Okay we have finished our reccie trip to Oz and it has been useful.
As some of you will know Adelaide is my home but I have not been back for 34 years and a lot has changed. The main change is all the new housing especially down south of Adelaide.
What did we find useful from our visit: -
Looking at all the different areas such as Henley through to Elizabeth and Henley through to Aldinga. We liked Henley, Glenelg, Brighton etc. but these areas are way out of our budget. Parts of Christies Beach, Hackham, Norlunga Downs were nice but they didn't give us that feeling of home. Seaford, Moana, Aldinga, Willunga and McClaren Vale we felt more the areas that we could make home. We know the travelling would be a journey into the city but we do not think the traffic is anywhere near as bad as back in the UK, and, yes we did travel at different times of the day to try it out. Once we have sold the house we will be lookin to settle in Aldinga, renting first, and if the journey into the city gets to much we can move north a little.
As for schools we visited Willunga and Wirreander. Wirreander was okay but we felt that the way they kids dressed, basically anything seemed to go, it didn't give us the impression that the school cared. I know you don't judge a book by its cover but we have the opinion that care in appearance shows care about schooling, rightly or wrongly. Having said that I think the school is okay but not what we are looking for. Willunga on the other hand seemed to care a little more about how the kids looked, by no means were the kids spotless. We also liked their principles which fitted with ours and the kids liked it as well. They were also very helpful in advising us on what to do with our eldest who has finished school in the UK.
We also entertained ourselves by looking at some new build houses and yes we would like build our own but everyone beware that here are a lot of extra costs to add on to the prices you see quoted. Whether we will build or not we haven't decided but it will come down to a few things one of them being whether we can secure well,paid permanent jobs.
What else did we do? Well we visited some of my old friends and drove around a lot we did just short of 2,500 km in 13 days!!!! The kids went swimming in the sea a couple of times sampling Henley, Port Noarlunga, Silver Sands and Aldinga sea water! Us adults just went and sampled one or wineries!!!!
As for driving in and around Adelaide I didn't find that they drove any worse than people in the UK and most stuck to the speed limits. There was a couple of occasions where we were cut up but hat was it. They do like their Utes with big exhausts which made me chuckle.
The people well they are fantastic! Friendly helpful and caring. We pulled over a couple of times totake pictures and people stopped to make sure we were okay and didn't need any help. In the UK that would never have happened.
All in all the trip has been useful, expensive, but useful and we ALL can't wait to sell the house and make the move permanent.
If anyone has any questions feel free to ask.