If you are wondering what’s it like to live in Australia and whether you will regret moving to Australia – this is an appropriate article for you.
In this article, we will discuss why Australia sucks and why some people hate living in Australia after they move.
Note: This article just discusses some of the common complaints about Australia in an unbiased way for someone who is thinking to move to Australia to consider. Australia is a great country and we love living here for the fabulous Australian lifestyle however, it is not to say it is the best decision for everyone and it always helps to be fully informed before moving far away from family and friends
Regret Moving to Australia: 7 Reasons why you might Regret it
Australia is boring
One of the most common questions is why is Australia so boring? In my opinion, Australia is not boring but boring is of course relative to what you find interesting.
If you are interested in ancient history, Australia is arguably very boring as it is a new country and does not have the same extensive history as somewhere in Europe for example. You would be far better living in somewhere like Rome as you would find it far, far more interesting.
On the other hand, Australia does not have a lot of interesting things to do and see (including but not limited to many bogans!). For example, Australia is home to some of the best wildlife in the world including marine biology as it is home to the amazing Great Barrier Reef. If you want to get an idea of what Australia is like, you might like to check out some of our articles on Australia:
- Things to do in Sydney at Night
- Romantic things to do in Melbourne
- Where to see Kangaroos in Sydney
- What to do in Tasmania
Australia is far away and isolated
One of the main concerns for someone moving to Australia is that it is far away and isolated from the rest of the world.
This is true for a large percentage of the world. If you come from Europe or the United States, it is a long flight to reach Australia and very costly to return to family and friends for things like holidays and Christmas. For example, as Christmas is a peak time to travel, return costs to Europe can cost $3,000 – $4,000 at this time. If being stranded at Christmas is a no go for you, don’t move to Australia.
If you have the travel bug, there are nearby countries to explore like New Zealand, Fiji and there are often also cheap flights available to Japan on Jetstar!
There are some plus sides to living so far away. COVID19 is a good example of this. Australia was largely unaffected by COVID19 partly due to its isolated location and partly due to the government’s stellar health response.
Some people have complained that Australia does not receive world news and is not as updated as elsewhere in the world. I have never experienced this.
Australia is expensive
Australia is not a cheap country to visit. If you are looking for somewhere cheap to live and retire you might want to look elsewhere like Thailand.
A plus for travellers coming from Europe and the United States is that the Australian dollar is a weaker currency. However, that does not mean the cost of items in Australia is not expensive. One of the biggest expenses is if you want to purchase housing in Australia, it is one of the most expensive places in the world for housing. It is pretty expensive to get married to, you can check out our Maleny wedding venue guide to give you an idea about that!
In most capital cities in Australia, you won’t get much change out of $1 million dollars for a basic house 5km from the CBD. In turn, this means that rent is also pretty high.
There are some things is Australia which aren’t too costly. Here are some items to consider:
- Petrol: More Expensive than USA, similar cost to Europe
- Food: Similar Cost to USA + Europe
- Housing: House purchase price higher than most of Europe + USA, Rent similar or higher (depending on location). Lots of people choose to build a custom home.
- Personal Items: Similar price to USA + Europe. Check out our blue light glasses Australia guide to get an idea of prices for goods.
For Australians & permanent residents, medical expenses are quite affordable in Australia due to the presence of the Australian medicare system. Here is some more information about enrolling in Medicare in Australia including eligibility.
Domestic travel is expensive
If you are thinking of travelling a lot once you arrive in Australia, you probably want fairly deep pockets. Everywhere in Australia is fairly far away and domestic flights are not THAT cheap like say Ryanair in Europe.
To give you some idea, a domestic flight from say Brisbane to Sydney would cost $200 one way. This will add up quite quickly if you want to go a lot of different places in Australia.
The cost of a hotel room is also expensive in Australia. Where a reasonable clean motel-style room might cost you $60 USD, there is no such thing as this kind of room in Australia. To be comfortable, you’d want to book a 4 star hotel which will cost $150 AUD or around $115 on a good deal. So, domestic travel costs in Australia can really add up fast if you aren’t careful.
If you are a backpacker in Australia, you can travel cheaper by staying in dorm rooms and purchasing a car so you do not have to have a rental vehicle which can save good money if you plan on staying for a while.
You’ll be lucky to get out alive
It’s true, Australia has a lot of dangerous animals including spiders, snakes and crocodiles but I was joking saying you’ll be lucky to get out alive.
In fact, you will probably be lucky to actually see most of these dangerous animals in the wild. You’ll probably need to go somewhere like Australia Zoo in Maleny to see a crocodile in person unless you do the Cairns to Port Douglas road trip where you might see some on the beaches.
If you are worried about dangerous animals in Australia, my biggest tip is to avoid swimming in things like murky waterholes. Australians know not to do this but this is how foreigners occasionally get killed.
The weather isn’t ideal
Depends on where you travel in Australia, the weather for some people may not be ideal. For example, some places like Queensland is hot pretty well all year round. The capital of Queensland, Brisbane, has never seen snow and does not have proper seasons.
15 years ago it was extremely unbearable to live in Brisbane in summer and we all used to have retreat to a shopping centre during the middle of the day. Luckily, those days are gone as nearly everywhere is air-conditioned now including all homes, restaurants, gyms and workplaces. If you spend a lot of time indoors you will hardly notice it’s summer.
For tourists, who want to walk around, summer isn’t ideal to visit as it is very hot. You probably won’t notice too much if you actually live here.
Forget getting around by public transport
Honestly, you’ll probably regret moving to Australia if you do not buy your own car. This is essential as most places in Australia have a less than ideal public transport system.
The public transport system does not go everywhere it needs to and it’s generally slow and unreliable. It is also very expensive being about $5 for a one way ticket for an Adult. For this reason, most Australians choose to have a car and drive around.
Luckily, cars are not too expensive. You can purchase a second hand car for as little as about $1500 which is very comparable to the States or Europe. If you want to look for a car you can head to carsales.com.au.
You Might Not Want to Leave
Lots of tourists who visit Australia end up wanting to stay in the country forever which can be a tricky endeavour. You could always save yourself the heartache from the beginning and simply not come!