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  1. ramot

    Where to live in the Gold Coast

    I Agree, that their age is relevant, as the OP appears very concerned about everything, and needs lots of reassurance about their potential move, so it might not be a sensible move. I repeat my previous advice, that when the border reopens, they spend more time in Qld than they have previously before they move here. so they can check things out for themselves.
  2. My reply might have been slightly confusing, sorry. We had lived in Australia since 2003 on the old 410 retirement visa, which closed to new applicants in 2005. Later 2 of our children moved to Australia so we applied for the 864 visa in 2017, and would still be in the queue, had the government not introduced a special pathway for anyone on either the 410 or 405 retirement visas to apply for PR, which we did in November 2018, at the same cost as the parent visa. but with different conditions, you didn’t have to have any children here or need a sponsor, so we were very lucky to have this opportunity. PR granted May 2019, and now waiting for our citizenship ceremony.
  3. In our case we applied for the 864 visa in March 2017, apart from paying the initial cost of the application nothing further was required then. Sorry don’t know if this has changed. Some time later we were in the position of being able to change to the 864 pathway from the retirement visa, and had to get police checks and have a health check when requested and received our request for the 2nd instalment shortly after both were clear. PR granted as soon as the money cleared, I think only hours later. I can never understand posters complaining about onshore visas, if the visas eg 864/804 exist then why shouldn’t people take advantage of it. Don’t blame them, blame the immigration system, it’s up to the government to change it. Just to make you feel better? we like some others weren’t entitled to Medicare or anything else while we were waiting for the 864 visa.to be granted.
  4. ramot

    Where to live in the Gold Coast

    It’s unrealistic to expect anyone to answer your incredibly broad search areas. The Sunshine Coast has good medical facilities, which I told you about in my poston 25th August
  5. ramot

    Three snakes in three days

    Better keep Ted indoors
  6. ramot

    870 parents temporary visa

    410 retirement visa holders did not invest anything at all. The visa was very cheap and cost about $300 ? to renew every 10 years. Completely different visa conditions to the 405 visa
  7. Same here, on the Sunshine Coast, a friend has a selection of hats on her front wall to borrow for the short walk to her front door as they nest in the tree above the wall. Quite fun choosing a hat.
  8. Same advice as HH. I had that and the dentist coated the hole again with something and problem solved don’t leave it, insist on seeing the dentist
  9. ramot

    870 parents temporary visa

    Also don’t make the mistake of assuming that all the parents are coming from UK with money, I seem to remember that most parents come from Asia and apart from paying the visa fee which several family members might have clubbed together to pay, they won’t necessarily have much income or money.
  10. ramot

    Impossible decision

    If you have half as much fun and new experiences as we have had in the 17 years since we retired you will have a great life. Travelled to all the states, so please don’t tell me all of Australia is the same. Sadly you will be restricted to flying overseas for a while, so enjoy exploring Australia, when all the borders hopefully re open.
  11. I smile every time I see the photo xM
  12. That is so unfair, hope you feel better soon x M
  13. ramot

    What about the positives?

    Always a poster who thinks they have the right to overturn a positive thread into a negative one. Must be a lot of miserable glass half empty people around.
  14. Supposed to be the top travel company in Australia known by 3 initials. I think we’re very unlucky because other people have had great trips. We enjoyed Broome and went to theBungle Bungles before the trip which was fabulous, and went on to Katherine by ourselves which we really enjoyed especially the sunset cruise on the gorge. We and others did make a formal complaint, but it was a total waste of time.
  15. Already applied, and approved, just waiting for the ceremony. Didn’t have to take the test as classed geriatric!!
  16. ramot

    Cost of moving to Oz

    When we decided to move to Qld we were retired, so our move wasn’t dominated by work restrictions, but we had lived in a village in UK, so were hopefully looking for a similar environment. Although we didn’t move to Buderim it does have a community feel, with a high St, and we moved close, to an now established area, we have a square with all the shops, a Woolworths, butcher, green grocer, wet fish shop, Dr. Dentist etc plus a, Tavern which is what it is. Much better facilities than our old large village had, or has now, and once you have lived here for a while you certainly feel local. Good university close as well, best not mention the beaches. I grew up in a S W London suburb in the 1950’s never felt much like a village to me, You are probably right that Sydney suburbs are faceless, I haven’t lived there like you, but I think some of them do have an individual feel about them? my daughter lives close to the city, does know people in the shops, and there are pubs where you feel welcome, but Sydney is obviously very different to London, so difficult to compare.
  17. If I tell you about our Broom to Darwin cruise it might put you off. We were on a well known cruise operated by a well known travel company. A fairly small ship, the scratch crew left a lot to be desired, one had literally been employed from a bar the day before. I don’t eat red meat and on one occasion was begrudgingly offered a crew meal as apart from salad, everything was meat, not even any fish. Don’t book during a neep tide, you miss out on the things advertised. We hit the worst storm before Darwin, the clue that it was going to be bad, was when it was suggested we could leave our cabins if we wished to stay in the dining area, which might be slightly calmer. We stayed in our cabin for hours, not allowed to move without help, the sides of the beds were put up. I mentioned previously that I don’t mind rough seas. I was fine, read a book cover to cover. My husband was so sick!! Luckily my previous life as a stewardess was good training to cope with him. The crew did call in at regular intervals. We did see some amazing places though.
  18. I think owning a boat and getting the most out of it depends a bit where you live. We shared a motor boat with 2 other families when we lived in Brunei, we had the best fun as we could moor up on deserted islands, swim snorkel and BBQ. I was fine in quite rough conditions, but the moment the boat stopped in the shallows I had to get off at once, couldn’t bear the gentle rocking in the swell. Certainly wouldn’t have one here, not enough places go to, to justify the cost.
  19. Sorry I missed this post. Hope it all goes ok xM
  20. I don’t eat bacon, but even I agree there is something about the smell of bacon cooking.
  21. ramot

    Cost of moving to Oz

    Not necessarily better, but different. Neither of my sons would swap where they live, both equally happy.
  22. ramot

    Cost of moving to Oz

    Everyone keeps going on about how high the cost of housing is here. Yes of course Sydney and Melbourne are very high, but so is London and it must depend on where you move from in UK to where you end up living here. For instance my old village In Nottingham the median house price is 355, 305 uk pds equals $644,125 Good schools and fair number of council houses. 20/30 minutes to Nottingham, better public transport. Median house price Sunshine Coast in my suburb just under $600, 000 slightly higher population here. Good schools much better sporting facilities here. Fairly poor public transport. Better shopping facilities here. 1 hr 15 to Brisbane My son lives in a Brisbane suburb, fairly large detached 4 bed house, large block. Valued approx $600, 500 My UK son lives in a suburb in Bristol, 3 bed 30’s semi, with loft extension 4th bedroom Valued 600 500 UK pds nearly double Similar equivalent incomes. Obviously these examples are random but they are genuine comparisons
  23. That’s disgraceful, even if your state has almost no cases. What is wrong with people.
  24. A few years ago the bridge club I go to put hand sanitiser out with a real drive for everyone to use it. There was quite a reduction in the amount of bugs that people caught. Clubs are very very strict now, temperatures taken hand sanitiser at every table, plus swipes to wipe the boards and table down at every change, and no socialising. Sad it has taken an epidemic for people to use their common sense to use sensible health precautions that we should all have been doing anyway. Remember that person who selfishly coughed and sneezing all over you. Let’s hope that has changed forever, and people have learnt to keep their germs to themselves.