If you’re looking to move to Australia but don’t want to follow the crowds to Sydney or Melbourne, the Gold Coast is well worth considering.
Stretching across Queensland’s stunning south-east coastline, the city of the Gold Coast boasts an enviably high standard of living complemented by over 57km of beaches.
Once perceived as a ‘tacky’ travel destination for inland holidaying Australians, the Gold Coast has repositioned itself as one of the most exciting and cultured destinations in Australia.
The successful hosting of the 2018 edition of the Commonwealth Games has helped bolster its international reputation, bringing both critical acclaim and further investment.
At just an hour’s drive from the state capital of Brisbane, the Gold Coast is also incredibly well connected to Queensland and the rest of Australia.
Not convinced yet? Here’s 11 reasons to pack your bags and move to Australia’s Gold Coast.
More bang for your Aussie Buck
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It’s the middle of winter, yet this is where you’ll find us all day. 🏊♀️ Coming to you from the @qtgoldcoast, it’s just a short walk from the beach, Cavill Avenue and the light rail, that’s if you want to leave the abode of the pool however. 😎 Care to join us? #WeAreGoldCoast 📸 @mytravelation
The Gold Coast enjoys a very high standard of living and one which need not cost the earth.
Consumer prices are around 13% lower than London and rent is a staggering 48% cheaper than the UK capital!
If you’re looking to buy your own home you’ll find Australian houses are generously sized compared to the UK and tend to have a laundry room in addition to a separate kitchen diner.
Most houses on the Gold Coast are built with the weather in mind, factoring in an even greater outdoors area with ample room for a barbeque and dining areas, as well as space for kids to run around.
Winter is (never) coming
Seriously we are not kidding, ever.
Queenland is famed for its warm temperatures all year round.
Life on the Gold Coast consists of hot humid summers and warm, wet winters in a beautiful environment in which fauna and flora thrive.
If you’re not fond of the drier conditions found in the southern parts of Australia, Queensland’s mix of rain and sunshine, while maintaining high temperatures year-round, will be a welcome change.
One of the fastest growing regions in the whole of Australia
A recent report by The Australia Institute has shown that employment in the Gold Coast is set to rise by as much as 15% by November 2019.
Of these jobs, health and social care, which is already the largest employer in Queensland, employing over 300,000 people is projected to add around 57,000 new jobs. If you’re a nurse this could be the ideal time to make the move!
These recent upward trends reflect the changing economic landscape shaped by the mining construction boom as well as the prevalence of skills shortages for some sectors, including manufacturing and the services industry.
The Gold Coast provides a friendly environment to raise children with low crime rates and an outdoors lifestyle filled with an abundance of activities.
The education system is also highly prized with a focus on supportive learning across a wealth of subjects beyond the academic, including gardening, cooking and the arts.
Unlike the UK where you are unlikely to see anything other than dog walkers at 5am, the Gold Coast is packed full of different people at that time.
Walkers, runners, surfers, kayakers, you name it, all take to the beach.
There are a plethora of water-based activities to get involved with from stand up paddle boarding and jet skiing to the more tranquil past time of fishing.
There are also those taking advantage of the free exercise stations and some paid for yoga classes for good measure.
Forgive the stereotype but beach-side ‘barbies’ are a great Aussie past-time.
The Gold Coast has more than 380 free barbeque stations scattered across its beaches, parks and reserves for people to enjoy.
There are gas BBQ facilities and often picnic tables but why not bring a blanket and grab a spot on the grass or sand.
Read this great listicle of the 11 best BBQ spots on the Gold Coast.
The beaches, particularly on the southern end of the Gold Coast are breath-taking.
Surfer’s Paradise as you can probably guess by the name is the go-to destination for budding surfers.
The lifestyle is laidback and carefree. Many people work office jobs by day before hitting the waves in the afternoon and evening.
Close to the rainforests
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FOUND: The location for your next day trip adventure. 👣 Be like @dw_adventure_photo and @letsgetouttahere_ and pack your bags, hop in the car and escape to the truly unique surrounds of Lamington National Park. 🌳 Spotted here at Elabana Falls, this cascade is a short hike from @oreillysrainforestretreat, found slightly off of the Main Border Track. A decent 8km return hike, circle back after witnessing the pure beauty of this unique waterfall in time for a lunch at O’Reilly’s Mountain Cafe overlooking the mountains of the @visitscenicrim. ⛰️ #WeAreGoldCoast 📸 1 & 2 @dw_adventure_photo 📸 3 @letsgetouttahere_
As an extension of the tremendous outdoor lifestyle on offer, there are also breath-taking rainforest on your doorstop.
Located just a short drive away from the main city is Tamborine National Park which offers eco hikes, canopy walks and various educational opportunities
Shop till you drop!
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Hungry? 😋 Get to the all-new @harbourtowngc EATS precinct for plenty of new dining options. With a sports bar, a hawker centre, a new cafe and a Greek grill, there's plenty of time to kill while your other half bags a bargain at this outlet shopping centre on the northern end of the Coast. 🥢 Burgers, dumplings, fish and chips or kebabs; which are you choosing? 🍔 #WeAreGoldCoast
If you think by moving away from London, Paris and Milan you’ll be missing out on good shopping, fear not!
The Gold Coast is home to some fantastic shopping outlets covering every thing from luxury designer goods to small markets selling locally sourced produce.
Pacific Fair is the Gold Coast’s biggest and busiest shopping destination. Set among tropical landscapes it provides a unique shopping experience with some fantastic dining options to boot.
Theme Park Capital of Australia
Need a little more excitement in your life? The Gold Coast is not all about the beach, it also has some fantastic theme parks.
Dreamworld is Australia’s largest theme park, featuring over 40 rides for all ages. Or take a trip to Warner Brothers Movie World and strap yourself in for some of the best rollercoasters down under.
Get the board shorts and wet suits out for a fun family day spent riding the tubes and slides at either Wet’n’Wild Water World or White Water World.
Moving to the Gold Coast?
Now that you’ve hopefully decided to settle down and move to the stunning Gold Coast it’s time to figure out how to get there.
Australia has long been the expat destination of choice with thousands making the move each year.
During this time White and Company has positioned itself as the international removals firm of choice for all Removals to Australia.
We offer weekly removals services to and from Australia. This includes either:
- Full load consignments that take your belongings direct from point A to B, or
- Part loads that are delivered shortly after your arrival.
With full load services our team will arrange the unloading and packing of your household items exclusively onto our own fleet of trucks.
If you are moving with fewer items or are staggering your move to Australia you may want to opt for a part load service.
Shipping can take anything from 8 to 12 weeks. From arrival at port in Australia to the additional time taken for the clearing of customs and quarantine.
We can also offer you storage either at our secure facilities based across the UK or through our industry partners in Australia.
To find out more about how we could get your dream move to the Gold Coast underway don’t hesitate to give us call today. Alternatively fill out a quick quote form or chat to our Bot and we’ll get in touch with you straight away.