A light ` hearted look at everyone’s dream of living in Australia. Explode the myth!
Image via Wikipedia | So Far Away from Me…
Many people die to live in Australia which is tragic. If people had more information about Australia – her strengths, opportunities, weaknesses and threats they would think twice about making a periolous journey. Big money changes hands to smuggle people to Australia; lives are lied too and danger threatens when people try to make it Downunder by any means. This piece takes a closer look at what it’s like to live in Australia and expose it for what it truly is.
Five reasons why living in Australia isn’t all that it’s cracked up to be from someone who has lived in Australia most of his life.
Image via Wikipedia | Hmmm, looks nice but will it bite?
1. It’s too far away.
Simple enough indeed. Even a person with an airline ticket has to fly at least 24 hours to make it to Australia. The First Fleet in 1788 took eight months to sail to Australia from England. The best advice if you are planning a trip or migration to Australia is to be comfortable with the fact that Australia is so far away it’s actually difficult to get to.
2. It’s expensive to own a house in Australia
The dream of owning your own home in Australia is costly. A three bedroom home in a outer Sydney suburb is about $400 000. If you want to live in Australia at tha high standard of living you need a lot of money.
3. It’s too dry
Most Australian actually live in an area about the size of Germany clustered around the East Coast, the North Coast and near Perth or Adeleide. The rest of Australia is savannah shrubland with poor soil and little rain. The driest parts are covered with thick red dust. When the coastal fringes become populated then water will be in even shorter supply during droughts.
4. Life is for the rich and the complacent
People in Australia have become overly content with the supposed sunshiny lifestyle offering unlimited opportunity for development. The political landscape is dotted with indecision as major projects, like high – speed rail, the National Broadband Netowork and large projects are either put on hold or scrapped altogether. Consequently national infrastructure is lagging behind, indeed crumbling to dust, in many parts of the country. Australians have become rich and lazy so they no longer poke their politicians into any real action.
5. It’s growing too fast
Australia is booming as more people flock here. This puts strain on resources such as housing, jobs and services. Most migrants flock to the inner cities which causes basic services - such as getting a driver’s licence, treatment at the hospital or applying for a passport - much, much slower. There are simply too many people rushing at existing services suited to conditions a decade ago.
Image via Wikipedia | It was better then.
I hope any decision to move to Australia will be well considered before you undertake the journey. A visit to Australia is recommended first. You might not find it suited to your tastes or you might miss home. Whatever the choice it’s worth noting that everywhere has it’s advantages or setbacks. That’s life.
Published in: Personal Finance