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Wanderer Returns

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    Insurance for 20ft container

    We'll hopefully be shipping our stuff out to Brisbane at the end of the month. I've heard it's a lot cheaper to take out separate insurance than pay for it through the shipping company. Does anyone have any recommendations or experiences (good or bad) regarding this please?
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    Insurance for 20ft container

    That's great, thanks for the recommendation - I'll get on to that right away.
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    Perth or Sydney?

    Small world isn't it?! The Snake Pass is still an amazing drive. I went over there a couple of times last year as I have friends in Stockport and Altrincham, and it's far more scenic than the A6 if you have the time. For some unknown reason the traffic is horrendous around Glossop these days (going either way), so that's become a bit of a bottleneck. @Paul1Perth I admire your tenacity - true love knows no bounds! @AliQ where in Australia are you returning to? If you are moving to Brisbane then maybe we could go halves on a 40ft container and save ourselves a fortune!
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    Seven seas Movecube insurance

    I gather the MoveCubes cost about £1,000. Do you think 2 x MoveCubes would be a better option than a 20ft container? I've been informed by PSS that a 20 footer has a capacity of 1,050cuft.
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    Perth or Sydney?

    That's interesting @AliQ. I grew up in the Derbyshire Dales (not far from Bakewell), and lived there for 35 years - 1970-2000, and also for the last 5 years. More recently we lived in Cairns until 2014, when we went back to the UK to care for my mum until the end of her life. I'd lived in Brisbane for about 4 years (2003-2007) and loved it, so we're in the process of moving back to Australia. However, my wife has been stuck in the UK and our house sale recently fell through, so the move back is not going very well! I love the Dales, and I'm now feeling a little homesick as a couple of my friends have been posting pictures of the lovely Derbyshire countryside on Facebook. The summer time in Britain is so short though (even with good weather), and before you know it it's 1 October. There are 6-7 months in the Peak District when it's pretty grim, to be honest. One of the reasons I came back to Brissie is that there's some lovely countryside not too far from here; the Sunshine Coast and Gold Coast Hinterlands are stunning, and also Northern NSW, although that's a bit far for a day trip. I couldn't imagine living in parts of Australia that are completely flat, and all there is is the beach. In general I'd agree that there's 'less to do' here when comparing Australia to the UK, as in specific activities or sightseeing, but I've never been bored here. I've always found that I've needed to do less here because the weather's so nice. When I'm not working I'm happy to spend time in the garden, going for a bike ride, or pottering out around. It's not all about going to the beach, but that's an option any time of year in Queensland. I'm not sure how I'll feel when I get older, and I'm not able to enjoy the great outdoors like I am now. Maybe I'll want to return to the UK to enjoy a more cerebral lifestyle in my old age! By the way, I've never paid for parking anywhere in Derbyshire (except for Edale and Castleton), as you can usually find a spot somewhere if you don't mind a bit of a walk. I appreciate that's not so easy if you have children though.
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    Perth or Sydney?

    This is my take entirely, and you've pretty much summed it up that Freemantle has more atmosphere than the city itself. Having lived 20 years in London the I think the OP @Drazic would find it quite an adjustment, and should definitely consider a visit there first before committing.
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    Perth or Sydney?

    3 months of the year in Sydney when you might want to run the air-con to stay comfortable, as opposed to 3 months in Melbourne when you need to relay on some form of auxiliary heating. It's horses for courses. Either is an improvement on 7-8 months in the UK when you need to run the central heating
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    Perth or Sydney?

    I'll grant you it's less crowded but there's little difference in climate. Brissie has a bit more rain and mostly in summer, whereas Perth gets most of it's rain during winter. Summers are pretty muggy here but from April to October it's glorious. I've only been to Perth in summer and it's always been as dry as a bone, which I've never found very appealing. https://weather-averages.co.uk/compare-climate/brisbane%2C-australia/perth%2C-australia
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    Perth or Sydney?

    Nice. Can't really argue with that!
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    Perth or Sydney?

    It's called Brisbane!
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    Perth or Sydney?

    Can't argue with you about Melbourne, @Marisawright - it's got lots going for it, but I lived there 18 months and was happy to leave. Like many Poms I came to Australia for the nice weather and to reasonably close to some nice beaches, as I like to surf. Port Phillip Bay never really cut if for me and Melbourne's weather is consistently dreary, although notably warmer than the UK. I much prefer Tasmania to be honest - at least there's some outstanding countryside there. I don't think Sydney is excessively humid, apart from 2-3 months over the summer, although it seems to be getting hotter everywhere these days!
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    Perth or Sydney?

    I live in South Brisbane and it takes and hour to drive to the Gold Coast, and an hour and half to drive to the Sunshine Coast. It's not as close to the beach as Pert, but I'd hardly say that's a long way. The beaches on Stradbroke Island actually take longer to get to than the Goldie because of the Ferry, and then the bus ride on the other side.
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    Selling up / shipping furniture

    Never a truer word spoken! I flew out to Brissie in January to start a new job. House sale agreed at the time, but that has now fallen through of course. Wife stuck in the UK waiting for a flight, and has lost her job. My income covering bills in the UK and the rent here. Now looking to rent our place out for the foreseeable future. Don't get me started!
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    Price of a 20ft container UK to Oz

    Thanks for posting this - I had the same quote from PSS and exactly the same question. I emailed them the other day to see if they were still shipping and the answer was 'yes'. When I enquired about dates they said 'take your pick', which suggests they are pretty slack at the moment. Given the current situation there might even be a bit of movement on prices??
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    Perth or Sydney?

    After 20 years in London only Sydney or Melbourne are likely to cut it for you, unless you're looking for a more Australian experience. I lived in Sydney for a year and it has a lot going for it, but as @Marisawright said it's become hellishly expensive, and unless you're selling a £1m house in London you'll probably be renting or living in a sweat-box out west. Surprised you're not considering Melbourne as you've lived there before, so may already have a few old friends there? I've been to Perth three times over 20 years and it still feels provincial. On the upside, there are some beautiful and interesting places to visit nearby, and you're closer to the rest of the world for trips to Asia and back to Europe (hopefully in the not too distant future!). I've lived in Sydney, Melbourne, Adelaide, Cairns, and I now live in Brisbane, which ticks most of my boxes. If money was no object, my list of the Australian cities I'd choose to live in would look like this... 1. Sydney 2. Brisbane 3. Hobart 4. Adelaide 5. Perth 6. Melbourne 7. Canberra
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    Secondary School Teacher 190/491

    Congratulations! I don't know whether a 491 would allow you to work in Cairns, but I taught there for 3 years and was very happy. Cairns is a great place - loads to do there and around and about - just too hot for too many months of the year, but I'd recommend it for a couple of years or so.
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    Bushfire season

    If you believe the BBC News at the moment you’d be forgiven for thinking that the world is about to end in Australia – words like ‘apocalyptic’, ‘evacuation’, and phrases like ‘state of emergency’ frequently appearing in the editorial. I’m finding this rather unnerving because I'll be returning to Brisbane to live and work in less than two weeks. Is it really as bad as the media is making out? Are we talking localised areas here, or are the effects much more widespread? I remember when I lived in Cairns the media used to go into overdrive every time a cyclone was a 1000 miles off the coast, but this seems a lot worse. I’m very sorry if anyone in the forum has been directly affected by this; losing one’s home and possessions must be heartbreaking. How well do insurers cover this type of calamity? I was in Brisbane in 2011 when they had the floods and I recall that some insurers didn’t pay out for damage caused by inundation from rising floodwaters. I’ve never owned property in Australia before, so how good insurance protection is against natural disasters is something I need to fully understand.
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    Living in Australia - What you need to know

    That seems pretty good value when you put it in that perspective.
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    Living in Australia - What you need to know

    Thanks for your input
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    Living in Australia - What you need to know

    Rydges not exactly in my price range tbh. I'd normally be staying in some country town whilst making a road trip, and it always seems to be 10am in the places. The cleaners are usually coming around with their trolleys from 9 onward. I'll make a point of asking in future though
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    Living in Australia - What you need to know

    In my experience hotel/motel check-out time is always 10am. This appears to be non-negotiable, and woe betide anyone who is a minute late
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    Happy Christmas Holidays

    Sorry to the OP, I didn't intend to hijack your Christmas message with a running commentary regarding one's ailments! Nor did I realise that the picture of my back would be quite so prominent! (I thought it'd be a thumbnail, not inline). I've been trying to delete it but I don't think I can
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    Happy Christmas Holidays

    Thankfully my attack of shingles broke out in the middle of the heatwave we had last year (in the UK). I say ‘thankfully’ because I couldn’t stand anything touching my skin for the first month, so I had to sleep without sheets or the duvet. I couldn’t even wear a shirt for weeks , so I was pretty much house-bound because no one really wants to see a semi-naked 50-year-old parading around town, do they?! It took about three months before I could wear clothes all day and get on with normal activities without it driving me mad. I’m not old enough to get the vaccine, so I'll needed to rely on medication. Acyclovir is an antiviral that can be effective if you take it when the outbreak starts. I now keep a supply in the bathroom cabinet. Amitriptyline helped me get a good night’s rest, although I felt groggy in the morning - also in the aforementioned cabinet! Please don’t take this as medical advice of course; I’m just recounting me own experience. Looking on the bright side, shingles is like chickenpox - the chances of getting it again after the initial outbreak are low.
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    Do Sixth form Chemistry teachers exist?

    This is currently the case, although it seems that professions can quickly be added or removed from the skills shortage list, so I'd bear that in mind. I previously taught in NSW and QLD, and I’m returning to teach in Queensland in January. To teach in any particular state you need to be registered with the appropriate body. In Queensland it’s the Queensland College Teachers (QCT), and in New South Wales it’s the NSW Education Standards Authority (NESA). They need to approve your overseas qualifications first, and make sure that they're comparable with equivalent Australian teaching qualifications. If your OH has a PGCE with QTS, then he should have no problem getting registered in any Australian state. The process can take a few weeks and there are quite a few hoops to jump through from recollection. As others have stated, Australian high school education finishes at the end of Year 12. Most students will be 17 by then, although some can be in their early 20s! Year 11/12 students are referred to as ‘seniors’, and the curriculum is similar to what British Year 12/13 study. To the best of my knowledge sixth form colleges don't exist in Australia, so your OH would work in a high school and teach students from Year 7 onward. That might be a bit of a deal-breaker!
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    Moving back : how to get rid of possessions ?

    We intend to ship out our Samsung smart TV when we move out next year. I'm not really bothered if I can't get Australian TV tbh (unless it's dramatically improved in the last 5 years!), just as long as I can get Netflix and other streaming services.
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