We moved in February 2010 and had all the same feelings you are having. Hubby had been offered a job before we left so didnt have that worry. When we got here we were living in Paradise. Hubbys job was based in Port Adelaide. We met with the man who had offered him the job and all was good. We had made friends through PIA who lived down South so we visited them a few times. This made us change our minds about where we wanted to live. Hubby applied for a job in the paper based in the South and was offered it at interview. We moved down South and have loved it ever since. Job in the South lasted a year before they went into Administration. He is not one to sit around and wait for jobs, the day he left had already arranged 2 interviews for the following week. To cut a long story short he had 4 jobs in two months, the 4th one he is still at a year later and enjoys it. It is based up in Cavan so he has a long commute to work, but he is happy.
I found a job at McDonalds and am enjoying it, hard work though.
Our kids have settled well, our one son was found to have Global Development Delay at 3.5yrs and we have had lots of help from Disability SA and we are currently awaiting an appointment to get him assessed for Autism.
I felt a bit isolated when we first arrived but made myself go out and meet people. I have more English friends than Australian but to me I dont care as a friend is a friend and someone who you can turn to when you need help, and I have needed them a few times since being here with different things.
In the time I have been here I know 4 people who arrived after us and have returned to the UK. They all had different reasons and are all happy back in the UK. It is not for everyone and I dont think any amount of research or reccies will prepare you for what it is like to actually live here day to day, that is my personal view by the way.
I went back to the UK last November, on my own for 3 whole weeks. I had a great time but couldnt wait to get back home.
We are a positive family and always look on the bright side of life, friends say I am the luckiest person they know LOL. Maybe our positive outlook has made us lucky.
Anyway sorry for the babble.