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Moving to Sydney

Effortlessly combining breathtaking scenery with the diverse culture and vibrancy of a big city, it is no surprise that Sydney is a popular destination for British expats.
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The varied landscape boasts spectacular mountains, stunning beaches, pristine parks and a world renowned harbour, but Sydney is much more than just a pretty face. With its relaxed outdoors lifestyle, excellent job opportunities and affordable housing, the benefits of moving to Sydney are as clear as the ocean it touches.

Suburb Profiles


Located to the South of the city, Bronte offers beachside living without the bustle of Bondi. With fast links into the city, beautiful architecture and some of the best coastline around, Bronte can be pricey, but is worth every penny.


The inner west suburb of Balmain offers a community feel just a few kilometres from the central business district. The area is popular with Sydney’s creative set and there are several Artisan shops and a busy arts and crafts market.

Lane Cove

The pleasant greenery of the north shore suburb of Lane Cove makes it a perfect choice for families thinking of moving to Sydney. This suburb is quieter and slower paced than its neighbours, but offers excellent amenities and transport links and several beautiful parks.

Neutral Bay

With its enviable location overlooking the harbour, Neutral Bay is a fantastic choice for anyone looking for Oceanside living close to the centre of Sydney. The suburb is also packed with delightful shops and restaurants clustered around the popular Military Road.

Schools and Education in Sydney

Australia’s education system ranks among the best in the world with its varied and enriching curriculum.  Sydney’s public schools perform well in national tables there are also several excellent Catholic and Independent schools. Unlike surrounding states, public schools in New South Wales may charge fees to those entering Australia on a temporary visa such as the 457.

Transport / Getting  Around in Sydney

Sydney’s fast, reliable rail network is a popular choice for commuters. The Suburban Line links the CBD to most Northern, Eastern and Southern neighbourhoods, with the City Circle connecting the main city centre zones. Regular, dependable buses run from most of Sydney’s suburbs into the city and a free city centre shuttle links the main terminuses with key business and shopping areas. The ferry is a viable option for some harbour-based commuters and a wonderful and inexpensive way to take in the sights.

Leisure Activities and Things to Do in Sydney

From art and opera to beaches and bars, Sydney has attractions to suit every possible taste. If you fancy exploring Australia’s diverse flora and fauna, the beautiful Royal Botanical Gardens are perfect for a weekend walk or, for something more exotic, take a ferry to Taronga Zoo. Sydney’s beaches are famous worldwide and Bondi and Manly are loved by surfers and families alike. As you would expect from a city famous for its Opera House, Sydney has a vibrant cultural life and comes alive with art, music and theatre during the Sydney Festival running throughout January.

Interesting facts about Sydney

  • The city is a clear favourite for expats, 40% of Sydneysiders are born overseas.
  • Sydney is Australia’s oldest city. Europeans settled there in 1788 and established the country’s first penal colony.
  • George Street is the oldest street in Australia, officially named after King George III in 1810.
  • Sydney has the narrowest temperature range in Australia, which means milder summers and warmer winters.
  • Sydney has the largest natural harbour in the world, holding an incredible 50.4 billion litres of water.

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Our Credentials

As one of the leading providers of overseas removals on a national and international scale, we pride ourselves on providing a professional and friendly service from our highly trained and competent team. We have been recognised as one of the leading international moving companies by the networks below and we are, therefore, proud of our credentials and the quality standard they represent.

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Some of our Customer Reviews

From the initial meeting to the pack up John Mason were both friendly and professional. We have already recommended them to friends, we don’t hesitate to recommend them for your move.

Surrey, UK to Auckland, New Zealand - June 2018

My whole experience with John Mason's has been very good, from having Tony surveying till today with the container being packed, I will definitely recommend John Mason to provide removal services.

M.H. South Shields, UK to Perth, Australia – November 2018

Absolutely one of the best movers I have worked with. Pleasant helpful admin staff and the delivery drivers were absolute angels sorting and moving the boxes where I asked them to. Arrived exactly when they said it would.

Selby, UK to Sydney, Australia - September 2019

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