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  1. Davo453

    We are home at last

    So an update we have now been back in Australia for 4 months and in most of that time, we have been travelling across from WA in a caravan. If you get the opportunity buy a caravan and do the trip it is amazing to discover just how big the country is and what a diverse landscape it has. We wish we had done the trip many years ago. We still liked WA a lot and have many connections to it but that was too easy and we decided to travel east looking for a home. None of the big cities have suited us but of them all Adelaide came close, possibly followed by Canberra the others are too big, we did traffic to death in the UK and don't need anymore if we can help it. We travelled right around the bottom of Australia and have finally settled in Queensland, to be exact Bundaberg. Bundy is a really nice city with a good climate it has most services that you could wish for having a catchment of some 100,000 people. Everywhere that humans live has its problems and Bundy is no different in that but not to any noticeable extent. It is over 4 hours north of Brisbane but we have no compulsion to go back there but if needed it is doable there and back in a long day. So we have purchased a house (settles soon and in 30 days start to finish!) 1.2 acres with a 4 bed home and sheds for $260,000 not on a flood plain 11 minutes to the city 6 minutes to the beach could not be passed over. So here we will live for at least the next few years and who knows maybe forever.
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    We are home at last

    Not so much missing out is just that we lived in WA for decades and have sort of out grown it I guess. So far as are half way through Victoria and have liked most of the places we have past through, with the exception of port Augusta but we had 2 days of 48deg there which put us off rather.
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    We are home at last

    It is actually some 19 years since we lived in Perth we lived in Albany/Denmark for a few years prior to the UK and yes the changes are pretty staggering even the satnavs have trouble keeping up Google is your friend there. The road infrastructure is amazing apart from the upgrade to Reid hwy etc when did the extension to the kwinana freeway happen! It almost goes to Busselton now amazing stuff. But Perths old suburbs are still there and quite similar Ellenbrook is vast we objected to that year's ago as it used some of our land. It is as predicted just a dormitory town which is fine I guess and has a great Bunnings We could easily live in Perth we know the basic layout and finding a job for me at least would be no problems but it would be too easy to stay, so we are even now heading East.
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    We are home at last

    What's bad we'll that's very hard to judge isn't it. It depends so much on where you live both in the UK and Australia, how much money you have and where your family or support base is. For us we felt that to be honest we wasted the 11 years in the UK, financially at least we would have been much better off staying in Aus. However we had many adventures in europe but we had to work and making money this proved to be a real battle. Nothing is cheap in the UK especially in the cities housing and the general cost of living always goes up and wages are quit a bit lower than aus. Then there is the weather, all i can say there is i didn't have bad arthritis before we went and rightly or wrongly i attribute that to working a market stall in mid winter. So it's horses for courses really but I wish we hadn't gone.
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    We are home at last

    So after a week back in Perth we are still in the honeymoon period i guess but my it's good to be home. We lived in the uk for 11 years having gone there for just 5 to spend time with family, life and business just got in the way really. There have been many changes in Perth in the intervening years and not for the worse that we can see. There are a lot more people but unless you do something daft like joining rush hour traffic or going to Ikea on a Sunday morning you wouldn't really know. What is staggering is the difference in prosperity between WA and the UK they honestly don't know what a down turn is here. Sad to say that the UK is in a bad way right now no matter how much they fudge the figures. We are not staying in WA though, we are doing a road trip to the East and will see if we like it but if not we will be back and will not be going back to the UK.
  6. Fingers crossed, all gets collected in about 3 weeks
  7. Nope have gone with PSS for a full 20ft door to door. What with everything else to worry about it was a step too far really.
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    Mobile Phone SIM

    $45 a month https://www.aldimobile.com.au/plans/xxl-value-pack/#
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    Mobile Phone SIM

    Tricky isn't it Good to hear that are alternatives and we can change later if necessary. The aldi xxl pack is probably what I will go with 20GB the data roll over is attractive and unlimited calls to uk.. Doesn't look like international texts are included though?. But we use whatsapp mostly anyway. Someone has told me that aldi is only 3g is that correct? I have a friend that will post a couple of sims to us in the UK so we have them ready when we arrive.
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    Adelaide v Gold Coast

    Can agree with that very different attitudes. Even more so when you take in country people and places and city people. Country for me......
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    How Patriotic Are You?

    As an Australian living in the UK desperately trying to go home I get more patriotic every day. 11 weeks into a house sale and still no certainty that it will go through, a pathetic system.
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    Woodwork tools

    Apparently the smell of disinfectant is a good idea our place stinks of Jeyes Fluid at the moment. I'm taking a lot of tools probably a third of our 20 foot container.
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    Mobile Phone SIM

    Thanks for the reply that's great just the info I was looking for. My present mobile is only just out of contract and has been extremely good so i will keep it for a while and go for the Aldi Sim. I just wish there was an Aldi in the center of Perth I wonder if they sell them elsewhere....
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    Mobile Phone SIM

    I've searched the forum and can't find this topic but it must be there somewhere.... Which mobile phone SIM to get. I need pretty good rural coverage loads of data min 30gb sounds ok and would like international calls Aldi mobile XL plan looks interesting does anyone have that? Any recommendations appreciate.
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    The UK house selling system

    A bit of good news today the buyer (the one holding things up) have had their mortgage approved, so with a good lump of luck maybe next week for contract exchange. Might get my life back then