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  1. Is $75K enough for a couple and baby to live in Brisbane?
  2. Gary90

    Suggestions on where to move

    Hi there, Myself and my partner are looking at potential places to live in between Ballarat and Melbourne CBD, nothing is certain I’ve just had a potential job come up in Ballarat, but my partner would be working in Melbourne CBD, I was wondering if any one has and suggestions or experienced living in the suburbs between both, we ideally would like an equal distance and have been looking around Melton and Eynesbury. any information would be great thanks Gary
  3. Hi Group, Me, my partner and son (3yrs) are moving to Victoria in June. We are looking for a suburb that is located within a 35-40 minute commute of Melbourne's CBD, it will only be myself that will be working from the start whilst we find our feet so needs to be reasonably priced and we would like a house, any suggestions would be so helpful. The area needs to have plenty to do for my partner and little one during the day. What would the cost of living be roughly (i.e. Electricity, Gas, Internet, phone line...) Thank you to any one that can help. C
  4. Hi everyone! Just wondered if anyone is living in the Campbelltown area of NSW? Myself, my husband & our nearly 1 year old son have been here for a couple of months now, but I am finding it quite lonely being home all day with the little one. Been over to one of the play-groups, but it's very 'clicky', so wondered if there were any fellow poms in the area? Would be great to hear from anyone. Thx
  5. My husband, daughter and I are moving to aus on 30th April 2011. We were going to base ourselves in Buderim. Any info on the place would be great. We would be looking to rent. Picked Buderim for it's position. We would like to be near mountains, beach and country. We have visited Aus four times since 2001 and did not get a good look at Buderim. Thx
  6. KangarooJack

    Basic cost of living in Queensland

    Hi I am trying to get an idea of the monthley cost of living in Queensland. eg Community fees Electric Gas Water Digital TV Fuel Prices Food on (on average) Thanks alot Chris Just received Police Checks back all going well
  7. jen16

    Regional NSW Living

    Hi All, I am wondering about regional living in NSW. We are hoping to apply for state sponsorship as short of points. My OH is a mine deputy so would have to live regionally anyway, we have been looking at jobs around Singleton, and hunter does anyone have any experience of living there? We have 2 kids (6&3) so would like to live somewhere with things for them to do, good community and as close as possible for a regional area to the coast.any info would be great thanks pio:biggrin:
  8. Hi All, Silly question coming up (but thats just me all over !!!) ok each time i need to put my washing on the line it is always covered and im mean well covered in webs and they are so sticky i almost end up in a tangled mess my self. Now my line (hills hoist i think its is) is not that close to any trees bushes etc - so can anyone please tell me if there is anything that i can spray onto the line to stop the buggers using it as web hot spot - (wasnt sure about mortein in case it harmed the clothes) i can faintly hear laughter & thoughts like bloody stupid woman but this is a woman thing!!!!! just dreading the day i open the door fly screen and walk into a door web !!!!!!!! LOL cheers gizmo
  9. Hi everyone, i have a chance of a job in Wooroloo which is about 45km in land from Perth. i have been looking at house prices in Ellenbrook and the close surrounding areas, but i know very little about the place. Does anyone know what it is like, for crime, are there any good high schools, is there plenty of things to do, good shopping centres etc. i would appreciate it if anyone could give me any help and just how far is Wooroloo from Ellenbrook and how long would the journey take by car. cheers for any information, jim & helen. 175 visa lodged 10/3/09
  10. First off I just want to clarify that writing isn't a massive hobby of mine, quite the contrary being a dyslexic I detest the thought of having to write, so hopefully no one here will judge my poor writing skills..! To give yourselves a bit of a background about myself, I hate spending money on anything that doesn't involve adventure, enhances my experiences in life or travel. I don't understand why you need to spend money on anything else...! As of current when writing this blog post, I'm currently residing in Melbourne, Australia, and this is how I'm currently living... Bedroom picture 1 Bedroom picture 2 Bedroom picture 3 Bedroom picture 4 Not including the chair or desk, this is how I currently live. Some might look at this and say, "WHAT! How can you live with so little?", whereas what they should be saying is... "Wow, that's how you can afford to go on all those adventures!". You'll see from my Youtube channel "jackcranelife" (where I upload my daily travel vlog's) that I'm constantly doing activities, exploring new places... aka: Always being out of the house. I purely see this setting as a place to rest my head, nothing more. When I first arrived in this apartment, there was an empty wardrobe, chair and desk. All I needed to get was a cheap mattress, pillows, duvet, a plate, knife & fork, hangers and laundry tub... So I ventured into the wonderful shop known as Ikea, spent around $200 getting everything I needed and plodded back home and started booking trip arounds Australia like crazy! Because I spent so little, I was able to spend the rest of my money on the following... - Cairns for $1000 which includes... Flights, accommodation, skydiving, bungee jumping, full day of white water rafting and full day of great barrier reef snorkeling. (Coming up on the 17th - 21st May 2015) - Flights to Adelaide for $150 (staying with a friend for this one) (12th - 15th June 2015) - 2 day tour of the Great Ocean Road for $250 which included... 1 hour surfing lesson, parrots landing on me and eating from my hands, see wild kangaroos, 12 apostles, amazing sights, 2 lunches, 1 dinner, 1 breakfast, being driven round with a group and an overnight stay in an american style teepee (You can actually check out a 4 part video vlog I did on this to see what I was up to... click on a part to see each section Part 1 (surfing), Part 2 (parrots), Part 3 (12 apostles), Part 4 (Secret beach) I've also got planned to visit Perth to do some Whale Shark swimming (searching round for some good deals at the moment) and other various activities... So what would I say to those of you who want to travel, explore and live an adventure? Don't spend all your money on thing's that won't bring true value to your life, only get the needed essentials, don't spend frivolously. This is the motto I live by and keep saying at the end of every single video I do on my Youtube channel, and I hope it resonates with you... "Be remarkable... Keep your life exciting." All the best, Jack
  11. Guest

    Living in Point Cook

    Hi, We are considereing renting in Point Cook, I visited it in October and liked Point Cook senior school also thought that the shopping centre was lovely. However I have some questions that i wondered if a local could answer; How bad is the traffic into Melbourne during rush hour? Is it going to ages to get to work in Maribyrnong?Where is the nearest the train station? As it is a new suburb are there local clubs eg sports, social etc for teenagers (13 & 16)? Is sancturary Lakes difficult to access without a car? You certainly get a lot more house for your $ on the rental market but I need to be sure as I dont want to have to move the kids once they are in school. Thanks everyone - we leave the UK on Christmas Day :v_SPIN:
  12. Hi all. Just wandering if there is anyone from Manchester liviing on or near the Goldcoast. From a place called Failsworth myself and was interested to hear from anyone who lived in Manchester.
  13. Daniel Worgan

    Australia March 2015

    So Im heading to Australia on March 30th next year for a year! Looking to find out the best places to go to get work and also meet other people? Anyone else heading out around that time? be good to make some online connections and possibly too meet out there Daniel x
  14. Hi, Am currently considering a job offer based in Penrith (on a 427 visa) but have no sense of how far my salary will go in this area. I'm in the UK at the moment and the move would mean bringing over two young children (1 and 3) and my husband. Initially, we would be looking to rent and would probably be living off my salary alone for the first 3-6 months. My salary would be in the region of $114000. Have been looking at lots of information about the area and house rentals etc., but it's hard to gauge what price rental bracket we should be aiming for without having a real feel for how far my money will go. We will potentially have some savings to bring with us, but we want to keep that fairly intact in the hope of buying our own place in a year or two if we decide to stay. Leonay, Emu Heights, Glenbrook, all look like nice family friendly areas, but what are the costs of living in those areas? I'm also interested to know what the primary schools/preschools are like there. I should be able to get discounted child care places at my work for the children, so am less concerned about that. My husband will also probably only look for part-time work at the start, to be at home with the children and ease the transition, so initial child care costs will hopefully be minimal. My husband's currently in IT, but only new to it and still doing some studying/training, it's a bit of a career change for him at the moment. What is the job market like for IT in that area? Is it an easy-ish commute to inner Sydney if that's where most of the jobs are? Would be grateful for any advice. Feeling very daunted at the enormity of the decisions we have to make! Anne
  15. Hello there fellow Stokies... We wanted to start a Stoke City F.C fan club here in Oz, are we the only ones here or is there anyone else out there, we are starting a list, so we have put our names as number 1, if you copy and paste it into your reply, and add as number 2 and so on.... would be great to see how many there are here in Oz, and to see if there are any near us, were on the Gold Coast. Let us know x 1. Nichola & Jonathon Hand, Varsity Lakes, Gold Coast. 2.
  16. dferri2000

    Advice from ladies living in Canberra

    Hi Girls Can anyone recommend a good hairdresser for cuts and colours in Canberra? I used to travel 20 miles for my last hairdersser who included mini head massages with washes and treatments and free cups of tea :yes: so I don't mind whether any recommendations are north side or south side! Thanks in advance
  17. Guest

    Living in melbourne V's brisbane

    Hi there, I have my permanent visa & our house is under offer. We are keeping fingers , toes & everything crossed that we (me , husband, 8 year old daughter, dog & 2 cats)will be able to move over to Oz mid January. There was a job opportunity for my husband a few months ago but we couldn't apply as we want to sell house. He has come in this morning saying that company are still looking for staff. Could be a good job for him. I have researched Brisbane & Melbourne & to be honest am totally torn between the two. Brisbane looks wonderful, but I'm not great in excess heat! Melbourne looks wonderful, but is the weather too miserable in winter. Also do many people have pools in their garden in Melbourne ! ( Got to dream !!!) I think at the end of the day we would go to the place with the job as this would be a great start to our new life .Looking at Springfield Lakes area if we choose Melbourne . Could anyone out there give me their opinions !!!! Much appreciated, Wee Wen
  18. I posted on here a while back about doing nurse training once we arrive in Perth next year and when I looked into the courses they did seem rather expensive. When I looked into enrolled nursing at the Tafe in Perth it was quoting $10,000 per year to study. My OH was not impressed ! However I didnt realise that was the fee for International students on a student visa !! :GEEK: We should be coming over on a perm res visa as my OH is a carpenter so I wont be applying as an international student. Accidently I found a website about Central Tafe and their courses ( not available to inter students) and enrolled nursing is only $570 per semester - much cheaper and you can study part time. ( At Mt Lawley) Ideal for me as my kids will be just starting school. Does anyone know anything about these courses ? Have I understood this to correctly. I will be 35 by the time I start studying so enrolled nursing is a shorter course and may be better for me. Only trouble is finding my school certificates....:spinny:
  19. Hi there, Newbie here.............. my name is caroline and myself and my family are planning to move to oz next year. ( 2 teenage boys aged 15 & 16) We are just starting to get the ball rolling and now starting to pay for things and my main question before we really get started is - is the cost of living the same, more expensive or cheaper in oz than living in the uk? i've been looking at mortgage rates etc which i see are higher than we generally pay here, i'm concerned that by the time i pay all the usual bills, like telephone, mortgage, car/house/health insurance, tax, pension schemes, electricity, gas, water, phone, internet etc that my monthly outlays may be more in oz than in UK. and if that is the case would have to seriously reconsider our move. ( i have seen that the price of petrol is cheaper which is good bonus!!!) am reeaally hoping the answer is going to be cheaper or about the same as we are sooooo excited thinking about the move. cheerie caroline :jiggy:
  20. Doing a straw poll on the pros and cons of life down under here: Please visit and add your comments, so far I've got: The Best Things About Living in Australia Great weather Interesting birds and wildlife Good schools Friendly, funny people Safe and politically stable Great and diverse scenery Swimming in warm ocean and excellent public pools Outdoor Lifestyle, lots of bike and walking tracks Sporting opportunities Camping galore Beaut beaches Surfing all year round $4 clean skin wines from Dan Murphy The Worst Things About Living in Australia Very suburban Skin cancer rates, highest in the world Complicated tax system and high taxes Dangerous wildlife like snakes and spiders Droughts, water shortages and forest fires Cockroaches, in every Queensland rental house apparently Surf Rage incidents and crowded surf breaks Hideous crows cawing at all hours and raiding bins Cheers and good luck everyone:)
  21. DO YOU KNOW OF ANY BRITS WHO ARE CONSIDERING RETURNING TO THE UK? ITV1 are making a new documentary series about British Ex-Pats who are considering moving back to the UK. We’re keen to hear from Brits who have lived abroad for years without (or very rarely) visiting home, but who are now thinking about returning permanently to Britain. Perhaps you miss your family and friends, maybe schooling is a problem for your kids, or you simply yearn to step back into British culture. We'll help you explore the reality of coming home, and prepare you for deciding whether to stay abroad or return to your roots. If this sounds like you, or if you know anyone who might be interested, please contact Amy Robbins as soon as possible by email: amy.robbins@fevermedia.com Or call (+44) 020 7697 1425.
  22. Hi all, To cut a long story short, My wife and I are interested in a move to Perth, but I'm looking at other options in case WA decline my SS application. Is there much work for Business Analysts in Canberra? I notice the position is still open on the ACT SMP. Also, what kind of wages should I be looking at, and what would I need to support a family of 3 (my son is 3 years old) - we'd be renting, and needing at least one second hand car (assuming I can bike or get public transport to work. Finally, what's the turnaround time fro applying for SS and it being processed? Thanks for any help!
  23. dave and ange

    Anyone living in Bellbowrie

    We have recently moved to Brisbane and are staying with relatives in Brookfield and are thinking about buying in the Bellbowrie area. Can anybody tell me what it's like please? Thanks in advance for any info.
  24. Guest

    Canberra Cost of Living...

    Hi, we're preparing for the move and I've searched the forums but can't find a COL list for Canberra. How about we start one up and hopefully it could become a sticky. (The main things that google search throws up are surveys putting Canberra amongst the most expensive cities in the world!!!) Can anyone help fill in the blanks please? I know it'll vary from household to household (eg we are a family of five and expect to pay around $700 pw rent) but it would be very useful to get some figures down: **Edit: Have added some tentative guesstimates based on utilities' websites etc ** Monthly Outgoings $$$ Rent: 2800 (at 700 pw) Food: 550 Private health insurance: 250 Fire tax: 8.50 Ambo insurance: 16 Electric:110 Gas: ?? House Insurance: 55 Car Insurance: 35 Car Tax/Rego: 60 Council Tax: 135 approx Water rates: 37 Sewage rates: 44 (132 per quarter) Petrol:?? Mobile Phones (one smartphone, one regular):?? Internet:?? Cable TV:?? Phone:?? Heating/Aircon:?? School Supplies:?? Parking:?? TIA:v_SPIN:
  25. Hi, i wonder if anyone can advise me on the situation that has arisen. I will be arriving in Perth in December on my de-facto visa to start my new life in the sunshine, my current employer has offered me the chance to stay employed and work from Perth for them on offshore projects in Australian waters. The question is: when i receive my wage should i be paying tax on it in the UK or will i have to pay tax in Australia? Anyone in the same position or has knowledge of the tax system advice would be much appreciated. Thanks
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