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  1. UserName

    Adelaide or Melbourne

    hey guys, I planed to make a Work n Holidy trip to australia, traveling the eastcoast upward to the north in one year (enough time... i hope ). I´m asking myself were to start.... Melbourne or Adelaide?! Were would you starting the trip? Which one of these cities/territories has more intresting sights (heard Kangoru Island is awesome)? Were is it easier to get a job? ...and which one would you personally prefer? ...thanks previously for your answers and sorry for my bad enlish skills :cool::wink:
  2. Zazuzi

    Help I'm lost!

    Dear all I have problem. I'm thinking of migrating to Australia but I'm lost in... well, all the info posted on Forums. I don't know where to begin with. I don't have a job yet but I'm not even sure if that's what I should start with when thinking of moving to Australia. I found in a different forum that first I should begin with looking for the right visa and then for a job. Ok, but shouldn't it be the other way round? I read I need to find if my occupation is on SOL list. What if it's not? I've been working in publishing sector for about two years and I'm not sure that's enough for applying for a visa as I heard I'd need to have at least 3 years of work experience. Or can anyone tell me under what section publishing is? Also, is that true that it's better to find a migration agent than doing all the visa paper work by myself? Oh, forgot to ask - which cities would you recommend to live in? If you could share some info about it, I mean, what to begin with - I'd appreciate it greatly. Thanks in advance! Best, Zuzi
  3. If you're moving to Oz from a big city overseas - i.e. London, which is the best place to start off so that you won't feel as lonely or as detached? My goal is to slowly wean off the city life and to eventually make it to a smaller town without feeling so deprived. I know the answer is rather personal, but does anyone have any experience with this?
  4. Petals

    Australain towns and cities

    Age this morning had a connection to this site and I thought it might be useful to people coming over. The most asked questions are where to live. As we know cannot relate distance here in Aus to distance in the Uk. This web site shows how the towns and cities have increased their sprawl over the years but also give a good eye view of the cities so can give a better perspective to size and distance etc. http://www.ga.gov.au/earth-observation/basics/gallery/australian-urban-expansion.html
  5. Just heard that more and more people are taking to the street to take back their streets from the thugs. Sikhs are out in force protecting their masques in London and people in London are protecting their shops in force radio 5 are saying. Looks like the public have lost faith in the police and are taking on these scum looters themselves.
  6. AlburyAhoy

    Cost of living in smaller cities

    Hi there, The information here is fantastic. But it is generally for the big cities, Melbourne, Sydney, Perth etc. By any chance would there be anybody who could give average living costs for smaller cities? We are moving to Albury and trying to compare costs is very hard. We are a couple with an 8 year old boy. Hubbie will be on a 457 visa. Thanks a million, Sian x
  7. Just seen this on the news today and i can well believe it! You might get paid more wages but its all relative with the cost of living. I was quite well off in the UK but I feel like I have had to start again financially, not being able to afford things like i used to and having to buy things on interest free credit, even then you are charged extra things on your statement which add up which you didnt get in the UK!! :confused: THE rise in the Australian dollar means we now have four of the 15 most expensive cities in the world to live in, according to a survey released today by the UK-based Economist Intelligence Unit. Sydney has moved up from 32nd place two years ago to sixth now and Melbourne is up from 38th to seventh, with a cost of living more than 40 per cent higher than New York, The Australian reports. Perth and Brisbane, which are almost 25 per cent more expensive than New York, are ranked 13th and 14th. All four cities are now costlier than major cities including London, Vienna, Rome, Berlin, Hong Kong and Beijing, according to the survey, which compares the cost of living using more than 400 individual prices in 133 cities around the world. Tokyo, Oslo and Osaka take the top three places overall while Mumbai, Tunis and Karachi are the three cheapest. The Australian cities' rankings have climbed sharply in the unit's surveys in recent years. Read more: http://www.news.com.au/business/australian-dollar/high-dollar-pushes-relative-cost-of-living-in-australian-cities-up-world-rankings/story-fn6t6wad-1226089881392#ixzz1RPGnMfLP
  8. Hi All, My husband and I are going to visit UK for our honeymoon soon. We are planning to stay in London for the most of our journey, but also want to visit some cities near the sea, not far from London (1-2 hours by train or car). Any recommendations? Thank you a lot in advance!:hug:
  9. The Pom Queen

    Most Expensive Cities in the World 2011

    International Cost of Living Ranking - January 2011 Tokyo is the costliest city in the world in which to live as at January 2011. Tokyo is the most expensive city in the world in which to live, out of 300 global locations, surveyed as at January 2011. While Tokyo is average in terms of the cost of items such as education (ranked 144) and alcohol & tobacco (ranked 138), it is the most expensive place in the world for groceries, healthcare, and household accommodation costs. As the most expensive city in the world, Tokyo has an overall cost of living index of 158.4 (New York = 100). In comparison to the next 3 cities to host the FIFA Soccer World Cup (SWC) Tokyo is 38% more expensive than Rio de Janeiro (SWC 2014), 36% more expensive than Moscow (SWC 2018), and 65% more expensive than Doha (SWC 2022). That means that an expatriate earning USD$5,000 per month in Doha would need to earn USD$8,250 per month in Tokyo to enable them to have the same purchasing power, and therefore a similar standard of living as they had in Doha. The cost of living for an expatriate is affected by both the availability and prices, of goods and services representative of an expatriate lifestyle, local inflation, and the exchange rate between the home and host country. As a result the cost of living has a significant impact on an expatriate’s salary package. Caracas is the second most expensive city to live in. Caracas is most expensive place in the world for furniture and appliances, alcohol & tobacco, recreation and culture, hotels restaurants and meals out. Caracas is the second most expensive place for groceries and healthcare. Hong Kong is the third most expensive city in the world for expatriates to live in. The high overall cost of living rank for Hong Kong is primarily a result of two expensive basket groups. Hong Kong is the fourth most expensive city in the world for healthcare, and is the second most expensive city in the world for household accommodation, which typically comprises 30% of an expatriate’s expenses. Hong Kong is a good example of why many international organizations compensate separately for healthcare as well as household related costs such as housing rental, water, electricity, household gas, household fuels, local rates and residential taxes. Items that are provided by the employer should be excluded from a cost of living index calculation. The cost of living index for Hong Kong excluding healthcare and household related costs is substantially lower than it’s overall cost of living index of 129.4. Hong Kong is relatively cheap for recreation & culture (ranked 241 in the world), education (ranked 259 in the world), as well as furniture & appliances (ranked 268 in the world). Geneva, the fourth most expensive city, is particularly expensive for recreation & culture as well as groceries. Osaka, ranked fith, is most expensive for household accommodation (ranked 3 in the world), healthcare (ranked 5 in the world) and groceries (ranked 6 in the world). Asia-Pacific has 4 of the 10 most expensive cities in the world. Tokyo is first and Hong Kong the third most expensive location in the world (and most expensive in greater China), whilst Osaka is the third most expensive city in Asia-Pacific (ranked 5 in the world), followed by Nagoya (ranked 9 in the world). Cities in mainland China remain relatively cheap, mainly due to the pegging of the Chinese Yuan to the US Dollar which has kept costs down. Within mainland China, Shanghai (ranked 19 in the world), and Beijing (ranked 126 in the world) are the most expensive locations. The cheapest city surveyed in China is Tianjin (ranked 284) with a cost of living index of just 61.4. The cheapest city in Asia-Pacific is Nuku’Alofa in Tonga (ranked 299) with a cost of living index of 53.1. Most expensive cities in Asia-Pacific (Global rank in brackets) 1. Japan, Tokyo (1) 2. China, Hong Kong (3) 3. Japan, Osaka (5) 4. Japan, Nagoya (9) 5. Japan, Yokohama (13) 6. Australia, Sydney (17) 7. China, Shanghai (19) 8. Australia, Canberra (20) 9. Kiribati, South Tarawa (23) 10.Singapore (26) South Asia is the least expensive region in the world for expatriates to live in. The most expensive city surveyed is Mumbai (ranked 109 in the world), followed by New Delhi (ranked 136), and Chennai (ranked 139). The cheapest city in South Asia is Thimphu in Bhutan (ranked 297). Most expensive cities in South Asia (Global rank in brackets) 1. India, Mumbai (109) 2. India, New Delhi (136) 3. India, Chennai (139) 4. India, Calcutta (141) 5. Maldives, Male (147) 6. India, Hyderabad (149) 7. India, Bangalore (167) 8. Afghanistan, Kabul (208) 9. Bangladesh, Dhaka (263) 10.Pakistan, Lahore 278) Europe’s most expensive cities are mostly those that are not on the Euro. The most expensive city in Europe is Geneva (ranked 4 in the world), followed by Zurich (ranked 6), making Switzerland the most expensive country in Europe. Zurich is followed by Oslo (ranked 8). Moscow is the world's 10th most expensive city (4th in Europe) followed by Vaduz in Liechtenstein. The cheapest city in Europe is Tirana in Albania (ranked 283 in the world) with a cost of living index of 61.7. Most expensive cities in Europe (Global rank in brackets) 1. Switzerland, Geneva (4) 2. Switzerland, Zurich (6) 3. Norway, Oslo (8) 4. Russia, Moscow (10) 5. Liechtenstein, Vaduz (12) 6. Denmark, Copenhagen (14) 7. United Kingdom, London (16) 8. France, Paris (21) 9. Monaco, Monaco (22) 10.Jersey, Saint Helier (24) The Middle East's most expensive city is Abu Dhabi (ranked 27 in the world), followed by Doha (ranked 49), and Bahrain (ranked 87). Dubai is the fourth most expensive city in the Middle East (ranked 89 in the world) with a cost of living index of 89.7. The cheapest city surveyed in the Middle East (and cheapest in the world) is Sanaa in Yemen (ranked 300 in the world) with a cost of living index of 49.7, half that of New York which has a cost of living index of 100. Most expensive cities in the Middle East (Global rank in brackets) 1. United Arab Emirates, Abu Dhabi (27) 2. Qatar, Doha (49) 3. Bahrain, Manama (87) 4. United Arab Emirates, Dubai (89) 5. Israel, Jerusalem (102) 6. Lebanon, Beirut (138) 7. Palestinian Territories, West Bank (152) 8. Kuwait, Kuwait City (156) 9. Syria, Damascus (165) 10.Iran, Tehran (170) The Americas most expensive city is Caracas, which is the world’s second most expensive city to live in for expatriates. Brazil has 3 of the 4 most expensive cities in the Americas. Sao Paulo (ranked 7 in the world), Rio de Janeiro (ranked 11) are followed by Brasilia (ranked 15). Nassau (ranked 25) is the fifth most expensive city, while New York (ranked 33) is the sixth most expensive city in the America’s and most expensive in the United States of America. The cheapest city to live in the Americas is La Paz in Bolivia (ranked 294 in the world). The cheapest city surveyed in the United States of America is Indianapolis Ind (ranked 285 in the world). Most expensive cities in the Americas (Global rank in brackets) 1. Venezuela, Caracas (2) 2. Brazil, Sao Paulo (7) 3. Brazil, Rio de Janeiro (11) 4. Brazil, Brasilia (15) 5. Bahamas, Nassau (25) 6. USA, New York NY (33) 7. Canada, Toronto (37) 8. Falkland Islands, Stanley (42) 9. Trinidad and Tobago, Port-of-Spain (47) 10.Canada, Vancouver (54) Notes: Figures used in this report were taken from Xpatulator cost of living database as at 1 January 2011. The above ranks are based on the overall cost of living index using all 13 basket groups with New York as the base city (Cost of living index = 100). The 13 basket groups do not count equally and are weighted according to expatriate expenditure norms as follows (weighting percentage is in brackets): 1. Alcohol & Tobacco (2%): Alcoholic beverages and tobacco products. 2. Clothing (2.5%): Clothing and footwear products. 3. Communication (2%): Telephone, Internet, Mobile Contract and Calls. 4. Education (5%): Creche Fees, School Fees, College Fees, and Tertiary Study Fees. 5. Furniture & Appliances (5%): Furniture, household equipment and appliances. 6. Groceries (16.5%): Food, non-alcoholic beverages and cleaning materials. 7. Healthcare (5%): Doctor Consultation rates, Private Ward Rate, Prescription Medicine, and Private Medical Insurance Contributions. 8. Household (30%): Housing rental, utilities, local rates and residential taxes. 9. Miscellaneous (3%): Stationary, Linen and general goods and services. 10. Personal Care (3%): Personal Care products and services. 11. Recreation & Culture (6%): Books, Camera Film, Cinema Ticket, DVD and CD’s, Sports goods, Theatre Tickets. 12. Restaurants Meals Out and Hotels (2%): Dinner at Restaurant (non fast food), Hotel Rates, Take Away, Drinks & Snacks (fast Food). 13. Transport (18%): Public Transport, Vehicle Costs, Vehicle Fuel, Vehicle Insurance and Vehicle Maintenance. The full January 2011 list of all 300 international locations using all 13 basket groups is as follows: January 2011 Rank Country, City 1 Japan, Tokyo 2 Venezuela, Caracas 3 China, Hong Kong 4 Switzerland, Geneva 5 Japan, Osaka 6 Switzerland, Zurich 7 Brazil, Sao Paulo 8 Norway, Oslo 9 Japan, Nagoya 10 Russia, Moscow 11 Brazil, Rio de Janeiro 12 Liechtenstein, Vaduz 13 Japan, Yokohama 14 Denmark, Copenhagen 15 Brazil, Brasilia 16 United Kingdom, London 17 Australia, Sydney 18 Angola, Luanda 19 China, Shanghai 20 Australia, Canberra 21 France, Paris 22 Monaco, Monaco 23 Kiribati, South Tarawa 24 Jersey, Saint Helier 25 Bahamas, Nassau 26 Singapore, Singapore 27 United Arab Emirates, Abu Dhabi 28 Korea Republic of, Seoul 29 Papua New Guinea, Port Moresby 30 Australia, Melbourne 31 Guernsey, St Peter Port 32 Australia, Perth 33 USA, New York NY 34 Vanuatu, Port Vila 35 United Kingdom, Glasgow 36 Isle of Man, Douglas 37 Canada, Toronto 38 Germany, Munich 39 Austria, Vienna 40 Finland, Helsinki 41 Gabon, Libreville 42 Falkland Islands, Stanley 43 Russia, St. Petersburg 44 Italy, Milan 45 United Kingdom, Birmingham 46 Germany, Frankfurt 47 Trinidad and Tobago, Port-of-Spain 48 Nigeria, Lagos 49 Qatar, Doha 50 United Kingdom, Leeds 51 Italy, Rome 52 Saint Helena, Jamestown 53 New Caledonia, Noumea 54 Canada, Vancouver 55 Germany, Cologne 56 Croatia, Zagreb 57 Central African Republic, Bangui 58 Solomon Islands, Honiara 59 Mali, Bamako 60 Micronesia, Palikir 61 Australia, Brisbane 62 Belgium, Brussels 63 Bermuda, Hamilton 64 Chad, NDjamena 65 Taiwan, Taipei 66 Canada, Calgary 67 Cote DIvoire, Abidjan 68 San Marino, San Marino 69 Germany, Hamburg 70 Azerbaijan, Baku 71 United Kingdom, Belfast 72 Slovakia, Bratislava 73 Iceland, Reykjavik 74 Luxembourg, Luxembourg 75 Netherlands, Amsterdam 76 Ireland, Dublin 77 Sweden, Stockholm 78 Germany, Berlin 79 Germany, Bonn 80 Czech Republic, Prague 81 Canada, Montreal 82 Estonia, Tallinn 83 Turkey, Istanbul 84 Congo Democratic Rep, Kinshasa 85 New Zealand, Auckland 86 Cayman Islands, George Town 87 Bahrain, Manama 88 Indonesia, Jakarta 89 United Arab Emirates, Dubai 90 Cameroon, Douala 91 Spain, Madrid 92 Australia, Adelaide 93 Colombia, Bogota 94 France, Lyon 95 USA, San Francisco Calif 96 USA, Boston Mass 97 Vatican City, Vatican City 98 Sudan, Khartoum 99 Cameroon, Yaounde 100 Jamaica, Kingston 101 Sierra Leone, Freetown 102 Israel, Jerusalem 103 USA, Washington DC 104 Cook Islands, Avarua 105 Spain, Barcelona 106 USA, San Jose Calif 107 Kazakhstan, Almaty 108 France, Marseille 109 India, Mumbai 110 Canada, Ottawa 111 Sao Tome and Principe, Sao Tome 112 Samoa, Apia 113 Greenland, Nuuk 114 Djibouti, Djibouti 115 Martinique, Fort-de-France 116 Turkey, Ankara 117 Guinea-Bissau, Bissau 118 Nauru, Yaren 119 Malta, Velletta 120 USA, Anchorage AK 121 USA, Philadelphia Pa 122 Barbados, Bridgetown 123 Portugal, Lisbon 124 Hungary, Budapest 125 Zambia, Lusaka 126 China, Beijing 127 Liberia, Monrovia 128 Puerto Rico, San Juan 129 Chile, Santiago 130 Congo, Brazzaville 131 Marshall Islands, Majuro 132 South Africa, Johannesburg 133 Togo, Lome 134 Comores, Moroni 135 Turkmenistan, Ashgabat 136 India, New Delhi 137 Guam, Hagatna 138 Lebanon, Beirut 139 India, Chennai 140 Ghana, Accra 141 India, Calcutta 142 Tuvalu, Funafuti 143 USA, Los Angeles Calif 144 Cape Verde, Praia 145 Burkina Faso, Ouagadougou 146 Greece, Athens 147 Maldives, Male 148 Guadeloupe, Basse-Terre 149 India, Hyderabad 150 Senegal, Dakar 151 Andorra, Andorra la Vella 152 Palestinian Territories, West Bank 153 Uruguay, Montevideo 154 Rwanda, Kigali 155 USA, San Diego Calif 156 Kuwait, Kuwait City 157 Peru, Lima 158 Montenegro, Podgorica 159 USA, Chicago Ill 160 Brunei, Bandar Seri Begawan 161 USA, Portland Ore 162 Malawi, Lilongwe 163 Ukraine, Kiev 164 French Polynesia, Papeete 165 Syria, Damascus 166 Lithuania, Vilnius 167 India, Bangalore 168 Poland, Warsaw 169 South Africa, Pretoria 170 Iran, Tehran 171 South Africa, Cape Town 172 USA, Baltimore Md 173 Tanzania, Dar es Salaam 174 Namibia, Windhoek 175 USA, Seattle Wash 176 Georgia Republic of, Tbilisi 177 Philippines, Manila 178 Timor-Leste, Dili 179 USA, Miami Fla 180 Mexico, Mexico City 181 Thailand, Bangkok 182 Fiji, Suva 183 Gibraltar, Gibraltar 184 Benin, Cotonou 185 Cyprus, Nicosia 186 Armenia, Yerevan 187 Guinea, Conakry 188 South Africa, Durban 189 Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, Kingstown 190 Saudi Arabia, Riyadh 191 Gambia, Banjul 192 Guatemala, Guatemala City 193 Somalia, Mogadishu 194 Egypt, Cairo 195 Niger, Niamey 196 USA, Phoenix Ariz 197 Grenada, Saint Georges 198 Malaysia, Kuala Lumpur 199 Cuba, Havana 200 Guyana, Georgetown 201 Haiti, Port-au-Prince 202 Slovenia, Ljubljana 203 Serbia, Belgrade 204 USA, Las Vegas Nev 205 Jordan, Amman 206 Costa Rica, San Jose 207 Latvia, Riga 208 Afghanistan, Kabul 209 Madagascar, Antananarivo 210 Swaziland, Mbabane 211 USA, Detroit Mich 212 Mauritius, Port Louis 213 Palau, Melekeok 214 Belarus, Minsk 215 USA, Denver Colo 216 Panama, Panama City 217 Eritrea, Asmara 218 Saint Kitts and Nevis, Basseterre 219 Northern Mariana Islands, Saipan 220 USA, Cleveland Ohio 221 Algeria, Algiers 222 Seychelles, Victoria 223 Dominica, Roseau 224 Oman, Muscat 225 USA, Atlanta GA 226 Botswana, Gaborone 227 Antigua and Barbuda, Saint Johns 228 Iraq, Baghdad 229 USA, Charlotte NC 230 Equatorial Guinea, Malabo 231 French Guiana, Cayenne 232 Dominican Republic, Santo Domingo 233 Moldova, Chisinau 234 USA, Jacksonville Fla 235 China, Wuhan 236 China, Shenzhen 237 USA, Milwaukee Wis 238 USA, Pittsburgh Penn 239 USA, Tampa Fla 240 Macedonia, Skopje 241 Vietnam, Hanoi 242 Saudi Arabia, Jeddah 243 Laos, Vientiane 244 USA, Dallas Tex 245 Romania, Bucharest 246 Mongolia, Ulaanbaatar 247 China, Dalian 248 USA, Fort Worth Tex 249 Mozambique, Maputo 250 Lesotho, Maseru 251 Honduras, Tegucigalpa 252 USA, San Antonio Tex 253 Kosovo, Pristina 254 Nicaragua, Managua 255 Burundi, Bujumbura 256 Belize, Belmopan 257 USA, Houston Tex 258 Ethiopia, Addis Ababa 259 China, Macao 260 Kenya, Nairobi 261 USA, Columbus Ohio 262 USA, St Louis MO 263 Bangladesh, Dhaka 264 Vietnam, Ho Chi Minh City 265 USA, Austin Tex 266 Bulgaria, Sofia 267 Myanmar, Yangon 268 Saint Lucia, Castries 269 Kyrgyzstan, Bishkek 270 USA, El Paso Tex 271 Argentina, Buenos Aires 272 USA, Memphis Tenn 273 China, Guangzhou 274 El Salvador, San Salvador 275 Paraguay, Asuncion 276 Morocco, Rabat 277 Zimbabwe, Harare 278 Pakistan, Lahore 279 Mauritania, Nouakchott 280 Ecuador, Quito 281 Nepal, Kathmandu 282 Bosnia and Herzegovina, Sarajevo 283 Albania, Tirana 284 China, Tianjin 285 USA, Indianapolis Ind 286 Pakistan, Islamabad 287 Korea Democratic Republic of, Pyongyang 288 Suriname, Paramaribo 289 Uzbekistan, Tashkent 290 Pakistan, Karachi 291 Tajikistan, Dushanbe 292 Uganda, Kampala 293 Tunisia, Tunis 294 Bolivia, La Paz 295 Cambodia, Phnom Penh 296 Sri Lanka, Colombo 297 Bhutan, Thimphu 298 Libya, Tripoli 299 Tonga, NukuAlofa 300 Yemen, Sanaa
  10. Sorry about the spelling mistake.:eek: Sydney in the top 10 of best cities in the world to live according to forbes who have the reputation of being the best at these types of lists. I have never considered Sydney but like the write up about it...anyone living there and would like to tell me your honest opinion of it 10. Sydney - Australia 9. Bern, Switzerland 8. Frankfurt, Germany 7. Munich, Germany 6. Düsseldorf, Germany 5. Vancouver, Canada 4. Auckland, New Zealand 3. Geneva, Switzerland 2. Zurich, Switzerland 1. Vienna, Austria http://www.forbes.com/2010/05/25/worlds-best-cities-lifestyle-real-estate-mercer-vienna-geneva_slide_2.html
  11. Guest

    regional towns v big cities

    I have done lots of reseach over the past few years and know that I either want to be in Perth or Queensland and naturally lik most people have gravitated towards Brisbane. I am currently looking for visa sponsorship as a nurse and have had some interest in my CV from regional towns like Townsville and Mackay. Now having never lived in a major city before in my life I am not opposed to smaller quieter places and the FNQ areas do look stunningly beautiful and I'm sure would afford my family the kind of lifestyle we are looking forward to which is basically outdoors, beach, swimming and just generally being laid back and enjoying our time together (we don't ask for much). In fact I have fallen in love with Cairns but there doesn't seem to be the job opportunities with sponsorship up there at the moment. My worry about moving to the smaller areas is work for my husband. He currently works for himself do IT related work (computer repairs, upgrades, system building, netwrking, website design, mainly for domestic customers and small businesses) and he would like to do that again on our move over with possibly some part time work until established. Are the towns of Townsville and Mackay etc growing and developing enough that there would be work for my hubby or some sort. He also has a degree in environmental sciences but has been left uni 14 yrs and never worked in this field, but he would consider working in the mines if need be. I would love to hear from you on any experiences you have had or know of, would we be best sticking to the cities or are the regional areas worth a look too?
  12. Guest

    Cheapest cities of VICTORIA

    :biggrin:Hi friends Which cities of Victoria are the cheapest for living? Regards, Mohammad Reza Roozbahani
  13. Hey there, I'm new to this forum and although not a pommy, I took the liberty to register as it's by far the busiest and best one I have seen so far regarding moving to Oz. My partner and I are looking into moving to Australia in the near future. Job-wise we wouldn't be tied down to a certain place but could basically choose were we want to live. It shouldn't be too hot but close to the ocean so we are looking at going to Perth, Melbourne, Adelaide or Sydney. Not aiming at living directly in the city but more in the suburbs. Anyway...I'm trying to find out how gay-friendly these cities are. I am so arrogant to assume that we wouldn't have a problem in any big city regarding homophobia. Is that correct? Furthermore I'm interested if there is a nice gay community. I found very nice things online about Perth (gay tennis club etc.) but read that Melbourne's gay community is very lame. I'm not so much interested in nightlife but places to make friends as my partner is away at sea half the year. Mind you I'm not interested to only make gay friends but it is a factor to be considered and as we might want to have children in the future, I don't want to live in a place where they'd have a hard time having two moms. Anyone willing to share their knowledge and/or experience?
  14. Australia has done well in Mercer's new Quality of Living rankings with six cities in the top 50. Sydney is 10th, Melbourne 18th; Perth 21st; Canberra 26th; Adelaide 32nd; and Brisbane 36th. The UK hasn't done so well with only one city coming in the top 50, which is London at 39. The top 10 is dominated by (continental) European cities. Living conditions in each city are analysed according to 39 factors, grouped in 10 categories: Political and social environment (political stability, crime, law enforcement, etc) Economic environment (currency exchange regulations, banking services, etc) Socio-cultural environment (censorship, limitations on personal freedom, etc) Health and sanitation (medical supplies and services, infectious diseases, sewage, waste disposal, air pollution, etc) Schools and education (standard and availability of international schools, etc) Public services and transportation (electricity, water, public transport, traffic congestion, etc) Recreation (restaurants, theatres, cinemas, sports and leisure, etc) Consumer goods (availability of food/daily consumption items, cars, etc) Housing (housing, household appliances, furniture, maintenance services, etc) Natural environment (climate, record of natural disasters)
  15. It's about Sydney for anyone who is interested :biggrin:!
  16. ITV 1, THURSDAY 9pm, Griff Rhys Jones, WORLDS GREATEST CITIES. THIS WEEK IT'S SYDNEY. Though some peeps might like to watch:wink:Lesley
  17. Etienne

    Which cities are best for IT

    From what I can see (reading between the lines in PeopleBank white papers), the cities best for IT work in Australia are (basically in this order): Sydney Melbourne Adelaide Brisbane Perth Is this correct?
  18. The global financial crisis is forcing backpackers to look for harvest work due to a shortage of hospitality and bar jobs in cities, according to National Harvest Labour Information Service (NHLIS) manager Robert Cameron. Cameron told the Weekly Times the NHLIS was receiving more than 1000 phone calls a day from backpackers looking for seasonal work. He said the GFC had reduced spending on discretionary items such as eating out, making hospitality jobs hard to come by and forcing backpackers into the fields.
  19. The average price of food in WA (September 2009) Milk (2 litre, whole): $3.21 Cheese (500g packet, sliced): $5.51 Butter (500g): $4.61 Bread (white loaf, sliced 650g-750g): $3.42 Biscuits (dry, 250g packet): $2.38 Breakfast cereal (525g box, corn based): $4.00 Flour (2kg, self raising): $3.97 Rice (1kg): $2.96 Roast beef (1kg): $11.12 Rump steak (1kg): $19.91 T-bone steak (1kg, with fillet): $20.44 Chuck steak (1kg): $10.84 Lamb leg (1kg): $10.97 Loin chops (1kg): $19.99 Forequarter chops (1kg): $10.48 Pork leg (1kg): $8.17 Pork loin chops (1kg): $15.16 Chicken (1kg, whole fresh): $6.24 Bacon (250g packet, middle rashers): $ 6.61 Beef sausages (1kg): $6.65 Salmon (210g can, pink): $3.71 Oranges (1kg): $3.28 Bananas (1kg): $3.79 Potatoes (1kg): $2.65 Tomatoes (1kg): $3.38 Carrots (1kg): $1.71 Onions (1kg): $2.37 Peaches (825g can): $3.78 Pineapple (450g can, sliced): $2.08 Peas (500g packet, frozen): $2.02 Milk chocolate (200g block): $3.56 Eggs (1 doz): $4.53 White sugar (2kg): $2.89 Strawberry jam (500g jar): $3.34 Teabags (180g packet): $3.89 Instant coffee (150g jar): $8.67 Tomato sauce (600ml bottle): $2.40 Margarine (500g, polyunsaturated): $3.23 Baked beans (420g can): $1.54 Baby food (110g jar): $1.19 Laundry detergent (1kg): $5.58 Dishwashing detergent (450ml): $3.46 Facial tissues (170 pack): $2.10 Toilet tissue (8 x 180-sheet rolls): $6.82 Pet food (400g can): $1.37 Unleaded petrol (1 litre): $1.22 Full-strength beer (24 x 375ml bottles, case): $42.05 Low-alcohol draught beer (285ml glass, public bar): $3.55 Full-strength draught beer (285ml glass, public bar): $3.73 Scotch (30ml nip, public bar): $5.93 Toilet soap (2 bar pack): $4.26 How WA compares with the rest of Australia (September 2009) The cost of the ABS baskets in each state capital: Perth: $320.72 Sydney: $300.17 Melbourne: $309.41 Brisbane: $308.47 Adelaide: $312.14 Source: Australian Bureau of Statistics
  20. connaust

    Regional migration

    While the capital cities are struggling under the weight of increasing population, regional areas are crying out for more people - especially people with skills. Apologies, the link seems t be a podcast that has to be downloaded.... but this news typifies issues in Australia, city based people trying to dictate on migration as a political issue...., meanwhile the bush suffers.....
  21. Thought I would start this thread for people to outline what cities are good/bad and why from people actually living there so that people can make a judgement for themselves.
  22. black boab

    why the big cities?

    it is of continuing surprise to me to find most new migrant want to stay in the big cities where house prices are high ,proximity to beaches are distant and long commuting times interfere with the reason for coming here. spread your wings to the real Australia...........nice people who say g`day ,acreage,deserted beaches.....now,now no nudies..!, excellent quality of life and employers who care about you and your family. take the time to see the real Australia before deciding to migrate too many come to Australia expecting all of the above and are disappointed because they don`t do their homework, you have access to the internet ...use it! this is the best country in the world which has a place for everyone
  23. Hi we are considering Australia and need some advice. What are the house prices like? We are planning to come over in a few months to have a look around, where would be a good city to start? any help would be great! thanks
  24. Hi everyone I would be grateful for a little help as I will soon be moving to oz (from scotland) for a min 12 month period and have the choice of which city to be based in (all australia). I will be spending a lot of time driving from site to site all over my chosen area and possibly working through the nightime in residential areas. My main priorities when deciding which city/state will be quality of life, property rental prices, personal safety (nightime mainly) traffic congestion and the usual other concerns of being somewhere for the first time. I'm more of a local pub type than a night clubber and wouldn't really consider the night life a priority, Please help me decide which city / state thanks for your comments in advance neil
  25. (in hours) Adelaide 2 Alice Springs 3 Brisbane 1.5 Canberra .45 Darwin 5.5 Hobart 1.5 Melbourne 1.5 Perth 4.5 -Eastern Standard Time (EST), which includes New South Wales, Victoria, Queensland, Tasmania and the Australian Capital Territory; - Central Standard Time (CST), which includes South Australia and the Northern Territory, this one is the most curious of all as many visitors to Australia have never heard of half hour time zones before and think you are trying to fool them. - Western Standard Time (WST) - Western Australia. CST is one half hour behind EST, while WST is two hours behind EST.
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