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Moving, whether across the street or across the pond can be very stressful. Moving to Australia wants to make your move easier. Here you will find tips and advice on moving your personal effects to Australia from New Zealand that will help remove a lot of the stress from this process.

Find out why using a professional moving company will save you a lot of stress.

Editor’s Note: I have moved to Australia twice. The first time I was young and didn’t have anything worth taking with me. Second hand bed, I brought another. However, the second time I was older and had a household of personal effects.

I did a cost comparison of how much it would cost to take everything with us and how much it would cost to replace everything. For us, it worked out a lot cheaper to take our possessions with us. It saved us money and more importantly time. I didn’t want to have to list and sell everything before I left and then have to buy everything in a city was not familiar with.

I recommend you getting multiple quotes from moving companies and going with the company who is competitively prices and has good reviews. You are able to get up to five free moving quotes from trusted moving companies in the form below.

Door to Door or Port to Port

The very first thing you should be thinking about is the question of door to door or port to port. Your answer really comes down to the cost. You want to get a competitive moving price for your move either way.

Obviously it’s going to cost you less going from port to port, but are the savings worth the inconvenience of having to move all of your belonging from the port to your home. You will also have to deal with Australian Customs and Quarantine directly and negotiate handling and clearances charges with an agent in Australia (which you will also have to find).

Therefore we highly recommend selecting the door to door option, this way all your costs are known up front and you will have an experienced agent looking after your shipment.

Don’t you already have enough to do? Find out much it will cost you to take your household effects with you by filling in the below form and you will get up to five free quotes.

Added extras you should ask of your mover

Your moving company can help you organise a lot more than packing up your house hold and unpacking it in Australia. They offer additional services that you can utilise to take even more off your to do list, even completely unpacking your stuff and setting it up in Australia.

Whether you want to take specific items or all your household items with you to your new home in Australia. Using one company is so much easier than using five. See below a list of extra services you are going to need anyway and a few that are a complete bonus, knowledge shared to help you out:

  • Complete packing and unpacking service
  • Valet unpacking services (yes everything)
  • Home cleaning services
  • Help with all your documentation
  • Customised deliveries (multiple if needed)
  • Moving insurance
  • Storage (at either end)

Car/Vehicle Shipping

Moving your car to Australia is not as easy as moving your bed. There is very specific documentation (import permit) required to ship your car to Australia. Without it your car will not be allowed entry and would be stuck at the port. There are also other considerations you need to know about like length of ownership and tax payable issues. It’s not always worth taking your car with you expense wise.

Import permits are mandatory for all road vehicles imported to Australia. There are a variety of different import permits available for different types of cars. Unfortunately not all cars can be imported to Australia. Click the below link to see is a list of the Vehicle Import Permits available.

Autohub door to door worldwide vehicle shipping:

Find out if it is worth shipping your car

Before deciding to ship your car to Australia there are two things you should do:

Professional Packing vs Home Packed

You can’t simply throw your belongings in a box as you might do if you were moving down the street. Packing your household goods will require a number of extra steps that you may not even think about. Make sure your goods are safe and secure.

You don’t want to unpack broken cups and vases, or have scratched TV’s and tables. We highly recommend that your items are professionally wrapped and packed by a specialist international moving company. It is worth the cost and effort it saves you.

Transit, Storage and Moving Insurance

No matter who packs or unpacks your belongings, there are risks that come with every move. Believe it or not containers are still lost overboard in rough seas.

Most moving companies offer a range of insurance options. For very reasonable rates you can insure your shipment against all foreseeable issues.

Shipping Times

Shipping your belongings to Australia takes approximately 6 weeks, but there are a lot of things to be to taken into account. There is the availability of space on board the ship, the loading and unloading time, customs, and possible quarantine delays that can delay your shipment in Australia.

Shipments generally take 5 to 8 weeks to get Sydney, Melbourne or Brisbane and a little longer to Perth.

These are just of few of the issues you need to take into consideration when planning the moving of your personal effects to Australia from New Zealand.

Want to know how much it will cost to move your household goods to Australia?

We have partnered with accredited moving companies all around the world to assist you with your international move. Simply select where you are moving to and from, fill out the quick form, sit back and let the moving companies do the rest. Save time and money by comparing reliable and trusted international moving companies.


  1. Mr Welsh

    August 6, 2018 at 12:58 am

    I am moving a 2 bedroom home from Highland Park to Sydney New South Wales Australia. Thanks

  2. Mr Welsh

    August 6, 2018 at 12:50 am

    I am planning to move to Sydney new south wales. What do I need to do to prepare?

  3. Lovine Teri Laulu

    August 20, 2017 at 7:42 am

    We are wanting to ship over the following:
    1. One Vehicle
    2. Four Animals
    We aim to live and work in Australia 5 year goal plan. Taking our vehicle and our animals is compulsory.


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