Our international removals service
Our extensive fleet of vehicles, specialist local knowledge and experienced staff make us the standout choice for all removals to Australia.
Our moving services include expert international packing, customs clearance, shipping, insurance and storage in the UK or at destination.
We can arrange a free no obligation home survey and quotation, carried out by one of our qualified surveyors. They will answer any questions you may have and offer advice where necessary.
The survey will determine the volume of effects you will be shipping. The total cost of shipment is based on the space your effects will take up in our vehicles.
Regular removals to Darwin
We offer weekly removals services to and from Australia’s Northern Territory. This includes:
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.
The service is the same but we will combine several customers’ loads onto one high-capacity truck to save time and reduce transport costs.
Export Packing & Wrapping Service
When the client has accepted the quoted price and a move date has been secured, the vehicle and removal team will arrive at residence.
The removal team will proceed to export pack and wrap all items being shipped in special breathable bubble wrap.
All china and glassware will be wrapped in special paper and then packed in double-thickness cartons and furniture can be wrapped in bubble blanket for extra protection;
Special made-to-measure wooden creates can be made for difficult to move or fragile items.
Our dedicated team will ensure all the relevant paperwork and customs clearance is processed correctly. They will arrange the unloading and unpacking of your household goods.
White & Company offers secure containerised storage facilities via its own depots.
We have 19 secure units dotted throughout the UK. All our warehouses are clean, dry, secure and accredited to European Standard BS EN 14873.
Our partners in Australia can also offer storage facilities.
We are founder members of the British Association of Removers – the voice of the UK removals industry in the UK.
As such we are responsible not only for meeting the highest sets of standards but listening to our customers on how we can continue to improve our performance.
We are also affiliate members of the FIDI & OMNI international relocation network and have industry partners all over the world.
Insurance For Removals To Darwin
Despite our best efforts sometimes items get damaged or things go amiss.
White & Company always try to minimise problems during the moving process. That’s why we offer limited liability insurance.
Marine insurance is a key consideration when shipping overseas. We recommend you consider protecting your valuable personal possessions while in transit or storage with our ‘All Risk’ Marine Standard Liability cover.
Marine Insurance Cover is offered to you on receipt of a completed Overseas Valuation Form. Such insurance cover is ‘Comprehensive’ and ‘All Risk’ and is based on the values as declared by you on the Overseas Valuation Form.
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Preparing for Your Move
Australia has long been the standout choice for ‘poms’ or other migrants looking to ditch the unpredictable weather and find new opportunities and a better life for themselves and their family.
According to a recent survey, British expats living in Australia are healthier and happier (including their bank balances) with nine in ten saying they experience a better quality of life ‘down under’.
You might have heard of eastenders but have you heard of ‘top-enders’, the nickname for Aussies living in Australia’s most northernly territory.
Darwin is the capital and largest city of Australia’s Northern Territory or just the ‘Territory’. Despite being the country’s least populated region, behind even Tasmania, Darwin is undergoing an unprecedented period of expansion of growth.
To many the Territory represents the true essence of Australia and is rich in natural resources and history with two of the country’s biggest heritage sites – Uluru and Kata Tjuta – found close to the ‘red centre’.
Not only are its rugged landscape and spectacular beaches part of its rugged appeal but its also far cheaper than its east coast counterparts with affordable real estate and excellent job prospects.
By choosing a reliable removals company like White & Company you are not only getting a first-class removals service but access to the knowledge and skills of an experienced international relocator.
White & Company have moved thousands of families down under during their 145-year history and can overcome just about any challenge we face.
There are however some differences as to how the move is handled domestically which you need to prepare for, including navigating Australian laws and customs.
With that in mind here are some useful pre-planning tips to consider before you take the plunge:
- Visit Australia as many times as you can – get a feel for where you want to live and what you can afford. Check for local school places if moving with children and see if where you are moving to is practical for work in terms of transport options.
- Research jobs BEFORE you leave – we can’t stress that enough. Your ability to obtain a visa will depend on what skills you can provide and what work is available at the time. Contact a recruiter who will be able to discuss visas and different options to you.
- Get multiple quotes from removals companies – create an itemised inventory of everything you need to take with you and discuss with a surveyor. They will be able to advise you on the best course of action and give you an estimate of what it will cost. Remember the cheapest quote isn’t necessarily the best one.
- Speak to expats who have trodden the path before you – there are lots of British expats in Australia groups you can talk to online and also meet-up events. These are a great way to ask questions and get a greater feel of what it’s actually like living in Australia.
Popular Destinations We Cover in Darwin
- Inner Darwin – known as Lyons Ward.
- North Darwin – known as Richardson Ward.
- East Darwin – known as Waters Ward.
- West Darwin – known as Chan Ward.
If you want to live in Australia you will need to obtain a visa.
There are many different types of visas but the most common are work sponsored visas where an employer ‘sponsors’ you to come and work in the country (commonly known as a 457).
There are also work-stream permanent residence visas offered to those who have skills that Australia values or are in short supply of.
The Australian Government provides more information on short- and long-term visa options and the path to permanent residency on its Home Affairs website.
Australia has a very unique ecosystem and so every effort is taken to ensure that pets and other animals introduced to the country do not harm the existing environment.
All pets entering Australia, regardless of length of time, will therefore be subject to at least ten nights in quarantine prior to arrival in Australia.
In addition to planning and preparing for this you will also need to work with your vet to ensure all the necessary paperwork and health checks are carried out for your pet as required by Australian law.
Microchipping – all pets entering Australia must be microchipped.
Inoculations – pets need to be declared fit and health to travel and have received a Rabies vaccine.
Import permit – any special export documentation associated with that type of animal will need to be provided
For more information on importing your dog, cat or other animal into Australia see here.
The Australian economy grew by 1.1% to an annual rate of 3.1%, exceeding forecasts, according to national accounts released in April 2019.
As the economy grows and each industry races to keep up, there are often essential skill shortages throughout Australia that migrants with the right skills and abilities can fill.
Although it can often be a lengthy process to gain employment in Australia, with a little patience and tenacity, it is a definite and worthwhile pursuit.
One of the main industries in the Northern Territory is mining, so there may be opportunities for expats with experience in this area. There is also a large gas and oil industry which will be ideal for those who have worked in this area before.
Large areas of the state are given over to agriculture. Live cattle exports from the Territory supply Indonesia, Malaysia, Brunei and the Philippines. There are opportunities for those who are looking to start their own farming business.
There is a currently a demand for skilled trades people, including:
Skilled staff are also needed in areas such as medicine, teaching, sciences and trades such as plumbing, construction and electrical engineers are particularly south after.
Due to its location and historical sites of interest Darwin is also a thriving tourist and hospitality hotspot which throws open the doors of opportunity for those wanting to work in this sector.
Visit the state territory website for further assistance and advice on applying for visas and finding available work.
Australia has some very protective quarantine laws, particularly around food, plant and animal material. All shipments into Australia are subject to inspection by the Australian Quarantine Inspection Service (AQIS).
There are lots of restrictions on what you can bring into the country and in some cases permits may be required, which can take time and are costly.
To be on the safe side it’s important therefore that you do your research ahead of time and check with customs before deciding what to bring with you when you move to Australia.
For more information and a list of items you can and can’t take with you when entering and leaving Australia see this guidance issued by Australia Border Force.
Australian properties have enjoyed consistent capital growth with property prices doubling roughly every 7 to 10 years. It makes sense to invest and purchase a home if you intend to stay long term.
Buying property in Australia for UK citizens can be difficult process if you don’t have the right professionals to assist you.
To ensure your purchase goes smoothly enlist the services of professionals with a solid knowledge of the Australian real estate market, including a buyer’s agent, solicitor and an accountant.
The city of Darwin has a number of residential suburbs which are ideal for those thinking of moving to Australia, particularly with young children.
Older suburbs are in the southwest part of the city although there are several newer suburbs to choose from. Popular areas include Howard Springs and Berry Springs.
Larrakeyah is an affluent suburb with links to excellent schools. Prices are a little higher than the average due to the exclusive nature of the neighbourhood but still remain far below those of the UK.
For a four bedroomed home in this neighbourhood you can expect to pay $A700,000 (£380,000)>
The beachside suburb of Brinkin is 13 miles from Darwin is popular among young families and professionals alike. You can expect to pay around A$270,000 (£146,000) for a two bedroomed modern apartment.
The capital and largest city, Darwin has a thriving expat community and a relaxed approach to life. It’s northernly location means it is home to a year-round tropical climate and is a stones throw away from all the action of the great outback.
Darwin is a multi-cultural city with active and vibrant communities of various ethnicities who come together to enjoy art and music festivals and share their culinary exploits.
Large single storey properties or bungalows are popular here due to the high winds of the tropical season. Many come with large plots of land and their own swimming pools although the cost of maintenance is something you will have to take into account.
Some of the most popular suburbs include:
There are also lots of coastal towns along the Stuart Highway which are cheaper for those willing to commute for longer.
In the centre of the Northern Territory is Alice Springs which has more art galleries and places of cultural significance per capita than anywhere else in the whole of Australia. It’s main source of attraction for tourism are those venturing to see Ulluru or ‘Ayer’s Rock’.
The town has a more quiet feel with most activity suspended after 8pm besides a few bars and late night eateries.
It’s easy access to the outback as well as schooling options make it a desirable location for those wanting to raise their kids outside of Australia’s big cities.
Rural residential suburbs include Stirling Heights, Ross and Desert Springs which is home to luxury holiday villas and an exclusive 18 hole golf course.
What Others Say…
” The service was excellent the boys were bright, cheerful and funny, they made the move easy for my husband and myself. “
“I am not prove to writing ‘gushy’ thank you letters but I cannot commend your removal team enough. From the beginning they were polite, hard working and positive. Nothing was too much trouble.”
“The removal guys were excellent throughout the day of the move. We couldn’t have asked for better!”
“A excellent firm that made our move as stress free as possible. The staff were friendly and courteous at all times. worked efficiently and carefully – couldn’t ask for more. Would certainly recommend them. “