My husband is a British Army Officer and he has been offered a transfer, initially on a 3 year posting, to Sydney. They ship everything except pets and he would earn in the region of 95,000+ AUD. We get a 4 bed quarter in Paddington for about $600 per month. There are 5 of us - 16 and 13 year old daughters and a 6 year old son. The Australian Army do seem to be treated very well (probably better than the British Army) and we all get citizenship after a few months. We have until the end of October '12 to accept, for a posting October '13. It seems too good to turn down!! However, i've never even been to Australia before and I can't say it's something I've given a lot of thought before last week!! The kids are all up for it and we can come home after 3 years if it doesn't work out for us. I've asked for a pact that if one of us wants to come back we will (the 6 year olds opinion notwithstanding!) and we will hopefully have enough money to put by an emergency nest egg to get back to the UK if needed. Both our sets of parents are in their 70's and healthy at the moment but we're used to not seeing much of them as we move around so much anyway. We've lots of friends but they're all in fairly far flung corners of the world as well. Seems like a no brainer but i really have no idea what to expect other than a lovely temperate climate. Your thoughts would be appreciated?!!