We've been here in Sydney for going on 3 months and I thought I'd write a little piece about my experience of what life has really been like here.
A v quick brief, I'm the pom, my df is the Aussie and our 2 year old son has dual nationality. I arrived on a spouse visa.
So for our move here I think we have been more fortunate than most people, my df's family organised a house for us and not only decorated it but also furnished it as well so from the second we touched down we had a place to call home which was just truly amazing. The area we've moved into is very nice and there is a park and a doctors surgery on the same road.
Lets get to the nitty gritty, I've found that food is more expensive here but if you plan and become a savvy shopper then it can be reasonable (Aldi is a must but Woolworths own range is fairly reasonable too). Everyone has warned me about how expensive electricity is here, and being a bit of energy freak that I am, I've been turning off everything that we don't use, for example the tv at night, off at the plug etc, our first bill has come through and it's $218 for two months which is way cheaper than we were anticipating it to be so again if you're careful it needn't cost the earth.
Our internet/phone bill is $66 per month, this is with Optus which again I don't think is extortionate. Our rent and water is also more than affordable but we rent from our neighbour who is a long term friend of the family so again I think we've been extremely fortunate.
My df has found work as an Assistant in Nursing, within two weeks of us arriving back and within a ten minute walk from our house and he's enjoying it which is just great, I think it really helps to be doing a job you love. As for me I'm a stay at home Mum and as we are careful with our money/savings, we are in a position for me to be able to do this. I do plan to go back to work when he's a little older (school age unless our circumstances change).
Our social life is somewhat hit and miss, with a small child, we tend not to go out in the evenings too much but there is a DVD rental store nearby so we can watch all the latest movies. We haven't bought a car yet but we have a bus stop right outside our house and the nearest train station is a 15 min walk away.
Our boxes arrived two weeks after we did, we only shipped two boxes using seven seas worldwide but I found them to be very efficient and easy to use.
All in all, I adore it here, I've found the people to be ever so friendly, it's wonderful for our son to be able to play outside. I can't really think of any negatives to mention, maybe in time they will seep in but right now, I don't have any regrets or second thoughts. Hopefully, this post will help anyone who is thinking about making the move.