Where are people moving around Australia?

Australia’s a big country – the sixth largest in the world by landmass. Overlap it onto Europe and Oz takes up pretty much the whole continent, including a lot of the ocean mass. Do the same with the United States, and our fine country could incorporate 48 of all 50 states.

And yet, it doesn’t stop us from moving around – and why should it? It’s never been easier to move between states, thanks to cheaper flights and advances in nationwide moving services. It could be from Port Douglas to Perth, Geelong to Gunbalanya, no distance is too far should the occasion arise.

But where are people moving around Australia? Research from McCrindle has identified three states where interesting changes have taken place in recent times.

Victoria our most-loved state?

Of all the states in Australia, Victoria is growing by the biggest amount. It may be a few decades off yet, but by 2056, McCrindle predicts that Melbourne will become the most populous city in the country, finally overtaking Sydney.

Recent research from the firm shows that 9,336 people moved to Victoria in 2014, and three-quarters of all people in the state live in the capital. With a quarter of all Australians calling the Garden State home, and more people planting their roots there each and every year, it’s proving attractive indeed.

As officially the most liveable city in the world – for the second year running – it’s no surprise to find Melbourne high on the list. So, are you thinking about moving to Melbourne?

What's not to love about moving to Melbourne?What’s not to love about moving to Melbourne?

Queensland vying for the throne

What do you look for when moving interstate? Sun-kissed beaches, cheaper real estate, plenty of amenities? Many parts of Queensland have all this and more – just look at Brisbane and the Gold Coast.

Melbourne will become the most populous city in the country, finally overtaking Sydney.

Even with the decline of the mining industry, and the jobs it supported, 5,598 people upped sticks and settled in Queensland, McCrindle’s stats show.

With Brisbane’s property market continuing to perform well and the Commonwealth Games coming to the Gold Coast – that’s not to mention the wealth of beauty further up north – will you soon be making the move to the Sunshine State?

Sydney’s evacuation

We know there are some amazing reasons to live in Australia’s (current) biggest city. From cultural landmarks to huge shopping centres, some of the country’s best schools to amazing job opportunities, there’s not a lot to dislike in the hustle and bustle of Sydney.

And yet, a fair few people are moving out of the First State. According to McCrindle, 5,572 New South Wales residents abandoned the state – almost the same amount who moved to Queensland. Perhaps it was the affordability of homes, or a search for a different style of life; either way, it’s no small amount.

Wherever you’re moving – down the road or across the country – Allied Pickfords can help you get there, and settled into your new home, in no time.