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Moving to Brisbane

Brisbane is the jewel of Queensland and is one of the most impressive cities in Australia. The city boasts a vibrant economy, plenty of opportunities, an array of superb bars, restaurants, and cafés, as well as some of the best beach fronts in the world. With all these and the amazingly friendly locals, Brisbane easily fits the bill for that dream city you’ve been yearning for.

If you’re one of those Kiwis whose choice on the other side of the sea is Brisbane, then a global city awaits you. Just as you’re basking in the excitement of moving to Brisbane, you can also make yourself even more cheerful with a seamless moving experience.

Brisbane CBD and Brisbane River views from Bowen Terrace

^ Brisband CBD & Brisbane River views from Bowen Terrace - by Kgbo

Hassle Free Move to Brisbane from New Zealand

If you want your journey to go as simple and smoothly as possible, then you have to make the right preparations. Moving to a new city all together can naturally come with complications that may take the fun out of things, especially when you’re moving with your belongings and family. You’ll ideally need a lot of help to navigate the bumps that would otherwise cost you serious money. This is where the need for a reliable moving company becomes essential. With the help of professional international movers, you can make your transition to Brisbane happen quickly and easily.

Why Choose Ausmove for Your Brisbane Move

Having a company like Ausmove handle your move to Brisbane will mean you enjoy a much-anticipated move just how you’ve always dreamed it would be. We have developed a strong relationship with Kiwis moving to Australia over the past 25 years and our experience has helped us understand the needs of New Zealand families who’re moving across the sea. Our prices are competitive, and our services are second to none. Wherever you’re moving to in Brisbane, we can get your things over to your doorstep just how you need them.

6 Reasons Why You Should Move to Brisbane

There are many reasons why you should consider moving to Queensland’s amazing capital. Here are some of them:

  1. The nightlife is colourful
  2. The weather will be your friend if you’re done with winter
  3. You’ll be surrounded by picturesque beaches
  4. You have easy access to an airport
  5. There are opportunities in the job market
  6. It has a really rich culture

3 Cons of Moving to Brisbane from New Zealand

The following are a few cons of moving to Brisbane:

  • The sun can be very hot
  • Rent can be quite expensive
  • Parking costs in the CBD (Central Business District) are very high

General Things to Consider When Moving to Brisbane

Before you move to Brisbane you should consider if you can cope with its “too sunny” climate; if you can endure the relative high cost of things such as rent, parking, and healthcare and if you don’t mind living without access to social security and other benefits that a SCV holder won’t be eligible for. What’s more, if you’re a fan of daylight savings, you’re going to be losing that in Brisbane too.

Brisbane History

The recorded history of Brisbane dates back to 1799. It was used as a penal colony for convicts from the British Isles who were brought down from Sydney and, in 1838, it was opened for free settlement. In 1859, Brisbane became a municipality and in 1924 it became a consolidated metropolitan area.

Queensland State Archives 22 Victoria Bridge Brisbane September 1926

Queensland State Archives 22 Victoria Bridge Brisbane September 1926


Brisbane is Queensland’s largest city and Australia’s third most populous city. It has a population of more than 4 million people.


Brisbane’s healthcare sector, like in other parts of Australia, is of a world-class standard. The city has both private and public healthcare institutions, all with highly-qualified staff. Medicare Australia, the government body responsible for regulating the health sector, covers most permanent residents in the country. Unfortunately, if you’re a special category visa holder, you may not be eligible for Medicare, although you can get emergency treatment.


Brisbane currently boasts one of the strongest and most prosperous economies in Australia. The city is valued at $135 billion AUD, with figures forecasted to reach a whopping $217 billion AUD by 2031. There are lots of employment opportunities waiting in the job market as the economy continues to surge forward thanks to growth in the IT, biotech and diagnostics, as well as clean energy production sectors.


Brisbane is a subtropical city with warm and hot weather present almost entirely throughout the year. The city is the ideal spot for sun seekers, as the sun rarely stops shining.

Crime rate

By global standards, Brisbane is a safe place to live. However, there are areas in the city that have experienced issues with crime in the past, such as Woodridge, Augustine Heights, and Bellbird Park.

Notable places

There’s no shortage of fantastic places to visit in Brisbane. Here are some notable places in the city that you definitely need to check out.

  • Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary
  • Brisbane Botanic Gardens Mount Coot-tha
  • The Cultural Precinct
  • South Bank
  • Queensland Art Gallery & Gallery of Modern Art
  • Queen Street Mall
  • Story Bridge Adventure Climb
  • Museum of Brisbane

Top Ten Most Beautiful Suburbs in Brisbane

Brisbane is filled with awesome suburbs and neighbourhoods, and here are the top ten:

  1. South Brisbane
  2. Dutton Park
  3. Spring Hill
  4. New Farm
  5. Paddington
  6. Kangaroo Point
  7. West End
  8. Fortitude Valley
  9. Bulimba
  10. Indooroopilly

Kiwis Guide for Moving to Brisbane

If you’re moving to Brisbane, make sure you understand all you’ll have to go through and the processes involved in making such a big change. Here are some things you should understand:

Immigration requirements

For starters, you’ll have to own a New Zealand passport to qualify for a special category visa. If you’re moving with your kids, then they should have the appropriate child visa as well. With your SCV, you won’t be going through the process of applying for a normal visa and you can live, study, and work in Australia without restrictions. The main disadvantage with the SCV is that you won’t enjoy certain benefits that permanent visa holders and Australian citizens have in Australia.

Approximate transit time to Brisbane

The time it’ll take to move your things to Brisbane will depend on certain factors. While you can trust us to get things over in a timely fashion, we’ll also provide you with the ideal logistics and when you can have them over. The appropriate transit time for you will depend on issues like your present residence in New Zealand and your particular destination in Brisbane, the means of transport you prefer, as well as the kind of shipment you’d like to use – whether sole or shared.

Packing Your Belongings

If you intend to move without hassle, then one thing you need to plan perfectly is packing. Packing for a trip to another island within the country is very different to packing for Australia. Your belongings, if not packed the right way, could attract a hefty customs charge during repacking or an expensive fumigation fee when they fail quarantine inspection in Australia. This is why you’re going to need all the expert help you can get to avoid any unfortunate incidents. You can leave your packing to us and have peace of mind that it’ll be done the right way.

Storing Your Belongings

You may need to store your belongings for certain reasons, either in Australia or in New Zealand. Whatever the case, we’ve got you covered. Our storage facilities in both countries are well-equipped to keep your belongings safe-guarded and in a good state until you are ready to collect them. If you’re moving to Brisbane but are not sure if your stay will be permanent, then we can hold your things in a secure location until you either need them taken to Australia or in New Zealand. If you’re going to be in Brisbane after the arrival of your items, then we can hold them until you’re around.

Insuring Your Belongings

You need to insure your belongings to keep them protected from unforeseeable situations. Although we’ll have every measure in place to ensure your things are safely delivered, we recommend that an extra layer of security is put in place to ensure there’s no chance of loss. We can assist you in making the right choice when selecting an insurance policy for your possessions.

Common Move Destinations

Australian customs

Australian customs will examine your goods to ensure you’re not transporting banned items into the country. Your belongings must be yours for at least one year before you can bring them in with you and if you are bringing cigarettes, any commercial item or alcoholic beverages, they’ll be subject to tax levies. We can help you work out which of your belongings should be taken with you when you give us a call.

Australian quarantine

Your household goods will go through inspection under the AQIS (Australian Quarantine Inspection Service). This is to ensure nothing in your possession is infested with pests or poses any other health risk. Your belongings could be destroyed or made to undergo fumigation if they’re infected in any way. You should make sure items like furniture are well-treated before you take them with you. Our experts can further advise you on what measures to take to avoid quarantine issues.

Shipping your car or motorcycle

If you’re going to move with your automobile, you’ll have to go through processes to ensure easy entry. You’ll likely need to obtain an import permit before you’re allowed to bring in your vehicle, as the industry is highly regulated in Australia. You might also have to pay certain import duties and shipping fees, the cost of which will depend on the state your vehicle is in as well as its size.

The quarantine service will also inspect your vehicle physically and it will go through steam cleaning if it’s considered ‘dirty’ and ‘unsafe’. This can come at a hefty charge, so it’s recommended that, before it’s shipped, you thoroughly clean the interior and exterior of your vehicle to avoid this.

Settling down

With the help of Ausmove, rest assured that your transition to Brisbane will come with no logistics headache. We understand that going out of your way to engage the services of a moving company means you want to save yourself the stress of tracking your goods by yourself and fixing any logistics mishaps that may occur. You can trust that your settling down will be made as smooth as possible with our help.

House hunting

Brisbane is growing very fast and a lot of people are choosing the city as their new homes. This means the real estate market has become competitive over the years. Depending on your choice of suburb, you may find great housing deals. However, the median house price for the city, as of the end of 2017, was $517,539 but, if you’re looking to rent, the median rent price stands at $430 per week.

Finding a job

You can try to get a job from New Zealand before you go, as Brisbane is filled with employment opportunities. Nevertheless, you shouldn’t expect to get something at the top of your field at first. However, there’s nothing wrong in aiming for your dream job. If you’re in a profession that’s in demand, then you are likely to get something worthwhile.

Recognition of NZ qualifications

Australia and New Zealand are under the Trans-Tasman Mutual Recognition Agreement, which is a programme that allows Australians and New Zealanders in opposite directions to get jobs with their domestic qualifications without the need for further evaluations and examinations. So, rest assured that your qualification will be as valuable in Australia as it is in New Zealand. However, you may still go through interviews before you land a job in Brisbane.

Mayne Medical School Herston Brisbane

Mayne Medical School Herston Brisbane by Kgbo


If you have your SCV, you can attend any school in Australia without a student visa and you’ll pay domestic school fees instead of international tuition fees. The only caveat is that you’ll have no access to student loans as a Special Category Visa holder, as this is reserved for permanent resident holders and Australian Citizens.

Finding a school for your kids in Brisbane

If you’re moving with your kids, they can also study in Brisbane with domestic fees for as long as you’re residing in the city. All you have to do is ensure they have their NZ child passport before you travel.

Living in Brisbane permanently

If your intention is to live in Brisbane permanently, then we recommend you have everything you need put in place before you make the move. If you’re a pensioner, make sure you seek advice from the Work and Income Office about how you’ll get paid when you’re in Brisbane and if your move will affect your payments in any way. Also, it’ll be helpful if you can go for permanent residency in Australia if you’re going to stay there for good. This will mean you enjoy benefits that you’d not have access to with your SCV.

Cost of moving to Brisbane

If you’re ready to move to Brisbane, then you might be wondering how much you’ll have to spend to take your things as well as your entire travel cost. You should understand that fees will differ according to the type of shipment you’re going for as well as your destination in Brisbane.

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Questions that will be asked by your chosen moving company

When you contact a moving company to assist you with transferring you and your belongings to Brisbane, there are a number of enquiries that will be made to work out the logistics of your move. These enquiries will also be made to determine the total cost of moving your things over. At Ausmove, our professionals will talk you through some questions and collaborate closely with you to ensure there are no stones left unturned and that we get everything done without error. Some of the details that you’ll be expected to provide include:

What day of the week are you moving?

This will help us work out the time of the week that we can come over to get your belongings. This information is especially important if your belongings have to go in batches and how we’ll get those ones that require last minute packaging.

What part of New Zealand are you moving from?

There are different moving requirements for different areas and islands in the country, so we’d naturally like to be informed of your location to put certain logistics in place.

What part of Brisbane are you moving to?

The part of Brisbane that you’re moving to will also affect preparations for transferring your things. Some of these include whether you’ll need storage as well as the ideal transit time for your belongings. So, it’s important that you share this information with us in a timely fashion. It’s also important that you make your accommodation arrangements in time for this purpose.

How big is your current house?

The size of your current house will give us an idea of what you’re looking to move. Also, if you have issues with getting the ideal home for you and your family in Brisbane, then we can advise you on what will work based on the details you provide about the size of your current home in New Zealand.


How to prepare for moving to Brisbane?

Make sure you put things in place as early as possible and you can also call your moving company for advice concerning those things that you need to arrange. If there are outstanding issues that you need to put to bed in New Zealand, you should get them settled asap.

What is the cost of living in Brisbane?

Your cost of living in Brisbane will depend on you. One of the most expensive things in the city is the cost of rent. But, if you can manage that with 1/3 of your salary, then you can get by just fine - if you spend wisely.

What are the difficulties you'll face when you are moving to Brisbane?

There are certain difficulties that come with handling your logistics on your own, especially when you’re moving certain belongings. If you engage the services of movers like AusMove, then you won’t have to worry.

What are the things to like about Brisbane?

There’s a lot to love about Brisbane. It's most famous for its amazing climate, that is known for being like an all year round summer. It's proximity to many of Queenslands tourist attractions added to the fact that the city is packed with cultural beauty, and spectacular scenic surroundings makes Brisbane an atractive location for both tourists and those looking to move there.

Are there any bad things about Brisbane?

Some of the cons of living in Brisbane is that the sunshine, while mostly good, can get on your nerves at times, as it seems to never dull, and things can get really bad when the temperature starts going north of 25 ⁰C. Another bad thing is that parking can be really expensive, so it pays to plan trips to the city with this in mind (maybe take public transport).

What are favourite things to do in Brisbane?

While you’re in Brisbane, you may want to try:

  • Picnics in the Botanical Gardens
  • Walking around the beautiful parks
  • Soaking in the sun
  • Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary
  • Wine and dine in some of the city’s superb restaurants
  • Going to the museum to see giant dinosaurs
  • Gigs at Riverstage
  • And lots more that you can uncover when you’re in town!

Tropical Display Dome Brisbane Botanic Gardens Mount Coot-tha

Tropical Display Dome Brisbane Botanic Gardens Mount Coot tha Medium

Is it easy to make new friends in Brisbane?

Yes. The locals in the city are amazingly friendly and there are plenty of resident Kiwis if you'd like a sense of home-away-from-home.

Is Brisbane a good place to live?

To this date, Brisbane still ranks in the top 5 best places to live in Australia.

Our Fixed Price Guarantee:

Our Fixed Price Guarantee:

Unlike many other movers, we will provide you with a fixed quote based on your specific list of items.

Should you wish to add or remove any items, we will adjust our fixed quote accordingly. Hence, no nasty surprises at the end of the move process.

Our Service Promise:

Our Service Promise:

  • We will listen to your individual needs and requirements.
  • We will provide a prompt, competitive quote with in one working day.
  • We will provide you with the highest level of service.
Free In-Home Consultation:

Free In-Home Consultation:

If you are moving the majority of your household items, one of our experienced moving consultants will visit your home to establish your specific packing requirements and any unique moving needs.

Let Ausmove make your move to Australia easy and stress-free.

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