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    Restaurants and bars in Adelaide

    Been a while since my last update but when someone opens an axe throwing bar it's probably worth a mention... From:
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    New tallest buildings in Adelaide

    The second one is the new student accommodation building on the corner of North Terrace and Frome Road - that's already started, the piling's done and they're starting on the ground floor slab now. The first one is proposed for King William Street but that's about as far as it has got - as far as I know. The office that's currently on the site has a for lease sign up so they're obviously not planning construction imminently.
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    New tallest buildings in Adelaide

    It looks good on cloudy days too
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    New tallest buildings in Adelaide

    A little while since my last post but both the Adelaidean and Realm have now reached full height and are largely complete externally: (Pictures courtesy of the Sensational Adelaide development forum) The Adelaidean was subject to a increase in height during its construction and now sits at 138m, making it a clear 6m taller than the previous tallest building - Westpac House - as well as Realm. I would certainly argue however that Realm is the prettier of the two! The 115m Luminesque building on Currie Street is slowly taking shape - it is the left hand of the two buildings under construction is this photo and will certainly make an impact on the skyline from this approach into the city:
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    Moving to Adelaide

    I'm from Brighton and have been living in Adelaide for 8 years now, I moved over with my then girlfriend (now wife) when I was 32. I love it here - as one of the above posts said it's definitely not Melbourne or Sydney in scale but it's still a very sizable city by UK standards and has a lot going on (especially right now as we're smack bang in the middle of festival season with Adelaide Festival, Fringe, WOMADelaide, V8 supercar racing and all sorts going on in the city centre). In terms of where to live - definitely don't rush into anything. Ideally you'd want a few weeks at least in a rental place fairly close to the city and then use that time to explore different areas on the weekends - there's beachy suburbs to the west, posh and leafy suburbs to the east, koalas galore up in the hills and plenty of pommies down south Different areas can give remarkably different lifestyles so it's well worth getting to grips with the place before you commit to anything. Where you work, how you want to commute/how long you're prepared to commute for and what sort of house you want to live in (i.e. heritage vs modern) will also play a big factor. Schools will be a thing too - many public (i.e. state) schools are zoned but it's not necessarily done by postcodes, a lot will have very specific zoning maps so it's worth checking with a school if you're interested in it. A lot of the time the data is on the school's website, otherwise this website should help: https://www.sa.gov.au/topics/education-and-learning/schools/choosing-a-school/school-zones The state schooling system here is generally very good and at least on par with (and arguably better than) the UK's. As in all cities some schools will have a better reputation than others but that tends to be in line with the area they are located in. There are some rankings on SA schools here: https://bettereducation.com.au but in my opinion, especially with primary schools, blistering academic performance isn't the sole indicator of a good school. Our local primary school sits around the middle of academic performance league tables but has a very good reputation with local families and excels in pastoral care. Private schooling seems to be a bigger thing here than it is in the UK - it's a genuine option for middle income families, although there are some very expensive schools too. It's worth bearing in mind that many of the more affordable private schools are church-affiliated so given Australia's arguably higher levels of religious conservatism than the UK you'd have to weight up the pros and cons depending on your own values. For example, finding out that sex education is often taught as part of religious studies rather than science or biology tends to make me a little wary of this route for my kids. A secular state education sits better with me. I'm not sure about the specifics of nursing recruitment but it's worth mentioning that the new Royal Adelaide Hospital completed in 2017 is probably one of the most advanced hospitals in the world and situated right in the middle of Adelaide's emerging biomedical precinct which in a few years time will include the southern hemisphere's only proton therapy unit. It would most likely be a great place to continue your career There are various other hospitals scattered around the metropolitan area so you should be OK for choice depending on where you end up living. Best of luck with it all - keep us updated!
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    Moving to Adelaide Suburbs

    I wouldn't be too put off by auctions. They're not my preferred method of buying (not that I have bought more than one house) but at least it's all out in the open and you know an agent can't play a game with you but telling you they've had higher offers elsewhere - you know exactly who is offering how much. They can be a bit intimidating but you can always get a proxy to vote on your behalf - at least you know they won't get caught up in the moment and bid more than you have to spend. We bid (and lost) at two auctions before buying our house by private sale, however we went to many more whilst we were house hunting and saw a few houses go for below their estimate - that's less likely to happen at a private sale. Overall the house buying process is much easier here compared to the UK as there are no chains. Most houses in metropolitan areas will be advertised for a four week period culminating in either an auction or close of offers. Once an offer has been accepted you generally have the keys four weeks later. I know people in the UK who have waited 6 months to get the keys after having an offer accepted because of problems with the chain. Seems like a silly system from that perspective. Good luck with the house hunt - it can be stressful but going to opens can be fun and a great way to nose around houses you might otherwise not get to see
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    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