What Are Homes Like in... Australia?

What Are Homes Like in... Australia?

Written by Katie Cullen
Written by Katie Cullen
26th January 2015 (Last updated on Friday 19th January 2018)

Australia has long been at the top of the list when it comes to destinations for Brits moving abroad. It's sunny all year round, there's no need to learn a new language and well... it's the other side of the world.

But if you are looking to buy a new property once you arrive what options do you have? Let's take a look at the property market here in more detail.

The Biggest Houses in the World

There is the age old dream that the grass is always greener on the other side, and when it comes to Australian property compared to that in the UK, it may be true.

Back in 2011 The Australian Bureau of Statistics launched a study into the country's property stock. And it found some very interesting stats.

The average Australian house has 214.6 square metres of floor space, making it the country with the world's largest houses. The next largest is America at 201.5sqm. Australian homes are three time bigger than the average UK home.

And the average property is home to 2.56 people, meaning homes really do feel spacious.


The types of houses in Australia vary greatly depending on the region they are built in.

Traditional Queensland properties tend to be built of wood or weather boards and are stacked on high stilts way above the ground. The weather here is humid and should the land flood, these stilts keep the homes away from the water, safe and dry.

Queensland properties - International Removals

Australian houses rarely have attics or basements and therefore this space under the house is a prime storage location or parking area that is much desired.

These properties are affectionately called ‘Queenslanders' and are much in demand as they hold great refurbishment potential. They would once have had iron roofs; but these are first to go with the new owners.

New properties in this area however are built of brick and are even more substantial in order to battle the weather conditions.

Stone Homes of the South

In the southern and western states of Australia older homes are made of stone, whereas modern ones are brick. These may appear sturdier to foreigners as they resemble more familiar designs.

Sydney's Terraces

Like in many of the industrial areas of the UK, the older parts of Sydney are lined with rows of terraced workers' cottages. Although we must admit, these houses are much prettier than some of the terraced homes we're familiar with.

These are tiny houses and buck the trend of large open plan spaces, yet they are still valuable and highly prized real estate. This is mostly due to their prime locations and their beautiful Victorian and Edwardian architecture, which is based on homes built in London and Paris a century earlier.

Terraced house in Sydney - International Removals

(image: Alex Primos under CC BY 2.0)

Terraced houses in Sydney can reach up to four storeys, very much like their modern equivalent – townhouses. But unlike townhouses, these terraces have some unique features. Thanks to their solid sandstone foundations, they are some of the few with basements, and are usually accessed by stairs at street level.

You'll also find, terraced houses here will have cantilevered verandas to really make the most of the vertical space available to them. These ornate verandas are now known as a trademark of the homes' design.

Do any of these properties sound like your dream home? Then get out there and plan some property viewings! We're here for you when you want to find some international removals companies.

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