That's exactly how we feel about the climate in Melbourne, unfortunately we don't have any family in Brisbane but one of my wife's colleagues is moving out there to work for Mater in the next couple of weeks, so she does know one person.
The thing we like about the offer from Mater is that they would be willing to sponsor residency after a year in the job, so at least that way if it didn't work out and we missed family too much, we could always move to Melbourne after the 2 year period.
It's almost a means to getting out to Oz as quickly as we can.
We have a daughter who's 4 in August and son that's 2 in August, so the daughter would be starting school in Feb (I think) out there. So that's always a way to meet people too, as well as people at Mater and my job once I get one.
I really want to do it, but I think my wife is a bit apprehensive as her mum and husband (an auzzie) are really close to the kids, but they want to move to Melbourne.
I just think it's such a good opportunity we should go for it.
My wife works for the PRU hospital in Orpington, she used to work in London years ago for UCLH, until we had the first child, then she relocated to the local hospital.
Lots to think about, but we're very excited by it all, just hoping it all pans out and we actually make the move :-)