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!