Wednesday, 27 March 2013

Removals to Australia: Interesting Facts About Australia

If you are looking for a company to assist you with your removals to Australia, Moving Partnership can help. We offer removals to Australia, and to all parts of Australasia, and you will find we can offer you the cheapest quotes around, whilst still maintaining the highest levels of service. Through our extensive list of contacts in the removals business, we’ll find you the right company and work with them to ensure your move goes smoothly, from start to finish.

We offer household moves  and business relocations to both European and international destinations worldwide. So contact us today and we’ll source the cheapest quote for you, and arrange your removals to Australia.

We are here to help you through the entire moving process; so should you have any queries or need help with customs clearance our highly trained and knowledgeable office staff are just a phone away.

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Moving to Australia

Australia is a popular destination for Britons to move to because it is an English speaking country. It also offers a high standard of living and  guaranteed sunshine, sea, sand and surf. With so much to offer, it's no surprise that the country presents such a huge draw. The only real downside to moving to Australia is the distance involved and the hassle of arranging your removal.

That is where Moving Partnership Ltd comes in. We have many years experience in arranging international removals. So whatever your reasons for moving  to Australia, whether for a job move, or to be near family, Moving Partnership helps take the stress out of your move.

We have contacts with many thousands of removals companies, big and small, all over the world. We compare the quotes given by these companies and match their services to your requirements. This means we  not only come up with a tailor made package for you, but at the right price too.

If you are moving  to Australia, you will want to know as much as you can about your host country so you’ll know what to expect when you get there. Here’s some of the main facts and figures about the country.


By area, Australia is the sixth largest country in the world after Russia, India, US, China, Brazil and Canada. But despite its size, it has a relatively small population. Australia is not even in the top 50, when it comes to the size of its populace. This means that per person, there’s an awful lot of space; or at least there would be if Australia's people - all 21,727,158 of them - were equally spread about its surface.

As it is, they're not! Australia was first inhabited some 50,000 years ago by the Aborigines, then more recently in the 17th and 18th Centuries, when it was discovered by Tasman and Cooke respectively. Settlers from these landings tended to colonise the areas  closest to shore, rather than venture further inland. It is for this reason, that if you look at a map of Australia today, you’ll see that its most populous towns and cities are in coastal locations. The most populated cities in Australia are: Sydney (with 4,280,900 inhabitants) Melbourne (with 3,353,300) Brisbane (1,544,300) Perth (1,390,800) and Adelaide (with 1,130,100) and all of these are in coastal locations.

Features and Land Masses

Surrounded by water, Australia is an island half as big as Europe and 32 times greater than the UK. That said, it’s the smallest of the world’s continents and, aside from Antarctica, the driest.Australia is also the flattest continent on earth. Its highest peak is Mount Kosciuszko in Kosciuszko National Park (in the Alpine region of southern New South Wales) and it measures 2,228 metres above sea level. However, its lowest point is the bed of Lake Eyre in South Australia, which is 15.2 metres below sea level. Lake Eyre is the largest salt lake in Australia.  Situated 647 km north east of Adelaide, it is actually comprised of two lakes: Lake Eyre North and Lake Eyre South, which are both connected by the Goyder Channel. The lake has been an important site for Arabunna, and other Aboriginal people, for several thousand years.

Another interesting feature of Australia's landscape - and another very important site for the Aborigines - is Uluru or Ayers Rock and this can be found in Kata Tjuta National Park, Central Australia. Ayers Rock is one of Australia’s most famous landmarks. It is a single piece of sandstone rock, almost 10 kilometres in circumference and it  rises some 350 metres from the flat plains of the Northern Territory Outback. There’s no other known geological feature in the world quite like it.

Uluru is sacred to the Aboriginal people and, unlike Lake Eyre whose bed you can walk on, this rock is not for climbing on, as this will upset the natives. For centuries, the Anangu Aboriginal people have been responsible for the protection and management of Uluru, and they have passed on their knowledge of Uluru's spiritual importance, from generation to generation.


Nearly 20 per cent of Australia’s land mass is classified as desert. This means it has a low average annual rainfall. Across the rest of the continent, the rainfall varies considerably. In fact, Australia as a whole provides every type of climate, from desert through to temperate and tropical. The temperate zones can be found to the southeast and southwest of the country, whereas the north is tropical, and the centre, desert or semi-arid desert.

This variability is largely due to the sheer size of the place. These weather patterns also go a long way to explaining why the towns and cities have developed where they are. Unlike the UK, Australia doesn’t get harsh snaps of cold polar air. Its temperature contrasts are small and its   minimum temperatures are moderated by the lack of mountains, and the influence of the surrounding oceans.

The El NiƱo brings with it seasonal changes in Australia, as it does in many areas in the world. This weather form can cause extensive droughts and considerable wet periods, with dust storms and even the occasional tornado. Tropical cyclones, heat waves, bushfires and frosts in the country are also associated with this weather form.

Australia’s climatic zones range from tropical rainforests, deserts, and cool temperature forests, to snow covered mountains.

Standard of Living

A country’s standard of living  is assessed mainly by three factors: its resources, its educational provisions and its health services. Australia scores very highly in each category and in addition to this, it has  a lower crime rate than in most other parts of world. Australia therefore offers one of the highest standards of living in the world. In fact the United Nations puts it second on its Human Development Index, which looks at such things as life expectancy, education, and income.

With one of the most prosperous economies in the world, Australians enjoy all that this lifestyle has to offer. And this is reflected in the fact that, year on year, the country attracts such a huge number of people to its shores. This economic growth is also well reflected in the jobs market. Australia is home to many national and international companies who are always on the lookout for people to come and work for them. On any given day there are vacancies across the full spectrum of jobs, from accountancy, to agriculture and food, and from architecture, to building work,  business, and administration. Australian companies are looking for those involved in catering, computing, education, engineering and technology, forestry, genetics, HR, healthcare, marketing, teaching and many other sectors. On offer is a work hard, play hard lifestyle, combining sun, sea, sand and surf, with great food and some of the world’s best locally produced wines.

About Moving Partnership

The three main services on offer from Moving Partnership are as follows: we offer a full-load service using either a 20ft or 40ft container, a part-load service which is ideal if you don't need a full one, and a specialised service for those wishing to transport, bulkier, unusual or extremely valuable items. Call us today and we will take care of your removals to Australia.

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Monday, 25 March 2013

Moving to Australia: A Brief Guide to Australia’s Indigenous People

Whatever your reasons for considering Removals to Australia, whether they be for business or pleasure, to be closer to family, or simply going in search of a warmer climate, Moving Partnership can help. We take the stress out of removals to Australia by taking care of all of the arrangements for you.

We compare quotes from the myriad of removals companies who offer removals to Australia to provide you with the best options. We ensure that the removals services provided meet with all your needs and, where possible, recommend the use of BAR/FAIM accredited companies, for your peace of mind. We provide help with customs clearance and are on hand 24/7 with telephone assistance and direct access to your own, personally assigned and dedicated, removals co-ordinator.

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When moving to Australia, one thing that either you or the younger members of your family will to be interested to learn about is the Australian way of life and particularly that of Australia's indigenous people, the Aborigines.

Who Are the Aborigines?

It is generally held that the Aborigines arrived in Australia some 40,000 to 60,000 years ago   and are descendant from a group of people originally hailing from Indonesia. Back then, the world was a very different shape; sea levels were 400-600 feet lower on account of the polar ice caps being very much larger and this would have meant that the Australian land mass, was much larger than it is today.

The distance between the shores of the Australian continent and Asia would, at that time, have been no greater than 80 miles, close enough for the Indonesians to see the smoke emanating from Australia's naturally occurring bush fires;, smoke that would have been more than enough to tempt the intrepid boatmen of Indonesia to want to visit, explore and colonise this distant land.

Having landed on the island, they would have spread out along its coastline to the south and north, not wishing to venture too far inland. Some would have made their way to Tasmania and eventually to colonise every part of Australia, adapting as they went, to the diversities of the land and evolving to cope more efficiently and effectively with those diversities.

The Different Names for Aborigines

Aborigines or indigenous Australians are referred to by different names and have different languages depending on their geographical location. They are the tribal names of Bama, Koori, Murri, Noongar, Nunga, Anangu and Palawah and some of their languages include: Anggamudi, Kuku ya’u, Umpithamu, Atambaya, Kuku Yalanji, Umplia, Awualay, Moorabalama, Uradhi, Gudang, Taepathigi, Warrangu, Kaantju, Thanikwithi, Kugu Muminh, Kugu Muinh, Wik Mungkan, Kuku Thaayorre, Tjungundji, Yadhaykkenu, Kuku Thaypan, Umbuygamu and Yupangathi.

The Bama can be found throughout the area from Kuku Yalanji, north of Cairns, from the east coast through the land of the Kunjen and on to the country of the Kokoberra in the south west of Cape York, then north to the tip of Cape York Peninsula.

 Koori (or Koorie or Goori or Goorie) is the term is used for the aboriginal people of Victoria, parts of New South Wales and Tasmania. It is the indigenous people's own word for themselves and originated from the North-Coast of what is now New South Wales.

The Murri traditionally occupied most of Queensland. They are a collection of tribes and larger family groupings which include, amongst others: the Yugarabul, the Jagera and the Kwiambal.

 The Noongar from Perth and Albany have lived in the area for at least 45,000 years. There are even some caves at Devil's Lair amongst the hills of Margaret River dating back 47,000 years. Noongars travelled and traded with other families. The Albany Highway was once a Noongar track between families in Perth and Albany.

Nunga is a term used by many of the Aboriginal peoples of southern South Australia to refer to themselves.

The Anangu are the custodians of Uluru. They can be found in northern South Australia, and neighbouring parts of Western Australia and the Northern Territory.   The Pitjantjatjara and Yankunytjatjara people are the traditional custodians of the land that encompasses Uluru and Kata Tjuta and like to be referred to as Anangu.

 The Palawah (or Pallawah) are those who live on Tasmania. The Palawa have been around for nearly 2,000 generations; their origins date from the beginnings of the last Ice Age. They moved into Tasmania looking for hunting grounds and camping in caves and rock shelters.

Finding Out More About the Aborigines

If you move to Australia, you may want to find out more about the aborigines and their way of life. Some of the best places to visit to learn more about these incredible people are the Aboriginal art centres.

Aboriginal Art Centres

Aboriginal art and art centres can be found all over Australia. The centres play an important role in their local towns and cities, bringing Aboriginal art to the attention of the wider community and the world as a whole. There are over 50 such centres across Australia, mainly concentrated in central and northern Australia.

They are a base for the artists and provide a source of income for people who would otherwise have very little chance of paid employment. Most operate in remote locations under difficult circumstances but they give the artists the chance to earn the money necessary to buy food and equipment.

Most of the arts centres have been developed under the watchful eye of the Aboriginal councils and management committees. These committees employ arts advisers with skills in art production or marketing to run the centres and help to make them as profitable as possible whilst, at the same time, helping to ensure that the goods, artefacts and pictures on sale, are genuine.

Moving Partnership specialise in organising low cost, high quality international removals, including removals to Australia. Whether you are relocating to Sydney, or to other cities and towns popular with expats, we compare hundreds of quotes to find the best deal for you.

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