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best place to live and work       started by mair+andy08 on 11 Jan 2010   (22441)
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From mair+andy08

11 Jan 2010 7:29 AM
we are a family of 6 me, my partner, my 17 yr son, 12 yr old daughter, 10 yr old son and 9 yr old son. i will be a qualified mental health nurse and my partner is a greenkeeper on a golf course. we are hoping to move to OZ in early 2012 and wondering what the best area would be to live in taking into consideration our family and jobs.
From morleylamb

To mair+andy08

11 Jan 2010 11:48 AM
We started out in north Perth,and didn't settle,so we traveled across Australia and at the moment we are NSW. For my money i would say the best state to live in would be Queensland, and the best place for me would be Noosaville. Its absolutly fab. You could do worse than living in Brissie, then you have the gold coast 1 hour south,and the sunshine coast 1 hour North. The only state i havn't traveled to is the Northern Teritory.
From simonc

To mair+andy08

11 Jan 2010 6:15 PM
That is the six million dollar question. I have lived here for over 3 years and I cant answer that for myself, let alone for someone I don't know. Even with a book on your circumstances, budget and personal likes and dislikes it would be a hard one to answer. I am far from an expert but I have travelled Oz a fair bit. I agree with Morleylamb, Noosa is up there for me along with everywhere from Cabarita in NSW to Kingscliff in QLD. If money and work were not an option I would live between there and in the SW somewhere like Dunsborough or Yallingup (and England for at least 4 months) depending on time of year. I didnt like Brisbane at all, and that is where my line of work would take me in that area. However I liked where it was, and what was around it. I liked Adelaide, but it was a bit too sleepy. FNQ was beautiful and great fun, but jellyfish and humidity stuff it up for 5 months a year. For me Sydney was nice as a tourist but too hectic unless I had the money to live in the North coast suburbs. Melbourne was ok, they over do the 'cultural' thing if you are from a country with more than a couple of hundred years of history, but there is a bit of a scene going on. Perth is hopelessly remote, but has one of the better climates if you like space, sunshine and seasons and a beach culture, and as it has a bit of history for us, thats where we are at, for now. It is a bit dull, especially in winter when everything shuts down and it rains a lot and gets cold (when you have houses that have no decent heating). It also seems to have faired better in terms of economy and job prospects than other places. Once you are out of the Major Cities there is very little going on, but a whole world of other options. I havent been to NT either, or Tassie, but have heard good things. The whole walkabout thing is still very much in evidence wherever you go. Something about the country seems to make you want to wander. The best thing you can do is narrow down your choices and visit. Migration is a massive step and you really do need to put the legwork in if you want it to be a success.
From mair+andy08

To simonc

11 Jan 2010 11:34 PM
me and the children have never visited OZ before but my partner did in 2000. we feel unable to come over for a visit first as we would like to put all our money into our move over there. Has there been much change to OZ since 2000 or will my partner see things as just the same?
From simonc

To mair+andy08

12 Jan 2010 12:51 AM
My wife and I spent a year in WA in 1998-1999 and were amazed at how my bigger Perth seemed to have become and how its innocence seemed to have been lost on return in 2007 following the arrival of boom money. There was a knock on affect in places like the SW as people bought up land and second homes with new wealth and turned it from a laid back hippy, surfer place to more of a trendy chic getaway. Saying that I still think it is great down there. That's progress though and the reason we wanted to return after the first trip was that we wanted to get back before the secret got out, so we are as much to blame as anyone, even though we got on the boat a bit late. On the positive side, jobs are much easier to come by than they were in the late 90s and the economy is still comparatively very good. I cant comment on the rest of the country as we didnt leave WA the first time, though I believe the change in WA has been the most dramatic. Best of Luck.