I want to live abroad in Australia, right now I'm looking into Brisbane/Sunshine coast area but that is subject to change given any new input from you guys. Does any one have any advice to get me started? I live in Los Angeles, CA right now and I hate it. I love nature and national parks. Is Brisbane or the sunshine coast right for me. I dislike long stretches of desert, but when I looked up Queensland online there seemed to be rain forests and greenery there. Is that true?
If your looking for Rain forests and greenery Northern Queensland would be a better place for you. Townsville or Cairns. Brisbane is a great city has plenty of parks and stuff like that, its generally pretty relaxed and easy going place unlike LA or Sydney.
Brisbane and Sunshine Coast are very different to LA! You won't find any deserts close here except for the desert like sand patches on the islands off the coast. There are plenty of national parks and forests around both Brisbane and the sunny coast to keep you busy. You will find summer here a bit cooler than LA but a lot more humid and winters re usually milder too.
Plenty of greenery and forrest along the East coast, including the area you metion.
It is very Tropical further north. Any dersert or dry areas is further inland.
The Sunshine coast is more relaxed than the Gold Coast. Queensland East Coast is the major holiday destination for us in the southern states - from about May to November.
The areas you metion, generally have a great climate, conducive to the outdoors. Although some storms and heavy rains can be quite severe over the summer period (Dec - Feb).
Get yourself a map to compare land mass as Australia is almost the size of the USA and Queensland is massive in size.
in total almost 3000km (2000 miles) from top to bottom.
Visualise turning Australia upside down and superimposing it over the US. This will give you an idea of climate variation (eg Florida will equal the tip of Queensland). But note well, Australian winters are no where near as cold as the US. There is no snow on the streets.
If you are considering moving be sure you are doing it for the correct reasons. If you are seriously interested in experiencing Australia, don't limit yourself to Queensland - travel around a little. Each State and areas within which them have something to offer. You may find just what you are looking for!. Know what you are really proposing to move for. Quite often your problems or feelings will follow and you won't be any better off. Having said that, check out the coast down towards Sydney which has consistently moderate climate and continue down to Melbourne and over to Adeliade. Don't forget Tasmania. And further afield is Perth - I havn't even mentioned Darwin or any of the in-land locations!.
Give Oz a try and be comfortuble in yourself that the reason(s) for moving are the correct ones.
Thankyou so much every one for your input, you have no idea how helpful you have been. I am going to take a night to process all this because I have work but feel free to write more. I know so little about australia. Talk to you all tomorrow, thank you again!
personally if you guys had a choice to live in one area in northern Queensland which area would you pick and why?
Yea Brisbane, Sunshine Coast and Northern Queensland are nothing like LA. LA is it's own little planet in a different galaxy far far away, Brisbane is pretty cool up-and-coming city, with a laid back Queensland attitude and it's about an hour away from great beaches around the Gold Coast. I don't really recommend living in Gold Coast though, unless you like mass tourism during the summer months. Also the CBD of Brisbane is very walkable and public transportation is pretty good. Hope this helps.
Oh and I think I would go with Townsville or Cairns, as far as living in Northern Queensland.
It would have to be Brisbane as a base and then you could visit other areas further north to see if you like them although i would persoannly go to Sydney if you would consider that. I don't think Brisbane is the scenery you are looking for though as it is a major city after all!
Also as said before LA is a fair bit different to anything in Australia and anywhere else in the world for that matter.
Are you planning on working over there and where are you planning staying, maybe you will meet other travellers and move around with them ?
Brisbane is the best of australia. WIth lots of students and backpackers tourist. It is surely the best place to live in.
The weather is too good. HOw i wish i could migrate there ..