Known for the eponymous river that meanders from the Coral Sea through the city, Brisbane is a gorgeous and vibrant expat destination.
One of Australia's biggest cities, it has a rapidly expanding population of close to 2.5 million and is home to a significant expat population from a wide variety of countries. The largest portion of expats living in Brisbane are from the UK and New Zealand, but there are also significant numbers of Indian, Chinese and South African expats in the city.
As one would expect with a growing city, the economy is ever expanding and expats should be able to find work in Brisbane fairly easily. Some of the city's main industries include IT, finance and administration. While living in Brisbane is by no means cheap, the cost of accommodation, along with the general cost of living, is far lower than in other major Australian cities such as Sydney or Melbourne.
Brisbane is a laid-back city that still manages to buzz with an assortment of lively areas. While the city centre is fairly compact, the suburbs sprawl outwards in all directions. Open spaces and outdoor entertainment are Brisbane trademarks thanks to its pleasant climate, and there never seems to be a shortage of things to see and do in the city. If expats should tire of their immediate surroundings though, the Sunshine Coast and the Gold Coast offer a respite from the city and are great weekend getaway spots.
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"Unlike Sydney, Brisbane is very well spaced and has a lot more natural vegetation, which is a plus point for me." Pakistan-born expat Ed shares his experiences of Brisbane.
"Some of the things that we really love about living here are the sunny optimism and 'can-do' attitude of the people." Nene, hailing from Great Britain, talks about her experiences of Brisbane.
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