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  1. llessur

    Travel to UK on Australian passport

    Just in case anyone else has the same question - I can confirm that there were no problems at all in me travelling on just an Aussie passport. I passed straight through the smart gates at Gatwick without a hitch.
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    Moving to Adelaide Suburbs

    Some more dicsussion (plus an excellent map ) on this topic here:
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    There have been some pretty significant fires in South Australia over the last few months - probably the most serious being the one on Kangaroo Island (somewhere in the region of half of the total area of the island has been burnt). However, South Australia has not (yet) been as badly impacted as the east coast - specifically New South Wales. It should be remembered that in Australia the threat of bushfire is real and likely to become more so as the climate warms. That said, it is important to distinguish between metropolitan and rural areas - the risk of bushfire is generally confined to the latter with metropolitan areas not usually at direct risk (although there have been some exceptions in the past where fringe metropolitan areas have been affected - the 2003 Canberra bushfires spring to mind). The further away from rural areas you live, the less likely the threat of fire is. The major impact to the cities such as Sydney and Adelaide has been smoke haze - this has been covered quite extensively on the news overseas. Adelaide has had a couple of days (or partial days) of noticeable smoke and the overall air quality has decreased during the fire season. Again, we have not been impacted anywhere like the extent to which Sydney has - the main impact that I have noticed other than occasional smoke has been a layer of fine black ash on outdoor surfaces, and getting black feet from walking barefoot on our floorboards. In summary, if you're planning to move to metropolitan Adelaide you won't really have much to worry about in terms of bushfires directly impacting you (certainly not to the extent that your house would be threatened). The further away from the main metropolitan mass of Adelaide you move, the higher your risk will be - including to some of the newer suburbs down south which are bounded by open land, or even places to the north like Gawler. If you move to the Hills or a rural area such as McLaren Vale, Barrossa, Clare etc then you should absolutely be prepared for the risk of bushfire - including accepting that you may lose your home (or worse) should the risk ever eventuate. A comprehensive bushfire action plan would be essential in these circumstances.
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    Moving in Aug 2020

    Welcome to the forum and best of luck with your move to Adelaide! Mot sure about the specifics around rentals in units or apartments. I always thought it would be landlord/building specific but maybe someone more knowledgeable can help on this one. I have good friends in Norwood and they love it - generally anywhere on the immediate eastern side of the city is considered a more upmarket place to live so you won't go wrong. Norwood has a nice centre with a UK-style high street/shopping strip (the Parade). If you could get within walking distance of that you'd appreciate it Re: private health and pregnancy. No - you'll still end up with a sizable out of pocket bill ($1000+) for having a baby in the private system. Plus, you'll also need to take into account any waiting limits before you can claim for certain things - we investigated private health cover when we were thinking of having a baby and I think most policies had a 12 month wait period from signing up before you could access any pregnancy services. We had out baby through the public system and couldn't have been happier with the experience. If you live in Norwood you'll probably end up at the Women's and Children's hospital in North Adelaide - it's the major hospital in SA for all things obstetric and pediatric so you won't go wrong. Side note: if you get classified as having a high-risk pregnancy you'll most likely be giving birth there anyway regardless of what private cover you have. We had a private room, great midwives and it didn't cost us a cent. The public system also covers all pregnancy-related ultrasound scans - and chances are you'll get them at a private hospital/provider anyway (we had all ours done at the private Calvary hospital). All blood tests are free through Medicare, regardless of whether they are pregnancy-related. GP visits you'll pay a small amount for (maybe up to $30 - but are free for kids). My personal view is that you should think carefully and do some research on whether you will truly need private health cover at all - lots of younger people are dropping out of the system as they feel a) it is not value for money and b) their needs are and will be covered by the public system. Because of this, premiums are rising and the value of the policies gets lower. And so the cycle repeats. My understanding of the benefits of private cover are reduced waits for elective surgery (i.e. joint replacements etc), being able to choose your surgeon/doctor/obstetrician etc (being used to the UK system that doesn't bother me at all) and being guaranteed a private hospital room. It's also important to note that even with top tier private cover you'll most likely end up with a bill after any hospital stay as many things just aren't covered (such as dressings etc). Another argument for private insurance is the 'extras' cover you get - such as optical, dental, physio etc. However, the extras cover is a sizable monthly expense payable over your entire lifetime and the odds are that if you funded these things out of your own pocket in full you'd end up spending nowhere near as much money overall as the total insurance premiums anyway. There are also limits for individual and lifetime claims for some things so even with good extras cover don't expect all your dental work to be 'free' for life. I think the sensible thing to do financially is to put aside the monthly cost of health insurance into a savings account and be very disciplined to never touch it. By the time you get older and need elective surgeries there'll be a very sizable pot there to fund any private ops you need - plus if you don't use it your kids will get it when you pop off. My wife and I have no privtae health cover - just ambulance cover for a hundred-odd bucks per year. We've been absolutely fine with the public system for the last 8 years and we're thousands of dollars better off for it. The public system here is great and covers all emergency care, non-elective hospital visits etc. Unless you're particularity precious about being in a private room or who you get as a surgeon or obstetrician etc (which let's face it, we're in a highly-advanced country - they're all going to be just fine), private health cover just seems like a massive scam to me - people think they're getting stuff for free but forget they pay several thousand dollars a year for it up front. I don't have any connection to either of those job areas unfortunately - but I'll ask around and report back if I hear of anyone Very best of luck with everything!
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    Restaurants and bars in Adelaide

    From: https://indaily.com.au/eat-drink-explore/the-forager/2019/11/27/mum-cha-brings-dumplings-to-rundle-street/
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    Travel to UK on Australian passport

    Awesome, will get round to it at some point I guess
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    Travel to UK on Australian passport

    My passport already expired a few months ago but the online renewal system still says I can do it as a renew rather than a new application. I can't find any info about how long that grace period lasts - anyone know?
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    Travel to UK on Australian passport

    Thanks everyone for your replies! I'll probably renew at some point in the not-too-distant future but at the moment, given the last-minute nature of my trip, I could do without the cost and hassle of doing it now. Glad to hear others have had no problems using just their Aussie passport, will be one less thing for me to worry about
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    Travel to UK on Australian passport

    True, but it's $200 I'd rather not have to spend for a two week trip at this point
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    Travel to UK on Australian passport

    I know this question has been asked before but I'm just trying to see if anyone's had any recent experience of travelling to the UK using only their Australian passport? I now have dual UK/Australian citizenship but my UK passport has expired and given the fact it's soon to be withered down from a 28 nationality passport to a single nationality passport I can't really see the point in renewing in when my Aussie passport will be fine for my travel needs in the future. I'm flying back for a 2 week trip in January with a return ticket - presumably I'll be fine entering as an Aussie tourist on my Aussie passport?
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    Moving to Adelaide

    *Can be tough there depending on the industry you want to work in. Healthcare is a pretty major part of the SA economy so you shouldn't have any problems from that perspective - although you might want to do some research on that front to make sure before you commit. There are various engineering firms within Adelaide/SA but obviously it depends on what field your husband works in as to what opportunities exist here. Adelaide is a great place to live - commutes are short, traffic is non-existent by major city standards, we have lovely beaches, life is laid back and happy and the weather is great (we have four distinct seasons unlike the top half of Australia). The trade-off for some of the benefits a smaller city has to offer is a smaller job market accordingly. I wouldn't write Adelaide off on the job front without doing further research specific to your and your husband's careers. Best of luck with your move whatever you decide!
  12. Some positive news on the SA employment situation: From: https://www.adelaidenow.com.au/news/south-australia/sa-jobless-rate-drops-from-73-to-63-per-cent-shaking-off-title-of-having-the-nations-highest-unemployment-rate/news-story/b84976153dabb48c07c7ed135bf119eb
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    New tallest buildings in Adelaide

    Progress shot from last week of Realm (foreground) and the Adelaidean. (Image courtesy of the Sensational Adelaide discussion forum)
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    Family communities in Adelaide

    I'm not overly familar with Aldinga as a city (which is what it is called here, but it's more like a small town in UK terms) so someone else might want to step in here but in general it's a nice part of the world. Obviously it's quite far south as far as the Adelaide metropolitan area goes so if you had a job in Port Adelaide for example you'd have an hour's drive to get there - maybe a bit more in peak hour. I don't know where the bulk of your work would come from but if it's all over the metropolitan area you might want to consider living more centrally so that you've never got more than half an hour's drive to any job. That said, we've just finished renovating our house and I would say the majority of tradies we had through lived down south so it certainly can be done I guess it's a case of weighing up the beachy lifestyle vs longer commutes.
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    Family communities in Adelaide

    Ahh, there you go. It's all a bit tongue in cheek with the map - although I think it does give a rough idea of how the main metropolitan area is split into unofficial zones (e.g. eastern suburbs vs beachside suburbs vs northern suburbs etc). I love the hills and we've talked about moving there one day - although places like Mount Barker do feel quite far away for me as I'm used to my 5 minute commute to the CBD by train. Stirling or Hahndorf would probably be the furthest I'd want to live from the city at this point in my life, but somewhere just inside the hills region with access to a train like Blackwood/Belair would be perfect! At the end of the day a commute here is still the same as a commute in the UK (i.e. dead time) so I do think it's important for those who haven't been here before to get an idea of the scale of Adelaide and its surrounds before they commit to an area that might be a deceptively long way away from their work in the city - hence my woop woop comment