Where to Live in Australia?

Australian flagIf you are one of those people who are hoping to make 2010 the year you move to Australia, where are you going to live when you get here?

There are over 100 large urban centres to choose from, these are towns and cities and localities with a population in excess of 10,000 people. Then there are hundreds, possibly more than 1000, small towns with far fewer people and in some cases, just a few people.

But most people when they move to Australia choose one of the major cities. These would be Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane, Perth, Adelaide, Canberra, Hobart and Darwin.


I’m not sure how many people emigrate to Australia and move directly to Darwin, but I’m sure some do. I just had new neighbours move in behind my house who originally came from the north of England, in fact they still have strong northern accents. But they have moved down here to Brisbane from Darwin.

I’m not sure how long they lived in Darwin or what they thought of it, but in time I will find out. Until then, I can only guess what you’d have to get used to to live in Darwin.

  • Very very hot weather.
  • Mosquitoes the size of golf balls.
  • Snakes and lots of them.
  • Crocodiles, of course.
  • Unswimmable seas full of killers.
  • Torrential rains during the wet season.

And, today I find out about this……….

Darwin is ‘world’s broken jaw capital’

How about that? After all my posts on this blog arguing that Australia’s problems with alcohol related street violence on no more than moderate, I get “punched in the face” with this one.

jaw breaking


According to the statistics, of all the gin joints in all the towns in all the world, you are more likely to get your jaw busted outside one of the Darwin ones.

Royal Darwin Hospital treats 350 broken jaws a year, putting the rate at 17 per 10,000 population, which is well above anywhere else in the world,” said oral and maxillofacial surgeon Mahiban Thomas in an article on NT News. He went on to say “The injuries are mostly sustained outside pubs and clubs in the city centre Thursday and Friday nights.

Hmmmm. Saturday night may be the best time to go for a quiet drink them.

I suppose there is an outside chance that Darwin doesn’t really have any worse an alcohol related street violence problem than anywhere else, but perhaps it is simply the home of a lot of people who have a very good punch.

But it does show that if you are thinking of moving to Australia, a bit of research before you choose where to live may well be worth the effort. Which leads me to my special announcement.

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  • John Smith June 17, 2016, 7:56 pm |

    Employment factors ignored, I would enjoy Darwin. I like hot weather and thunderstorms. I live in the UK, but could go to Australia at will with my Kiwi passport. However, my industry does not have much in Darwin at present!

    • BobinOz June 18, 2016, 10:02 pm |

      That’s a shame there’s not much going for you job wise in Darwin, it’s generally regarded as somewhere where it’s normally much easier to get a job. It’s certainly an interesting place to live, people either love it or hate it. There doesn’t seem to be any in between.

  • BobinOz January 23, 2010, 3:36 pm |

    Thanks for your encouragement, I hope the membership area is a good read too!

    As you do have a fair amount of time to wait until you hopefully come over here, are you going to actually put in a Visa application? You don’t have to come over on a job sponsorship, you can apply for outright residency based on your husband’s occupation.

    Then you can come out here and pick and choose your job.

    The thing is, from the first steps to actually getting a permanent visa can take between 12 and 24 months so you may as well get the ball in motion, rather than waiting until you are ready to come and then starting to look for a job sponsorship.

    Just a thought.

  • Jo January 21, 2010, 3:55 am |

    Thanks for your response Bob, I’m sure when you complete your where to live in Australia Membership area it’ll be great read… looking forward to it.
    I’m sure the Nursing jobs will always crop up so we’re in high hopes!
    I hope the 2-3 yrs fly really quickly too.. I just want to be in Oz now.. English weather is getting me down.. haha!!!
    Take care,
    Jo :=)

  • BobinOz January 15, 2010, 8:22 pm |

    Hey Jo

    So glad you found my site and it’s really good to hear that I have made you smile. If you move out here to Australia, you’ll be doing lots of that.

    Afraid I don’t know much about Adelaide, not been there yet, but I am finding out about it. I am accelerating my efforts to finish the membership area which will be all about where to live in Australia and will, of course, cover Adelaide.

    So stay tuned and eventually I will have more information about Adelaide than you can wave a stick at.

    Right now is not a good time of the year to find nursing jobs but that’s only because all the graduates finished at the end of last year and many have taken up some of the job allocations. But that will all change in a month or two. What it will be like in two or three years though, who knows?

    I hope those 2 to 3 years pass quickly and you get to Adelaide soon.



  • Jo January 14, 2010, 10:49 pm |

    G’Day Bob
    I came across your site lastnight after browsing the net and wow I cant take my eyes off it – its a great read.. I love the E-Book thats put a huge smile on my face and I really want to move to Australia now! Unfortunally me and my fiance (+ his 2 kids 8+12) wont be moving for another 2-3 yrs but i’ve been browsing the net finding lots of information before we go (obviously!).
    We are planning a move to Adelaide.. do you know Adelaide much? Do you know what Adelaide is like? My partners a nurse so we’d be going on his visa, whats it like for nursing jobs over there at the moment?
    Hope to hear from you,
    Enjoy your day in the sun (i’m so jealous!)
    Thank You
    Jo :=)

  • BobinOz January 9, 2010, 10:09 pm |

    Hey P@olo

    It’s great to hear from you and even better to know that you like my stories. Tell everybody!

    There are a lot of absurd stories about Australia and its killer creatures but at the end of it all everything is a “being struck by lightning” scenario. Tell your mum not to worry.

    Let’s hope 2010 sees you arrive at OZ land.

    Cheers mate.


  • P@olo January 9, 2010, 6:05 am |

    Ciao Bob,
    it’s always nice to read your story ! I constantly follow your stories and i share those with peeps, whenever i can.

    I was glad to hear about the mortality rate from deadly animals of 2009, cuz the stories that my mom heard, were pretty absurdes !!
    TV makes all look tragic and terrific….
    Now i can assure her with some concrete and scientific data.
    I was doing fine anyway…..don’t really listen or watch any kind of mass (destruction) media.

    I’m one of those peeps that hope in the 2010 as the year of the resurrection, and i chose “OZ land” as the place to enlight my spirit.

    thanks for the info….

    you help people out !

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