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My wife and I are considering a relocation from the U.S. (MN) to Australia. It's always been a dream of mind to visit Australia and we are growing tired of the United States.

Can someone please shed some light on the major differences between Sydney and Perth?

What's it like to live there as an American?

How are the school systems?

Anything you think we should know please share! It would be much appreciated.



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Hi Mike and welcome to the forum,

Without having been to the US let alone Minnesota, I'd reckon the biggest thing about Australia that strikes most people from overseas, more so the Europeans than Americans [for you have plenty of it too] is the space once away from the cities and even though the US also has plenty of space too, you've still got somewhere close to twenty times the number of people and many more larger cities there.

Like here in Australia, the lack of people means that our interstate standard highway is nearing completion for between Sydney and Melbourne and still quite a few years away for same dual carriageway standard between Sydney and Brisbane, many decades for Melbourne to Adelaide to be done and Perth way out there West might as well be another country.

The uncompleted parts can be a traffic headache at times if not dangerous and all our secondary highways are single carriageway dual lane and interstate truckies on some can make driving hazardous as can Kangaroos in many regions.
The upside is that many of the back roads can give some glorious driving where it near seems yours is the only car in the country, road conditions being quite reasonable.

But differences for Sydney and Perth, Sydney more like a major US city with all the problems you might have re traffic snarls, public transport and crime whereas Perth being about 1/4 the size will have less traffic problems, less in way of public transport, still crime but on a smaller less violent scale and both have water supply issues with desalination plants under construction as has Melbourne and Brisbane region.

People keep forgetting that Australia is the driest continent and we have severe droughts, the latest one being used by Global Warming alarmists [very quiet they all are right now with all that snow about north of the equator] and panicking politicians to build the desal plants rather than take a more long term view for cities planning.
Perth is always a much drier climate whereas Sydney in normal times gets plenty of rainfall but for some reason people flock to live in the congestion, pollution, and shortages of cities with less elbow room rather than open their eyes to the larger spaces we have.

Incredible it is just how many city living folk may never ever travel outside of their home city other than for a short holiday and even then some may not go too far.
Sydney is a great city for a visit in my book but I''d not like living there unless I was a multimillionaire and could afford a shack on the harbour or on north coast and didn't need to travel into the city centre too much.
Perth/surrounds would be a much easier city/region in which to live but it's kind of isolated and regarded as the most isolated Capital City on the planet.
A lot of UK immigrants seem to head there, the warmth and dryness being an initial attraction and good employment prospects in resources industries, but a lot of them also get second thoughts too, I think the isolation having something to do with that as well as just a different lifestyle they may not adjust to.

I reckon that anyone making a big move like you're considering ought to open up your options as much as possible and as far as what sort of work you do will allow, ie. why move from one place you're sick of if it's closer to city living to go and live in another city and have similar discontent.

As for Americans living here in Oz., that's no drama but you might at times come across the typical yobbo with a bloody Yanks attitude but most US people I know have similar values to Aussies though not a real lot do seem to emigrate.
Americans may feel less of a loss for their homeland for I think Australia and America are closer in lifestyles than what Australia and the UK are and just like the US we're largely a nation of immigrants one way or another and to a country that also had indigenous peoples and just like the US, Canada, NZ and other such countries there are issues with what settlement has done for the indigenous peoples lifestyle, difficulties for they to cope with change forced upon them and the widespread continuing lifestyle problems.

School standards here are good, on a par I expect with most developed countries though just like in the States there'll always be something to be fixed, make it better etc.

And if it's all that snow and ice you're wanting to leave behind, you'll find very little to none of it down here and anywhere along the east coast of Australia offers great mild winters to balmy warm to hot summers, being more tropically humid the further north you go.

About greatest region in Australia is the south coast of NSW.
The official website of Eurobodalla Coast Tourism - Plan, Book, Stay, South Coast NSW - Eurobodalla.
Eurobodalla Nature Coast, South Coast NSW
Kind of overlooked by the mass tourism market and only thing lacking is a host of wineries, one at least well established one and perhaps nore will develop.

That ought to get you started.
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