Brisbane or Perth for young family in Aussie Chat Posted 2 minutes ago · Edited just now by Marisawright If you've never lived in Australia before, then I'd say Brisbane. for one reason: flexibility. Perth is a long way from anywhere else in Australia. If you get settled, then find it's not quite right for you, or your career prospects are better elsewhere, it'll cost you an arm and a leg to move. Shipping your stuff from Perth to Sydney can cost you as much as shipping it from the UK to Australia. From Brisbane, itis fairly easy to move up or down the east coast. I think this is especially important because Perth is a city you'll either fall in love with, or hate. I can't work out why people feel so strongly about it, but that's the way it is. You won't know which camp you're in until you've tried it, and that's why it's risky. We've seen families move there and love it - but equally, we've seen families move there, hate it, but not have enough money to risk a costly move east to try somewhere else so they go home to the UK instead. Whereas there's always a chance you won't like Brisbane, but it'll be a lot more affordable to give somewhere else a try. What kind of job do you do? Migrants tend to look at Australia and think all the jobs are in the capital cities, but that's like saying, "I'm moving to England and I'll have to live in London, Manchester or Birmingham because there are no jobs anywhere else". Housing is very expensive in all the capital cities now, so if your jobs allow you to look at a regional area, I'd consider it. You'll get a more laidback lifestyle and stand more chance of buying a home close to the beach if you avoid the capitals. Take a look at Newcastle or the Sunshine Coast.