Resources for your move to Australian
When you are relocating to Australia, it can get expensive quickly. To save you time, money and energy, I’ve created a list of recommended resources to help make your migration to Australia easier and cheaper. These are services that I have used myself or services that I wish I’d known about when we were moving.
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Whether you’re preparing for a move overseas or sending money back home, OFX can help you take control of your international payments. It costs nothing to register and when you’re ready to go, Smart Steps to Australia readers can enjoy bank beating exchange rates, zero OFX fees* on transfers over AUD$250 and access to 55+ currencies.
When you’re transferring money into or out of Australia, it pays to keep an eye on the markets. An unfavourable exchange rate or an expensive transfer fee can really hurt your back pocket. That’s why, with OFX you also get 24/7 specialist support from a team of OFXperts and the option to secure a rate for up to 12 months or set a target rate to move your funds when the market reaches the rate that works for you.
Disclaimer > *Minimum AUD$250. Third party fees may apply. OzForex Limited trading as “OFX”. ABN 65 092 375 703 | AFSL 226 484. Read our PDS and FSG at OFX.com
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Transferwise makes moving your money abroad quick and easy.
I’ve had many issues over the years with currency companies – one that involved setting up the transfer over the phone ended up with human error causing delays, another company locked me out of the account and I couldn’t figure out a way back into it so gave up, and another offered poor customer service when a problem arose and customer service is something that I value just as much as a great rate.
Check the Transferwise site and it clearly shows you how much you’re going to get when you move your money over, plus it compares it to the rates to many other sites so you can see that you’re getting value for money.
If you’re looking for a cheap and easy way to move your money, this is it! Moving money doesn’t have to be complicated and you don’t have to spend ages on the phone like I did with my first few transfers with other companies. It can all be done online in a few clicks.
If you are moving, it is likely to be a few days before you can get to your new bank to collect your new bank cards. If you are travelling, you need to know you have currency in AUD to get you around to save you paying extortionate bank charges on your debit card back home.
Travelex offers great deals for currency and travel cards – choose to get it delivered to your home or it can be available for collection at a number of different locations including airports. Next day delivery is free on orders over £600.
Their Travelex Money Card is a platinum contactless prepaid travel card that can hold up to 10 currencies simultaneously – making it the ideal companion for your stopovers too.
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Send My Bag
If you are moving to Australia and don’t want to ship all of your belongings with you, Send My Bag is a fantastic alternative and you can get 5% off with my link!
It’s a fast and affordable way to send your luggage abroad, door to door. You can send bags, boxes or suitcases.
Avoid hefty airline fees, and take away the stress of lugging excess bags to the airport and move knowing your things are being taken care of as you enjoy your hassle-free journey.
Want to know more about the Send My Bag service? Read this post that includes Send My Bag reviews.
Claim 5% off your first order by visiting Send My Bag here!
One Way Travel Insurance
Get 5% off Go Walkabout one way migration insurance by using the code SMART5 in the discount code box.
When we moved to Australia, I decided to take out one-way travel insurance to ensure we were covered for our journey to Australia, and for our first few weeks in the country. I knew we’d be so busy and wouldn’t have time to think about whether we needed private health cover when there were issues like schools, cars and houses to sort out. I also wanted to be covered for our belongings and things like flight cancellations, luggage delays and any emergencies that came up. Regular travel insurance doesn’t give you cover for moving abroad. Read this blog post for more information about emigration insurance.
Taking out one-way insurance gave us peace of mind, it was really easy to organise and it was surprisingly a lot cheaper than I expected. We didn’t use Go Walkabout ourselves but their system is easy to use, their customer service is fast and efficient and I’ve read lots of Go Walkabout travel insurance reviews so feel confident in recommending them to you for one-way travel insurance.
Taking out a one-way emigration insurance police with Go Walkabout will put you in good company as these members of my Facebook community will tell you:
Louisey: ‘I’ve taken a policy out with Go Walkabout who you mentioned in your blog. [It was] Really easy, I had to contact their medical team with a pre existing condition and they were easy to deal with then they just give you a reference to put on your online form, literally only took a couple of minutes to sort out so was pleased about that’
Lisa: ‘We used [Go Walkabout]. Was struggling to find anyone who had “one way” as an option online – they all seemed to demand you call for that so thanks for the recommendation!’
Emma: ‘We used Go Walkabout, took out a policy for the first couple of weeks, no problems, easy process and good value. Thanks for the recommendation.’
Use code SMART5 in the discount code box to get 5% off! Get a quote from Go Walkabout now.
Temporary Accommodation in Australia
Find a private rental with all the space you need for a great price by booking direct with the owners. All Smart Steps to Australia friends opening a new account through my link will get $55AUD off their first booking.
Airbnb is great for families as it gives you more freedom and space than a hotel plus you have the flexibility to cook for yourself. You may even find you get access to bikes or canoes as part of your rental too!
Check out prices on Airbnb and grab the $55 discount!
You can find everything from hotels and apartments to holiday homes and cabins on the site. Make sure you sign up and are logged in when searching as this unlocks special rates. I particularly love the map view so you can look at a glance and see how much hotels cost in the area you want to be.
I use this site to book my own trips many times every year.
Not only does it cover all of Australia, but you can also use it to book layover accommodation or any airport hotels if you need one of these the night before you travel as it covers accommodation worldwide. Some deals allow you to book now and pay later, and some allow you the option of free cancellations so be sure to make sure you check out the terms and book the best deal for your needs.
Check out accommodation prices now on Booking.com
Car Seats & Baby Gear Hire
Hire for Baby
Whether you are moving or travelling to Australia, Hire for Baby can provide a clean, safe car seat for your hire car. Their trained professionals will install it for you into your hire car and can have it ready and waiting for you when you land at the airport. No more worrying whether the seat provided by the car hire company is safe or clean – Hire for Baby carefully check and clean all seats in between customers and they ensure it is ready for you so you don’t have to try to work out how to install Australian seats after being awake for 36 hours!
PLEASE REMEMBER: Most of the time car seats from other countries – including the UK – do NOT meet Australian safety standards. To travel in Australia, you need a seat that has a tether point at the back which attaches to the back of the vehicle seat.
Need other baby things too? Maybe a high chair, a travel cot (known as a portacot in Australia), toys, pram…whatever your needs for your baby and/or toddler, Hire for Baby can have it all ready and waiting for you when you land so you don’t need to try to cram everything in your case. It takes so much pressure off and gives you time to go around the shops to buy things yourself. It also allows you the chance to try out products before deciding which items to invest in yourself so you make the right decisions, first time.
Don’t take my word for it. This is the advice of Gemma from my Facebook group who DIDN’T know Hire for Baby existed when she moved:
Gemma: ‘Wish we had some advice [from someone like Hire for Baby] before we went! Just a word of warning if you don’t go through a company like this make sure you research how to fit whilst in the UK based on the model you’ve booked to hire. When we got to the hire car company we were told there’s your car seat we’d never seen an Oz car seat before and asked if they can fit it in for us and we were told no, due to insurances it could come back on me and we had to do it ourselves, no instructions with it. In the end one kind lady did point out to us the idea but we didn’t know to this day if it was secured correctly. Just a little heads up.‘
Transport in Australia
Drive Away Hire Cars
Usually, two or three weeks of car hire will give you enough time to buy your own vehicle.
Don’t forget to hire your car seats if you are travelling with babies or children.
Check out prices on DriveAway now!
Experiences in Australia
Travel Experiences in Australia
Whether you’re moving to Australia and looking to explore your new home, or you’re planning a recce to decide whether moving to Australia is right for your family, Experience Oz offers all kinds of trips, tours and attraction tickets all over Australia.
Keep your travel plans simple and in one place. From theme parks to zoos and wildlife parks, day tours to short sightseeing trips, Experience Oz offers it all on one handy website which is especially handy if you’re planning a roadtrip.
Fancy checking out the powder white sands of Whitehaven Beach or the burnt red landscape of Uluru? Maybe you want to tour Sydney’s iconic harbour or taste fine wines in Margaret River? From scenic flights to boat tours, gourmet food experiences to animal encounters, Experience Oz has so many inspiring things to do in Australia. Don’t take a trip without checking it out.
Australia is waiting to be explored! I know I can’t look at this website without being inspired by something new.
Check out Experience Oz now and plan your dream trip.
Whether you are flying to Australia via Hong Kong, Singapore, Bangkok, LA or whichever route you choose, there are plenty of fun things to do and by booking your tickets in advance you can save $$$!
Klook is a trusted booking site for worldwide attractions.
Check out experiences on Klook.com
Deals on Travel, Attractions and Eating Out
Deals on Travel, Attractions and Eating Out
If you’re used to using Groupon in the UK, then you’re going to love discovering the discounts that are available in Australia for all kinds of trips, attractions, shops and restaurants!
Groupon is packed with everything from attraction deals, hotel discounts, holidays, restaurants and spa treatments through to practical things like pest control, air conditioning cleaning services and lawn mowing. You just sign up and you can view offers that are local to where you live or where you are travelling.
It’s a fabulous way enjoy yourself without feeling guilty about splurging your cash!
Start shopping at Groupon Australia.