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  1. Does anyone have experience with living in both Cairns and the Sunshine Coast so they could compare those places for me? We have been to Cairns last year and our fourth child was born there. We fell in love with the beautiful beaches and natural surroundings and found people there to be friendlier than down south, or at least more down to earth but still so friendly .. We are always cold in winter in SEQ and love climates such as Singapore, so would love to move to the Northern Beaches in Cairns but are having some doubts now. We now live half an our away from the Sunshine Coast and realised that there is a lot of infrastructure there in terms of healthcare, bike lanes, etc. We do not know the Northern Beaches area In Cairns well enough to know if maybe there are also lots of sidewalks, bike lanes etc. And apart from the hospital in Cairns, we did not need to find specialists or other healthcare there. We are worried though by what we hear about Cairns. That the hospital cannot cater for certain emergencies.. Is that correct? We are also wondering how difficult it is to find a specialist up there or get routine screenings (eg for breast cancer)? Also occupational therapy for children? I must say though that the waitlists in SEQ are a year atm, too. What about Townsville? Would that place maybe offer the best of both worlds, the tropical climate and natural surroundings but still better infrastructure and healthcare? Any feedback on how bad crime is in Cairns/Northern Beaches/Townsville? I have to say we live in Caboolture atm, so used to bad areas, but we live in a good pocket of Caboolture.. We also stayed in Mossman and Cairns for two months last year and had no bad experience, but would be good to know what it’s like living there long term...
  2. Locals help required please - I'm moving up from Brisbane to Sunny Coast and would really appreciate some local knowledge on choosing a suburb and those best avoided.(if any) I'm open to all suggestions - would rather have a green and leafy suburb near a major centre like Molooolaba or Caloundra - although I have a read a few negative comments about the latter - - so if anyone could put me right that would be great. I'll have 2 teenagers going to the local state high school and I have checked them out and they all seem on par. Would like to be within 5 mins of the beach - as that's the main point in moving up. Any insiders guide into what the suburb offers eg, pubs, gym. shopping centre etc etc would be greatly appreciated. I Im going to commute down to Brisbane once a week on the train - so any insider knowledge on that journey also much appreciated. I had a look at Mountain Creek - which looks great - Sippy Downs - too far from beach for me - and Buderim - nice but I cant see myself cycling up that hill. I'd like to get out an about in the suburb with parks and walking trails etc etc, but still be close enough to enjoy the ocean and a bit of entertainment. thank you in advance
  3. Hi We are a French family already living North Sydney. We are considering moving to the Sunshine Coast with our 3 kids (15,12,9). We are looking to move to a very good neighbourhood to have the best public school possible. What are the highest social neighbourhood cities and the best state high schools please? Thanks
  4. Hello, My boyfriend and I are looking into moving in the next few years, we are going over to visit first but need to decide where to look based on where we would like to live. I think the options seem to be Perth or Brisbane/Sunshine Coast - I was just wondering if anyone could advise which one would have better job prospects for both of our careers? My partner is a joiner, and I am a finance analyst (although I am not degree qualified)....so complete opposite work so we need a place that has opportunities for both! Any help would be great! Thanks
  5. Siobhan_x

    Perth to Sunshine Coast?

    Hi .. I'm a newbie on here, Im 27 year old female and lived in Perth now for over 4 years. Not to bash Perth but from coming from a very social and active life in the UK to now a practically a non existent social life .. it's been very hard settling. Ive been out of work for a while now from non stop having job offers to nothing, and I am looking from Mandurah to joondlup and have lived in many of places so I'm not limiting myself. When I was working I did have friends.. I'm a very easy going girl, can talk to anyone and always had lots of friends in the UK. Over here I found people to be so fake and flakey. One minute they are planning a catch up or to hang out then the next they ghost you. I can't stand fake people and the fake friends thing, I do have a few friends over here but non of which I'm close too .. apart from my Uk little sissy (family here who also doesnt like perth) I was a huge party girl in the uk and still go out over here but im defiantly getting bored of it now. I would much prefer exploring, fishing, camping kayaking .. the outdoorsy things I love the aussie lifestyle. Anyways I'm really thinking about moving over East, I've grown up and sick of the heavy boozed filled wknds with the 3 day hangovers lol. I was thinking of Brisbane first but now I've got my heart set on Sunshine coast, it just looks so beautiful and I have been told the people are so laid back and nicer over East. If anyone has any advice it would be much appreciated ?
  6. Siobhan_x

    Work in sunshine coast

    Hey.. so I'm 27 year old female have 4 years in recruitment - engineering and trades, which I don't really want to do, and have 8 years in administration. I have never been to the sunny coast and heard it's not so good for white collar roles ? I am going to do more research and try asking more agencies but I generally get the same answer back "you need to be here" or ignored. Can anyone point me in the right direction? Ps .. I have no idea where I will be living yet! I'm not moving until May 2018 but I generally will go where the work is
  7. Hi Guys We are seriously considering moving to Brisbane/Sunshine Coast but are a bit lost in terms of where to move. We are looking for great junior and High schools, ideally state but open to private. Ideally somewhere not to isolated but not too busy! The dream is to be close to the sea but willing to travel 1hr to go to the beach. Want to avoid the Gold Coast. Our main concern is everywhere we look in Brisbane and Sunshine Coast has flood risks! We did think of Buderim but it seems very sleepy which I’m not sure will be good for teenagers. We also looked at Red cliff but seems a bit isolated and run down. Do you guys have any ideas? Thanks for your time!
  8. The Pom Queen

    Moving to Noosa - Sunshine Coast

    Noosa Noosa lies North of the Sunshine Coast around 150km from Brisbane CBD. It is split in to four distinct areas, Noosa Heads, Noosa Junction, Noosaville and Noosa North Shore. Noosa Heads Once you head down the hill from Noosa Junction you will be met with the ocean on one side and the river inlets on the other. In the middle you have Hastings Street with an abundance of boutique shops including some of the larger chains like Peter Alexander and with unparalleled dining in bustling cafes and elegant eateries with ocean views. Noosa Heads is definitely a holiday destination although I would recommend not visiting on a public holiday when all hotel rooms are booked and car parking is impossible. Noosa Main Beach is found at the side of the Surf Club, you can hire sun shades, lounges, kayaks, paddle boards and much more. They even rent out lockers to store your valuables whilst you swim in the crystal blue waters. If you are lucky you may find yourself swimming with the dolphins who tend to swim in to the bay to have a look what's going on. Noosa Spit is at the opposite end of Hastings Street, here you will find lovely areas with BBQ facilities and picnic benches along with a dog friendly beach. Noosa Heads (4567) is a suburb of South Eastern, Sunshine Coast, Queensland. It is about 119 kms from QLD's capital city of Brisbane. Noosa Heads is in the federal electorate of Wide Bay. In the 2011 census the population of Noosa Heads was 3,999 and is comprised of approximately 51.2% females and 48.8% males. The median/average age of the people in Noosa Heads is 50 years of age. 66.2% of people living in the suburb of Noosa Heads were born in Australia. The other top responses for country of birth were 8.3% England, 5.6% New Zealand, 1.5% Germany, 1.0% South Africa, 0.8% Scotland, 0.7% Netherlands, 0.7% United States of America, 0.6% Wales, 0.4% China , 0.4% India, 0.4% Brazil, 0.4% Philippines, 0.3% Ireland, 0.3% Maritime South-East Asia, nfd. 87.5% of people living in Noosa Heads speak English only. The other top languages spoken are 5.9% Language spoken at home not stated, 1.2% German, 0.8% Other, 0.6% Mandarin, 0.5% Italian, 0.4% Dutch, 0.4% French, 0.4% Cantonese, 0.3% Japanese. The religious makeup of Noosa Heads is 28.5% No religion, 21.7% Anglican, 19.4% Catholic, 10.3% Religious affiliation not stated, 4.6% Uniting Church, 3.9% Presbyterian and Reformed, 2.1% Buddhism, 2.1% Christian, nfd, 1.6% Lutheran, 1.1% Other religious affiliation . 51.5% of people are married, 28.0% have never married and 11.0% are divorced and 2.7% are separated. There are 236 widowed people living in Noosa Heads. 50.0% of the people living in Noosa Heads over the age of 15 and who identify as being in the labour force are employed full time, 38.1% are working on a part time basis. Noosa Heads has an unemployment rate of 6.7%. The main occupations of people living in Noosa Heads are 20.1% Professionals, 17.1% Managers, 13.5% Technicians & trades workers, 13.2% Sales workers, 12.0% Clerical & administrative workers, 12.0% Community & personal service workers, 7.2% Labourers, 2.6% Machinery operators & drivers, 2.3% Occupation inadequately described/ Not stated. The main industries people from Noosa Heads work in are 17.7% Accommodation and food services, 13.3% Retail trade, 10.9% Construction, 10.0% Health care and social assistance, 7.5% Professional, scientific and technical services, 6.2% Education and training, 4.8% Rental, hiring and real estate services, 4.1% Administrative and support services, 3.4% Financial and insurance services. 38.2% of homes are fully owned, and 24.5% are in the process of being purchased by home loan mortgage. 34.6% of homes are rented. The median individual income is $580 per week and the median household income is $1037 per week. The median rent in Noosa Heads is $350 per week and the median mortgage repayment is $1820 per month. Noosa North Shore Palm trees, beach camping, crystal blue waters, coloured sands, fishing, horse riding and 4WD beach driving, yes, welcome to paradise. Noosa North Shore can only be reached by car ferry which crosses the river at Tewantin. It is only a small chain ferry but keeps busy. Noosa North Shore gateway to the World Heritage listed Fraser Island. Unfortunately it is only Beach driving so you will require a 4x4, I did go across on the ferry in my Mazda but to be honest without a 4x4 you are not going to see a lot. If you have a suitable vehicle you can drive past Teewah, through the coloured sands, on to Double Island Point, Rainbow Beach then on to the vehicular ferry across to Fraser Island. Noosa North Shore (4565) is a suburb of South Eastern, Sunshine Coast, Queensland. It is about 126 kms from QLD's capital city of Brisbane. Noosa North Shore is in the federal electorate of Wide Bay. In the 2011 census the population of Noosa North Shore was 326 and is comprised of approximately 44.8% females and 55.2% males. The median/average age of the people in Noosa North Shore is 54 years of age. 74.6% of people living in the suburb of Noosa North Shore were born in Australia. The other top responses for country of birth were 8.0% England, 4.9% New Zealand, 2.1% Germany, 1.5% Kenya, 1.2% Hong Kong , 1.2% Netherlands, 0.9% Scotland. 91.4% of people living in Noosa North Shore speak English only. The other top languages spoken are 5.2% Language spoken at home not stated, 2.4% German, 0.9% Dutch. The religious makeup of Noosa North Shore is 28.2% No religion, 22.7% Anglican, 21.5% Catholic, 8.0% Religious affiliation not stated, 7.7% Uniting Church, 3.4% Lutheran, 3.1% Presbyterian and Reformed, 0.9% Salvation Army, 0.9% Christian, nfd, 0.9% Baptist. 54.3% of people are married, 24.3% have never married and 12.5% are divorced and 3.2% are separated. There are 16 widowed people living in Noosa North Shore. 44.4% of the people living in Noosa North Shore over the age of 15 and who identify as being in the labour force are employed full time, 41.0% are working on a part time basis. Noosa North Shore has an unemployment rate of 12.5%. The main occupations of people living in Noosa North Shore are 17.8% Professionals, 17.1% Technicians & trades workers, 13.2% Clerical & administrative workers, 12.4% Managers, 9.3% Machinery operators & drivers, 9.3% Sales workers, 9.3% Community & personal service workers, 9.3% Labourers, 2.3% Occupation inadequately described/ Not stated. The main industries people from Noosa North Shore work in are 16.8% Accommodation and food services, 12.8% Retail trade, 11.2% Education and training, 9.6% Health care and social assistance, 9.6% Other services, 7.2% Professional, scientific and technical services, 7.2% Construction, 5.6% Agriculture, forestry and fishing, 5.6% Administrative and support services. 46.3% of homes are fully owned, and 26.8% are in the process of being purchased by home loan mortgage. 17.9% of homes are rented. The median individual income is $414 per week and the median household income is $828 per week. The median rent in Noosa North Shore is $39 per week and the median mortgage repayment is $1042 per month. Noosa Junction Noosa Junction can be found at the top of the steep hill from Hastings Street. It is the original town centre and where a number of shops, supermarkets, post office, banks, cafes and bars can be found. This is where the public transport depot is located. This is mainly the residential area of Noosa with most of the residents living on the hill or in Cooloola Estate. Noosaville Noosaville is a 5 minute drive from Hastings Street or you can travel on the ferry from the Marina. Noosaville is a lively resort and well known for holiday accommodation, water activities, bars and restaurants all on the banks of the Noosa River. A popular spot for locals and repeat visitors, Noosaville is ideal for families with safe swimming and a laidback, friendly atmosphere. There are a number of places where you can hire a jet ski, kayak, boat or paddle board. Along with great picnic and BBQ locations on the riverside. Noosaville (4566) is a suburb of South Eastern, Sunshine Coast, Queensland. It is about 117 kms from QLD's capital city of Brisbane. Noosaville is in the federal electorate of Wide Bay. In the 2011 census the population of Noosaville was 7,117 and is comprised of approximately 53.0% females and 47.0% males. The median/average age of the people in Noosaville is 49 years of age. 66.5% of people living in the suburb of Noosaville were born in Australia. The other top responses for country of birth were 10.1% England, 5.9% New Zealand, 1.3% South Africa, 1.1% Scotland, 0.8% Germany, 0.8% Netherlands, 0.5% United States of America, 0.5% Philippines, 0.4% Ireland, 0.3% Thailand, 0.3% India, 0.3% Zimbabwe, 0.3% Papua New Guinea, 0.3% Wales. 89.6% of people living in Noosaville speak English only. The other top languages spoken are 4.8% Language spoken at home not stated, 0.8% German, 0.7% Italian, 0.6% Other, 0.4% Spanish, 0.4% French, 0.4% Dutch, 0.3% Thai, 0.2% Greek. The religious makeup of Noosaville is 26.1% No religion, 24.0% Anglican, 20.3% Catholic, 9.0% Religious affiliation not stated, 4.4% Uniting Church, 3.8% Presbyterian and Reformed, 2.8% Christian, nfd, 2.1% Lutheran, 1.5% Baptist, 1.5% Buddhism. 54.6% of people are married, 23.7% have never married and 11.8% are divorced and 3.7% are separated. There are 369 widowed people living in Noosaville. 51.4% of the people living in Noosaville over the age of 15 and who identify as being in the labour force are employed full time, 37.2% are working on a part time basis. Noosaville has an unemployment rate of 6.5%. The main occupations of people living in Noosaville are 17.6% Managers, 16.9% Professionals, 14.6% Sales workers, 14.1% Technicians & trades workers, 12.2% Clerical & administrative workers, 9.7% Community & personal service workers, 9.4% Labourers, 4.1% Machinery operators & drivers, 1.4% Occupation inadequately described/ Not stated. The main industries people from Noosaville work in are 16.6% Accommodation and food services, 14.9% Retail trade, 10.8% Health care and social assistance, 9.0% Construction, 6.2% Professional, scientific and technical services, 5.3% Manufacturing, 5.3% Education and training, 4.0% Rental, hiring and real estate services, 3.9% Administrative and support services. 37.1% of homes are fully owned, and 23.5% are in the process of being purchased by home loan mortgage. 33.4% of homes are rented. The median individual income is $527 per week and the median household income is $934 per week. The median rent in Noosaville is $350 per week and the median mortgage repayment is $2000 per month.
  9. Hi, I moved to Sydney (from London) 13 years ago and have finally had enough of the rat race. I'm moving with my family to the Sunshine Coast and looking for advice about the best locations for beaches, shops, schools etc My 2 boys have special needs and one will need to go to a special school - it appears that Nambour and Currimundi are the only options. My other boy has mild autism so I'm hoping to find a location that is best placed for him i.e. Primary schools that have a good reputation for helping kids on the spectrum and plenty of local therapists. If you have kids with special needs and live in the Sunshine Coast, I'd love to hear your thoughts and advice on our move to the Sunny Coast. Thanks Sue
  10. To our members who live around the Brisbane area (although I keep being told Lockyer etc aren't Brisbane) but which part would you class yourself in. I'm just considering trying to organise another meet up but for our area.
  11. Hello! I am new to the forum although I have been eyeing the threads on here for years! This is my plan: Go to Sunshine Coast on a WHV (age 29) and try to secure a 457 visa as a fibrous plasterer (10 yrs of exp). I'm hoping this won't take longer then 6 months to secure so that I can send for my wife and son to join me on the 457 visa. I would appreciate any advice on this matter, any folks been in the same boat before where they transitioned from WHV to 457, how did it go? If I am able to secure a 457 visa what are my options for PR? Visa suggestions please! After being on the 457 visa for two yrs can I apply for residency regardless if my current employer will sponsor me for PR? Does this seem like a feasible plan? Open to suggestion and all help is welcomed!
  12. Hey! My husband & I along with our 2 year old daughter are due to fly out to Brisbane in Aug this year. I will be starting work in Sept. We have given ourselves a 4-6 week window to find a long term rental however, during this time we will be needing to rent a holiday home/apartment/motel...does anyone know of any around the sunshine coast area that are good value for money?? Thanks everyone
  13. Oliver James Bellamy


    does anyone know what the typical first car is for a 17 year old is in Queensland? I'm looking at moving to the SunShine Coast area and was just wondering what most teenagers are driving out there. any information i would be grateful for :biggrin: Oli
  14. Hi we are moving back to the Uk and therefore selling our 2011 Nissan Micra St Owned from new, only ever made short journeys as it was our 'second car' .silver, Immaculate, low k's 34000, manual,Bluetooth, service history. located close to Bribie Island approx 20 mins from north lakes. if interested please get in touch . Looking for 10,000 ONO
  15. Hey guys I have not posted any detailed updates since touching down in Oz as there were so many things going on that the stress was overwhelming. The first few months here was far from fun and I didn't want to admit that I was feeling like I had made a huge mistake. Suffice to say that living in Oz initially felt very different to the months I spent here some twenty years ago and the many holidays we have had here since. So here goes: We touched down in Brisbane November last year and after struggling for 4 years to get a visa I assumed that the worst of the worry and stress was done. The truth was it was just beginning. As soon as we arrived the race was on to get everything sorted out before we ran out of cash or had the visa revoked. i had just about enough cash to keep us for about 4 months before we would have to get back on the plane. The visa we finally got was a provisional 489, formerly known as 475 which came with living and working restrictions. So I had two priorities: 1. Find somewhere to live that was in a regional postcode within 90 days. That sounds like not such a big ask and I guess that was the easy part. 2. Find a job in a regional postcode that was within driving distance of the regional address. Not so easy. We hung out in Brissy for a week or so and then started to hunt in earnest for somewhere to live. The sooner I moved out of Brisbane, the sooner we could start meeting the two year regional living requirement for permanent residency. I wanted to be within two hours drive of Brisbane as the main reason for coming to Oz was to be close to my sister. I was never that keen on the hot weather but I did like the beaches. So we bought a map in the Post office and drew a circle two hour drive around Brissy. For the next 10 days or so we visited pretty much every hinterland town and everywhere up the Sunshine Coast. We saw some lovely spots but with very few schools anywhere near and what looked like zero employment prospects in other places the list became narrower. Eventually we settled on Caloundra as it seemed slightly cheaper to rent than the rest of the coast and it was beautiful. I went through the lengthy process of registering my teaching credentials with the department of Education and employment so that I work as a casual relief teacher. I was then waiting to be interviewed by them so they could make a decision on what salary I would be paid if I was placed in a state school. They sent me details of the available jobs in my specialism and there were 3 in the whole state. The closest job was west of Dalby in a remote region - about 4 hours drive and the other two were in the far north. None of these were suitable so I realised very quickly that getting work as a teacher was probably not going to happen. I started to apply for lots of different jobs. I knew it was the wrong time of year. Schools were closed for the long break and most jobs are advertised in September. So I googled a list of every independent school from Caboolture to Bundaberg, realising I may have to move further away. I finally came across one job two hours north of Brissy. It was just over an hour's drive from Caloundra so I thought it might be doable. I applied through the agency and within two days I had an interview. When I got out of the car at the school it was 42 degrees C and there were kangaroos on the lawn and flies everywhere- one of the joys of heading inland. I went in to the interview and the air con wasn't on. Jeez. Despite the heat, I thought it had gone ok as they gave me a tour afterwards but I couldn't be sure. The grounds and buildings were lovely and apart from the stifling heat it looked like an idyllic setting with a bushland backdrop. We returned to Brissy and they said they would be in touch. I then heard nothing. I forgot to mention that my sister and her family left for UK for 8 weeks in November so we were alone while all of this was going on. We were looking after their house in Brissy and at the same time trying to get ourselves settled up further up the coast. In December we moved to Caloundra. Our furniture and shipping was not due to arrive for another 8 weeks so I scoured gumtree and ebay. I managed to furnish the place for 350 dollars and then bought some bedding and kitchen things from kmart. As soon as the rent payments started that is when the money started to rapidly deplete. It was coming up to Crimbo and no jobs around. Nobody wanted to hire a teacher that was likely to disappear come term time. I had plenty of real estate experience so I was able to get a job in Caloundra as a sales specialist but this didn't start until after New Year. The teaching agency was closed for crimbo so there was no way of getting any feedback from the interview. Crimbo was a tad miserable. We were for the most part on our own apart from Christmas day which we spent with my brother in law's family. New year passed and I started the job in Caloundra. It didn't take me long to establish that the boss was a complete tool and most likely the reason he was looking for staff on the mouth of crimbo was that the last person had marched out the door. Anyhow I figured I would stay until something better turned up. After 4 days I got a call from the teaching agency saying another school had seen my cv and wanted to interview me. I said 'okay but before I go, what went wrong on the last interview'? 'Err, I will find out' he said. The next thing he called back and said they want a second interview just to ask some additional questions. The next morning I went back to the real estate job. I worked the whole day. The tool was gone most of the day on appointments. He marched in the door at 6pm and said: 'Alright Champ?' I said 'yeah great thanks, and seeya round because I don't work here any more'. He was flabbergasted because I think from his perspective we were getting on great..... not. So I was again unemployed but feeling more positive about being able to get some teaching work. The next day I had a phone interview to answer additional questions. I got the job and started work the very next day. I felt pretty lucky to have got the one one and only job I applied for, especially since there was nothing around. It didn't take too long to realise the commute was brutal with the long working hours and after falling asleep on the road and almost crashing head on one morning I knew something had to give. We broke lease in Caloundra and moved north. Then we had a car disaster. The car we had borrowed from my brother in law gave up and died and they bought a new one. They offered to lend it to me but I said I would buy one. I was just considering a car loan when my sister suggested she buy my half of the house in Ireland. It was less than I wanted to sell for but with that I was able to go ahead and buy a brand new I30 which was ideal. I banked the rest. After almost a year teaching in Queensland I can safely say that I have never worked so hard as a teacher. The senior assessment procedure is so convoluted and complex that it is massively labour intensive. When they convert to national assessments like NSW it will be easier for teachers but in the meantime, half the holidays are lost in the assessments. In the first two terms I was having a crappy time with one particular student who was like a dog with a bone. I bided my time and quietly logged every issue. Eventually they made one mistake too many. The school supported me and expelled him for which I was very thankful. It became much easier after that as most of the students are lovely uncomplicated country kids who are so kind hearted. After three moves in a year we are finally in the one place. One of the advantages of moving inland is that we were able to afford a nice big house for less money than our Caloundra place. However, we are not so keen on the town we live in. It's a boring place and everywhere we go we bump into people from work or students and I feel like I haven't left. Just today I met 6 people in Coles in one 10 minute slot. So if our landlord wants us to move when the lease is up in march we will most likely leave town and commute again. Not so far this time but maybe half way to the coast so that it is easier to get to the beach. One good thing about being rural is the chance to be in the fire brigade. That has been a lot of fun so far and it really feels like the true Oz experience. I have done fire-fighting in my younger days so most of the equipment looked familiar but I knew naff all about wildfire. I still have a lot to learn. It has helped me become familiar with most of the crawlies in Oz as when you set fire to stuff they all run out in your direction. When you get home and take the gear off you always have a few up the legs lol. yeuch. So far we have been so busy that there has not been much time for fun stuff. There have been a few ups and downs. Some health issues incurred some chunky medical bills and finances have only just started to move in the right direction. The year has been fairly tough. I have spent most of it being exhausted and stressed out trying to get used to so many new things / situations. We are now finally finding time to relax and enjoy and remind ourselves of all the things we like about the place. Does it feel like home? Not yet. Will we stay forever? I don't know to be honest. Before we came I would have said yes. Next year though my son will turn 18 and he can decide whether to return to UK. I am not sure how I would feel if he was so far away. Time will tell. The plan was always to live in Brissy near my sister but to be honest we love the Sunshine Coast so I am hoping we can end up there for a while at least. The whole place has such a great chilled atmosphere. I love the fact that the beach is packed at 6 in the morning. My contract is full time permanent which I gather is hard to get in Queensland. Right now the plan is to see what the next year will bring and hope that bush fire season is not too busy. Oh and I still really want to get a Birman cat but no pets allowed here. Next place hopefully. Gosh I have gone on a bit. Sorry all. Millie x
  16. Hi moved to the Sunshine Coast five weeks ago on a gap year.. Currently living with my aunt and uncle in Nambour. but really struggling to make friends and settle in.. Any 18 year olds also in the Sunshine Coast know of any groups where you can meet people or would like to meet up? thanks
  17. Jthompson

    Newby moving to buddina

    Hi I have just been offered a job in buddina .. Can anyone tell me what the area is like? Is anyone there now? Is there anywhere I should steer clear of when looking at renting? Thanks ?
  18. We are breaking our lease on our small 2 bed 2 bath villa in a great spot in Bulcock Beach Caloundra. If anyone wants more details just message me Millie x
  19. dapstar970

    Utility Bills Sunshine coast

    Hi this has probably been posted before but I am struggling to find the information I'm after.. Myself and my family(wife & 2 girls) will be relocating from Sydney to Sunshine coast at the end of Jan. I am trying to get an idea of utility bills, mainly gas, electric and water. We are looking to move into a 3/4 bed house in the Buderim/Mountain Creek areas. Does anyone have any information they would be able to share? Thanks
  20. Hi Guys wanted to share my experience with anyone looking at 475 visa - now renamed 489 regional sponsorship. I made contact with Queensland government regarding the areas I would like to live and work and they informed me that they are in the process of looking at and revising the approved list of regional areas. I queried area 4551 in particular (this is Caloundra / Sunshine Coast) and she said that this was one of the areas they were considering taking off the list. In essence, I think they plan to reduce the regional list for the Sunshine Coast. She told me not to worry because they have been in discussions about the area list for 3 years and nothing has changed yet. For the moment though, it would seem that 4551 and similar postcodes are allowed for the purposes of meeting permanent residency criteria. Millie x
  21. Hi everyone! My husband and I, along with our 14 month old son, are planning to move to the Sunshine Coast in June. We have visas sorted, have sold our house and booked the flights, just no idea where to stay when we get there! We don't have jobs yet, we are both secondary school teachers (PE and Science) but are prepared to work in any job until we find something perfect. So no tie to a location for a job. We are hoping to find somewhere to rent before we fly out, maybe in somewhere like Buderim which seems to have a lot of positive reports or Sippy Downs? Any suggestions of real estate agents or areas to target for rentals would be greatly appreciated! Obviously having a 14 month old in tow we definitely do not want to arrive without a place to stay! So any help with securing a temporary home would be brilliant :cute: Thanks in advance for any help!
  22. Hi all, I arrived back in Oz just a few days ago. I originally travelled the east coast with friends for 3 months December 2011 when I met my fiancé. We've had a few months away but now we're back and living together on the sunshine coast. Looking to meet new people in the area. I am not currently working but actively looking so have a bit of spare time. Interests and hobbies include outdoor sports(surfing swimming running horse riding), cooking, gardening, jewellery design, fashion and travelling. Look forward to hearing about you.
  23. Guest

    Deciding to make the move?

    Hello everyone, This is my first post on PiO, I've really enjoyed reading comments from people who have successfully made the move to Oz as its something I really want to do! (I think :laugh:!) I'm currently having a crisis in confidence however and I was hoping to hear some success stories from anyone in a similar situation to myself. I am a 25yo brand new physio graduate from the uk who is currently unemployed. The job market in the uk is pretty poor for this profession at the moment. There has been a post advertised for a newly qualified physio to work for a company based on the sunshine coast. The company has offered a great package including finding housing/transport and help with visa's and registration with appropriate bodies to be valid to work in Oz. The major concerns I have mainly fall into making- new friends category and the risk of 'homesickness' while being away. When originally considering moving to oz i'd hoped to go to one of the major cities, giving me a better chance of making new friends etc... I'm aware that the population of the sunshine coast is quite sparse and i'm really scared of making the move and then becoming unstuck out there i.e. wanting to come home and wasting not only my own time and money but that of the company. I'm not sure if i am worrying to much and over thinking the situation, I've found my friends response to be very positive but i also realise its very hard to make this kind of decision without first hand experience. I was hoping to hear anyone else's experience as i am very aware that an opportunity like this will be very hard to come by in the future. Thanking you.
  24. roger2shirts

    Mooloolaba Nippers Sign On

    Its the Mooloolaba Surf Club Nippers sign on - 9th Sept. http://mooloolabasurfclub.com.au/active/nippers/sign-up/ If you live near the ocean and your kids love the beach then they need to be safe and know how to read the beach. Nippers will teach them that and they'll have great fun.
  25. Mazzinoz

    Armstrong Beach

    Hay guys We will be relocating from Perth to the Mackay area next week, and would like to know if anyone knows what Armstrong Beach is like. We have hated living in the city, as we are country folk at heart, and we are hoping that Armstrong will be a little quieter………. But not so remote that we have to milk our own cow! I have a job at the Hay Point terminal, and hope it isn’t too far to commute. Any info would be appreciated. Cheers