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  1. LKC

    Moving Back to the UK from Australia - Positive Stories

    That’s what I heard. I’ve a slight tan at the minute, we’ve had some absolutely beautiful weather up here in Kinross!
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    Moving Back to the UK from Australia - Positive Stories

    Pleased to hear you're settling back in! We've been back 20 months now, and I don't regret coming back for a second. That's not to say that I regret moving to Australia at all, we had a great life there in the main, but Scotland is the first place I've felt truly at home.
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    Where to live Sudney

    When we first moved over we thought we'd be at the beach every day, but the reality is, when you have work, school and so on, you really only go at weekends anyway, and even then not every weekend. We really loved the beaches in the Royal National Park, and also a bit further down the coast towards Wollongong and beyond.
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    Where to live Sudney

    You could also have a look at Sutherland Shire. Rents (and house prices in general) tend to be a bit lower, particularly if you're away from the beachside suburbs. Even in the more inland parts of Sutherland Shire you're still only 25 minutes or so from the beach. It's a nice area, easy to commute to the CBD by train, family friendly, good schools, all services and so on that you'd need. We lived near Engadine, and really enjoyed our time there.
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    Moving back to the UK car insurance

    I got my Aussie insurance company to write a letter stating that I'd had no claims in the five previous years, and my UK insurance accepted that as proof of no claims. Could you do something like that with the company that your work went through? ETA: We were with AAMI in Aus and are with Aviva here. No problems for either company to do this.
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    Starting Out in Sydney?

    I’d echo what Marisawright says about the climate/humidity in Sydney. The air isn’t really fresh at all, particularly inland, and it can feel a bit like trying to breathe soup if it is humid. I have never had respiratory troubles until I lived there, turns out I’m allergic to mould spores of which there are plenty, being a damp place. I used to get two to three colds a year, and would be plagued with a chronic cough for weeks on end after each one. That said, we were slightly inland and surrounded by bush. As far as I can see, yes you would have to pay school fees. You need to look carefully at the schooling, because the curricula between the UK and Australia aren’t directly comparable, which may cause difficulties with your eldest son in particular, given that he would be starting year 11 on your return. Our girls grew up in Australia, we moved to Scotland when they were 11 and 9. Scottish children start school slightly later than English children, so ours went into P5 and P7 - in England eldest would have gone straight into secondary, where here she had almost a full year of primary first. This gave her time to fill in any gaps in her knowledge (of which there were many - simply because the two countries are out of sync with each other, not that one is better than the other) before she hit high school. With year 11 being a very important year, I would very carefully consider your choice of schooling and so on. We left Aus 18 months ago, so I don’t really know what the rents are like now, but finding somewhere decent for $700 per week would most likely be a bit of a challenge in many parts of Sydney. If you look at some of the southern suburbs, for example those in Sutherland Shire, it might be doable, but you’d probably struggle to get anywhere on the coast for that. Sydney became extraordinarily expensive in the years we lived there. We were in the Engadine area, which is a nice family-friendly part of Sydney, about a 20 minute drive from the coast.
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    The pommie winter

    No, not too far from there though. Crook of Devon area.
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    Your favourite city in the world

    I'd only been to Glasgow once before, to sit some exams at the uni, and wasn't impressed, mostly because my boss had booked me into the dodgiest hotel in the worst area, I think! However, this was quite some time ago, and actually I really liked it this time. I'd definitely like to go back for a look at more of it. I don't think you could compare it to Edinburgh, but it seems like a nice place.
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    Your favourite city in the world

    Either Edinburgh or York. Not sure I could choose between them. Both full of history, loads going on... I've spent more time in Edinburgh (being in Kinross it's only a stones throw really), but I have been to York a couple of times and spent loads of time just walking all over. I'd be happy to live in/near either. A friend took me to Glasgow the other weekend, and I was surprised how much I liked that. He was telling me that Glasgow has more green space than almost anywhere in the UK (Birmingham has more, I think). We had a lovely day at the Kelvingrove Museum and walking round the university area, and I'd definitely like to go back for more of a look. I also like Birmingham, but then I was born/raised there, so I'm biased!
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    Moving Back to the UK from Australia - Positive Stories

    We felt a bit like this in Aus, even with children. It wasn't that people weren't friendly, but we were continually held at arms length, even by the parents of our kids friends. I thought that there was something wrong with me, and then I just stopped trying. Since we moved to Scotland, where we've not lived before and have no family, we've all made a great group of friends, many of whom I would consider to be '3am friends' - the ones you could call at 3am in an emergency (and who you'd be happy to have call too). It may well have just been as simple as the fact that we were in Sydney (albeit an outlying suburb), where here we're in a village, but I really did struggle with the lack of friendship.
  11. Completely agree with Marissa! We weren't close to our parents, and we didn't move back because we missed them, but if this is a worry for you now, then I wonder if migrating is for you. I saw my mum (dad died 20 years ago) twice in nine years. My ex's parents (we separated when we got back) came out to see us about every other year, so we saw them a little bit more often. We certainly didn't see them often.
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    1 month+ Recon in the UK - where to check out?

    We looked at Bath and Bristol as an option before we moved back, and liked what we saw. We ended up moving to Scotland though, so I can't be more help on the Bath/Bristol front!
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    Moved back to the UK and now depressed

    Completely agree with the couple of people who've mentioned not trying to go back to your old life. It's easy to forget that whilst you were away, people moved on, so your old life doesn't exist any more. I would definitely explore the possibility of moving somewhere else. We did this when we moved back, moved to Scotland, where we'd never lived before, and it is honestly the best thing we've ever done!
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    Grass greener?

    Well we ended up in Scotland, and absolutely love it here. We are a bit to the west of Kinross, in a lovely village, and have it all! Great friends and neighbours (we've not lived here before, so they're all new), great community, great schools, easy transport links to Edinburgh, Glasgow, down into England, up north into the Highlands, reasonable housing costs (there are houses in our village worth almost £1million and houses worth £150,000 - everyone just mixes together), great facilities in nearby towns...you really do feel out in the countryside, but so near to everything that Edinburgh and Glasgow have to offer. We looked at what we didn't want first (near London, Kent, Midlands, East Anglia, South West, Wales) and then looked at what we did want (in terms of job prospects, housing affordability, transport links, good schools...), and then looked at actual areas and narrowed those down based on our criteria. I did a HUGE amount of research, and it seems to have paid off!
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    Grass greener?

    Sounds similar to where we are, in terms of facilities, VS! We have a village hall, and I have spent a good few nights drinking and dancing frantically there! I'm actually on the village hall committee now, because I've loved how welcome we've been made to feel here, and feel like I want to give back to the community that has taken us in its arms. My OH and I have actually separated since we moved back to the UK, but I wouldn't consider moving away from our village for a second, even though my family are down in the Midlands. It has been the best move I've ever made. The kids are settled and happy, I'm settled and happy, ex is settled and happy, and life couldn't be better