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  1. http://www.standbyrelocs.com is one but there are lots of them!
  2. Also we did a one way camper return and it is cheaper. Will try to dig out the website where there are pages of them listed. The only problem with them is you do have to do the journey within a set time limit and a set mileage so not so many options but half the normal price!
  3. Yes you def need more than 15 days to explore, but we had already spent 3 weeks in the Darwin area and then spent a further 2 weeks in Melbourne. So a total of 7 weeks travelling around Australia.
  4. Thank you that's incredibly helpful. We have done the expression of interest and been asked for a whole range of documents. Does this mean they want him!? I won't look at housing just yet but thanks for the heads up of where to look. What does your husband do? Mine was in avionics but was teaching the cadets when he came out. What part of Australia are you headed to? Wishing you lots of luck with it all and thanks for replying.
  5. Hi. We are interested in doing a lateral move into the RAN, my husband is now out of the RN after 22 years. The difference with us is I am Australian so my husband already has a permanent residency spouse visa (granted last year). What do the RAN pay for with a transfer? Do they cover your flights, shipping, accommodation on arrival? Once they request your documents what happens next? Thank you to anyone who can help!
  6. It took us about 15 days. We didn't take our time in the sense that we drove for 5 hours a day, split into two chunks. Up very early to do the first 2.5 hours driving before it got too hot and then stop at a place of interest for lunch and explore then another 2.5 hours driving. It was too hot to sleep in the van at night so we bought a tent and camped alongside it. You can legally free camp in Australia (along the roadside) but my husband felt unsafe doing that so we mostly paid to stay at proper campsites. It was all a learning curve, in the mostly sweltering van we had to sleep with the door open and the kids got eaten alive by mosquitoes. My youngest was so bad it looked like she had chicken pox so we had a 'luxury night' in a motel to recover and then bought the cheapest tent in Kmart. We also splashed out on a night in an underground motel in Coober Pedy for the novelty factor. We ate breakfast and dinner from a cool box and a mini cooker (provided with the van) but often ate bought pies or similar for lunch stops. I think the areas you want to cover are huge and you may have to scale it down a bit! I think mainly due to the cost of such a vast trip. The distances are considerable and you cant really appreciate the vastness of the country on a map. On the Stuart Highway you can go hours without even seeing another vehicle! If you intend to stay long term in Aus you will have the chance to see more. once you are earning Australian dollars it wont seem so expensive to do. I guess ultimately it depends on the budget you have available but relocating is costly and you may want to save more of the pennies for that. My husband was fresh from 22 years in the navy and it was our trip of a lifetime with the payout you get on leaving otherwise it would be something we could not have afforded on top of the cost of relocation. As it was we opted not to stay.
  7. Hi! We did this with our two kids age 2 and 7 years at the time (last summer). We spent three months flash packing (posher backpacking!) through Malaysia, Singapore and from Bali into Darwin. After a few weeks exploring around Darwin we hired a camper van and drove across the country to Adelaide and then to Melbourne. Sadly we decided not to stay in Australia (I am Australian) and came back to the UK. We found it very expensive to travel in Australia and spent about £3000 (on the road trip part) of our Australian leg. Our Asian leg cost not even half that and included a few flights! We had an amazing time and saw so much. Many of our Australian friends hadn't seen as much of Australia as we did on our trip. The kids took to it perfectly even the long journeys in the camper van. I think kids take things as they come and as long as you are accepting of the situation they will be. it was all a great adventure and we have lots of interesting stories that we still share with the kids like the time we stopped and helped a minibus full of Aborigines who had broken down. We stopped off all along the Stuart Highway and detoured to Uluru (Ayers Rock) as well as seeing Litchfield National Park, Katherine Gorge, Mataranka, Tenant Creek, Alice Springs, Coober Pedy, Woomera, Adelaide and surrounds, the coast road, Melbourne. Any questions feel free and I will try to help.
  8. elizawilliam

    Not sure whether to emigrate or not

    I would go out on your own and find work first before sending for the rest of the family. If you can't get work easily you have not risked everything and can return. Just too risky to consider without any job and children who are dependent on you.
  9. elizawilliam

    Which Passports Do We Use?

    Also renew your UK passports while you are in the UK its much cheaper.
  10. elizawilliam

    Which Passports Do We Use?

    From my understanding its illegal to enter a country of which you are a national on a foreign passport. Therefore its illegal to enter the UK on your Australian passport and vice versa. As previous poster says you can book the flights using your Aussie passport but show whichever immigration you are at the relevant passport.
  11. elizawilliam

    Is work slowing in Australia that much.

    Ahem, I am Australian!
  12. elizawilliam

    Is work slowing in Australia that much.

    Update! Back in the UK ten days and husband has got work. Versus 6 weeks in Australia without a sniff of a job. New job is doing what he has done for 22 years fixing helicopters. He had just come out of the UK navy when we went to Australia so no job here before we left. We felt the situation was the same here as there so no harm in going to Australia and trying it. No regrets trying it although savings are very depleted. Can't make a good living in Australia at the moment. Agree with others it's only a matter of time before Australia enters a recession as they are so reliant on the tiger economy.
  13. elizawilliam

    Is work slowing in Australia that much.

    This wasn't the case with us. The licence for an avionics engineer doesn't mean you can or cannot work in Australia. It's a bit like the icing on the cake, it gives you more money! On the skills shortage list it actually specifies licensed and unlicensed avionics engineers needed. The reality was that my husband could not get a job in the field he has been in for 22 years. It meant we both would be forced into low paid jobs (our young children into full time childcare) just to get by and a long struggle ahead. When instead we are back in the UK and the job offers are flying in. The cost of living is so high in Australia you need a damn good job to make the better lifestyle people talk about. For us it wasn't a reality (btw for any UK haters I am Australian and love aspects of both countries. It's not a case of hating Australia but I think it is headed for a recession and things are getting tougher there.) Dont go without a job to go to! Despite family support we spent a huge chunk of our savings and it was incredibly difficult to be homeless and jobless there.
  14. I don't think you will find housing for that amount of money. Rents are more like 300 a week!
  15. elizawilliam

    Is work slowing in Australia that much.

    Feels that way. We love it here both areas we have been in Darwin and here but feel if he is forced to take any job going and not the career job we are going to struggle so much financially. I was born in Aus but left years ago. Sadly it seems easier to go back where he can get work easily and we know we can afford to live!