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  1. Guest

    Working in Dandenong?

    Hi, my fiance and I are moving to Melbourne in June, he will be working in Dandenong and we've heard that it's a bit rough and not the best place to live. Can anyone give us any info on nice suburbs near Dandenong (within half an hours drive) we like safe areas, cafes and green areas... I am so anxious about moving but excited too!:biggrin:
  2. The Pom Queen

    Suburbs in Cairns - Where to live.

    The most difficult thing about moving, whether it's interstate or from overseas is not knowing the suburbs and if they have a good or bad rep. I will try and put together some information about the suburbs around Cairns and will also submit a questionnaire that a family put together about the different burbs and what their thoughts were. This family are currently back in the UK but are hoping to get out once they have a place in Queensland Police. Here is a quick run down of the suburbs. The most desirable area in Cairns is Northern Beaches (everyone wants the beach life) followed by the rainforest life of suburbs like Redlynch and Brinsmead. NORTHERN BEACHES: Palm Cove – A beautiful suburb, with a very tropical feel, white sandy beaches lined with Palm trees. It is very well set up for tourists with seafront hotels, apartments and restaurants along the Esplanade. Beachside is a very busy area, however, if you cross the Captain Cook Highway they have built a gorgeous estate surrounded by the rainforest, if you live high on the estate you will have stunning sea views. Clifton Beach – No Esplanade as such. New small shopping centre out at the main Roadside. No real holiday industry here. Expensive at the water front. Kewarra Beach – More affordable areas. Large development taking place. Not much in the way of facilities but not far to travel to them. Trinity Beach – A mini Palm Cove. Very nice. Trinity Park – No beach. Water inlet. Big money going in here. Want to park your yacht at the bottom of the garden ? Yorkeys Knob – Marina and small beach. In flight path, an older suburb. Holloways Beach - Flight path. There are nicer suburbs Machans Beach - Flight path. Poor reputation. NORTH: Smithfield – This is where the large shopping centre is, you have quite a few industrial units, Bunnings, Fast Food, etc, A very busy suburb, there is a touch of graffiti in the North Point Estate as this backs on to the industrial area, nothing major and nothing compared to suburbs in Melbourne. The nicest estate is Canopys Edge which also has the cable skiing. Gateway to the Tablelands and Kuranda. Caravonica – Some very nice new housing. Can be subject to flooding in wet season Kamerunga – Mainly rainforest type living. Pole homes. Freshwater – Older suburb but very nice and upmarket Stratford – Tipped to become the next Edge Hill. Redlynch – Offers a lot. New suburb spread over several km. Great schools Redlynch Valley - Life in the rainforests, stunning area, swimming in the creek, a few minutes to Crystal Cascades, a very family friendly area. Brinsmead – Old and new. Better stuff tends to be up the hill. Good. Park Ridge – Was part of Whitfield, a new estate which has become it's own suburb. East is virtually millionaire territory. The views are sensational – breathtaking million-dollar panoramas of the city and harbour on one side, and tranquil rural vistas over the valleys and mountains on the other. Whitfield – Older leafy burb. Some good, some bad. Edge Hill – Older leafy burb in excellent location and has a good reputation. Surrounded by the Botanical Gardens and has a lovely shopping complex. Mooroobool – Prime example of where good meets bad. Some very good and some very bad. City Views within Mooroobool is where a lot of big money people live. CITY SUBURBS: Unfortunately, unlike other cities, it is not desirable to live in the inner Cairns suburbs, the properties are old and run down Aeroglen – Close to Freshwater, floods in wet season and next to the airport Bungalow – Old housing meets industrial. Manoora – Probably the worst burb in Cairns. Manunda – Again a suburb to avoid, they always say avoid the 3 M's if moving to Cairns and I have to agree they are definitely right Parramatta Park – Just made the news due to increasing crime rate. Portsmith – Not much housing. Industrial leading to the port. Westcourt – Bordering the main Mulgrave Road. Woree – Same as Westcourt. SOUTHSIDE: Earlville – Older. Better stuff is at the back toward the hills. One of the largest shopping centres with cinemas. Bayview Heights – Where the original money people of Cairns live – or lived ? Better at the back toward the hills. Some lovely areas and some not so nice, choose your area well. White Rock – Not somewhere I would choose to live Forest Gardens - Brand new estate, some gorgeous properties Mount Sheridan – Older leafy burb. Bentley Park – Nicknamed Nappy Valley. Cheaper housing. Lot of development out the back where it is now adjoining Edmonton. Edmonton – High velocity expansion. A lovely suburb, some lovely housing built around the water park. Plans to join it with Gordonvale which is a 10 minute drive to the South Gordonvale – Semi rural. Farming and cane field country. Some run down areas, but lots of developing going on. An area where you can get acreage for a reasonable price.
  3. aduffield76

    Mordialloc area

    Hi all We have just been staying in Black Rock in Melbourne to validate our 176 visa. We are now looking at potential areas to move to with our 4 and 7 year year old children. Can anyone advise on the area of Mordialloc ? Is it a nice safe area to bring up children? Also does anyone have any info on any good primary schools in the area? Cheers in advance Andy
  4. Hello My wife and I look like we will be heading to Australia in the next few months, as I have managed to secure myself a role with CommBank in Sydney. I will be working in the CBD and my wife will be living at home with our two young daughters (both under 2yrs), and I am hoping I might be able to get some advice on places to look to buy a home. My budget is going to be in the region of $550-650k, and ideally I would like to find a 4 bedroom detached home with a bit of a garden for our two dogs and a pool. I know I have no chance of find anything in inner Sydney on this budget, but I have looked at places like Campbelltown and it seems to be quite reasonable, and the comments on the internet seem to suggest it is quite a nice place. I live in a small town at the moment, so I would like to find something similar that is reasonably close to the train lines. At the moment we are at the start of the journey, so any help is appreciated. Ideally I dont want to have to commute for much more than an hour each way, and I am not overly fussy about living near the beach. I just want to find a nice solid area, that is not too snobby and that will have good schools for the girls in a few years and a nice community so my wife can make some new friends. Any thoughts or suggestions are welcome. Thanks, Andrew
  5. tracy123

    Western suburbs thread (Melbourne)

    Hi All If you live in the Western suburbs of Victoria, please join the thread... Please tell us who you are, where you are, and what it’s like, any tips? Remember what it was like trying to do research on an area, this thread could be a goldmine for new comers. If your thinking about the Western suburbs please join the thread, this should be the place to ask questions about the place. If you have a trade or service let us know. Lets start up a meet up for the area, I know at 1 point there was a drinks night, if it’s still going are new members welcome? We have some nice beaches and parks lets get some family days going.... PIO is a community web site lets turn the Western Suburbs into a community where new migrants feel welcome, who knows we just might make some life long friends along the way.
  6. aduffield76

    Melbourne Suburbs - HELP!!!

    Hi all, We (Me, the wife and our 3 and 6 year old) have our 176 visa and are coming over to Melbourne in 3 weeks time for a holiday and a reccie visit. We have made a coupe of appointments with schools, Berwick and Aspendale Gardens, but are still having trouble finding suitable suburbs for us to rent when we finally move over in December. We like the look of Berwick but are a bit concerned about the distance from the city. Can anyone recommend any suburbs with a similar feel/make up of Berwick? Endeavour Hills? Narre Warren South? Keysborough? Cheltenham? We are looking for a nice area with modern houses, decent schools and not too far from the city & beach (isnt everyone) Its a mine field!! Is there anyone out there who understands our dilemma and is able to offer some tips? Cheers guys Andy (Sarah, Briar & Jesse)
  7. The Pom Queen

    Moving to Perth

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  8. Hi My parents are wanting to come over and spend 3 or 6 months in Australia and were wondering if anyone wanted to house swap ?? We are living in Kallaroo North of Perth WA so somewhere not too far away would be ideal. Their house is a beautiful 4 bed detached 1930's traditional English house with large driveway and large gardens in the North Lincolnshire Wolds - located in a small market town. Pictures available. Anyway if anyone interested please contact me. Also if anyone has done this before and has any feedback on the idea good or bad experiences I'd love to hear about it. It seems like a good idea if both properties are of equal quality and the people are genuine, trustworthy and reliable I guess. They looking to come out September time and stay over Christmas and New Year maybe until March. Anyway nothing ventured nothing gained and all that :idea:
  9. stephenhall444

    Melbourne Job Offer Dilemma

    Hello, I hope you can help me. I have two job offers one in Brisbane and one in Melbourne. The roles are very similar the only difference is salary the Brisbane job offers $100K and the Melbourne position $85K. My partner & I are both in our mid/late 20s, have no chldren and want to be in a vibrant, lively city with plenty to offer, for the next few years at least. We have recently been on a reccie to Australia, whilst we thought Brisbane was nice enough we loved Melbourne as there is so much going on and seems more suited to us. Suburbs such as South Yarra, Praharan, St Kilda, South Melbourne at the moment are appealing to us. We want somewhere with good transport links into the city, becahes, local shops, bars and restaurants etc. Do you have any other recomendations? Looking at our living costs we are hoping to find a furnsihed apartment/unit for approx $400 - $500 p/w in one of the above suburbs and we want to live comfortably but not excessively. I think $85k per annum is enough to get by but just wanted to double check this with advice on here. Thanks, Stephen
  10. Hi all, I've posted a couple of posts now and had a really helpful response. I thank you all for that. We have been looking at a few places to rent in and around Melbourne and have been told that Mordialloc is a really nice place to live with great transport links, near the beach and a great atmosphere. can anyone add to that please? We have $500-$650 for rental per week, a 2 year old boy and I will work in the CBD... Any info would be great. Thanks again, Tony
  11. Me and my girlfriend are seeking some advice on which suburbs are best to live in. We will be leaving the UK and moving to Sydney around august. We are both young 22&23 so want somewhere quite busy with stuff going on (doesn't have to be slap bang in the centre ) but not too far out and affordable. I will be working in bankstown, but I'm not to fussed about the commute as long as its not too far out. Any advice would be much apperciated
  12. Hello/ G'Day Everyone! I understand that this is a very popular topic and there are plenty of threads that exist. And, I have read them all but just incase anyone has any more to add to our personal situation then your knowledge would be most welcome. I really enjoy listening to peoples opinions as I understand everyone has their own. Please feel free and let me know your experiences of living in Melbourne. We are a young family (just us two and our little 20mnth old Roscoe) looking for some suburb advice. We are moving to Melbourne in June of this year (2012) as I have a job lined up in the city. After beginning our suburb research we are feeling a little overwhelmed with the choice! HELP! We will be renting for the first year, I will be earning around $110,000 p/a or $7,500 per month after tax so we have budgeted for a maximum of a $1000 per week on rent. (Any budget advice here would be welcome!). We would like to be near good transport links to the city in an area with a good family atmosphere, great parks for riding bikes, not too far from a beach (half hour max). If anyone could send a link to budget breakdowns and our likely monthly expenditure that would be really welcome, including day care costs, travel to work costs etc. Also good shipping companies and costs/ times involved. We are so excited about the move and cannot wait to start our new life down under... hope to meet lots of great positive people on this site! Tony and Lou.
  13. Guest

    Which Melbourne suburb....?!

    Hello/ G'Day Everyone! We are a young family (just us two and our little 20mnth old Roscoe) looking for some suburb advice. We are moving to Melbourne in June of this year (2012) as I have a job lined up in the city. After beginning our suburb research we are feeling a little overwhelmed with the choice! HELP! We will be renting for the first year, I will be earning around $110,000 p/a or $7,500 per month after tax so we have budgeted for a maximum of a $1000 per week on rent. (Any budget advice here would be welcome!). We would like to be near good transport links to the city in an area with a good family atmosphere, great parks for riding bikes, not too far from a beach (half hour max). If anyone could send a link to budget breakdowns and our likely monthly expenditure that would be really welcome, including day care costs, travel to work costs etc. Also good shipping companies and costs/ times involved. We are so excited about the move and cannot wait to start our new life down under... hope to meet lots of great positive people on this site! Tony and Lou.
  14. Hi Everyone, My girlfriend Lou and I are both relocating to Melbourne, both 29, sociable and fun loving people, I'd be in to sport, cycling and travelling... Lou in to shopping and socialising!! I am going first at the end of April and Lou is going to follow me out in 3 months ... We are going to get an apartment together but in the mean time I would be looking to rent somewhere short term for the first 3 months so I can involve Lou in the hunt. I don’t mind sharing a place etc but other than gumtree I don’t really know the best way to find a pad for 3 months??? – Any suggestion? Also I am a homeowner in the UK so I don’t really have any rental references... Is there anything else I should bring that will help me when I initially look for a ST place and also when I finally take on an apartment when Lou arrives? Is it also advisable to both have reference when we look to rent a LT apartment? I will be working in St Kilda and would like to live in an area where I am not too close to the office say 20min cycle and there are restaurants and bar and bit a buzz around the place – any suggestions would be a MASSIVE help! :wacko:
  15. Hi, I know this is a very broad question but where are good areas in Australia to move to? We have 2 teenagers who will be at university but will be coming home during the holidays, so we would like a 4 bedroom family house. We don't want anywhere in the city or anywhere that has extreme weather. We would love to be near a beach and my husband loves hills and mountains. Our children will be leaving home soon so we need somewhere that has a nice communtity for adults aswell as families. Any reccomendations??? :biggrin: Thanks.
  16. Hi, Im living in Lakeside, Pakenham and have a 10 year old boy who is nearly 11. He is begining to be a little lonely on weekends! I have met loads of people here who are turning out to be great friends but everyone seems to have younger children - less than 5 years!! Which is find for my youngest daughter. He is having enough with youngers boys/girls so if there is anyone out there who has a boy around the same age would love to meet up. He is making friends at school but I am stuggling to get hold of the parents as all the kids walk themselves to school and back home again! Have tried sending messages home but they dont seem to answer the messages! Thanks
  17. Hi I need some help please - other half has job lined up in Woodvale, so we are now trying to find a nice suburb with a really good primary school for our children 4 and 6. Schools are really important to us and we don't want to move them around lots so any advice would be really appreciated. Only so much research you can do online, really need advice from people over there! Thanks Helen x
  18. Hi, we're soon to be coming to ACT and all we seem to do is keep looking at the internet at houses and areas to live in and really would appreciate some inside information. We're quite keen on some houses in Forde, Amaroo and the general Belconnen area, but get more confused each time my fingers hit the keyboard and that website is turned opened We would appreciate any guidance on these areas in general and other suburbs, both North and South that we should consider. Commuting time isn't a major issue as anything is going to be better than the daily commute into London each day that we endure at the moment. While our preferences are the more modern home, we want some space around us, so ideally want a slightly older property on a decent sized plot. We ideally are looking for a 4 bed property for ourselves and our six year old daughter. Schooling will be an important issue in finalising on an area. Our budget keeps changing depending on the house we see, but tops I don't want it to be more than $650-700K. Please help or my PC screen will be permanently have a shadow of realestateaustralia:) Thank you.
  19. The Pom Queen

    Fastest Growing Suburbs in Melbourne

    are: Cranbourne South Waterways Spotswood Whittlesea Sandhurst
  20. Hello people of Sydney :wink: Moving from Tasmania to Sydney in the New Year and will be working in the Randwick area. Need some help on suburbs to look at that we could find a house with garden, family orientated, dog friendly (we have 3) but close to bus/train routes into work. Ideally would love to be near the beach but I appreciate that it may not be possible. I started a thread in the rental section and it was suggested I pose the question to you guys. Have some great advice from Fleabo to look at suburbs on the train route and would appreciate if I could get some reviews and opinions on nice places to live on good transport routes. Bondi and surrounds are too expensive but I did come across a beachside location called Maroubra.. any one live there or know it well enough to give me a review? :notworthy: Thanks people x
  21. Hello We have just moved to Canberra last week and are facing the daunting task of finding a rental property. we have seen a few few already - some fine, some awful - ALL expensive (in my view) we did expect this though... We are going round in circles at the moment in choosing or narrowing areas and wondering if people could respond if they commute into Civic by car or bus in the morning and where from and how long this takes. we are in temporary accomodation at the moment and of course viewing properties during the day when there is less traffic and would like to know the realistic commute times from different suburbs. Thanks so much in advance! Angela
  22. The Pom Queen

    Fastest Growing Suburbs in Perth

    are: Burswood Mount Claremont Cottesloe Erskine Mount Richon
  23. The Pom Queen

    Fastest Growing Suburbs in Brisbane

    are: Shorncliffe Auchenflower Sherwood Kangaroo Point Spring Hill
  24. The Pom Queen

    Fastest Growing Suburbs in Sydney

    are: Freemans Reach MacMasters Beach Middle Cove Newington Connells Point
  25. My husband and I live in Melbourne but are just not enjoying it. We have been here 3 years and to us Melbourne is not the Australia we pictured. When we visit Queensland we feel it is exactly what we envisioned when we moved her from the UK. My question is: Is it possible to commute to Brisbane and be 15 -20 minutes from a beach? Surf or no surf, not bothered! Also, If it is possible, how long does it take door to door by train preferrably? Also I am only interested in suburbs that have good schools with good results on Naplan and the majority who attend are middle class. My experienc teaching in London was not good in suburbs with lower SES so want to avoid that! Many thanks if you can help. Angibean