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    Australian now has the world's most liveable cities

    I'd argue that nowhere in Australia really experiences 4 seasons like we're used to in Europe. It's either summer or not summer. The 'not summer' period just lasts longer in the southern states, and is quite depressing. You can keep it.
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    Australian now has the world's most liveable cities

    I've never heard of the Mercer Survey. The survey @Parley is referring to which ranked Melbourne #1 from 2011 to 2017 is the same one I provided the link for. It's produced by the Economist Intelligence Unit (the research division of the Economist), and ranks the quality of live of 140 global cities based on their stability, healthcare, culture, environment, education and infrastructure. Personally, I've never understood why Melbourne was ranked so highly, but then I admit to being biased by the weather (and an ex-girlfriend's family I didn't like very much). Melbourne clearly has a lot going for it, and is a very liveable city. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Global_Liveability_Ranking#:~:text=The Global Liveability Ranking is,and environment%2C education and infrastructure.
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    How long before it felt normal to live in Australia

    I left 18 months ago, and I can reassure you that you're not missing much - and that was even before the coronavirus!
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    Australian now has the world's most liveable cities

    Any day?? How about any day this week... or next? I think you'll find yourself in a very small minority if you don't like Queensland winters!
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    Australian now has the world's most liveable cities

    I agree, and once the borders reopen there'll be a stampede to move here!
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    Australian now has the world's most liveable cities

    8th is more realistic when you consider the price of property - and the weather.
  7. The annual rankings are in for the top-ten most liveable cities in the world, and - unsurprisingly - 4 are in Australia. How lucky we are! https://www.bbc.com/news/world-57412997
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    Sydney property

    Where else can they go? If interest rates fell any lower the banks would be paying us to take their money away! Don't underestimate the importance of housing. It's a big issue at the moment, and will continue to be so due to a lack of affordable housing in Australia's most populated regions, a lack of investment in social housing, and a policy of paying people to have babies 20 years ago (I've never been able to get my head around that one, tbqh). The doom-mongers have predicted a property crash in Australia for decades but it's never happened due to ongoing demand, and a buoyant economy. Maybe this time around it will be different, but this is Australia not America and the government would step in in a crisis - just as they did during covid. The worst that is likely to happen is the usual price stagnation, and those in the cities who've paid silly money being stuck in negative equity for a few years. My half a million is fixed at 1.75% for 3 years, and although I never like to tempt fate, I think I could handle a modest increase in interest rates.
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    London to Gold Coast

    If you're going to be working remotely (lucky you) then the world is your oyster. If you're looking for a more laid-back vibe but still want to be close to the action, then the GC hinterland (somewhere like Mt Tambourine or Springwood) would tick that box. We live on the Sunshine Coast, which is starting to get over-developed like everywhere else, but fortunately high-rises are not permitted here so it still retains it's charm. There are still plenty of places up here where you can find yourself far from the madding crowd, and the drone of the car. With the exception of Noosa, the SC is also a lot more affordable than the GC too. If you kids are still in primary you'll have a bit more choice where to live (without a long school run), as primary schools tend to cover a wider geographic areas over here. Stay true to your dream, and don't make the mistake many do of 'moving to London but ending up in Luton'
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    Sydney property

    @MaroubraAndy I said balls to Sydney 17 years ago - a year after I arrived in Oz - and I've never looked back. Don't get me wrong, I really loved Sydney - and I could've probably just about hacked it back then, when I was more ambitious - but I would always have been a small cog in a big wheel. Now I live on the Sunshine Coast and now I am a small cog in a small wheel, but I can handle that because I'm 5 minutes away from paradise (much closer than if I'd ever lived in Sydney), and I no longer suffer from FOMO. I'm sure I could've stayed in Sydney, worked my butt off, and be worth a $million more by now, but at what price to my physical and mental health?
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    Sydney property

    That's the first sensible thing I've seen you write
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    Sydney property

    Or the many delightful places in between which have yet to be discovered (and ruined) by the masses.
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    Sydney property

    I agree. Given the astronomical level of debt many people have now exposed themselves to (including myself!), even a moderate increase in interest rates would result in thousands of repossessions. Interest rates are likely to be controlled artificially, for many years to come. As the old saying goes, if you can't repay $1,000 you have a problem. If you can't repay $1 million then the bank has a problem!
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    Things you miss about Britain

    I remember my mum explaining that the clocks had to go back and forth so that kids in Scotland didn't have to walk to school in the dark - it's stuck with me ever since
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    How long before it felt normal to live in Australia

    That's great, isn't it? It means that you are adapting well to your new live down under, rather than hankering for what you left behind in the UK To use that rather unflattering expression; "same sh*t, different day" - it pretty much sums it up if you're still working. That said, we're currently in the depths of winter, and knowing that at lunchtime I can sit outside and enjoy my sandwiches in the sun - that kind of thing has never lost it's novelty to me - even after 18 years here. I think there are things we come to accept as being normal here, but they are far from normal when compared to life back in the UK.