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"Great location with lots of affordable lifestyle options"

I have lived in a number of different types of Australian towns - from tiny rural towns to inner city Melbourne - and they all have their virtues.

Now that I have a young family, Albury has been a sensible choice, as it has a good variety of professional employment opportunities, excellent schools and public facilities (parks, pools, bike trails, museums, libraries, universities/training), childcare options, and we could base ourselves close to the centre of town where we can walk everywhere, just run one car, and buy a house for a quarter of the price of the suburb we left in Melbourne (that was still 30-40mins out of the city!).

Nightlife is not strong, however, that scene isn't for everyone anyway.

Previously, we lived in a much smaller town, which was sweet & lovely, but we missed some of the modern conveniences such as consistent mobile coverage and broadband internet, as well as access to training and education for professional development, and a larger client base for our small businesses.

However, when you come to a bigger town, you are confronted with suburban life - kit homes, SUVs, more fashion conscious - and this can be a bit tiresome. But you can find your tribe! You just have to put yourself in a location where you are most likely to meet like minded people.

My advice to people seeking to move to Albury is to consider the older homes closer to town, unlike the city (where these would be the more expensive option) you can get a great priced home within walking distance to the centre of town and great public schools. Rent in closer to town, before you buy out in an estate and get isolated from the outset. Get to know the place and how you'll live here before you jump into the market.

There are many different types of people in Albury - from sports & fitness types, to arty/musician types, to professionals and blue collar workers - and like most Australians, are friendly and welcoming to new people. Like most towns I've lived in, people new to town are easier to connect with as their friendship circles are not fixed. It always takes time to find the people that you will gel with and an area in town where you think you can feel a part of the community.

Also, live in a small town before you move to a regional city. You learn a lot about the diversity of Australian culture that way, and it will detox you from your expectations of giant shopping centres and make you really appreciate the facilities in a regional city when you've gone without for a little while.

In leaving the city, you will lose access to some specialist services, and you will have less variety for entertainment. But how often do you really need to access those things?

For us, its been liberating to have all that commute time back into our day to spend with family, to exercise and look after our health, to have money in our pocket to enjoy little luxuries in life, to live our day to day life on foot, and (after life in a city apartment) to have land to grow veges and fruit trees, have chooks, and room for visitors. Its really the things you do every day that make the biggest difference to your quality of life.

On weekends we chill out! We're not consuming entertainment venues - although the art museum, library & many markets are great - we enjoy getting out camping, swimming in the river, cycling, snowfields in winter, and easy travel to Beechworth, Bright, Yackandandah, Corowa, Rutherglen, and other lovely local towns, Melbourne, Canberra & Sydney when we do feel the urge for an urban adventure.

We've lived in Albury a few years now, and we are very happy with our decision. But we also look forward to other chapters in our life where we pick another place to enjoy. For now, while the kids are at school, we'll enjoy the lifestyle and opportunities in Albury.

Who lives here?

  • Professionals
  • Families with kids

Thank you your info here is great! We are a 40-something professional couple seeking a regional change from the tiresome hellbent restless and rammed-full Sydney city -we are so over it. Thing we are struggling with is finding work before we come. We are not qualified nurses, nor HGV drivers or forklift drivers, nor have we ever worked in agriculture -and despite everyone in the regional areas saying they are crying out for employees we cannot find anything. We have wide transferable skills from 20+ years in professional corporate roles but finding anything that we can be considered for is proving impossible. We want to come and be part of the vibrant community there but we need to earn and we just cant get out! We are open to doing anything but have found most jobs advertised on line for regional areas are seeeking fully qualified health workers or agri professionals or tradies. We are none of these. Any tips?


APS jobs might have roles that fits your skillset or you could start a business. Otherwise you might have to change your expectations about the income you're going to earn. People generally aren't job snobs in the regions. Simplicity is the mantra you will need to adopt to enjoy the country lifestyle.


@anneb13 Try registering in the talent pool at both AlburyCity Council and Wodonga Council, as well as with local recruitment firms.

Many jobs dont seem to be advertised in conventional places (seek), or only for very short windows of time.

Starting in a local government job gives you good insight and connections into the community and will lead you to your next role.

Also try the local Chamber of Commerce (Albury Business Connect) - they might be aware of businesses that are looking to expand or develop.

Albury Wodonga Health also has a very large business team (not just nurses and doctors!). They also have a talent pool, and regularly do call out for talent in a variety of roles from communications, project management, IT, and corporate services.

Good luck, keep an open mind, hopefully you find your foot in the door!

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