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Expats considering a move to Sydney often have questions about the bureaucratic processes involved and the quality of life they can expect. Read on for answers to some of the most frequently asked questions about moving to Sydney.
What are public transport options like in Sydney? Will it be necessary to buy a car?
When it comes to getting around in Sydney, expats will find that there is no shortage of public transport options. Sydney boasts an extensive network that consists of trains, buses, a monorail system, trams and private taxis. Indeed, many expats use public transport for their daily commute. So, while it is not strictly necessary to have a car in Sydney, it does come in handy for expats with children and those who want to travel and explore beyond Sydney.
Is Sydney a child-friendly city?
Absolutely. Sydney is a dynamic city where expats of all ages can find something to enjoy. The famously pleasant Sydney climate provides ample opportunity for kids to have fun outdoors. Beyond Sydney's fantastic beaches, well-maintained parks and open spaces, there are also plenty of indoor activities to keep the little ones entertained.
Expat parents will also be pleased to know that there are plenty of good schools in Sydney, so they will have lots of options to choose from when it comes to their child's education.
What food can I expect to eat in Sydney?
Diversity is the name of the game when it comes to Sydney cuisine. The choice of fine-dining restaurants is limited only by the imagination, with some of the world’s top chefs delivering diverse menus for every palate. The fact that there’s such a range of styles and influences is directly related to the presence of a large immigrant population and the easy availability of good-quality Australian produce.
Where can I shop in Sydney?
In addition to the huge selection of department stores and shopping centres present on nearly every block in Sydney, there are some wonderful markets that sell just about anything, from clothes, furniture and antiques to street food and fresh produce.
Expat Health Insurance
Cigna Global Health Insurance
With Cigna, you won't have to rely on foreign public health care systems, which may not meet your needs. Cigna allows you to speak to a doctor on demand, for consultations or instant advice, wherever you are in the world. They also offer full cancer care across all levels of cover, and settle the cost of treatments directly with the provider. Cigna is currently offering a 10% discount for seniors (over 60) on their Silver package.
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