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  1. Moving to Australia

    1. Visa Chat

      Discuss all aspects about migrating to Australia and the visa process. This forum is for discussing Australian visas and migrating to Australia. 

      550,926
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    2. Skilled Visas

      (e.g. 189, 190, 489)

      5,933
      posts
    3. Family / Partner Visas

      (e.g. Partner 309/820, Parent 143/103, Child 101,802)

      40,578
      posts
    4. Temporary Visas

      (457, 417)

      3,668
      posts
    5. Business Skills Visas

      (subclasses 132, 188, and 890 to 893)

      31
      posts
    6. Business Sponsored

      (186, 187)

      62,887
      posts
    7. Working Holiday Visas

      Discuss backpacking round Australia and Working Holiday Visas

      21,079
      posts
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      posts
  2. Life in Australia

    1. Aussie Chat

      All the latest news, gossip and general chat about migrating to and living in Australia.

      523,854
      posts
    2. Household

      Removals, creepie crawlies, health a, welfare and pets - Everything to making your home in Oz.

      20,942
      posts
    3. Renting & Real Estate

      Renting and real estate discussion on properties in Australia.

      26,143
      posts
    4. Money & Finance

      Discuss foreign exchange, mortgages, lending and finance in general for your new life in Australia.

      40,342
      posts
    5. Education

      Talk about the Australian kindergarten, schools and higher education system.

      17,824
      posts
    6. Health

      Discuss all health related matters

      12,500
      posts
    7. Careers and Vacancies

      Discuss your career , job prospects and employment in Australia.

      82,358
      posts
    8. Kids Down Under

      Forum for chat about schools, playgroups, kids clubs, childcare options, activities, days out, where to shop, playparks and more.

      9,354
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    11. Travel

      Discuss flights, vacations and holidays

      14,132
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  3. Australian States & Territories

    1. ACT

      Discuss migrating to and living in the Australian Capital Territory. This includes Canberra and its surrounds.

      9,325
      posts
    2. New South Wales

      Discuss migrating to and living in New South Wales.

      20,874
      posts
    3. Northern Territory

      Discuss migrating to and living in the Northern Territory

      2,251
      posts
    4. Queensland

      Discuss migrating to and living in Queensland. This includes Brisbane and its surrounds.

      31,286
      posts
    5. South Australia

      Discuss migrating to and living in South Australia

      5,416
      posts
    6. Tasmania

      Discuss migrating to and living in Tasmania. This includes Hobart and its surrounds.

      4,388
      posts
    7. Victoria

      Discuss migrating to and living in Victoria

      28,900
      posts
    8. Western Australia

      Discuss migrating to and living in Western Australia. This includes Perth and its surrounds.

      41,748
      posts
  4. Partner Forums

    1. Money Transfer: Ask Moneycorp

      Chat with Moneycorp about moving your money to / from Australia

      2,763
      posts
    2. Financial Advice: Ask Vista

      Vista Financial Services - Expert Advice on Financial Advice, UK Pensions Transfers to Australian Superannuation – QROP

      1,140
      posts
    3. Shipping Pets: Ask Pet Air

      Pet Travel queries? Ask Pet Air - A bespoke pet travel service owned and run by vets.

      1,436
      posts
  5. Moving to the UK

    1. UK Chat

      Are you an expat in Australia moving back to the UK. Use this forum to discuss the move back.

      128,324
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    2. 454
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  • Latest Topics

  • Latest Posts

    • No bother @Ozblueskies! Pinch of salt however as I have only been here three months so far - ask me again how I feel after summer Seriously though, I like it. It ticks many boxes for me and us as a family. Great you've experienced the weather already - you'll know what you're in for :-) I haven't travelled from one side of Brisbane to the other - although have driven through twice and caught a bus many times to large parts. It seemed pretty easy to me but then again, it's not every day in peak hour so it could be different. We walk about a lot also, from the South Bank area to the CBD and back. Very easy. I don't know that many people here to know if they travel about to see eachother but can't see why not. I completely understand what you mean in Sydney however - it does seem to have a big divide. I have heard that there is a divide between North and South here but again not that I've experienced - doesn't mean it doesn't exist though. Perhaps we arrived in a busy time for rentals - maybe people at uni or otherwise. Not sure. We weren't too picky but did need approval for a pet - that must be why it was harder for us. Disposable income is a massive plus! There are so many things here you can spend your money on to have fun! Sunnie Coast, Gold Coast, Wildlife parks, breakfast in a cafe in the Redlands area, across to islands for snorkling etc.. etc.. etc......... we're still discovering. All the best to you!  
    • Hi @Stuart16 thanks for your comment. I think if you enjoy heat (especially humidity), more relaxed lifestyle and being outdoors then you may just like Brisbane and surrounds. When it's really really hot mind it's just like those brilliant grey freezing sideways rain and sleet days of a Scotland January ;-) as in it's a bit of a struggle to stay outdoors! It's great here tho. We're a fairly active family and love the outdoors - and are doing so much more here than we did in the UK. Just better weather and not having to take coats, gloves, scarves etc.. for us and child is brilliant. Don't forget the sun-cream, hat and bug repellent tho! Manly (on the coastline of Brisbane for anyone reading this and thinking 'Sydney') is lovely. As are many suburbs around there. I definitely recommend that area. There's a great little spot called Wellington Point where you can dip your toes in the water (be careful of the nasties tho) and catch the sea breeze. From around there very easy to get over to Stradbroke Island too which is in a word, magical. We're only 7k south of Brisbane CBD but ideally would love to move out (buy) to near where you're looking to move. The trains are frequent so I hear from that part of Brisbane. Certainly my OH hasn't had an issue (albeit it we've only been here 3 months). The kids will love South Bank. Man made beach and two adventure type pools. Plethora of restaurants and eateries and music/festivals on what seems like every weekend. It's exciting eh! Daunting though too. Before you know it you'll be here. I felt like our process was if anything, a bit too quick! If you want to know prices of things let me know for budgetary reasons - albeit it every family spends differently. Please feel free to ask any questions you have - may not be able to answer many but will try! All the best!
    • My guess is the numbers are skewed by those applications which were submitted but left unprocessed in the last 6 months.
    • Potato head is truly a disaster...
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