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  1. sarah harmer

    Validation visit - where to stay?

    Hi there We are doing a Validation visit to Adelaide in July/August. We're a family of 4 and the 2 little ones are age 2 and 7. We have currently booked a few days in Glenelg and a few days in Stirling to get a feel for the different areas. We are wondering on the 3rd area we could visit and need some help. Should we also stay in the CBD? Should we stay more down south like Brighton or Seacliff? Maybe Norwood or more north of the CBD? We are trying to find out what suburbs are nice to live in, not too cramped and not congested (we're from the UK so not interested in too many queues ). We need to also look for good Primary schools. Once we move, our final destination will need a good sized garden, along with a view of some sort (sea or hills), it just boils down to space and views but not too far out with lots of traffic. Not asking for too much are we! . Has anyone got any advice on where this 3rd holiday stay could be? I am thinking of Norwood, Brighton or going 40 mins north or south from the CBD, but don't have any idea on how remote they really are. We both need jobs, so don't want to make it difficult for ourselves xxxxxx
  2. Hi there, My husband and I moved from UK to Sydney in 2001 and then moved back to the UK in 2005 with a 1 year old son so that he could grow up around family. After living back in the UK for 4 years, we have decided to move back out to Sydney because I feel it is a better place to bring up my son. He will be starting Kindy in Jan 2009 and we will be moving to either Baulkham Hills or Castle Hill. I was thinking of putting him in the Hills Private Grammar School but I have heard that the Primary Schools in the Hills District are just as good. Does anyone know if this is true and if so, could someone give me some advice as to which of the Primary Schools in Baulkham Hills/Castle Hill are best so that we can make sure that we rent in the catchment for the school. Thanks in advance. Vanita
  3. Hi, Can anyone help us please. We are moving to Melbourne in Sept this year and have narrowed it down to a few areas; Berwick, Narre Warren South, Lynbrook, Endeavour Hills. Our kids are primary school age still but we are trying to think about Secondary Schools for when the time comes in 3-4 years. Can anyone shed any light on the situation with secondary schools in these areas? Any good ones to recommend, or avoid? Also, where does Lynbrook Primary feed into? Many thanks, Sam
  4. Is there anyone out there who lives in sydney near hills area, OATLANDS/CASTLE HILL/CARLINGFORD/PARRA- who would live to meet up for girly get togethers? I am really missing my girls from back home. Im here living with my australian boyfriend and really in need for some girl time. Im 23 years of age originally from London. I have been here a year and am just going through the defacto application process.
  5. :smile:Hi everyone, well we think we have chosen where to live in Sydney well we would like to live in Baulkam hills but its a bit too pricey. So we have chosen Stanhope gardens. What i wanted to know is there any of you that are all ready living there or thinking of the same areas or has anyone got any views on both areas good or bad. What are the schools like, shopping centre, how far away from beach, we think Manly is about 40 min away. You know the usual questions, thankyou in advance everyone.:wubclub:
  6. Hi, We are looking to move across to Sydney toward the end of this year / start of next. It is likely that I will be based around the Silverwater area, and we are looking at the Hills area as a possible location. From a surf around the net we have seen some school information, but would love to hear from anyone who is using these schools or knows anything about them. Thanks
  7. Hi everyone, I'm 29 and live in the Hills district in Sydney. I moved over from England a year ago (I'm half English/half Irish) to be with my Australian boyfriend and am still struggling to meet friends. It's so much harder when you're older and not going out every night! Does anyone fancy a Saturday lunch get together?
  8. Getting very confused who people are on here, need to get involved with the meet ups! Can we organise a family fun day Sunday in a few weeks time and get all the poms together?? What do you reckon guys? Have you had a meet like this recently?
  9. Hi I am 37 and moving over to Sydney in Feb with my husband and two daughters aged 4 and 3 and would love to meet up with other mums with young children as soon as we can. Until mid-march we will be living in an apartment then plan to rent in the Hills District. Now that Christmas and New Year has passed reality is kicking in that soon I will be over there with no friends or family to chat to or meet up with. I am really looking forward to moving but also anxious about being lonely for a while. Mind you my girls will keep me going! If anyone in a similar position or has suggestions for playgroups in the Hills District please get in touch. Thanks Lisa
  10. We are looking to move from our house probably around mid January and our lease is until mid march. The property will be available on an initial 6 month lease after this time and after that yearly. Three Bedrooms main with balcony overlooking garden. All bedrooms have fitted wardrobes.Two way bathroom( recent refurbish) and seperate loo. Lovely kitchen newly refurbished with D washer, seperate dining and good sized lounge,laundry and downstairs loo. Polished wood floors throughout and reverse cycle air con. Outdoor wooden deck for bbq's etc. House is down from the road level so fairly private and back garden is a natural setting with loads of trees, very pretty environment. The current rent is $370 per week which is great for the area If anyone is interested please pm me and will arrange for you to have a look or send pics if you are still o/s thanks kath
  11. We are looking to move from our house probably around mid January and our lease is until mid march. The property will be available on an initial 6 month lease after this time and after that yearly. Three Bedrooms main with balcony overlooking garden. All bedrooms have fitted wardrobes.Two way bathroom( recent refurbish) and seperate loo. Lovely kitchen newly refurbished with D washer, seperate dining and good sized lounge,laundry and downstairs loo. Polished wood floors throughout and reverse cycle air con. Outdoor wooden deck for bbq's etc. House is down from the road level so fairly private and back garden is a natural setting with loads of trees, very pretty environment. The current rent is $370 per week which is great for the area If anyone is interested please pm me and will arrange for you to have a look or send pics if you are still o/s thanks kath The house is now leased :biggrin:
  12. Hi , we are moving over by March 2012 . I am looking at catholic schools around the shire area (caringbah /miranda/ sylvania)and possibly the hills areas. We have a Boy age 9 born 04/2002 and Girl 7 born 06/2004 and as they are currently attending a Cofe school here i wanted them to attend a catholic school over there. Does anyone know what chances there are off getting them a catholic school place mid term next year? I know our local uk church school is full and the waiting list is extensive but thought as you have to pay for the church schools there maybe there would be places or is that being optomistic?:smile: Could anyone also advice what school year they would be in ?? I think eldest would be year 5 on arrival and youngest year 3 is that correct?? My youngest is nearly 3 born 12/2008 could anyone tell me when she would be due to start kindergarden? And again what the waiting lists are like for preschools over there?? Thanks in advance for any help (finding it hard to get my head round their schools ):biggrin: Mandy
  13. Hi, we are moving to sydney in early 2012.....For some reason i am a bit hung up on the flies!!! :confused: Do you get a huge amount more flies inland in the hills that in a costal area?? I cant stand flies so am really worried about them. Have even been put of moving to the hills area due to someone telling me we would get loads of flies . Not sure how true this is so was hoping to get someones experience of them who has experienced them especially mid summer!! :eek: Thanks Mandy :smile:
  14. People mocked me too when I said that if a naked man rode a bike down Crown St, his only problem would be if he was not wearing a helmet and the police booked him. These blokes were in Riley St and NOBODY noticed, except me, ever the 'tourist' even in my own 'burb. Maybe they weren't 'blue spidermen' after all though? Wasn't there a commercial for British Gas or something where they all dressed up like that?
  15. We hope to be going on a reccie and visa validation trip shortly and are looking for a holiday home in a nice suburb of North Brisbane. My brother lives in McDowall so want to be close enough to him. Ideally looking for a 4 bed with pool.
  16. I went for a walk to Resevoir St first to check an address, passed so many restaurants and cafes, some part of pubs, then up to Crown St, where there are even more cafes and shops and all full of people. Loads of people going in pubs like The Trinity (packed) and The Dophin for the rugby.
  17. Hi , hoping someone can help. We have a job offer in sydney ..... 2 adults 3 kids and a dog with a package of around $100,000 plus lafha via company. To ensure our money stretches to the max we were looking at the above areas. Does anyone living there think this sounds enough money ???? We will be on a 457 visa so paying schools for 2 . Questions i need help with are..... What do people with knowlege of living and visiting these areas think??? On the net umina looks lovely but everyone sounds very down on it. Hills look gorgeous but really want the beach too.... Husband would commute on motorbike or train to North Sydney 2-3 times week max. Any advice would be greatly appreciated. We are looking at coming out in jan/feb Thanks in advance Mandy xx
  18. Anything is possible

    The Ponds - Hills district

    hi guys We should be moving into our rental in the next few weeks and wanted to know if anyone knows any activites, community, kids clubs, get togethers, really wanna start meeting people. I have 2 kids boy 7 and girl 3.... Look forward to hearing from you Thanks
  19. Nearly 5 to 1 for an appt at 130 and still not showered which is entirely typical of me. Lovely day and did not get up until after noon. I like Leichhardt which is about 5k from here - Cleveland St, turn right into City Road, left into Parra Road then continue on past Sydney Uni thru Camperdown, Annandale until I turn right into Norton St - THE street in Leichhardt - full of cafes, restaurants, shops. The only UN-cool thing about the place is the low flying jets from Mascot. There's a big Italian community there. Just hope the lights are on my side - usually check the clock on the old Grace Bros tower at the corner of Broadway/Parra Rd/City Road. I usually vary my route back either via Annandale and Glebe or via the Anzac Bridge - fantastic views over the City skyline and of the Harbour Bridge - really brings home just how BIG Sydney is!
  20. Hi all, I am 29 and Mum to a 3 year old boy and 5 year old girl. We moved over last week and are currently in Parkdale but are looking to move to Berwick (or closeby there) in 3 weeks. My husband works in Hallam and I take him so have the car every day. Would love to get to know people and chat about areas as I am getting really confused about where to look to live and what primary schools are good etc! Am feeling the strain of being home alone with two mischievous little ones and not knowing the areas it would be nice to meet and chat with grown ups (much as I love my kids they are driving me mental :arghh:!!!! Looking forward to hearing from you x
  21. I posted this article on a thread about the new series of Underbelly but it's such a good description of Surry Hills (well, I think it is) I thought I'd put it here too. Am I allowed to do that? Crime czars haunt the Hills Frank Crook From: The Daily Telegraph April 11, 2008 12:00AM [/url] Squalor ... urchins in Hart St, Surry Hills, in the early 1900s. Source: The Daily Telegraph TODAY the only trace of Frog Hollow is a pretty little park that stands as a reminder of the toughest suburb in Sydney writes Frank Crook. There was once a place in Sydney called Frog Hollow, where no respectable citizen would ever enter. It was Sydney's worst slum, of narrow lanes and dank ramshackle houses with little ventilation and defective drains and sewers. Disease and poverty was rife in Frog Hollow, where criminals flourished. Prostitution was conducted in the open; sly grog shops plied a nightly trade; gangs of toughs lingered in alleyways preying on the unwary. Kate Leigh, the legendary crime queen, once held court in Frog Hollow before going on to bigger if not necessarily better things in the sly grog, cocaine and prostitution business. Frog Hollow, demolished in the 1920s, was in the heart of Surry Hills, then the toughest suburb in Sydney. Today the only trace of Frog Hollow that remains is a pretty little park called Frog Hollow Reserve that sits primly on the corner of Albion and Riley streets. It is marked by trees, lighting and landscaped gardens. It stands as a reminder of the early, deprived days of Surry Hills, along with old sepia-toned photographs of dingy tenements and barefoot children. There the poor of Sydney lived and were forgotten as the metropolis grew around them. The transformation of Surry Hills began in the 1960s, when artists, writers and students moved in to the area, bunkering down in its terraces and decayed mansions. It brought a touch of bohemia to an area that was still a no-go area for many citizens of Sydney. The changing face of the area was completed in the 1980s when many of the suburb's terraces were restored and the newly-affluent discovered the convenience of inner-city living. Tomorrow sees the start of the ninth annual Surry Hills Festival, held in Prince Alfred Park. It has markets, bars, fashion parades, dog shows and entertainment for young and old. It is a celebration of a suburb and a far cry from the desperate early days of Surry Hills, when gangs such as the 40 Thieves and the Big Seven roamed its narrow streets. Today the area is studded with bars and restaurants, antique dealers, fashion outlets and art galleries. Its pubs, including the Dolphin, Clock, White Horse and the Trinity all in Crown St, and the Norfolk in Cleveland St, are elegant and civilised watering holes. Walk down Crown, Oxford, Fitzroy, Devonshire and Cleveland streets and visitors can take their pick from modern Australian, Italian, Japanese, French, Indian and Thai cuisines. Few newly-arrived tourists would have an inkling of the area's grubby and violent past. But Surry Hills was not always the down-at-heel area it became. In the early days of the colony it was mostly farmland, owned by Major Joseph Foveaux, after whom Foveaux St is named. It was known as Surry Hills Farm, named after Surrey Hills in England, with an alteration to its spelling. Terrace houses and workers' cottages were built in the 1850s to cater for those who laboured on the wharves and later the factories, foundries and light industry that sprang up in the area. In the days before public transport, it was important for workers to live near their workplaces. With the coming of the railways, the more affluent citizens moved from the inner-city to the newly-established suburbs. So Surry Hills became a working-class suburb, home to generations of Irish immigrants depicted so vividly by the author Ruth Park in her novels chronicling the life and times of the Darcy family, impoverished exiles from the bush. Park and her novelist husband D'Arcy Niland, author of The Shiralee, lived in Surry Hills, where she wrote The Harp In The South in 1948 and Poor Man's Orange the following year. They were not the only notables to make their home there. The great cricketer Victor Trumper learned the game in the streets of Surry Hills. John Norton, the newspaper tycoon who founded Truth newspaper, was the state member for the area between 1904-6. Eddie Ward, a Labor man with a reputation as a doughty battler for the workers, was once president of the Surry Hills branch of the Labor Party, before holding the federal seat of East Sydney from 1932 until he died in 1963. Ward served with and often fought against Labor prime ministers Jim Scullin, John Curtin and Ben Chifley. Cyril Angles, who, along with Ken Howard was Sydney's leading race caller, was a Surry Hills boy, while Arthur Stace, who gained fame as the man who wrote the word ``Eternity'' in crayon on the pavements of Sydney, lived in Surry Hills in the 1920s. He held down a job as cockatoo or lookout for a two-up school and also worked carrying liquor from pubs to local brothels, one of them run by his sister, before he reformed. In later years, when the area gained some respectability, the artist Brett Whiteley bought an old warehouse and converted it into a studio and exhibition space. He lived there from 1988 until his death in 1992. People can still visit Whiteley's studio in Raper St and inspect his unfinished paintings, art equipment, photographs, furniture and sketchbooks. A number of houses, terraces and other buildings in Surry Hills have been registered with the National Estate, including the original premises of Cleveland St Public School, St Michael's Church in Albion St and the former police station in Bourke St. Leigh's legacy remains today. The premises of her old sly-grog shop still stands in Devonshire St, where thirsty customers, locked out of pubs at 6pm, queued to buy beer at outrageous prices. The running battles between Leigh and her arch enemy Tilly Devine still form part of the suburb's folklore, along with the razor gangs of the 1920s and criminals such as Frank ``The Little Gunman'' Green and the violent Guido Calletti. There were also the glamour girls of the street, such as Nellie Cameron, who had Green as her pimp, and Dulcie Markham - blonde and gorgeous, whose gallery of male protectors all came to sudden and violent ends. Leigh and Devine were both portrayed by Ruth Park as a single character in The Harp In The South and Poor Man's Orange. Park described the suburb where she once made her home as ``clinging to the proud skirts of Sydney like a ragged, dirty-nosed child''. The flash of the razor has long departed the streets of Surry Hills and the old lags who once populated the area have been swallowed up by history. Restaurants such as Long Grain, Billy Kwong, the Bentley and Jazushi usher well-dressed patrons through their doors. Kate Leigh and Tilly Devine would never recognise the place
  22. What, When and Where: Next Market Saturday, 3 September 2011 The Surry Hills Markets are an essential fundraiser for the Surry Hills Neighbourhood Centre, specialising in handmade, second-hand and recycled goods. The Markets are held from 7:00am to 4:00pm on the first Saturday of every month, at the corner of Crown and Collins Sts, Surry Hills, in Shannon Reserve, Surry Hills, regardless of weather. In wet weather, the market may be restricted to the paved area. Over Christmas and New Year, the normal schedule is maintained. Come and enjoy!
  23. We are considering Cherrybrook/West Pennant Hills area as we have 2 young children and it looks like we can get a house with space around the $1000 per week mark. 1. what are the local primary schools like? Any particularly good/any particularly bad? 2. I will likely have to commute to the CBD (Wynyard). The 131500 website tells me a Hills bus can get me from that area to Wynyard in 41 mins...Im not buying thats true as it seems too quick? Is it? Does anyone do that commute..I currently commute from Surrey to London Bridge daily so Im used to commuting an hour per day. My main concern is reliability as Ill be racing to get home before after school care shuts :biggrin: thanks
  24. We will be moving to Brisbane in September and are looking to rent in Brookfield, Pullenvale, Chapel Hill or Kenmore Hills. My husband will be working in the CBD and I am hoping to find IT work there too. We have 3 children (aged 12, 10 and 10). My husband plans to cycle to work, but I am more likely to use public transport. Can anybody give us your thoughts on these areas and which might be best for us as a family to move to? Any recommendations on schools? They will all be in primary until the end of the year. Then our eldest will need to move to High School. Also what's the rental market like out there at the moment? Thanks.
  25. jo greenway

    Hills District

    Hello We are moving to Sydney in September, and have been looing at some of the areas in the Hills district. We have two boys one and three years old and wan to be in a nice family area with good schools, parks etc. My husband travels about an hour into work now in the uk so he doesn't mind a bit of travelling, but just womdered how far areas such as West Pennant Hills, Baulkham Hills etc are from central Sydney and how easy is the commute?