Are you planning moving to Mackay? The city is situated on the eastern coast of Queensland, 600 miles to the north of Brisbane and on the Pioneer River. It is nicknamed the sugar capital of Australia, because the region produces more than a third of Australia’s cane sugar. Moving to Mackay is a very popular with UK citizens looking for a new way of life.
It would be wise, when moving to Mackay, to make sure you have the following vaccinations before you arrive in Mackay: Rabies, Tetanus, Hepatitis A, Hepatitis B and Japanese encephalitis. If you have visited a country that has a risk of yellow fever, you should also be vaccinated against this.
If you are planning to work in Mackay you will need to obtain the correct visa. There are a variety of visas available to Brits wishing to move to Mackay. The main categories are: Skilled Independent Migration (for people who have not been sponsored, are under 50 and have the relevant qualifications to comply with Australia’s “skilled occupation list”. This includes accountants, special needs teachers, electricians, engineers and vets. The Employer Nomination Scheme is for people who have been sponsored by an overseas employer and Business Migration is for investors and more entrepreneurial business people.
Accommodation if moving to Mackay
A recent survey carried out by HSBC showed that 49% of expats in Australia opt to buy property. With this in mind, it would be wise for expats moving to Mackay to do their homework well in advance. It’s usually a good idea to consider renting in the short term, to get a feel of the property market and to note trends about where the market is heading.
Renting will also give you a chance to visit different neighbourhoods before deciding which one would best suit your circumstances. The lesser-known suburb of Cannonvale, in Mackay, provides a great family base with its playgrounds, good schools and quiet beaches. Whereas, in the town centre it is a bit more lively and would suit younger buyers.
The following site has a selection of properties in Mackay: https://www.ljhooker.com.au
Schools if moving to Mackay
Education is compulsory in Western Australia between the ages of six and seventeen, corresponding to primary and secondary school.
Mackay has a good range of schools and parents will have a good choice of public and private schools. In order to enrol at a school in Australia, you need to apply to the school itself. You’ll need to have school reports from your child’s home school as well as a birth certificate, passport and visa details, as well as information on vaccinations that have been given to the child. For most expats moving to Australia, education at a state school is free. Help to select a school can be found at: Australia Schools Directory
Local Information if moving to Mackay
When you first move to a new city finding your way round the local taxes and requirements can be daunting, a quick visit to the following website can help you on your way. Simply visit the Australian Government Website
Travel around Mackay
Almost all expats living in Australia find it best to have a car. Most people moving to Mackay are able drive using the license from home for the first three months. However, licensing regulations can change, and you would be advised to familiarise yourself with the rules within each particular territory before relocating. Due to the long distances between major cities, flying is the most popular travel option. The main airlines that operate domestically between Australian cities are, Virgin Australia, Qantas, Tiger Airways Australia and Jetstar.
Currency Conversion if moving to Mackay
The Australian Dollar (AUD or $A) is the official currency in Australia, and is divided into 100 cents.
When moving overseas making sure you get the best exchange rate possible is essential to starting your new life on a sound footing. White & Company has an exclusive arrangement with an FX Firm. Simply call us on Tel: 01494-857672 or follow the link to see what additional monies you will receive compared to using your high street bank and to set up a free account. White & Company – FX Partner
Shipping to Australia
White & Company can arrange your shipping to Australia. Moving to Australia or to any international destination can be a daunting experience. Whether you are starting a new life in Australia or it’s time to come back home, White & Company can provide a professional high quality service that you can rely upon.
Our shipping to Australia service can include the following:
A free quotation and advice on complex customs requirements to ensure your move proceeds as smoothly as possible.
Advice on possible customs issues/restrictions in Australia
A professional export packing service so that your furniture and personal possessions arrive safely at their new destination.
Unpacking your belongs in Australia, or arranging safe and secure storage.
Providing “All Risk” marine insurance.
White & Company will ensure that you are kept fully informed throughout the move to Australia and we will be on hand at all times to answer any questions you may have.
Door to door shipping to Australia
White & Company can provide sole use containers for shipping to Australia, or for smaller moves we can offer cost-effective shared containers (you will only pay for the space your belongings will occupy). All Air Freight and LCL, (Less than Container Load) cargo is ‘over cased’ in purpose built, tri-wall cases for optimum protection to ensure that when your possessions leave your UK home they will arrive safely in Australia. We are also able to ship your car, motorbike, boat, caravan (depending on size) or camper van to your new home.
Shipping costs to Australia
White & Company are able to offer excellent value, cost-effective shipping to Australia. Contact your local branch to arrange for one of our experienced surveyors to visit you to access your needs.
Australia Storage Solutions
We can offer storage facilities before your move to Australia or once your possessions have arrived at destination. You will pay only for the space you use. All our warehouses are clean, dry, secure and accredited to European standard BS EN 14873.
Shipping to Australia
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