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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 has a vibrant economy, an array of superb bars, restaurants, and cafés, as well as some of the best beaches 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.

Brisbane CBD and Brisbane River views from Bowen Terrace

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

Affordable moving and shipping to Brisbane from New Zealand

If you’re one of those Kiwis whose choice on the other side of the Tasman is Brisbane, then a global city awaits you. Use Ausmove for a carefree moving experience to Australia.

If you want your journey to go as simply and smoothly as possible, then you have to make the right preparations. Moving to a new city can come with complications that may take the fun out of things, especially when you’re moving with your belongings and family. You’ll need a lot of help to avoid the bumps that could 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 move to Brisbane

Having a company like Ausmove handle your move to Brisbane will mean you enjoy your much-anticipated move a lot more. We have developed a strong understanding and expertise in helping Kiwis moving to Australia over the past 25 years. Our prices are competitive, and our service is second to none. Wherever you’re moving to in Brisbane, we can get your things over to your doorstep just how you need them.

Eight reasons to move to Brisbane

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

Things to consider before moving to Brisbane

Before you move to Brisbane you should consider if you can cope with its warm climate; it does get a lot hotter than NZ. There is a relatively high cost of things such as rent, parking, and healthcare.  Kiwis do not automatically get access to social security and other benefits, so you would have to start a permanent resident/ citizenship application. You also need to consider how you might get around in Brisbane especially if you don't get a car straight away when moving here. Otherwise here are some important facts about it. 

Expat guide for New Zealanders in Brisbane

History of Brisbane

Queensland State Archives 22 Victoria Bridge Brisbane September 1926

Queensland State Archives 22 Victoria Bridge Brisbane September 1926

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.

Brisbane population

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

Climate in Brisbane

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.

Brisbane healthcare

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 all Medicare benefits, although you can get emergency treatment.

Crime rate in Brisbane

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.

Brisbane economy

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.

Places to visit in Brisbane

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

Ten best suburbs in Brisbane

Here are the top ten suburbs in Brisbane:

  • South Brisbane
  • Dutton Park
  • Spring Hill
  • New Farm
  • Paddington
  • Kangaroo Point
  • West End
  • Fortitude Valley
  • Bulimba
  • Indooroopilly

Moving to Brisbane: What you need to know

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.

Visa options for you and your family

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 of the SCV is that you won’t enjoy certain benefits that permanent visa holders and Australian citizens have in Australia.

The move to Brisbane

Approximate shipping times to Brisbane

The time it’ll take to move your things to Brisbane will depend on certain factors. You can trust us to get things over as quickly as possible. 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 for an overseas move

If you intend to move without hassle, then one thing you need to plan perfectly is packing. Packing for a trip to another city 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 in NZ or Australia

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 until you are ready to have them shipped to their final destination. 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 back to New Zealand. If you’re going to be in Brisbane after the arrival of your items, then we can hold them until you arrive.

Insurance while shipping

You need to insure your belongings to keep them protected if the worst happens. 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 insure the unplannable- weather events and catastrophe. We can assist you in making the right choice when selecting an insurance policy for your possessions.

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 border control

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 to Brisbane

If you’re going to ship your vehicle to Australia, 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. 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 in Brisbane

With the help of Ausmove, your transition to Brisbane will come with no logistics headaches. We understand you want to save yourself the stress of packing and tracking your goods by yourself and avoiding any traps for the unwary. You can trust that your moving and settling in Aussie will be as smooth as possible.

House hunting

Brisbane is growing rapidly 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. 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. This is comparable with Christchurch or Auckland. So do you research first when deciding to rent or buy in Brisbane.

Finding a job

Try to get a job from New Zealand before you go, there are many opportunities. If you’re in a profession that’s in demand, then you are likely to find employment. Otherwise we have written a helpful guide for finding work in Brisbane.

Recognition of NZ qualifications

Australia and New Zealand fall under the Trans-Tasman Mutual Recognition Agreement, which is a programme that allows Australians and New Zealanders moving countries to get jobs with their domestic qualifications without the need for further evaluations and examinations. Your current qualification will likely be as valuable in Australia as it is in New Zealand. There may be some extra papers or courses you have to do but many qualifications are equally recognised in both countries.

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 passpot before you travel.

Pension in Australia

If you’re a pensioner, make sure you seek advice from the Work and Income Office about how your superannuation will be 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. Fees will differ according to the type of shipment you’re choosing 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 be made to determine the total cost of moving your things over. At Ausmove, our professionals will talk you through some questions and work closely with you to ensure there is no stone left unturned. 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 pick up your belongings. This information is especially important if your belongings need 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 need to know of your location to understand the logistics and costs.

What part of Brisbane are you moving to?

The suburb in Brisbane that you’re moving to will also affect preparations for transferring your things. Will you need storage in Australia for a while? While you don’t have to know the details, it’s good to have an idea which suburb you’ll be living in, or when you expect to take possession of your new home.

How big is your current house?

The size of your current house will give us an idea of how much you need to move.


How can I prepare for moving to Brisbane?

Make sure you put things in place as early as possible. Contact your moving company for advice concerning shipping times. If there are outstanding issues that you need to resolve 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 it is comparable with cities in NZ.

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 problematic belongings. If you engage the services of movers like AusMove, then the process will be much simpler.

Why choose Brisbane?

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

What are the best 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


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 five 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 from New Zealand to Australia, one of Ausmoves experienced relocation consultants will visit your home to establish your specific packing requirements and any unique moving needs. Learn more about moving to Australia from NZ.

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