We arrived two years ago (tomorrow) wow where has that time gone, we have made some really great friends some from this site and some from elsewhere, my kids were 10 & 11 when we arrived they have really enjoyed school and all of the sports on offer here. We didnt like going to the beach in England (Weston-s-Mare) being are nearest. But we lovvvveee the beach now and go when ever we can during the summer. Finding your first job here is difficult and of course you really need the money, my husband had to start pretty low down the scale and earned half of what he did in the uk for the first year, but he gained promotion and is enjoying his new work. I have had a trouble finding a nice job, I am now on my forth but thankfully its great, I have found being part time and working in healthcare, that because there is always a big workload that I was either given the workload of a full timer or kept being asked to increase my hours. I understand that for people moving out now they must be concerned about the money, we too hadnt changed our pounds into dollars when the rate was high, but after being here for a year we decided to just change the money and not to live are life on hold. There is much discussion on here about the cost of living compared to the uk, as I had kept the last of my bills from the uk, I decided to do a comparison to our bills here. This may suprise some, but like for like as we have apx the same home loan as in the uk, its about a third cheaper to live here. Money is important but even if it was dearer to live here but we could still manage, I would always still choose *****AUSTRALIA***** I am proud to be an old pom, but a new aussie living in this great country!!!!
Cheers Teresa x