07 Nov 2006 7:04 AM
I am aware of most things you are not allowed to take when packing up house, but can you take candles. I have been bought alot for presents etc that I have not used as I like them so much so wished to take them with me.
Also with it being the summer in November does Australia have any supervised Bonfire Displays and do the children do Trick or Treat night? If not I can get rid of their costumes instead of packing them for next year.
07 Nov 2006 9:31 AM
Can't help you with the candles, I'm afraid.
I forgot that cracker night was banned in oz! I'm sure I read somewhere that Canberra still has bonfire night on Queen's Birthday weekend, but not sure if these are still available for everyone to buy. Halloween is getting bigger but still a lot of people don't do it, and a lot of people think it's not relevant to Australia (as it's meant to be the spirits of winter darkness, etc and Australia is coming into summer, LOL), but other people do it just for fun!
I have found a good site that I've posted on a few times now that is for mums in Canberra - it's the only active forum I've found with Canberrans chatting regularly, and they are a really friendly bunch who meet up regularly. They have made me feel very welcome, so thought I would pass on the link as it's good just for info on anything Canberra related not just about babies! - http://members.essentialbaby.com.au/index.php?showforum=17
All the best
07 Nov 2006 6:56 PM
Well looks like I will use them on romantic candle lit dinners for me and my hubby as I would rather use them up on something worthwhile, soppy I know, than just loose them at customs.
Thanks for your info about cracker night etc. I will look into website link and see what else I can learn before I get there.
08 Nov 2006 5:14 AM
Yes you can take your candles, all ours turned up ok and still in one piece hope this helps
08 Nov 2006 5:20 AM
Thanks for your reply. I will bring them rather than use them for the sake of it. Some were presents with messages on them from family so they are keepsakes.
08 Nov 2006 6:28 PM
|We've been told by our shipper we can't take candles, I guess if it gets checked at customs they might confiscate it, you can always take a chance on it getting through.
08 Nov 2006 7:19 PM
Think I will resort back to plan A and use them before I go, at least I will enjoy them rather than see them thrown in the bin at customs. Thanks for all who have offered their advise.
08 Nov 2006 7:56 PM
|we bought in candles didnt have a problem the only thing they did was check 4 bags of sand that the candles were in so i wouldnt panic to much as i think in toll all together we bought in about 15 different types of candles |
08 Nov 2006 10:00 PM
I may risk a few as I have about 20 in all. That reminds me though, I have a little bag of sand that we got off the sahara desert when we visited Tunisia a few years ago. I may have to give that to a family member.
Thanks for your advise and reminder about the sand.
09 Nov 2006 9:18 AM
It's really difficult isn't it - I had my wedding bouquet made into a framed picture - been told I can't take it - I said it was sealed 'not if someone drops it' they said. Also got an African carving from Tanzania from a friend which I won't be able to take as it's got bark on the outside. Thought about taking a chance but would be devestated if they had to be destroyed at customs.
09 Nov 2006 6:49 PM
Why have they said no to your framed wedding flowers? Were they real ones that were pressed into frame?
Thinking about ornaments too, I have quite a few wooden but varnished ones that I have collected from other countries while there on holiday. Are they also not allowed in?
I think I will definately chance the ornaments as they were expensive and basically are the colour theme for my lounge.
Hope you solve your flower problem, if it's definatley a no no. Would one of your family keep it for you, I know it's not with you but it's better than throwing it away or risking having it taken off you at customs.
09 Nov 2006 9:33 PM
Yes they're real flowers, so was told no - so will find it a good home probably my mother in law. Think most wooden ornaments are o.k. if varnished/treated, but the African one I have has tree bark on the back and the info we got from the shippers (via customs) was a no - again, i'd rather give this to someone than have it destroyed.
10 Nov 2006 12:19 AM
Shame about your flowers but at least you can give them to someone who will appreciate and look after them for you. All my ornaments are varnished so will risk taking them anyway.
I notice you leave in January, I bet you cant wait to get there. We have just applied for our police checks, but waiting on case number so we can go ahead with medicals. It's such a long drawn out thing but as you and many others are aware it will be all worth it in the end.
How long did your visa take? We are on a STNI 137 visa application. Hoping to be there around Easter time if not sooner. Depending on visa being prosessed.
Good Luck with everything.
10 Nov 2006 8:30 AM
I'm on 136, it took 7 months start to finish, which in the grand scheme of things and looking back doesn't seem too bad, but the waiting was awful, tons of highs and lows. I'm excited about the move, a little emotional as finishing work draws a little nearer, I work with a reall nice bunch of people and know when I say goodbye there will be lots of tears.
Hope all goes to plan for you - if you're moving to perth I hope I'm in a position for be a bit of a welcoming committee along with Nicki (acorns).
11 Nov 2006 12:55 AM
|Hi, is there a website anywhere that says what u can and can't take through customs??? I am sure I read about one but wouldn't have a clue how to find it
11 Nov 2006 1:24 AM
|www.aqis.com.au i think it is gives you dos and donts |