10 Reasons Why Expats (You) Should Consider A Move To Australia

Australia Map

As I’ve mentioned before, I was considering a permanent move to Australia. Aside from the sentimental value it brings to me, Australia is many other things.

Every year, there’s a growing number of expats who consider Australia their ultimate destination when it comes to moving abroad. In fact, the country was able to attract over a million people in the first decade of the 21st century alone. People flock to the country due to thousands of reasons but the main thing that they’re looking for is warmth (the sun), the beaches/sand, and most importantly, financial stability.

If you’re wondering why many individuals just fall in love with Australia, I’ve rounded up the top 10 reasons on why people move to the country:

1. It is officially known as the best place in the world where you can live and at the same time, earn a living! Here, you get to experience the freedom to work and maintain financial security while achieving work-life balance.

2. With Australia’s economic stability, this is where you’ll find the most excitement in developing career prospects.

3. Endowed with nature’s marvelous creations, there’s lots of spectacular views when you go hiking, walking trails, or just have a quick stroll through parks and other amazing places.

4. Living your dream and following, your passion as Australia’s cosmopolitan culture will help you develop your skills in arts, fulfill your satisfaction with food, and well as gain new friends and colleagues through socializing with other locals or expats.

5. If you’ve brought along your entire family for the move, you don’t need to worry if your kids will be able to get a good education, because that is the main focus of the country, wherein kids and grown-ups can learn a skill or two through the most sought-after universities and schools.

6. While other countries with four seasons that may go through the extremes on some occasions, Australia is the most comforting location to be. Due to its tropical climate, cozy winters, as well as hot, engaging summers; everyone can just lay back under the sun, get a tan, then get back to their business relieved of stress.

7. Others looking for an active and a healthy lifestyle can conveniently take advantage of the limitless opportunities to play and watch sports.

8. Due to the richness of the country’s culture, people can easily showcase their talents in cooking as well as help others achieve their gastronomic dreams.

9. With English as the best mode of communication, people can easily convey or express their ideas and concepts without hesitation. In other words, there is no such thing as language barriers!

10. And to complete this list, the 10th top reason why most people want to come to Australia is because of the warm and welcoming atmosphere that locals create for the expat community.

After scouring the internet for migration companies, I’m currently engaging this migration company to help me ease into the procedures of potentially moving to Australia. I’m still at the stage where I’m seeking more information to better understand the process. Till then, fingers crossed mates!

Stuff to do in Melbourne

Melbourne

I was in Melbourne for 5 years, for university and the first couple years of my career. This was more than a decade ago. I recently went back for 5 weeks to reconnect with the place. In some ways, the city has remained the same, but in many ways, the city has changed. I do miss the place dearly. Here I’ve compiled a list of things to do and places to visit. I might consider moving permanently.

Experience The Rich Culture Through The National Gallery Of Victoria – With 73,000 works of art, it is the oldest, largest and most popular art museum in Australia. View pieces from Cézanne, Picasso, and Rembrandt, as well as the famed Australian pieces such as Tom Roberts‘ Shearing the Rams.

Visit ACMI’s Screen Worlds – Located within the Federation Square, explore the interactive exhibits for free about the evolution of the moving image. See the props, memorabilia, and other items including the original clock from Play School, Cate Blanchett’s Oscar Award, even costumes worn by Kylie Minogue, Dame Edna, and Heath Ledger.

Indulge in A Book or Two At The State Library Of Victoria – As Australia’s oldest public library it holds over 2 million books including many historical documents and artifacts – even the diaries of Melbourne founders: John Batman and John Pascoe Fawkner, and the original armor worn by Victorian outlaw Ned Kelly.

Discover Fresh Produce In The Queen Victoria Market – Cook up delicious meals from the freshest ingredients, see hot donuts, souvenirs, homewares and more all throughout the market’s diverse sections. Food stalls, late-night shopping, and live music can also be experienced here.

Move To The Beat With Live Music – Take advantage of the free entrance in the Esplanade in St. Kilda to see rock acts and check out the Cherry Bar while you’re at it for awesome after-parties and see rock stars in action.

Don’t Forget To Take A Selfie When You See Public Sculptures – From Bruce Armstrong’s Bunjil in the Docklands, Simon Perry’s Public Purse outside the GPO building, Deborah Halpern’s Angel in Birrarung Marr, Ophelia on Southbank, Petrus Spronk’s sinking building, the Architectural Fragment outside the State Library of Victoria, and John Kelly’s Cow Up a Tree, you’ll never run out of wonders to explore even on the streets.

Be One With Nature Through The Royal Botanic Gardens – Experience tranquility by exploring a sanctuary with a collection of 10,000 plants, both native and exotic, in 11 spacious lawns where you can easily relax and unwind. Take a brisk walk on the 3.8-kilometer walking track (The Tan) that surrounds the garden.

Discover Southbank – From Princes Bridge to the Melbourne Exhibition Centre, the Southbank entertainment precinct is home to Melbourne’s top restaurants, high-end retailers, and the Crown Casino. Stroll along the shore or gaze upon the starry skyline, and be amazed at the Gas Brigades which send fireballs into the sky every hour.

Climb Aboard The City Circle Tram – Both tourists and locals can readily enjoy the free ride from the historical W-class trams that travel through La Trobe Street, Flinders Street, Spring Street, Nicholson and Victoria Street, which covers Melbourne’s central business district.

See The Wonders Of The City’s Churches – Marvel on the Gothic transitional style of St. Paul’s Cathedral, see the medieval look of St. Patrick’s Cathedral, explore St. Mary Star of the Sea Church, as well as St. Michael’s Uniting Church. These places of worship are not only worth the look but will give you spiritual upliftment.

Enjoy The Bay At St. Kilda – Stroll down the shoreline to St. Kilda Pier for some penguin spotting and watch as cruise ships drift in and out. Or you can grab a bite at the nearby Acland street.

Relax And See The View Through Rooftop Bars  – The best spots to see the sunset and watch the lights flicker across the cityscape can be seen at Siglo, Rooftop Bar, Madame Brussels, and Naked in the Sky. Treat yourself to a drink or two in bars with amazing views.

Feel Like A Writer In The Wheeler Centre – Join programs, listen to talks, or catch the free Lunchbox/Soapbox series to satisfy your curiosity in writing, sharing stories and expressing your ideas.

Feast Your Eyes On The Colorful Street Art – Filled with bright colors, the amazing murals of Hosier, Union, ACDC and Duckboard Lanes are open to artistic expression as well as for Instagram-worthy backgrounds.

Take A Glimpse of History At The Shrine Of Remembrance – The Shrine of Remembrance stands as a memorial to all Australians who served in wars. Explore on your own or join a guided tour through the many rooms and exhibits containing over 800 objects, photos, uniforms from the 1850’s, and a lot more.

Be in Awe of Melbourne’s Architectural Gems – You just have to look up and gaze at the buildings and structures such as the Eureka Tower, Federation Square, the Manchester Unity Building, and the Melbourne Theatre Company, in order to see Melbourne’s architectural masterpieces.

Engage and Immerse in Indigenous Culture At Koorie Heritage Trust – Showcasing the work of contemporary artists, the Koorie Heritage Trust is free for all and is open seven days a week.

Visit The Parliament Of Victoria – The public can view the Legislative Council and the Legislative Assembly from the public galleries or go on a free public tour when the parliament is not in session.

Join A Festival – Enjoy free entertainment through the Moomba Festival (March), Comedy Festival (April), Melbourne Film Festival (July), Writers’ Festival (August), The Fringe Festival (September), and the Melbourne Festival (October).

Learn About The Aviation History At The RAAF Museum – Tour the hangars and see the exhibits and displays, including the interactive Flying Displays to see the heritage aircraft take the flight to relive history.

Locate The Spots of Your Favourite Shows – If you’re a fan of TV shows & series such as Neighbours, Offspring, and Kath and Kim. You may see familiar scenes in Pin Oak Court, Vermont South. Kath and Kim shows are at 4 Lagoon Place, Patterson Lakes, Victoria. While Brunswick Street is where you can see the exterior of Dr. Noonan’s surgery and Emma Street, Collingwood is where you can find the Proudman home.

(Healthier) Stuff to do in Perth

Perth

In the previous post, I covered some of my favourite liquor joints in Perth. There are plenty of more healthy activities that I also enjoy while visiting (believe it or not). The purpose of this post is so that you may use it to discover the beauties (be it mainstream or not) of Perth that I so enjoy.

Underrated and Charming: Things to do in Perth and Western Australia

Some people like the big city, some like natural attractions, but there’s a perfect combination of both and it’s in Perth, Western Australia. From beaches to nightlife, this place has everything for everybody!

Checkout the list below and choose your own adventure!

Slow down and Enjoy Nature’s Wonders

Perth is situated on the banks of the swan river. You can start your getaway with walking and enjoying the beautiful city. Detoxify and enjoy the magic of nature.

  • Walk along the Swan River: There are trails all along the river so take a walk, run or bike ride any time of day and year along the first heritage icon of Western Australia
  • Experience a sunset over the Indian Ocean: Be captivated and take it all in. Western Australia has some of the best sunsets in the world.
  • Explore Bell Tower: Check out this history filled fascinating design that became an icon for Perth and Western Australia
  • Immerse yourself in art around Fremantle. It is best known for its eclectic mix of music and art.

Hungry after all that walking or just looking for some night fun? Take a break and visit these great places to eat and drink!

  • Eat at Greenhouse: This is one of the most unique things you can do in Perth. This eco-friendly space serves international dishes. They have a rooftop garden that produces the fresh ingredients for your food and their walls are covered in vertical gardens.
  • Northbridge nightlife: Spend a night out in this inner-city suburb filled with diverse shops, cafes, restaurants, and bars.
  • Bay 33 Cafe at Marmion Marine Park: An aquatic sanctuary and a cafe? Definitely a place to chill out at.
  • Wine tasting at Margaret River: If you’re up for a drive, visit this region is famous for its abundance of locally produced food and wine. Margaret River is about 3 hours away from Perth.

Looking for family friendly activities? Here’s a list of the go to places for kids and kids at heart:

  • Caversham Wildlife Park: this family owned park showcases the largest private collection of native wildlife in Western Australia. The park allows interactive experience so you can enjoy feeding a kangaroo, joeys, and wallaby.
  • Kangaroos at Heirisson Island: Situated in the middle of the Swan River, this quiet spot houses an array of birds and kangaroos. You have to go through a gate on the western side of the island to see the kangaroos!
  • Dog Beaches: Perth has tons of pet friendly parks and beaches. Bring your furry best friend and run around. Do research about the beaches you want to visit though, some have calmer waters and others have bigger waves.

If you’re willing to travel a little (couple hours to days), you’ll be able to witness stuff that only exists in Australia (due to its unique isolation from the rest of the world’s ecology)

  • Monkey Mia: The only place in Australia where dolphins visit daily. Enjoy crystal clear waters, white shell beaches, and daily visitation of wild dolphin at Monkey Mia. There are guides at the resort to assist you so you can see the dolphins up close.
  • Ningaloo Reef: Swim with harmless human whale sharks between March and mid-July in this Marine Park. Ningaloo Reef is one of the only places in the world where you can actually swim with these gentle giants.
  • Carnarvon: Check out the blowholes and calm coral lagoon in this cute laid-back town.

I hope this list helped you with your travel plans in Australia! Do let me know if you need more info on anything above.

 

Some of my favourite drinking holes in Perth

Nothing like beer by the sea

As some of you may or may not know, I spent a significant amount of time in Australia during my more youthful days. After having completed my Bachelors degree in Melbourne, I found a job in Perth working at a boutique investment bank. This was in the early ’00s when the Backstreet Boys were trying to make a comeback. I was there for 5 years before heading back to ASEAN for warmer waters.

In the 15 odd years since then, I’ve often visited Perth. The city’s changed a lot. It’s benefitted from an influx of capital via real estate and mining investors. As I approach my 42nd birthday, I’m faced with a decision; to move back to Perth, or not to. But that’s a topic for another time.

This post is about some of my favourite bars in Perth. Those that know me know that I’m a bit of an alcoholic. Unfortunately for my wallet, alcohol is heavily taxed in Malaysia. However, the same can’t be said of Australia. Booze is cheap and it’s quality is world-beating. Which is why I always look forward to travelling back to my old haunt(s). I always find solace in binge drinking in the company of friends and/or strangers at these spots.

Here are some of the best places where you can get your drinks in Perth.

 Mechanics Institute

This bar’s name is derived from 19th century institutions where you can study. The Mechanics Institute offers a modern feel with a relaxing rooftop where you can enjoy your drinks. If you’re hungry, you might want to try their specialty burgers to satisfy your craving. They also offer one of the most exquisite Australian wines and craft beers in the state.

The Aviary

As the name suggests, this is a very nice rooftop bar where you and your mates can chill in the afternoon or at night. If you’re out to bar hop, this is the place to start with its casual vibes. Aside from its superb cocktails, they also offer a great view of the city’s skyline. Enjoy the scenery while listening to beats by great DJs and musicians.

Northbridge Brewing Company

For beer lovers, this is the place to be. They offer a wide-array of beers from all over the world including Australian craft beers. The drinks are served on tap which adds to its authentic appeal. If you’re in the mood for some beer-tasting activity, try their tasting paddle to sample four of their home brews.

Helvetica

The name of this bar hails from Switzerland’s Latin name. Specializing in whiskey, Helvetica is definitely a place for those who are looking for a sophisticated atmosphere. Check out their menu to see different spirits from all over the globe. If you are a beginner at drinking whiskey, you can also join their whiskey tasting activities.

 Belgian Beer Care

This is a great bar to spend the rest of your night listening to music while drinking your favorite European beer. Its interior design will surely take you back with its traditional 1930’s Belgian bar motif. If you’re looking to get some cocktails for your date, you will definitely enjoy their long list of in-house cocktails which uses succulent liqueurs and world-renowned spirits.

1907

This is one of Perth’s most famous restaurants that offers fine dining to its guests. However, if you feel like having a drink, you will find that just below its dining room is a vibrant bar that will satisfy your drinking needs. The 1907 bar offers spirits from all over the world mixed by professionally-trained bartenders that can mix any kind of drink that you desire.

It’s time to make an experience that you won’t forget when you visit Perth. Go to one of these bars and you are sure to drink and enjoy your night away with your friends and family.

If and when you’re next in Perth, do give these a try. I promise you won’t regret it! And give me a shoutout if you’d like to know more about stuff to do in Perth.

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