Over the last calendar year nearly 12,000 New Zealanders migrated to Australia making Kiwi immigrants the third highest immigrant group behind Indian and Chinese that year. In this blog we’re going to detail the main reasons motivating so many lifestylers from New Zealand, the United Kingdom and Europe to emigrate to Queensland.
More affordable housing, 300 days of sun per year, a fantastic place to raise and educate kids, a laid back and friendly local culture. Ask people why they have moved their lives to Queensland’s most enticing locations like Sunshine Coast, Gold Coast, Coolangatta, Byron Bay, Noosa, Cairns and Port Douglas, and these are the answers that will roll quickly off their tongues.
Locals love to sum it up with a one simple quote: “It’s beautiful one day, perfect the next.” Sounds pretty enticing doesn’t it!
Queensland is renowned for being the home of some of Australia’s most stunning natural wonders – unmissable examples include heritage listed sites such as the Great Barrier Reef, Fraser Island and the Daintree Rainforest. The Sunshine Coast and the Gold Coast are also home to world renowned spectacular long white sand beaches.
And when it comes to buying a house, Queensland still measures up very competitively to most major Western cities internationally. As of August 2017 the median dwelling value on the Gold Coast is $615,000 (up 7.9 per cent) and Brisbane is $517,500, (up 3.5 per cent). Not cheap by any means, but still significantly below the average in other desirable South Pacific hubs like Auckland, Sydney and Melbourne. There are definitely top value buys still available on the market in high quality suburbs, in Brisbane and also especially further up-state in Cairns, Townsville and Port Douglas.
You may be unaware that Queensland is also the theme-park ‘mecca’ of Australia. The ‘Sunshine state’ boasts Sea World, Movie World, Dreamworld and Wet’n’Wild. And you can find them all within the same, relatively compact, geographical area: the Gold Coast, just a one hour (77km) drive south from Brisbane.
A bi-product of this sensationally forgiving climate is the Queensland cultural norm of ‘dressing casual’ nearly all the time. Envisage ‘flip flops/thongs’ (you may have to stop calling them jandals), sundresses, sandals, board-shorts, all types of shorts actually, t-shirts and singlets. Forget about jerseys, sweatshirts, jackets and umbrellas! Having a tan is respected, you’ll need to be sunsmart but Queenslanders are generally proud to be bronze skinned and if you like to tan, it won’t take you long.
It almost goes without saying that the balmy warm environment goes hand-in-hand with beach life and marine activities, whether it be swimming, surfing or fishing. It’s no secret that the Queensland coastline is sprinkled with hundreds of spectacular swimming beaches, with the Gold Coast and Sunshine Coast the two most famous coastline areas that residents and visitors flock to for a quality dose of sun, sea, surf, snorkelling and fishing.
Here’s a selection of the most sought after and unique adventures to be enjoyed in Queensland, we recommend you research these unmissable attractions:
- Take a trip to the Great Barrier Reef and dive with the fish
- Drive the coast with your family and stop at all of the amazing sights along the way
- Walk through the Daintree Rainforest, wondering at all of the wildlife hidden there
- Hop on a boat and travel to the Whitsundays to see the whitest and most serene beaches in Australia
We hope you have found this blog informative and useful. When you’re considering moving to Queensland, contact us or submit an Instant Quote online for a free movers quote. We can deliver a door-to-door one company service every step of the way. Call us today on 0508 227 696.