Enjoying The Moving Process

Moving Down Under: A Hunter's Guide To Transporting Supplies To Australia

by Ava Sanders

Making an international move requires a lot more planning and work than a traditional move in the United States. If you're an avid hunter that's moving to Australia, then you likely want to bring some supplies with you to explore the hunting world of Australia. In the country it is common to hunt rabbit, hare, deer, and wild dogs like dingoes. When working with professional international movers, the hunting supplies that you are allowed to bring may be limited from your complete collection. By following this guide, you can easily plan your move and stop any delays from your supplies properly arriving on time to your new home in Australia.


A majority of your firearms will not be allowed through customs in Australia. It may be hard to part with your hunting guns, but the easiest way is to get through the move is by selling off your current collection and using the money to purchase new firearms in the country. If there are a few guns that you do not want to part with and need for your hunting experience in Australia, then there may be a few exceptions.

By working with an international moving company, you can get approval from the Attorney-General's Department. Through this approval, you will need a proper firearms license in the country and the requirements may be vastly different than the United States. It can delay your international delivery and result in full inspection of the cargo that you are bringing.

Hunting Knives

A majority of hunting knives are allowed to be packed and shipped to your new destination in Australia. The majority of these knives must be fixed blade knives. This means that the knives cannot flip out with the push of a button or be concealed in any way. It's also good to have a carrying case for the knives so they are protected during the shipment. Leave all of the knives out that you intend to move with you. It's up to the movers to secure the knives and list them as a part of the packing order. If any knives or hidden or packed away, they can be confiscated and your items could face delays through customs.

Hunting Multi-Tools

While hunting, it's important to have accessories that can help you set up items, prepare areas, and complete camping tasks if needed. One of the main accessories for this is a pocket tool. When importing pocket multi-tools into Australia, they must have specific features so that they are allowed in. One of the main features that is prohibited are automatic blades or tools that can pop out of the tool. This means that if a pair of scissors or screwdriver flips out or shoots open, it cannot be brought into the country. Manual tools like knives, scissors, screwdrivers, and pliers can all be a part of your international packing. The movers may examine the items to ensure that they are manual and do not have automatic features on them. If you are unsure about a particular hunting tool, it's a good idea to ask and seek approval. Professional international movers have a lot of experience dealing with these types of sensitive items.

Alternative Hunting Weapons

Not all hunting done in the outback is used with guns. Instead, you may be inclined to bring a variety of alternative hunting tools. A majority of these hunting weapons are banned, with one exception. Two of the more commonly banned hunting weapons are throwing blades and blowguns. Throwing blades may be used to hunt small animals, but they must be purchased in Australia because they cannot be brought through customs. The same rules apply for blowguns. If you're looking for a classic style of hunting, then you're still in luck because slingshots are allowed in the country. As long as the slingshot does not have an arm brace, it can be packaged and sent through your international delivery service. If you use an arm brace, then you can easily purchase a new one and add it on in Australia.

Hunting Gear

You may have spent years tracking down animals in your lucky hunting boots, but unless they are in pristine condition, you likely won't be able to bring them along for the trip. To help prevent the infestation of plants, bug, animals, or disease, there are strict rules against importing items with soil, mud, or clay. An international moving team has been trained to keep an eye on this type of importation and will likely ban a lot of the gear from your travels. Luckily, the new move gives you an excuse to purchase all new hunting gear and get ready for some fun outdoor adventures in Australia.

If there are items that you are passionate about bringing, do not hesitate to ask the professional movers. They can help you fill out custom paperwork, claims, and ways to get the items to your new home with no hassle.