There is honestly so much to think about when you move abroad. Your family, pets, bank accounts, jobs, the list goes on. One thing you can count on is Palmers Relocations, with our 35 years of experience, we know exactly what you need, before you move to Australia.

Be Organised!

Write up a list of your most urgent concerns, and constantly add to it. Don’t leave anything to the last minute. Just remember, some things can wait until you move, whilst others should be taken care of immediately.


Decide what you are going to ship, because once the goods are packed and shipped, they will need to stay there. Certain items you want to keep, such as entertainment for the kids, make sure you keep them to one side. Other items, such as important documents, will need to be kept with you.

Double check!

Make sure your passport is up to date and all relevant VISA details are in place. You will not be able to enter Australia without correct documentation. For more information see here


Make sure you arrange bank accounts for your arrival. You have 6 weeks to do so using just your passport – after that you’ll need further identification. For more information see here


Bringing your car with you is easy, with the help of Palmers Relocations. You will also have the option of being able to drive in Australia for three months with your UK license, during which you will need to get a local one. For more information, see here


Australia has very strict guidelines on what can and cannot be brought into this country. Palmers can help you with this by providing a list of goods that will not pass through customs. You will also need documentation for all your household items for customs. Again, Palmers can let you know what you can pack, and what you’ll need to leave behind.


How long will shipping take? When shipping your personal belongings, it is always important to know a rough estimate on how long it will take. The transit time for UK to AUS is approximately 6-8 weeks for a full container, and 8-12 weeks for a part load container.

Also make sure you confirm your new address. You will need to let Palmers Relocations know where the removal is to be delivered once it arrives in Australia. And that’s it! It really couldn’t be any easier.

Hopefully this handy guide has helped you in some way and makes your move a lot easier.