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Moving to the Gold Coast, Australia

With a population of over 500,000 people and constantly warm weather, the Gold Coast is a very fast growing city and it attracts thousands of tourists annually. It is the 6th largest city in Australia and the largest non-capital city in the country. Located between New South Wales and state capital Brisbane, the city is considered a great destination to settle in and an excellent choice for entrepreneurs. 

Ausmove: Experts in New Zealand to the Gold Coast Moves

If you are moving to the Gold Coast and require the services of an efficient and capable international shipping company, then we are your ideal choice. With our in-depth knowledge of Australia and 25 years of experience in our favour, we have successfully moved several individuals and families to various destinations across the country, the Gold Coast being no exception.

Ausmove can expertly handle all aspects of your move including packing and unpacking, shipping, insurance, delivery, storage and customs and we can be trusted to provide quick services. We also provide door to door services for selected or entire house contents.

Affordable Moving and Shipping to the Gold Coast from New Zealand

Ausmove provides excellent moving and shipping services. We don’t just offer competent services and years of experience, our prices are also very competitive and affordable. Our quotes are fixed and so flexible that they can be adjusted to fit any changes in your requirements as we go. Once we get the list of items you want to move to the Gold Coast, we can provide quotes based on your list.

Why Choose AusMove for your move to the Gold Coast

Ausmove has been in business for 25 years. We are experts at what we do and have successfully moved household goods, vehicles, animals and all sorts of personal effects to various destinations in Australia. Our customer service begins as soon as you initiate contact with us and runs through our entire working time with you.

We are armed with a fully team that is well trained in all everything involving international packing, reducing chances of errors and customer dissatisfaction. All of agents in Australia are experienced and resourceful enough to maintain our quality of service all the way to your Gold Coast front door.

Get a Quote Today for Moving to the Gold Coast

We can provide you with an all-encompassing quote today, with all the details outlines and no surprises later. Our consultants can also provide all the information you need to guide you through your moving process.

Let us make your move to the Gold Coast easy and stress free; get a free quote from us today.

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Quick Facts Kiwis Should Know about Queensland’s Gold Coast

Statistic Detail
Approximate population 500,000+ annual growth ~2.25%
Climate Sunny for most of the year with approximately 300 days of sunshine in a year
Public Transport Bus, train, car, tram, taxis
Average summer temperatures Up to 28 degrees Celsius
Average winter temperatures Up to 21 degrees Celsius

Is the Gold Coast Really the best place to live in Australia?

The Gold Coat is an increasingly popular choice for people to live in because of how diverse it is. It is an excellent choice for individuals and families alike to live in with just enough rain to ensure a rich environment and an otherwise warm and excellent weather. The cost of living is also fair, which can be an added bonus.

Top Reasons to Move to the Gold Coast

Among many incredible reasons to move to the Gold Coast, here are a few:

  • Great weather
  • About 57 kilometres of white sand
  • Affordable standard of living
  • Excellent environment for kids
  • Rich rainforests
  • Amazing surfing conditions
  • Canals with lovely homes
  • Easy transportation

Disadvantages of moving to the Gold Coast from New Zealand

Like every other city in the world, the Gold Coast has its cons too:

  • Hard to get employment
  • Drug related traffic
  • Traffic issues
  • Quite a number of regulations
  • Housing costs, though fair, are constantly rising.

General Things to Consider When Moving To the Gold Coast

When moving to a new city, it is important to put many factors into consideration, especially when it is a long term move or you’re moving with family. Your source of income also matters a lot in the choices you make. Here are some of such factors:

Affordability

The cost of living in the Gold Coast is considered fair, but that would largely be dependent on your income. You can check out regularly updated prices on things such as food, clothing, transportation, and entertainment to help guide you through estimating what your living expenses would look like.

Safety

The Gold Coast is a safe place to live in. The crime rate is really low and you should be safety conscious. There is also an active police force and lifeguard services in place to ensure beach and water safety.

Healthcare

Healthcare is provided by public and private organizations and if you are eligible (New Zealanders are), there is a Medicare program that can help with health care costs. Community health services are also available and accessible in each hospital.

Traffic Flow

Traffic flow in the Gold Coast is mostly easy and only gets tight at peak periods such as 7am - 9am, 4:30pm – 6:00pm and Friday afternoons, which is still not so bad when compared with bigger cities. Once you get acquainted with the city, it should get easier to move around.

Property affordability

Property affordability in the Gold Coast can get really high, considering its constantly increasing population. It is important you reach out to real estate agents or experts before your move.

Climate

With about 300 day of sunshine every year, the Gold Coast has a sub-tropical climate. Humidity hardly drops below 65%.

Environment quality

The Gold Coast is considered one of the most bio diverse in Australia, with a lot of native vegetation, natural landscapes, and rainforests. The city constantly makes efforts to preserve its natural environment as well as maintain its health benefits to the increasing population.

The Gold Coast History

The Gold Coast used to be inhabited by indigenous people such as the Kombumerri people, the Yugambeh people and Bundjalung nation over 6000 years ago. By the 186s, white settlement came along bringing in expansions in agriculture. The city was a base for Australian and US servicemen during the World War II and there was a real estate boom soon after the war. It continued and still continues to develop and grow, even with many of its original structures still in place.

Population

The population is estimated at about 500,000 and is constantly growing at a 2.25% rate. It is also a diverse city, with a mixed demography; people from America, United Kingdom, South Africa, Japan, China, India, and many more.

Economy

The city has a 5 year average annual growth of almost 4% and receives over 13 million visitors every year. The economy is valued above $33billion and continues to thrive.

Crime rate

The crime rate in the city is relatively low and a few areas are considered not so safe. Drug related crime and real estate crime, however, are considered the highest.

Notable Tourist Attractions

Top rated tourist attractions include:

  • Surfers Paradise Beach
  • Currumbin Wildlife Sanctuary
  • Cavill Avenue in Surfer’s Paradise
  • Warner Bros Movie World
  • Sea World
  • Lamington National Park
  • Dream World
  • Gold Coast City Art Gallery
  • Coolangatta

The best Suburbs in the Gold Coast

  • Bundall
  • Broadbeach Waters
  • Talia
  • Coombabah
  • Labrador
  • Bigerra Waters
  • Molendinar
  • Helensvale

Your Guide for Moving to the Gold Coast from New Zealand

Moving to the Gold Coast is a lot more than moving your belongings. Sorting out visas, where to live, how to live, laws and systems in place, moving and storing your things can be a lot to keep a grasp on. Here is a guide to help you with making the right choices and making the right enquiries before the big move.

Immigration requirements

New Zealanders get a Special Category Visa. This visa would allow you live and work in the Gold Coast for as long as you like. You would be entitled to Medicare, family tax benefit, childcare benefits and other family payments. However, you won’t get social welfare payments, student loans or youth allowance.

Approximate transit time to the Gold Coast

Transit time is largely dependent on the shipping method and the transit time for a shared container may not be the same as transit time for a container just for your belongings.

For a solely used container, it would take approximately 5-8 weeks and 6-11 weeks for a shared container.

Packing Your Belongings

Packing can be tasking but we can get it done for you efficiently and in no time. We only use materials of the highest quality, coupled with the best packing methods to ensure your goods arrive in one solid piece. We have custom built cartons and wooden crates to fit various items, even the most fragile of them.

If you do decide to pack yourself, we can provide parking materials and a guide to help the process.

Storing Your Belongings

We provide storage services in New Zealand and in Australia at affordable prices. We recommend storing in Australia so your goods can be readily available when you are ready to get them. If, however, you haven’t sorted out your entire plan, storing in New Zealand would be a great idea while you finalize your plans. This would be especially great if you change your mind about moving for any reason.

Insuring Your Belongings

The importance of insurance for your goods cannot be overstated which is why we offer various insurance options to our clients. Our policies are well thought out and favourable.

Common Move Destinations

There are many common move destinations in the Gold Coast such as Carrara, Burleigh Waters, and Varsity. They are near schools, shops, and restaurants and not far away from the beach as well. You could get in touch with real estate agents in the area to guide your decision.

Setting up home

Where you live is important; it has to be safe and secure, as well as affordable and easily accessible. You have to make living choices and get to know your new environment.

Rent or buy

A lot of people feel it is better to buy than rent on the Gold Coast, if you can afford it. If you can’t afford to buy, the Gold Coast has many options for renters with the most expensive are being Clear Island with approximate median rental price of 678 AUD per week. The cheapest is Springbrook with approximate median rental price of 335 AUD per week. You should talk to a real estate agent and decide what works best for you, especially if you intend to be on the Gold Coast for a while.

Utilities

There are several utility providers you can choose from to meet your basic needs. You can check currently updated prices on utilities online to give you an idea on pricing.

Getting around

All around the Gold Coast you will find transportation options to take you to your destination. The city is serviced by trains, buses, ferries and taxis with a lot of self-drive options.

Public transport

The City works in Partnership with Translink, providing several options for public transportation; scheduled trains, buses, tram services as well as community and complementary transport services. There are also supporting taxis, ferries and water taxis available.

The Gold Coast airport

Located about 20km away from Surfer’s paradise, the Gold Coast airport is active and welcomes over 400 domestic and international flights every week. It is also serviced by a number of ground transportation operators so you don’t have to worry about moving around when you arrive.

Getting a driving license

With your special category visa, you can apply for a driving licence for the same class as your foreign licence by visiting a Transport and Main Roads customer service centre or a Government Agent Program office if you live in a rural area. You won’t need to pass the written or practical road test if you have a recent (last 5 years) New Zealand license.

Car licensing and registration

As a New Zealander, if you have held in the last 5 years, a New Zealand driver’s licence that corresponds with a class C, RE or R driver’s licence, you will not need to pass the written road test or practical driving test if you are applying for a car licence.

Road tolls

The toll roads use free-flow electronic tolling that allows users to drive without stopping to pay the toll. However, you would be required to contact and arrange with relevant toll road operators for payments within 3 days of travel.

School Options

There are many options to pick from for education at any level, up to university level. There are public and private schools you can choose from. Public schools are free and accessible by everyone whilst private schools require annual fees. The city is home to four universities as well as some private colleges. There are also vocational education and training institutions as well as English Language schools available to choose from, so you do not have limited options.

Legalities

From accommodation to keeping pets to businesses, there are a number of laws and processes in place that you would follow even as a new resident. You can find out details by contacting the local council or visiting their website.

Electoral Roll Requirements

To be on the electoral roll, you have to:

  • Be an Australian citizen.
  • Be at least 18 years old.
  • Have lived at your address for at least a month.

Pets registration

You have to register your pets, if you have any. Some animals are illegal to keep as pets on the Gold Coast without a permit and some are completely prohibited. You can get in touch with the local council to find out which pets you can keep and do your pet registration.

Everyday life

Whether you’re working or not, the city is always bustling with several activities you can participate in. in fact, there is hardly not anything to do with your time.

Finding a job

Finding a job can be tasking in the Gold Coast which is why it is often advisable to get one before your move, if possible. Signing up with recruitment agencies is always a great idea to keep you informed and get access to available opportunities.

Recreational activities

There are so many recreational activities to enjoy thanks to the beautiful environment in place.

  • The active and healthy program
  • Fishing
  • Boating
  • Cycling and bike ways
  • Jet skiing
  • Public barbeques
  • Swimming
  • Bush walking
  • Dog exercise areas

Cost of moving to the Gold Coast from New Zealand

The general cost of moving to the Gold Coast will include shipping costs, visa costs, housing and utility costs, transportation costs and more.

Our prices are fixed and dependent on the specific list of items you want to move. If you need to remove or add any items to your list at any point, prices can be adjusted accordingly.

Get a quote for your move

The requirements to work out the cost of moving your belongings to your new home on the Gold Coast are not many. We can also meet whatever requirements you might have and we have various quote options to fit various needs. You can fill our Free quote request form and we’ll be in touch as soon as possible.

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How to simplify the move process

We have experienced moving consultants who can visit your home and help establish the packing requirements you would need as well as identify any unique moving need you might have. They would also answer any questions you might have and point you in the right direction to make your move as stress free as possible.

Moving only goods or special items? We can also help

Ausmove services extend to various types of items. It doesn’t matter how big or fragile the item you need to move is, we can get it done. Just get in touch with us and we can work out the best available options for you.

FAQS

Where should I live in the Gold Coast?

Where to live on the Gold Coast would be largely dependent on factors like nearness to work, school or family, utilities and your preference as per how busy and quiet the area can be. The city can be broken down into four major areas:

  • Family-friendly
  • Up and coming
  • Hip and trendy
  • upmarket

It is advisable most of the time, to pay a visit to the city before you decide on where to live and talk to real estate agents as well before making choices.

Is there lots to do in the city?

Thanks to a great environment, there is so much to do on the Gold Coast. There are several programs in the Gold Coast parks, events, history and heritage, theme parks, community centres, libraries, and several recreational activities.

Will I experience any culture shock?

The city is quite diverse and urban in ethnicity and so you are unlikely to experience a culture shock. The people in the Gold Coast are from various countries and blending in is quite easy.

Can I bring my pet to the Gold Coast?

Yes, you can bring your pet to the Gold Coast but you have to make sure that it is not on the prohibited list and find out how to go about the registration process. It is best to do all of this before your move to avoid breaking any laws.

How does the Gold Coast differ from Auckland?

Both cities are great and the major difference between them is the weather and cost of living. The cost of living in the Gold Coast is significantly lower than in Auckland. The weather in the Gold coast is also relatively great. There are more theme parks as well and lots more to aside spending time on the beach.

 

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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