We finally arrived on 15th September, singapore flights from London Heathrow. We was very lucky with our flights that they didn't get cancelled, we was quite anxious just waiting but turned out all good.
The flights were practically 3/4 empty, had a row each so we could lay down and sleep. Food was very good too. Heathrow and Singapore airports were like ghost towns, so strange to witness it all.
Arriving at Perth airport, we were ushered away from the international arrivals area to a quick customs check then collect our luggage on the carousel. There was a row of desks each with a police officer who we sat down with and they filled out forms. We was then escorted to buses waiting on the tarmac, once on, the police escorted each bus enroute to our hotel in Perth, The Novotel. Lovely large suite with a kitchen, more like an apartment, 10th floor, views of the swan river. 2 tv's etc....food is ok but not great when 2 very fussy eaters!! Each day a paper bag with your food in is left outside your door and they knock. It's great not having to cook, clean and do washing!! You have to really make the time as best as you can to stop boredom, its really quiet, no windows can be opened, no leaving the room. We try not to think about how many days are ahead, just take one day at a time.
I have applied for a job on Seek and sorted out my resume, husband will do his soon, plenty of time to do things like that. We've got puzzle and sudoku books, out tablets/iPads etc...plus we can watch a film instead of the news, which is on all day and evening!!
You get a call from reception to check you haven't gone mad and they ask if you are ok and need anything. I have made a few calls from our room and as long as local, are 90c per minute.
We had our first covid swab test today, they will only contact you if positive, so no news is good news. We then have another one on the 11th day. It doesn't hurt and is not even uncomfortable.
We have been looking at cars online, ready for when we leave the hotel, so we can go out and sort our licenses out, medicare card, register with a gp etc.....
Sadly we cannot purchase a house now as the sale of ours in the UK failed to complete after exchange, so has been a very stressful time and will now have to put back on the market, something we thought would never happen!!! Our container arrives around mid October to Fremantle and will go into storage, something else we didn't want to happen.
So, glad to be here for sure, but not being able to go out and find our dream home bas taken away the excitement. There is nothing we can do now but sit and wait for another buyer, just hope it's quick as dont want to sell an empty house approaching winter as it could get damp, which could have an effect on someone buying it cheaper, we would then lose out. We are devastated this has all happened.
Still, taking each day as it comes.
Good luck to those who are making the move to Australia soon.