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  1. Guest

    Downunder Live

    Hi Everyone We are going to Downunder live on 24th September 2011, has anybody been to this seminar before, Is it a good place to go to get all the information we need to emigrate to Oz, or is it just all hard sell thanks:hug:
  2. Hi everyone Just wondered if anyone has heard of or are using Immigration Downunder as their agent
  3. Does anyone have links to the tv series wanted downunder, just so i can show a friend. older ones in particular, prior to 2007 ( i arrived in oz )
  4. Mrs G and I have our hearts set on moving down under, but there are a few things we like to eat drink and do that we will probably miss. So, can those who are already there tell us if the following are available? Food and drink: Tetley Tea Bags Warburtons Crumpets Marsh mallows Green & Blacks chocolate Ginger bread (the man shaped biscuits, not the cake) We also love a bargain (especially when looking for furniture for our new place in Oz): Charity Shops Car boot sales Jumble sales Thanks.
  5. Hi Guys, its been a while since I have posted on here so I thought I would give you an update. We arrived in Perth (Warnbro) on the 1st December and what a whirl wind! when I look back I think what a lot we had to take in. Just a bit of advise when you are moving to Australia and your visa has not been stamped, you are allowed and extra 10k on your baggage allowance (check with your airline before travel). We were struggling to get the customary 20kg in our cases, we ended up going to Tesco car park and ditching some of our stuff in the clothes and shoe bins to reduce the weight. it was only after we did this I phoned my airline and said our baggage was over what will we be charged and it was then he told us we had extra if we were immigrating, OH NO! so just a tip check first. So far we are loving it here in OZ! our family has settled really well. We bought our first car and we thought we would not go over $2500 as we only sold our car in the UK for a grand. We ended up spending 5k on a Toyota starlet 2 door with air con 114K on the clock and 11 years old, you don't get much for your buck with second hand cars, but my wife Wendy loves it. Also when you buy your car and you sort out your insurance haggle over the phone for the best price, I did this and got $70 knocked off. Another thing, we bought our car off a dealer (friend of a friend) he paid the rego (car tax) everything was sorted and we drove off. a few weeks later we got a bill in the post for $130 or $150 can't remember for transferring the ownership of the car, we were shocked as we were not expecting this, I checked it out with my cousin and he said yes its the norm he hasn't stiffed you, you have to pay it, so we did. My tax file number and Australian super took some time to come through, although it was over the Christmas period (and by the way Christmas in the heat does not feel like Christmas, but we enjoyed it all the same). I have not been able to obtain credit while being here . I applied for a credit card with the bank I am with (i need this for my job, expenses) , they still declined me because I am renting, do not own my own home(not in OZ anyway) and my credit score was low, apparently if you are renting anything it reduces your credit rating. We are renting a washing machine as ours is still on a boat, I did tell them this but to no avail. Other than the small hiccups all is well, our boys have settled in their new school well and are making new friends they are 6 and 9 years, Mitchum already found himself a girlfriend after 2 weeks (she's from swindon). My wife does not work and is doing voluntary work at the local school in the uniform shop, she has made a friend there and now goes bowling every Monday. We were fishing on the beach last weekend (I've never fished before never had an interest, try it, it's good fun, the bait stinks tho) and this this couple walks by (aussies) we got chatting, they have now given us there address and asked us to drop by for a beer or a BBQ, how cool is that. Their driving leaves alot to be desired, but its their country so that's how its is, just adapt. I think that's the only advise I could give, you are not in the UK anymore (although there are shed loads of poms here) Adapt, bend with the wind take it easy and go with the flow. We move here to have a better life, an aussie way of life so be an aussie. The shopping is a little more expensive, and in the beginning you end up spending more because you have to start again with the cleaning fluids brushes bins etc. we were doing in $250 to 300 bucks a week, Wendy now go's shopping on her own and is able to keep it under 200 bucks a week. Also ladies, for the whites nappisan works wonders. anyway this is the best decision we have ever made, I have not felt home sick at all, but my wife did a little but I think that has passed, we are never going back and we love it. For all you guys trying to get here, go for it. You will regret it if you do not try it. Good luck to all. Glynn, Wendy, Mitchum and Louis.
  6. I suppose this post will be seen by some as good news and others as bad news, but the intention is to give a positive angle on life down under. This week has seen a number of strong positive signals coming out of the land down under, with the Governer of the Reserve Bank putting a very positve slant on the prospects for the economy yesterday even hinting that the worse was behind us and that the fall in the economy had bottomed. Then today we see house prices have actually risen over 3% in the second quarter of the year and expected to continue rising now through the remainder of the year and onto 2010. Great for all the Brits already there not so good maybe for those of us who still have to buy. But the overall positive news on the economy must be good for all as things pick up. Rather than me ramble on anyone interested can check out this link, which gives some good and interesting figures for various cities throughout Australia. House prices jump 3.3% in second quarter Lets hope the recovery in the economy keeps on growing stronger both here in the Uk and in Oz. Our GB £ is still suffering against the strength of the Aussie dollar so I guess we will just have to wait and see how the Exchange rates move in coming weeks. Cheers All, REDS :smile:
  7. Guest

    Exhibition industry downunder.

    Hi everyone. ot sure if this is the right section for this question, but Does anyone know or has worked in the exhibition game in Oz. I am currently working in Paris at the airshow and would like togo into the game over in Oz. Any advice would be greatly appriciated. Cheers Chidge
  8. Guest

    'Phil Downunder'

    Hi all, Thought I'd let you guys know, if you didn't already that Phil Spencer of 'Location, Location, Location' fame will be doing a 3/4 part series next year called 'Phil Dowunder' . Basically he's doing what he did here over there, and one episode will be himself finding a place and seeing what Australian life is all about. I know some of you guys replied to his ad, who of you are doing this and when are you filming? All the best, Helenx
  9. New on here and my partner and I (with our wee girl) are seriously thinking of moving to Melbourne in 18 months to two years. We'd welcome any advice or shared experiences which may help. No point going to the school of hard knocks when the school of experience has a higher pass rate eh! Thanks to anyone who thinks they could be of help.
  10. Guest

    Dress down to head Downunder

    I found this article very useful when trying to understand the Cairns dress code. THE Australian city of Cairns definitely has it's own style, a style that is a reflection of both it's laid-back lifestyle and true-blue sense of integrity. Full story here
  11. Guest

    Wanted Downunder

    Why do they give free holidays to OZ to families who have no intention of immigrating. In one show the husband said from the outset he could never immigrate as he would have to leave his daughter behind. It seems in the new series 90% of the couples don't immigrate, most say because they can't afford the type of house the wanted in OZ or in the location they wanted or don't want to leave friends and family. Why don't the people that make the show actually choose a couple is actually prepared to immigrate and that can actually afford to buy the house they want in OZ and are prepared to leave friends and family behind. That would be a shock.:shocked:
  12. Hi all, Seen loads of threads re : Wanted Downunder but has anyone seen Channel 4's A Place in the Sun - Downunder? There are 4 episodes to it, 2 have already been shown Melbourne and the other one was Adelaide. Not sure where their going for the last 2. Channel 4, Friday's at 8pm-9pm. Helenx
  13. Guest

    Wanted downunder bbc2

    Just incase anyone is interested wanted downunder is on bbc2 today(monday) at 5.15pm:notworthy: It maybe a re-run but hey Erinfay:wubclub:
  14. Guest

    Upside Down Downunder

    Hi Everyone! This is my first thread. Thought i'd let you know if anyone is interested how we got on in Perth. We moved to Perth in 2005 following the birth of our third child. We, consists of my partner who works Off Shore ,3 children 9,7,and at the time a baby of 6 weeks!We initially stayed in a holiday let and after 2 weeks found a rental property in the Northern suburbs. Within a day of moving into this house my partner had to go to work as it was his visa we came over on .It was the 457 Sponsorship Visa. The children went to school which they absolutely hated and consequently we moved them to the state school in Butler which they loved. Not surprising though parents were calling it Butlins primary School. The children loved the no homework rule.I hated it .Loooking back though how ridiculous I was. We even sent them to Kumon, although they loved it ,looking back on it the reason that we made the move was to have more family time with the children and there we were sending them for extra tuition. I always thought that if we ever did go back to the UK. then the kids would be behind! Not true. I began working in the local hospital as I am a nurse. My baby attended one of the nurseries but unfortunately it was a very bad experience .I quickly pulled him out and managed to get him into something better. Throughout our stay we had lots of friends,surrogate families ,and a great social life. We embraced the aussie way of life , the kids went life surfing,AFL,scuba diving ,surfing, but still it wasn't enough! There were many tears to family and friends back in the UK saying that I hated the places but the next I loved it!!Mixed up ? You bet I was! We visited the places of interest in Perth but to be honest ,they were lovely but I still wasn't happy!!!!! I felt as if I spent my life going up and down Marmion ! We lived in Butler where although I liked it , when we were leaving in May 2007, it seemed to be deteriorating.There appeared more vandalism,spray painting was more noticeable and many of the kids were hanging outside the chippy drunk! There is so much more I can say but it would just bore you all to death. We moved back home to Poole,Dorset,bought a lovely home, live 5 minutes from the beach,eveythings going well but now we've got the ping pong pom bug! Funny how the grass is greener wherever you live! In a way I wish we had just come home for a 6 week holiday because I really think if we had then we would have got thing out of our system.Such as, shopping(Iknow materialistic) visiting historical places and seeing friends and family. We are now apply for our permanent residency as the 457 was too restrictive. We are hoping to make the move to Brisbane as there is much more to do as I found Perth extremely quiet for us. This is only my own personal opinion, Im sure thousands would disagree. The thing I miss about Oz: bare feet for the children,weather,friendly people,manners,social scene,just chucking on shorts and vest. What I don't miss about Perth: Flies,Marmion,the seclusion of Perth,less of a variety of things to do. Have you all fallen asleep yet? It will be interesting to see what anyone has to say.:arghh:
  15. Guest

    Upside Down Downunder

    Hi Everyone! This is my first thread. Thought i'd let you know if anyone is interested how we got on in Perth. We moved to Perth in 2005 following the birth of our third child. We, consists of my partner who works Off Shore ,3 children 9,7,and at the time a baby of 6 weeks!We initially stayed in a holiday let and after 2 weeks found a rental property in the Northern suburbs. Within a day of moving into this house my partner had to go to work as it was his visa we came over on .It was the 457 Sponsorship Visa. The children went to school which they absolutely hated and consequently we moved them to the state school in Butler which they loved. Not surprising though parents were calling it Butlins primary School. The children loved the no homework rule.I hated it .Loooking back though how ridiculous I was. We even sent them to Kumon, although they loved it ,looking back on it the reason that we made the move was to have more family time with the children and there we were sending them for extra tuition. I always thought that if we ever did go back to the UK. then the kids would be behind! Not true. I began working in the local hospital as I am a nurse. My baby attended one of the nurseries but unfortunately it was a very bad experience .I quickly pulled him out and managed to get him into something better. Throughout our stay we had lots of friends,surrogate families ,and a great social life. We embraced the aussie way of life , the kids went life surfing,AFL,scuba diving ,surfing, but still it wasn't enough! There were many tears to family and friends back in the UK saying that I hated the places but the next I loved it!!Mixed up ? You bet I was! We visited the places of interest in Perth but to be honest ,they were lovely but I still wasn't happy!!!!! I felt as if I spent my life going up and down Marmion ! We lived in Butler where although I liked it , when we were leaving in May 2007, it seemed to be deteriorating.There appeared more vandalism,spray painting was more noticeable and many of the kids were hanging outside the chippy drunk! There is so much more I can say but it would just bore you all to death. We moved back home to Poole,Dorset,bought a lovely home, live 5 minutes from the beach,eveythings going well but now we've got the ping pong pom bug! Funny how the grass is greener wherever you live! In a way I wish we had just come home for a 6 week holiday because I really think if we had then we would have got thing out of our system.Such as, shopping(Iknow materialistic) visiting historical places and seeing friends and family. We are now apply for our permanent residency as the 457 was too restrictive. We are hoping to make the move to Brisbane as there is much more to do as I found Perth extremely quiet for us. This is only my own personal opinion, Im sure thousands would disagree. The thing I miss about Oz: bare feet for the children,weather,friendly people,manners,social scene,just chucking on shorts and vest. What I don't miss about Perth: Flies,Marmion,the seclusion of Perth,less of a variety of things to do. Have you all fallen asleep yet? It will be interesting to see what anyone has to say.:arghh:
  16. Hi Everyone, Hoping that there's some of you out there that have used Immigration Downunder as your migration agent. Have started the visa process but am a bit nervous about my choice of agent:skeptical: Anyone got any news about them - good or bad? Thanks:)
  17. Hi All, We are all here at last and i can't believe its 2 months already for me and the kids and 3 for Paul. Could go on for ages but will try to be breif. Flight with Malaysian Airways was great. Paul was already here so me and 3 kids 11,9 and 4 on our own. Not once did the kids say how long as we were fed and watered all the time and the tv/games kept the occupied. Paul had secured a rental in Mooloolaba which allowed dogs. The agent was really nice and we took the details and photo's of the house we had sold in England so they knew we had kept it nice. Rental lovely with a big pool, 4 beds etc and 10/15 walk to alexandra beach. We have done what alot of the people have done on the course and that was to drive around to decide what area to buy in. We chose Mountain Creek because of the school and are in the middle of purchasing a 4 bed on a larger plot 1050ms in the old part of Mountain Creek. It is really hard trying to find somewhere as all area's are lovely. We wanted to be by the coast and Mountain creek has everything, the beach 5 mins drive, the bush and the creek (which looks like something off Indiana Jones!) very close to shopping centres and lots of parkland for the kids. We have also fallen in love with Coolum Beach and had found a beautiful house looking over Mount coolum with varandahs but it was on the side of a hill (with other houses around) but very steep hills from one road to another and further to the school and we weighed up pro and cons for Mountain Creek and Coolum and for now with the ages of our kids we went for Mountain creek. Coolum has the best beach but Coolum itself is on its own and although only 20 mins from Mountain creek it is a very dark road to and from it, Anyone who lives here will know how dark it is a night with very few road lights. Anyway Kids started school 9 days ago and they love it. Mads is going to a party Saturday and Joe has a girlfriend already !! The kids are so so freindly and happy and have made ours feel very welcome. The dogs arrived a couple of weeks ago and we all went to Brisbane to pick them up, how emotional it was, they looked great, lost a slight bit of weight but very bright and happy and clean. They settled here so well and are loving sunbathing !! Just bought them tick collars as you get paralysis ticks here --urgh but collars work 100 % we are told $14.99 per collar for 2 months. Well what about Australia, here are a few of my first observations On the coast in areas it is really buillt up but you can find a quiet area not far away from anywhere. The beaches are beautiful white sand and clear seas and GREAT waves. How clean everywhere is, houses gardens parks roads and shops people seem to respect their area. There are toilets all over and all clean with toilet paper!! The ones on the beach have showers. How green everything is, there are lots of trees all over with hills and mountains, the scenery is beautiful, How modern the shops are and what they sell...everything. The shopping centre at Maroochydore is great and there are loads of outlet shops lining connection roads that sell all sorts. We have found in general that nearly everything is cheaper. I had heard everyone going on about how expensive bedding is. It isn't, like England you get your cheaper shops and also you can get expensive bedding but it is beautiful and full cotton or very plush fabric just depends what you want. Only thing I haven't found that is good is gravey!! Marmite i can get but the Aussie gravey only comes in very small tins and takes 1/2 tin for a meal !! Don't think lack of gravey will bring me back !! You can buy tickets from supermarkets for cheap calls to uk, Dial in loads of numbers first like we did in uk with telesavers. Our furniture went from England 26th June and we still do not have it, I havn't chased it too much as we move in 2 weeks so going to get it delivered there. People we have met have been freindly although i think alot think because of exchange rate think we are rich!!! People do really give you the time of day to chat and everyone walking around seem very happy, and they really do say No worries and have a nice day! We have been to Australia Zoo and bought a year ticket, its great and we also went on the whale boat from mooloolaba and saw loads of whales breaching out of the water is was orsom. So far we are loving it, it will be better once in our own home and our furniture arrives. All of us here who are renting find it quite uncomfortable as we are not used to renting and like to have our own place. I could go on and on (and have done) any questions i will try to answer.Will keep you all updated. Yvonne:cool: PS We are really freindly with John and Heather which is great (The Brown Family ) PS Telly really is rubbish Neighbours 6.30 and Home and Away 7.00 then loads of csi and police camera action etc. Once in our home we may get Foxtel once Oz catches up with uk!
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