Post # 1
Dh and I are from Melbourne, Ausralia and have been together 10 years. For the last 6 years we have been talking about moving to Queensland but it’s never been the right time, and/or never had enough money.
Now we’ve saved enough and feel ready, however we are in the process of TTC. But we are now on our 6th month with no luck. We only have one family member in QLD so wouldn’t have any support for a baby etc..
Are we crazy to think of moving now? Our current lease ends in December this year. I can work in my current role from home and he is a student and does casual work so could get more casual work up there. We would start renting to see if we like it and then look to buy in a couple of years.
I’m wondering though if we should delay the move until our child is say 3-4 years old – this was the original plan but now we’re second guessing as we’re really keen to go – the only reason we’re really staying around is because I’m worried to feel lonely with a baby.. but would be able to join mother’s groups etc up there, and have heard it would be ‘easier’ to move without kids than with!
any thoguhts? thanks! x
Post # 2
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 # 3
thank you, that’s really helpful! Yeah cheaper and we both love the beach and hate the cold so seems like a no brainer haha. Unfortunately though with covid we’d have to pay $3700+ for hotel quarantine for 2 weeks when we arrive, and would have to choose a rental without actually seeing it, so a few tricky points too I should also mention!
Post # 4
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.
Post # 5
thank you, yeah I agree a short term rental with fully furnished will probably be the way to go! we’re looking at the gold coast, either Varsity Lakes or Robina most likely. We’d be looking at a 2 bedroom apartment to start off with, so not too expensive. We’re planning to move at some stage – either now or in a couple of years but working out when’s the right time.
Post # 6
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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
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
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!! 🙂
Post # 9
so true, I was thinking just one mother’s groups but hadn’t thought of rhyme time at libraries and things like that!
I’m also feeling like I’ll feel guilty for moving when all the family are down here – to be honest we don’t actually see them much but if we were to stay in Melb a couple more years we were thinking of moving closer to dh’s parents. Not sure if this would be a good idea or if I’d get too attached? haha if that makes sense and then not want to leave.
Post # 10
haha I feel like we get the winter blues each year but it’s most of the year round! we’re both from small country towns originally (not from Melb) so want a more relaxed lifestyle like we had for our kids.. but also the weather helps!
Post # 11
yeah so true it’s probably a good idea to get to know a local doctor there as i LOVE my doctor here and don’t go to any others!