What type of languagess do you know? and what level do you currently teach them at? I would assume secondary school but for all I know you could be a unviersity professor with a specialization in Mandarin.
Okay, I love Brisbane and Sydney because I am an outdoors culture type of person 🙂
A few general tips and places where to get info on Australia:
Make sure you wear your sunscreen anytime you are outdoors, the UV is the highest of any country in the world. So is the skin cancer rate. I have UK heritage, am extremely pale and have a family history of melanoma. So I used to get my sunscreen from the experts: http://www.cancer.org.au/
To get unbiased information on what the weather and climate is like in each city check the Bureau of Meterology’s website. They have all the historical data for major cities. http://www.bom.gov.au/
Australia goes through cycles of more rain then less rain basically it’s floods or we are in drought. The last couple of years have been really rainy just about everywhere on the east coast, this is the technical reason behind the cycles http://www.bom.gov.au/climate/enso/
Check out http://www.domain.com.au to get a rough idea of what the housing prices will be in the area you plan to settle.
My personal opinions 🙂
I lived in Sydney for 12 years, never saw a funnelweb. No one has died from a funnelweb bite for a very long time as the anti venom developed is very effective. I lived in the country for 13 had redback spiders under the house, on the veranda and at the back of the toilet seat even! No one has died from a Red Back spider for even longer than the funnel web because of the same reason, the antivenom is very effective. I would be more concerned about snakes, however you only encounter those is bushy areas and again the anti venom programs have been very effective. Realistically I’d be wiling to bet you’d have more odds of being involved in a serious cars accident than having a bad encounter with a posionus australian spider or snake just know what the current first aid is, just in case. Oh and the deadly jelly fish are up North near the barrier reef so no need to worry about those when picking a city to live.
I like Sydney for the universities, job opportunties, the arts, the food, the entertainment as all the big acts come here. All the different cultures that have settled mean you can get any nearly every style of cuisine and raw ingredients for it. I worked in the city and we would go running, boxing and play soccer in our lunch breaks right near the opera house. I could go for drinks by the harbour after work and not have to worry about driving home because I jump on the train. The public transport can be crowded and unreliable but having lived in a major city where there is little public transport and I have to drive everywhere makes me appreciate what I had much more. There is no city in Australia that can claim to have good public transport FWIW. North of Sydney is a great wine region called the Hunter Valley, there are some smaller ones South as well.
I like Brisbane for the weather, beaches, outdoor culture and the cheaper cost of living relative the Sydney but for my industry their are fewer jobs. So I’ve never been able to live there, however I do have relatives there. Brisbane beaches are great and swimable for longer in the year than Sydney beaches, honestly 9 months of the year the beach is too cold to go in the water in Sydney for me so I have a wetsuit top!
Melbourne is cold for me, it occasionally seems to have warm days when there is a heat wave but I never liked it much. I’ve been there three times so I’m not an expert but from a vistor’s perspective it doesn’t offer anything like Sydney does in terms of outdoor locations.
Perth is a great place but has always been a big country town. My friends working over there can’t do their grocery shopping on a Sunday. Also with cost of living is on par with Sydney so the only people who can really live well there have to be working in mining.