Best Aussie enclaves in expat destinations

Published:  10 Mar at 6 PM
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The Australian diaspora is one of the expat world’s most impressive, with at least a million Aussies living and working outside the home country at any given time.

Adventurous as Oz expats undoubtedly are, there’s still the human need to be with like-minded souls, thus creating enclaves of Australian nationals in diverse locations across the world. Just under 50 per cent of wandering Aussies head for Europe, and some 24 per cent of those already overseas are gravitating towards Asia as their next stop on the expat trail.

For many, London represents the motherland, home to their parents and grandparents and still an exciting, interesting location both for career advancement and having fun out of working hours. In days long gone, all Aussie expat arrivals headed straight for the capital’s Earls Court district, fondly known as Kangaroo Valley. Nowadays, since Earls Court became fashionable and rentals soared, Clapham is the new favourite, boasting the largest number of Oz expats in the city. The district boasts a cool mix of cafes, bars, restaurants, easy access to Central London, great community vibes and the famous green, tree-lined spaces of Clapham Common.

New York’s Australian enclave for the last ten years is Nolita, a small, six by six city block neighbourhood abutting Manhattan’s Little Italy. Known as Australita by its community of Aussie expatriates, it’s now home to around 20 Aussie-owned businesses including the famous Two Hands internet café, the brainchild of a pair of Sydney-born wanderers. The district received accolades from the New York Daily News, which suggested grabbing a seat, getting a coffee and people watching as the thing to do in Nolita.

Aussie expats looking to make a name for themselves as well as a lot of money are heading in their thousands to the desert city of Dubai. The main attractions for this diaspora group are excellent career opportunities, a high standard of living and the emirate’s tax-free status. Dubai itself is the quintessential expat city, as 90 per cent of its residents were born elsewhere. Australians work in every sector including media, finance and construction, and the city’s Silicon Oasis hosts those working for Dubai’s flag carrier Emirates.

Australians into finance and business Asian-style head to Hong Kong, the city that never sleeps and is home to tens of thousands of Aussie nationals. North Point’s reasonably-priced rentals and friendly locals attract a good number of the Oz expat community, all of whom are comfortable with the local Hong Kong way of life and enjoy integrating with real people. Traditional Chinese markets, small supermarkets and good eateries supply all needs, and there’s not a huge shopping mall to be seen.
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