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Without mincing words, Brisbane is hot. The average temperature in the winter months of June and July is about 16°C and the summer sees highs of over 40°C. It also gets pretty humid and therefore isn’t suitable for some constitutions. Most though, once used to it, are soon laughing at the thought of having endured those never ending British winters.
While the Australian dollar has been climbing steadily in relation to the British pound in recent years, you’ll still probably find Brisbane property pretty affordable and rent very reasonable. You might pay more at the grocers for fresh fruit and veg but you’ll also find that what you’re buying is much better quality than back in the UK.
Income tax has recently been lowered in Australia and there’s no tax to pay on your first 18,200 AUD of income, which means that in most cases you’ll be paying less than in Britain.
Brisbanites are pretty used to Brits moving in; there were over 109,000 UK-born residents at the 2011 census - so as long as you don’t conform to the ‘whingeing pom’ stereotype you should have no trouble settling in.
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Moving to Brisbane
Brisbane is Australia’s third biggest city and the state capital of Queensland. It’s the largest economy between Sydney and Singapore and continues to see growth on the back of Australia’s resources boom. That, along with year round warm temperatures, has attracted plenty of people looking to set up a new life in recent years. Over 29% of Brisbane’s population was born overseas with settlers from Britain, New Zealand, India and China present in large numbers.
Queensland, known as the Sunshine State has a history of mining and agriculture which left Brisbane, outside the economic and government centres of the South East, with something of a Big Country Town label.
Shaking off that reputation has been a point of honour with Brisbanites for some time. The recent economic growth, influx of migrants and real estate development, a large tourism industry, the Treasury Casino and a growing popular music scene have all helped achieve that ambition and even led to the city’s new nickname of Bris Vegas.
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Lying just a short drive away from the beautiful beaches of Moreton Bay and with the Gold Coast and Surfer’s Paradise not far away, Brisbane is the perfect spot for lovers of sand and surf, wildlife enthusiasts, golfing fanatics and shopaholics.
Comparing Brisbane vs London
Apart from knocking the socks off London in the weather department with almost double the amount of average annual sunshine hours, how does Brisbane compare to the UK capital in terms of living standards?
Brisbanites enjoy a modern, clean city with the Brisbane river running through it and a man made beach in the centre. Brisbane is much less polluted than London even though the main mode of transportation is car. Roads out to the suburbs can get heavily congested at rush hour and lead to long commute times.
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Brisbane stands up quite well in terms of galleries and museums - the Queensland Gallery of Modern Art (GOMA) hosts many international exhibitions and is a particular highlight. The city also has a thriving performing arts and music scene - it hosts the Queensland Performing Arts Centre (QPAC), the Queensland Ballet and the Queensland Symphony Orchestra. There are many festivals which take place in the city each year including the ‘Ekka’, the Riverfestival, the Brisbane International Film Festival and the Caxton Street Seafood and Wine Festival.
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The Australia Zoo was made famous by Steve Irwin and the City Botanic Gardens is just one of many scenic parks and gardens in Brisbane.
The cost of living in Brisbane is roughly equivalent to London - while groceries and consumer goods are generally more expensive, on average you’ll spend a much lower proportion of your income on rent or mortgage costs.
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