Moving to Australia but not sure if you can face living so far away from family and friends? Then Perth may be the best Australian city for you to move to. With Qantas’ recent announcement about their new non-stop flights between Perth and London, all of a sudden Australia doesn’t seem so far away.

Flights will begin in March 2018, with tickets to go on sale in April 2017. The flights are expected to run 14 times per week, and will take about 17 hours, depending on weather conditions. Flights to Australia have come a long way in 60 years, when Qantas created the Kangaroo route to London in 1947, it took four days and nine stops. Now it will take just 17 hours from Perth non-stop.

We say “Why wait to migrate?”.

Start now, and soon you could be enjoying yourself in this magical state. Remember before you leave, finding the right long-term accommodation is the single most important thing that you’ll do when you arrive. The right choice can mean the difference between loving Perth or hating it.

Don’t be fooled – due to all the other things one has to consider when moving to a new country, finding the time to choose the most appropriate suburb when you arrive can be challenging. With the time pressures of furniture arriving, school terms dates, the competition of finding a decent rental, starting a job etc., all combine to make us ‘just choose somewhere – and fix it later’. However as soon as you choose somewhere, roots start to go down – and it becomes hard to move to a distant suburb.

It’s human nature to want to be seen in a good light – and most people have a hard time admitting they made a mistake – It’s really, really important that you do enough research before you arrive.

Action list before you arrive:
• Shortlist the 200+ Perth suburbs into a few that are your best candidates
• Identify schools (public or private) that are close to your target suburbs
• Set up your bank accounts so you can pay deposits and rentals in advance. Make sure you speak to our Australian Dollar specialist – Currency Broker James Baxter, so he can help you get the most for your sterling
• Work out your buy/rent/build timetable – and the implications of each
• Track down a good quality place to stay initially – so your first impressions of Perth are not spoiled
• If buying a property on arrival, make sure you research where is best for you: link to buying properties in Perth

Action list when you arrive:
• Touring shortlisted suburbs to confirm their suitability
• Finding long-term rental properties – minimise the risk of losing money by speaking to our Australian Dollar expert James Baxter
• Identifying a suitable houses to buy

Need some tips on buying or renting Down Under?

Download our helpful renting/buying guide for Australia below.

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