Hi Everyone. I read so much on PIO before moving out here and what I found most useful were peopleís real life experiences of the first few months. So here is my account.
We moved here 5 weeks ago from Edinburgh, OH and 2 little ones (4 & 2). We moved into a furnished holiday let in North Curl Curl, Northern Beaches. I felt it was quite expensive but was great to be so near the beach and important to feel comfortable, especially when first arriving.
Our first few days covered the usual Ė car hire, tax file number, Medicare, bank account etc. (oh, and I had pre-ordered an online shop from Coles which was delivered the first morning we were here, was brilliant). We had hired our car for only 2 weeks so made it a priority to buy a car pretty quickly to save on long term expense.
Next was where the heck to live, Sydney is massive (compared to Edinburgh). We visited quite a few areas including the Hills. I had read a lot on here about it but after driving there it felt very far out. No offense to anyone living there but for me personally I felt like we could have been anywhere, it was a bit like a giant housing estate. My priority, I realised, wasnít the huge house but to feel like I actually lived in Sydney, or my expectations of it anyway. We also carefully considered Sutherlandshire, which was great, but I think my heart was set on the Northern Beaches.
After scouring domain.com and realestate.com every day we found a 3 bed house in Collaroy, Northern Beaches. Itís a tough rental market and moves fast but thankfully our house had been on for a couple of weeks so the fact we didnít have jobs didnít seem to matter. We did offer 2 months rent up front as an incentive but wasnít required.
OH (accountant) joined a few agencies and after 2 interviews now has a job, great. Takes the pressure off as there are a number of initial outlays.
Next tasks for me (apart from making some pals!) is to find nursery places and a part time job. Bit tricky as the good nurseries have long waiting lists so need to enroll them but donít want to commit to a certain number of days without a job that fits in? Bit of a catch 22, sure it will all work out.
Anyway, hope this is of use to some people. Oh and btw, itís totally beautiful here. Weather is great, even in winter, weíve been to the beach most days. There are parks and playgounds everywhere and people are helpful and friendly. Loving it. Good luck to all those in the process, itís definitely all worth it.