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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. I'm sorry but this is sooo funny, glad they are all safe. THREE Japanese tourists came unstuck on their planned Australian holiday on Thursday when they abandoned their hire car in Moreton Bay after they tried to "drive" to North Stradbroke Island. The low tide and a GPS navigation system lured them into the bay at Oyster Point at Cleveland. A firm gravel surface quickly gave way to the renowned bay mangrove mud and the Hyundai Getz was soon up to its axles, but not before they managed to travel about 500 metres. Their planned adventure to Straddie ended at 11am and the incoming tide soon forced them to seek help and abandon the vehicle. By 3pm the car was stranded in two metres of water and the subject of much amusement from onlookers on the shore and passing boat and ferry traffic. The Tokyo students had wanted to take a day trip to Straddie and believed their GPS unit would be able to guide them there. The GPS forgot to mention the 15 kilometres of water and mud between the mainland and the island. Yuzu Noda, 21, said she was listening to the GPS and "it told us we could drive down there". "It kept saying it would navigate us to a road. We got stuck . . . there's lots of mud." Yuzu and and her travel friends Tomonari Saeki, 22, and Keita Osada, 21, were all looking forward to a day trip to the island, but headed back to the Gold Coast courtesy of a lift from the RACQ tow truck driver who was called to the stranded car. After assessing the situation, no attempt was made to recover the vehicle.
  3. I live in the United States and we have a show called House Hunters International. One show was about a North Sea oil worker who moved to Australia with his wife and kids. With this description I wonder if anyone knows which type of Visa he used or if Australia makes a special exception for high paid workers. A) He was a North Sea oil worker based in Scotland. I believe he was an engineer. B) He worked 6 months out of the year in Scotland and had 6 months off. C) He moved his family to a vacation town north of Brisbane. D) After the move his family lived in Australia year round. E) The engineer kept his job in Scotland. He worked 6 months in the North Sea and spent the other six months with his family in Australia. I don't think he came in as a skilled migrant because he never intended to get a job in Australia. It got me wondering if Australia allows high paid workers to immigrate to it's shores. Is there a special visa for that? Thanks for any input!
  4. fleabo

    Sculpture by the Sea

    This year's Sculpture by the Sea has started in Sydney. Even if you do not enjoy sculpture, it is a nice walk: Tamarama to Bondi! Good for the kids too. http://www.sculpturebythesea.com/Home.aspx
  5. 19 with a stiff breeze is almost chill but 25 without one feels hot. I assume it's the same in the other Cities? The 'Freemantle Doctor' for e.g. in Perth but does that cool down the outer 'burbs there? On the MEGA-hot days here, a 'Southerly Buster' comes through - eventually - and drops the temperature by 15 degrees in a few minutes. Going to be the same tomorrow in Sydney BUT 'showers' for the weekend which will irritate the weather forecasters no end. 'Showers' can mean anything from Pommie-type drizzle to The Flood!
  6. Hi i have posted something the same as this before but this time it is about knowing if there are any cake decorating classes here in perth near mullaloo i am only twelve so i have had a hard time looking for some classes that shall let me learn. I f you do know anywhere that would let me go please let me know or if not dont worry Thankyou :wubclub::wubclub::wubclub:
  7. Hi All, My husband and I are going to visit UK for our honeymoon soon. We are planning to stay in London for the most of our journey, but also want to visit some cities near the sea, not far from London (1-2 hours by train or car). Any recommendations? Thank you a lot in advance!:hug:
  8. I would like to thank admin for giving me the permission to post my apartment for sale in Turkey. I have now decided I would like to move to Australia to be with my family so am taking the hard decision of selling my home in Turkey. s Stunning 180 degree Panoramic Sea Views from 2 large Balconies with a hop, skip and jump to the beach in a small town near Alanya Turkey. This stunning top floor apartment offers everything you could want either to live in full time or as hoiday home or as a great investment opportunity. This Apartment Offers: 2 Double Bedrooms with built in wardrobes, one having access to the balcony with gorgeous sunset views, uninterrupted sea views and sea breezes. Good size living area with patio doors leading to another balcony with sea views over the Mediterranean Sea, Large swimming pool and outstanding views of the coast line. Fully Fitted Kitchen with windows overlooking the sea and door to balcony with sea and harbour views.. Includes water cooler, dishwasher, cooker, washing machine and fridgefreezer. Plenty of builtin storage. Shower Room - Recently re fitted with walk in shower, fully tiled in black and white. Granit tops, mirrored walls, spotlights. Also an electric water heater providing constant hot water. Access to Roof Terrace Apartment is fully furnished (custom made furniture) a place for everything and offers Air Con to the Master Bedroom and Living Areas. Most of the contents are included so ready for holidays or long stay. Two balconies furnished with table and chairs one with gas bbq both with beautiful views over the sea. A comfortable home with digital tv and internet access and telephone. You will LOVE the views! Apartment Complex Offers: Large Swimming Pool with sunbeds and parasols Garden front to beach On Site Manager and Gardener Access to Beach On Street Parking Quiet Area Close to many shops bars and restaurants Near to local bus/coach stops and taxis Nearby 250 Metres to small Harbour can be seen from apartment Boat Trips Daily 300 Metres to town, shops, bars, restaurants. 300 Metres to Public Transport More info and photos on request Sensibe offers will be considered No new residential property being built so near to the beach in this area.
  9. ausdreamer

    Sun, Sea and Sorted....

    Arrived at Aunties house in Clontarf Beach and stayed for our first week, then moved accross the road to vacant Aunties house, where we are now staying for as long as we require. On day 2 of our arrival, we bought our 4 wheel drive and on day 11 we bought a house! Got a fantastic deal at a shotgun auction as bank owned the property. So Buderim here we come in 30 days to start our life on the sunshine coast :biggrin: Of course the only thing missing are the folks and friends back in the Uk. I miss them so much :sad: Everything seems to be very easy when sorting yourself out and where as cost of living is expensive, you save on other things like no TV licences, no MOT's on cars (unless you are selling it). You get help when buying a house and schooling. When you arrrive there is no immediate rush to get medicare as it normally takes 10 days for medicare to be advised that you have arrived in the country and if you need any medical help, you just pay, keep the receipts and claim it back. You can use your UK driving licences for up to 3 months, but do sort out your tax file numbers which you can do online. Our dongle for the computer works a treat until you get set up permanently on a network. So that's it folks..... Off to the beach now :wink:
  10. Hi all! I am in a unusual position in that what I am looking for is very different to the usual fare. So I'm looking for specialist info. First, Although my job title is Geotechnical Geologist and an agency has been treating me that way because I am not a chartered geologist so it seems that in the eyes of immigration I am unskilled. I wonder if I should paint it a different way. For example, I am also known as an engineer. I am not a chartered engineer either... but could this be a better way to go I wonder? Second, there is no skill assessment body for both geotechnics or geology. This suprises me in that this is a massive field all the way from building houses to mining. And miners going out to the middle of nowhere are welcome (because it sucks, no aussie will do it!). Third, I work at sea. In fact, all I want to be able to do is work in aussie waters. I wonder if I may have more luck retraining as an able seaman. Fourth, I don't need residency. I just want to be allowed to work in Australian waters, commuting from Singapore. Alternatively I can always retrain. What hands-on career doesn't take long in training but gets you in? -j
  11. We as a people have been to quiet recently, there are many members out there, but we seem to have fallen by the way side somewhat, however the 'criteria' has changed somewhat, these are the new rules governing membership. 1. The Ability To Spell 'Cerebel' Without Looking In 'Bogans Guide To Australian Diction'. 2. The Ability To Enjoy The Finer Things In Life, You know, Like The Beach, Maybe A Quick Look around A Museum, (if not to taxing on the old grey matter of course). 3. The Ability To Do A Crossword, Just So Long As That Crossword Is 'Simple', Because We Are Simple, Someone Of Higher Intellect Told Me So. 4. The Ability To Help Others In Their Migration Journey, WITHOUT The Need To Voice Our Own Abject Disdain Of All Things Australia. 5. And Finally, Realise That PIO Is A Site That Has And Will Continue To Help Others Even If some Just Use It To Vent Their Vitriol And Contempt For A Country That Was Good Enough TO LET THEM IN. That's it really, so any members who want to join up, just post away, all spelling errors will be overlooked as we are just plain dim apparently. Cheers Tony.:wink:
  12. Petals

    Rescued at Sea

    My friend's brother and his wife have been rescued today from their boat they were on their way to Fiji, we knew yesterday they were in trouble. However they are safe, boat sank but at at least they are alive. All the papers are bothering, they were going to come here as I sent the pics but friend went home to speak to them
  13. LisaIan

    Deep Sea Fishing near Sydney?

    So I know there are a few keen fishermen on POI so I thought what better place to ask for some advice :biggrin: My oh's olds are coming over in Jan and he'd like to take his old man deep sea fishing to catch some 'real fish' I didn't realise there were fake ones! shows how much I know! Neither of us know much about fishing so will probably be going on an all inclusive charter thing but wondered if anyone has been on one/knows anyone who has and could recommend one? We live in Sydney but are happy to drive a few hours. Thanks!!!!
  14. Anyone interested large apartment to rent direct from owner, great people. 3 queen size bedrooms, 2 bathrooms, modern kitchen stainless steel appliances, granite benches, lounge, dining area, separate laundry, 2 reverse cycle A/C, double garage, large balcony all round with sea views. 100 metres to Sutton Beach. If interested PM me and I will put you in contact. Children OK.$410 per week
  15. fleabo

    Sculpture by the sea

    If you are looking for something to do in Sydney over the next couple of weeks: http://sculpturebythesea.com/bondi/information.html It is a nice walk even without the works of art. Something similar going on at Perth. Cheers.
  16. Hi there After some research on primary catholic school near Cleveland, we decided that we wish to send our 4 year old princess to the Star of the Sea. Does anyone sends their children there? Whats your opinion of the school? We will be applying this week (from Europe!) and hope all goes well. We're still waiting for our visas to be stamped in Germany and that's why we haven't applied yet (yes, they need a copy of the visas) We're a bit worried that there won't be any place left since people enroll them early. Our little one will start end Jan 2011 if all goes well. Does anyone know if there are still available places left? I'll write the school an email today, I'm just asking here to see if any of you guys know something Thanks!!!! B!K3R
  17. Guest

    Wildlife and sea options????

    Hi all, we are in the process of applying at the moment. My wife is an A+E Nurse so she is all but sorted. My lifelong obsession is reptiles and marine creatures but being from North Wales the only chance ive had to work with these is my private collections or holidays abroad. Obviously im not expecting to drop straight into my perfect job but as there is an abundance of these creatures in OZ i wondered if anyone had any advice that I could take so I can start my research into this from sunny Wales. We are hoping to move to QLD if that helps, Any advice, tips or news would be great Sean
  18. Hi all, we are in the process of applying at the moment. My wife is an A+E Nurse so she is all but sorted. My lifelong obsession is reptiles and marine creatures but being from North Wales the only chance ive had to work with these is my private collections or holidays abroad. Obviously im not expecting to drop straight into my perfect job but as there is an abundance of these creatures in OZ i wondered if anyone had any advice that I could take so I can start my research into this from sunny Wales. We are hoping to move to QLD if that helps, Any advice, tips or news would be great Sean
  19. hi all well was supposed to have my stuff taken from me whilst in uk but didn't have time so poor parents have got all my box's of stuff around the house whilst im here in oz. Jusrt wanted to ask as im not going to be there to see my box's off when they are collected am i still the consignor and of course i oput my name down for consignee. any advice would be great thanks : )
  20. I hope no one will be offended by my question but I'm really attracted to the idea of living on the Mornington Peninsula but have read that it is "exclusive". Does this mean that it's conservative and right wing? Of course, I understand that no area is homogenous - a good thing of course. However, the suburb in which we live now is largely left wing, liberal and lots of people here are are very "green". This suits our family and whilst it's obvious that we want to embrace new experiences by going to Australia, we would be very uncomfortable in a suburb where the dominat view is very different to that. I'm so sorry if I'm rambling, I will clarify if no one understands my question! Please remember too that we are very happy to meet lots of new people and hear new ideas. Hope my question isn't too annoying or incomprehensible!!
  21. Hi, I am coming to Sydney for three weekd at the end of October/early november to my sons wedding. Does anyone know of a good charter boat and some decent fishing marks round the sydney area? Staying in Coogie so somewhere near there would be good. Thanks
  22. Hello all, We are currently waiting along with many others having applied for a 175 visa. We are hoping to move around Brisbane but would like to be next to the sea if possible. We really enjoy swimming in the sea but I have read in other posts that this is a problem around redcliffe is this just at certain times of the year or all year round? If it is does anyone know of other family friendly coastal areas within commutable distance to brisbane that don't have this problem? thanks em
  23. kernow43

    Helicopter down in Nort Sea

    Several dead, looking for survivors! BBC NEWS | UK | Scotland | North East/N Isles | Helicopter crashes in North Sea
  24. thekevjones

    Sea Kayak

    We're not quite at the stage of actually emigrating (yet I hope) But out of interest would I fit my 15 foot long sea kayak into a transport container. Assuming this is what most people arrange to ferry all there personal belongings to Oz when emigrating? I'm also hoping to get more use of it over there...:notworthy: without the need for a winter dry suit!! Haha Kev
  25. Hi, My husband is mad on sea fishing & he'd love to know what the sea fishing is like around the Gold & Sunshine Coast area? Also does anyone enter into casting competitions/clubs? Kelly :smile: