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  1. Hi there Can anyone tell me the pros and cons of living on the Gold Coast. Do a lot of people commute to work in Brisbane? I really wanted to be near nice beaches but do people in Brisbane get to the beaches in good time? Do people in Brisbane regret not choosing to live nearer the beach? Do people in Gold Coast regret not choosing to live in Brisbane? I know everyone is different and how long is a piece of string and all that.. but just a few views would be nice. By the way i like reading negative posts as well as positive as its all information. Hubby is a forklift driver/production worker so work wise is it going to be difficult on the Gold Coast and probably need to commute? Southern suburbs may be near enough for work to the Gold Coast or am i wrong as the commute could be long?? Thanks Georgie
  2. jamie

    HOW DID YOU DECIDE

    HI ,TRYING TO DECIDE WEATHER A MOVE TO OZ IS THE RIGHT CHOICE FOR ME IS PROVING A BIG HEADACHE AT THE MOMENT ,I HAVE VISITED THERE SEVERAL TIMES AND HAVE EVEN DRIVEN ALL THE WAY AROUND AND DOWN THE MIDDLE (35,000KMS IN TOTAL).I HAVE FALLEN IN LOVE WITH THE CONTRY AND JUST NEED TO MAKE THE JUMP BUT SOMTHING HOLDS ME BACK. I WAS WANDERING HOW YOU ALL CAME TO DECIDE IT WAS THE . RIGHT MOVE AS IT SEEMS AFTER READING A LOT OF THE POSTS THAT NOT MANY PEOPLE HAVE EVEN VISITED AUSTRALIA LET ALONE MOVE THERE. ANY THOUGHTS ON THIS COULD PROVE HELPFULL. XXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXX
  3. The reason I ask is that a few people seem to make a decision to move back very quickly, sometimes within weeks. Previously I've lived in aus twice, first time 1 year, second time 2 years. Both times I suffered badly with homesickness. This time around, I only really felt settled after about 2 years. For us, stability seemed of paramount importance, our 2 year old son was really unsettled at first, and my wife was preggers so moving back was the least practical option....BUT from a purely personal pov I would have been delighted to get back on the plane anytime during the first 6 months. So, can you decide whether or not moving to aus is the right decision within the first 6 months. Or is it not so black and white? Can the place grow on you with time, regardless of your initial impressions?
  4. When I split up with my wife and realized perth did not suit me, might try a different state in the future but at the moment my quality of life is good.
  5. just a general post to find out when you decide australia was or wasn't for you,we have been here 2 years now and made some truly great friends ,work is going well (a bit too well)the children are happy but we still don't get the feeling that we will stay here we aren't unhappy so are just going to give it another year and then think again we may do this for the next 20 years who knows.
  6. Guest

    Can't decide where to live

    Hi all, We need to decide which state to emigrate to. We are moving from Ireland so good weather is a major factor for us. We thought Sydney orginally but we heard that renting or buying property was very expensive. Then we thought of Melbourne but we were told that the weather is very mixed. Brisbane is nice but very quiet. As you can see we are totally unsure where we should move to. Our priorities are good weather (generally) availabilty of jobs and reasonable commute to work. Can anyone advise. Many thanks :unsure:
  7. Hi All, I realise this topic has probably been discussed a thousand times, so don't mean to sound like a broken record, but any help, advice, direction you can give will be massively appreciated. Well I'm a 31 year old guy, fairly settled in England in terms of house, car e.t.c and really fortunate to have family close by, which is great. However, I am single, very sporty, my profession - recruitment is in huge demand down under and I feel fairly tempted to make the move; also many of my close friends seem to be settling down or married..rightly or wrongly, that just has not been for me so far. However, I'm sure like most people, its a tough & huge decision to make and i dont want to get it wrong. I think its really easy to be in the UK and say Australia will be better because of sun, outside life..e.t.c i think the saying the grass is always greener on the other side is very true. Yes, everyone is different and for some it will be the right decision to emigrate and others it won't work out. A big reason which makes me seriously consider the move is that I stayed in sydney a few years back when i travelled around the world..and ultimatly after a few months, I did return to Asia and then the UK. I feel that that was my opportunity to stay and if it was right for me I would have..but ultimatly i came home. As mentioned, I'm sporty, love being outdoors, so that side of Aussie life would suit me.. well, any response would be appreciated..so thanks in advance. If I have not given enough information can provide more.
  8. <TABLE class=topic id=topic_viewer cellSpacing=0 width="100%" border=0 sizset="0" sizcache="1"><TBODY sizset="0" sizcache="1"><TR sizset="27" sizcache="0"><TD class=c_user rowSpan=2 sizset="27" sizcache="0"></TD><TD class=c_post style="WIDTH: 99%">HOW DO YOU DECIDE WHO TO MARRY? (written by kids) You got to find somebody who likes the same stuff. Like, if you like sports, she should like it that you like sports, and she should keep the chips and dip coming. -- Alan, age 10 No person really decides before they grow up who they're going to marry. God decides it all way before, and you get to find out later who you're stuck with. -- Kristen, age 10 WHAT IS THE RIGHT AGE TO GET MARRIED? Twenty-three is the best age because you know the person FOREVER by then. -- Camille, age 10 HOW CAN A STRANGER TELL IF TWO PEOPLE ARE MARRIED? You might have to guess, based on whether they seem to be yelling at the same kids. -- Derrick, age 8 WHAT DO YOU THINK YOUR MOM AND DAD HAVE IN COMMON? Both don't want any more kids. -- Lori, age 8 WHAT DO MOST PEOPLE DO ON A DATE? Dates are for having fun, and people should use them to get to know each other. Even boys have something to say if you listen long enough. -- Lynnette, age 8 (isn't she a treasure) On the first date, they just tell each other lies and that usually gets them interested enough to go for a second date. -- Martin, age 10 WHAT WOULD YOU DO ON A FIRST DATE THAT WAS TURNING SOUR? I'd run home and play dead. The next day I would call all the newspapers and make sure they wrote about me in all the dead columns. -- Craig, age 9 ( Future Goth perhaps ? ) WHEN IS IT OKAY TO KISS SOMEONE? When they're rich. -- Pam, age 7 The law says you have to be eighteen, so I wouldn't want to mess with that. - - Curt, age 7 The rule goes like this: If you kiss someone, then you should marry them and have kids with them. It's the right thing to do. -- Howard, age 8 IS IT BETTER TO BE SINGLE OR MARRIED? It's better for girls to be single but not for boys. Boys need someone to clean up after them. -- Anita, age 9 HOW WOULD THE WORLD BE DIFFERENT IF PEOPLE DIDN'T GET MARRIED? There sure would be a lot of kids to explain, wouldn't there? -- Kelvin, age 8 And the #1 Favorite is......... HOW WOULD YOU MAKE A MARRIAGE WORK? Tell your wife that she looks pretty, even if she looks like a dump truck. -- Ricky, age 10 You can see some distinct characters already formed :biglaugh: </TD></TR></TBODY></TABLE>
  9. I've just been granted my working holiday visa,me and my gf plan to fly over in early 2012.We want to do a bit of travelling first (up the east coast) but we've got a bit of a dilemma.We are unsure whether to hire a campervan whilst travelling or use the greyhound/oz experience bus and stay in various hostels.I think i'm leaning more towards the campervan idea.I've seen a couple of decent prices from companies,Has anyone done anything similiar?it'd be great to hear other people experiences,and good/bad points of both options.
  10. Guest

    How Did You Decide?

    Hi, We are hoping to move to apply for a SS visa for SA and have spent all day looking at different websites trying to find which area to rent a property in. I just wondered how others decide where to live, or did you wait until you arrive and then sort it out? Also schools, if you decided on arrival, did you sort out school then too? I know we are a long way off arriving but this kind of stuff will fall to me to organise & Im a lil worried bout it, its very daunting all the stuff to consider. TIA x
  11. We have recently got a CO after a very very long wait...:notworthy: We jumped through many hoops to try and keep up with the immigration process over the last two years, but we always seemed to be one step behind. During our process we changed our application from the 175 to 176 visa gaining SS. However, as QLD (which is where we initially wanted to go to) took so long to get back to us we applied for WA (we were honest with them and explained that we had already applied to another state) and finally we received both SS for QLD & WA... However, we thought the decision of which state we would be going to had been taken out of our hands as my hubby's trade was not on the new QLD SMP but was on the WA SMP... However, our CO has now asked us to decide which state we want to go to! Now, we initially wanted the sunshine state of QLD but after extensive investigations into WA we have warmed to that state too and since neither myself or my hubby has been to Australia we are finding it very difficult to decide which state would be better for our family and way of life. So, to anyone who can help, anyone who has been or lives in either state would you mind giving me some true life pro's and con's to the state you know. For example, any info on the following would be a great help:wubclub:; Work prospects in general (however hubby is a Plasterer) Weather - how much rainfall do you get compared to sunshine? Is it too humid? Freak weather - do you suffer from floods often, bush fires, droughts etc What are the people like, is one side friendlier than the other? Cost of living? Food, electricity, insurances, TV, Telephone/Internet, Water rates etc... any hidden charges to watch out for? How much are your outgoings? (We will be a family of 5) Do you find one state cheaper than the other? Is Perth too isolated? Is there much nightlife and things to do during the day? Is QLD too built up and over populated? What activities are there for people with young families? What areas in WA or QLD would you avoid and what areas would you say were good up and coming nice areas? I know there are a lot of questions there, but if you can answer just a few with some pro's and con's it would be a great help to us... I have spent all week trying to find answers and seem to be going round and round in circles... Looking forward to your comments and really appreciate your help. Tasha x:hug:
  12. Guest

    cant decide on an area!!

    Hope you guys can help. Currently in the UK in London. Married with two small children, I am a nurse, husband works in construction (mostly machine plant operator/excavation works etc). Don't know whether to apply directly to the Government of South Australia or go with an agency for work as a nurse in Oz. To add to the further dilemma, saw jobs advertised in Joondalup Perth, whereby we were originally looking at Melbourne. Can anyone give their advice on whether Melbourne or Perth is the best place to bring up children, and suitable areas outside of the cities within commutable distance, what schools are like and wanted to live in a multi-cultural area. Also got to consider the availability of construction work for my husband! Thanks I hope I haven't asked too many questions!! :chatterbox:
  13. Guest

    Can't Decide But Must!

    Hello everyone! Its been a while since I have posted as we had put our migration plans on hold due to a few family reasons. We are now ready to go but we now have a dilemma in that we can't decide where we to go! Our chosen destination are Perth and New Zealand (not sure what city). We have best friends in Perth so know that the help and assistance is there, our friend also works as a manager in a recruitment company so has contacts to help hubby who is an IT Professional. We will have a friends network quickly here. But will my husband cope with the summer heat, spiders (arrgghh!). Will it give us the active, family orientated lifestyle we crave. Our friends live in Secret Harbour so should we stay close by to them. We don't know anyone in New Zealand. Will we be disappointed with the weather as someone said it is like England! Will it give us more of the outdoor lifestyle we want with the wonderful countryside, beaches etc. They are both wonderful places which is why we don't know how to begin to decide which is best for us! We obviously can't visit both places to make a decision so need to do it on research and by talking to people like you who are living the dream (or about too!) Did anyone else face the same dilemma? If so, what made your decision? If you could spare a minute to give me your view I would be so very appreciative as we want to move forward but seem to be stuck! In eager anticipation :arghh: Nicky x
  14. Hi all. This is my first post here!! My partner and I are seriously considering a move to Oz in the next 12 months. We are just at the stage of applying for visas. We have 2 young children (aged 4 and 1) so want to do it now before they form friendship bonds and the move becomes more difficult! My question is, how did you decide which area of Oz to move to? We are looking at the suburbs of Sydney - Wyong mainly - on the recommendation of my best friend who lives in Sydney. However, it seems quite expensive in Sydney!! We are wondering whether to look in different areas of Oz, but we are not sure where to start! Any recommendations? We are a young-ish family (my partner and I are 33/34), my partner works in construction owns his own business property developing so needs to be an area where he will get work, we also want somewhere that is suitable for young families with good schools etc....
  15. Hi all. This is my first post here!! My partner and I are seriously considering a move to Oz in the next 12 months. We are just at the stage of applying for visas. We have 2 young children (aged 4 and 1) so want to do it now before they form friendship bonds and the move becomes more difficult! My question is, how did you decide which area of Oz to move to? We are looking at the suburbs of Sydney - Wyong mainly - on the recommendation of my best friend who lives in Sydney. However, it seems quite expensive in Sydney!! We are wondering whether to look in different areas of Oz, but we are not sure where to start!
  16. Guest

    How do they decide

    Hi now for my second silly question of the day LOL We are awaiting a reply from Queensland to see if they are going to state sponcer us how do they make the decision Cheers fee
  17. Aussie at heart

    Just cannot decide

    We're considering starting a new life in Australia - possibly Sydney or Perth. Such a difficult decision. It's not as if we don't like our life here in the UK. I really like living in Chester - great little historical city. Also great being able to travel to Liverpool and Manchester in less than an hour for a day/night out. Even enjoying the snow at the moment! My problem is that I travelled around Oz in 1998 and 2000-2001 and really miss the place, the people, the lifestyle and the sunshine. Constantly thinking about what I could be doing there - so much so that it's affecting my work life. Feel as if I'll be wasting my life if I remain in the UK. I know it's been a while since I last visited Oz - we're due to return for a month long holiday in January 2012. My wife feels that if I go there I'll be trying to recapture my youth from 10 years ago or so rather than Australia itself - i.e she thinks I miss the old me rather than my old experiences. To some extent I can see her point. However, I really miss feeling the warm sun, dining in pavement cafes with smiling faces around and trying to catch the surf wearing just board shorts - much better than dressing up like a gimp in a head to toe wetsuit in Cornwall! I know the weather in Sydney this Spring/Summer has been very rainy/cloudy/British but it still doesn't put me off as I know 9 months of the year are generally better than the normal British summer and winter in Sydney/Perth is not much colder than September in the UK. Any advice? Be great to hear from people who feel/felt the same as me. Thanks.
  18. 2adults2cheekykids

    Cant decide where to go, HELP!!

    Hi, we are new to the site and are currently at the beginning of our visa application, let me introduce ourselves!! we are Hayley, Nige and 2 little tikes harrison and evan (4yrs and 18mths). I am a nurse and my hubbie a postman. We are stuck between where to move to, is it Brisbane - Sunshine Coast, Perth - Secret Harbour or Adelaide?? not having visited any of these areas we have spoken to a million people all with their own views on where we should go!! we are planning to visit next year to activate the visa but am deprately seeking advice on any of these areas. Any info on House prices/rentals, schooling, hospitals (for working), suburbs in and around these areas would be gratefully received! Please Help!!!!!!!!!! Kind Regards Hayley & Nige
  19. Read here: Silent Korean victims of cut price tiling industry Seems to me like well prepared propaganda to make Australia really small. Note there is no author under the article. Yes, I am paranoic and I like it that way. What are your opinions?
  20. Hi everybody, Wonder if anyone can tell me their opinion on schooling. We emigrated ou to Australia, October 2009, to The Sunshine Coast, Qld. My little boy was in year 1 in the UK,he attended an excellent state school, with very high standards. I feel that the schooling here is not up to the uk standards, my thoughts wonder day to day as this is a decision to either return back to the uk or stay here, I dont know if its because they are behind the uk or they are simply not good here, we need to do whats best for our little boy. Anyway let me know your thoughts, may help me decide what to do.
  21. Guest

    Can't decide where to go

    My OH is a plumber and we are currently waiting for vetasses to assess us, shouldn’t be a problem but then we have do decide where to live. Fancied the look of Coffs Harbour and around, but don’t think we could get State Sponsored for NSW. So have to pick somewhere else. We are looking for scenery, sun, space, all close to a city, and good sailing. We have two children, 7 and 9 so schools are important. Queensland looks good but our big problem here is how early it seems to get dark, is it really 6:30 all year? Don’t think weather is good enough in Victoria, and not impressed by visit last year. We also visited South Australia it was March and the landscape was very dry, but otherwise liked the city. Picky I know but it’s a big move and I want to get it right. Perth seam rather cut off. Northern territory, Tasmania, and ACT already discounted. We are looking for scenery, sun, space, all close to a city, and good sailing. Any advice gratefully received.
  22. Cant decide on which area to go to when we first arrive,we arrive on the 27th april,myself an electrician and my wife who is a teaching asst,and our 2 boys 7 and 3,we want a nice area for the kids and somewhere not to quiet with plenty to do,been looking at cleveland and springfield lakes,anyone any good/bad points about these areas or any other areas that are easy to get brisbane as thats where i am most likely to find work as im an electrician,,,,cheers
  23. Guest

    Cant decide

    Hi everyone I really cant decide whether to return home to all the doom and gloom in England, or to try to get a job over here. My Australian partner and I recently split, and I am not working. I was planning on getting a spouse visa but now that not an option. I have been living here for over a year (in WA) and dont have that many friends. I have been applying for jobs, but no luck so far. Have been applying mostly in Perth (seems a more expat there) but Im not living there, and the fact I need sponsorship I think will go against me. I was trying to stick it out until Xmas, but I am seriously unsure if it worth it. But if I return to England I dought Ill find work, and Im not sure if Ill be entitled to anything - and I really dont facy the idea of moving in with my parents. However if I do go back I feel I will have missed out on an opportunity to get PR, and citizernship and that I wont ever be in a position to return. FYI I work in Marketing / PR and have one year experience and a degree. What would you do???? Thanks
  24. Guest

    Cannot Decide HELP ME!!

    Hi I am new on here and came across this forum while looking for help, what a great place. OK here we go: Me & husband both English, he moved here in 1989 family migration, I moved here in 1994 after marrying him. Have 3 kids all born here, (twins age 7 and 3 yr old) never had any intention of moving back to UK, My parents live in UK. last November my father passed away and he left me his house (only child) this house has no mortgage on it and is in a lovely place, I grew up in this home and never lived anywhere else until moving here, so lots of memories, tried to sell it but of course it was in he middle of the "global rec" so was getting stupid offers. We do not own our own place here in Australia as yet as we needed money to have children (IVF) so all our money went on that, and never had chance to get of the rental cycle. So here is the dilema : my husband thinks it would be a good idea to go back for a year and do the house up and then after that year try and sell (hubby is good at DIY) I am feeling very homesick and not sure if its from loosing my Dad, and I must say when we were over there last year it was so nice for the kids to have my mum and cousins etc and that having everyone close by that is something we don't have here, we do have lots of friends and kids are settled in year 1 at school, but its not the same as family. My hubby thinks its silly we are here renting when there is a perfectly good house in UK with no mortgage or anything, and thinks we should give a go! of course he has to find a job which is a worry for me he is a Truck Driver long distance and I work for the NSW Police - clerk not sworn officer. I worry about up rooting the kids but they are young and its only for a year and think maybe it would be a great experience for them to see another country and have the option to see difference places ie, europe etc, as we go nowhere here cause we can't afford it. Any advice appreciated Thanks :jiggy: by the way could keep my job here!!!!
  25. Guest

    What helped you decide?

    :eek:Hi everyone. I hope you all won't get tired of my constant questions but you are the only ones who really know the answers as you live life there every day !! Thanks for all your comments so far - they have proved really helpful. I am already looking at houses in ALL the areas suggested with a lot more confidence. If we take a two week visit to Victoria to help us make up our minds (whether to commit to upping sticks from GB) is there anything you would recommend is a "must do". I'm not talking sightseeing, I'm talking real living. What do we REALLY need to know? What helped you make up your minds? I'm sure all of you were nervous at the prospect at leaving all that was familiar and I'm sure you know how I feel right now. We can find out the cost of a pint of milk and really broad things like that - but what info is a "must have" before making the decision (apart from rental cost)?
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