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  1. Guest

    should we visit first

    Hi, We are moving to Sydney later this year (family of 4) and ideally would like to visit proir to moving (never been before) to find a nice area etc, at the mo Norther beaches seems the best choice ($650 to spend per week) but my work is near the airport :skeptical: question: should we go on a recci or not? Its just that the Air costs are crazy ............... Q: Whats South Sydney like?? ..........any help would be greatly appreicated. Ps: very nervous now the move is getting closer !!
  2. Chalky4388

    hotels for a visit

    Hi Everybody Not Been On For A While, We Have Finally Decided To Go, House On The Market As Of Today And My Oh Got Job Interview. It All Happening. Oh Flies Out To Oz On Sat For Interview, Yes Long Way To Go But Also Using It As Way To Have Look About And Decide On Areas. So Has Anybody Got Advice On Cheap Last Minute Hotels In Sydney, Coffs And Terrigal. Or Are You Best To Book Through Travel Agent Or On Internet . All Advice Greatly Appreciated. Oh Incase You Wondering About Weather In Scotland The Great British Summer Has Started, It Rained All Day Since Kids Been On Holiday!!!!!!!! Thanks Desperate Mum And Wife Tracey X
  3. Just a quickie but when doing our reckie in end Aug beg Sep it is cheaper to book accommodation when we arrive and car hire or do it over here on internet? It has to be cheaper doing it over there even tho it means waiting till you get there to sort it, even if we book the night we arrive and sort something else out the following day. Am I brave enough.....? Anyone else done this? Also recommend any good places to stay or where to hire car from? Cheers. Jx
  4. for all of you with concerns about bringing your dogs over we've just visited our dog, 9 year old Jack Russell, in Byford (perth) and thought it might help you making the decision to bring their pets over to read our update and thoughts. We originally didn't bring Eddie over as we were worried it would be too hot for her and she'd be too old to cope with the flight etc as she's only been in kennels twice before. So we rehoused her with family and due to their personal circs changing we decided to bite the bullet and bring her over as once here we realised she would cope with the weather, spiders etc and we were really missing her. Well she arrived in Perth on Sunday 30 and we visited her Friday and she looks really healthy, happy and settled. There was us worrying that she'd be all upset and the kennel person took us to her kennel, took her out of the kennel and into the walking area and she didnt' even notice we were there!!!!!!!! He had to turn her around and we had to call her and all of a sudden it was like a light was switched on and she was so happy to see us as we were her. We were allowed to play with her in a special pen for an hour and give her some treats and then had to put her back in her kennel (the hard bit) but she was happy to let us go and we are picking her up on 30 April as we can't get up to Perth again as they only allow visiting between 11.30 and 12.30 during the week and we live 2 hours south in Bunbury and can't get time off work to visit her which is a shame. Looking forward to her being part of the family again - sad I know but so glad she's here now. Sarah
  5. Guest

    flying back for uk visit

    :arghh::realmad::twitcy::no:we are planning to go back to uk for Christmas this year to show off our new ofsping. Im pregnant with twins and expect them in july so they will be about 5 months old following on from Graham c's thread I was wondering wether any body had experienced taking babys on an airline and what experiences people have had i realise it will be a task and a half but its something my husband and i want to do mad fools. Anybody recomend a good airline?
  6. We'd originally planned to do a flying in-and-out-of-Perth validation visit in October half term, but now rethinking the idea. Anyone got any suggestions for a three week validation visit in August with two children. We're thinking of visiting Sydney to do all the tourist sites - but where else would be good for the equivalent of a summer beach holiday? Thanks Zoë
  7. Guest

    Visit or just go for it

    Hi, My husband has been on here and left a post saying that we are thinking of moving to oz. I am a bit worried as he wants to go out there without even visiting oz first, has anyone got any advice weather we should go and visit first (as we have never been before)or should we just take the plunge and go. We have two young daughters one who will be 6 in september and the other who will be 1 in may. Would be very greatful for any help or advice as it will be a very big thing to do. Many thanks, The Martins :huh:
  8. Hi All Got this from a girl i work with so though i would pass it on she has moved over to the uk from Sydney Must do: Have chips with chicken salt (in Australia crisps are also called chips - so when going to chippy ask for hot chips!) Eat every flavour of tim tam (best ever chocolate biscuits) Try: - Cherry Ripe (Choccy Bar) Jatz (nothing quite like them here - Ritz comes the closest, but is a huge dissapointment compared to Jatz) eucyalptus lollies (sweets = lollies) Jaffas (round hard shell choccies) beef burger from chip shop (totally not the same as a UK one) Woolworths Mud Cake - yummy! Rosella Tomato soup is best tomato soup on the market. Bega Cheese is best normal (chedder like) cheese. Hug a koala ( but watch out for the claws) Be warned no square sausages in Oz no orange cheese milk etc is in mls - no pints distance in kms - no miles cans of soft drink are bigger - 375 mls - compared to UK's 330 mls! Weekend away info Hunter Valley (lots of wine tasting) Cessnock is good (bout 2 - 2.5 hrs from Sydney) Darling Harbour, the Rocks, the Opera House (the usual) Try not to hit any Kangaroos - they do a lot of damage to your car if they hit you! Buying a Car - try the trading post (online and also in paper form from newsagents). Further afield trips - drive up to the Gold Coast and Brisbane and then onto the Glass Mountains at Marocydore - stop at Coffs Harbour overnight - is good halfway point - Opal Cove Resort is very nice - at Coffs as a tourist you have to go to the big banana - but that is rather sad! There is also the Jetty strip which has nice cafes etc and good beach - then heading north there is Byron Bay - great surf, rather new agey community - lots of backpackers as well - big tourist place, then keep going north to Gold Coast - great for shopping - then up to the Sunshine Coast - tourists must stop at the Big Pineapple and Big Macadamia Nut! Harvey Bay is very scenic and nice, further north still is Cairns and the Great Barrier Reef - that you really do have to go and have a dive in and spend some time there - very lovely - you can also go across to the Whitsunday islands - again very pretty. Further afield requires flying! Canberra you can drive to - though not much there - a big merino and nice roundabouts - roundabouts with water in them - but pretty much a concrete city - but if you want some colder weather head there - or much closer to Sydney and much prettier is Katoomba - which has the three sisters to look at! Some nice mountains and it does snow - if you are missing the cold and the snow - book a few days away at Thredbo Ski Resort! Melbourne - Luna Park, trams... And loads of shops - and off course the Melbourne Cup (horse race). Ayers Rock - well it does look pretty awesome - but it is basically a big red rock in the middle of nowhere - about 2 hrs away is Kakadu national park which is supposedly very good (I've never been). Budget Airlines http://www.jetstar.com/au/index.html and http://www.virginblue.com.au/ are your two budget airlines - which at the moment have some really good flight prices - £30 each way to Melbourne from Sydney. Standard beer for NSW is Tooheys, and Four X. supermarkets and shops Coles = Sainsburys Woolworths = Tescos Franklins = Asda None of these do the tv/electricals like they do here. Big W has cheep clothes and a variety of stuff at reasonable prices - bedding etc, as does Target. There is no postal service on a Saturday.
  9. we have no qualifications on demand list, wehave relatives in qld, looking for sponsorship or buying into a franchise/ or buisness, would a visit to aprils london expo be of any help or use to us, advice please :twitcy:
  10. We are travelling to Australia on 20th March for a few weeks. We are flying out to singapore for a couple of days then onto Sydney for 5 days up to Cairns for 6 days and then back down to Brisbane for a couple of days before flying home. We are really excited about the trip but have a few questions. Is it best to bring sterling travellers cheques and change them in OZ? What clothing should we bring for that time of year? Any suggestions of must see and do welcome............ Gail & John xx
  11. Hi, again. Another quicky, just wondered if anybody had any advise on buying cheap flights, or websites for flight advise to travel to Melbourne in October, just as a recon, so we can see what we like/dont like out there. Problem being is that we have 5 kids, Yes I said 5!!!!:wacko: Ages are 13, 10, 6, 4 and 3 months, (ages are correct at present time). Any help would be useful. Thanks peeps
  12. Chalky4388

    Climate...& do they visit

    Hi POM's There is a big debate going on within our clan as to what factors to consider when choosing where to locate, such as areas around Sydney, Port McQuarie or Coffs. I'am looking around Avoaca beach area or somewhere within 2 hours of Sydney but my wife has noticed some 'Pom posts' about peole moving further north because the weather in sydney area can be cold and wet (hard to believe). In some statistics the temp can drop to 4 deg. I assume this sort of temp is in the evening. My question really is, is it shorts and t-shirt weather most of the year, with maybe 3 months in the winter where you avoid the beach and pull on a jumper. Or does sydney have quit a seasonal feel and beach weather is limited to six months or less. And should consideration be given to the ease in which family and friends can visit you in Oz when deciding where to relocate. are family more likley to visit if you live within a few hours of a major city as agianst another flight to Coffs or a six hour drive. Apart from parents, when you leave the uk and everyone promises to visit-inreality how many actually do. Much appreciated Sorry, the post was originally planned for one question. chalky
  13. Hi All I'm looking for some help for some friends of mine, please. They have been granted a Contributory Parent visa but they won't be moving to Oz permanently till they have sold their house in the UK. They are going to Oz for 5 weeks in January 2008 to validate their visas and to do a reccie. They know that they want to live in the Northern Rivers area of NSW (Byron, Bangalow, Federal etc.) Between us, they and I have come up with a list of some of the jobs they could usefully do whilst they are there, but we all suspect that there are other, useful, tasks that we have overlooked. If anybody can think of anything that ought to be on the list but isn't, please could you let me know? The list we have compiled so far is as follows: Check out house prices, house types and areas Check out house rentals locally Check out building plots for sale Register with Medicare Find out about and get Aussie drving licences if possible Consult a tax accountant (because Hubby does offshore FIFO - he is in the gas industry) Find out about storage and delivery arrangements & charges for container Open Ozzie bank account if possible Check out prices of white goods to decide whether to ship or buy new in Oz Ditto beds & bed linen All of us feel that this is a suspiciously short list and that there are probably a dozen other jobs that could usefully added to it. If anyone can think of any jobs that could usefully be added to the list, please reply to this thread. Very many thanks Gill
  14. Hello people Can anyone help 2 Scots guys (cousins) looking for cheap accommodation in Sydney from the 19th of October until the 24th Oct????????? Then onto to Gold Coast for another few days Any info would be greatly appreciated! We are a couple of friendly characters.........................lol Ta Nom (& Colin)
  15. Hello 2 Scotsguys (fun and friendly) looking for a cheap hostel/accommodation in Sydney and Gold Coast as we will be on a reccy visit. We are in Sydney from the 19th of October until the 24th then up to Brisbane/Gold Coast for another few days. Any info or help would be greatly appreciated. Don't be shy to reply ok folks.......! Cheers Nom ( & Colin)
  16. Guest

    Hi first visit to forum

    Hello all, I have been looking at forum and have a thousand questions to ask about taking the plunge and moving to Aus. First worry havent told family yet, and our children who are 13 and 10 have mixed feelings about moving. want to make sure before starting the pocess. We have done the lon line assessment and have enough points to start process
  17. :spinny: Hi, Wanting to apply for the STNI Visa for tasmania. Does anyone know do you need a previous visit for this visa? Jane.
  18. Guest

    validating our visa visit

    Hello everyone, This is a repeat post of one I posted on Migration issues, just wondered if anyone here can help, please? Me and hubby are going out to Perth on the 27th June to validate our PR visas. We are staying with friends for a few weeks, and then we will be coming back to the UK probably for up to a year, whilst we sort a few things out this end. Can anyone advise us on whether it would be beneficial or necessary for us to register for medicare (if that's what you would do when becoming a permanent resident), tax purposes and open a bank account, and anything else that you would normally do. Or do we wait till we have a more permanent plan / have made a more permanent move? We also want to get some tax / financial advise whilst we are there, regarding letting our house and buying in Oz when we do move. Can anyone recommend someone north of the river or city centre, who understands both UK and Oz systems? If I haven't posted this message in the best place, please can you re-direct me? Thanks in advance, CJP
  19. Guest

    validating our visa visit

    Hello everyone, This is my first post here, so please be gentle .... Me and hubby are going out to Perth on the 27th June to validate our PR visas. We are staying with friends for a few weeks, and then we will be coming back to the UK probably for up to a year, whilst we sort a few things out this end. Can anyone advise us on whether it would be beneficial or necessary for us to register for medicare (if that's what you would do when becoming a permanent resident), tax purposes and open a bank account, and anything else that you would normally do. Or do we wait till we have a more permanent plan / have made a more permanent move? We also want to get some tax / financial advise whilst we are there, regarding letting our house and buying in Oz when we do move. Can anyone recommend someone north of the river or city centre, who understands both UK and Oz systems? If I haven't posted this message in the best place, please can you re-direct me? Thanks in advance, CJP
  20. Hi all, as the question says can my wife and I visit Oz whilst our visa application is beig processed? We are waiting for our visa to be fast tracked and would like to leave the uk probably before it comes through. Any problems with this? We have only just filled in our 457 app so does anybody have any idea how long this might take under a fast tracked scheme? Thanks Gary
  21. Guest

    RECCE VISIT

    I am going on Recce of Aus in Feb whilst we wait for our visas to come through. We like the look of Perth but want to check out various other cities before making final decisions. My wife doesn't want to live in Sydney but will check it out anyway. Anyone got any goods ideas on where to start, what to look out for etc? thanks
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