Key Information - Australia

  • Border status - As of February 21st, Australia has begun reopening borders to fully vaccinated visa holders.
  • Average shipping cost - £1,011
  • Average transit time - 39 days
  • Population - 25.69 million
  • Most common language - English
  • Climate - Hot and humid in the summer, and quite warm and dry in the winter.
  • Currency - AUD (Australian Dollar)

How Much Does it Cost to Move to Australia?

At 1st Move International, our mission is to make the process of moving your belongings to a new country as easy and stress-free as possible. We begin with a clear and affordable pricing structure to allow your new home to be reached on time and on budget.

Short Answer: The cost of international removals from the UK to Australia starts from £1,011 for a shared container service, £2,800 for a 3 bed house and £4,998 for a 4 or 5 bed house. The UK to Australia port-to-port shipping charge will ultimately depend on your move size and final location in Australia.

Shipping and Moving Costs from the UK to Australia

Destination Port Shared Container Cost (GBP) 3 Bed House - 20ft Container Cost (GBP) 4-5 Bed House - 40ft Container Cost (GBP)
Melbourne From £1,011 £2,897 £4,998
Sydney From £1,011 £2,897 £4,998
Adelaide From £1,011 £2,897 £4,998
Brisbane From £1,011 £2,897 £4,998

* Our costs table should be used as a guide only. As we do not know your collection or destination address, or how much you plan to ship, these costs do not include the following charges: UK collection, onward delivery from the port in Australia to your new home, professional packing and loading costs.

For a bespoke quote for shipping to Australia, use our removals quote form or contact a member of our team for more information.

How Long Does it Take to Move to Australia?

Due to our connections with international export companies, 1st Move International have access to shipments leaving the UK for Australia each week. Whether you need a full 40ft container or just a small pallet, your shipment can leave on the next available weekly sailing.

For more information, view our upcoming Australian Shipping Schedules.

Why choose 1st Move International?

Container ship sailing fast

Guaranteed Weekly Shipping Service

Avoid the delays and get there faster! Our unique packing systems allow us to ship weekly by sharing containers with commercial exporting companies.
Ship it like the pros with our guaranteed weekly shipping services.

Covid Safe Packing Badge
Packed pallets lined up

Science Behind Our COVID Safe Packing

Palletised removals for a safer move overseas. Our shrinkwrap packing stops the handling of individual items to ensure a Zero Touch delivery. This also reduces the risks of damage and improves the security of your goods.

Pallets being measured

Measured Exactly for Accurate Billing

Size does matter! International moving costs are determined by the total volume of your move.
Each pallet is measured exactly after packing to ensure clear and accurate billing for your move abroad.

Unique COVID Safe Packing

We are the only UK international removals company that offers COVID-safe packing solutions when shipping household goods from the UK to Australia. Our shrink-wrap packing prevents the handling of individual items, ensuring a zero-touch delivery and providing the best protection for your goods during your move.

Guaranteed Weekly Shipping to Australia

Unlike most movers, we guarantee regular weekly shipments direct from the UK to all main ports in Australia including Melbourne, Sydney, Adelaide, Brisbane and Fremantle - with door to door services available throughout all of Australia. Once it’s packed we will immediately give you the next available weekly sailing and you can track the container and vessel here.

Check our international shipping schedules to over 6500 destinations worldwide.

Fully Insured Removals to Australia

Thanks to our unique packing procedures, we enjoy the lowest claims record of any removals company. No compromises. We palletise all of your goods together to guarantee that, once packed, items are never handled individually. Reduced handling means less risks and maximum safety for your move. Read more about our moving insurance here.

Secure Packing For Your International Move to Australia

We are the only international removals company to employ this system of packing and we have been doing so for the last 25 years. Our palletised shrink-wrap packing is proven to:

  • Give your belongings unparalleled protection in transit to Australia
  • Drastically reduce the handling of individual items
  • Speed up customs clearance
  • Provide a COVID-safe method of shipping your goods overseas

See how it's done in this short video:

Dedicated Container (FCL)

We offer a Full Container Load (FCL) shipping service in which you have sole use of 1 or more 20ft or 40ft shipping containers. This is ideal for when you are moving a large amount of items like the entire contents of your home to Australia.

This service is offered either direct from your door or we can collect your goods and professionally pack them at our own 20,000 sqft packing facility.

Shared Container (LCL)

Perfect for smaller moves. We will pick up your stuff, expertly pack it using our COVID Safe packing, then load it within the week on the next UK to Australia shipping vessel.

Our shared container service does not sacrifice speed. We are able to load your hand crafted pallets alongside commercial shipments from large exporters. That means no waiting around for additional customers - your stuff leaves as soon as we've packed it!

Collection & Delivery (door to door)

Full door to door options are available. We offer collection serivces throughout the whole of the UK and onward delivery at your destination can be arranged with our network of overseas agents.

Get a quote for international removals to Australia today.

Frequently Asked Questions on Shipping to Australia (FAQ)

We offer international removals to the whole of Australia, shipping to all major ports including Adelaide, Melbourne, Sydney, Brisbane and Fremantle. Melbourne is the largest port for container shipping in Australia, handling over 2.5 million units per year.

We offer a full door-to-door service when moving to Australia, so whatever your final destination in Australia, we have it covered.

In order to enter Australia, all visitors require a valid Australian visa, regardless of the length of stay. Visitors from New Zealand can apply for a visa when they arrive but travellers from all other nations must apply in advance of travel regardless of their age.

There are different types of visas depending on the purpose of your visit to Australia. Tourist visas allow for short-term access to the country with anyone wishing to settle in Australia needing a working visa to legally allow them to obtain a job. Study or Training visas are also required for international students.

Read more about the types of Visas for Australia.

All international removals with 1st Move are calculated based on the size of the pallet being shipped. You will only ever pay for the precise volume of space your belongings take up on a shipment thanks to the unique way in which we pack. Our expert packers arrange your belongings in the most volume-efficient way possible and, once packed and palletised, we can measure your shipment exactly. No guessing.

Find out more about our shipping costs and how your bespoke price will be calculated with our smarter billing.

Yes. We offer car shipping services to Australia using Autoshippers. They are a licenced and approved vehicle shipping company and offer shipping services for cars (including classic cars), motorbikes and more. Find info on the rules and regulations and how much it costs to ship a car from the UK to Australia here.

Our shrink-wrap COVID-safe packing offers some of the best protection for your goods, making it one of the safest ways of shipping furniture and personal belongings from the UK to Australia.
We have the lowest claims record of any removals company shipping to Australia in our sector and we take great care when handling your belongings, however, we always recommend that you take out marine shipping insurance to cover any occasional mishaps.
Yes, we provide nationwide collection in the UK and we can arrange for onward delivery in Australia direct to your door.
For lists of prohibited and restricted imports into Australia, please see our customs clearance information page.

Moving to Australia

If you’re planning a move to Australia, take a look at these useful pages and articles to help you prepare for your trip and adjust to your new life down under.

For expert help and advice on removals to Australia contact our team today or give us a call on 0800 3890784 and we’ll be happy to answer any questions you may have.

Or simply ask for a quote to start your safe and secure move to Australia with 1st Move International.

Real customer reviews

Simply the best! Highly recommend 1st Move International, outstanding service. I had a large shipment of all my worldly goods to SA of which many items were very fragile. The packaging was so amazing not a single item was broken. And the communication was excellent all the way. Thank you to all at the company.

We have used 1st Move International over the past five years and never had a concern. The service we have received has encouraged us to give 1st Move International's details to all our friends

From start to finish the process to move our goods from the UK to the USA was seamless. Wonderful communication from everyone involved, and our belongings arrived in flawless condition. Highly recommend!

Everything about 1st Move itself was excellent - they were efficient, courteous, very responsive to all my concerns and very straightforward to deal with.

These guys are the best, superb service and amazing packing skills, everything arrived safely and not a scratch or broken glass in sight.

In the midst of life's challenges, they made an international move an easy process.

Even with the inconveniences of COVID-19 shutting down the world, 1st Move International went above and beyond for our overseas move.

I would give more stars if I could! 1st Move shipped 4 large pallets from the UK to the US for me and what seemed like such a daunting task to me, they handled awesomely!

Absolutely fantastic service from start to finish. Highly recommend and would definitely use again. Super helpful friendly team with brilliant communication who helped us every step of the way guiding us through all paperwork rules and regs. Thanks so much.

Even with the inconveniences of COVID-19 shutting down the world, 1st Move International went above and beyond for our overseas move. It is amazing that there was no damage taking into consideration that there was an Atlantic crossing, countless warehouse moves, train shipments, and truck deliveries. The only moving company I recommend!

Your Pallets Packed - Live on Facebook

COVID Safe Packing and Zero Touch Delivery Label

We are the only UK international removals company who offer COVID safe packing solutions when shipping household goods from the UK.

Once packed, your pallets are photographed and pictures of your shipment will be posted immediately to our Facebook page.

You can see a gallery of our latest customer shipments here.