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Moving to Sydney

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Sydney is a great place to live, and there are many reasons why you may want to move there. For example, the climate is mild year-round; it has an abundance of jobs in various industries; and it's one of the most liveable cities in the world. But before you make your decision about moving to Sydney, here are some things that you should know.

Sydney Opera House and harbour during daytime

Sydney Overview

Sydney is the capital of New South Wales and Australia's most populous city that is home to almost five million people. The city has many tourist attractions, and it is well-known for its famous landmarks such as the iconic Sydney Opera House and Sydney Harbour Bridge.

Surrounded by the roaring Pacific Ocean, this coastal Australian city is blessed with over 100 beaches, including the world-famous Bondi beach. Due to its close proximity to the ocean, the city has a temperate climate throughout the year, with warm (sometimes very hot) summers and mild winters.

Sydney Opera House and Harbour Bridge

Do I need a work visa to move to Sydney?

New Zealand citizens do not need a visa to live and work in Sydney. Technically speaking, a Special Category Visa is automatically granted to most New Zealand citizens upon arrival in Australia. While these are classified as a temporary visa under legislation, most New Zealand citizens are entitled to live in Australia indefinitely.

Permanent residents of New Zealand will need to obtain a visa in order to live and work in Sydney. 

There are a number of different visas options, depending on your situation. Information on these can be found on the Department of Home Affairs website

Sydney Economy

The Sydney economy is strong and diverse, making it a great place to live and work. The city has a thriving financial sector, with many large banks and other financial institutions headquartered here. Major industries in Sydney include tourism, education, health care, transportation, and manufacturing.

The New South Wales economy is the largest and most diversified in Australia and bigger than that of New Zealand.

The Sydney economy is doing well, with a low unemployment rate and a growing job market with plenty of job opportunities. The city is also home to many large corporations, so if you're looking for a steady job with good benefits, Sydney is the place to be.

Sydney Lifestyle

Sydney is a vibrant and multicultural Australian city with plenty of things to do. The city has a lively nightlife, with many bars and clubs to choose from. There are also plenty of restaurants serving cuisine from all over the world.

The Sydney lifestyle is active and healthy, with many people enjoying outdoor activities such as swimming, surfing, hiking.

Sydney Climate

The climate in Sydney is temperate, with mild winters and warm summers. The city experiences a fair amount of rainfall each year, making it a great place to live for those who enjoy wet weather. Sydney also enjoys more than 2000 hours of sunshine per year on average. This makes it an ideal destination for those who love spending time outdoors.

Sports in Sydney

If you're a sports fan, Sydney is the place to be. The city has teams in all of the major professional leagues, including cricket, rugby union, rugby league, Australian rules football, and soccer. There are also plenty of opportunities to get involved in recreational sports and activities, such as swimming, surfing, cycling, and hiking.

Transportation in Sydney

Traffic in Sydney is a lot worse than in New Zealand but there are many options available for getting around. The city has an extensive public transport system that includes buses, trains, ferries, and light rail. There is also a good network of cycle paths and pedestrian walkways.

Accommodation in Sydney

When moving to a new city, one of the biggest concerns is always accommodation. Sydney is no exception, and finding a place to live can be tricky, especially if you're on a budget. There are a few things to keep in mind when looking for a place to stay in Sydney:

- Firstly, it's important to know that Sydney is a very expensive city. The cost of rent and property is high, so you'll need to be prepared to budget for accommodation.

- It's also worth considering living outside the city centre. While it may be more expensive to live closer to the CBD, there are many advantages to living further out, including cheaper rent and more space.

- There are a range of accommodation options in Sydney, from apartments and houses. It's important to decide what type of accommodation will best suit your needs and budget.

Popular Sydney Suburbs

When moving to Sydney from New Zealand, it is important to choose the right suburb. There are many suburbs in Sydney and each has its own benefits and drawbacks. Some of the most popular suburbs for those moving from New Zealand include Bondi, Bronte, Coogee, Manly, North Sydney, Surrey Hills and Parramatta.

Sydney Schools and Universities

If you are moving to Sydney with school-aged children, it is important to research the schooling options available. There are a number of excellent schools in Sydney, both public and private. If you want your child to attend a private school, be prepared to pay expensive tuition fees.

Sydney is home to several world-class universities, including the University of Sydney and the Australian National University. If you are moving to Sydney to attend university, be sure to research the different campuses and programs available.

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How much will it cost to move to Sydney?

The cost of moving to Sydney varies depending on your individual needs and budget. There are three main options for shipping your household goods to Sydney:

  • Full Container Load (FCL)
  • Groupage
  • Air freight

1) FCL: for when you’re shipping a full household

If you are shipping a full household, you’ll probably need a sole-use container (FCL).

This is a faster way to ship as you’re not having to share the container with others. Once your container has been loaded, it will be sealed and delivered to the port for immediate shipping.

Transworld operates regular FCL shipping services to all ports in Australia.

Key benefits:

  • More capacity: a full container can typically accommodate a complete household
  • Faster shipping times: normally FCLs are loaded at clients' residence, delivered directly to the port and shipped on the first available vessel. 
  • Ship anywhere in Australia: our full container service covers all major Australian ports

2) Groupage: for when you're happy to share

If you've got a small household, or just wanting to ship a few household items, groupage shipping is the answer.

This way you share a container with other clients moving to the same destination. Groupage is an economical way of shipping, as you only pay for the space you use.  

Keep in mind, this service may take a little longer while we wait to fill the container for your destination but it is a very cost effective option.

Key benefits:

  • Lower cost: pricing is based on the actual size of your shipment, so you only pay for the space your effects occupy in the container.
  • Flexibility : giving you the freedom to decide how much you want to ship, from a couple of boxes to a small household
  • Ship all over Australia: we regularly ship groupage containers to Brisbane, Sydney, Melbourne, Adelaide and Perth, and can deliver to all parts of Australia. 

 3) Air Freight: for when you want it extra fast

Air Freight is the fastest option, though the most expensive. Ideal if you’re not taking a lot, or for those extra items you’ll need soon after your arrival.

Key benefits:

  • Fastest option: air freight is the fastest way to get your effects to Australia
  • Perfect for a few essential items: when you need them urgently
  • Deliver anywhere in Australia: our air freight service covers all major cities in Australia

When shipping cargo in a 20ft/40ft container to Sydney, Transworld will provide the necessary documentation to you for completion so that as your appointed international moving company we will be able to clear your goods through customs & quarantine on your behalf.

Regarding shipping to Sydney from New Zealand, household goods that were in the possession of the owner for more than 12 months don't require any importing duty & tax fees. On the other hand, fees need to be paid when bringing alcoholic beverages and cigarettes to Australia for instance.

Shipping Cars to Sydney

Many people ship cars to Sydney from New Zealand as this can be quite viable option. You need to do your homework to make sure your car will be allowed to be driven on the Australian roads. To be able to import a car to Australia, the owner needs to show proof of current or future permanent residency, and the car must be owned and used for at least 12 months prior to the applicant's arrival to Australia.

Moving pets to Sydney from NZ

If your pets are moving to Sydney, or any other Australian city with you, they must be vaccinated and have a veterinary clearance before being allowed into Australia via ship or plane. Certain breeds are not able to be brought into Australia.

Prohibited and Restricted Items

Certain goods are prohibited or restricted for import into Sydney, Australia. Some interesting examples are: dangerous breed dogs, stem cells derived from human embryo clones, or suicide devices.

These goods are also restricted: antibiotics, cat and dog fur products, toxic material, cosmetics, chewing tobacco and oral snuff, cigarette lighters, counterfeit credit cards, drugs and narcotics, chemical weapons, asbestos, toxic material, pornography, toxic, toys, and more.

Shipping to Sydney should be stress free and that is why Transworld is New Zealand’s preferred shipping agent to Australia - we will take the stress out of your removal as we only specialise in international removals. Get a free moving quote now.



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