Moving to Australia from the US: What You Need to Know

Australia is a beautiful country that comprises more land than one might think: the country is made up of the whole of the continent of Australia, the island of Tasmania, and more than a whopping 8,200 other, smaller islands. Mainland Australia is the lowest-lying continent in the world, with an average elevation of merely 330 meters. It also boasts the title of driest continent in the world, with a rainfall of just 16 inches per year. As unique as they are, Australia’s climate and geography are only a small piece of what sets this country apart from others.

Most people know about the dangerous wildlife that lives in “the land down under,” but few are familiar with the gorgeous landscapes that make Australia a great destination for travel. Mitchell Falls, located in the western part of Australia, is a gorgeous, four-basin waterfall that cascades down jagged, red rocks. Off the northeast coast, the Great Barrier Reef bustles with life, though much of it remains endangered. Australia is exceedingly biodiverse, and is one of the 17 countries on the planet that are considered to be megadiverse countries. If you’re looking for a change of pace and want to experience life in a country rich with human history and full of wildlife, then check out Atlas® International’s Australia Moving Guide.

The Sydney Opera House stands in front of a body of water in Sydney, Australia.

Sydney, Australia

Moving from the US to Australia

Why are Americans moving to Australia? Some might move for a change in culture, as Australia’s culture is slower and more relaxed than that of the United States. Much of the country’s culture is also influenced by Australia’s aboriginal people, with cultural symbols like the boomerang and the digeridoo having been invented by these first inhabitants. Those who enjoy the outdoors and love activities such as swimming and surfing might move to make the most of life in a place where value is placed on these recreational activities, and where the climate allows for near-constant access to the beach without getting too cold.


Many will also make the move for work, as the minimum wage in Australia is higher than in the United States, and the country is extremely accepting of immigrants. There are no worries about learning the native language, either, as Australians speak English; however, the slang used in Australia is sometimes quite different than that of the United States, so it’s important to read up on differences such as these before you go. Those who do move to Australia will find no shortage of sights to see.


The Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park is a UNESCO World Heritage Site that is still owned by the Anangu people of Australia, and is operated in conjunction with the Australian government. In the park, the sacred Uluru mountain stands as an object of reverence, deeply connected to the culture of the people who live there. For an outing that involves gorgeous scenery and a chance to take a dip in the pool of a waterfall, the Litchfield National Park is a must-see. The park is home to around seven unique waterfalls and miles of hiking trails. No matter your interests, there’s sure to be a place for you in Australia!


Australia enjoys a sunny climate with different zones that vary by region. On the coasts, the climate ranges from temperate to tropical, with a dry Mediterranean climate on the west coast. The middle of Australia is a vast desert, which mean that it gets exceedingly hot and dry, though it’s also possible for temperatures to get below freezing in the desert during the winter.

Where to Live in Australia

Thinking of relocating to Australia? Here are some popular locations for ex-pats:

  • Sydney
  • Melbourne
  • Brisbane
  • Perth
  • Adelaide

Moving to Sydney, Australia

Sydney is the capital of New South Wales, a state on Australia’s east coast. Though the cost of living in Sydney is high, it is still around 21% cheaper to live in Sydney than in New York City. The city often ranks among the top ten best cities to live in for its many beaches (over 100 of them!), depth of culture, and delicious food. Not only that, the small-town, friendly vibe makes those who visit want to stay there for good. Though the Sydney Opera House is the city’s claim to fame, there’s far more to see in this unforgettable area. The Museum of Sydney takes visitors on a walk through the city’s history, while the Australian Museum, also located in Sydney, offers a look into the country (and continent) as a whole. If you are moving to Sydney from the United States, you will likely run into the need for overseas shipping and specialized movers who are familiar with customs and import regulations.

Woman writing on cardboard moving box.

Atlas® International helps people move to Australia every year.

Resources for Moving to Australia

Thinking of moving from the US to Australia? Check out our detailed customs guide for international relocation tips including household goods importing, restricted and prohibited items, moving pets, importing vehicles, and documentation you will need.

Australia Customs and Import Guide

Plan Your Australia Move with Atlas® International

With over 50 years of experience helping individuals relocate internationally, Atlas® International has facilitated the beginning of a new chapter in people’s lives for decades. Our knowledgeable team, seasoned with experience and internationally accredited, provides quality, door-to-door service and stress-free planning. If you need help with common moving questions like import regulations and applying for a visa, we can also help with that! Whether you are just getting started with planning your move to Australia or you already have all your personal affairs in order, Atlas® International is here to help.

Ready to get started? Get in touch with an Atlas® International moving expert and begin planning your move today. Give us a call at 206-526-1137 or contact us to receive personalized advice on beginning your move to Australia.