Relocation to Brisbane
Brisbane was once renowned as a sleepy sister to its’ bigger counterparts, Sydney and Melbourne. But with strong economic growth and a booming population, Brisbane has grown into a fresh, modern capital. The city is Australia’s third largest in terms of population (just over two million people reside here) and houses a thriving arts scene including sites such as the Brisbane Powerhouse, Queensland Gallery of Modern Art, and the Queensland Performing Arts Centre (QPAC).
Brisbane locals love their Rugby League and are passionate about their sport. They also love to play, and with the tropical climate and amount of parks, the city invites people to “get involved”. Furthermore, with the glittering strip and pristine beaches of the Gold Coast less than an hour away, there are plenty of reasons to head outdoors and enjoy nature.
Apart from the sun, sand, and footy, Brisbane is home to Australia’s third-highest ranking university (according to the benchmark Academic Ranking of World Universities for 2011), the University of Queensland. The university has led world-renowned studies into cancer research. The city also boasts impressive private schools and the State Library of Queensland.
The city’s climate is perfect all-round. Despite the recent floods, Brisbane enjoys great weather year-round with near perfect conditions. Being so close to the Gold and Sunshine Coasts makes it the ideal location to work during the week, and escape to tourist destinations on the weekend.
The locals are among the friendliest in Australia, and the weather invites a relaxed lifestyle. Local professionals boast that their offices are laidback and friendly; a change from the usual hectic 9-5 life.
Most expats express a desire to enrol their child into private schools in Brisbane; however you must reside in the area where that school is located. There are usually waiting lists at some exclusive schools and interviews must be scheduled. Our relocation consultants in Brisbane arrange this for you as part of our schooling programs and are more than happy to discuss potential schools and accompany your family to the appointments.
Also, be prepared- Queensland is humid! While this may be a dream for some expats from colder climates, make sure you pack your swimmers!