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Brisbane or Sunshine Coast - young family

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My wife and I are in the very early stages of applying to move from the UK to Australia, under what is most likely going to be a skilled regional visa. We are focusing on the Brisbane area (outside the CBD) and Sunshine Coast, apologies its a big area hence the reason for the post - which of the two is more suitable for a young family (we have 3 daughters 8, 5 and 2) with regards to good schools and respectable neighborhoods with professionals? We want to ideally live by the coast, walking distance, have cafes shops, bars etc but not too over crowded, also not empty. Chances are I will have to commute to Brisbane, as I work in finance. Would love to hear from anyone who may be able to help - happy to provide more info if my post is too vague. Thanks

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If you will be working in Brisbane, it's not practical to live on the Sunshine Coast, unless you're able to work from home for most of the week.  It is not really commutable.


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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Thanks, thats interesting. Commuting traffic must be congested. At this moment I dont know if I will be working in sunshine coast or Brisbane so would be good to know nice areas to live with good schools for each, hope this helps.

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Are you allowed to work in Brisbane if you have a regional visa?

 

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46 minutes ago, sonnyinoz said:

Thanks, thats interesting. Commuting traffic must be congested. 

How long a commute do you regard as acceptable?

As NickyNook says, on a regional visa you have to work in a regional area as well as live in it.  


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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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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40 minutes commute but no more. With regards to the regional areas there are a number of Brisbane postcodes (excluding CBD).

Thanks for the link, so essentially live and work within the regional Brisbane postcodes or live and work in the Sunshine Coast.

It looks like the best option would be to find work within the sunshine coast and live there - which avoids any potential commuting issues. Granted this might be easier said thanone finding a job in the sunshine coast - but this is good to know where I should focus.

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