Hi,have been using this site for a few years now getting great and much needed information about our emigration to Australia and we finally had our first visit last month to Adelaide to activate our visas. I just thought I'd let everyone know who haven't been yet how we found it.
We did alot of research about which area we would like to settle and we decided to head for Port Noarlunga which sounded as though it ticked every box on our list.Lucky for us it was spot on and we fell in love with the place.A little town with a few shops,cafes,Indian take away,vet,dentist,beauty salon,bakery,papershop,lifeguard centre(great for the kids to do lifesaving,surfing etc) and a beautiful beach.5 minutes up the road is a huge shopping mall with a few supermarkets,clothes shops,trinket shops,sport shops,shoe shops,butcher type shops,cheap as chips(like the pound shop) but not as cheap,a few dollars more but still cheap,a huge dining area with mcdonalds,tai food,chinese,health options etc and lots more.Also a cinema,ice-skating rink,library,medi care and the college all in one place.Also very close by were football clubs for the kids,athletics,rugby and plenty of schools.
we rented a car,sat nav and a carseat and picked it up from the airport all very straight forward.
We got up had breakfast and everymorning jumped in the car and drove to a few towns to see what was there.We loved places like Happy Valley and mclaren vale which had plenty there but decided we wanted to be near the beach.Adelaide City was amazing,plenty to do,trams going through to take you from one end to the other,lovely day out but need several visits to see it all.Lovely zoo which the kids loved,wildlife parks where they cuddled koalas etc,plenty of really lovely parks with great facilities,bbq areas,picnic tables,toilets etc.
I was suprised how easy it was to get around and also how close towns were to eachother.When looking at different towns online I was imagining they would be miles apart but you seem to drive from one into the next without driving for hours. The driving was easy I didnt think for one minute that I would drive anywhere and would always leave the driving when abroad to my husband but I actually drove a few times if he had few pints at a bbq.We met up with a family we met on pomsinadelaide who were also activiting their visa.I didnt know what to expect as we dont usually meet up with people we dont know but Im so glad we did,they also had 3 children and we got on so well,swapped valuable info and had a laugh.plenty of afternoons on the beach,a nice day at the wildlife park and our first aussi bbq.Im sure we'll definatley be great friends when we finally make the big move.They also fell in love with Port Noarlunga and have kept in contact since arriving home and they have booked their flights to go in August,if they havent sold by then they are going to rent their house out !! We are seriously considering the same thing !!
I found the food shopping very expensive but that was shopping with the british pound,when earning Aussi dollars which will be more than earning British pound Im sure it will seem more reasonable.
Any advise I would give would be to buy things for the kids like bucket and spades which were about $6 in the cheap shop which you could pick up in the £ shop here,arm bands and rubber ring were 2 to 3 times more expensive and shoes,bathers,clothes in general really as they are much more expensive here and clothes not as nice,although 'next' actually delivers to Oz.I think if you are going to get a container to ship your belongings over,fill it up to the brim,but like I said when you are earning Aussi dollar I would imaine it wouldnt seem that much more expensive but for when you arrive it saves a fair amount.
My daughter had an earinfection and it was very easy to go the medicare centre with passport to show visa,get a temp medicare card,made appt at a bulkbilling doctors (didnt have to pay)-I just popped in the nearest chemist to ask where the nearest bulkbilling doctors surgery was got a prescription which was about $14.
I could go on and on and on-we LOVED it,cant wait to get our feet back on Aussie soil !!!! To everyone out there starting this very long journey.Four years after getting the ball rolling,with many ups and downs,we had our first taste of our dream and it was everything we wanted it to be and more.Bring on the rollercoaster ride I want to get on !!!!!! watch this space lol x Clare,Tim and kiddi winks x