06 Oct 2010 12:04 AM
We are considering a move from WA to Brisbane, although haven't visited there as yet.
Has anyone on here lived in both WA and Brisbane and can provide any general comparisons? (Please feel free to send me a PM if you prefer.)
I'm sure I'll have lots of questions if we decide to seriously explore this move, as we have no idea where to start looking, what areas are good/bad, if work for a mechanic is achievable, so any comments or advice would be greatly appreciated.
06 Oct 2010 11:22 AM
|I think I'm one of the very few aussiemovers who made the move from west to east. When we moved here nearly - four years ago Qld was much cheaper to live in than it is now.
Main differences - shops open on Sundays, supermarkets open until 9pm Monday through Friday - trivial to some but to me my life seemed to revolve around getting to the supermarket, more of a cafe culture over here.
There are differences in the suburbs - it doesn't all look the same - looking at Queenslander houses can take some getting used to, hills, shops on the side of the road, warmer winters (unless you live Ipswich way and then you will experience frosts).
Downside - wet, humid summers although this is not every day and you do acclimatize. I'm cold now if it drops below 20C. Also the temperature remains more constant - not so many ups and downs. Cost of renting a property is more expensive. House prices are dropping in Brisbane so it's a good time to buy - although all the bargains get snapped up quickly. Another downside any new bridge or tunnel they build to ease traffic congestion has a toll - so it doesn't really help the situation because people boycott it! There is a lot more traffic here than in Perth.
More to do - shops on the side of the road - I missed that in Perth where it all seemed to be housing estate, shopping mall, housing estate, shopping mall.
Places to avoid Woodridge, Slacks Creek, Eaglby - although if property predictions come true Logan is going to be the next suburb that will boom as Qld is growing so quickly. I wouldn't live there at the moment though - unless I was looking for acreage.
On balance it depends on your tastes. Being over east means that it's cheaper to get round to other parts of Australia. I sometimes go to Sydney for the day - I've done the same to Melbourne - the shopping is much better in Melbourne.
I wouldn't say one side was necessarily better than the other - it's down to personal taste. Do I regret my move - no. Would I move back to Perth - no - I can see the attraction however it's not for me - but if we were all the same it would be a very boring world!
Let me know if you have any other questions - but don't let people put you off because of the humidity. Normally Qld has 9 beautiful months so you can put up with the other three!!|
08 Oct 2010 2:25 AM
|Drive Across from west to East, we did, Just take a tent! Thats how to see Australia. We are not in Oz at the moment, but hoping to return asap, but we will head for Brisbane. Its a great coast.|
08 Oct 2010 8:27 AM
|To be fair, Perth is not all housing estate/shopping mall/housing estate/shopping mall. There are shops on the side of the road here as well. The newer suburbs tend to follow the American pattern of layout but older areas have shops within walking distance etc.
Shopping hours are a bit strange, but you don't have to go far to shop on Sundays if that is your thing.
There are a hundred different ways of life in Perth, depending on where you live and what you do. I can walk to the beach in 5 minutes, yet be on the freeway to Perth in 5 minutes. The train station is just down the road, and I am close to a major shopping centre. I also have an old style pub just around the corner, a fish and chip shop, deli, chinese, Indian, Newsagent, butchers and a walk in bottleshop all in a traditional rank of shops like you'd see in the UK.
All this, yet I live in a quiet,leafy street on a large block in a house that cost around the Perth median.
Before moving state, how about looking at a few different burbs? |
19 Oct 2010 12:19 PM
We moved to Qld almost 3 years ago,(from england) settled in Narangba due to work,lovely suburb, but now have jobs where we can live anywhere so are about to move to Caloundra on sunshine coast this side of xmas. Love the sunny coast, think it's criminal for us to move all the way to OZ and live away from the water out in the suburbs (if you have nothing holding you back like work etc)
I have never been to Perth, only Adelaide to see friends who could only get over on state sponsorship to SA, all i can say is i love Queensland. Adelaide was lovely, real nice countryside almost reminded me of england, but Queensland...what can i say i feel very very lucky to be living here, it's tropical, has some of the worlds best beaches, you got Fraser island, Moreton Island, even Bribie island is lovely. Camping is big over here, as is rugby league (footy)i'm not sporty at all but i can get into the Broncos. We spend our weekends exploring different places, during the week we work, go to school and plan where we are going next weekend. If you can manage to, get yourself a 4x4 doesn't have to be flash just something you can take on the beach. Bribie is great for that on sundays, it's $100 for a yearly permit, just take the eski, a little BBQ and one of those oztrail gazebos for shade and u can spend all day there (but watch the tide times). Bloody beautiful!
We have had so many great experiences to mention, i can see why so many Queenslanders have never even flown out of Qld ever in their lives, they say why would we when we haven't even seen the whole of Qld yet. It's True. i know it's hardly a comparison with Perth as i have never been and wouldn't like to have any opinion on it, but just gives you a little tiny idea of what qld is like.
Good luck, i hope the move goes smoothly and not too stressful for you.
21 Oct 2010 3:16 AM
|hi, i too went to bribie island and loved it. we went to perth and brisbane to activate visa and both places wonderful. we have opted for perth due to work contacts ( i'm a brickie) and arrive jan 6th. we stayed in morayfield north of brisbane and travelled up to malloolaba and noosa. ||