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Lynnie

Moving to Central Coast from Perth

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Hi everyone, my name is Lynn. We currently live inPerth but our 2 boys who moved from Perth are renting in surrey hills and my 3rd son is moving  there also in about 2 months. We want to be near them but can’t afford Sydney prices so we have been looking at the Central Coast. As we no nothing about any of the suburbs was wondering if anyone can help. Like where’s nice n where to avoid if any.  Would like to be near amenities, within driving distance to train line. What’s the overall consensus on life in the central coast. Thank you 😊  

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Hi Lynn

I can't offer much advice as I've never been to the Central Coast but it is also on my radar as an option if Perth doesn't work out.. 

When I was researching Avoca beach came up as a nice place.. And Gosford not so nice - hopefully people who have been there can offer more places 

Can you do a trip over and have a drive around first to see where you like? Would you go as far up as Newcastle which also looks very nice? 

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Are you still working or are you retired?   If you're still working, the Central Coast would be problematic because there's not much work around, and anything within reasonable commute of Sydney will be expensive.   If you're older, then things like being close to shops, hospitals, health care and good public transport become important and the Central Coast isn't ideal for that either.

Vicky's suggestion of Newcastle is a good one.  It's a couple of hours' drive from Sydney (or about the same on the train), so it's not affected by Sydney commuter prices.  It's the major centre for the region so it has all the amenities you could wish for, plus lovely beaches. 

You might also consider heading out to Port Stephens, which is outside Newcastle to the north. That may seem far away, but the attraction is that you'd be living on a gorgeous bay with gorgeous beaches,and you could afford something a bit bigger.  It would be the sort of place that your children would be keen to visit for weekends as it's a beach resort.

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Scot by birth, emigrated 1985 | Aussie husband applied UK spouse visa Jan 2015, granted March 2015, moved to UK May 2015 | Returned to Oz June 2016

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Do you know whether they're still looking at the high speed rail? I read somewhere it could half the travel time between Sydney and Newcastle? 

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Hi Vicky yeah I’ve got some suburbs that’s been recommended it’s just weather the place is really quiet as I struggle with Perth trying to find new places n things to do.

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Hi marisawright, yeah I’m still working I’m 53 n Hubbie is 57 I currently work in the hospital as a wardclerk n Hubbie is a painter, I commute an hr a day so traveling is not a problem for me. My 2 boys live in the city n they want to move cronolla but to pricy for us so that’s why we thought if central coast more value for money. 

We did go to have a look at Newcastle and it was lovely but just too far away from my boys. We also looked at Wollongong n was advised that there’s too much drugs etc 

we Have booked flights for July to have a look but just wanted some views from anyone that lived there. 

We are very out doors type of people so nice walks, somewhere nice to run etc and explore is what we r looking for plus somewhere where we feel safe . Thanks 

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4 hours ago, Lynnie said:

Hi Vicky yeah I’ve got some suburbs that’s been recommended it’s just weather the place is really quiet as I struggle with Perth trying to find new places n things to do.

If the boys are going to Cronulla then going north isn't a good idea.  You'll have to battle through the whole of Sydney every time you want to visit them.  The trip from Cronulla (the northern tip of Sydney) to Hornsby takes an hour even in light traffic.  On an average Saturday afternoon, it will take you two hours.  Let's not even think about doing it in peak hour! 

Wollongong has a big unemployment problem so I'm not surprised to hear drugs are an issue - however I'm sure it's like most cities, there are good suburbs and bad suburbs.  

What's your budget for a home, if you don't mind me asking?  And are you looking for a house or an apartment?  

 


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"The stranger who comes home does not make himself at home but makes home itself strange." -- Rainer Maria Rilke

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5 hours ago, Marisawright said:

If the boys are going to Cronulla then going north isn't a good idea.  You'll have to battle through the whole of Sydney every time you want to visit them.  The trip from Cronulla (the northern tip of Sydney) to Hornsby takes an hour even in light traffic.  On an average Saturday afternoon, it will take you two hours.  Let's not even think about doing it in peak hour! 

Wollongong has a big unemployment problem so I'm not surprised to hear drugs are an issue - however I'm sure it's like most cities, there are good suburbs and bad suburbs.  

What's your budget for a home, if you don't mind me asking?  And are you looking for a house or an apartment?  

 

Hi, we do love Cronulla but just to pricy. I didn’t realise it would take that long to drive 😫

our price range is about 550-600 we have looked at appartments but some of the builds are really ugly lol 

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28 minutes ago, Lynnie said:

Hi, we do love Cronulla but just to pricy. I didn’t realise it would take that long to drive 😫

our price range is about 550-600 we have looked at appartments but some of the builds are really ugly lol 

Yes, Cronulla is pricey. As a rule, anywhere near the beach is going to be expensive - even if it's an hour's commute from the city centre, like Cronulla. 

The St George area is slightly inland from Cronulla and therefore a bit cheaper. Look at the stops along the Illawarra line from Cronulla.   Places get cheaper as you go along that line, until you start getting close to the city centre.  Oatley is a cute suburb, with a village feel.  You would only get an apartment for that price in Oatley, but if you search for Oatley on realestate.com.au and tick "surrounding suburbs", it will bring up other areas that are close by.  

Let's look at driving time.  If you go Central Coast, it would be at least two hours drive to get to Cronulla.   

So if you drive between one and two hours to the south, where does it get you?  

If you go inland, it gets you to the Southern Highlands.  Several nice villages (Bowral is the main town),  green hills and scones with cream, Bundanoon Highland Games, very popular with retirees, and it has a train line. Worth a look.

Or it gets you to Kiama, a lovely seaside town. It has a train line too.  Or Shellharbour.

 


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"The stranger who comes home does not make himself at home but makes home itself strange." -- Rainer Maria Rilke

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Thanks so much think we will look south then .. is sutherland area  ok? 

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23 minutes ago, Lynnie said:

Thanks so much think we will look south then .. is sutherland area  ok? 

People talk about "the Sutherland shire", which covers a big area south of the Georges River.  Overall it's regarded as a nice area to live in. 

There's also a suburb called Sutherland.  If you mean the suburb, I find the shopping centre a bit faceless but it's a convenient place to live, and it's good for commuting because even the "limited stops" trains stop there.  

The best place to check out suburbs is Homely.com.au.

Here's a bit about the Southern Highlands to tempt you:

https://concreteplayground.com/sydney/travel-leisure/travel/a-weekenders-guide-to-bowral

Any other questions, ask away.   I lived in Sydney for over 30 years but I've had to move away in retirement.   Loving life in Melbourne though.

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Scot by birth, emigrated 1985 | Aussie husband applied UK spouse visa Jan 2015, granted March 2015, moved to UK May 2015 | Returned to Oz June 2016

"The stranger who comes home does not make himself at home but makes home itself strange." -- Rainer Maria Rilke

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Hiya, Bowral sounds beautiful, can I ask where I lived in Sydney? 

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1 hour ago, Lynnie said:

Hiya, Bowral sounds beautiful, can I ask where  lived in Sydney? 

I started out in the Eastern suburbs (Paddington, Double Bay) then my marriage broke up and it's been all downhill since then!   Only joking really - Paddington and Double Bay are very upmarket, but I've been lucky to live in nice suburbs throughout my time in Sydney.

In fact that's the reason I'm now in Melbourne - when we moved back from overseas, we couldn't afford to buy or rent in an acceptable area.  Large parts of Western and South-Western Sydney are awful, faceless, dormitory suburbs and there was no way I would live in them.  As we have no family left in Sydney, there was no reason for us to compromise, so we came to Melbourne instead. 

Places I've lived in:  after my divorce, I lived in Randwick and Alexandria, then when I remarried I lived in Five Dock and Ashbury (both west of Sydney and as far West as I'd ever consider living).   Then we moved down to Oatley to be near my mother-in-law.   My mother-in-law lived in Gymea, another nice suburb with good coffee shops, and my husband's niece lived in Kirrawee.  

I used to go to Wollongong, Newcastle and Parramatta frequently for work.  I used to go sailing at Jervis Bay on the weekend, so I often stopped off at Kiama on the way. 


Scot by birth, emigrated 1985 | Aussie husband applied UK spouse visa Jan 2015, granted March 2015, moved to UK May 2015 | Returned to Oz June 2016

"The stranger who comes home does not make himself at home but makes home itself strange." -- Rainer Maria Rilke

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