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  1. Hello my name is Shyanne and here in about a month I will be moving to Gold Coast from America. I am just wanting a few ideas on places to go and check out to get to know some people and the culture. I am very excited but also a tad bit scared for this move. It would be great if I could get some ideas or maybe some help. Also some help on figuring out my living situation. A few people here have told me I'll just have to find a house mate to live with. They say I should try looking now for friends over there and possible house mates, but I'm really not sure where to look. Please help. It would be greatly appreciated.
  2. I have to move from Victoria to Southern Inland NSW with my Wife. I have to live in regional area as per Visa obligation. Areas i found on internet: Wingecarribee, Goulburn-Mulwaree, Palerang, Queanbeyan, Cooma-Monaro, Snowy River, Bombala, Tumut, Yass Valley, Harden, Young, Boorowa , Upper Lachlan Please advise me best place to live and work, as i have no idea of these places. Thanks in advance.
  3. hello i'm planning on moving back 'home' after 20 years living in england with my UK husband and half mancunian/half australian 4 year old daughter! i'm not moving back to perth where i'm from - hoping to go to sydney or melbourne. we're finding it a pretty daunting prospect - and that's with me knowing the country fairly well, so I do empathise with all the other expats moving to a new place. i just wondered whether anyone knew of a forum for expats returning to australia at all - or if anyone is in the same position to me. what i'm most worried about is settling in to australian society. australia has changed massively since i last lived there and i really have no idea what its like to live there now. i worry that i will be in a limbo - not really being australian or english anymore. anyone gone through the same doubting process? cheers
  4. Stacy Cooper

    How much in total to move to oz?

    I have looked on government website and found out the cost of the 189 skilled independent visa, but how much are the extra things like medical costs, skill sets etc. basically the overall cost for the process? Has anyone moved recently and know the process? And the best company to go with - moving from the UK thanks
  5. Hi All, Jus trying to establish are there many Irish people here heading for Perth. Thought is would be a good idea to get a thread going for us all. We are a family of 3 hoping to hit Perth late 2011 or Jan 2012. (Age 30/Age 29/Daughter Age 4) Was wondering if there are many others from Ireland in the same boat and was wondering if there is enough of us to arrange a big group meet up somewhere over the next while. Anyway include your details and chat soon. Cheers:biggrin:
  6. Captain Zeb

    Moving to Sydney

    Hi all, My wife and I will be moving to Sydney in May. We welcome any tips that can be provided. I will be working in North Sydney. Any ideas for places to live? We are looking for a min 2 bed 2 bath house relatively close to the office (max 30 min commute driving or by public transport). Budget is $1200 p.w. From researching so far we like the look of Mosman, Neutral Bay, lower North Shore. Also, Surry Hills and Darlinghurst on the other side. We are open to any and all suggestions. We are looking to start a family and have a dog. Not sure if rentals are generally pet friendly. We like the beach, going out to restaurants, walks, parks....those sorts of things. Wouldn't want to be anywhere too quiet as we like going out. Thanks in advance for all the help! Best
  7. I'm moving in 4 months, and will be 16. I'm really nervous about starting a new school, and meeting friends. I don't even know what year I would be in. This is probably what most teenagers say before they move, but I really would want to talk to someone about it all. We aren't to sure on where we are moving yet, but probably be near the central coast, but that isn't definet. So if anyone around my age is willing to talk, I would appreciate it! Cheers
  8. Heyy everyone, I'm Becca and I'm 14.:biggrin: Moving to Australia on the 26th Dec, dead excited, not really worried but would be interested in talking to someone around my age, who has already moved there or is soon. We're going to Canberra, ACT. :cute: Thanks, from Becca xxxx
  9. hi, im a 23 yo mechanic moving to brisbane in late april 2014 with my partner. i have 5 years experience in the trade and she is a pharmaceutical dispenser. we have flights booked and working holiday visas in place. we will be living with family on gold coast till we settle with jobs and get our own place. i am aware that i / we can only work for a single employer for 6 months.... she says we can pick fruit? for 6 months then get our visa extended to 2 years therefore giving us a longer stay in oz, does anybody know about this and is THIS the best way to stay in oz possibly for good... any help is much appreciated. thanks
  10. Would love to chat to other RMN's making the move, have job offers and applying for sponsorship visas. Any nurses with job offers from Northwestern Mental Health??:smile:
  11. Hello everyone! I'm a 26 year old female Environmental Consultant and I'm going to be moving to Sydney (from Manchester) at the end of October. I'm really, really excited about coming over but I don't know anyone in Sydney, and as I'm coming over by myself I thought I'd post a quickmessage to try get to know a few people for when I get there! I’m easy-going and I love reading, films, theatre, cooking (and eating!), arts and crafts, music, walking, having a good old chat over a glass of wine and loads of other things! I'm looking forward to getting out there and discovering the city and the people who live there, so please get in touvh if you can help Thanks for taking the time to read this and I hope to hear from you soon, Ellie
  12. We have been in Perth for 18 months now - but have been to Melbourne a few times now, and are very tempted to move over there. Can anyone supply advice on shipping? pet-friendly rentals? Areas to look at? Any info gratefully received :smile:
  13. Hi all, I registered on this site a while back but never came back, in all the busy stuff of getting ready for the big move. Now it's only days away and I'm not sure I've registered that we're really going. All our boxes were picked up this morning by the shipping guys, there's a party here this weekend, and then it's just getting rid of the last few things, cleaning up and saying goodbye. I'm Australian, brought up in Darwin but I've lived in the UK for the past 15 years and my husband and kids are English. Wish us luck, we've never been to Port Macquarie, so this is a huge adventure! :biggrin:
  14. 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
  15. I submitted my subclass 300 visa in Bangkok and have become really bored of sitting around and waiting. My CO is useless so i cant ask her so what im wondering is can i leave? what happens etc
  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. Hey everyone, I'm 23, from Vancouver, Canada - and I plan on moving and working in Sydney this October. I'm looking to connect with others around the same age as me, doing the same thing! Hope to chat soon =)
  18. Hey! My names Kirsty, I'm 15, and I'm making the move to Melbourne sometime next year and I'm very very scared about meeting new people and stuff, anyone want to help me pwease?
  19. wallie345

    Requirements for second year WHV?

    Hi im moving out to sydney/goulburn in september time and im just wondering what requirements do i need to fulfiill to be elligible for the second year? I was thinking of applying for the an skilled working visa for i have a diploma but i fall 5 points short of being elligible for it what else can I do to help myself for it? Im 18 and moving by myself any other general advise?
  20. My husband, daughter & I moved to Mosman, Sydney in July 2012. We are going back to London and so everything must be sold by 20 April. we have - 1 x Sealy orthocare back support firm queen bed bought for $1000, will take $650 1 x Sealy orthocare back support firm double bed bought for $750 will take $450 Black ikea sofa bed - this has literally never been sat on ( we have no TV and a hyper toddler so we don't sit much ) bought for $499, will take $350 http://www.ikea.com/au/en/catalog/products/60214135/ ikea dining table in white - easy to clean and very durable - will take $30 lots more items - radiators, kitchen utensils, Tupperware, crockery cutlery to see. Make us an offer !!
  21. Hi, We are a family of 4, two children (8) and (4) husband is a stonemason/bricklayer and we have been to seen agent and told we could get a PR Visa. We are trying to decide 100% before we start to spend what little savings we have. I would really love to hear from other families in the same position or families who have made the move... I have spent weeks researching online.. Struggling with the decision as am worried about having to send home money to top up mortgage once we get to Perth? Is anyone doing this? how do you find it? Can it be done? Planning on hubby going out first and us following in about 6months, we would both hope to be working, I have worked in Office Management for over 5yrs... Is it hard to get administration type jobs out there? Has anyone had to take the IELTS exam? How did you find it? We are both currently working here but are bearly getting by.. husband works away from home from Mon-Fri and has been doing this for 3.5yrs we just can't keep going like this and see going for the Visa as a chance to all at least live together. We don't want to be rich just want to know if it is possible to live out there (as have read about how expensive it is) and send home money to pay mortage..(shorfall of about 300-400 per month) Would really really appreciate if anyone would like to share their experience of this with me... thanks...
  22. Standingonmyhead

    Hi everyone. just joined

    Hello all, I've just joined this site so thought I'd say hi. I'm planning on moving over to Queensland later this year. I'm going to spend a little time visiting different suburbs and areas etc to get a feel for them and see where I'd like to settle but wondered if anyone could give me some suggestions? I'm considering commutable distance to Brisbane or further up the sunshine coast (perhaps in between). Work options for me are greatly increased if i an get into Brisbane CBD. The problem however is I really fancy being near a swimming / surfing beach and I believe that these are an hour or so away from Brissie. The thought of being able to go for a surf each morning before work is quite literally a dream. Also, I like places that have an arty and community feel, ideally with independent shops rather than large Coles stores etc. Any ideas? Look forward to hearing your suggestions. G
  23. Hi all, I'm new to the forum so hope I'm posting this in the right place. We're a family with 11month old twins considering a move from Birmingham to Melbourne. Looking for some advice from those with a bit of experience. 1) Quality of life - what is it really like when compared with the UK? We have a good standard of life here and would hope to improve on that. 2) Finances - with the exchange rate against us, are house prices out of our reach? We would like a 4+ bedroom family home in a good suburb with good free school. Any ideas on guide prices? 3) Suburbs - we've been to Melbourne once but are not sure on what are the decent, family friendly suburbs. My husband will likely be working in Dandenong but we don't want to live there - so something commutable from there would be good. 4) Schools - are the free schools any good? I know some friends who all recommend fee paying schools but I presume this is quite expensive. 5) Childcare - can anyone give me an idea on childcare costs - ie nursery/childminders/nannies etc? My husband and I will both be working and finding someone trustworthy in a country where we know no one would be paramount! 6) Renting a house - I presume we will initially rent a house - any ideas on prices for this? Also, how much should we budget for groceries/utilities/phones/broadband etc? 7) Visas - Are there any benefits on arriving with a PR as opposed to a 457 visa? Any ideas on timescales for both? 8) Healthcare - do you have to pay to see a doctor there? Is the standard comparable to the UK? 9) Family oriented - generally how do you spend the weekends/free time with your family? I am quite limited here in the UK and it would be great to have more things to do with my children. 10) Any tips/advice etc for moving over? How long did it take before Melbourne felt like 'home'? Thanks very much in advance for anyone who's taken the time to reply to my myriad of questions! Jessica
  24. Hi, I am a newbies to the forum and this is my 1st time posting new thread. I will be migrating to Australia and staying in Truganina in 2 months time. Can anyone share with me the living in Truganina, good or bad about the living there:chatterbox:, pls just share with me so that I can get prepared:notworthy: Pls share with me about the crime rate at this area as well:cry:. I have 2 boys, age 2 & 5 years old. I am also looking for Public State School for my elder son, pls share with me those government run with good reputation school around this area?? Thanking you all in advance as I really need help :confused:
  25. Hi I thought I would share our experiences from our first 4 weeks in Perth, some of it may be useful and some not but these are things that we have encountered since we arrived. My husband and our 3 children 11,8 & 5 arrived on the 30th of May, we had arranged a few things before arriving so I will try and break it down into the "what we done" and "what we wished we had done". Before arrival: We booked a 6 week furnished rental, to give us time to find a more permanent rental. - This worked out well and we are due to move into our new unfurnished rental in a week. Shipped some boxes of stuff over although not our furniture - wish I had brought more stuff with us as we have had to go and buy beds, tables, sofa's the lot, having said that prices for stuff like that seems quite reasonable and there are end of season sales on at this time of year so bargains to be had. Job - my husband had a job offer before we left the UK, however we did not get any relocation etc as most companies are nervous about doing this as they have been burnt before so they will look to tie you in for a couple of years if they do give a relocation package. After Arriving: We hired a car for first 2 weeks - this was fine and cost us around $30 a day so not too bad - We have since bought a car on finance rather than outright to ensure we have a credit rating in Oz, no issues with this as long as you can prove your job, visa and bank details etc We are living in Quinns for first 6 weeks which is nice but a good 10 min drive to the train station and school in Clarkson - so new rental is in Clarkson for a lesser commute. We got the kids enrolled in a Private Catholic School - which works out at around $3000 pa for all 3 - what we didnt account for was the cost and strictness of the school uniforms with just the winter uniforms costing $400+. We then had to buy all their books including jotters and stationary which then came to roughly $100 per child!! Biggest hurdle was getting the kids to wear the black school shoes lol General observations: Its harder to get a contract mobile than it is to buy a car!! Make sure your first rental has broadband or you will like us have to use a mobile dongle- hopeless !! and you need the internet to research houses etc! Be prepared for the cost of things - it is expensive compared with the UK for most things eg bananas x 4 $10!,! chocolate bars - $3, beer x24 bottles $50, on the other hand a bottle of Jacobs creek rose $7, steaks/butcher meat etc are quite cheap. Supermarkets - they stock a lot of brands that you recognise but they dont open late especially at the weekends with most closing at 4 - 5pm Train service and Bus service - are very good with regular trains and spotlessly clean - takes about 30 mins to get into the CBD from Clarkson ( last station on the Joondalup line) Weather is lovely during the day just now at around 22 degrees, however gets very chilly at night and the houses are designed to be cool so can be a bit cold! Bring all your clothes, shoes, boots etc with you, as not a great selection here and for up to date styles can be a bit expensive! High school - they all do it differntly and you need to enrol well in advance of the kids leaving primary. Lots of great things to do and places to go with the kids, parks, zoo etc Drivers Licence & Medicare - very easy to do, just need to go in and fill out forms with some ID, passport, visa etc and you get a temp card/ licence and then a week or so later your permanent one arrives in the post. Nice Areas (in my opinion): To be fair most areas we have looked at are lovely and have lots of positives, however we are trying to be handy for a train station and the school and the beach!! Mindarie - north, close to marina Clarkson - north, good transport, 10 min drive from beach Butler - north Quinns Rock - north, near beach Kinross - north Jindalee - north, near beach Mullaloo - near beach Ocean Reef- near beach Sorrento - near beach Subiaco - near CBD All are lovely and we will be hard pushed to decide where we will buy/build! and of course the closer to the CBD or the beach the more expensive the house!! I hope this helps someone out there and if i think of anything else i will add it, if anyone has any questions feel free to ask on here or pm me. Cheers PS apologies if this is boring and or useless!!:biggrin: useful site on Perth - http://www.perthpoms.com