Wow, this is such a great thread, I have to contribute. The original post was truthful, heart warming and honest - and honesty is the key to living here I believe.
We have only been here 18 months, and only once have I thought "Right thats it - Im off back to the UK" and that was when my OH had a nasty mis-carriage.
In general both countries have their positives and negatives but I need to summarise our thoughts on a few key points:
1 - Weather - If the constant 40 degree days are too much - move to Melbourne - its much more bearable and it can be considered "fun" in the sense that four seasons can actually happen in one day - great!
2 - Kids - They stay younger here for longer and this for me is a big positive, and they are well more respectful of adults.
3 - Australians - My best friend is an Aussie here and I call him bruv. Dont need to say anymore on that really, if your here and you miss your family, TRY to treat your new friends as family.
4 - English friends - Vital to me, from different backgrounds in the UK we are all suddenly in the same position and if youre honest with each other us poms can really help each other out.
5 - Cost of Living - No longer can you sell up in the UK and buy outright here, but so what? The world economy is changing and will change some more, nothing can compare to the economic misery the UK has suffered recently. Just get through it and remain positive.
6 - This country is so naturally beautiful, and young, it can feel like you are part of something special here, almost like the dawning of a new age - but it depends how you look at it really.
EVERYONE who has made this move should smile about it, be proud of it, but if, after the three year mark the smiles become more difficult, then maybe its back to the UK.