Post # 1
I’ve posted a couple of times about this but Fiance and I had been hoping to emigrate to Oz. We thought it wasn’t possible but Fiance has just received a couple of e mails suggesting he might be offered interviews. I’m soo delighted as it’s been a dream of ours to try this for a while and given our ages, its now or never.
Fiance travelled round for 6 months but i’ve never been so I’d really appreciate a little bit of input in case we end up being offered something and have to make a decision quickly. If you can input any info on the following areas I’d be really grateful:
Edit: Please forgive any stupid questions and just humour my ignorance!
1. Brisbane…i’m really excited about this possibility…is it small? Does it rain alot? Does it feel remote? Any ideas on job prospects for languages teachers? Anything else?
2. Perth: Is it …boring? Is it possible to travel anywhere from Perth without having to take a week off to do it? What else should I know…?
3. If we don’t get offered anything from Melbourne or Sydney, are we really missing out? I have a friend in Sydney and a friend in Melbourne and they both adore it, suggesting that Brisbane and Perth would be a compromise. Thoughts???
Fiance and I want a more sociable and outdoor lifestyle so if this turns into something, I want to pick the right place for that. Also….I’m terrified of gross spiders if that’s an issue.
Thanks to anyone who replies 🙂
Post # 3
Depends on what sort of thing you are looking for.
Brisbane gots hot and muggy in summer, its a trpocial climate. I lived there for two years, and its summer was just to wet and humid for my liking.
Sydney tends to be alot more temprate. Althopugh IMO it can be a bit hectic. I live in Newcastle, 1.5 hours north of Sydney. I commute to Sydney for work, and love where I live and the fact that I don’t actually live in Sydney.
and Melbourne has the potential to have all 4 seasons in one day. I haven’t been there alot, but it is a beautful city as well known for its culture, shopping and fashion.
I have never been to Perth. The West coast is a little more isolated from the East Coast cities. But I have heard that it is a beautiful city, and there is still plenty of opportunity for travel within WA itself.
Not sure if I have helped at all.
Post # 4
You’re moving to a country you’ve never been before? I’ve been to 28 countries (including Australia) and even I don’t think that’s the best idea. I think you should go with him to his interviews so you can both get a feel for the cities he might get offers from.
My preferences, in order:
1. Melbourne (very european-style wonderful city)
2. Sydney (I mean, there are giant fruit bats flying around downtown. It doesn’t get cooler than that)
3. Brisbane (lovely riverfront area, also a big-ish city)
4. Never went to Perth, but have a couple of friends there. They LOVE it. They love the beach lifestyle! It’s crazy far from pretty much everywhere on Earth, though.
My husband and I were going to try and immigrate to Australia back in 2009, but they really closed off their visa allowances due to the economic crash. Here’s hoping they’ve lifed the restrictions for you!!
Post # 5
My husband is working in Adelaide right now and he really likes it. It seems like it’s a bit like California wine country from the pictures.
He is going to Brisbane on this trip so I will find out how it is later.
The only other city we have been to is Sydney. It’s way too much city for me personally but the weather is probably a bit more temperate.
Pretty much any travel you would want to do would be flying. It seems pretty far to drive to me and not much in between cities.
Post # 6
I don’t know how much help I’ll be. I was in Brisbane for 3 weeks at the end of 2010, which is their summer. It was hot and muggy, which I wasn’t crazy about. It does rain almost everyday, but only for a few minutes, and then it clears up and is sunny again – truly tropical. If you’re okay with tropical climates, the Brisbane is really awesome. I absolutely LOVED it, although the city itself has a population of around 1.5 million, the surrounding residential areas really reminded me of home. It’s within driving distance of great beaches and vacation spots as well.
Post # 7
Can I say, I am so jealous of you right now! I lived in Sydney my junior yr of college and would give anything to be able to move there. Unfortunately because of DH’s trade he couldn’t work in another country.
I love Sydney. It is very cultural, lots to do, weather is beautiful, and the people are so kind. But I’m sure no matter where you live in Australia will be perfect.
Post # 8
Thanks so much for the replies so far – really appreciated.
I’m not afraid of going, I’ve lived in places like Kuwait where there’s far more restrictions etc on living than in a country like Australia so I’m happy for the adventure. Fi’s interviews would be via skype so I won’t get to go unless and until we get there. Fiance would be sponsored by his company and I would go on his visa. I’m on the skills shortage list so I think i’d be ok in that regard anyway.
All the info is helpful.
If anyone has more input, any info is helpful 🙂
Post # 9
I agree with PP’s of all the livable cities in Oz I really love Melbourne the best. I love the Queen Victoria market and the restaurants. I love the fact that it feels so European but there is also a great beach town atmosphere about it. It’s a great city.
I also really liked the Barossa Valley area (about an hour from Adelaide), if you are looking for a small-town feel. I really liked the vibe and there were so many great restaurants and little shops, bakeries etc. It is a wine area, similar in feel to Napa or Niagara-on-the-lake (for Canadians).
Post # 10
Thank you. You’re the second PP to mention muggy summers…..I didn’t know this!
@roxy821: Tbh, I don’t think we’ll get an offer from Sydney. He’s randonly had interest from the other 3 so far. I’m just hoping something on the east coast comes up…..loads of brits move to Perth but I get bored easily and don’t want to find i’m stuck with nowhere to go!
Post # 11
@Firie: We live in Newcastle, UK. Maybe it’s a sign! Lol
Post # 12
You can get to so many things within an hour to two:
City, Beach, Rainforest, Bush, Snow, you’ll never get sick of it!!
Post # 13
I have lived in Brisbane my entire life (29 years) so I think can give you some great insight.
It is hot here during the summers and it does rain. However, it does not rain everyday. When we have a particularly hot summers day we generally get a thunderstorm and then it’s gone and the weather cools down.
Winter is nearly always pleasant. Very rarely too cold, so outdoor activities occur all year round!
The city is actually quite beautiful, with lovely hidden cafes and a fantastic riverfront section known as ‘Souhtbank’.
I know I’m biased but I think Brisbane is a hidden gem! We are 1 hour from some of the most beautiful beaches in the world (Sunshine Coast and Gold Coast). We are less than an hour from four amazing theme parks. (Seaworld, Dreamworld Movieworld and WetnWild). We are laidback friendly helpful easy going people. (Most of us).
I absolutely LOVE Melbourne too though. Very cultural and just gorgeous! Quite different though. Sydney is beautiful but yet again different.
Hope this helps you. If you do join us in Brisabne let me know and i’ll give you some more tips on things 🙂
Post # 14
born and raised in sydney here, still live here and i would move to Perth happily and to Brisbane only if i could pick where we lived/work (close to Morton bay/Straddie would be my pick). I couldnt imagine moving to Melbourne, if i did move then i suspect it would be short term only because it doesnt suit our lifestyle and likes
Queensland (brisbane), although not my first pick has lots of hidden treasures within 4-6hrs driving which i find interesting
Post # 15
I’ve lived in most of these cities.
Yes it does rain alot in Brisbane but it is not remote, well, for Australia anyway. It is close to the Gold Coast which is fun but cheesy.
I spent 4 years in Perth, it by far has the best weather in Aus and wonderful beaches but it is very remote and the traffic is awful. It is not boring though, but a little hard to meet people. It is great for outdoorsy people as it is sunny ALL the time and the winters are mild. We spent a lot of time snorkelling on the weekends and driving through the wine regions nearby.
Sydney is a wonderful big city. It is also extremely expensive. Great for meeting new people as there’s always something ‘on’ but be prepared to pay through your teeth to live there.
I love Melbourne. Has all the benefits of Sydney being a large city but the weather is not as nice. It has a bit more of a laid back feel to it than Sydney though. It also has great shopping and nightlife.
I live in Canberra which is the capital of Australia. It is a great place to raise a family with a good schooling system and a great suburban feel. You can earn a lot of money working in the Government and live a ‘cosy’ lifestyle here although winter is freezing cold and it is a bit boring if you don’t know anyone.
Post # 16
I live in Perth and LOVE IT!! The weather is the best all year round. You really do need a car though to get around, although the train system is pretty good. Lots to do and not boring at all. I really like Melbourne as well but have never been there longer than a week.