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  1. Hello PIO Just thought I'd start a wee thread to chat to some folk about how they view life in NSW (or any other part of Australia if you feel like it). We have our case worker now, our medicals are booked for July and after almost 3 years it's almost time to move. I have a job on a drillship, flying in and out of Sydney on a 28 on/28 off rota and I'm looking forward to my first 4 week break over there!! We are planning on staying in the Hills district, I have some family in that area, we have 2 kids (3 & 6). Looking forward to getting thing moving from over here, shipping, flights, etc. I'm not expecting it to be easy but my main worry was employment and that has been sorted out now. Now the important matter of "What time do I have to wake up to watch the Premier League?" Anyway, just chat back, small talk, big talk, whatever you want. Cheers Mark
  2. Harpersgirl

    Pub in the hills?

    Can anyone tell me what the pub out toward the hills is called that they have a first Sunday of the month jamming session at? Swear I saw something on a thread a few months ago but can't find it now for the life of me! Not a lot to go on I know but I have faith in you knowledgeable people...:notworthy:
  3. Guest

    Alexandra Hills

    Hi all, we are still waiting on the visa but should not be too long now. Both teachers with two young kids so hoping for a job. Does anyone know about Alexandra Hills and especially is it good for families? JohnG
  4. Hi everyone, does anyone know what the Everton hills area is like. My partner and I should be moving to Australia in the next few months and we have found a house to rent there which we really like the look of!
  5. Hi everyone We are about to move to a smaller home nearer to the City and have some furniture for sale. All bought from Ikea 7 months ago and in good order. All matching Birch Wood with Cream / White covers. 3 seater sofa IKEA | Fabric sofas | Three-seat sofas | KARLSTAD | Three-seat sofa Coffee Table IKEA | Coffee & side tables | Coffee tables | LACK | Coffee table Dining Table IKEA | Tables | Up to 6 seats | BJURSTA | Dining table Dining Chairs x 4 IKEA | Dining chairs | Upholstery chairs | HENRIKSDAL | Chair TV Unit IKEA | TV & media solutions | TV solutions for flatscreen TVs larger than 37" | LACK | TV bench Small Side / Coffee Tables x 5 IKEA | Coffee & side tables | Side tables | LACK | Side table Let me know if interested.
  6. Hi there everyone!! Just been made a job offer for a position at Burbank Place Baulkham Hills. I have been given hotel accomodation for 2 weeks from 10th January, can anyone assist with shared accomodation or of a good estate agent that will assist in getting set up. Any help would be appreciated. Merry Christmas to all.
  7. Guest

    Sevens Hills District

    Hi I have been looking at potential suburbs for a move planned for February 2011. I have found that Seven Hills seems to have a fantastic train line into central Sydney but properties appear larger/cheaper than areas such as Castle Hill/Baulkham Hills. Does anyone have any knowledge of (or live in) Seven Hills that you could share with me? Thanks Cara
  8. Guest

    Hills + Transport

    Hi all, Just waiting on my visa ! I have been looking at houses on the north shore and the hills district - does anyone travel from the hills in to CBD and if so: How long does it take How much does it cost Would you recommend it ? Thanks, Darren
  9. If are one of the numerous people who is emergrating to Australia and are looking to take their car with them, this post is for you. I can honestly say that there was very limted information when I was in the same situation before our move to Sydney in November last year. I am delighted to tell you that my beloved Volvo S60 is now sitting my secure garage in the Western Sunburbs of Sydney. It was very expensive and as I couldn't get a reasonable price for it in the UK, due to it being 18 onths old and Godon Brown introducing a scrappage scheme (devastating second hand values - effectively a negative equity situation!) There was also a sentimental element - so decided to take it with me. My Removal company told me that in the last year that they have seen a 50% rise in people importing their cars. So you maybe likely to go down this route. You will need to ensure that the car is in a good condition and as clean as possible but the Australian Customs will steam clean it whatever happens and it is expensive. You will need a Personal Import Licence via ACT and this takes sometime. DO NOT IMPORT your car unless you have this piece of paper. Your Removal Company should tell you this. We arrived in Oz in Dec 2009 but the container didn't arrive until February and we didn't see the contents until much later that month. See a separte post on this - not best pleased by our removal company - as car and contents sat in the UK for a month before even starting the shipping process. I found Australain rules and regulations very complicated and the RTA in NSW is a complete nightmare. Red tape in Oz is significantly worse than the UK - beware!! Whilst fighting the battle with the RTA I had an agency recommended to me. In short, they were superb and looked after all the paperwork, registration and minor modifications needed to the car (replacement mirror to drivers side and child restraints to rear seats> They were: Complete Car Care, Seven Hills NSW 2147 If you are importing to Sydney mero area or beyond - give them a call - Ask for Robert and I can honestly say that the service was excellent and he will provide the level of service you don't often find in Australia. He was helpful and courteous. All you need to do is sign a Power of Attourney and then he will do the rest, just pay the bill and collect the car. Although it was expensive it was certainly worth it. Good luck. One final thought - unless your car is precious to you - it would be worth offloading before getting to Oz. You can get good value for your Dollars over here (subject to a decent exchange rate!). The total cost to ship my car was about £6,000 - not worth it unless the car is of some value! Happy to answer any further queries you may have on the importing experience. Tracey Burgess (via Martin's log in!)
  10. Hi all, My family and I, which consists of a 3 year old, a 40 something dad and a 40 something mum, have moved to Sydney and are living in the Hills Area. Would love to hear froms other Poms living in and around the hills. For drinks, bbq's and or coffee and a chat for the mums only. Love to hear from you!!!! Antonella
  11. Hello all This is a plea for help/advice. I am considering moving to Melbourne and have a potential job offer in Hawthorn. I've had a look at houses and frankly I'm shocked at the prices. It seems that while our house prices in the UK have been falling steadily Melbourne's have been rocketing - compounded by the poor exchange rate. Then I discover that many people are paying £3K or more per year per child for education and I'm wondering if we can really have a better life out there with 3 children of secondary school age. So can an'yone rescue my dream? I reckon AUD$ 500K is our absolute upper limit and it seems we need to live further out if we are to get a decent house with a decent plot. Thats OK - I like the hills, rural feel and I could live with a commute up to (say) 40 minutes, BUT we must have a good school as our kids are doing well here in the UK. I definitely couldn't afford private. Is it possible?
  12. Guest

    Hills District

    I am a stay at home mum in my very early 30's (still think I'm 18 half the time). I have a 10 month old little boy and have another one on the way. I have met a few people at mothers groups etc but most have gone back to work now which leaves me a bit bored on some afternoons!!! Anyone living locally that fancies meeting up?
  13. Hi, I'm exploring my options ahead of starting work in Darling Harbour in a couple of weeks, and as well as the usual suspects (The Shire, North Shore etc), I like the look f the Hills (Castle Hill, W Pennant Hills etc). I see that there are express busses which look to take about an hour, just wondered if anyone had experience of the commute, i.e. how reliable, can you usually get a seat, cost etc? Many Thanks, Mike
  14. Guest

    Ferny Hills house for sale

    I thought I would post in case anyone is on the search for something in Northern Brisbane. It's a 3br,1.5bath high set timber and brick home with pool and two entertaining decks and large rumpus room which we have designed to be a 'grandparent's retreat' downstairs with walk in wardrobe (great for family visiting from uk!). It's in a great area (Ferny Hills) 15 mins drive from the city but only 7 min drive from Samford Village and just on the edge of lots of national parks and picturesque Mt Glorious. Very safe and quiet suburb with lots of schools, parks, shops, transport etc at close hand. This area of town has also been tipped as the next property hotspot in Brisbane in the next few years due to the proximity from the city and transport link upgrades so it's definitely a great investment. The property is on the market and is going to Auction on the 26th of June. Let me know if you are interested and I'll PM a link
  15. Hi I have lived in Austrailia for 7 years now. I am 31 and Married with one child (2 and a half). I have struggled to meet people since i have been here and from being a very social person in England i now feel like a hermit. I would like to meet up with some people from England just to try and get a social life again (for me and for the Baby). There is nothing worse than having nobody to watch the England games with, especially if we win it. I am in Endeavour Hills VIC. Cheers Gareth
  16. Hi We are selling our home in the Perth Hills, here is the link. If anyone is interested you can contact me or come along to the home opens. http://www.realestate.com.au/property-house-wa-parkerville-106516558 Many Thanks
  17. We have just served notice to leave on our 4 bedroom property in Greentrees Avenue Kenmore Hills. This is a beautiful old property situated in an acreage area and is great for older kids and pets. Hate to leave but there you go. Split level. Wood floors with some carpets. partially AC. Supurb views and lovely breeze. Contact PRD Nationwide in Kenmore, Brisbane or reply to this post for further details. Rent: we pay $460 per week. might go up. email me direct for contact details. Great Neighbours.
  18. Hi, We're moving in the next couple of months to probably the Hills District...at this time thinking of trying to rent in Pennant Hills or close by. My daughter currently attends (P2) a local catholic school and I'm looking for some recommendations on schools in this area. We're intending to rent - around $500/$550 mark. So we also need to ensure that we can afford to rent in the area of the recommended school. We're not fixed on her going to a catholic school. Any thoughts/recommendations appreciated.
  19. Guest

    Ferny Hills

    Hi there, my hubby and I and one year old son are moving to Brissy in April, yay! We are looking for a nice clean safe good socio economic area with a good state primary school and a few things around for us to do including shops / places to eat or have a drink - plus access to the city where my hubby and I will be working. We are thinking we have found our place - Ferny Hills / Ferny Grove. Does anyone know the area or have any advice? We are looking to get a house for about 450k. Very excited!!
  20. We have a holiday let for three weeks until 25th Feb but as our furniture will not arrive for a few weeks after this we are looking for another rental in Baldivis or Settlers Hills. Have tried all the usual such as Stayz, Realestate etc. but can't find anything:no: Anybody know of anything? We want this area as we are hoping to get our eldest daughter into the schools there and we understand you have to live in the cachment area before they will take you.
  21. :v_SPIN:Hi, we are hopefully moving next year to Alex Hills, Brisbane, and want to know what it's like! Done a bit of research and all seems well so far! :nah::wubclub:Cheers!
  22. Hi We are breaking the lease on our rental so it is up for grabs. It is a beautiful 4x2 plus study with 3 living areas, only 2 years old on a quiet, fully fenced 1 acre bush block. Only 5 minutes drive to all shops/schools/amenties in Mundaring. Rent is $435 pw and the house is really worth it compared to others about! Anyone interested contact Fiona on 0409 495395 or look on www.realestate.com.au 700 Traylen Road, Stoneville and you will find it. It really is a lovely house and won't last, oh its available from 5th November. Thanks
  23. Guest

    Mango Hills

    :cute: Hi Does anyone know anything about Mango Hills, think its on Sunshine Coast or not far from Brisbane. Its just that we have been looking at property on real estate and some of the brand new houses in Mango Hills seem quite cheaper! Just wondered if anyone new anything about this area as I have never heard of it before. Looks very nice though!!!!! Cheers Jan
  24. Hi We are a family of four who arrived in Adelaide in January this year. We moved into an unfurnished 3 bed, 2 bath, 2 garage low maintenance detached modern property in Nairne in February. We have now bought our own property and so the rental property is being marketed as available from 12 October 2009 for $315/wk. It may be possible for a new tenant to take over our lease ie. only be tied in for the balance of about 3 months, otherwise it is a standard 12mth contract. It's no big deal if you need to break the contract (as we have) just a couple of hundred dollars re-advertising costs. Details of the property can be found at Real Estate, Property, Land and Homes for Sale, lease and rent - realestate.com.au Click the RENT tab and enter this property ID in the search box: 403089828 It's in a fantastic location with local amenities within walking distance eg. convenience store, post office, playground, nature reserve, school, hardware store, pharmacy, fish & chip shop, two cafes, pizzeria and an indian restaurant. Just 10 minutes away is Mt Barker with supermarkets, banks etc. Adelaide city is just 20 minutes down the freeway. Email me if you would like any further information. Best regards, Andrew
  25. Guest

    Bald Hills

    Hi, we're currently looking at the Bald Hills area and would like any advice on the area and the schools. We have 2 boys aged 8 & 11. Many thanks, Pat & Andrea