Expensive Isolation: Why You Shouldn’t Move to Australia

why you shouldn't move to Australia

Art at the Queen Victoria Market, Melbourne.

Look, life Down Under is pretty damn good. Most of the time that is, as there are some reasons why you shouldn’t move to Australia.

When people aggressively try to tell me that it’s “the best damn country in the world!! Why would you ever want to leave, etc, etc”, I raise an eyebrow. Partly because it isn’t, but also because I don’t think any country deserves that title. Nowhere is perfect, after all.

That being said, Oz is one of my favourite countries in the world and I’m not just saying that because I am from there and therefore biased. Although, clearly that is a factor.

I just see a lot of potential for it to be truly wonderful and so am making a few small suggestions. You may not necessarily regret moving to Australia but you should know what you’re signing up for, well in advance.

Please understand that I am very happy to be Australian and I do like living here. These are ideas for improvement, that come from a place of love. Mostly.

The Internet is the utter worse

I am Australian. I know our internet is terrible. Yet, it never bothered me so much, as I didn’t know any better.

Then I travelled to places like Svalbard and Iceland and lived in the UK – all three have really great internet speeds. And I realised – we Aussies have been seriously let down when it comes to the internet. We’re currently ranked 51 in the world – behind countries like Kenya, Siberia and Thailand. For a developed country, that’s pretty bad.

YES the government are FINALLY rolling out the National Broadband Network. YES it is hard to service a country as large as Oz, particularly when a percentage of the population live in rural isolation.

But I personally live fifteen minutes from the centre of the second largest city in the country and my Internet is crap. It makes me angry that in this day and age, we have to put up with this rubbish.

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Travel three hours by plane – still in the middle of nowhere.

It’s harder to travel to just about anywhere

I didn’t step foot outside Australia until I was 20 years old and I’m not alone in this.

Most of my friends were in the same boat, unless they went on exchange, saved up to travel during University breaks, went to Bali for their end of school celebrations, or had their families take them abroad on holiday.

And those who did go overseas, mostly had just travelled to cheap destinations in Asia or New Zealand.

Many of my European friends, who flit through countries and languages on the regular, are surprised by this. But whilst you can travel from say, London to Rome for £9 return trip, you’re not going to see the same for Sydney to Bangkok.

Plus, an eight hour flight to a destination from Australia is considered to be on the short side. Unlike Europe, it’s not like you can just jet off to Singapore for the weekend (well, you could but it would be a waste of time and money).

Travelling within the country is also quite expensive

So, why not stick to travelling within the country, then? This is what many Australians tend to do. In my youth we travelled all over Queensland, Queensland and Queensland (I am now slightly sick of the place and haven’t been there since I was 21) and saw a lot of my home state of New South Wales.

Yet, this was in the 90s when Australia was considered a budget destination for backpackers and people who were my age now could actually afford housing in the city.

Times have changed and travel within the country is now as or more expensive than travel overseas. I’ve seen flights to Auckland from Sydney that have been cheaper than flights to Perth. Truth.

And if you’re wondering about costs for visitors, here is a breakdown of the cost of a month’s travel in Australia.

why you shouldn't move to Australia

It’s so isolated that even the fauna looks nothing like anything else in the world.

It’s isolated, both geographically and metaphorically

While I was away from Australia, I forgot just how isolated the place is.

It’s sort of like that neighbour from Home Improvement, peering over the fence to watch what’s happening globally, but not really being that involved. If I remember the show correctly, that is.

Coupled with this is the fact that people just don’t care about much that is going on outside the country.

This is two-fold, when it comes to one’s own emotions on the subject matter.

On the one hand, I feel quite safe living here, which is something that should not be taken for granted.

On the other, we should care about what’s happening in the world, quite simply because we are a part of it.

Good luck getting around without a car

Here’s my biggest pet peeve! Life in Australia without a car is… challenging, to say the least.

Even the bigger cities have notoriously bad public transport and in the smaller ones, it’s near non-existent.

I am so far coping with getting around Melbourne without a car, but it takes me ten times longer to get to places, particularly as one of the buses I have to catch often likes to arrive and leave five minutes before its due.

Most upsetting is having the inability to leave the city whenever I want, without having to hire a car, which can be stupidly expensive.

I know being vehicle-less is better for both the environment and my bank account, but it frazzles my nerves, I’ll tell you that much for free.

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Who can afford novelty beach towels these days?

The cost of living doesn’t quite correspond with wages

When I moved away from Australia three years ago, I’d say the country was on the cusp of getting really expensive.

As in – yes, things were pricey, but the median wage in the cities wasn’t unachievable and you could have a pretty comfortable life there.

I don’t know if I can say the same now. I looked vaguely at moving back to Sydney, THE CITY FROM WHICH I AM FROM and had to rule it out as I didn’t think I could afford it anymore.

You can live a bit better in Melbourne, but that’s a fact that is rapidly changing.

I don’t know how else to put it – this is really, really frightening. Even Australians are struggling to live in Australia now and it’s wrong on so many levels.

If you’re here on a visa, you can get treated like a second class citizen

With all that being said, I really can’t imagine how the backpackers do it. The Working Holiday Visa plain sucks.

It’s restrictive (you can only work a full-time job for six months at a time), you get heavily taxed for the little work you do do, it’s near impossible to get sponsored and you have to leave after a year, anyway. It can take up to twelve months to settle into a new country, at least in my experience.

Yet, tonnes of the English, Irish, Scottish, Americans, Canadians, etc, flock to the country each year, to have the adventure of a lifetime. I take my akubra off to these troopers, but I wish we made it easier for them.

Especially when Australians and Kiwis can live in the UK at least, with relative ease (and work any job they like to get booted out after two years, which seems much fairer).

And don’t get me started on displaced people from war-torn countries, who journey to Australia to try to make a life here. Our asylum seeker policies abuse basic human rights, left right and centre.

It’s quite ironic to be honest, as a line in our NATIONAL ANTHEM states: For those who’ve come across the seas, We’ve boundless plains to share…

Maybe it is finally time to change the anthem to Waltzing Matilda. Just a suggestion.

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Can you see the Indigenous man’s face in the distance?

The treatment of the Indigenous population is appalling

This is a point that can’t be ignored. Despite the illusion of having the same rights as everyone else, Australia’s First Peoples are still treated like second rate citizens… in their own country.

It’s well-known knowledge that the treatment of the Indigenous population by the British was horrendous. Families were ripped apart, through attempts of assimilation, which led to the Stolen Generations. Culture was decimated. The Tasmanian Aborigines were completely wiped out, an act of genocide that as a friend of mine pointed out, rarely gets talked about.

Even now, there is a taboo in being an Indigenous Australian. They are often victims of typecasting.

Each Australia Day (January 26th) ignites debates over changing the date (it commemorates the landing of the British on Aussie shores and is considered offensive by Indigenous Australians – if you’re interested, I elaborate further in the article linked below).

And for other Australians, interaction with our Indigenous population can be limited. I consider myself somewhat well-travelled and lived next to the suburb of Sydney that has traditionally had a strong Indigenous population.

Yet my first proper interactions with the country’s First Peoples and culture came at the age of 24, when I visited Darwin for work.

Indigenous Australians are also more likely to experience some form of mental illness, commit suicide or die in infancy, amongst other sad facts.

I believe the issue of isolation is once again to blame – we are often so far removed from our Indigenous population, that it is a case of: “out of sight, out of mind.”

Related: Australia Day and the Conversation We Should Be Having

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Not always, fortunately.

The weather can be really quite upsetting

Australia is a land of extremes.

In some parts of the country, the seasons can be described as such: hot, really hot, bloody boiling, really hot.

The summer of 2017 for example, was one of the worst I have ever experienced. Extreme humidity, with the temperatures going over 40°C every third day or so. My bedroom had no air conditioning, which made the nights really fun.

Yet, it does get properly cold in the winter, especially down south and particularly in Tasmania, where the climate is more European. Or, more like New Zealand’s.

In the northern parts of the country, they have just two seasons – the wet and the dry.

The dry is during wintertime, when the temperatures are manageable (think mid-late twenties, early thirties).

Yet in the summer, storms routinely roll in (and sometimes cyclones) and the humidity is over 100. You will feel like a little human sausage getting squeezed out of your skin, the moment you step outside your door.

We’re routinely denied access to things

Around 2014, Australia was making headlines for being a country full of pirates. We were illegally downloading, like it was going out of fashion. It was an outrage, how dare we, blah blah blah.

But coming from the country, I understood why this was the case.

Australian’s were illegally downloading television shows, because it was the only way we could watch them, without paying out the nose for the “privilege”. Game of Thrones provides one such example.

It was a time before Netflix and Stan. You used to be able to buy the show episode by episode off iTunes, but then Rupert Murdoch’s company Foxtel bought the rights.

So, if you wanted to watch it, you had to sign up for the service, paying hundreds of dollars for access to just one television show.

“Screw you Murdoch!” The country declared, collectively choosing to download it instead.

Not just the young’uns – parents were asking their kids to share their Internet knowledge, so that they could watch their favourite show week by week, without encountering any spoilers online.

I had never, ever been as proud of being Australian as I was on hearing about this.

Downloading in Australia is now quite difficult to do, but it’s not really like things have improved. We have streaming services (trying to use them on our internet is lol), but we often have to wait a millennia to get access to the content we wish to watch.

Films are released at a later date now, as well. As they’re not having to spend six weeks at sea being shipped to the country, there really is no excuse.

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Your average Thursday afternoon.

You may not want to leave

Look, this is the worst point on this list. Because, for all its faults, Australia is also a pretty darn fabulous place.

It’s undeniably beautiful. It feels safe. The food is fresh. The air is less polluted than in other parts of the world (Tassie has the cleanest air of ANYWHERE). It’s relatively clean.

The people are among the friendliest that I’ve at least met anywhere in the world.

There’s something about Oz. It grips your heart and it will never let you go.

Enjoy this post? You may like some of these:

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Want to get further off the beaten path? Here are 10 places to visit in New South Wales.
Summer is the worst time to visit Australia. Here’s why.
Want to blend in seamlessly with Aussie locals? I have some tips on how to do just that.
Australian slang can be mega confusing. Here’s an introduction to some popular words and phrases.
Australia is pretty amazing to live in, at times. Here’s why.
But… it’s also pretty weird, as these facts will demonstrate.
Here are a few reasons why Sydney is a better city than Melbourne. Team Syd fo’ lyfe.
Check out some of the best places to travel to in Australia.
And finally, here are some general travel tips for Australia.

Can you think of any other reasons why you shouldn’t move to Australia? Please share them in the comments below!

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Australia looks like it may be paradise... but is it really? Here are some downsides of living in Australia, for expats and Aussie's alike.

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LC can often be found nursing a cup of green tea, with her head in a book. She is a writer, video editor and professional cheese eater. Her life's aspiration is to one day live on a farm in Tasmania with 11 dogs, a Shetland pony and several pygmy goats.

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Paula - May 22, 2017

Born and bred Sydneysider here and I agree 100%. This is a great place to live but it is far from perfect.

    LC - May 23, 2017

    Yes, it’s wonderful but there is definite room for improvement!

      Lizard - January 28, 2019

      If you want the best quality of life go to Spain.
      Fantastic weather, incredible nightlife, shopping till at least 10 pm 7 days a week.
      At least in Madrid.
      Incredibly safe country.
      Such a friendly fun people.
      One of the best infrastructures concerning roads and public transport on earth.
      Metros, 24 hour buses and high speed trains everywhere.
      Unbelievable variety of food and shopping.
      You can go anywhere in Europe for a weekend for next to nothing.
      Australia is so monotonous.
      Every city looks similar.
      Everything closes early.
      The food is so average .
      Everything is far.
      The roads and public transport is virtually third world.
      The nightlife is a joke.
      Hence only desperate people from third world countries are migrating their.
      Who ever thinks Australian lifestyle is great.
      Obviously hasn’t lived in a hell of alot of other countries that are far better.

Harmony, Momma To Go - May 24, 2017

I love this article! I stilll want to visit though!

    LC - May 24, 2017

    Thank you! It’s totally worth visiting.

The Invisible Tourist - May 25, 2017

Oh LC, you made me laugh out loud numerous times in this post! Everything you say is so relatable, especially that Australia is becoming unaffordable for Australians. It really is frightening. I always say to travellers I meet that Australia is a nice place to visit, but not a nice place to live… Some of the time!

    LC - May 25, 2017

    Always happy to get some lols! Yes there are some great things about living here, but the aspects that are bad… are ridiculous. Can’t imagine it’s much cheaper to live in NZ these days either, sadly.

Kati - May 27, 2017

Ah, yeeeeessss… I agree on so many points!!

The Internet… urgh. We now have access to the NBN (it came a couple of months ago to our area – finally) but it’s so ridiculously expensive and people who have it around here keep saying it’s not much better than ADSL!!!!! Crikey, why??!!!!

And hm, the Indigenous issue… agree.

And yet, after 17 years I’m still here. 🙂 Despite the news and media regularly caring more about e.g. rescuing the old lady’s cat from the tree than what goes on in the rest of world (driving me insane would be stating it mildly), but as you say, Australia gets you hooked and never lets you go again. 😀 It is just such an incredibly beautiful country, and not just in terms of geography.

    LC - May 29, 2017

    Because the govt TOTALLY DROPPED THE BALL ON IT BY NOT GIVING US FIBRE OPTIC, taking a ridiculous, money saving option for what is basically now a life necessity. They’re the worst. I hope they all lose their seats come next election.

    And yeah, it does get totally under your skin. What a jerk. 🙂 Don’t get me started on the news!

      Kati - May 30, 2017

      Haha! Yep…

      I hardly ever watch the news these days, just gets me too riled up. I stick to reading various (online) papers and that’s that. 😀

        LC - June 3, 2017

        That’s more than enough!

Bee Edwards's - May 31, 2017

I am 7th generation Austrlian and proud of that . After working my entire life and I have had some well paid jobs and have worked hard sometimes having three jobI can no longer afford to retire here, and I am tired. Raising the retirement age has now pushed me over the edge to find someone cheaper to live so that I can retire. I am currently rechearching different countries to emigrate too. Ant suggestions

    LC - June 3, 2017

    That’s fair enough, it’s ridiculous the way the country is heading financial. Especially for those who’ve been told their entire lives that they can “relax” at retirement, only to have it raised to what really is a ridiculous age to continue to work ’til. I’ve heard of people moving to cheaper destinations in Asia to live it up large – ever considered there?

    Damian - November 14, 2017

    Many Brit’s retire to the south of Spain. U don’t really need to learn Spanish. It’s not a bad place and pensioners are well looked after in terms of amenities and health care. The food is not great though

Celine - June 21, 2017

I agree with for everybody here, fantastic post and very comprehensive. A lot of good tips. These suggestions are brilliant

Alan McCrudden - November 16, 2017

Thanks for the great article LC. Absolutley spot on! The internet speeds and mis-treatment of asylum seekers are 2 of my biggest gripes about being an Aussie. You are right Australia does grab your heart right along with the contents of your bank account, credit cards and wallet just to live comfortably and travel a little

    LC - November 16, 2017

    Thanks Alan! The expense is bananas (as in the nets). At least we can say we’re (mostly) not homophobic now. Small steps out of the dark ages, into the shining light of the future!

LAC - January 9, 2018

Thanks for your post! Very eye opening. I left Sydney 4 years ago and may one day move back….but wondering where I could afford to live in Sydney, if i can put up with the politics, and withstand the cultural and physical isolation. Also, the cost of bringing a spouse is bonkers!

    LC - January 9, 2018

    Sydney is ridiculously expensive now, even more so. I was shocked by how much worse it had got since I had left (I came back after three years). But, home is home and hopefully that will be enough for when you return there too. And yeah, the spousal costs are very upsetting.

Bob - March 25, 2018

Dear LC. I was happy to read the article and the resulting replys and comments, and there’s a lot of good stuff revealed there. My reply wanders off subject in various ways. Perhaps it’s better suited to a category such as ‘Random ramblings’, or ‘Raving Rants’!

I’m pining for Europe. I was born in Australia, and am not eligible for any foreign citizenship. Before I travelled o/s, I tended to assert, like so many aussies do, that Australia is the best country in the world etcetera, based on some sort of ‘national pride’ idea rather than on anything resembling evidence. Now I know different. I never really miss much about Oz when I’m o/s – rarely think about it – and if I hear Oz accents, I’ll keep away from them. I nearly everyday miss Europe when I’m in Oz. Now I’ve been back in Australia since 2008. In the 25 years before 2008 I had been on numerous trips o/s – never working, only ever as a tourist- for so much time it accumulates to 17, yes seventeen, years. I reckon I am European. I’m not aboriginal Australian. All my great-grandparents were Europeans. Europe is my ancestral home and I know it. My ancestors were aboriginal Europeans, from the caves of prehistory, right through all that incredible history- it’s all my history, my genes and my lands. Because I didn’t work there, always spending instead my hard earned Aussie savings, and later a modest inheritance, I lived cheaply in Europe, often in rural areas, including in rural Greece for periods that cumulatively exceed 12 years. (A Greek tourist island, when the summer ends, reverts back to mainly its traditional rural farming and fishing base. Increased tourism has brought changes, but old ways linger, and there are always ways to avoid involvement in the worst aspects of development which is mostly only partial. ) Summertime I enjoyed the beaches, and all the glorious Euro-women, living absolute beachfront in free DIY bamboo teepees. For neighbours hippie-gals swimming naked all summer, barefoot tavernas and discos, cheap food, drinks and smokes. More than 12 summers on the beach, and many winters in really magnificent weathers, cold, wind, rains and sun, collect and carry water, tend a vegie garden, (stuff grows there so easily, and is not ravaged by parrots and possums), gather firewood and saffron, returning to the warmest ‘house’ on the island, up a hillside overviewing the Aegean, surrounded by metres of solid granite in a super-cosy womb-like cave where a wood-stove and wax-candle flames quiver quietly, as from the glass window I view outside my cave’s door, a tempest raging. LOVED IT ! That’s my land. It’s where most of what we came to call a western or European civilization grew from, was borrowed for their own purposes by the Romans, and spread to everywhere else. It didn’t just spring from the Greeks. It was given to them out of the land, the sun, sea, the air, soil and water, the seasons, and by the spirits and gods that are still having a hand in a few matters, I suspect. I love all of Europe and I’m happy there to be living like a European in Europe – not like the fallacy in Australia, and in a collection of other countries, where one is expected to live a European styled culture in a country that is very definitely not Europe.The only gripe I have with Europe is that my Euro-born great grandparents have no say, (because they’re long dead, but I bet if they could speak now they would decry the injustice imposed upon their descendants), and their former existence has no influence in the matter now, regarding whether I should be eligible to reclaim my ancestral citizenship. Damn! If it wasn’t for that complication you wouldn’t be hearing from me now. I’d be there, at home in Europe. I’d not be stuck here, (Don’t worry. I’m planning to make my escape very soon.), yeah so oddly stuck, in a continent that has been and continues to be the victim of colonial crimes and many bad ideas on the other side of the planet. Oh, yes, to return to the matter of the expensive Australia. Fact: One gets more bang for one’s buck in most other countries. This means that despite its many faults, one can make the most of Australia by not expecting too much real joy and depth of meaning from it except as a place to work, (or even as a place to work towards living on something approaching an Indian peasant’s budget), so as to force a savings strategy that ensures one will have bucks to bang on, frugally and prudentially on and on. Then one can escape this land of lingering colonial after effects, for freedom of offshore lands where your people live their authentic cultures which are authentic because the cultural roots were not transported, but evolved from their native environments. There is an inner joy and peace that comes with this type of return to where one’s home really is, which, like the falsehood about Australia being the best country in the world, can reveal its truth only when one becomes aware of it through experience.

    LC - March 30, 2018

    Hello Bob, wow that’s quite a story! I’m not sure what I can say that will top that. I hope you find yourself back in Greece very soon – it’s wonderful when the heart connects with a place, less so when visa laws say otherwise. :/

    Louisa Klimentos - July 12, 2018

    Greece isn’t exactly perfect It went broke remember No country is Australia isn’t perfect but it has good points too. Why do people think the rest of the world is so perfect ? Especially Europe .I visited Cyprus and most relatives never really wanted to know me or go anywhere with me and I had to pay my way .When my relatives visited Australia, I had to take them everywhere and I had to pay for them .There never put their hands in their pockets .I heard the same thing regarding other European countries .I am quite sick of all the flack that Australia cops ,especially through social media .So people need to stop being negative and start being positive .The world will be a better place .

Sam - May 7, 2018

The problem with Australia is the cost of living is getting higher n higher n the tax is also high. Your annual package 100k could looks a lot but after tax u only receive around 5k monthly which not a lot consider the rent , food and transport price is going up and up every year. Not to mention the ridiculous housing price

    LC - May 16, 2018

    Yeah, it’s super fun getting outpriced in your own country! Makes me seriously worried about the future.

Bob - July 24, 2018

Australia is a great place to live, but travel here is kinda boring and incredibly overpriced (especially attractions and events!). The only “travel” I do is the occasional day trip to nature-y places, but only because I have a car. If I didn’t, I’d likely just save my money and spend my holidays in Asia.

    LC - August 11, 2018

    I like travelling around Oz, but I agree, it’s best done by car. I dunno if I agree with boring – I think under surface level there are a lot of pleasant surprises! But I wouldn’t turn down a trip to Asia either.

Erich W Schinzel - July 31, 2018

Yes OZ used to be good but things have changed in so many ways. Our life is getting more and more controlled, new laws are retrospectively implemented, houses are incredibly expensive, so a lot of people are mortgage prisoners…people think its ok that real estate goes up by 5 or 10% a year…the general population hasn’t got any money..they are in debt for the next 25 or 30 years. I remember the time when a small house in Sydney cost abaut 20 grant. .yes sure times have changed, however the same cockroach farm now cost 1.5 millons.
Yes the weather is good.

    LC - August 11, 2018

    I think it’s time for a revolution…!

Steve - August 12, 2018

You had me until you started ranting about “refugees” and indidenous, I have worked in that space and want to be clear what you mean.

Do you believe I the UN refugee declaration? Let’s assume you do, so then why is it OK for 99% of our so called refugees to use people smuggling to bypass the first safe haven, in fact go half way around the world to put the load on us? Why shouldn’t we be concerned with our own neighbours e.g. Timorese not flipping Afghans, Iraqis or other ME people. Nope not our problem, the only reason is our freedom and economy they are the draw cards. Now then can little old Aus save the whole world? There are 600 000 000 Indians living in poverty, should we take say 100 million? That would destroy our economy, change our society and culture yet there would still be 500 million no less still in abject poverty. Your argument is fallacious, facts are facts we cannot change the world ow ever individuals can change their own circumstances that is the Key and that is how we should support.

On indigenous where do I start, they claim an invasion (one that I had no part in) yet they claim land rights? Legally that does not equate, an invasion means you lose your claim and to the victor the spoils, yet we allow land claims which technically means no invasion? So which way do you want it?

They are the highest per capita paid indigenous people yet we pump more and more in. Fact is just like refugees there is only one person who can change their circumstances and that is them no one else. This is victim hood BS. They choose to live in dumps I have been involved on a station in the NW one of the highest employers of indigenous cowboys. Then the land claims came station was let go and turned into a dump. Don’t believe the BS we are all responsible for ourselves.

Oh and who pays for all these economic refugees and indigenous programs? Wee do, there now you have answered your own question why this country is so bloody expensive to live in.

John - September 4, 2018

Wow Bob what write up. Unfortunately, I have to agree with the poster talking about wanting to be in Europe rather than in Australia.

I think there are some really big cultural differences which makes life a lot more enjoyable in Europe. I grew up in a country in Eastern Europe and moved to Australia in my teens. Did everything I was supposed to do finished first in high school and in uni, got a good job in finance and worked for a decade, worked my way up the coporate ladder, good pay package, got a mortgage etc.

Despite that I always found that the greatest happiness for me was when I could have my holidays and go back to Europe. There was just something magical about it.

I had a great bunch of Australian friends and a partner but there were too many things that I just didn’t enjoy: having to get in a car to go to a shopping centre or to visit a friend, spending an hour on a train to get to the CBD in Syndey, feeling very isolated in suburbs that are filled just with houses and nothing else (feels very alienating living in the suburbs, almost souless, not sure why), being so far away from a theater or a museum.

I think Australia is a fantastic country for certain types of people but not so much for other types of people. It truly is a blessed country, so far away from conflict and forged based on a shared bond between the people. Honestly, I have never once felt that I was discriminated even though I was not born there and had an accent. I think it is the most welcoming country when it comes to migrants. It is especially great for people that love going outdoors, doing beach activities and sports. But for people that are more interested in things like culture, history and are a bit more of the intellectual type it can be a bit harder.

After hitting 30 I decided that I needed a big change and that I had to go back to Europe. I have been back in Eastern Europe for over a year and it has been that greatest decision that I have ever made in my life.

Sure, my salary now is literally about 6 times less than what I got paid in Sydney. It also helps I have my own place here with no mortgage. But I make up for it in so many other different ways. People seem to be so much more active and so many more things are happening, as I told a friend of mine back in Oz I feel that i have done more things in 1 year than what I did in 10 years in Australia.

I live half an hour drive to almost any part of the city (2 million people, but not a large city compared to Sydney, can get pretty crowded), 5 minutes walk from a former royal palace that is now an art museum, 10 minutes subway ride from several other museums, 10 minutes walk from the national theatre, 10 minutes walk from the old town with dozens of bars, clubs and entertainment, 30 minutes drive to the airport which can take me to pretty much any european location in less than 4 hours (to london it is about 3 hours and a bit).

There are cultural events, festivals and things happening every week. This weekend Friday night I went to a 19th century theatre festival (free, 15 minutes walk), Saturday night to a music concert (equivalent of $15 entry, 20 minutes subway), Sunday night to a craft beer festival (equivalent of $5 entry, 15 minutes taxi cost equivalent $5). It would have been impossible to do all of the above in Sydney and I would have spent hours just travelling back and forth.

That being said, Australia offers a lot of safety when it comes to healthcare, insurance, age care, security and lack of corruption. This is the sort of stuff that is disastrous in Eastern Europe. So I have to accept these downsides. But in a way I would rather live a shorter but happier life than a longer but isolated and unfulfilled life.

    LC - September 18, 2018

    It all just really depends on what you want out of life. No place is perfect, but you can find the place that’s perfect for you. Sounds like you’ve done just that, John.

[email protected] - September 5, 2018

I agree people who live in Australia and havnt seen other places may think its beter than it really is . Their are many better places than Australia . Give me Venice any day or Paris and the foods in those places sorry Australia cant match . I was borne Australia but never comfortablein the place i have traveled all over it filmed it extensively so i think i can say things with some concideratin . Even i would prefer to live in the Philippines in some of those Islands .

Jay - October 6, 2018

Horrible HORRIBLE country full of horrible HORRIBLE people.
The worst, the absolute worst.
The arrogance, ignorance, the people, the brain dead outlook towards life, the culture (or lack there of), the physical “beat everybody up” violence, the reflective vests that every clown wears and thinks they are cool.
The only thing worse than an australian in australia, is an australian in a foreign country shamelessly promoting their country to sound like gold when it is cardboard.

I was born there and when I permanently leave next year it will be a celebration!!!

    LC - October 6, 2018

    No country is perfect. I think the most important thing living overseas taught me was not to generalise. Hope it works out well with you and you’re happy in your new home.

    Isaac - December 28, 2018

    Agreed, most people here are so superficial and brainwashed.. I also hate how Australia’s a nanny state like how the gun laws and driving laws are horrible. I also want to get the fuck out of here whenever I can.

      LC - December 28, 2018

      The amount of laws dictating our behaviour on roads is a bit senseless. Sometimes it seems that they exist for revenue raising rather than for our own safety. Can’t agree with you on the gun laws however – 22 years without a massacre since they were tightened only seems like a good thing to me. Good luck with your future endeavours.

J - January 12, 2019

Agreed. The leaders of our country are all fairly brain dead individuals with biased agendas.

I look forward to the day we get someone who truly has the Genuine interests of the Australian population.

It’s about time we started to truly benefit from the ridiculous taxes and other financial systems in place that constantly drain our bank accounts.

There are so many untapped resources that can still be put in play to make Australia in general and much cheaper and more affordable place to live. But instead they just keep raising taxes on things that are already among the most expensive if not the most expensive in the world, example would be tobacco.

Tobacco before the tax increases that will still prevail into 2020, were the most expensive in the world. They have already doubled in price since then making our tobacco well over twice the amount that anywhere else in the world charges for the same products.

Of course this applies to many other taxable things, but I felt tobacco was a good example to use. Imagine instead of continuing to make pre-existing things more and more expensive to the point where it’s simply not affordable anymore, they brought in new things to raise revenue. One idea would be marijuana for medical and recreational uses, proven much safer in essentially every way than alcohol, tobacco etc. Not to mention how many different cures and medicines can come from it. I bet that alone would raise huge amounts of revenue and put Australia back on its feet financially. Which in turn would hopefully allow for overpriced taxes to drop down in order to balance the economy out again which in turn would make it cheaper for the average Australian to live here.

My 2 cents on the financial situation here. Don’t even get me started on the internet, indigenous etc…. I would probably end up writing a novel about the other things wrong with Australia and how brain dead and old fashioned most of the government+body are. Plenty of room for change and drastic improvements, it’s simply a matter of time(hopefully) until we get someone with more than a few braincells to lead our country into becoming a better day place.

    LC - January 20, 2019

    They seem to be out of touch with the lives of ordinary Australians, in their Canberra bubble. I think we should start by stripping back government entitlements!

      Properly - February 5, 2019

      Hmm… So where is this imaginary army to do that, They would rather die then give up any kind of entitlements and power. For actually real change isn’t protesters gathering with a few signs that’s just amusement for them and entertainment when the batons and mace come out. We all know there isn’t going to be any kind of civil war in Australia, Most law abiding citizens where stripped of their firearms so those days are over. That’s why there was so much change so quickly here that wasn’t beneficial to most Australian citizens.

        LC - February 11, 2019

        I’m not so sure that giving the guns back is a good solution.

Lizard - January 28, 2019

Australia is an incredibly monotonous boring country.
All the cities look alike.
You have to travel for hours to see a bit of different scenery.
Roads and public transport are virtually third world.
Shops and restaurants close early.
The food is very poor.
The nightlife. What nightlife?
Getting more dangerous by the day.

cw - January 31, 2019

Lizard I couldn’t agree more. Been in this country since 1978. I have had enough!

Josh - April 5, 2019

Don’t worry mate, your allowed to have an opinion and I’m sure plenty of others agree with you (myself included). We are influenced by American and European culture. Best time of my life was in America with family – going to Disneyland and Universal Studios which my mother’s dance school got to perform at while meeting people (some women I met love us and wanted to keep hearing my ‘accent’) and discussing our countries – even experienced my first earth quake which unfortunately after researching killed some in Mexico. I’m both an Australian / New Zealand citizen (that was just in a week – can’t imagine the bands you can see there, film events, food etc. Apparently their Comic Con is 1000× times better and with A grade celebrities.). Hawaii is very relaxing too.

    LC - April 11, 2019

    Yeah I hear you. I have been to America five times and could easily go back another five and then some.

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