Moving to Australia will be a major life change and there is a lot to know before you go. Fortunately, you will not need to learn a new language (although you might need to pick up some slang) but there are some things you will need to adjust to. Here are some of the things you need to know before you move to Australia.
It’s Not All Hot and Sunny
Australia is a big continent and there is a range of climates – so don’t assume that it will be warm and sunny everywhere you go. Melbourne in the winter is chilly and rainy and can sometimes even see snow. When you are choosing somewhere to live in Australia, do a little research into the local climate so that you can take this into consideration.
It’s Very Expensive
Don’t be surprised if you are paying $10 AUD for a pint of beer in a pub – the cost of living in Australia is quite high. Fortunately, the wages are high to reflect this. If you get a job in Australia, you are likely to be earning a decent amount so that you can cover your learning expenses. You can keep your expenses down by shopping at thrift stores, cooking meals for yourself at home and looking for bargains.
Aussies Love Sport
Australians are mad about sports, including football, cricket and rugby. They are passionate enough to stay up all night to watch the games that take place on the other side of the world. Plus, they will often go to live sports matches and cheer enthusiastically for their team. Watching a sporting match in Australia is an essential experience while you are living there – the atmosphere is energetic and infectious.
Keep in mind that in Australia there is more than one type of football. There is rugby league football, Australian Rules football and rugby union football. The football that the Brits call football is referred to as soccer Down Under – so make sure you understand the difference.
Don’t expect that you are going to be able to pop over to Perth from Sydney from the weekend – the distances between locations are enormous. Many visitors to Australia underestimate the differences and try to see too much in a short amount of time. When you move to Australia you’ll mostly spend time in the city that you live in and if you want to see a different area of the country it will be a significant journey. This means you’ll have to take some time off work and plan ahead for a long trip.
Apply for Jobs Before You Go
It can take up to 1-2 months before you find a job, so make sure that you get started on looking well in advance. There are lots of job listings posted online and there are even more that are not advertised. It helps to make connections and ask around to find someone who is hiring – you just might find a job that isn’t advertised online just by knowing the right person.
Coffee is Serious
Australians love coffee and the art of making it is taken very seriously. You can expect to find a lot of great cafes and coffee shops serving up delicious coffee. If you are looking to find a job as a barista, you will need to prove that you have the skills to craft a seriously good cup.
What About Tipping?
Should you leave a tip when you eat in a restaurant or drink at a bar? There are no hard and fast rules about tipping, but generally you don’t have to. Australians in the service industry get quite a good wage and they don’t rely on tips to boost their pay like Americans do. However, although giving a tip is not obligatory it is always appreciated. For example, many Australians will just round up a taxi fare to the nearest five dollars and tell the driver to keep the change.