Congratulations! You’re moving to Brisbane from Sydney. We think you are making the right decision. But moving from Australia’s largest city to a smaller, slower paced capital city requires lots of consideration around Brisbane’s best suburbs, the affordability of Brisbane house prices, choosing the best Brisbane high schools and primary schools, where the best Brisbane kindergartens are as well as where Brisbane’s best entertainment precincts are located.

A lot of this will be influenced by where you’ll work. Brisbane City Council is spread out. It’s one of the largest local councils in the world but for this article I’ll assume you are going to work in the CBD. Let’s start your research by dipping your toe in the water with some temporary stays.

Brisbane’s Best Apartment Hotels

Whether you’re coming for a weekend or month, it’s nice to spread out a little. You’ll be gathering lots of information, so you don’t want to be in a cramped hotel room.

  • Royal on the Park Hotel & Suites
  • The Point Brisbane Hotel
  • Meriton Suites Herschel Street
  • Ovolo The Valley
  • Meriton Suites Adelaide Street
  • Capri By Fraser, City
  • Oaks Brisbane on Charlotte Street
  • Alex Perry Hotel & Apartments
  • Mantra Southbank
  • Punthill Spring Hill

These Brisbane apartment hotels are all centred in or around the Brisbane CBD making them a great base for your discovery tours.

Let’s work out where you will live? What can your Sydney money buy in Brisbane?

As a general rule of thumb, the answer is more. Depending on your lifestyle you can be closer to the city than perhaps where you were living in Sydney. However, if you love the idea of running a couple of horses on some acreage without driving hours out of the city, then Brisbane has some great offerings just 20 kilometres from the CBD. Samford, Brookfield and Jimboomba come to mind.

Click on our previous articles, Best Brisbane Suburbs and Brisbane Housing Prices to help you find your Brisbane home.

Where will the kids go to school?

An important decision to make. No matter where you end up living, most suburbs have good educations options. But if you want the best in Brisbane, here’s a few selections for you.

Brisbane’s Best Kindergartens 

Brisbane’s Best Primary Schools

Brisbane’s Best High Schools

Brisbane’s Best Universities

So far on moving to Brisbane from Sydney, we’ve presented you with housing options and schooling for your children.

Let’s dive a little deeper into specific options around sport and entertainment. Remember Brisbane is not an ‘all work and no play’ city.

Brisbane’s Best Rugby Clubs

Let’s say you have a budding Waratah star but with your move to Queensland, your future Wallaby will need to find a Qld rugby club home. Here’s a few options:

Brisbane’s Best Rugby Clubs

Good luck with your selection and thanks for the next John Eales in advance.

Brisbane’s Best Entertainment

Fortitude Valley

Fortitude Valley is one of Brisbane’s most popular entertainment precincts, home to a vibrant nightlife scene and a range of great bars, clubs and restaurants.

The Valley is also home to the iconic Brunswick Street Mall, a pedestrian mall lined with cafes, boutiques and shops. Fortitude Valley is the perfect place to enjoy a night out on the town or to simply explore Brisbane’s unique culture.

If you’re looking for live music, the Valley is home to The Triffid, Fortitude Music Hall and The Tivolli.

West End

West End is another of Brisbane’s most popular entertainment precincts, home to a range of bars, clubs, cafes and restaurants. West End is also well-known for its live music scene, with a number of great venues hosting regular gigs and events. If you’re looking for a lively night out, West End is the perfect place to be.

West End is Brisbane’s cultural heart housing the Qld Museum, GOMA, The State Library and The Qld Performing Arts Centre.

The Move

The time has arrived. You’ve made the decision of moving to Brisbane from Sydney. You’ll need to find a moving company.

You’ll want to do your research before choosing a moving company, as the process can be daunting. Check out our list of the best movers to help make your transition go smoothly. Whether you’re looking for a budget-friendly option or need extra services like packing and storage, we’ve got you covered.  Here’s your plan.

Best Sydney To Brisbane Removalists

1. Hire a professional mover

This is probably the most important decision you’ll make when moving to Brisbane. A professional mover will take care of all the logistics involved in getting your belongings from point A to point B, and they’ll do it safely and efficiently.

They’ll also be able to provide you with valuable advice on the best way to pack and ship your belongings, which can save you a lot of time and stress.

2. Get quotes from multiple movers

Once you’ve decided to hire a professional mover, it’s time to start comparison shopping. Get quotes from at least three different companies so that you can compare prices and services.

Be sure to ask about hidden fees and extras, as these can add up quickly.

3. Make a list of what you need to move

This will help you get an accurate estimate from your chosen mover. Make sure to include everything, from large pieces of furniture to small items like dishes and knick-knacks.

4. Pack your belongings ahead of time

If you have the time, start packing your belongings a few weeks before your move date.

This will make the actual moving day much easier, and it will also give you a chance to declutter your home.

5. Create a moving budget

Moving can be expensive, so it’s important to create a budget and stick to it. Decide how much you’re willing to spend on each aspect of your move, and don’t forget to factor in things like gas, food, and lodging.

6. Make a plan for your pets

If you have pets, you’ll need to make arrangements for them before moving day. This may mean hiring a pet sitter or finding a temporary home for them.

7. Change your address

Don’t forget to change your address with the post office and other important organisations. You’ll also need to update your driver’s licence and registration.

9. Hire a moving company


Moving to Brisbane from Sydney is a big decision. It requires a lot of thought and consideration. Moving away from family and friends can be heart breaking. 

In the article we’ve covered the most common considerations you need to decide upon. Where will you live, what will your Sydney budget buy, where will the kids go to school and when it’s time to switch off where are Brisbane’s best entertainment precincts.

Moving your precious items 1000 kilometres to Brisbane in a safe and secure manner also needs careful research. We’ve found some of Sydney’s best removalists and provided links for you to check out their reviews.

We hope this guide will give you comfort in the move to Brisbane from Sydney and we look forward to welcoming you as a Queenslander.

PS Two final things. You need to leave the blue jersey at the border and buy yourself a maroon replacement. Penrith may have been dominant over the past couple of years in the NRL, but now that you’ve joined the Brisbane rugby league scene, you’ll need to become a Bronco or Redcliffe Dolphins fully paid-up, card-carrying supporter. And you’ll have to give up your Sydney Swans membership for a Brisbane Lions one as well.



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