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Removals to Sydney, Australia

Australia is the top destination for British people to move to and there are around 1,400 expats who have organised shipping to Australia to settle there permanently. Sydney in New South Wales is the third most popular destination to move to, after Brisbane in Queensland and Perth in Western Australia. It is hardly surprising why Sydney is such a sought after location as it is a lively, multi-cultural city offering an upmarket lifestyle, beautiful beaches, national parks, superb restaurants and the chance to work for excellent companies and big name organisations such as NetApp Australia, the Commonwealth Bank, Ikon Communications and Mediacom.

There are plenty of reasons why people organise shipping from the UK to Australia to settle in Sydney. Last year 4,000 British people moved there, attracted by the city's vibrancy, culture, cafés and nightlife, outdoor sporting activities, not forgetting the city is home to the country's most iconic buildings and structures such as the Harbour Bridge, and the Opera House. However, if you are moving house from the UK to Sydney, one thing worth noting is that living here isn't cheap as the city has some of the country's most expensive property prices.

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Where to Live in Sydney

Sydney has some great places for families to settle in, including some upmarket places in the city centre, to some attractive suburbs. If you like to be in the thick of it, and close to the nightlife, it is worth considering renting an apartment in Redfern (the local government area of the city), Newtown (home of King Street with its cafes and restaurants) or Randwick, home to Centennial Park, one of Sydney's largest parks.

If you are moving to Australia as a family, the western suburbs have some good properties to settle with children. If it is high end living you want, look for homes near Double Bay in the eastern suburbs, a harbour front property, or house hunt in the northern beach suburbs which is equally appealing.

Working in Sydney

Sydney offers some excellent employment opportunities as many large companies and financial organisations are based here. In fact finance is a big industry – some 33 per cent of employees in Australia's financial sector are in Sydney and it is the headquarters for 90 banks. In addition, it is home to the country's stock exchange, major IT firms, and also counts manufacturing and tourism among its strongest sectors.

Although the cost of living is high here, including rent and property prices, this is outweighed by salaries as it is a wealthy city commanding the second highest earnings in the world.

International Schools in Sydney

If you are moving from the UK to Sydney with children the city offers some fantastic educational opportunities. The schools are of a high standard and include state run, independent and church schools, as well as some good schools with an international focus. These include St Paul's School, a fee paying Christian day school for children aged 4 – 18, where learning Mandarin is compulsory up to a certain age. Its pupils have achieved some of the best results in the area.

Redlands is another independent school with an international focus and more than 10 per cent of its pupils are from expat families. If offers education from pre-preparatory up to age 18 and even offers the chance to spend a term at a winter mountain resort. Chinese and Japanese are among the languages pupils can learn and, just like St Paul's, the pupils achieve outstanding results.

Shopping in Sydney

For those who enjoy shopping, you won't be disappointed as Sydney has a wide range of shopping destinations including the upmarket Castlereagh Street, or for smaller budgets, Pitt Street Mall, Oxford Street and King Street. There's also a number of shopping centres such as the Westfield Shopping Centres, Queen Victoria Building and Central mall. If you like bargains, head to Chinatown, and for alternative clothing stores and boutiques Woollahra is a good place to visit. However, if you are stocking up on surfing gear, the best place to go is Bondi Beach or Manly.

History of Sydney

Indigenous people lived in Sydney for centuries until the arrival of the British in the latter half of the 18th century, when explorer Lieutenant James Cook and his crew landed at Botany Bay. Some 18 years later the first convict ship arrived and conditions for both the tribal people, and the convicts were harsh as many of them were starving, and a smallpox outbreak wiped out half the population. After convicts stopped being transported to the country in 1840, Sydney became Australia's first city. With the advent of the gold rush in the mid 19th century, the population grew further, and since this date, the city has continued to flourish.

Places to Visit in Sydney

Sydney is a multicultural city which attracts around 10 million tourists a year visiting its most famous sites. In addition to the bridge and opera house, other attractions include the Royal Botanical Gardens, which are open all year round and are free to visit, the Powerhouse Museum, which has many fascinating permanent exhibitions including space, steam, blockbuster exhibitions and some hands-on experiments and learning. Other great places to see are the Australia Museum, the Maritime Museum, the Museum of Contemporary Art, or you can simply relax on one of the beaches.

Food in Sydney

Along with its café culture, Sydney is also home to some of the country's top restaurants for fine dining. Splash out at Quay or ARIA in The Rocks, or if you don't want to spend too much, head to Chinatown for some Yum Cha (basically a meal comprising lots of small dishes). Being a diverse city, you will find all sorts of international cuisine represented here and, of course, if you like eating meat, you shouldn't go without trying the Angus beef at one of the many steakhouses.

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