Post # 1
Dh and I are living in Melbourne and have always lived in Vic (both originally from country Vic). We both hate cold weather and try to go on as many sunny holidays as possible! We have been together almost 9 yrs now and each year we either do a trip to the gold coast or speak about how good it would be to live there. We almost moved one year but it wasn’t the right timing (we want at least 1 job lined up first).
Now we’re planning to TTC next year and deciding whether to move. If we do move we’d wait until the baby was at least 1. Almost all family and friends are down here and we are close to them, however physically dont see them very often. I also have some good potential work connections on the gold coast. We have been looking to buy our first house, and houses seem so much cheaper there and nicer (we both love the resort feel and the beach).
Not sure what I’m asking exactly, but are there any other Vic bees who have moved to Qld or another state away from family and friends?
Would love to hear people’s experiences.
Post # 2
- Wedding: December 1969 - Montsalvat, Victoria
Hi bee, yep I moved from Melb to Sunshine Coast for a FTC role for approx. 12 months. Unfortunately my fiancé’s career was/is in a Melb so I moved home afterwards but absolutely loved living on the coast. 20mins to everywhere from where I was living and everyone was so friendly. The lifestyle change was amazing, not as busy and “keeping up with the joneses” up there which I loved. Also the vibe up there is so much healthier imo and I was able to live with the beach (literally) on my doorstep. I was 10mins to Noosa and 10mins to Maroochydore so it was the perfect location really! I suppose a con of being up there is that there arent as many job opportunities so I recommend going up with work lined up and the school opportunities aren’t as broad (in saying that there are still quite a few good public/private schools up there). I think if my SO would have been willing to relocate we’d have seriously considered moving up that way. Best of luck!
Post # 3
hello!!! I am no help at all really because I am not from Victoria or moving to Queensland but I just got so excited to see another Australian bee on here lol 👋🏻
A gf of mine moved from Syd to the Gold Coast and she’s loving it. Basically moved because you can get a beautiful family home for the price of an apartment here. She found a job within 2 weeks BUT took a 10k pay cut. I think it depends on the industry though because her fiancé had one lined up already and didn’t take a pay cut. With the Jetstar flights going for so cheap these days it makes it easier to go back and forth to see family and friends. I dare say they will want to visit you more often than you think to take advantage of the wonderful weather!
Post # 4
My in-laws live at the Gold Coast (Palm Beach) and my husband did as well before moving to Melb. The Gold Coast is great to visit but it gets old pretty quick. It is full of obnoxious tourists especially during holidays and cost of living is more expensive. My in-laws pay way more in rates and utilities and housing is not cheap.
Traffic is a nightmare and parking is insane. Break and enters are also high, everyone has the security screens on the doors and windows and insurance rate reflect that. If you have to travel to Brisbane daily for work it is a long commute.
Sure it is nice to live by the beach but most of the people I have met across a broad age range basically give up on the beach as it just becomes part of the scenery and as I mentioned parking is insane. The novelty of it wears off.
It can be very hot and humid which is great when holidaying but working and living life in that for days on end can be very different.
A lot of areas are under the flight path as well.
There are pros like the beach, sunshine, access to nature and ocean sports and a more laidback lifestyle (but that can be a con as well if you aren’t used to the qld equivalent of island time).
I would go up and rent a place in the area you are looking at for a month and do the things you would if you were livng there. So get up and commute to work, drive kids to daycare or school, grocery shop etc so you can get a feel for actually living there. Go out and do activities you think you would do regularly like eating out etc. And I would do that at the hottest time so you can see if it is worth it.
Having lived in a holiday destination before it really is very different to holidaying there.
Post # 5
sounds like a great experience! Dh and i aren’t very attached to our current jobs so think that would make the move easier! Thank you 🙂
hello! You wrote exactly what i was thinking – surely family and friends would still visit us right! Lol
so true. Definitely should rent first then decide if we want to buy.. cause really who knows until you actually live somewhere. We’re looking at Robina/ varsity lakes area – do you know much about those?
Post # 6
Robina has good services (town centre, access to the M1, not far from the beach and a hospital) but fairly high unlawful entry rates (aka break ins). It is generally considered a good family area, a little cheaper than other areas as further back and is basically the suburbs.
Varsity is a little higher priced due to having the canals which pushes up median housing prices. Again crime stats are high but depending on where in Melb you live it might be similar. Short drive to all the services listed as being in Robina.
There are drug issues across the GC which bring crime. It is also a popular place for MC gangs but they have very tough fratenisation laws in QLD so you don’t publically see the problems with those as much but again it equals drugs and what that brings.
It can be very tough to get work on the GC as well. A lot of competition and wages are lower than in Melb. We lookedinto relocating to brissy afew years ago and it didn’t make sense with lower wages and high COL when compared to Melb. sunnybee88 :
Post # 7
interesting – thank you for all that information! 🙂
Post # 8
We moved from Melbourne to Queensland (Toowoomba) 18months ago. We actually did it WHILE TTC (but knew we’d have a hard time getting pregnant- long story). I imagine it would be a whole lot harder to move interstate WITH kids.
We still say moving here was the best decision we’ve ever made, we’ve since bought some land (a whole acre!) to build on (soooo much cheaper here!!), and my husband is much happier because he doesn’t battle 1.5hrs of bad traffic on the way home each night anymore.
I have also noticed my moods are much better during winter here because I actually see the sun, winters down south are downright gloomy and depressing for me.
I’m quite isolated here as I was an online student up until recently, but we are both doing great even though we’re away from all of our friends and family. I thought it would be really tough in the beginning, but quickly found moving away from everyone wasn’t as big of a deal as I’d made it out to be in my head.
I’d definitely reccommend renting in the area you are looking to buy in first. By some stroke of luck we ended up renting in an ok area of town without knowing the town at all 😂
I would never move back to Melbourne now! We feel like our quality of life is 10 x better here.
Also, I don’t know what line of work you and your partner are in, but we were shocked to learn almost all jobs in my husbands field are casual up here. The irregular income was something we had to get used to.
Post # 9
I had friends move to QLD from the ACT.
Best thing they ever did – affordability is much higher there (Canberra flies under the radar, it’s expensive as FUCK to live there, but is overlooked because the median income is high and it’s small) and they have been able to buy a beautiful house that would have cost almost double in Canberra. They both landed jobs there pretty quick, but understandably took a bit of a cut (wasn’t much though). Also traffic sucks in BNE/GC apparently, but then you’ve lived in Melbourne so you get it.
Good thing you love the heat though. One of these friends is a pom, and he affectionately refers to Brisbane as a “sweaty shit hole”. Thankfullly you won’t have his issues haha
Post # 10
Im from New Zealand and one of my best friends moved to Gold Coast. I personally hate the ‘Goldie’. It’s tacky, too many flies and full of tourists. MUCH prefer the sunshine coast
Post # 11
great reading your story thank you. I find that with our moods in winter too, and every winter it comes up! My dh is currently in casual contract work anyway and I’m in the university sector with contacts at both Griffith and Bond Uni which is another reason for the gold coast.. also good point about moving before kids.. this was the original plan but now I’ve got a good maternity leave scheme at my current uni that we want to wait for for the first baby anyway.. 🙂
lol good points. For some reason we both like humidity and heat so happy with a sweat box haha!
yes I think we should look at the sunshine coast too! Ive got work connections on the GC though but can always try to make some on the sunshine coast too!
Post # 12
I live in Brisbane, have lived here 10 years or so but not from VIC.. The weather is awesome 9 months of the year and the other 3 are just two hot for me, I hate it but the winter is so great. Outdoor activites are really good, we go camping 4WD driving, beaches etc and there are lots of places nearby for weekend visits – Noosa, Stanthorpe, Sunshine Coast etc.. The Gold Coast is ok, I definitely prefer Brisbane, though is is beautiful of course.. It really just depends on what you like!
If you work in education there are lots of universities in Brisbane and the GC and money wise it might be slightly lower but overall quality of life and housing affordability is better.
Post # 13
Not quite the same but I moved from North America to Brisbane. Personally, after living here for 3 years, I’d still rather live in the city than down on the Gold Coast.
It’s just waaaay too touristy, everything seems pricier there. Traffic is horrendous in the city proper but Brisbane counsel is looking to change that in the next few years, adding more options for public transit etc.
As for the heat…I mean, I moved in the middle of Canadian winter, so I went from -10 to -15 degrees to that summer high a few years back of like 38 degrees…the change from Melbourne shouldn’t be as bad! And you do get used to the heat.
Post # 14
I lived in Robina / Varsity for 15 years. My parents still live there. Lovely area, family oriented. They did both have attempted break ins before. No one actually got in. I don’t know, I’ve never felt unsafe or really saw motorcycle gangs. Unless I’m in surfers paradise at night (that can be a bit crazy) or far north GC in sort of Logan, Beenleigh area, I would just avoid those areas lol..
My husband moved from Melb to Canberra and 4 years ago to Brisbane. Best decision he’s ever made because he met me 🙂 but seriously, he’s loving the mild weather. We live so close to the city, walk 25 mins along the river to work. You would’ve never been able to get an apartment this close to the city for the price we got it for in Melbourne or Sydney. Weather can be super humid in summer (Dec to Feb) but it hasn’t been too bad the last couple of years I find. Plus just blast the aircon and you’re fine. Rest of the year I think is mostly very pleasant.
One of my husband’s best friends from Melbourne as well moved to the GC a couple of years before he did. They live near Hope island. They bought a house while they were TTC. Again, loving it and have no intention of moving back. Actually even his parents moved here as part of retirement, to be close to the kids and grandkids.
one thing about living close to the beach is you don’t go there as often as you think you would lol… but living in Brisbane, we just drive up or down the coast for a weekend whenever we feel like it and it feels like a nice little holiday without paying for flights. Or up into the mountains, that’s nice too. Everything is within 1-2 hours drive.
And yea you can get a very nice house for $600-700k, and really really nice house if you’re willing to go up to the $800-1m range.
I recommend also considering Reedy Creek. Close to Robina and lots of nice estates nice houses (probably less crime as well being away from the main town centre area).
Post # 15
it’s harder to get work on the sunshine coast, you may have to travel to Brisbane. DHs good friend lives there and it’s really nice. Much prefer sunshine coast. GC is really tacky and I never want to return! Much prefer SC.
also they get extreme humidity and heat in Queensland which makes summer’s unbearable. I was there in November and they had 36 degrees and high humidity. Yuck.
I hear Melbourne is a cool city. My best friend is moving back there next month so I’m sure ill see it for myself. Surely Melbourne winter isn’t that bad?