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  1. Hi everyone have been granted our P.R visas and are now off to validate them so ill tell you about my reccie step by step and update as i go hopefully someone will find this useful. I am an electrician and my wife is a nurse who was the main applicant we have a 5 month old son and are moving to Brisbane Queensland we used the emigration group for our visas who where absolutely brilliant roughly we payed about £6000 for the visas including medicals etc.Just shortly after our medicals my wife found out she was pregnant phoned our agent who informed us our visas where ready she gave us our options and we decided to put them on hold we would just need our medicals done again plus a medical for our son,once our son was born we informed our agent who informed us our entry date to validate our visas would be put back only needing to get our sons passport and medical sorted so this was great news anyway done that visa granted in June needed validated by 13th of October. Flights booked from Glasgow to Dubai/Dubai to Brisbane and vice versa with a 2hr stop over in Dubai flying emirates cost- £91 for infant in lap £1344 per roughly 24hrs flight time there are cheaper flights but with a longer stopover and more stops and up to 36hrs flight time. Booked bassinet for my son no probs phoned emirates seats booked very helpful. Accommodation booked staying at the oasis apartments in Auchenflower 10 min from Brisbane city centre for 3 weeks from 28th of septembre $175 per night done direct very helpful just opened and looks good Car hire done through Apex cheapest quote with sat nav free car seat good looking car only thing is they are 5 min from airport but there is a free shuttle from airport to car just to phone them once we arrive cost $1038 Travel money got prepaid cards from travel-ex rate 1.68 but ice currency exchange has a better rate so got cash from them as well rate 1.70 but they dont have a Aus dollar pre paid card didnt want to carry all cash So thats our story so far 4 weeks to go on thu till we fly out and start our reccie ill update this to tell you how everything is going and put as much info as i can on here as i find things out any questions let me know and ill try and answer them cheers
  2. Hi guys we are looking for an accountant. They would need to be in and around North Brisbane. My husband is a self employed and we are wanting to set up a trust and need good advice. We are looking for someone long term that also has some knowledge of the U.K end as we have two properties which we have left. Please can anyone recommend someone they are using or have used, or any accountants out there that we can discuss with. Regards Del Live Well, Laugh Often, Love Each Other! :biglaugh:
  3. Hi everyone, My hubby and our 8yr old daughter will be leaving for Sydney in the next 3 wks! Eek! As we need to get our visa stamped before it runs out, without boring you with all the details, we built our house and its just been finished and been on the market a week! Our visa runs out mid November, so we need to make a trip out! As we've never been I'm using this as a opportunity to explore and a rd trip seems the obvious choice! I'm just wondering if anyone has been on a rd trio from Sydney to Brisbane? We are fist Landing in Sydney where we will stay for 3 days as I have meetings with agents, but than plan to get a camper van and head north. Go see the usual manly, Byron Ect. I than would like to head up to central coast as that is where we plan to settle once the house sells this end. Thinking of travelling down the pacific highway through berrowa to Brooklyn crossing Brisbane water than heading up to avoca, terrigal and stay around there. Looking into renting in or around those areas. If you have any tips on a few campsites on the way, mostly we will just camp around and not be in campsites but its good to know. Also I've looked into camper van hire is there anyone you'll recommend, we were looking at blitz as appllo seems mixed reviews. Also is better to prebook or just rock up for a better deal? Really looking forward to that Aussie lifestyle, I'm from Cape Town originally and miss the sun, been overseas 15 yrs so accent frightful!
  4. TurnersInOz

    Moving to North Brisbane

    Hi we’re a family of 5 (boy 13, girl 5 and baby boy <1) moving to North Brisbane July 8th, initially staying in Narangba. I work in research (health) and my husband was a joiner/carpenter, but will be graduating as a civil engineer next month. It’s taken 5 years in the planning to get to this stage and we can’t believe we’re finally making the move! We’re a very sociable family, and would love to hear from others currently in the Brisbane area or who are making the move there soon. Look forward to hearing from you :smile:
  5. Hey all, Its been over a year since I was last on here, apologies about the delay. I have meant to come on here more regularly to help out with anyone needing assistance. I moved out to Brisbane on the 12th October 2011 on a 176 Visa as a Carpenter. That was then changed to a Residents Visa virtually straight away for some reason. I went through the process of completing the Vetassess Carpentry so any questions fire away. I can also help with any queries about what you should bring over here. Also if you live in the Brisbane area I advise on what to do and where to go. Cheers Matt (East Brisbane) :biggrin:
  6. daniele1272


    what is the likely hood of getting a job in youth work out in oz i do it currently but my passion is animals really so anyone know of any prospects in these fields and how often they come up and yes with animals has had a ton of experience from working in the field to a zoo collection after advice people and land in oz at the end of november any one else else around that time let me know brisbane also i am off to
  7. 2bpepperrogers

    2 weeks in Queensland-where to go?!

    Hi My partner and I are flying nto Brisbane in April for 2 weeks. We need to come to validate our visa but only a fleeting visit as not got everything sorted to leave UK yet. Any tips and advice on where to go? We are slightly limited on money so can't do everything. It will also be our honeymoon so we don't want to be rushing about too much! Ideally we'd like to do some snorkelling on the reef, sunbathing and enjoying our honeymoon on a lovely beach, spend a couple of days in Brisbane too. Idea 1 was to fly up to Rockhampton and go out to Gt Keppel Island from Yeppoon for a couple of days, then travel by land back south along the sunshine coast, Idea 2 was to fly all the way up to Townsville and spend a week there then fly directly back to Brisbane and then drive up to Noosa etc and around there. Any suggestions on what to do/weather/where to go etc would be greatly appreciated!! C
  8. I'm going to be driving from Brisbane to be in Cairns by 28th of September. Will be keeping n eye out for relocation rentals, and failing that just renting a car. Looking for anyone to join the trip/contribute to petrol/make it less lonely! Happy to stop and take some time, as long as I get to Cairns by the 28th all good Still waiting on an Aussie number, in the meantime if anyone's interested post up here. Cheers!
  9. terriokane

    Brisbane or Melbourne?

    Hey, Myself and my boyfriend are currently on a farm in Queensland to get our second year visa. We finish in October and are unsure whether to go to Brisbane or Melbourne. I know it's a while away but I like to plan and know whats happening and time goes fast. We arrived in Brisbane and stayed there a few weeks before travelling the east coast. We did try to find jobs in Brisbane but found it difficult but that was May time. We did love Brisbane even though there isn't much to do there but we have never been to Melbourne and have heard good things about it. We plan on settling somewhere now for 6months or so. Can anyone advise which is better with regards to things to do, work, rentals etc. We also considered Perth but don't want to travel west yet as I want to go to Sydney for New Years. Thanks in advance Terri
  10. spicton1979

    What to ship in container

    Hi All, My wife, 3 kids and I are flying out to sunny Brisbane on 1st September this year and are in the process of booking a shipping company. My question is this: Due to the exchange rate, lots of things seem to be a lot cheaper in the UK, so is there anything that anyone can recommend that we should buy over here in advance and ship (we have some spare room in the 20ft container so won't cost us extra)? I.e. stationary, etc, etc ... is there anything in particular, electrical goods perhaps? Also, one of the shipping companies mentioned that we shouldn't bother shipping our main bedroom wardrobe as 99% of housing in Australia have walk in wardrobes, is this true? Thanks in advance, Steve
  11. Hi, just wondering if any one knows how property managers assess affordability for rental property applicants? ie 20% of weekly net income etc?
  12. sjn87

    Brisbane vs Sydney

    Heey, Im currently waiting on my PMV and looking at moving over to Oz to be with my boyfriend. I recently lived in Perth with him and hated it (no offence Perth) but it just felt so isolated and boring (again no offence Perth). I have been doing some research and Brisbane and Sydney seem to stand out abit and look like they would be a nice place to move to, but now i cant decide on which one? I will eventually visit both places before i make the boyfriend move but just wanted to know a bit about the places, anyone else opinion. Also Im a 26 year old female from the outskirts of London, England if that helps
  13. Hi, we're leaving Melbourne, after only a year ;-(, in September. Going to spend 6 months in Brisbane with my partner's family and then on home to the UK. Can anyone recommend a good removal company who will pack breakables as well as storing 80% of stuff until shipping back to the UK. Or also know of separate storage in Brisbane. 20% will be coming to Brisbane and then going on to the UK. Thank you.
  14. ... and I still only know one person! Hello, I am a guy from London, 36 years old, moved to Brisbane last month and I now live in the city and work in the Valley. I am doing OK and love it here, but it would be GREAT to have some friends to meet up with for drinks and maybe some trips etc. (Sightseeing trips, not LSD/Acid). The one guy who I do know from home is not in my age group. I am pretty quiet and reserved with new people who I dont know, so find it hard to speak to strangers without reason and a bit unnerving meeting a group of 20 all at once... hence this little message! It would be good to hear from anyone in the same situation 10 years or so either side of my own age. Where do you go? What do you do? IS ANYBODY OUT THERE? lol
  15. TurnersInOz

    Car rental companies - Brisbane

    Hi there. I'm looking to rent a car for a week or so when we arrive in Brisbane next month. Does anyone have any advice please on some good, inexpensive, car rental companies. The car will need to be quite large, as there's five of us, including 3 large suitcases and a pushchair! so any advise on a car that can squeeze us and our worldly possessions into would be very much appreciated. thanks in advance
  16. parents live near redcliffe,im moving out with my boyfriend.. any tips to making friends fast out there? also my boyfriend loves cars(hes a mechanic) any car shows or events that happen?
  17. Yvonne HornbyTurner

    Cleaning carpentry tools for import

    Hi everyone I am moving to Brisbane in 4 weeks and I am taking all my hand and power tools, I know they need to be clean, but how clean do they need to be to pass through Australian quarantine. Does my hammer and chisels need to be gleaming or can I just clean them with jays fluid. Thanks :err:
  18. clare0206

    Chef jobs in Brisbane

    Happy to move, about to apply for visas etc just would love to know is it realistic to go without a job planned? I have trawled the Internet and on seek.com.au alone for full time jobs in Brisbane there are over 200 jobs advertised. If applying nearer the time do you think that its realistic to think within a few weeks of moving (if not before) he could land a job? Happy to hear all opinions
  19. BRISBANE is knee-deep in Pommies, who are spurning migration to the southern states in favour of a life in the Sunshine State's capital. A survey commissioned by British bank NatWest has found Australia has displaced New Zealand as the top destination choice for Brits abandoning the mother country. Brisbane has also overtaken Perth as Australia's most popular destination for migrants. One in ten Brisbane residents are British ex-pats | Courier Mail
  20. Guest

    Renting. where in Brisbane

    Can anyone give us some info on the best suburbs to go in brisbane. & aslo where not to go. any help appreciated
  21. terriokane

    Just arrived in Brisbane

    Hey, myself and my boyfriend just arrived in Brisbane on Sunday, beautiful city and weather but I'm missing home. I know that's crazy cause Northern Ireland has nothing to offer for young graduates and we are best to conquer the world at 24 and 26 years of age but I miss my family more than I thought I would. I know Skype, Facebook etc is a wonderful thing but its still hard seeing them on it and the time difference is hard too-I skyped my sister at 4am Brisbane time this morning just to see how she was! My sis is 18 and me and her are very close so missing her lots. It's scary though with the thought of having to find a job and a house to share with strangers too. We don't really know anyone here. We are staying in Yha hostel and everyone seems nice but keeps to themselves. Staff are very nice and helpful tho. We move out next Sunday to our room share which we need to find first and I'm so scared too. Would really appreciate some word of wisdom and help with regards to work and room share. I'm not sure either whether to do regional work as at the minute I wouldn't want to stay a second year but I might grow to love it down the line. if anyone is in a similar situation or even just a friendly face to help settle us in would be great. We must be the two whites people in Brisbane - so jealous of everyone's tan but we are Irish and will never tan please help thanks
  22. Hi Were a family of 5 looking for a short term rental, July in the South of Brisbane or gold coast, were hoping to settle Pacific pines area, so ideally would like it to be near to there. Does anyone know of any short term letting companies, private owners, serviced apartments/accommodation or any good short term rental web sites. Also I'm looking for suggestions on what is a reasonable amount of time to rent temporary accommodation for our arrival in Aus? Thanks :biggrin:
  23. Guest

    Nursing Agencies in Brisbane

    Hi there, i am registered with Queensland Nursing Council and plan on emigrating with the family in the next few months to Brisbane area. Can anyone recommend a good nursing agency to register with please? Cheers X
  24. Hi, My name is Terri and myself and my boyfriend (Conan) are both leaving for Brisbane on 26th April travelling on a working holiday visa and flying with Etihad. We are both graduates and currently working as a waitress(me) and delivery man(Conan) this is not the career paths we want for ourselves. I'm graduated in Business and Conan is graduated in Marine Science so we are hoping Brisbane has something to offer. We both know we won't step into our favourite job right away or maybe not even in the first year but we are open minded to any job. We both have experience in the hospitality industry, fashion industry and Conan has labouring, and farm work experience too so we are definitely open to anything. However do you think it will be hard to find work? We land in Brisbane on Sunday 28th April and plan on applying for jobs right away on the Monday as we have heard it can take a few weeks before we get work. We feel Australia will be a better life for us as all we do is get up go to work and literally come home and sleep and at 24 and 26 years of age we should be doing more with our life! Oz is a better climate and more of the outdoors too. Also in April/May what will the weather be like when we arrive? We have booked our flights and got travel insurance, applied for our NAB bank account which we have to verify when we get there (appointment already made for the Monday too) and we have booked to stay in YHA for two weeks as this should allow us enough time to settle and get sorted. This all seems a bit mad and a bit surreal but any advice and help would be greatly appreciated. Thanks for your help Kind Regards Terri
  25. paisleylass

    Arrived in Brisbane! Yay!

    Now been in Brisbane just over 24 hours from landing. Here's a rough account of what's happened since we left LA after our stopover, and I'll probably add more later as things continue :biggrin: The 14 hour flight to Brisso was quite pleasant. I slept the first hour or so, woke up for dinner (mahi mahi fish - fancy!) and conked out for a few more hours. Cabin was brand newly updated with bigger screens, usb in the armrest (handy for phone charging) - nice. I'd been chatting to the Aussie bloke next to me - hubby was across the aisle as we had trouble getting seats together - and he recommended the movie Soul Surfer, so I watched that and loved it. It's set in Hawaii, a place I'm fascinated with, but it was a bit of a tearjerker so I was glad the lights were off and nobody could see me doing a little blub! Speaking of tears, the sentimental junk stopped on arrival in LA and hasn't reoccurred. Not really missing anything. Yet. OK, so we arrived at Brisbane airport about 7am. Stopped at duty free for a litre of rum, and got in the huge immigration queue. Considering we are completely new to Aus and on a 457 intending to stay a few years it was as easy as returning to the UK - the chap just scanned our passports and off we went. We had declared food and meds and neither were an issue - a woman just asked what meds we had, nobody wanted to know the food specifics and that was that - we were officially in Australia! Neither of us has a functioning phone and I needed to ring our accommodation lady to get access to the cottage we're staying in. This was a nightmare as the payphones don't take credit card, though I'd managed to collect two $2 coins. The first disappeared when I rang her landline, got answerphone and couldn't work out follow-on call. Then had just $2 to ring her mobile - at $1 a minute! Gah! I got through and got the info quickly, so we jumped in the next big taxi with our 4 suitcases and 4 bags and headed to Kedron. This was fairly quick, about 15 mins, and cost $27, though no change was given of $30 so he helped himself to a tip! Grumpy so and so dumped our bags on the pavement and sped off without a word. Welcome to Brisbane! Haha! So we dragged all our stuff into the cottage, hubs went to bed and I unpacked my stuff, grabbed a shower and chilled a bit. Went out to buy snacks and drinks and a SIM card (more of that in its own thread hoho), and again later to get phone credit and Go Cards for the bus, and a cheeky 6 pack of VB from the bottle shop. In the meantime I booked 2 house viewings, one in Chermside for this morning and one in Kedron on Tuesday. Both look fine and rents reasonable, so will be interesting to get going with the househunting lark! After window-shoppping houses for months, it's all very real now! Hubby finally woke up and got showered, we had a beer and then headed for Chermside. Translink on the iphone is really handy and told us what stop to go to and when the bus was due. After a short journey we arrived at the vast Westfield Chermside, which makes Glasgow Silverburn look like the corner shop! First stop was Coles, where we bough as many goodies as we could carry, plus detergent and fabric softener to get our mucky clothes sorted. Love the variety - I've always loved exploring supermarkets in the USA, and found Coles to sell lots of similar products (HUGE range of dips!). Prices were fine, though hubby thought it was expensive due to the exchange rate. He's since been reading Bob In Oz's blog and got over that :cute: Back to the cottage, we sat on the deck with more beer and a bit of food and chilled. Saw our first gecko climbing up the wall, and heard lots of beastie noises! I'm loving the tropical bird noises, such a change from Paisley. It's like living in Disney's Enchanted Tiki Room! Sort of. That's all for now, off to Aldi for brekkie stuff as we forgot in Coles.