stay, just make sure you get out and about and visit as many places as possible, especially if you are trying to work out which suburb you would want to live in as a family.

For jobs, check out my page Getting a Job or a Sponsorship for tips.

Above all, have a great time!

Cheers, Bob


mike shae May 15, 2014 at 8:21 pm

Hi bob

Do you know an area of brisbane that begins with new!??? Something. I am trying to locate an old friend

Cheers mate



BobinOz May 16, 2014 at 4:15 pm

New Farm, Newmarket, Newstead, Newton or New Chum. He’ll be in there somewhere :-)



Nikhil May 25, 2014 at 12:09 am

Hi Bob,
I must say you have shelled out a lot of information about Brisbane. Thanks indeed.
I just wanted to ask you one thing.. I am shifting to Brisbane in July 2014. I do have my family (my wife and 4 yr old kid)in India. But they would be joining me after couple of months. Can you just give me a rough idea as to how much will I have to shell out for my living which includes rent, grocery, internet and school fees .


BobinOz May 25, 2014 at 8:28 pm

There is no set price for any of these things, but you might like to check out my pages The Cost of Living in Australia of Everything and Which school?.

One of the links on the page about schools gives advice about costs, but state schools are free. The Internet will probably cost you around $50 a month unless you are in an area already hooked up to the National Broadband Network.

Cheers, Bob


gunni May 27, 2014 at 2:21 pm

hi bob, i m lucky to have stumbled upon your website. we are moving from adelaide to brisbane as soon as our house gets sold.i have a couple of questions please.
1. we will be travelling overseas so would like a nice upmarket suburb close to the airport.
2. which part of brisbane has the suburb called narangba? is it closer to the airport?is there a local train around that area?
3. how much would a relatively hew house 3 bedrooms and 2 bathrooms cost approximately?
thank you for your very informative website.
look forward to hearing from you.


BobinOz May 27, 2014 at 5:24 pm

Narangba is quite a distance north of the airport, not sure that would make for easy access. I don’t know if it has a train station.

The best thing is for you to do some research, you can find some useful information on my page called Cost of Buying or Renting a House in Australia. You’ll get a good idea of prices if you click through on the link to the real estate agent.

Most suburbs north of the airport’s the coast are quite nice, good luck, Bob


Fiona May 30, 2014 at 9:17 pm


Moving from Victoria to a Brisbane in roughly 6 weeks. Still to find house etc. will be based Iin wacol for work. Can you please recommend a nice affordable suburb no more than half an hour with a really good state school in the catchment area…. Looking for a suburb that’s mostly families. One that my kids can play safe in their bikes. Thanks


BobinOz June 2, 2014 at 2:54 pm

I’m not really sure what the schools are like that side of the river, or what you regard as affordable, but I would be looking to live north of where you are going to be working, suburbs like Mount Ommaney, Sinnamon Park, Westlake, Seventeen Miles Rocks, Jindalee, that sort of way.

Here’s another idea though, Google the Moggill ferry, it’s a car ferry that crosses the river from Moggill to Goodna so it is very close to Wacol. I think you will find both Moggill and Bellbowrie affordable and very safe for your children. Schools are pretty good too. Even if you drive the long way round by not using the ferry, I reckon you could do it in about half an hour.

Good luck, Bob


Rodrigo Torres June 6, 2014 at 1:09 pm

Hey, hows it going Bob….
My name is Rodrigo, I am currently enlisted in the US military and about to leave active service here shortly. I am very interested in attending Aviation Australia. I guess my question would be, is, is getting an apartment quite difficult out there?


BobinOz June 6, 2014 at 6:18 pm

Hi Rodrigo

It shouldn’t be too difficult, there’s usually a few about. Have a look at my page Cost of Buying or Renting a House in Australia, there is a search link on there to help you.

Cheers, Bob


Mitu June 16, 2014 at 6:25 pm

I have an offer for a job in Brisbane for approx 85,000 AUD. Would this be comfortable for a single person? I may have occasional visits from family.



BobinOz June 16, 2014 at 8:40 pm

Yes, I would think you could live quite comfortably on that amount, just rent something sensible rather than a large house.


Chris thorpe June 23, 2014 at 1:37 pm

Hi Bob,

Great website mate.

Myself and my partner have arrived on the goldcoast from the uk and struggling to decide where to base ourselves.

I’m a carpenter who ran a large construction company in the uk.
My partner works in it and needs to be within 30 mins to Brisbane.

Basically for myself I need to be based where I can start a new company that would take on renovation projects or similar.
Down on the Gold Coast it seems very quite and I would appreciate any advise as to where would be busy for residential building or renovation.

If I can’t find the right area we may have to return to the UK as I need to become the main earner, to enable us to start a family.

Thanks for any help.



BobinOz June 24, 2014 at 4:01 pm

Hi Chris

Firstly, welcome to Australia.

As for your question though, that’s a tough one. If you had asked me the year or more ago I would have said go to Perth, it was far and away the boomtown in Australia. I’ve heard that’s all over now though, so where is the next new hotspot?

I’d be guessing if I answered. If I were to believe our state politicians here in Queensland, they believe Brisbane is going to go through a period of growth, but who can trust a politician eh?

I think you are going to need to do some thorough research into the building trade to find out what the insiders are saying, maybe check out RP data, Google it, and also perhaps the Australian Bureau of Statistics website may have some info although it’s a nightmare to navigate their website.

I hope you find the work you need, you don’t really want to be going back, do you?

Cheers, Bob


Harneek July 2, 2014 at 1:24 am

Hi Bob,

I recently got QLD 190 visa and planning to move in September. I am Medical laboratory manager and want to excel my career in same field.
I don’t know anyone in QLD so planning to move in Brisbane only.
Can you guide me, where I initially put? where I can find jobs related to my field and living cost is minimal. We are family of three [2+1 (6 month old baby)].


BobinOz July 3, 2014 at 1:43 pm

Well you will want to live reasonably close to to where ever you find work, and you can search for jobs via the links on my page about Getting a Job or a Sponsorship.

Then you can look for property through my page about Cost of Buying or Renting a House in Australia.

Hope that helps, Bob


Lucy July 10, 2014 at 10:27 pm

Hi Bob,

I am a 22 year old student (British and Australian) but currently living and studying in Auckland. I and my parents have little experience of Australia as I only lived in Perth until aged 5. As soon as my degree is finished I’m looking to hopefully make a move to Brisbane. I figured that I’d just go for it and stay in a backpackers until I could sort everything out (temporary job, place to rent etc) before I started to apply for graduate programmes and more permanent jobs. I will be a young girl going it alone and need some advice on where in the city (streets and suburbs) will be safe for me to rent in but also if there are any I should really avoid! I have also not had an opportunity to start driving yet and will be wanting to learn somehow before I find some professional work – I have to assume I’ll be required to drive to my future workplace. Are there any reasonable driving schools around? I’d appreciate any advice you can give me :)

Kind regards,


BobinOz July 13, 2014 at 10:33 pm

Hi Lucy

All I can tell you is that, by and large, Brisbane is a very safe city, but it is impossible for me to list places that are safe versus places that are unsafe because, unfortunately, nutters, as rare as they are here, can jump on a bus just the same as anyone else.

We have a handful of suburbs that aren’t very nice, but they’re not very close to the city either and I would imagine that’s where you will want to be. Once you get yourself inside any of our popular backpackers you will be able to chat to people of your own age and they will be sure to be able to give you a rundown of the areas around here.

Brisbane is a great city though, it’s not the kind of place you feel threatened or concerned about walking around at night. Can’t help you with driving schools, but one step at a time :-)

Good luck, Bob


trent July 11, 2014 at 11:06 pm

Hi Bob,

Looking to get your feedback on a couple things. First I am aussie from Melbourne originally and been living in Ireland for the last 10 years. Looking to possibly move home and thinking most likely move would be to Brisbane as have family there etc. I am a product manager and my wife an occupational therapist in pediatrics, we are both educated to Master’s degree. Basically what I want to know is what’s the employment rate like at the moment in Brisbane in the Telecommunications and Health industries? Also in terms of growth, is Brisbane growing at the moment or has it declined? In terms of areas to live, ideally we would like to be close enough to city ( Approx 10K) so I can ride to work if that’s even possible on a bicycle? And for schools ideally would like both pre and primary schools close by as my children are 2 and 4 years of age.

So overall some general feedback etc, as you know it’s a big move, and on that what the average rental 3 bed going for these days? Thanks for your help in advance

Kind Regards


BobinOz July 13, 2014 at 11:10 pm

Hi Trent

Understand that my answers are largely guesswork, but I would say that Brisbane and Queensland are more likely to experience growth over the next two or three years, maybe more so than most (if not all) of the other states. When I arrived in 2007 it was very much a boom state, but it’s been a bit quiet for the last few years, I think that’s all about to change again.

Plenty of places you can live within 10 K of the city and ride into work, but the closer to the city you are the more expensive it gets, find out more on my page called Cost of Buying or Renting a House in Australia.

Can’t really help you with schools directly, but my page Which school? will guide you. Finally, check out my page called Getting a Job or a Sponsorship and use the links to the online employment agencies to see the kind of opportunities we have here for what it is that both you and your wife do for a living.

For a bonus, see…

Good luck, Bob


Hassan Raza July 15, 2014 at 9:29 pm

Hi Bob. I just wanted to ask about racial discrimination in Brisbane. Is it really a problem or is it just a rumour? Actually im interested in attending my University in Brisbane. I ll be looking forward to your feedback :)


BobinOz July 16, 2014 at 5:43 pm

I’ve never witnessed any racism in this city myself, but that’s not to say it doesn’t happen. I’m really not sure what rumour you’re talking about though. You may want to read my post called Is Australia Racist?


Meredith July 19, 2014 at 11:35 am

Hi Bob,
Great website! Hoping you can help me. Looking for somewhere to live in bris and don’t know the area, working eagle farm area. Want to be close to nature in some form whether its hills, ocean, lakes, bushland, walking trails. As well as the standard amenities. Any suggestions?


BobinOz July 21, 2014 at 12:03 am

I assume you want to stay close to Eagle Farm? Check out Nudgee, which has the Boondall Wetlands, plenty of nature there. I also really like Sandgate which is by the sea and does have a lagoon, but I don’t think there’s much in the way of bushland or hills that side of Brisbane. All of Brisbane is blessed with some great walking trails, I’m sure you’ll find plenty near where ever you finally choose to live.

Where I live, western suburbs (say Kenmore to Anstead), we have hills a plenty, two or three lakes not too far away, lots of bushland and walking trails, and you still wouldn’t be too far away from where you are going to work.


naisargee August 7, 2014 at 2:16 am

Hi, i went through your website, its really informative…
I am thinking of studying in brisbane, however i’ll get admission in third intake of oct-nov,
So i am just going to apply in CQU(Central Queensland University),
Can you tell me about that university ?


BobinOz August 7, 2014 at 4:52 pm

I wish I could naisargee, but I know absolutely nothing about it. Looking at the location, I think you’ll find that the nightlife and things to do in the area would in no way compare to the choices you would get from any of our major cities, including Brisbane.

It would be much quieter up there, I would imagine. If you prefer a quieter type of life, maybe it will suit you up there, if not, if you like bars and discos and nights out, maybe it would be best if you come on for a place in Brisbane.

I’m kind of guessing, I’ve never been to Rockhampton, but I’d be surprised if this wasn’t the case. If anyone else reading this can help out here, we’d appreciate it. Anyone know what Central Queensland University is like?

Good luck, Bob


Christine Nelum Ekanayake August 10, 2014 at 6:55 pm

Dear Bob,

My son and daughter in law have received the expression of interest for PR in Australia and they intend living in Brisbane. At the moment they are on the medical procedure just before visa. Most favorably they will both be flying to Australia within the next three months.

I need your assistance to know how they could apply for a job, where to start, how best they could identify a risk free and disaster minimum station to ,live in. I await a early reply from you. please let me know how they could seek employment in Australia.
Awaiting a quick response from you,


BobinOz August 11, 2014 at 6:06 pm

I have a page about that, see Getting a Job or a Sponsorship. Not sure what you mean by “identify a risk free and disaster minimum station to ,live in” though.


Muhammad Fahad September 12, 2014 at 4:23 am

I got a PR(190) for QLD last week and i am planning to move to Brisbane In January. Can you guide what basic mandatory things i have to do initially once i land in Brisbane (I mean to which state dept should i contact)
Secondly what is the average week rent in Brisbane and any recommend place initially ?
Finally what is the possibility on Odd/Professional job situation in Brisbane (I am a Telecom Engineer and have 5 yrs of Exp in field )?


BobinOz September 12, 2014 at 8:46 pm

Ah, look, I can’t write a list for you, because I’ll be sure to miss one of two things off and then it will be my fault :-) I’m sure you would find more accurate information on the government’s immigration website.

There is a link in the above post to rental properties in Brisbane, that will give you a great idea of current prices and you can find out about jobs on my page called Getting a Job or a Sponsorship.


Mit September 13, 2014 at 4:35 pm

Hi there Bob, wondering if studying in Brisbane would be good idea or not.

Is Brisbane very active at night? Do the majority of restaurants like KFC, McD open till 9 at night? Do most shops open till late evening too? Do the streets in the CBD remain crowded at night as well? Is Brisbane pretty safe to roam around night alone?


BobinOz September 15, 2014 at 6:46 pm

In the city it can be reasonably lively at night, but nowhere near as lively as Sydney and Melbourne. I think they have one late night shopping night on Friday, although most restaurants would be open throughout the evening. It’s certainly a safe city but I wouldn’t call it crowded.

Cheers, Bob


Renee September 27, 2014 at 5:30 pm

Hi Bob,

I am planning on moving to Brisbane within the next year. Can you tell me how often you have to treat your house and immediate surrounding area to protect against bugs etc. I am not altogether bothered about bugs but that’s me saying this whilst living in Scotland. Bit of a difference in size and variety I’m guessing. I keep getting wildly different reports on how often to treat your house from twice a year to every day! Any advice would be great.




BobinOz September 29, 2014 at 4:30 pm

It’s once a year Renée, you might want to read Good News for Those Scared of Australian Spiders and Creepy Crawlies.

Cheers, Bob


Mark September 30, 2014 at 2:12 am

Hi Bob,

Myself, wife and daughter are in the early stages of our move from the UK to Australia, I am a design engineer and my wife is a payroll supervisor, do you or another have advice on where in Australia is best suited to our careers.
Thanks in advance.



BobinOz October 1, 2014 at 7:27 pm

I don’t know very much about the job markets across each state Mark, not specifics anyway. I would suggest you check out my page called Getting a Job or a Sponsorship and check out the section at the bottom with links to online employment agencies.

Just use them to search for what it is that you do and see which city or state comes up with the most opportunities.

Good luck, Bob


Rennie October 21, 2014 at 9:36 am

Hi Bob. Great website. My wife & I are retired Canadians living in the Okanagan Valley of British Columbia. We would like to do a house-swap for Jan. to March next year. Skiing is incredible here but we now prefer the warmth. We’re (wife) somewhat worried about the dangerous bugs & critters there we’re heard about but like the outdoors. Brisbane seems a place we might enjoy but we prefer a dry climate. What smaller city would you recommend for us first-time visitors? Also, do you know how to go about the house-swap idea?
Thanks, Rennie.


BobinOz October 22, 2014 at 12:15 am

Thanks, glad you like my website.

Firstly, I’m not really in to the house swapping scene, although I think it’s a great idea, so I can’t help you with where to look for that. You would certainly get hot weather if you were to come to Brisbane in January to March, it’s our 26° to 34° time, but we can also get a few storms at that time of the year.

If you really want dry heat, maybe you should look at Adelaide, it’s certainly a smaller city and some people say there’s really not much to do there, but maybe that’s all you want from your break. Other than that, check out my page called A Quick Guide to Choosing a City in Australia, you may get some pointers to somewhere that could well suit you better.

I’d swap with you, but I’d break a leg, skiing is not for me :-)

Good luck, Bob


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