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  1. Hello everyone, My husband ,daughter and I are going on a 3 week reccie trip to Cairns in October. We have chosen Cairns mainly because some very close friends of ours have recently moved there. I wanted to ask those of you heading to or living in Cairns what made you decide on this area. Also if you are living in Cairns it would be nice to know your positive/negative views on the realities of living there. What sort of weather can we expect for our trip?, heading out on 16th October, with a short stay in Sydney on the way. Is there good employment opportunites for my OH who is a carpenter? Sorry, lots of questions, but all your comments/advice would be greatly appreciated. Thanks
  2. Hi all, Just wonered if anyone heading to Brisbane in 2013? I know its a way off yet but would be good to keep in touch with families that are heading out there same time as us.:biggrin:
  3. Hello wonderful POI'ers! I've secured a job near Mandurah and now need to my rent house out and move family in just 4 weeks time!! Need to organise and book everything I'm so gonna be posting lots over the next few weeks! Your help is appreciated as always. Immediate issues are:- 1. One way flights around 29th Dec. + Extra baggage allowance. 2. Need a Short term rental for 2 adults & 1 child (How long do we book it for?) 3. Buying a car / Loan. 4. Shipping just the basics - 2 Sofas, Bed, Wardrobes, Table Chairs, TV & Coffee Table. 5. Long term rental. Thank you sooo much!
  4. The Pom Queen

    The Pogues heading to Australia

    The Pogues have announced their first Australian tour dates since 1989. Shane MacGowan will lead Jem Finer, Spider Stacy, James Fearnley, Darryl Hunt, Andrew Ranken, Philip Chevron and Terry Woods for dates in April next year, including a performance at the Byron Bays Bluesfest. The group kicks of a three-date tour at Festival Hall in Melbourne on April 4, before playing the Byron festival on April 8. They finish their tour at Sydney’s Hordern Pavilion on April 11.
  5. http://www.garp.org/risk-news-and-resources/risk-headlines/story.aspx?newsid=38476 Sorry to be the bearer of bad news...
  6. Have and excellent car for sale, only had it for 6 months, we didnt expect to go home so soon! It is a white toyata corolla ascent, automatic 2008. Only looking for $11,900 to get is sold fast!! We live in Perth WA.
  7. Perth Trotters

    Heading Home? Need Kids Car Seats?

    Hi There, I have 2 Britax Car Seats that I am unable to use here in Australia so was wondering if anyone heading home (UK) required them. They are both in excellent condition and have not been involved in an accident. I have a Kidfix (Isofix) Booster Seat 15 - 36kg approx 4 - 12 years and a Britax Renaissance, Group 1 (9months - 4 years approx) Will happily give them away just cant bear to dump then when they are in such good condition but it is illegal for me to use them over here! Can be collected in Halls Head, Mandurah until 15 Dec and therafter from South Perth. PM me if you are interested! Thanks Claire
  8. :wink::wink: A LEADING Cuban sexologist Saturday urged young men who are worried about the size of their penis not to take advantage of the communist nation's free health care to have surgery to enlarge their manhood. "It is not necessary that the penis be so long to encourage a woman... because she has many areas of erotic stimulation," said Ramiro Fragas, a sex expert at the Ministry of Public Health. He made his recommendation in a full-page interview in Juventud Rebelde, the newspaper of Cuban youth, after becoming alarmed at "significant" demand from young men for penis enlargement operations. Although such surgeries are free they require approval from a team of doctors and health experts. He also stated that the average Cuban man's penis, 11 to 15 centimeters (four to six inches), according to medical data, was in line with international averages. And Fragas cautioned that the benefits of such treatment is usually less than desired. "At most, one or two centimeters," he said, warning of negative after-effects relating to the aesthetics of the male member. After assessing "dozens" of surgery requests, Fragas said Cuban surgeons had conducted penis enlargement surgery on 20 male patients on account of birth defects or other medical problems. "Self esteem and knowledge" is the best way of combating the anxiety about having a small penis, Fragas concluded. Read more: http://www.news.com.au/world/dont-ha...#ixzz1aGFMqrgK
  9. Good Afternoon, Just to introduce ourselves. We are a family of five looking to move to Oz in the future. Three boys and wife who are all sport mad, all sick of the Uk and looking forward to a chance of a new life. Just trying to get my head round the process of apply for a visa. I am pushing on the years at 42 year old staff nurse (qualified since being 21) and so leaving it a bit late and can just to say make 65 points on a state sponsorship 176 visa before I am 45, thats getting all 8`s on the ILETS test and hoping to get sponsorship from Queensland, although the proof of funds may be a problem when applying as we do need to sell our house to raise funds to take over. Anyway my first step, applying for this IELTS test and then applying for my skills assessment from the ANMAC which I hope goes smoothly as my old college has well and truly shut down years ago, so may have a problem getting transcripts etc. I intend to sit the IELTS test until I achieve the required grades so fingers crossed. It seems a long daunting process but I am determined to get through any obstacles, as due to my old age :wacko:, its our last chance.
  10. A SIX-ton satellite is out of control and heading towards Earth – and Britain could be in the firing line. US space centre Nasa warned yesterday that the “dead” £470million satellite could land between 57 degrees north and 57 degrees south – anywhere between John O’Groats and the Falklands. Though much of the 35ft-long satellite will burn up on re-entry, as much as half a ton could survive. If it hits land, it could leave a trail of debris over 500 miles. Nasa’s orbital debris chief Gene Stansbery said: “Things have been re-entering ever since the dawn of the space age. To date nobody has been injured, but that doesn’t mean we’re not concerned.” The Upper Atmosphere Research Satellite was launched 20 years ago to help measure climate change. It ran out of fuel six years ago and is due to crash to earth in late September, early October.
  11. Hi iam Spencer Iam a floor finisher with 18 years under my belt in all types of floor finishes trying to get out to OZ ASAP to start a new life for me and my family! We are waiting on our CO for our 176 ss visa but looks like our 1100 form has gone missing between WA and DIAC so got a small delay (again) but hope to get it sorted next week and get our CO! Any other floor finishers on the same road and where are they heading and where are they at and whats the story ? And if you are already lucky to be settled in the great sothern land how are things going for the family and with work? Looking forward to hearing from you all. Spencer :hug:
  12. Ok, so I have my visa, sponsored by WA whihc is where we intended to settle. However, I have been contacted about a possible job in Brisbane, and so am looking for information on the city. Not entirely sure what I'm looking for - would people recommend it? What's good / bad about Brisbane? I have a 3 year old son, who loves being outdoors - he loves playing cricket and soccer if that helps at all. Also, I know it's a really subjective question, but what kind of salary would I need to be looking at to support my family (me, my wifer and my son)? We don't have hugely expensive tastes, and hopefully my wife will work part-time, but we'd like to try for another child first. When I was looking at Perth, I was looking for a salary of around $90k - would this kind of figure be ok for Brisbane too?
  13. Kerrygal

    Any Irish heading to NSW?

    We are a Kerry family heading to NSW hopefullly in July all going well and would love to see that there are other families like us going too. Mostly people are heading for Perth is their any reason for this? Our 457 visa was lodged on the 7th of May and our agent told us to give it 8 weeks so the countdown has begun... 6 weeks to go I won't be working in the begining, so I can assess everything like schools, transport, and most importantly where to shop economically. We have had the low life, the high life and now what we want is something in between with the added bonus of the good weather ...i mean come on ...when the sun shines...... everyone has a smile on their face .....yes even in moaning Ireland. We are not going over to Australia with rose tinted glasses, far from it ,we know its going to be hard and alot harder than people who came to live in Ireland had it but do you what..... We can always say we tried it and will never be lft wondering what if? Australia here we come.... lol yah in 6 weeks time...:biggrin:
  14. Apologies if this has already been brought up, but I've only just found out about the Jesus Jones & Wonder Stuff tour that's happening next week! Next Saturday night they're playing the Enmore Theatre in Sydney & I was wondering if any fellow ex-pats are going to be heading along?
  15. :smile: Hi, my name is Claire and after spending weeks trawling through the site for various bits and pieces of information I thought it was time to join up. My husband, our two children (17 and 12) and I applied for a 475 state sponsored visa to Queensland on 23rd June. We have a case officer and the last medicals were finalised today so hopefully (fingers crossed) we'll be booking flights for November in a few days / weeks. We're looking at moving to the Sunshine Coast, possibly Mountain Creek or Maroochydore unless we get lucky and find jobs before we get there. If anyone can offer any advice on the following I would be very grateful and pleased to hear from you! 17 year old teenage daughter - how to deal with the angst of leaving her friends 12 year old son - where tto buy a new bike or find a street dancing crew my husband - how to deal with a very impatient stressed wife or just me - how to make new friends in advance and learn to relax Really looking forward to things gathering pace now! :smile:
  16. Hi just joined the site yesterday and thought I'd say hello here and introduce myself!. My husband, me and 2 children (5 and 3) have just applied for WA SS yesterday. So we are waiting and hoping that comes back positive and then we can get the visa app in. We are looking at the Perth area, maybe NOR but it is hard to get any perspective from over here about where to live. Obviously good schools, family friendly area are going to be important to us - but kind of have to wait until OH has job. Looking forward to meeting people on here - it has already become more popular than FB - i am always looking for information!!!! Helen:biggrin:
  17. We live in East Yorkshire and have seen various people on here from areas close to us. We have just started with the visa, having applied for a subclass 163 business visa. We have been told this should take 10 - 12 months. We would love to move to the suburbs around Joondalup, but are unsure as to where we will be heading exactly as yet. Schools are important to us as we have 4 children, so we are still doing our homework on this. (No pun intended!) Anyone else living near to us in Yorkshire/Lincolnshire that are heading off to Perth within the next 12 - 18 months that fancies a local meet-up before taking that life-changing flight? Thought it would be good to see if we can get a few of us to meet up over here and possibly meet up again on the other side! :idea: Tracey & Jon!!
  18. SussexBear

    Heading Home!

    well all falling into place flights booked, rental secured for return, moving company coming topack us up on the 4th August, flying out on the 6th. Just the usual loose ends to tie up!!:eek: Getting really excited now. To all of you planning your return it will all come together, best of luck and I hope it all goes well. Same to those of you heading out here.:biggrin: Back just in time for the start of the season.... :hug: Blighty here we come!!!!!
  19. Hoping to move to Darwin within the next few months. As its a tropical area, do I need to get some shots before heading there? Am living in Ireland at the mo so dont want to catch anything nasty. I know I'll probabley be eaten alive by the mozzies but as long thats all that will happen, then I can live with that!
  20. Hey all I'm a 36 yo male moving to Brisbane in early September 2011. I am fit and young at heart and would love to hook up with similar people (male or female) in a similar situation, for gym sessions, runs, bike rides, coffee, beers, trips to the beach, BBQ's. If you name it and there is a high chance I will be up for it! Hope to hear from you soon! Cheers
  21. Hey guys, just thought I would stop by and say Hi to everyone. I'm thinking about moving over to Bondi in Sydney for 6 months with my Girl friend. Her brother got a job and emigrated out there last November, and her folks have just come back from visiting him on a 2 week trip (loved every minute of it). So we're thinking of maybe heading if there for 6 months if possible, working while we're out there and getting a feel for the place. I've heard/read sooo many good things about Australia in comparsion to the Uk, but I still have my doubts......mainly the fear of the unknown to be honest. We've got alot of research to do before we make our final decision i.e. whats involved in terms of a visa, how easy is it to find work etc. I have read quite alot of info on here so far in regards to this, but still unsure of a few things:S. But fingers crossed you guys can assist us with this. Look forward to speaking to you all soon Thanks C
  22. Hi there, Maybe a weird request, but I'm wondering if there's anyone out there who lives in/around Newcastle NSW and is heading over to the U.K. in the near future, and who might have a spare few kg's space in their luggage. Short story is I wanted to send some chocolates back home but when I looked at the Australia Post website I found I'd have to pay about $50 to send $30 worth of chocolate. If you wouldn't mind carrying it for me I'd happily pay the U.K. postage. Cheers, Paul
  23. Hi All, I thought I would start this as there seems to be a few of us heading for Oz. I hope this might give us some links, and the opportunity for meet ups when we are finally there, depending of course how far away everyone is, as Gippsland is huge. Feel free to PM me or post on here. We fly out on 23rd Nov!! Regards Pauline:wacko:
  24. WellyNZ

    Heading to Sydney

    Hello all, I'm originally from northern England but moved to New Zealand a year and a half ago. I love it out here and it's a fantastic place to live but a job offer in Sydney that I would have had to be nuts to turn down came about and so I'm leaving NZ sooner than I had planned. Looking forward to heading over to Sydney and with a bit of luck, should be there at the start of May! Have heard about this forum so thought I'd join up and see what's going on. Cheers! Welly
  25. Just a quick update. Hubby is on his way back to Perth tonight and starts work Monday. A difficult time for us all (yet again) as he leaves us behind for the next 5 months. We've all been there before but it doesn't make it any easier. I worked out how much time we had spent apart since we first headed out Down Under and it is an astonishing 19 months, a real test on our relationship but we survived it! Going backwards and forwards three times now has been an enormous and costly upheaval as some of you know only too well, but we needed to experience it to get to this point mentally and really get our heads round the reality of the decision we have made this time. We are going into this with our eyes wide open this time and the decision wasn't made lightly but the rose tints are well and truly off this time. Despite all the ping ponging having weighed heavily on our emotions and those of our loved ones we have to leave behind, I feel it was meant to happen this way and I have decided to go forwards, embrace and work with my new life rather than fighting against it. I am a great believer in fate and know we have many opportunities given to us throughout our lives. Anyway, I won't harper on or teach anyone to suck eggs! but what I am trying to say is that it is easy for us to remain in our comfort zones all our lives as the old saying goes " "Do what you've always done, get what you've always got". It can be incredibly frightening taking risks and it certainly isn't easy but unless we try we will forever wonder how our lives could have been. Just feeling in a thoughtful mood! :smile: Jackie XX