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  1. AaronS

    About 6 weeks here now

    Things are starting to settle down so the stress level is going down as well. The rental is feeling comfortable now. Our stuff made it to us about a week ago which helped the comfortable feeling. Only had one picture broken out of the entire shipment! Everything else made it intact (HIGHLY recommend Crown Relocation). Had to adjust to using portable A/C and heating units but that's all sorted out now. We have two Lorikeets that show up in the backyard everday to be fed. The kids have them eating out of their hands now....literally. Our oldest is loving school here and making all kinds of friends. Got driving on the other side of the road down and so does the wife. Finding our way around is getting easy too, starting to remember the major roadways and where they go. Our neighbors are awesome...they have kiddos too and all of them run back and forth from the houses playing (live on a cul-de-sac so it's safe). I got hired on with a sound production company and the owner is great.....he and his wife actually invited us for Christmas dinner. I've been titled "the American" in their conversation and half the time they call me "Texas" instead of my name. Enjoying the beaches more now too. Went to Dee Why beach for the first time this past weekend and we really loved it there. Much more open and natural areas than Manly was. Plus the playground, pool and the cliffs on the other side of the pool give a lot more to do than just hanging out on the sand. Parking was much easier there as well. It was rough at first and we had thoughts that we had made a mistake, but now things are falling into place nicely and we are really loving it here.
  2. Nicole Eire

    Rent furniture for few weeks?

    Hi all, hoping someone can help. We will land 1st Jan and we have our new rented house ready for us. Our container with our own furniture will arrive 1st or 2nd week of feb and we will need to get by til then - bed, washing machine etc. Is it possible to rent any of these for a few weeks only? Any website I've looked at has a min 12 month rental :eek:
  3. Hello wonderful POI'ers! I've secured a job near Mandurah and now need to my rent house out and move family in just 4 weeks time!! Need to organise and book everything I'm so gonna be posting lots over the next few weeks! Your help is appreciated as always. Immediate issues are:- 1. One way flights around 29th Dec. + Extra baggage allowance. 2. Need a Short term rental for 2 adults & 1 child (How long do we book it for?) 3. Buying a car / Loan. 4. Shipping just the basics - 2 Sofas, Bed, Wardrobes, Table Chairs, TV & Coffee Table. 5. Long term rental. Thank you sooo much!
  4. Guest

    8 weeks and counting !!!

    we've flights booked, current house sold, notice given in with jobs and counting down to 23rd jan when we fly!! all scary but very exciting. job in Ipswich and gonna be living somewhere?:jiggy:
  5. Guest

    Berwick 12 weeks in!!

    Hi All So I thought I would give a little something back. We arrived in Oz on 27th August 2011, by we I mean me and my 4 children, and by Oz I mean Berwick (a beautiful suburb of Melbourne). My hubby was already here and had been since March. We travelled via Singapore where we meet hubby for a long weekend/family holiday. Must admit it was a much needed break. Weather when we arrived was crap, damp and cold but think that was because we had just come from Singas, anyway our container turned up the day we arrrived which was seriously bad timing but nothing we could about it. I think I walked around in a daze for the first week or so, collected my car so we could all get around. We explored as much as possible, I think hubby wanted to show us all the things he had discovered. During this first 2 weeks my eldest (18yrs) decided he didnt want to remain in Oz and time then was tense for everyone, lots of arguements and tantrums. 3 weeks in we gave in and bought him a one way ticket back to the UK, not knowing if this was the right thing to do but knowing he had to spread his wings and find his own way. As a mother that was heart wrenching and to be honest didnt see the point of us staying if our family was fragmented. But life went on and the other kids (16,14 and 12) started school. I was determined when we got here that I had to hit the ground running, so I contacted Poms in Oz and a very kind lady put me intouch with other lovely ladies and before I knew it I was being invited here there and everywhere, BBQs, parties, lunches etc etc hubby and my son even got involved with a 5 aside footie team. We have been lucky that we have met some truely wonderful people that have supported us through our ups and downs. I have wobbly days, normally Mondays, but I am learning to put things in place to help myself through those days. One of those is to learn to be kind to myself, to remember we have only been here 3 months and everything is still so new. So in a nut shell we have more friends now than we had in the UK which means at times a hectic lifestyle, which is fine by us. We spend more time together as a family. Dont get me wrong its not all a bed of roses and learning to adjust can be hard at times. Remembering not to compare everything to the UK is the best place to start, after all it isnt the UK. Yes somethings are more expensive here but at the sametime its not everyday I would eat banana prawns in the UK and be wowed by how cheap they are!! Life in Oz is what you make it, with some hard work, an open mind and a little bit of the no worries attitude then its mostly great. I know before I left the UK I was reading everything I could and once I was here this website was an absolute godsend, so if my post just helps 1 person feel more at eaze then thats great, and if anyone has any questions, not promising I will know the answer but I am sure I will find someone in my cirlce of friends so far that will. Good Luck!!
  6. Guest

    7 weeks in Kal

    Haven't been on here for a while due to being very busy trying to sort ourselves out! We arrived in Kalgoorlie on the 1st of October to the bizarre smell of cabbage, and cold and rainy weather! My boyfriend's company who sponsored our relocation put us up in the Tower Hotel apartments, which is where we stayed on our first stint in Kal when we arrived as well. We started searching for a rental property straight away as friends had told us what a nightmare it is, and they were not wrong. many of the houses I went to see were in terrible states of repair and decor, and it got me really depressed for a few weeks. We need a garage or big shed for Andy's motorbike and tools, which made it extra hard. After 3 weeks of fruitless applications I happened to look on Gumtree and came across a private rental. It is just about perfect - 3 bed older house with polished floorboards, large living areas and 2 garages. We're paying $475 a week, would have been well over $500 if it had been through a rental agent. So we've been in the house nearly 3 weeks now, got all the utilities sorted just waiting on our iinet broadband to be connected. We've been using Telstra mobile broadband which has been really crap! Bought our car 4 weeks ago, a brand new Suzuki Jimny 4x4 which was cheaper than buying a year old one. People laugh at us as the car is so much smaller than the landcruisers and hilux's but we don't need any more space. We wiped the grins off our friends faces when we all went off-roading. The Jimny cruised through a deep washout and their hilux got well and truly stuck! Haven't said a word since! Things have certainly been made easier thanks to our friends here, some of whom we've known for nearly 10 years and who have lived here up to 6 years. That includes numerous BBQs, lifts, lending etc etc. Our shipping has been delayed significantly, now it won't even arrive in Freo until the 26th of December. Andy's company delayed paying the shipping company hence nothing happening for 6 weeks. We were pretty angry about that and nearly considered going back home because of it! Considering they're an international company they certainly don't know how to move people internationally. We've finally got driving licences, medicare and banks sorted out, but nothing seemed to be straight forward. So much has relied on us having proof of address which at one point we didn't think we would have for months thanks to the rental situation. Other than that all is going well. We were both pretty excited to see how much money landed in our accounts on payday, and started making plans to making extra payments on our mortgage in the UK (which is finally rented out after 8-10 weeks!). We're already getting bored out of our minds on weekends, which will hopefully be alleviated when our stuff arrives. Andy's planning on building a climbing wall in one of the garages, and I like crafty hobbies ideal for the hot summer months. And whatever anyone says, you don't generally spend any more time outside than in the UK. We don't anyway, due to the heat (particularly over the next few months) and mosquitos (seem to be more here this time due to the rain). In the UK we did rock climbing, surfing, horse-riding, walking, and hockey. We can only do these things here during the winter (well, surfing and climbing we can only do if we drive 4+ hrs to the beach or cliffs). So summer activities are limited to swimming at the local pool, BBQ's and indoor hobbies. But we knew that anyway, and for us this isn't really a lifestyle move, it's more about making some hay whilst the (hot) sun is shining. Sorry this is a bit long-winded! Will try and update in a few months or so.
  7. yazzee

    4 weeks on...

    Hi A little update on how things have been for us (hubby and seven year old daughter). We landed in Melbourne 14 October and stayed in a nice little unit in Box Hill. A good area for getting trains and trams to the city and lots of Asian markets nearby. If anyone is looking for accommodation we used HomeAway and I can forward you the details if you would like. The price was $750 per week which is ok for Melbourne. My husband is a printer and spent the first couple of weeks following up leads from the Uk and going to recruitment agencies. Myself and my daughter spent time at Box Hill swimming pool and joining the library. Anything that did not cost too much money! It was expensive during the week to catch a train because we were in Zone 2. My husband was offered a job in Melbourne but it was not on a contract so there was no security. He was then offered a job in Brisbane and a contract so at the end of the 3rd week we jumped on a plane and here we are. We managed to find accommodation for 17 nights at Upper Mount Gravatt East, if anyone wants the details please let me know. Hubby started work straight away and my daughter has started school - its a state school and already she has made lots of friends. I am immersing myself in the local school by helping out in the classroom and making sandwiches for the once a week tuckshop. After the long summer holiday I hope to find paid work. We have managed to rent a property at Upper Mount Gravatt and move this coming Monday. We have also bought a 2nd hand car which we have had for one day and it started to leak. We bought it from a dealer and they have just replaced 2 hoses. Fingers crossed it will be ok if not I will have to give them some bad publicity... Our lives have been hectic and it is not slowing down yet because we need furniture which is not being shipped. Our container has been diverted from Melbourne to Brisbane for an extra cost. I now realise that I have far too many jumpers and coats due to arrive from the UK - it is a lot hotter up here. If anyone is doing anything similar then let me know and I will try to give you some advice. We are not living the dream yet but we are on the journey.
  8. ghost

    Perth 9 Weeks In

    Well we made it, and we are living here. I posted after about 3 weeks and I thought I should do an update. Things arent so good after nine weeks. I guess im just posting on a bad day, but im feeling a little frustrated. I dont want to be a "whingeing pom" but I guess its good to put these things down so that people coming know what to expect. I love the place, I love the beaches, I love how friendly people are. Im getting frustrated with the "starting over" status. Phone line, cost me nearly £200 ($300) to get a phone line put into our house, we had to have one as part of our rental agreement. We cant get internet, as there are "no ports" available in our area. The only option was mobile internet. This is going to be inscuffcient as I am supposed to be starting business over here , and also with being freshly over here we want to skype with our family etc. So decided to to g0 with mobile for now , but couldnt get credit on a $60 a month mobile card, with no equipement because I dont have a job (was taking 6 months off) Actually finally got it in my wifes name, I think it was her occupation as housewife that did it. Tried to get a drivers license but cant do that without the visa sticker in the passport, even though the visas are linked to the passport number( easy enough to get put in once you arrive, just another hurdle) We have had issues with our agent letting a builder into our house when we werent there to fix something. My youngest daughter (11) seems to be getting on fine at school, but seemed a little unhappy this week. My middle daughter loves it (14) altho I wonder why that is, she did tell me that during one lesson they just played in the sea, the teacher brought in his surfboard and went surfing. My olderst Daughter is 17, was 3/4 through her apprentiship as a hairdresser, but they want to start her from year one here which is frustrating (they dont have to pay as much) shes adamant shes going home at 18, which is another concern which hope will change. TO top it all the contents of our house has been in customs for 3 weeks. I bought a motorcycle over, and I had a few spare pairs of handlebars I shipped over. Seems that customs want to tax me on the bars as part of the bike, which means the shipper has had to sift through our things to find them, and ultimately nothing has been released yet. Seriously thought this morning about calling them up and telling them just to send everything back. It seems that its the small things that are beating us, but it gets you down. Everythign was pretty well sorted in the uk. Im sure it will get better once our bits get here and we sort all these mundane things out that you take for granted.
  9. Hi newbie Dave here, I have only about two weeks left in the uk before I leave with my Aussie partner for australia. Is there time to apply for residency ( de facto ) in London-offshore ( forms 40SP and 47SP) . Or should I wait and apply in Brisbane? I understand that there are some possible issues- Applying in the Uk means I have to get permission from CO to leave for aus. Will I have one to ask in time? Applying in Australia means I have to be there at the time of the granting of visa. What happens if I want to travel to the uk say after a month of application being lodged? At present my circumstances are : I'm on a tourist 676 visa. I have a defacto relationship with my Australian partner of some 25 years and we have a 5 year old daughter together(dual citizenship). Plenty of proof of the ongoing relationship etc. What are the chances of being granted a permanent (100) visa straight away? Any advice would be appreciated.
  10. Hi Everyone, I am looking for temp work in Brisbane, I don't have transport which seems to be an issue. I need work in the city centre or North where I am staying or somewhere easy to get to on public transport. Back home I was a development worker for a charity, but I am just looking for some temp admin work to do me until Christmas or better yet beyond that. I have registered with a few agencies and have been applying direct for jobs through SEEK but have had no joy so far. Does anyone have any advice/contacts etc? Any help would be appreciated. Thanks Kirsty
  11. hi my name is jacob i am 11 :cool:and moving to perth soon we will be staying sor. i like playstation 3 i like football my favourite teams are chelsea and shamrock rovers. is any 1 moving at the same time as me :tongue:
  12. Hy guys ,me and my family are hopefully only 4/6 weeks from getting the verdict and start to a new great life for me and the family , Job is ready and waiting ,brother already living in williamstown ,which may come handy haha Read some great stuff on here and some worrying stuff as well ,so plenty to go over ,ie renting and schools,but as some one on here keeps saying just roll up and it be fine Anyway spk soon ,Andinchez
  13. Hello everyone, I wonder if anyone can help me...a month ago my husband accepted a transfer to Brisbane. Everything has happened really quickly and I am starting to panic a bit now as the move gets closer. We have three children, 4,3 and 1 1/2. I have so many questions! Can anyone advise me about northern suburbs with good state primary schools and kindegartens? Mark will be working in the cbd and will rely on public transport to get there. Ideally he would be within 30/40 mins commute. We are hoping to find a house for about $600pw. is it worth contacting agents before we leave? We have accomodation for 4 weeks and are sure to need to extend this while we wait to receive our shipment. However we need to enrole our oldest in school before the start of term on 24 th of jan, so will need a tenency agreement fairly early on. Any thoughts on good agents to contact? Sorry to inundate you with questions!!! I meant it when I said I needed help! THank you, thank you.
  14. Hi all, simon and michelle here,we have been in queensland 4 years now and would love to expand our social circle we are in our early thirties and like pretty much anybody lol so please dont hesitate to invite us to any upcoming events:smile:
  15. The Genie & Ahh bra ads are doing my head in :arghh:
  16. Help I sent my application to TRA in Canberra 13th-Sept I've had no reply no conformation nothing I emailed them they replyed saying my email was forwarded to appropriate area on 30th Sept still nothing is this normal?:arghh:
  17. Guest

    Moving in 3 weeks!

    Right i'm coming over in 3 weeks, on a 1yr working holiday visa but with a view to staying. completely on my own, qualifeid plumber, 25, gonna stay in a hostel for the first couple of weeks as i look for work and somewhere proper to live, does anyone know where i can possibly line something up for before i get there workwise? or maybe construction employment agencies i can ring after i land? ta
  18. Queensland's Floods Inquiry will continue its final days of public hearings in Brisbane today as it races to complete its report by the February deadline. The Commission has just 14 days of hearings to go before it adjourns to prepare its final report. Complaints about insurance companies and confusion over terms used to describe a property's flood risk have dominated the second round of sittings. The Inquiry has heard evidence from many disaster victims who did not understand their property's flood risk when they purchased it. Other witnesses have complained about delays they experienced waiting for their insurance claims to be processed. More evidence on town planning is expected today as the Commission considers whether changes to building guidelines are needed.
  19. Not long since we got our visa and we are trying to plan when to leave?? We are hoping to move out of the flat at the end of march, and then have two weeks to tie up everything with it (final bills etc) and then fly out. Just wondering if anyone has advice about timings? Just wondering when to finish work? As part of my thinks everything will be organised ( as i think moving out of flat, packing will be the biggest job! I could be wrong?)so to work right up until last few days or did people have lots to do in the last week or so? if so what kind of things keep everyone busy? Any advice greatly received :wubclub:
  20. Just wondering how everyone felt in the last weeks you had here in the Uk? :wideeyed:
  21. So got a problem...Can anyone help? We have been planning the move etc for months. We got our visa's 2 weeks ago and put the house up for sale thiw week. Houses have been going in 1 to 2 weeks for ages, but not at the moment. So leaving in 3 weeks and not sold house.... So i may need to come on my own and get the family to follow once sold (when ever that is). We are looking for any ideas of low rent for one person (43 year old professional) for short tterm rental, because still need to pay mortgage (by the way we are from UK, but have lived in Canada for 8 years. We have no family in Canada so cannot leave the house for anyone to sell on our behalf) Any ideas, comments or suggestions greatly appricated. thanks in advance.
  22. I won't bore you with flight details other than to say we had a stop-over in Dubai for a few days to get over all the exhausting work beforehand and let the kids enjoy the amazing water parks. We got lucky with the holiday let I pre-arranged, it was clean, spacious and economical, (we're just average bods on a sparkies salary). We knew from our reckie last year we wanted to be on the Mornington Peninsula, approx 1 hr from Melbourne. We stayed a bit down the road in Rosebud, but in less than 3 weeks we have moved into our rental in Mount Martha. The kids were already on waiting lists for the schools we previously earmarked and it was a great relief to learn we had got the oldest in, (he's 13). My daughter was a different story, seems Millennium babies are bursting class sizes here to 28/29 (Back home she was in a class of 35). So 2nd choice it was. Initially we hired a larger motor from the airport for all the luggage and with a minimum hire charge of 3 days we organised to return it to the city. Then we walked round the block to a much cheaper hire firm and hired a smaller car for a week and a half. In that time we managed to put a deposit down on a cut 'n shut (to my husbands later horror!). Got our money back the next day, with my husband trying to teach son the top No 1 lesson of Never Be Afraid To Ask For Your Money Back. Luck shined on us the next day though as we found a nice little convertible for me for the summer. Totally impractical but I'm havin fun! Finally work; we concentrated on a base, transport and sorting the kids first and only yesterday did we look at getting a job. Having said that my husbands signed up for a wiring regs course, we also visited Energy Safe again to find out from the horses mouth if there was anyway round the year long practical required. No is the answer. Yesterday we visited the Union and hopefully have a little iron in the fire. The pay appears to be better here but then stuff is dearer. We've got one Ikea sofa the four of us squeeze on, I've got some nice crystal wine glasses (priorities, get them right) and a whole heap of possibilities for the future. Next time it could be you!!!
  23. paisleylass

    Less than 4 weeks til we go - eek!

    So much to do, so little time! The past few months have really flown by, and I anticipate the next 26 days will go even faster. I'm keeping an Excel spreadsheet with a 'to do' list, happily ticking things off every day. Still have tons of forms to fill in for shipping, letting, tax blah blah. Sorted landlord insurance and cancelled normal house insurance, cancelled o2 contract, cancelled Virgin Media. Phew! Hubby left work yesterday so can take over getting rid of junk. I leave Thursday next week, and am already emotional having said goodbye to colleagues who've gone on leave. Gonna be in bits next week! Will be adding loads of facebook friends ) Next weekend going to Berlin, a trip that was organised before Australia was on the radar! Followed by 3 days of getting ready for the shippers. Shipping out 14th October. Family (hubby's) leaving party 15th October, followed by meals out with folk who won't be there. Goodbye trip the following week to Liverpool (where I lived for 16 years) and see my wee brother in Yorkshire plus a diversion to Manchester to see Glen Campbell on his farewell tour! Then we have 5 days at our sparsely furnished home to finish cleaning, painting and packing. Then... 5 days of pure relaxation in LA en route to Brisbane. Gonna need that! And after a direct 14 hour flight from LA to Bris we'll have finally made it. Arriving early morning, we'll be going straight to temp accommodation. Well worth paying an extra night not to hang around! And then I guess we start normal life - grocery shopping, househunting etc. Just needed to get that off my chest - it actually helps to get it all written down :biggrin:
  24. Plan 104

    5 weeks in Perth

    We have been writing a blog and we thought we should share out thoughts on the moving process on here as well as you will read below its all going pretty well!!.... Who would have thought it? We have only gone and actually done it!! Yes thats right we are now proud residents of Perth, WA. From a practical point of view it has all been relatively straight forward. The relocation company took care of so much that actually all we had to do was pack our suitcases and semi pack the house. The removal company came in and literally within hours had emptied the house. Pretty remarkable. The hardest part of the whole moving process was by far the week leading up to leaving. Saying goodbye to friend, relatives, workmates and everybody in between was heartbreaking. Tears flowed on a daily basis and the reality of moving to the other side of the world was becoming more real by the day But on the 23rd Aug 2011 we left Birmingham international on Flight EK25 for Perth via Dubai. The flight was pretty long and arduous but 20 hours later in the early hours of the 25th Aug we landed in Perth International. Customs as ever was quick and painless and with a driver waiting we were whisked to our apartments on Mounts Bay road near the city within half an hour of hitting the tarmac. So what do you do the first morning you wake up the other side of the world? Well we went for the practical approach - bank accounts, mobile phones, grocey shopping all during a bit of a daze but again relatively painless. Brits moving to Oz now is a well trodden road so everywhere we turned it was all quite straight forward. Armed with a UK passport we were able to become real people within hours. We had set up NAB accounts in the UK so that was a short stop in the branch to show our i.d. Mobile phone was a bit more complicated but a very good deal on a pay as you go deal sorted that out. Applied for TFN number on the first day as you have to be in Australia to apply for that (which reminds me mine hasn't come through yet. Need to chase that up) The quickest decision i think i for one have ever made was signing the lease on a flat within 3 days of being in Australia. We had already decided we wanted something in a good 'sociable' location with a short commute to work but being British the beach was also a pull (well lets face it after living in landlocked Birmingham for the past few years who could blame us for wanting a bit of sea air!!) so we landed on an apartment in 'Claremont' although a pretty affluent suburb with rent prices to match we got a pretty good deal. The shopping centre downstairs was also a big pull!! (though a running joke with a few people we have met that if you walk through the shopping centre in Claremont you either have to be wearing designer labels from head to foot or your gym clothes. Needless to say my denim shorts and topshop vests have got some strange looks already!) Living in Perth has got too many advantages to mention. The weather of course it top of the list (though after getting caught in a dress and slip on shoes in a downpour on Friday night i can vouch for the fact it does rain here!!) though waking up on a sunday morning going for a swim outdoors, then breakfast in a cafe on the terrace in the sunshine when its still winter is not bad at all. The way of life here is everything that you think it will be - relaxed, informal and focused on the outdoors. People say hello as you pass them on the street - even when you have never laid eyes on them in your life, people chat to you on the train (and they aren't even drunk!!..well ok some are) there are opportunities every way you turn to make friends and build up a social network again (and anyone who says there isn't obviously is just not trying!!) We have already met several people we get on with, some Brits, some Aussie all of which will think will become great friends. We are already looking forward to summer where the weather is even better than it is now and we can really take advantage of the free BBQ's in the park and even more looking forward to the container arriving with the bikes on so we can get fit whilst exploring this amazing city. So after a few weeks in Perth would we recommend it - hell yes. Does it feel that we have given up everything to move to the other side of the world - not at all. Are we missing friends and family - Well yes of course. That was always the hardest bit but a good internet connection and the wonders of Skype have made that so much easier. Is the cost of living higher? - Yes it is without a doubt however not as bad as people might have you think. Rent/houses are more expensive. Grocery's are a bit more (but equivalent to shopping at waitrose i guess rather than asda) eating/drinking out is more, buying a car is a hell of a lot more, but so many things are less or the same - train travel, petrol, keeping fit (i.e its almost free as you don't need a gym membership etc), entertainment (i would take sitting on the beach with a BBQ and bottle of wine watching the sunset over a night out in the pub any day) The fact that wages are better here i think we are just as well off if not slightly better being here than in the UK never mind the quality of life we are already feeling the benefit of.
  25. My husbands job is probably going to be in Toowoomba. I have 4 kids aged 15, 12, 10(boys) and 6 (girl). Any advice on places to live (rent) near good schools as children will walk to school. Just want a nice, safe family area so kids can play outside thanks Libbysmummy x
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