British expats reveal only Australian town where locals are ‘annoyed’ by good English manners and ‘isn’t funny’ – but say work-life balance makes it worth it
- British expats living on the Gold Coast have revealed what they think of the city
- One said their ‘beautiful English manners irritate the locals’
- They said if you’re in the working class it’s ‘easier to fit in’ and integrate with Aussies
- Many praised the sun and the ‘incredible work-life balance’ on the Gold Coast
- Others shared their views, saying it was like ‘Essex and Dubai had a baby’
British expats living on the Gold Coast have revealed what they really think of the Australian city, and while they love the work-life balance, they say integrating with Aussies can be “quite difficult”.
Brits who made the move to Down Under admitted that if you’re in the middle class it’s “frustrating because the beautiful ways that got you through life irritate the locals.”
“If you’re working-class and British, it’s very easy to fit in here. Middle-class Britons seem happiest when they find others who are similar. They find integration rather difficult,” said a man named Nigel . The times newspaper.
Nigel also said that the “English in general are much funnier than the Aussies.”
British expats living on the Gold Coast have revealed what they really think of the Australian city, confessing that Aussies are ‘not as funny as the English in general’ (stock image)
One said Aussies will get annoyed with ‘good English manners’ and that you only fit in well if you’re working class (stock image)
But it wasn’t all bad news for the Gold Coast as a place to live.
Selling Houses Australia host Andrew Winter said the work-life balance is ‘incredible’ and it would ‘shock’ people in the UK:
‘We start very early in the morning, but finish early. Builders show up at 6 a.m., stop at 2 p.m. and surf at 3 p.m.,” he said.
Suburbs such as Burleigh, Palm Beach, Mermaid Beach and Currumbin were listed as ‘desired coastal neighborhoods’.
Many also praised the good weather and sunny climate as a huge incentive to come and stay.
However, many praised the work-life balance, which they said would come as a ‘shock’ to people in the UK, as workers finish at 2pm and are ‘surfing at 3pm’ (stock image)
“While I miss the folks back home – the English are generally much funnier than the Aussies – the wife hated the UK weather, the wages are crappy, the economy is lousy and the place is torn by politics,” Nigel said. .
‘All of that can happen here. But at least the sun will shine.’
Some who had both lived and visited the Gold Coast expressed their views on it:
‘I’ve been there twice. Terrible place. As if Essex and Dubai had a baby,” said one commenter.
‘Yuk [sic] the cold coast. Fine if you’re the seen type, party party. Much overcrowded and worse during school holidays,” added another.
Comments were divided on whether the Gold Coast was a good place to live or not, with some saying it has desirable neighborhoods and others saying it’s ‘terrible’ (stock image)
But others were quick to defend it:
‘Slightly inland, just a short drive from this section, are beautiful, quiet hills with forests and wildlife. Beautiful places,” someone wrote.
Another said: ‘A few miles from the beaches, say 10 minutes’ drive, are large areas of quiet, wooded land where properties with a few acres and a rich wildlife can be kept. 12 or so acres are common’.
The Gold Coast is a major tourist destination with a sunny, subtropical climate that has become widely known for its world-class surfing beacheshigh-rise dominated skyline, theme parks, nightlife and rainforest hinterland.
The town’s star attraction is its beaches, including the world-famous sandy beach at Surfers Paradise.