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  1. Hi everyone, I was just wondering if there is anyone local to the Maudsland area in Gold Coast who is familiar with the local primary schools? We are coming over to Goldie for a month this December to scope out the local area and schools before making our big move over in Spring 2020, however we were hoping for some recommendations and advice from some locals. From the local schools we've looked at online we really like the look of Pacific Pines Primary and Gaven State Primary, but we are of course open to other suggestions too! Just as a bit of background info, we're planning to have a house built in or around the Maudsland area and our son is currently 8 years old and about to start Year 4 in September. He's a high academic achiever in all areas so needs a school where he can be challenged, he also has a love for sports. Thank you so much in advance, we are so excited to make the move next year!
  2. KD79UK

    Gold Coast Meetups

    HI, I've been in Australia for 13 years now, lived in WA for 8 years and most of my friends are probably there, but I felt like I was in retirement living there and moved. I have worked FIFO for the last 7 years pretty much and it has made meeting friends on the Gold Coast really difficult. I have owned a house on the Gold Coast for 5 years nearly now, but for two of those years I was residential in Darwin and then did a year long stint in Adelaide. So I really haven't made a firm friend base! Every time I've started making friends I end up flying out somewhere again. I'm currently flying in and out of Adelaide and home Saturday & Sunday one week then Friday - Sunday the next. Once this assignment ends I am determined to stay working nearer home if it kills me Anyone in the same predicament or any new comers fancy meeting up? I'm pretty relaxed, easy going, 38 year old female, originally from Chelmsford, Essex. Happy to meet males or females, in fact I miss having male friends at home, probably why I work in a male dominated area! The Aussies don't seem to get men and women being friends the same way UK people do lol.
  3. Summer the Pom

    Migrating in a child's perspective

    My name is Summer I am 12 years old from Essex, i migrated to the Gold coast 3 years ago, I have set up a blog to show other kids my journey so far. have a good day summer
  4. Hi I am looking for some advice. My mom has recently moved over here to Oz from the UK and on the 804 bridging visa (for 30 years approx). She wants to purchase a property (no mortgage required) here in the Gold Coast to live in; she's currently in Sydney renting. Questions are - Can she purchase a property in her name being on this visa? - How do we go about looking for property there when we live in Sydney? We can fly there for weekends to view but it would have to be worth our while - is there a company that can look for us and arrange viewings for when we get there all in the one weekend? Any help or advice would be great Thanks
  5. Contributor

    Varsity Lakes, Gold Coast

    Varsity Lakes, Gold Coast, Queensland. Why you should live in Varsity Lakes Varsity Lakes is one of the booming areas of the Gold Coast with a central CBD, market square, restaurants and fast foods including Sushi shop, Fish and chips, Subway, Indian cuisine and several coffee shops. Also located in the CBD is the IGA grocery store. At the central of Varsity Lakes is the Bendigo bank branch making it easy to access an ATM and face to face customer service centre. In Varsity lakes is also the Varsity Lakes Primary School and Varsity Lakes High school which is a stone throw from each other although separated by a bridge. These schools are among the top public schools on the Gold Coast. However, private schools such as Kings, Hillcrests are accessible to the Varsity Lakes Community because they are 20 minutes’ drive away and located in Robina and Reedy Creek area. Varsity Lakes have an enticing and beautiful scenery because it is surrounded by artificial lakes thus making the location exciting. Apart from the primary and secondary school located in Varsity Lakes, the first private University in Australia, Bond University, is at the central of Varsity Lakes, a 5-minute walk from CBD. Thus, lucrative businesses are attracted to the CBD of the Varsity Lakes. Apart from Varsity Lakes being equipped with all the stores and shops for a day in day out life, the CBD has many offices and company spaces which are being occupied by law firms, banks, tax agents, accountants, pharmacist, physiotherapist, travel company, real estate organisations and general practices. Shops and recreation Varsity Lakes is 10 minutes’ drive from Robina where one of the biggest shopping centres is located. Also, Pacific Fair, the newly upgraded shopping centre with over 1500 shops, is 15 minutes’ drive from Varsity Lakes. Thus, making Varsity Lakes a preferred location for many settlers. Varsity Lakes is 25 minutes’ drive from Surfers Paradise, the tourist town, with all the sky scrapper and attractions. Varsity Lakes is a great area for all types of people especially for families, due to the numerous parks and boardwalks around the lakes which is great for getting the kids and pet out. Though Varsity Lakes is equipped with all these amenities, it is still a very affordable location. Moreover, Varsity Lakes is 10 minutes’ drive to over ten beaches on the Gold Coast. Varsity Lakes is within half an hour of the major theme parks of Dreamworld, Movie world, Wet’n’Wild or SeaWorld. Where are the best streets? All streets in Varsity lakes are awesome and habitable with little or no crime. From Lake Orr drive to University Drive and Yodelay all streets are peaceful and habitable. Streets to avoid: There is no street to avoid in Varsity Lakes, due to the presence of the private university, Varsity Lakes only entice and attract the academics, students and the rich. Thus, the crime rate is from little to zero. Restaurant and Bistro: Hotel CBD and Varsity Lakes Tavern The CBD is endowed with Hotel CBD which is equipped with rooms and restaurants with great food. Also in Varsity Lakes is the Varsity Lakes Tavern which caters for audiences of all ages and features a spacious and modern bistro with a huge menu, daily food specials and a lounge bar with an extensive beer selection and traditional sports bar. Also, the Varsity Lakes Tavern feature TAB, Keno and gaming facilities, live sport broadcast daily, ample parking space, weekly entertainment and with Dan Murphy's bottle shop conveniently located on site. The Varsity lakes tavern is 10 minutes’ walk from the CBD over the artificial lake separated by the Bermuda road. Public Transport in Varsity Lakes: The Gold Coast public bus service which is operated by Surfside bus lines and help with transportation within the Varsity Lakes. On regular working days, the buses come every ten minutes while on Weekends this might change to 30 minutes. Thus, own transport is the best for weekends and holidays. The Surfside bus lines have a direct connection to other suburbs including Robina, Surfers Paradise, and other tourist attraction centres including Dreamworld and the Beaches. On the Surfside bus lines, you can use the rechargeable touch card called the ‘Go-Card’ or pay per trip which is a costly way of travelling. Gold Coast Taxis Taxi services on the Gold Coast are operated by Regent Taxis and Yellow Cabs and help people in Varsity Lakes and surrounding Suburbs with transportation. Regent Taxis and Yellow Cabs drivers are friendly and courteous, and the vehicles are of good standard. In peak periods, or if a timetable is a priority, it will pay to look at a-pre-booked service as waiting times can escalate. However, with the arrival of Uber, taxis transportation has improved. With the help of Uber, you can get to your destination without delay. Is the Suburb for young couples or families or wealthy? The suburb is for everybody, young couples, family, students and the wealthy. The way Varsity Lakes is designed, the closer to the University the more apartment for students. The Far away from the University, the more the young couple apartments and the houses for the rich. Varsity Lakes have new cheap apartments with good rental returns from university students and younger couples. Bond university receives new international students every semester that are eager to find accommodation close to the university. The property prices vary from $30000+ for units to $400000+ for houses/townhouses. Employment opportunities: Getting a job in Varsity Lakes could be very challenging because of the student population. Most jobs are being hunted by students. However, due to easy accessibility and closeness to other Suburbs like Robina, Surfers Paradise and Burleigh, it is easier to get a job in other suburb and live in Varsity Lakes. Demographics Varsity Lakes has the postcode 4227 and a suburb of South Eastern, Gold Coast & Hinterland, Queensland. It is about 79 km from QLD's capital city of Brisbane. Varsity Lakes is surrounded by other suburbs including Robina, Burleigh Heads, Burleigh Waters, Carrara, Merrimac and Reedy Creek. According to 2011 census, the population of Varsity Lakes was 14,366. The population increased to 15,165 in 2016 and represented those living in 6,250 dwellings with an average household size of 2.53. The population comprised of approximately 52.2% females and 47.8% males. The median/average age of the people in Varsity Lakes is 32 years of age. 61.0% of people living in Varsity Lakes are born in Australia while others are born in New Zealand (8.1%), England (4.8%), China (1.8%), Africa (1.7%), Malaysia (1.0%), Korea (0.9%), Philippines (0.9%), Japan (0.8%), Canada (0.7%), United States of America (0.6%), Hong Kong (0.6%), Germany (0.5%), India (0.5%) and Scotland (0.5%). At least 76.8% of the residents of the Varsity Lakes speak English only. Other top languages spoken are Mandarin, Cantonese, Japanese, Korean, Arabic, Afrikaans, Spanish, and Italian. Also, the religious makeup of Varsity Lakes includes those with no religion (24.9%), Catholic (23.6%), Anglican (16.0%), Religious affiliation (9.5%), Uniting Church (4.4%), Christian (4.0%), Presbyterian and Reformed (3.1%), Buddhism (2.3%), Pentecostal (1.8% and Eastern Orthodox (1.7%). G eneral Practice As said earlier, Varsity Lakes have a general practice dedicated to the community, and it is called the Gold Coast Medical Precinct (GCMP). The GCMP has an instore pathology laboratory and a pharmacy 2-minute walking distance from the GP practice. The GCMP allows Bulk billing.
  6. BronwynP

    Robina, Gold Coast Suburb

    Robina The suburb of Robina is located 16 kilometres from Surfers Paradise and is very well serviced by major buses and trains. The Surfside bus company services most main roads within the suburb and also provides buses that transport from the Train Station out to meet the tram network which runs parallel to the beach and out through Southport to the new Gold Coast Public Hospital. There are plans in the future for the trams to extend further south than Broadbeach too. Robina is also very close to the Pacific Motorway (M1) which runs north to Brisbane and down south to the Coolangatta Airport and NSW. Shopping Centre Robina Town Centre is the second largest of the two major shopping centres on the Gold Coast. It was originally opened in April 1996 and has since been extended various times. This shopping centre also contains a large Events cinema complex consisting of regular cinemas along with both Gold Class and VMax options. Another option for youths to entertain themselves within the shopping centre precinct is the AMF bowling alley with laser tag. The ten pin bowling lanes are all lit up with neon lights for extra fun. It contains all the major department stores along with a new dining precinct known as ‘The Kitchens’. The Kitchens is open during regular shopping hours with gourmet burger, pastries and sandwiches on offer but after hours there includes an espresso martini bar, a brewery and other licensed venues. This dining precinct has been extremely popular since its opening. They have cooking school sessions and celebrity guests. These sessions often have a fee for attending and sell out ahead of time. The cuisine options are also varied and there really is ‘something for everyone’ with vegan options next to juicy big burgers. Demographic Robina really is a very diverse suburb. At the 2011 Census Robina had a population of 22,522 (ABS). As Robina was a planned suburb and town centre there is plenty of opportunities to living there. There are many office and commercial buildings along with the shopping centre that provides plenty of opportunity for employment. Houses and dwelling options There is plenty of variety available in Robina. Units, townhouses, stand alone houses and even retirement villages. Scattered throughout the various estates within the suburb of Robina are plenty of parks and recreation spaces whether for walking the dog or playing with kids. For a 3 bedroom, 2 bathroom house with no pool and on a ¼ acre block you will be looking at about $500 rent per week, to purchase a house like this would be about $500k-$600k. If you looked into larger property, with a pool, and on water then you can easily start with $1m as a commencing price. Train station What was once the end station for the Gold Coast is now just a stop on the way through now, as the train continues to Varsity Lakes. You can get a train that runs express from Beenleigh to the City and then onwards to both the Domestic and International Airports. Journey times are 1 hour and 20 minutes to the city, just under 2 hours to the airport and run every 15 mins during peak times. Hospitals A public hospital was opened in 2007 and was the second hospital available on the Gold Coast. There is a newly opened (2012) hospital extension that includes a larger emergency centre along with many additional beds. This public hospital precinct is located within only a few mins walk from the train station too. Also opened in the last year is a new private hospital. While this does not contain an Emergency Room it does have surgeons and specialist consulting suites. Schools Robina offers educational institutions from kindergarten right through to 12th grade and university options are available nearby. There are state options for both primary and high school but there are also plenty of private options nearby. Robina is a very central location with access to Bond Uni about 10 mins away and Griffith Uni about 25 mins away. Sports stadium The Titans NRL team have their sports stadium, Skilled Park, located in Robina only meters from the train station. The facility has the capacity to seat over 27,000 spectators. This means that all home games are played here. It was a strategic decision to position the stadium so close to the train station though as there is no nearby parking. Even if you do park in a designated car park you will be bussed over to the arena prior to the game.
  7. Guest

    What's the best way?

    Hi Can anyone advise if there is a better way to get from Brisbane to Gold Coast Coolangatta Airport? Aside from driving or taking a taxi that is. On public transport I can only see journeys that involve two trains and two buses? Is there a simpler way? We need to get there on a weekday for late afternoon. Thanks.
  8. Jason Davis

    Any UK electricians in Gold Coast??

    Hi thereI'm a 32 year old fully qualified electrician from Wales U.K. and have decided after years of talk to move to the Gold Coast, Queensland with my wife and 3 children. I have run my own successful electrical company for over ten years now and am really interested in taking the plunge for a lifestyle change. My one main concern is the reality of finding work once I'm there. Once I have sold up I am considering going out alone for a month or two just to be sure I can find a job as I don't want to drag my wife and children over if it doesn't work out as planned..I have done a bit of research and learnt that before I move I should get my OSTR in place, obtain my white card and apply for my provisional electrical licence while I'm in the uk so it saves time rather than doing it in Australia, hence speeding up the process while I'm there. Please correct me if I'm wrong but can I apply for a provisional licence while I'm in the uk?I understand that you can only do gap training in Australia, is that true also or can you do the theory part to it in UK? And just do the logbook part in Aus?? Can anyone advise the best way to approach/contact possible employers either it be through an agency or either by turning up and talking to them face to face when I'm in the area? Any help would be so much appreciated from anyone who's been through this similar process..Many thanks Jason
  9. The Pom Queen

    Oxenford - Brisbane Suburbs

    Oxenford Oxenford is a quiet, family friendly suburb on the Northern end of the Gold Coast in Queensland, Australia. It is a clean, green suburb with a great country atmosphere. The 2011 census showed a population of 11,156. Oxenford is named after William Oxenford who ran a farm in nearby Coomera in 1879. This suburb is just off the Pacific Highway, which runs between Brisbane and the Gold Coast. Very Central, Oxenford is just 18 kilometres to Mount Tamborine and 20 kilometres to Surfers Paradise. Brisbane City is easily accessed and is just 60 kilometres away. Being on the M1 it takes just 50 minutes to get in to Brisbane CBD. Public Transport is reliable, with a regular bus service, nearby light rail service (7 kilometres away), and the Brisbane to Robina Train accessible from bordering suburbs Helensvale and Coomera. Oxenford has a very low crime rate and is a great place for families. The suburb is home to many Theme Parks, including Warner Brothers Movie World, Paradise Country, Wet’n Wild and the Australian Outback Spectacular. Oxenford borders the suburb Coomera which houses Dreamworld. A definite plus for the kids! Oxenford has a sub-tropical climate with temperatures ranging from 12.5 to 21.5 degrees Celsius in the winter to 21-28.4 degrees Celsius in the summer. There is an average of a huge 300 days of sunshine each year. The beach is only 15 kilometres away. There is an abundance of well-maintained aquatic centres on the Gold Coast. With such a great climate, there are many local sporting clubs in Oxenford and surrounding areas. These include swim clubs, Rugby Union, Rugby League, AFL, netball and martial arts. There is a popular pony club in Oxenford which has been in existence since 1974. There are over 7 parks in Oxenford that also include off leash areas for your dogs. Real estate in Oxenford can be purchased at an affordable price.There is still land available for new development. Units are available for rent or purchase, and most housing blocks are quite large. Parts of Oxenford consist of acreage blocks. This is the growth area between The Gold Coast and Brisbane and residential housing markets are expected to grow in this area. There are many more rural areas just a few minutes’ drive away. Oxenford has a reputable local state primary school and various child care facilities. There are many other state primary schools and state high schools in neighboring suburbs. There are two private schools just 5 kilometres away. Primary: Oxenford, Helensvale, Coomera and Coomera special. Secondary: Helensvale. Colleges: Saint Stephen’s, Coomera Anglican, Assisi Catholic College, AB Paterson, Upper Coomera State College. The Gold Coast also houses Griffith University in nearby Southport, and the private University, Bond University is only 25 kilometres away. Oxenford Central is the local shopping centre with a Woolworths as well as 16 other specialty stores. The closest major shopping centre is Westfield Helensvale which has a Kmart, Target, Woolworths and Aldi as well as a range of specialty stores.Local shops and facilities at Oxenford include a large Woolworths, an Aldi Supermarket, Bunnings Hardware, a pharmacy, ladies’ gym, real estate offices, hairdressers, butchers, post office, travel agent and more. There are many services such as legal and accounting practices. There is a great new medical centre and many parks, play areas and picnic areas in Oxenford.Westfield Helensvale is located only six kilometres away. There is a family friendly tavern and many quality restaurants in Oxenford. Being a major tourist destination there are always things to see and do when you love or visit the Gold Coast! A great area for professionals, families, retirees and tourists. Demographics Oxenford (4210) is a suburb of South Eastern, Gold Coast & Hinterland, Queensland. It is about 55 kms from QLD's capital city of Brisbane. Oxenford is in the federal electorates of Fadden, Wright. In the 2011 census the population of Oxenford was 11,156 and is comprised of approximately 51.2% females and 48.8% males. The median/average age of the people in Oxenford is 34 years of age. 69.6% of people living in the suburb of Oxenford were born in Australia. The other top responses for country of birth were 9.8% New Zealand, 6.3% England, 1.5% South Africa, 0.6% Scotland, 0.6% Philippines, 0.6% Germany, 0.3% Japan, 0.3% United States of America, 0.3% Zimbabwe, 0.3% China , 0.3% Canada, 0.3% Korea, Republic of , 0.3% Netherlands, 0.2% Italy. 89.8% of people living in Oxenford speak English only. The other top languages spoken are 3.2% Language spoken at home not stated, 1.3% Other, 0.6% Mandarin, 0.5% German, 0.4% Japanese, 0.4% Spanish, 0.4% Italian, 0.3% Korean, 0.3% French. The religious makeup of Oxenford is 24.8% No religion, 23.1% Anglican, 21.8% Catholic, 7.1% Religious affiliation not stated, 4.7% Uniting Church, 3.6% Christian, nfd, 3.2% Presbyterian and Reformed, 1.7% Baptist, 1.6% Pentecostal, 1.2% Buddhism. 50.9% of people are married, 32.9% have never married and 9.4% are divorced and 3.6% are separated. There are 271 widowed people living in Oxenford. 58.6% of the people living in Oxenford over the age of 15 and who identify as being in the labour force are employed full time, 29.1% are working on a part time basis. Oxenford has an unemployment rate of 7.5%. The main occupations of people living in Oxenford are 18.2% Technicians & trades workers, 16.0% Clerical & administrative workers, 13.2% Professionals, 12.6% Sales workers, 10.7% Managers, 10.4% Labourers, 10.1% Community & personal service workers, 7.2% Machinery operators & drivers, 1.6% Occupation inadequately described/ Not stated. The main industries people from Oxenford work in are 12.9% Retail trade, 12.5% Construction, 10.7% Health care and social assistance, 10.3% Manufacturing, 6.7% Accommodation and food services, 6.1% Education and training, 5.5% Professional, scientific and technical services, 4.7% Other services, 4.5% Public administration and safety. 18.9% of homes are fully owned, and 50.0% are in the process of being purchased by home loan mortgage. 28.9% of homes are rented. The median individual income is $606 per week and the median household income is $1305 per week. The median rent in Oxenford is $360 per week and the median mortgage repayment is $2000 per month.
  10. Hello all! My football (soccer) club is looking for players for its senior first team, reserves (playing on Saturdays) and social sides (playing Sundays and mid-week evenings). The team is Nerang Eagles and is ideally situated at the Northern end of the Gold Coast and is easily accessible from surrounding suburbs and the motorway. The pitch address is: Glennon Park, Nerang. It has great facilities and is a well ran club, who look after all of its players. Family orientated, with good junior base as well. We're a great club for getting to know people and there are a LOT of ex-pats, probably because of our great location and the great atmosphere we have. We have spots to fit most standards so if you're keen for a kick around then Join us for some of our pre-season training sessions. Training is Tuesday and Thursday evenings from 630pm and is on NOW!!! Cheers!
  11. Hi All, My partner and I have now lodged our EOI and playing the waiting game. . We are hoiping for a move to Gold Coast in Novemeber 2015 (if all is well with our VISA [fingers crossed]). I am after a bit of advice on our arrival ect and hoping someone can guide me in the right direction. 1. Are they any short term rentals for arriving migrants? (dont want to sign up to a 6 month lease as not completely sure where in Gold Coast we want to live) 2. Can we set up a bank account before we go? If so can anyone reccomend a good one for Gold Coast (cash machines ect) 3. Does anyone know the roughy cost of half a container? The companies I have approached want to survey before qoting and we dont have the stuff packed or or even know exactly what we want to take yet? 4. Any other advice you can offer? Also, if any recent migrants live in the Gold Coast and want to meet up in November, hopefully we will be available . Thanks in Advance! Josh
  12. Anyone living around the northern rivers. Ballina, Byron, Lismore or Tweed etc. Looking into the area as a move away from the big smoke. Anyone living or moved up that way have any advise, stories to share.
  13. Aaronspark

    Gold Coast - employment

    Hopefully moving to the Gold Coast next year when the visas come through. Seen mixed reports on the work situation. Im a qualified electrician and having my skills assessed by Vetassess, then Will have to gain my licence upon arrival. Does anyone have any idea what the work situation is out there? Heard rumours of 30000 trades needed for the work commencing on the commonwealth games. Is this true? Is there many opportunities for sparks on a restricted licence in Brisbane/Gold coast??
  14. Aaronspark

    Gold Coast Suburbs

    Looking to move to the gold coast when we get our visas through, hopefully next year. Been looking at the different suburbs on the Gold Coast. Guessing we're going to be somewhere on the north side so we're nearer Brisbane for work (I'm an Electrician, hopefully can secure employment in the Gold Coast. OH works in Insurance) does anyone have any recommendations of good suburbs, with decent schools, in North Gold Coast??
  15. dissolvedgirl

    Moving To The Gold Coast - Countdown!

    Hi all! So I've been really intrigued to read everyone's reports of moving over to Oz, so I thought I'd start my own countdown thread, detailing all the many trials and tribulations that I'm sure I'll have to go through to get there! A bit of background first...I'm 24, moving with my Australian OH, and will (hopefully!) go over first on a WH visa, and then get approved/get the ball rolling on a de facto partner visa while I'm out there. We're looking to move our little Persian cat, too, so starting to sort out everything for him (what a costly nightmare!!). The OH will most likely be walking into a job (he's an accountant) and I'm happy to do anything initially, then maybe get some admin/reception work. Near future goals are: Rabies jabs, bloods, and micro-chipping of kitten! Apply and pay for visa (along with getting it approved) And to start my 'get thin for Australia diet.' Would love to chat to anyone that would be moving to a similar area Helen
  16. Hi we are currently recruiting darts players to play regular social darts on a Wednesday night on the Gold Coast. If you have thrown a few 180's then get in contact urgently! Seriously if you can throw a dart and know where double 16 is and you fancy a social Wednesday night out playing in a small league then send us a PM. We are having a meet and greet night on Wednesday 8th February at the Commercial Hotel in Nerang if anyone fancies coming down and throwing a few darts. It's a great chance to meet some other players and join a team if you want to participate. For further information, please visit http://www.goldcoastdarts.com.au/players-wanted.html Thanks for reading. Donna & Neil
  17. Hello my name is Shyanne and here in about a month I will be moving to Gold Coast from America. I am just wanting a few ideas on places to go and check out to get to know some people and the culture. I am very excited but also a tad bit scared for this move. It would be great if I could get some ideas or maybe some help. Also some help on figuring out my living situation. A few people here have told me I'll just have to find a house mate to live with. They say I should try looking now for friends over there and possible house mates, but I'm really not sure where to look. Please help. It would be greatly appreciated.
  18. So having moved over 3 months ago and found myself living in Roma I have got myself a new job in Southport in the Gold Coast. Obviously I can't wait to get away from the boredom and nothingness that is Roma and get down to the more exciting lifestyle down the coast but I have very little idea on where the best places are to live. My job will be in Southport and as yet I don't have a car so public transport links are a must unless any of you would recommend living in Southport itself? I don't want to be anywhere too mental but at the same time don't want to be too far away from all the action so any help would be appreciated. Cheers
  19. Hi, i would love some advise please! This my first post on here! I was wondering if anybody lives in Burleigh heads or surrounding areas?? i will be moving to the gold coast with my husband and 2 children aged 5 and 3 in september and we are searching for a lovely family suburb to settle in. We went on holiday to Australia last year and stayed at Burleigh heads. we loved it there but we are wondering whether to move somewhere slightly quieter?? maybe Elanora or currumbin? or any others which anybody knows of. Also we need a good primary school. thankyou.xx
  20. dh06111

    Student Visa advice

    My wife and I are looking to move to Gold Coast as she is keen to study Early Years Education/Pre School Education with a view to gaining employment and sponsorship when she has completed her studies. She has been offered a place and we now have to apply for the Visas. We have looked at various areas to move to (the College is in Southport) and we are keen to hear from anyone who lives there and those who have made the move on a student visa. We will be looking to rent a 2 bedroom property but I can see some people have had issues in securing a property, is there anything we can bring form the UK to assist or any other advice? Naturally, I am apprehensive about the move on a student visa so anything to help put me at ease is also welcome!
  21. Hi guys! So I've decided to travel to the Gold Coast to stay with family, it's been a very quick decision... I'm coming alone and I am sooo excited! Although I won't know anyone around my age to do all of the travelling part with, and I plan to stay 2 years.. So gunna do my 3 months in farming.. Anyone else got the same plans or fancy trading advice?! I also have a question for you people that have already travelled. I won't have the standard $5000 dollars due to my quick decision making and my family have agreed to be 'financially responsible' for me. Will this be okay? How many of you were questioned at customs about your financial stability? I'm worried!
  22. biffo

    Migration Agent on GC

    Hi, Can anyone recommend a good Migration Agent based on the Gold Coast please? We need help with identifying potential visa options for Parents but the case is not straight forward so we need someone experienced in getting complex cases approved. The parents are visiting at the moment so we would like to jack up an initial interview whilst they are here. Many thanks in advance.
  23. Hello poms! :biggrin: we're moving around the mudgeeraba/robina area and looking for a good high school for our 13 year old girl. We can go to either Varsity College or Robina High. We'd like her to go to Varsity but we're out of catchment (mudgeeraba) and there is no bus to the high school anywhere near where we live. There's a bus to Robina a bit down the street but we've heard bad reviews of robina state high school :unsure: We'd REALLY like some local advice on what to do and she only started high school 3 months ago in oz and we're scared she might not adjust to a big city school, coming from a country school and all. Help please! Any info appreciated!:smile: (moving next week!!!:arghh:)
  24. Hi, My brother-in-law is a bored 18 (sorry, I got it wrong again Dad!) year old visiting us and would like to meet up with someone of a similar age to hang out. He has the big3 theme park tickets and is interested in bikes:jimlad:, beach :cool:or just having fun:biglaugh:. Unfortunately we are a bit too boring for him :SLEEP:. If there is anyone out there interested in showing him what we have for 19 year olds on the Coast, please let me know asap. He will be going back to the UK at the end of September if nothing attracts his attention here :sad:.
  25. Hi all, Im a 26 year old female brit moving to the Gold Coast next month - would love to know of any recommended social groups/activities for young people that me & my partner can get involved in to meet new people! :smile: My partner also plays football - are there many local teams he could potentially join? Thanks, Kate