Just thought I would let you know about our family's experiences so far.
We were so stressed prior to leaving the UK.
We finally sold our house the day before we flew out! We were in the Nat West 2 hours beofre going to the airport paying off our bills.
We arrived via Singapore to be met by Ken from the on arrival service at the airport.
He drove us and our 6 suitcases ( with the help of a taxi) to the apartment we had rented on East Terrace in central Adelaide. I booked it over the internet. We enjoyed the city there is plenty to see and do, but were soon renting a car and looking at schools and places to live.
(Ken came back the second day and took us to get tax references, register for medicare and booked us in for a induction talk about Australian life. I would recommend this free help. )
By chance we came to Port Noarlunga and just walked into the primary school for a look around. They were so lovely, my daughter wanted to start school right away. We then spent 2 weeks commuting to Port Noarlunga and back to Adelaide while Jess was in school. During the days we hunted for rental properties , which was more difficult than I expected. We finally found one in Chrisites Beach just a couple of streets back from the esplanade. We did see some dreadful places. If you see a rental that's unusually cheap it's because it won't be good just like at home.
We really like this area, we came to Australia to live by the sea. We are now starting to look for a place to buy/ land to buy to build. We can't decide at the moment.
We bought a car, quite staightforward. Drving is easy here complared to Manchester.
We had opened a Wetpac Bank account prior to moving out. Easy to do on the internet. We went in to do our ID and pick up bank cards.No problems.
It is lovely to sit on the beach in the afternoons on the way back from school.
Gary has found a job quite easily. He is a panel beater and there are always half a dozen jobs in the paper. The wages are not bad either about the same as the UK for this trade.
Reading back it looks like I am rambling. We had never been to Australia before, now we are here it feels likethe right thing for us. I can't imagine that we will move back to the UK even after such a short time. Jess adores it, she has had her first sleepover with a couple of new Aussie friends.
The Australian people have been so helpful I've not met anyone who hasn't had time to talk. If you don't undertand anything just ask for help.
I can't think of anything negative yet! Oh yeah our furniture is still not here. It was collected from our house 11/5 and may arrive here next week. We have spent all this time sitting on deckchairs. When our sofas arrive I won't get of it for a week.Apart from that we love it here.
Thanks for reading