People flock to Australia for a variety of different reasons; whether it be affordable housing, a more relaxed lifestyle or work related opportunities... maybe even to escape demanding relatives… but the most common reason why we Brits move to Australia is because of the weather.
But as Australia is such an enormous landmass, the weather is extremely different depending on which State or Territory you decide to live in.
We arrived at the start of winter several years ago and our first stop was Adelaide, South Australia as we had relatives there and thought it would be a good idea to descend on them first - while we recovered from jet-lag and let them ferry us around and feed us etc.
We had visited Adelaide a couple of years earlier - but this had been in late summer, so the weather had been just beautiful. This time it was not the case…
I remember actually feeling colder inside my Mother-in-Laws cottage, than when I used to stand for hours on November the fifth - watching the fireworks through my pink pom-pom balaclava, swaying dangerously near the leaping flames of the bonfire in an effort to defrost my extremities - which had become so numb that I wouldn’t have even known if I had picked up the wrong end of my sparkler.
It wasn’t so much as it was freezing cold in South Australia, it was just that I hadn’t expected it to even be remotely chilly. I had researched into the different types of Aussie climates before we moved over - but even then, reading that the temperature falls to around 8 degrees at night, still made me think “huh, is that all?… that’s not winter”
The difference is, that although 8 degrees isn’t enough to make you go running for your de-icer spray in the morning - many of the houses don’t have the luxury of central heating. So if it’s 8 degrees outside- it ain’t much more than that inside either!
So before you leave the UK, fully research into the weather in the area you intend to live - as I said earlier Australia is so enormous that there are such variations in temperature depending on where you go, you might need to pack a pair sallapettes in Victoria - or an oxygen mask in far north Queensland…. to be able to breathe in the sticky humidity.
This post was written by Vicky Gray, an English Mum in Australia who writes the Australia Uncovered Blog. She is also the author of a new book, Didgeridoos and Didgeridon'ts, a Brit's guide to moving your life Down Under.
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