With its white sandy beaches, lush rainforests and year round sunshine, it is no wonder that many parents with children residing within Australia look to settle in the beautiful sunshine state of Queensland.
Queensland lays claim to a rich history of Aboriginal culture, with a number of opportunities that enable you to engage, learn and experience the Aboriginal culture direct from the traditional owners of the land. Starting in the northern region of Queensland, Cairns will allow you to experience the lush tropics of the Daintree Forest and the fauna and flora of many National Parks such as Port Douglas, Mossman Gorge, Cape Tribulation and the Bloomfield River, all whilst learning about Aboriginals who thrived off the land. North Queensland also boasts home to the world’s oldest living culture – the Tjapukai people. The Tjapukai Aboriginal Cultural Park allows you to go back 40,000 years to gain a greater understanding of the traditional owners through story telling of dreamtime stories handed down through the generations.
Queensland is also home to a number of UNESCO’s World Heritage areas. Known as the largest sand island in the world, Fraser Island has over 250 kilometers of sandy beaches and excess of 100 freshwater lakes. Additionally, Queensland’s southern border encompasses the largest remaining subtropical rainforest, the Gondwana Rainforest.
Australian animals are known to be some of the most unique ones on the planet with 80% of these wonderful creatures calling Queensland home. It is no wonder Queensland is often referred to as a zoo without borders when there are so many opportunities to experience the Australian wildlife in their natural habitat. From the famous Australia Zoo on the Sunshine Coast, to whale watching off Fraser Island, as well as holding Koalas in Brisbane’s Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary, to witnessing the birth of sea turtles right along the East Coast.
With its cultural precinct, family friendly activities, and laid back atmosphere, Brisbane has quickly become one of the fastest growing capital cities in the world. Brisbane’s iconic CityCat that travels along the Brisbane River is a wonderful way to explore the city. Situated along the river itself, the City’s Botanic gardens cannot be missed. Filled with many rare and unique species of plants, the Gardens have a history dating back to the 1840s. A short walk from the Botanic Gardens, you will find the iconic Story Bridge – a heritage listed bridge connecting the southern and northern suburbs, and carrying nearly 97,000 vehicles every day.
Queensland is truly unique, and unlike any other place on earth. With its ability to cater to every age group, it’s no wonder that many choose the beautiful state to settle in.
If you would like to bring your parents here indefinitely, consider the benefits provided by the Contributory Parent (subclass 143) Visa. This Parent Visa allows the parents of children who are a Citizen, permanent resident, or an eligible New Zealand citizen residing in Australia to permanently reside here. It will provide you with many additional benefits including access to the world renowned Medicare scheme, and the ability to eventually apply to become an Australian Citizen. The 143 Visa also avoids the longer waiting periods that are encountered with a number of other Parent Visas.
If you have any questions, queries or are looking to apply for the Contributory Parent Visa (subclass 143), contract the team at Hunt Migration – Australia’s leading migration agents