Are we crazy?! Moving states (Aus)

posted 3 months ago in The Lounge
Post # 2
197 posts
Blushing bee

Sydney bee here!

I’d do it! Melbs is so $$ and depending on where you live in Queensland you could probably afford a nicer place/area. The weather is also a lot nicer!

It would definitely be easier to move without kids imo. Babies require so many things, it would just add extra boxes to move. I think it’d be smarter to move before baby’s arrival so you can prep everything and can just enjoy newborn cuddles without worrying about a move. 

Don’t worry so much about not knowing anyone. The midwife who will do your post-partum visit will set you up with a local mums group. That’s how I met all my mum friends 🙂  

Post # 4
9163 posts
Buzzing Beekeeper

What part of Qld are you talking about? Because in my experience the long term rentals along the coast are usually not very high quality and if they are then it comes with a price tag to match. Prices are also rising due to the exodus from VIC. Everyone wants to move to Qld at the moment.

Visiting somewhere and living somewhere are also two very different things. Plenty of people that move to the coast never go to the beach for numerous reasons (tourist crowds, traffic,  limited parking, being a novelty at first then becomes part of the scenery and being too busy). And whilst buying a house can be cheaper than Melbourne I find the rental market to be similar for a quality property depending on where you want to live. I also find eating out and groceries to be more expensive than in Melbourne. 

I would probably try and rent a furnished place for a few months and try it out and see if you like living there. I would do things like go out and try and get to places in peak times (like before and after school pick up time and work traffic peak hours). I find this sort of thing is often overlooked by people moving to prime locations. I would not move your furniture until you were sure. I would also factor in (depending on what area you are looking at) the impact of tourists because right now there aren’t as many as normal so it is like locals have their towns back. Employment can also be hard to find in normal times but with no tourists it is also playing a factor in employment for casuals/parttimers.


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Post # 6
878 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: September 2021 - Australia

I’d aim for it to coincide with the end of your lease, assuming covid restrictions are lifted!

I definitely think it would be harder after you have the baby, or even once you are pregnant – getting comfortable with a doctor only to change to a different one, etc.

If it was me, I’d go up, settle in for a while, then start trying.

Post # 7
139 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: November 2016

I am a Melbourne girl through and through so I say STAY haha but seriously make sure it’s not just the winter blues! Do you think the border will be open by December? I love the weather in QLD but the restaurants and shopping etc are terrible, I lived for a year on the Sunshine Coast about 10 years ago. I only have that area to use in comparison (and it’s just my opinion) there is a lack of ethnicity and multiculturalism in the suburbs, a lot of racism. Oh also everything closes at about 5pm, I hated it. I hope it has improved since I was there.

Post # 8
151 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: April 2017

I go to the gym with a woman who has recently (two years ago) moved to Brisbane from Melbourne – I asked her the other day if she was happy with the move. She said she wished they’d done it ten years ago. Her children are about 4 and 7, she said she enjoys the lifestyle a lot more – more outdoorsy, more family friendly, much better weather etc. I’ve lived in very small places (v. rural), through to very larges places (London, Paris) and Brisbane is neither. But it’s a very friendly place, the coast too (though you couldn’t pay me enough to live on the Gold Coast). Previous poster clearly doesn’t travel much, the shopping and food is just the same as everywhere else; there’s good, there’s bad, there’s average. 

I’d definitely move before you have a baby – I found making friends fantastically easy when I had my baby and I’ve made a heap more since then. Go to mother’s groups, go to rhyme time at the library, go to whatever’s on offer (and you will NEED to go to these things to get out of the house and talk to other mothers going through the same thing!) and you’ll meet loads of new people who are in the same boat as you. 

Come on up! The weather’s fiiiiinnneee!! 🙂


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