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I wish I had known...

15th March 2017

We’ve spoken to so many Brits all over Australia about the benefit of hindsight.

The SETTLEto team have surveyed, scoured, cogitated, eavesdropped, asked and gathered – there are so many things that Brits wish they knew or wish they’d been told before they moved to Australia.

Here are just a few relating to lifestyle. Consider this a head start!

P.S. These are direct from the mouths of Brit expats who’ve moved to Australia – so excuse any rude words and the plethora of exclamation marks...!

P.P.S. The mention of ‘home’ refers to the UK…. Go figure.


“From mid-December to Australia Day everything is booked up. And if it's not, it's because the price has been inflated so much that nobody can afford it. “

”That however prepared you think you might be to deal with the spiders if you have the fear before it just exacerbates it!! “

”That an Aussie BBQ is truly amazing and not a patch on what we attempt in the UK and they like to BBQ their roast dinner rather than stick it in the oven! “

”That you really miss the countryside“

”I only had 5 minutes to view a place and decide if I wanted to live there“

”Taxi drivers would ask me which way to go”

”You can only park in the direction of traffic”

”How 'sporty' Australia was/is” 

”Life is about doing great things and not owning all the things, here in Melbourne. Which is nice (but shopping sucks as a result and apparently any pattern can match any other as an outfit choice if it is hot out) ”

”How the beaches are amazing, but the shopping sucks (getting better though) ”

”I'd never move back to Europe so bring a big container”

”American influence is huge”

”Enjoy John Lewis while you can”

”How expensive everything is in Sydney, especially property”

”How far behind Australia is with gender equality / Macho mentality”