Top 5 Cities in Australia with the most Overseas Chinese!

Australia – one of the world’s most livable countries, world’s best country to retire, world’s happiest country, and also has the world’s most livable city!

Australia’s social security, quality of life, affordable housing, inclusive culture, high levels of healthcare and education are among the best in the world – attracting people all over the world, including international students, migrants, retirees and investors. 

In 2017, Australia released its latest census data stating that Australia has a total population of 24.4 million and 6.1 million immigrants, which accounts for more than a quarter of the country’s total population. The number of immigrants from China was 191,000, ranking as the champion of Asian immigrants in the region. 

Chinese immigrants in Australia are growing at a very fast rate and are also the most populated Asian immigrants in the country. But which cities do these Chinese immigrants in Australia live? 

The following 5 cities are where the Chinese are most concentrated. 


sydney, australia
Australia’s first, largest and most modern city – Sydney! 

According to data in 2020, Sydney has a total population of 4.8 million, but Chinese immigrants account for 3.1% of the population. Even if you don’t really speak English, you can still survive here with Chinese and Cantonese. 

Sydney has a humid subtropical climate, with mild average temperatures throughout the year with four seasons. With its vibrant economic environment and huge room for development, many Chinese immigrants are attracted to live and build their lives here. 

The cost of living in Sydney is relatively high and is actually the second most expensive city in the world after Hong Kong. However, because of its vibrant urban character, Sydney still attracts many Chinese immigrants to study, work and live. 


melbourne, australia
Melbourne is favoured by many overseas immigrants because of its developed economy, beautiful living environment and rich culture. It is no wonder that they’ve been named as the “World’s Most Livable City” for seven consecutive years. 

In terms of the cost of living, Melbourne’s prices and housing costs are slightly lower than Sydney’s, making it a great place to live. For this reason, Melbourne is not only attractive to overseas immigrants, but also to the locals themselves.  


brisbane, australia

Brisbane, also known as the “Sunshine City”, is the third-largest city in Australia, with a spring-like tropical climate, long sunshine hours, beautiful natural scenery, and proximity to the Gold Coast, a famous tourist resort. 

Although Brisbane’s economic environment is not as developed as that of Sydney and Melbourne, its vibrant arts and culture scene, world-class education system, low cost of living, affordable housing, and highly developed tourism industry have attracted many Chinese to purchase properties here. 

It is worth mentioning that Brisbane will be hosting the 2032 Olympic Games, which experts agree will further boost Brisbane’s real estate. In particular, Woolloongabba, Redcliffe Peninsula, Ipswich City, Logan City, Morton Bay area and Redlands are all known as good areas for investment

All in all, for many immigrants, Brisbane is a comfortable, clean and simple city with an abundance of life, making it easy to fall in love with the slow pace of life here. 

As for investors, the highly developed tourism industry and the Olympic Games in 11 years’ time make it a great place to invest and live. 


adelaide, australia

Adelaide is the fifth largest city in Australia, and is a very unique city at that. Its cool climate and strict local government food requirements mean that Adelaide grows and produces many quality grains, fruits, vegetables, meat, seafood and dairy products, the most famous of which is wine. 

Additionally, Adelaide offers quality education, attracting many young immigrants and international students to the area. 

Home to a long history of prestigious institutions of learning, they focus on practical education and are committed to providing students with a wealth of international exchange, study and work opportunities, yielding many top-quality individuals in a variety of industries. 

Most importantly, Adelaide is the least expensive city to study in, so many immigrant parents and international students are willing to come here for a low-cost, but high-quality education. 


perth, australia

Perth is the largest city in Western Australia, and as its capital, it is a regular on the “World’s Most Livable Cities” list. People are so familiar with this name that it is commonly mistaken as the capital of Australia! 

In recent years, the local government’s redevelopment projects and the well-handled Covid-19 situation have attracted the attention of investors and immigrants. In addition to overseas immigrants, even Australians have relocated to the city because of it.  

Perth’s relaxed pace of life, filled with laughter and friendliness infused in a creative environment, plus its strong economic outlook, excellent education and medical services are all great features that have made the city increasingly popular amongst Chinese immigrants. 

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