I have posts about buying online gift vouchers for people in Australia and sending gift hampers to Australia, but this month I’ve been contacted by two different asking ‘how can I send flowers to Australia from the UK?’ With Christmas coming up, I thought it might be useful to write a quick post about sending flowers to Australia.
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Flower delivery in Australia
As well as being contacted by readers with questions about sending flowers, I’ve been contacted a few times over the years by a couple of different family members in the UK asking me if I could organise a flower delivery in Australia for a funeral or birthday for someone living in Australia as they didn’t know where to go to send flowers to Australia. Even though I live in Australia, it took me a bit of research the first time I sent flowers online here (I order flowers in the UK all the time for Mother’s Day and family birthdays and special occasions, but I don’t often need to have flowers delivered in Australia as I don’t know many people outside my local area so would usually call into a friendly local Australian florist if I needed to send a bunch of flowers!)
My family members in the UK assume it’s difficult to order flowers online in Australia using a UK debit card and billing address, but that doesn’t make a difference. It’s straightforward to get flowers delivered in Australia – you don’t need to be based in Australia to place an order. Generally almost all companies (across all industries) allow the delivery address and billing address to be based in different countries and if you’re paying by a card such as Visa or Mastercard (or a payment system like Paypal) you shouldn’t have any trouble using an international payment method to order flowers online.
The aim of this post is to share a couple of trusted brands I’ve used before to send flowers to someone in Australia.
I think everyone around the world deserves a bit of cheer at the moment, and sending a lovely, vibrant bunch of flowers ordered online is a perfect way to make someone’s day.
Who to trust to send flowers in Australia?
These are two national sites you can use to send flowers to someone in Australia. And yes, you can spend your time Googling ‘flowers delivered Brisbane’, ‘flowers delivered Perth’…but I know from my experience getting flowers delivered in Cairns and in Melbourne, it can be quite a time-consuming experience finding somewhere (not all local florists have an easy online system or postcode checker) so now I just go to one of these to order as I know they’re likely to be able to cover the postcode area that I need, and I know I can search, filter, choose and order my flowers online quickly and easily.
Petals Florist Network
Petals Australia connects local florists with a global online store. They work with over 1000 florist members in Australia who will service your Australia flower delivery order, and they pride themselves on their partnerships in the industry. They offer 100% satisfaction and you can read lots of real reviews here.
You can choose from a wide range of occasions for sending flowers online, and you can use their search facility to narrow down your choices of flowers to send by occasion, price and flower type.
Interflora is the largest flower delivery network in the world, so you’re bound to have heard of them. Interflora Australia partners with almost 1300 florists, meaning there are florists in almost every regional and metro area within Australia. The company has been selling flowers for almost 100 years. Products are backed with their guarantee for the freshness and quality of every order.
Tips to send flowers in Australia
As well as sharing some national companies that can do flower deliveries in Australia, I also want to share some info to help you when organising your flower delivery in Australia.
Firstly, we don’t have letterboxes in Australia so there is no point in searching for letterbox flowers. Australia homes have mailboxes at the end of the drives – it’s not like the UK where you have a letterbox in your front door that allows a small box of flowers to be posted through (this is just one of the many differences between the UK and Australia)! This means you need to ensure the person you’re sending flowers to is either at home or at least make sure they haven’t gone away for a few days. I know I often send letterbox flowers in the UK to busy family members so they’ll have them waiting when they get home from work on the doormat, but just remember your flowers delivered in Australia will need to be a bunch of flowers instead of a box that can be posted. No doubt the delivery driver will look to leave the flowers with a neighbour or leave a card if the recipient isn’t home, but you definitely don’t want to order flowers online when the person might have gone away for a couple of weeks.
The other thing to be aware of when sending flowers in Australia from overseas is that it’s not possible to send flowers to Australia cheaply! My experience of sending flowers in the UK usually involves sending a £20 – £25 bunch of flowers and you can get some lovely flowers online in that price range. Here, £25 converts to about $46 AUD but you won’t likely be able to send flowers online for that sort of price. The bunches of flowers online tend to start from $55 upwards. Smaller local florists are likely to charge less than a national site, but when you’re ordering from another country it can be difficult to choose a local Australian florist that delivers to your chosen postcode or that has an easy to use online checkout facility (if you’re shopping online in a different time zone that makes phoning during opening hours really difficult) so a big national site is way more convenient. The cost of living in Australia is generally very different to the UK – costs of things tend to be higher but wages are too which balances it out for us) but I thought it was worth mentioning that Australia isn’t a country to get cheap flowers delivered! Don’t be put off from sending flowers to Australia though just because it’s a little more expensive – sending a bunch of flowers is still an amazing, thoughtful gift.
On the positive side, when you send flowers online in Australia you can choose some incredibly stunning bunches of native Australian flowers that are so different to anything I’ve seen before in the UK. I think it’s a lovely touch to send Australian native flowers as a gift, especially for an expat like me who hasn’t grown up with these gorgeous blooms.
Why might you want to order an Australia flower delivery?
There are lots of reasons why flowers make such incredible gifts. For me personally, I would never buy myself flowers but I LOVE receiving them and they always make me so happy.
When you send flowers online, it shows you care even though you may live a long way away. As someone living on the opposite side of the world from my family, I think it’s a really thoughtful gesture to give or receive a flower delivery.
A lovely bunch of flowers delivered can be a big surprise, especially if it’s out of the blue and not tied to your birthday or a particular occasion. It actually has the power to totally turn someone’s day around – you can be immersed in day to day life but a big surprise like this stops you in your tracks and makes you so grateful, and gratitude is a wonderful emotion. It can also begin a chain reaction of good deeds – when something good happens to you it makes you want to pass it on so sending flowers can have a ripple effect!
Flowers are even known to improve wellbeing – maybe it’s the smell or the pretty colours but it does wonders for your mindset to see a pretty bunch of flowers in your home.
Giving the gift of flowers is a long-held tradition dating back thousands of years and I’m sure it will go on for many more to come.
Some ideas for when you might want to send flowers to Australia:
Flowers make great gifts for all occasions, but here are a few where you might want to choose to send flowers as a gift:
A birthday or special occasion
A funeral (let’s hope you don’t have to)
To cheer someone up
To celebrate something
Just because you love them!
To congratulate someone on a new home, a new job or a big achievement
For an anniversary
Get well soon
A new baby
If you know my site, you’ll know that I’m a bit obsessed with building in celebrations for every phase of the migration process so that you can enjoy the journey of relocating across the world, so another great reason to send flowers to Australia is to congratulation somebody for getting the PR visa or becoming an Australian citizen. Help to make this lifechanging experience special for someone you love!
Or you can send flowers in Australia just because!
I hope this post about how to send flowers to Australia has inspired you to order a bunch online for someone you care about!