Moving to Brisbane

Relocating to Brisbane, Australia’s sun-drenched city

If you are planning to relocate to Australia’s sun-soaked city, then you can consider yourself lucky. Brisbane is an attractive destination. It has a sub-tropical climate, with mild winters and warm summers. The city manages to maintain a relaxed vibe while offering all the services of a major city. This amazing place has sunshine almost all year round. Soak up the subtropical climate while exploring the outdoors, feast on some scrumptious food at some of the country’s best restaurants, shop for international brands and cutting-edge designer clothes, discover the art scenes, sporting venues and local markets. You are sure to find whatever interests you here in sunny Brisbane.

Brisbane’s residents are highly educated – more than 330,000 residents or 20% of the adult population hold a university degree (bachelor level or higher). It is an extremely multicultural community that has more than a quarter of its population born overseas. Over 17% of households are bilingual and almost everyone speaks English. 43% of the population of 2.44 million are between the ages of 24 and 54 years.

Transport: Planes, Trains, Buses and Ferries

Getting around Brisbane is easy but packing up your home to relocate is hard. Employ a removals company to help you with this. Brisbane provides every mode of transport. A free bus service circles the inner city every 10 minutes and a free CityHopper ferry service plies every 25 minutes from 5.30 a.m. to midnight, seven days a week. You can board it at any of its six stops between North Quay and New Farm. There is also a network of ‘no timetable needed’ high frequency buses known as BUZ services that run daily between 6am and 11.30pm.  The CityGlider buses provide fast transport from West End to Teneriffe and from Ashgrove to Stones Corner, with regular services during peak and off-peak times.

If you are travelling further get a TransLink go card to travel seamlessly on all TransLink bus, ferry and rail services. You can buy a ticket from retailers, rail stations, online or even over the phone. Explore the city on Brisbane’s ferries known locally as CityCats, use the network of electric trains or the Airtrain service that the city provides for commuters and tourists.

Then there is Bruce the Brissie Bus, an Active School Travel initiative, designed to encourage young people to appreciate the use of public transport as a means of getting to school.

Brisbane services over 48 international flights with 50 flights touching down each day, you are likely to find a flight from this city to most major cities. A 20-minute taxi or train ride will get you from the airport to the city centre.

Schools and Universities

Schooling for children aged six to 16 is compulsory in Brisbane. Brisbane has a network of public and private primary and secondary schools with 12 years of formal schooling and many schools provide additional support for international students to assist them with the English language.

With nearly 544 schools in Brisbane, all your pedagogical needs are covered. Most schools run by the Government and are tuition free. There are also a few private schools run by Catholic or Anglican churches, but these are fee paying schools. The International Baccalaureate curriculum is offered by some of the schools. The independent church run schools in Brisbane are not coeducational and have boarding facilities.

Brisbane also has several universities like the Queensland University of Technology (QUT) and the University of Queensland (UQ), Griffith University, and the Australian Catholic University.

Attractions and Tours

Brisbane has a variety of attractions that cater to everybody’s interest. Australian Sunset Safari offers a multitude of interesting things to do. You could travel in a 4-wheel drive bus along Fraser Island’s beaches and rainforest tracks, swim in the crystal-clear lake, paddle a transparent kayak over Moreton Island’s ship wrecks while you watch the fish and colourful coral through its glass floor, or snorkel through coral masses and watch sea turtles as they swim past.

For those interested in aquatic pursuits, the Eagleby Aquatic Centre featuring a leisure pool, a 25-metre outdoor pool, a 25-metre training pool and kiosk can be found at Logan.  The Eagleby Aquatic Centre is closed during winter but the Logan North Aquatic Centre’s 50-metre heated pool is open all year round.

If you have 10 minutes to spare take the Brisbane City Hall clock tower tour. The elevator ride past the giant clock faces is classic and it is free!

Early birds can drive up to Mt Coot-tha and watch the sun rise behind the skyline. If an early morning experience isn’t your thing, explore the exotic Mt Coot-tha Botanic Gardens at leisure.  If you are of legal age, visit the local craft breweries at: Green Beacon, Range Brewing, Newstead Brewing, XXXX, Aether, All In, Ballistic Beer Co and Bacchus Brewing.  If you hope to find your way back, don’t sample all the beers in one day. Alternatively, you can take a tour of the XXXX factory. Go kayaking up the Tangalooma Wrecks at night for a spooky experience. If music is your scene, catch a gig in an old WWII hangar at The Triffid. The sound quality will impress as will the acts and the beer garden. Have an artistic bent? Then QAGOMA is a must see. It’s the largest modern art gallery in Australia and if that isn’t enough, there’s the QAG, just next door. Try the laneway bar crawl, start with Harajuku Gyoza for some dumplings and sake, Comuna Cantina for tequila and tacos, Super Whatnot for cocktails, and The Gresham for whisky. Then there’s abseiling down Kangaroo Point Cliffs if you have excess adrenalin in your veins. At Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary, you can hold a cuddly koala. You might be tempted to put one in your bag to take home but we don’t recommend that. Chocoholics can visit Noosa Chocolate Factory. The rocky road and strawberry jelly will keep you drooling. Cool down with Brisbane’s best ice creams at Ungermann Brothers Ice Creamery or at appropriately named Lick. Save some memories at Wilson’s Outlook. The sunsets and sunrises are spectacular with the Story Bridge and the city skyline as a backdrop. Chase the whales at Brisbane’s Moreton Bay. It is entertaining to watch them play and interact with the locals. We even offer you the universe at the Sir Thomas Brisbane Planetarium. Brisbane has all your needs covered.

Employment

With Brisbane’s employment market being the strongest in the country, if you are moving interstate, your chances of finding employment in this city should be easier here. Despite COVID-19 unemployment rates decreased to 6.4% in January 2021 and its employment to population ratio increased to 61.9%.  Currently the best industries to find employment are in:

  • Retail
  • Banking
  • Superannuation
  • Mining
  • Healthcare

We recommend that you register your interest with Brisbane’s employment agencies and check out the job opportunities on https://www.seek.com.au/jobs/in-All-Brisbane-QLD.

If you are planning to relocate to Brisbane contact Australia’s largest removals company. Grace Removals has been a market leader and been in the business for over 100 years. We know how to move people with grace. We will make sure your move is seamless and worry free. Contact us on 1300 723 844 for more information on how we can help.