12 Jun 2010 5:12 PM
|Hi just looking for some info??? more & more often I think about moving from Perth to the East coast, probably just outside Melbourne, Geelong or maybe Ballarat??? Has anyone made the move and would you recommend it??
Many thanks in advance
12 Jun 2010 10:16 PM
|Hi, I have had friends that moved from Melbourne to Perth 10 days after arrival.. They did not like Melbourne so they bought a car and drove. It was a toss up Queensland or WA. WA won the toss, they would still like to see the East.
As for Melbourne I love the place the people and the culture. It has so much history. As for Ballarat, well it depends what you want. I like it but am not sure I would want to live there. It's like a country town. My good friend live 18 km away in a place called Snake Valley. They lived ther fo over 20 years. They sold and moved towards Phillip Island.
Geelong is a nice place but again am not sure I would want to live there. Barb is the best fo information on this as she has friends living there. So can advise more on areas.
Both places have everything you would need so not much need to travel to Melbourne.
We lived in Victoria for over 18 month but moved to the Gold coast. I miss my good friends, culture and history. Since living on the Coast I found shopping cheaper. Plus the weather is warmer.
Hope this helps
12 Jun 2010 11:09 PM
We live in Melbourne in teh outer suburbs and have done now for nearly 10 years (where has the time gone!).
My sister lives near Geelong in Ocean Grove. Geelong is a huge town/small city.. It is a lot cheaper to buy property there than in Melbourne. It has all the big shops, a lovely little beach/playground (Eastern Beach), and some nice suburban areas. There are also some lovely little towns/villages surrounding it. Such as Barwon Heads/Ocean Grove and other places on the peninsula (further away from Melbourne). It is about an hours drive from Melbourne. I do have work colleagues who commute from Geelong to Melbourne. I think they're mad! There is some industry in the northern part of geelong. The good thing about Geelong is that on the awfully hot summers days it gets the cooling sea breeze long before Melbourne and those of us who live in the northern suburbs.
Kathryn who is on here has a son at uni in Ballarat and will know more about that town than I do. Not sure of her user name so I will e-mail her and ask her to fill you in. I know it is colder than Melbourne and Geelong..
Another place to consider is Warragul. My parents live there. It is about 1 hr from the CBD. A really nice area of Victoria that not many people know about. I see you are a nurse. Warragul has quite a busy hospital for a little town. Houses are also pretty cheap here and it is a growing area.
If you have any questions, please ask.
18 Jun 2010 4:48 PM
Babara sent me an e-mail, mentioning you are thinking of moving states and you are thinking of Ballarat. My son is at University in Ballarat.
Ballarat is part of the gold mine era. The history and feel of the place is very different from some of the other suburbs, Houses are cheap, the schools are I believe very good and there is plenty to see and do. You could buy a piece of land cheaper than anywhere nearer to the city and build in Ballarat.
Ballarat has an excellent university. If you had the mind and the room you would have no trouble letting out a room to a student for part of the year. There appears to be plenty of jobs in Ballarat. Just google jobs in ballarat, it seems to have its own job site, but there is always seek as well.
It is easy to get to from the city and Geelong is around 35 mins from Ballarat.
If you have any other questions please drop me a line and I will see what I can do.
Good luck with your decision.