Moving to the Sunshine Coast
Are you moving to Sunshine Coast, Australia?
Let us help you plan your relocation and discover everything Sunshine Coast has to offer. It’s not only the ideal destination for retirees, but also a popular holiday spot for families with lots of fun attractions on offer. Crown are an international relocations company specialising in international removals, storage, overseas moving, movers insurance, relocation services and lots more. We will even relocate your vehicle and pets!
Read our blog – Retire in Style to the Sunshine Coast for more tips and information before you go.
Sunshine Coast is the third most populous areas in the Australian state of Queensland and the ninth most populous in the country. Development was slow in the 19th century until tourism became a major driver after World War II. Today, the Sunshine Coast attracts over 3.2 million visitors a year.
Sunshine Coast is home to more individual national parks than any other region in Queensland. The natural biodiversity of the area has been protected by five separate parks in both coastal and inland regions, including Mapleton Falls National Park, Kondalilla National Park, The Glass House Mountains National Park, Noosa National Park, and the Great Sandy National Park, which includes sections on Fraser Island and in Cooloola near Rainbow Beach.
Sunshine Coast has a humid subtropical climate typical of South Queensland. Summers are generally hot, but moderated compared to areas on similar latitudes elsewhere. Winters retain warm days, but have cooler nights rendering it falling into the subtropical fold. There is no dry season and precipitation is generally quite high.
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Visas / Permits
There are many different kinds of visa that migrants to Australia may be eligible for. For information about which types of visa are available to you visit the Department of Immigration and Border Control website. When applying for visas it is now compulsory to complete a skills assessment form. This form requires personal information based on previous work experience and qualifications, this can be found on the Department of Immigration and Citizenship (DIAC) website.
If you are a New Zealander wanting to live and work in Australia then you are automatically eligible to do so without needing to apply for any kind of specific visa. However a Special Category Visa (SCV) will be assigned on arrival to the country. The SCV allows New Zealanders to live and work in Australia indefinitely. However it does not provide you with the same rights as Australians citizens or permanent residents. New Zealand citizens no longer have an automatic right to a permanent residency in Australia – applications for this must also go through the DIAC.
The currency used in Sunshine Coast is the Australian dollar. Each dollar is worth 100 cents and coins come in denominations of 5, 10, 20 and 50 cents as well as $1 and $2. Notes are $5, $10, $20, $50 and $100. There are many different choices that can be made when it comes to converting currencies. It’s strongly suggested not to take large sums of money or travellers’ cheques with you to convert overseas — this is because banks are known to charge high conversion rates when dealing with cash.
Migrants may find it beneficial to open up an Australian bank account before actually arriving in the country. This also helps to minimise the amount of cash that needs to be carried while travelling. When it comes to opening an Australian bank account without actually being in the country yet, several banks offer application forms that can be filled out online — Commonwealth Bank, Westpac, ANZ and NAB all provide an online sign-up service.
The best way to convert large sums of money is through online transfer companies, who provide a much cheaper rate. Crown has entered into a partnership with OFX to provide an easy, reliable and cost effective solution for clients who are moving their funds internationally. The deals offered by OFX are at super competitive exchange rates and in most cases there’s no fee. The cost structure is so good that the saving you make may even pay for the entire cost of your relocation. To register and for more information visit OFX
Like the rest of Australia, in Sunshine Coast you will see drivers using the left-hand side of the road. The speed limit is 50km/h in built-up areas unless stated otherwise and 100km/h on highways or freeways. A valid overseas license allows you to drive in the state of Queensland for up to three months after arriving.
The conditions of this are that you must:
- Only drive the class of motor vehicle authorised by your license.
- Comply with the conditions (if any) of your license
- Show your license to a police officer when asked to do so
You become ineligible to drive on your overseas license if:
- You are deemed medically unfit to drive safely
- You have been residing in Queensland for over three months on a SCV or resident visa
After three months in Sunshine Coast on an overseas license you’re legally required to hold a Queensland State driving license. To obtain a full license you will need to contact one of the local Transport and Motor Service Centres around the Sunshine Coast area.
If you are a New Zealander holding a current New Zealand license then you will not need to pass the written road rules test or the practical driving test to get an Australian license.
Australia is subject to International Driving regulations – which mean that the acquisition of an International Drivers Permit or license allows overseas drivers to continue driving in Australia without further tests or applications, provided that a current drivers license is still held. More can be found out about International Driving Permits from The National Roads and Motorists’ Association website.
Public Transport on the Sunshine Coast is a stress-free, affordable and sustainable way to travel. To help you identify which services you can access, view the Sunshine Coast Region Network Map on the Translink website.
The Sunshine Coast provides a number of study options for all ages. Whether you have young children just starting at school, teens in high school, or you’re looking for work training, skills or tertiary qualifications, it’s all available right here on the Sunshine Coast. With its central location, the Sunshine Coast is just a short drive from the capital and various other points of interest and resources in relation to education. The Sunshine Coast has a variety of private schools that cater to both non, single and multi-denominations, are gender specific or mixed, and located throughout the region.
Home its own university, the University of the Sunshine is one of Australia’s newest universities and offers a range of courses in idyllic settings. In regards to other tertiary institutions there are several Sunshine Institute of TAFE’s with campuses all over the Sunshine Coast.
If you are having trouble deciding on a school do not hesitate to contact Crown for assistance. Schools in Sunshine Coast typically run on a four-term schedule: Term 1 goes from late January through mid-April, Term 2 from late April to early July, Term 3 from mid/late-July to late September and Term 4 from mid-October through mid-December.
Like other cities in Australia, health care in Sunshine Coast is of an extremely high standard. Sunshine Coast has both public and private health care systems. Most residents are covered under Medicare Australia – the government health agency that is responsible for providing public health services. Medicare provides payments and services that can help when you, or someone you provide care for, use health care services or buy medicines.
Eligibility for Medicare depends on a number of factors. You are able to sign up to Medicare if you:
- Are an Australian or New Zealand citizen — with certain conditions
- Are a permanent resident
- Have applied for a permanent visa
- Are covered by a Reciprocal Health Care Agreement with another country.
Medicare provides free hospital care and free or subsidised doctor and specialist visits, however many Australians, almost 50% still opt to get private health insurance. This is recommended by the Australian government as private health insurance covers costs which Medicare does not, such as; ambulance use in emergencies and dental care.
If the insurance company you were with in your home country is a member of the International Federation of Health Funds, you may be able to transfer your policy to Australia without penalty — at a similar level of cover. Check with your insurance provider for details.
The Sunshine Coast contains a number of urban centres, each with a contiguous urban area and a central business district. The Coast can be broken down into three main areas: North Sunshine Coast (also known as the Shire of Noosa, which includes Noosa and the Hinterland), Central Sunshine Coast (that is the region of Maroochy or the Shire of Maroochy) and South Sunshine Coast (which is known as the City of Caloundra).
The Sunshine Coast not only have unbroken stretches of beaches, there are four major rivers running through the region and includes several lakes and dams where locals fish and participate in water sports and other recreational activities.
There are some restrictions in place when it comes to non permanent residents buying property in Australia, for more information about this please visit the Foreign Investment Review Board website. Expatriates most often choose to rent homes in Sunshine Coast, this is due to high taxes (known as stamp duty) on the purchase of any real estate. When organising a property to rent, landlords typically ask for four to six weeks rent in advance before the collection of keys. There is also a security deposit or bond to be paid before moving in.
For more information on renting a home in Sunshine Coast visit the Residential Tenancies Authority.
The electric current for Australia is 230/250 volts. The electrical Hertz (Hz) is 50 cycles per second, which is compatible with UK appliances. Standard plugs have three flat pins (Australian pattern) and lamp fittings are of the bayonet type. Television and video communications operate on PAL color, System B.
Newcomers to Sunshine Coast most often integrate in to the wider community with ease. It is less common to assimilate into a close-knit group on arrival, however there are multiple newcomer groups that expats can choose to join. Families are typically able to network through either their workplaces or their children’s school and corresponding events such as sports and fundraising activities.
Attending networking events are just so valuable for building relationships especially if you are starting or bringing your business to the region. The Sunshine Coast, especially in the recent business and economic boom in Maroochydore, you will have ample opportunities to meet like-minded professionals and business people.
Crown Relocations has 50 years of experience moving individuals and families to Sunshine Coast and throughout Australia, contact us today for more information about our services. To arrange a quotation call our office for an obligation FREE quote on: 0508 227 696 or you can use our online quote forms: Instant Quote, Quick Quote or Home Visit Request
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IMPORTANT NOTE: Crown Relocations has made every effort to present accurate information. However, regulations, rates and other variables are subject to change and Crown Relocations cannot accept responsibility for the errors that might result. Should you have any questions or need additional information, please contact your local Crown representative.