Sydney is a vibrant and popular city in Australia to consider moving to from the UK. It’s a bustling city with plenty of things to see and do. From the Sydney Opera House to trendy bars and restaurants, it’s easy to see why it’s a popular choice.
While it’s not the capital of Australia, it’s still one of the most populated cities in the country, with over 5,120,000 people living there currently. Around 1.2 million British Expats are residing in Australia. It’s estimated that around half of these people have moved to Sydney, emphasising its popularity.
Before moving to Sydney, there are a lot of things that need to be taken into consideration. This includes choosing the best international removal company and applying for the correct visas and permits.
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If you’re moving to Australia, you need to consider the best option for shipping furniture overseas. Moving your items abroad can be expensive. Moving to Australia from the UK requires additional steps and charges that need to be taken into consideration.
The shipping option you decide on should be based on the number of goods you’re moving when you need the items to arrive and your overall budget.
Sydney is located on the eastern coast of Australia, meaning it’s accessible. However, due to its 9,443-mile distance from the UK, road freight isn’t a viable option. The options you can choose include:
Customs can cause an added waiting time for your goods to arrive. In addition, shipping tends to be more expensive compared to European removals due to its distance.
As Sydney is located by the sea, sea freight is a popular option to consider. Overall, it’s the cheapest shipping method from the UK to Australia and you’re not restricted by weight limits or the number of items you can take.
International removal companies often offer door-to-door moving services, so you don’t have to worry about organising how to pick up your goods when they arrive in Australia.
The main port in Sydney is Port Botany, which is the most popular option to consider. Goods can take up to 8 weeks to arrive by sea freight.
If you want to ship the contents of an entire home, sea freight is the best shipping option to use. You can then pay to ship the contents of an entire container rather than paying for the goods individually. Sea freight is more eco-friendly compared to air freight.
For those who need items to arrive quickly, air freight is the most suitable shipping option. However, it is also the most expensive method. As there is a limited amount of space, you will need to be more conscious of the items being shipped.
Larger items such as vehicles and furniture cannot be shipped via air, causing limitations. Air freight is also calculated by weight. It can be costly to ship heavier items. If there are certain items you need to arrive quickly and efficiently air freight is a suitable option to consider.
The main international airport in Sydney is Sydney Kingsford Smith International Airport. It’s one of the busiest and most popular airports in the country. Air freight takes between 3-10 days to arrive.
When shipping fewer goods, part-load is the best shipping method to use. It allows you to share a shipping container with other movers, which helps you to save money on your shipping costs. You will then only need to pay for the space that you have used.
As part-load shipping is shared, this means that your goods will take longer to arrive. This is because everyone’s goods need to be delivered. Delays are more common as a result. On average, it will take 29-34 days for items to arrive in Sydney from the UK.
It will cost roughly £2,711 - £5,258 to ship furniture from the UK to Australia, including Sydney. The total cost will vary based on aspects like your location, the number of goods being shipped and the item’s weight.
Additional services such as packing will cost around £250. Removal companies will typically charge for the packing costs.
Total costs will vary based on the shipping option used. You can also combine more than one shipping option. The average cost of shipping a 20ft and 40ft container are:
*The above prices are approximate and based on our removals to Australia data
For more information, read How Much Do International Removals Cost?
Before moving to Sydney, there are several steps you need to take. This includes applying for the correct visas and ensuring you have all the correct documentation.
The documentation needed includes:
There are several different visas you can apply for if you’re looking to Sydney from the UK. This includes study, work and working holidays. Visit the Australian Government Department of Home Affairs website for more information.
It’s important to note that you need to complete an Incoming Passenger Card (IPC) before entering Australia. You will be expected to pay the costs associated with applying for a visa.
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