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hi everyone. Weve been invited by NSW and have lodged our visa application. We ( my wife 2 kids and I)  are thinking of trying newcastle to settle in. Any people done this that can offer some advice on schools, areas and anything else that may be relevant to life in newcastle. 

 

TIA

 

 

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57 minutes ago, Fitter migrant said:

hi everyone. Weve been invited by NSW and have lodged our visa application. We ( my wife 2 kids and I)  are thinking of trying newcastle to settle in. Any people done this that can offer some advice on schools, areas and anything else that may be relevant to life in newcastle. 

 

TIA

 

 

One of only two places I’d live in Australia, and has changed massively in recent years.  

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For the better. Used to be a grimy old town. Bits of the centre still look tired, but otherwise it’s transformed. Great beach right in the city, on the doorstep of the wine country, family friendly 

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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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Are the schools there good? Is it a safe city to be in? Which areas are best and are there any areas to avoid? 

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9 hours ago, Fitter migrant said:

Changed for the better or good? Thanks for replying 

Better.  Govt spent $1b on the RAAF base infrastructure, new airport, etc.  still the best beaches in NSW and Lake Macquarie and Hunter Valley as a bonus.  

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It’s a large city now so there are good and bad schools and good and bad areas. You won’t be able to secure a rental before you arrive anyway, so the best bet is to book a holiday let for three or four weeks when you first arrive and have a drive around the suburbs. 

I know two managers at my old workplace who lived in Newcastle. They got promoted to the Sydney office but they refused to move their families from Newcastle, because they felt it was such a great place to bring up kids. Says it all really

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Hi thanks for replying! Could you give me an idea of what's classed as a good area over there and a couple to avoid? Sorry if I'm being a pain. Its a scary prospect moving. 

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4 minutes ago, Fitter migrant said:

Hi thanks for replying! Could you give me an idea of what's classed as a good area over there and a couple to avoid? Sorry if I'm being a pain. Its a scary prospect moving. 

There’s a site called homely.com.au, look for Suburb Reviews


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My eldest is living in Newcastle at the moment. He likes it. They have an apartment in the middle of town, close to the river which has bars restaurants, he's enjoyed the surfing.

Sounds like it's safe as City's go. He never mentions any problems and they go out a fair bit, when they aren't in lockdown of course.

He met his girlfriend when they were working in Whistler, Canada. She wanted to live near her family when they came back for a while and they all live around Newcastle. Port Stephens, a couple of hours drive North is a beautiful place. I've worked there a few times,a few years back and thought it was nice. It's improved heaps since.

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7 hours ago, Paul1Perth said:

My eldest is living in Newcastle at the moment. He likes it. They have an apartment in the middle of town, close to the river which has bars restaurants, he's enjoyed the surfing.

Sounds like it's safe as City's go. He never mentions any problems and they go out a fair bit, when they aren't in lockdown of course.

He met his girlfriend when they were working in Whistler, Canada. She wanted to live near her family when they came back for a while and they all live around Newcastle. Port Stephens, a couple of hours drive North is a beautiful place. I've worked there a few times,a few years back and thought it was nice. It's improved heaps since.

I have not been up there  for a couple of years but I always thought it was nice and Newcastle East (I just looked it up on the map) always reminded me a little of my home suburb in Sydney - Surry Hills. The photo of that area looks very nice too, close to beaches, river and CBD.

Your son is living a long way from you now though and until your premier opens the border he may not be able to come home? I guess he would be OK as he is a direct family member? The QLD premier is talking about not opening "her" border till September. My brother is in Surfers and I can't visit him and I have a friend in South Perth who invited me to stay with her and I can't go there either!

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17 hours ago, MARYROSE02 said:

I have not been up there  for a couple of years but I always thought it was nice and Newcastle East (I just looked it up on the map) always reminded me a little of my home suburb in Sydney - Surry Hills. The photo of that area looks very nice too, close to beaches, river and CBD.

Your son is living a long way from you now though and until your premier opens the border he may not be able to come home? I guess he would be OK as he is a direct family member? The QLD premier is talking about not opening "her" border till September. My brother is in Surfers and I can't visit him and I have a friend in South Perth who invited me to stay with her and I can't go there either!

My son is still FIFO out of Perth on the rigs maryrose. He is out there at the moment. He had to get loads of paperwork done to fly into Perth, stay with us overnight, isolate for 2 weeks in Karratha, then fly out to the rig for his 4 week stint. 

Spoke to him a couple of days ago and he sounded good. This is one of the first FIFO jobs he has enjoyed. Better money, better conditions on the rigs too.

I think they are planning on moving to Perth now his girlfriend has been close to her family for a while. Would be a good financial move for them.

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We live by the Lake and work in Newcastle, absolutely loving it. We've only been here a few years (we lived in Sydney previously), but would be happy to answer any questions. 

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On 20/05/2020 at 12:24, Paul1Perth said:

My son is still FIFO out of Perth on the rigs maryrose. He is out there at the moment. He had to get loads of paperwork done to fly into Perth, stay with us overnight, isolate for 2 weeks in Karratha, then fly out to the rig for his 4 week stint. 

Spoke to him a couple of days ago and he sounded good. This is one of the first FIFO jobs he has enjoyed. Better money, better conditions on the rigs too.

I think they are planning on moving to Perth now his girlfriend has been close to her family for a while. Would be a good financial move for them.

It must be hard working FIFO especially when you have a family. I suppose if you aim to save a heap of money in a short time and if you are single, it might be good? I guess that even now researchers are studying the long term effects of working FIFO? Mind you, they have probably accumulated much material on the effects of Covad 19 on the entire population?

I wonder too what the long term effects on both mental and physical health losing jobs and businesses the extended border closures will have? The premier of Queensland is talking about September at the earliest and I guess WA is much the same, perhaps much longer than September too. I shall just have to holiday in NSW, which is hardly a chore but I would have liked to have spent the lock down in Queensland with my brother, and I would not mind spending some time with my friend in South Perth.

I got to like South Perth (and Applecross) on my two visits to Perth. I live my life, wherever it is, as if I'm in a village, and I try to walk everywhere. Today, the furthest I've been is to cafe 100 metres away where I spent an hour or so in the arvo. This evening, I was even closer in two restaurants next to each other and 50 metres away from my home. The last time I was in a car was the middle of April when I drove to Bondi Jn to see a friend. I could have got the train too - five stops. I don't own a car and just hire them short term by the hour from Go Get (which may not operate in Perth?) It's not so practical out in the burbs but where I live the cars are ever 50 to 100 metres with the closest nearer than my own garage.

I hired a car in Perth from "No Birds" (whom we also have in Sydney) but that was mostly for afternoon drives, and driving is pleasant in Perth compared to Sydney. The place I stayed in South Perth - cannot think of the name - Peninsular maybe, on South Perth Esplanade - was a short walk to Mends St and the Windsor hotel and cafes. In Applecross I was over the road from the IGA and 100 metres from Raffles hotel with cafes nearby.

My friend lives on the Canning Highway side of Angelo Road (Street?) which has its own cafes and a bar. I've been to the bar but I think it's changed its name - opposite the school? I don't know if I could move to Perth though. I like it there. It's nothing to do with the isolation that some people go on about ad nauseam. It' s just that I've moved from England to Australia twice and I don't know if I want to do it again, having built up a social life in Sydney.

I just looked on the map. My friend lives on Elizabeth St which looks close enough to Angelo St - Tipsy Monk is the name of the bar opposite Wesley College. The Como Hotel does not look too far away either. I've been to the bottle shop but not the pub. I shall just have to see if your Premier ever opens the border! 

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