On the tail of the pandemic, with the relentless lockdown regulations, coupled with the rise of remote work, Australians are opting for a better work-life balance and bigger living spaces at a more affordable cost. The option to work remotely is giving people more choice when it comes to location.

Multiple reports have confirmed what we at Noosa Van Lines have already witnessed first-hand: more Australians are moving away from big cities like Melbourne, and settling in Queensland.

Dubbed the “Millennial migration,” more young people are choosing the Sunshine State over Victoria. The attractive incentives include an expanding job market, affordable housing, and work-life balance found in the state.

Data from the Australian Bureau of Statistics shows that the state gained the most people from the net interstate migration, around 7,000, and recorded the highest arrivals in March 2021 with a total of 28,500.

Why are people leaving Melbourne?

Property prices in Melbourne have become so expensive that many young people will never be able to buy homes in their own neighbourhood communities.

According to the 2022 Demographia International Housing Affordability report, Melbourne is ranked as the 5th least affordable city, in the world, to buy a house. Over the past year, many Melbournians have observed the ‘squeezing’ of many out of the housing market. Furthermore, house prices have been growing three times faster than household median income over the last two decades.

Melbourne experiences some of the most temperamental weather in Australia, which has led to many looking to sunnier and more stable climates. As it is further south, the city receives colder weather from the Arctic Ocean, which brings rain, wind, frost, and what feels like a much longer winter.

Melbourne endured one of the world’s longest and the country’s strictest lockdowns. COVID-19 was one of the major catalysts for regional migration as many realised that they had the opportunity to work remotely and that they could create a new lifestyle where work and life could be in perfect harmony.

Why has Queensland become one of Australia’s most desirable regions to live and work in?

Boasting a warm climate, World Heritage rainforests, the Great Barrier Reef, and beautiful beaches, Queensland is affectionately known as the “Sunshine State.” As one of the most diversified states in the nation, Queensland offers a variety of major cities to call home, some of which are the most liveable in the world.

The Sunshine State boasts a responsible government, a stable economy, a safe and clean environment, and abundant work and business opportunities.
Australia’s travel search engine, KAYAK, found Queensland to be the most desirable remote working destination in the country. According to their Work From Wherever survey, the state’s coastal destinations were some of the most popular places for people who are looking for an enhanced work-life balance.

The great Queensland migration is being driven by three distinct factors: affordability, lifestyle and remote working.

Let’s have a look at some of the most popular destinations in Queensland:

Gold Coast

The Gold Coast is a great destination for those who are looking to escape the hustle and bustle of the big city, and who want to adopt a slower pace and breathe fresh air.

The whole family will love the sunny weather, mild winters, and laid-back atmosphere. Family-friendly activities around the city are endless, and the stunning natural surroundings will help you cultivate a healthier lifestyle where you can find balance in your everyday life. Beautiful beaches, lush green forests, breathtaking waterfalls and national parks are right on your doorstep.

The Gold Coast is an affordable city to live in thanks to budget-friendly accommodation when compared to Melbourne. You will also be able to enjoy a high standard of living on the Gold Coast, without having to do without the essential features of a major city: good schools, growing employment opportunities and an affordable network of busses, tram lines, and trains.

Ready for the Gold Coast? Noosa Van Lines has regular weekly removals that run from Melbourne to the Gold Coast.


Queensland’s sunny capital, Brisbane, offers urban energy and laidback charm with a splash of adventure. With nearly 300 days of sunshine per year, Brisbane is a fantastic destination year-round and is consistently ranked among the world’s most liveable cities.

With a beach in the inner-city, parks, and a river made for exploring, nature-lovers will get a kick out of world heritage rainforests, waterfalls, and islands. Mix it up with a thriving arts and culture scene in the heart of the city.

The city is one of the country’s fastest-growing capital cities for employment, offering a great range of opportunities. Residents have access to excellent healthcare, schools, and public transport.

Brisbane is the most affordable capital city to live in for those who want to stretch their dollar further while taking advantage of the positive lifestyle benefits.

Are you planning a move to Brisbane? Noosa Van Lines operates weekly removals from Melbourne to Brisbane

Sunshine Coast

Home to three UNESCO Biosphere Reserves, great beaches, beautiful rainforests, arts and culture, it is no surprise that the Sunshine Coast is the “Most Loved Destination in the World” according to the Tourism Index Sentiment.

Beyond the sun and the sea, the biggest drawcard to the Sunshine Coast is the affordable housing, public and private education opportunities, strong sense of community, relaxed lifestyle, and a job market that is growing with plenty of opportunities in a range of industries.

The Sunshine Coast is ranked as Queensland’s second strongest performing economy and is one of the nation’s top 10 significant urban areas.

Noosa Van Lines has a regular weekly removal run from Melbourne to the Sunshine Coast

Choose Noosa Van Lines

Moving to a new city is always a stressful time, but our team are available to help you plan a smooth relocation that will save you time while ensuring the safety of your valuables.

Noosa Van Lines have been providing professional removal services since 1981. Our experienced team and high standards meet the training and professionalism required to be a member of the Australian Furniture Removers Association (AFRA).

If you are moving from Melbourne to Queensland, let us do what we do best. Our team will work closely with you every step of the way to ensure that your removal is smooth and on time.

Get in touch with Noosa Van Lines for your removal assessment today!