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  1. HI everyone, just looking for some well timed PIO advice. We have been in Oz for 8 years now, but are finally heading to the sunny coast in Dec this year. We have often toyed with the idea of going home but have decided that before any major decisions are made we have to have the life we wanted when we first arrived and has needless to say eluded us so far. Also hoping to finally be part of an expat community with like minded people and this site has definitely got that, as I have been stalking the socialising threads for a while now, dreaming we could take part. Anway I digress, after reading a lot of posts on here it seems Buderim has something we have obviously missed. We have always visited the beachside suburbs and Noosa, Coolum, Mooloolaba and Tewantin were originally high on our list. But looking at it logically, further back areas like Mountain Creek or the Seaside area at Mount Coolum seem to be a better option. So I am just looking for advice really on the positives and negatives from people who live there.:goofy: We have 2 girls 3 and 1, so need parks and activites to do. Bike riding, Dog walking etc Can anyone recommend any Daycare's in the area? I am a teacher but have heard work is mega tough to find? Are there any teachers out there? I am doing my Cv up now to start the job hunting process. Hubby has resigned to commute to the mines until he can get work maybe in the city..he is an electrician. Any of them on the sunny coast??? We are coming down for a reckie at the end of Sept, but would love to get some areas on our map to check out. Sorry its a bit long:chatterbox: Thanks Lis
  2. Veggiebigfoot

    Mountain Biking in Perth

    Hi everyone Moving to Perth in Jan/Feb 2012 and wondering if anyone could shed any light on whether there are any good mountain biking spots in Perth or surrounding areas. I currently have the Lake District, Peak District and North Wales about 3 hours drive away so was wondering if there's are similar single track spots or purpose built tracks around Perth Cheers Chris
  3. Hi all, This is my first post since my wife (29) and I (29), received our 176 visa for Perth and we're moving to aus at the start of August...getting excited now! We picked Perth following a reccie and fell in love with what we hope will be our future home for a very long time. In the UK I'm a keen climber and love mountain biking too, which I want to carry on down under. It'd be great to get a thread going to hear from anyone who climbs or bikes around Perth to get some ideas on where is good to go...anyone who's interested PM me and I'll sort a get together for like-minded souls who want to tackle some routes around perth. Thanks!!! Chris
  4. My husband and I and our 2 boys aged 8 and 5 have just moved to Mountain Creek and would love to hear of anyone else in the area (Mooloolaba/Buderim/Sippy Downs) Boys have just started school at Mountain Creek, husband started work and I am a bit of a loss!! Not working until after school holidays so would be lovely to hear from any other mums in the area! :biggrin:
  5. Guest

    Mountain bikers

    Hi arrived here about a year ago. I use to enjoy mountain biking in the UK but its at a whole new level here in Canberra. It has some of the worlds best tracks... I've got around most of them and have also discovered a few less known through exploration... I've also done the Capital Punishment (100KM) and the Mont 24hr race... and I'm down to do the Scott 24hr and the highland fling in November. I'm on the Southside (Bonython) so would be interested to chat to anyone who is local to me and wants to do some training, but if you are just interested and want to know more, also happy to offer advice and would like to chat to anyone interested :-)
  6. The Pom Queen

    Mountain Bike Riding in Australia

    [YOUTUBE]7YWIVDvAl2Y[/YOUTUBE] SUBMERGED in the Cairns rainforest, but just a few hundred metres from James Cook University, lies a playground only fit for the most courageous of adventurers. You won’t find any swing sets or slippery dips here. This playground is made of dirt and the fun can only be had on two wheels. The downhill mountain bike track is the piece de resistance of the area – starting at the top of a track only reachable by 4WD and spiralling down the hill in a controlled chaos kind-of-way. Only the most battle-hardened of riders can really attack it from start to stop. Then there is the mesmerising dirt bowl – a chiselled section of ground featuring vertical walls and intimidating sections that involve riders bridging large gaps just to earn the right to enter. Off to the side, a recently-built pump track provides some respite from the fear, but even its highly technical nature means riders must be switched on or risk being bucked like a rider on a bull as they negotiate every undulation. Cross country trails also litter the area – as they do the Far North in general – with almost 50 documented tracks open for riding. And the playground will star, along with mountain bike-friendly areas from Gordonvale to Kuranda, when Cairns’ own mountain bike festival Gravitate returns today. "We’re showing everyone that comes here that there ain’t no better place to ride," Cairns Mountain Bike Club president Frank Falappi said. "We’ll have some of our freaks come out for the dirt bowl but there are other events that normal riders can participate in as well." The freaks, including former world downhill champion Nathan Rennie, will be in action, but plenty of less-extreme events will cater for the average mountain biking enthusiast. "We’ll be having nightly street thrashes, mystery trail rides; all sorts of things to appeal to everyone," Falappi said. Rider and co-creator of the revamped facility, Reilly Hurst, sum-med it up well, before ripping down the downhill trail earlier this week. "What goes up must go down, and it’s a long way down," he said. "We have lots of tracks in the region and our tracks are notorious around Australia for being some of the steepest and toughest going around." "I’ve done this trail a lot of times, and it still scares me, every time." Action starts this afternoon with a day-night four-hour ride and a practice session under lights in the dirt bowl. Gravitate culminates in the final round of the local downhill series next Sunday.
  7. HI everyone, just looking for some well timed PIO advice. We have been in Oz for 8 years now, but are finally heading to the sunny coast in Dec this year. We have often toyed with the idea of going home but have decided that before any major decisions are made we have to have the life we wanted when we first arrived and has needless to say eluded us so far. Also hoping to finally be part of an expat community with like minded people and this site has definitely got that, as I have been stalking the socialising threads for a while now, dreaming we could take part. Anway I digress, after reading a lot of posts on here it seems Buderim has something we have obviously missed. We have always visited the beachside suburbs and Noosa, Coolum, Mooloolaba and Tewantin were originally high on our list. But looking at it logically, further back areas like Mountain Creek or the Seaside area at Mount Coolum seem to be a better option. So I am just looking for advice really on the positives and negatives from people who live there.:goofy: We have 2 girls 3 and 1, so need parks and activites to do. Bike riding, Dog walking etc Can anyone recommend any Daycare's in the area? I am a teacher but have heard work is mega tough to find? Are there any teachers out there? I am doing my Cv up now to start the job hunting process. Hubby has resigned to commute to the mines until he can get work maybe in the city..he is an electrician. Any of them on the sunny coast??? We are coming down for a reckie at the end of Sept, but would love to get some areas on our map to check out. Sorry its a bit long:chatterbox: Thanks Lis
  8. Hello, Does anyone have any experience in shipping a mountain bike to Australia? I've heard customs can be very strict with any dirt etc. on them. Paul
  9. Guest

    Mountain Bike Import

    Hi Has anyone taken their mountain bikes with them and if so how clean did the tyres have to be? Our tyres are clean from dirt but show some staining where mud etc has been previously. Just wondered if this has to be removed before AQIS will allow the import. We don't really want to have to fit 4 new tyres as they are in very good condition.
  10. kenbartos

    Mountain biking/cycling in Victoria

    Hi, I've been living in Melbourne for over a year now, I really enjoy cycling and was wondering if anyone would like to join me. I use the bike lanes around the city a lot and sometimes venture further afield to the mountains. I'm into most forms of cycling so let me know if you're interested. John
  11. Does anyone know of any decent mountain biking (XC or downhill) routes near Newcastle? Any local info would be really appreciated.... There doesn't seem to be much turning up under a Google search.
  12. Hi We are having to move to melbourne due to work comittments and need to break lease does anyone want to take over our rent . we live in little mountain near caloundra 3 bedroom house , double garage and large shed at the rear with decent size garden $420 per week ta michelle
  13. Hi Does anyone know of any childminders in Mountain Creek who take and pick up children from Mountain Creek School? Thanks Jill xxx
  14. Hi I was wondering if anyone could help or give me some advice. I am due to start work in the next few weeks and need before and after school care for my 9 year old son who attends Mountain Creek State School. I was wondering if there are any childminders on here or if anyone knows of one who takes and picks up from Mountain Creek. I know that the school has a before and after school club and I will look into that but I would prefer if Jack went to a home environment. Thanks in advance. Jill xxx
  15. A few pictures of Cradle Mountain which is close to Launceston. Kelly & Jamie this area reminds me so much of Scotland! Cradle Mountain is 1545metres above sea level and is surrounded by by National Park. An amazing place both during the winter and summer.. We ski here a lot during the winter and its an excellent place to have Christmas in July with loads of snow and candlelight. Cradle Mountain is 324 klm from Hobart (4hrs 30 mins ) , 146 klm from Launceston (2 hrs) (lhr) from Devonport.
  16. Hi all! We are still dreaming of getting to Brisbane at some point this year! During our reccie last year I did not check out the mountain biking scene in and around Brisbane. I am really into Mountain biking, cross country and generally seeing the countryside and riding off road, uphill and downhill. Can anyone please let me know if they are into mountain biking and if much goes on around brisbane? Are there many trails and which areas are best? I am worried that when a leave Yorkshire for Brisbane I may not be able to take this hobby with me?? Many thanks!:smile:
  17. Hi, Moving to Melbourne in November and have my bike en-route in a container. Anyone know any good MTB trails within commutable distance to Melbourne city? Joe
  18. Guest

    Mountain creek or redcliffe!

    We are looking at high schools in Brisbane! The schools are a massive factor at where we choose to live! Any info appreciated, Thanx:wink:
  19. LYNDAMUMFORD

    Good florist near little mountain

    Can anybody recommend a good florist that delivers to Little Mountain, just outside Caloundra? We have friends arriving from UK (immigrating) & would like to get some delivered for their arrival
  20. A must see if you are anywhere near Canberra (Quoll?) is the Telstra Tower at Black Mountain. Formerly known as Telstra Tower, Black Mountain Tower is one of Canberra’s top attractions. The tower is located in a beautiful nature reserve and boasts 360-degree views of Canberra and the surrounding countryside. Follow one of the walking tracks on Black Mountain for picture perfect views over Canberra, and see habitats for many native plants and animals including the ringtail possum. Enjoy views from the viewing gallery or the two open viewing platforms. The tower plays a vital role in Australia's telecommunication network and visitors can enjoy the history of telecommunications in Australia through a 'hands-on' experience when exploring the "Making Connections" exhibition featured in the tower. Further Information Located within the tower is a souvenir shop, cafe and the fine dining revolving restaurant, Alto. Entry Fees There is an admission charge to tower Site Facilities Carpark , Public Toilets, Restaurant(s), Sheltered Area, Coach Parking, Shop / Kiosk Disabled Facilities Access, Dedicated Parking I have been there a couple of times and the views are pretty special.
  21. Hello, We are in Redcliffe and have been desprately struggling to find a couple of 2nd hand push bikes. :arghh: It seems really hard from where we are. We would like a ladies and a mens mountain bike. Preferably titantium frame and we would like to pay no more than approx $150 for each. Any suggestions or comments would be most welcome. Also, we are going to be looking for a washer and tv and other kitchen stuff. Thanks in advance for your suggestions, Chloe
  22. HI EVERYONE WHO KNOWS US, We arrived last week in the Sunshine Coast and we are at the moment staying in MOOLOOLABA, We have managed to find a new home in MOUNTAIN CREEK, which we are really pleased about as both our children Ashley age 13 will be going to the High School and Niamh age 7 will be going to the Primary schools in MOUNTAIN CREEK, we will be Living about 5mins away by car, WE HAVE HAD A LOVELY INVITE to a BBQ by one of my PIO FRIENDS, AND WE ARE LOOKING FORWARD TO MEETING UP WITH THEM, Iam so happy things are starting to come right for us at last, the children are really happy to, all we need now is our furniture to arrive next week and we can start to live the dream we have always wanted.
  23. I thought it would be easy to find some mountain bike shops online for canberra, but 1000s of links and virtually no shops:goofy:. On packing my bike in the UK I found the frame was cracked and will need one for commuting work. In UK I'd use wiggle or cycle shop, but I can find very few in Canberra. Any links or recommendations appreciated.
  24. Guest

    Mountain or Road Bike?

    Hi All, A question to cyclists in Perth. What bike do you use most Mountain or Road bike? Just had our bikes stolen whilst we were at Center Parcs [they were locked]. Bruce is really missing just going out on his bike especially as the weather is starting to get a little better. So dilemma he would rather spend more money on a bike that he will get most use out of once we have moved over later in the year. Thanks in advance Jackie x
  25. Hi, we arrived in oz on Tuesday and are staying on the gold coast. We have realised its not for us and fell in love with the Sunshine Coast. Can anyone recomend any nice areas on the Sunshine Coast. We have looked around Mountain Creek and Kawana Waters and like both areas. We have 2 boys who will be in high school and primary school. I dont drive as yet so will need to be within walking distance to schools. Thanks Jill xxx
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