Now I don't want to be negative (so please don't reply with any nasty comments - this is just my opinion).
I just wanted to warn people about moving to Adelaide - especially on a 495 visa (not sure on the new number for this visa - but the state sponsored one). Please have a really, really good think about what you are doing.
This is my experience....
I left the uk 2 years ago today - to move to Adelaide - with my head in the clouds and big expectations. I had already completed a year in Sydney on my one year working visa and the option to move over for good seemed like a great one. So I already knew what Australia was like (or at least NSW). I obviously had to move to Adelaide as that is the only city who will take you on a 495 visa.
I am still in Oz and stuck it out - but I have no idea why I have - except for the fact that I am a very determined person. I guess I just keep on hoping it would get better but it just got worse. As most people moving over - I struggled to get work. I have a design degree and have been working in graphic design for over 13 years working in design agencies in London (so it is not lack of experience or being bad at what I do). There are NO jobs. Any I did apply for were way below my expertise and no one wanted to employ me. I became self employed and since have been working so, so hard. I have gone from earning 45k a year as a self employed designer in London to 15k a year in Oz. Now you may say things are cheaper over here - but you would be wrong. Cost of living is similar - except for rent which is cheaper. I am completely broke now and regret the move. The weather may be nice (most of the time - except for the 40 degree heat waves) but when you have no money it is not a life of beaches, bbq's and flip flops.
The SA government has a quota to reach - they need to make people move to SA - so they create a lovely marketing campaign to get you here - but then offer you nothing.
I'm sure the move has worked out for a lot of people - but I just wanted to say - don't be naive and really do your research and try and get a job before you arrive.
My husband and I have now had to move to NSW as he struggled for work. We have to live out in the sticks because of my visa restrictions - he commutes into Sydney - 5 hours a day on the train - and I am stuck in the house all day on my own - not knowing anyone. Not a fun situation.
There are positives.... parts of SA are very beautiful - but when you have no job and money worries - it is hard to enjoy these. We have stayed positive throughout this and made some lovely friends - but if someone asked me if they should move over here - I would tell them to really have a good think about it... Saying that - if you do own a house in the UK - there could be positives for you. Just don't think you are going to get a similar job to the one you have over there. You will more than likely have to work in a much lower paid and lower skilled job.
I can't afford to go back at the moment - and I will now start applying for my permanent visa that will at last allow me to work in Sydney - so fingers crossed things will improve.
I just want wish everyone good luck with the move and I hope it is all you are dreaming of... just remember to really reasearch and I'm sure things will turn out ok.