Hi.. Just thought I would provide a little update since my arrival two weeks ago.
I flew from Birmingham to Adelaide via Dubai with Emirates. I was lucky to get an upgrade to business class for the first leg to Dubai. WOW! What an experience! Downside was that my second leg was in economy. Not so good! I would certainly recommend Singapore over Emirates. Singapore airlines staff were more friendly and provided more food and drink.
So I arrived on the 1st October. I remembered to go through the manual passport queue at customs and not through the e-gate system. If you go through the old fashioned way, you get a stamp in your passport. This is needed by the bank to prove that you are a new migrant and haven't been here for years.
I'm staying at my sister's house so she kindly picked me up from the airport.
I was determined to stay awake for my first day in Adelaide so I took a trip into the CBD to activate my NAB bank account. Arrived in plenty of time so had a lovely walk around the city. Early days but very impressed. There's a nice area by the museum and art gallery. Lots of coffee shops. I ordered an Americano but the lady politely pointed out that an Americano was a short drink and that I probably wanted a long black. She was right! I obviously looked like a tourist.
The meeting with NAB went well. I had everything explained to me about the two accounts and the difference between credit & savings when making card payment at the shops. My cards and pin arrived about 4 days later. I'm not sure why I have both an EFTPOS and Visa Debit though. TIP: Ask for a bank statement before you leave.
I had a look in a couple of mobile phone shops. I was looking for prepaid sim-only for my iPhone. I thought Telstra weren't very competitive as I was looking for high data usage for job hunting. I settled with a Optus 4G social something or other deal. $70 for 4gb, unlimited national calls and text and 600 mins for international calls. After two weeks I've got about 200mb left so I think I'm going to the $2 a day deal next time. This gives you 500mb every single day with unlimited calls and texts. My girlfriend and mum, who are in the UK, both have iPhones so I can use FaceTime more on the new tariff as it doesn't have international minutes included. iMessage has also been fantastic. I'm happy to be an Apple fanboy!
Next day, my brother-in-law took me to driving license place. I used my bank statement as proof of address and my UK bank card. I think I may have used my passport as well. I filled in a simple form (got two questions wrong probably caused by jet lag!). I got a temporary driving license there and then. My proper license arrived about a week later.
The Medicare office was just around the corner so I went in. Very well organised. You are greeted by a man with an iPad. He records you name and points you in the right direction. Very simple and efficient. I sat around for about five minutes before being called. Again the lady on the desk was very polite and professional and I got my Medicare number within about 10 minutes.
Television - poor, poor, poor! No need to say anymore really other than don't bother switching it on.
Food - local butchers offer best value for money for meat. Crazy cheap prices for meat. Most veg is fairly cheap as long as you get the in season stuff. Some eye watering prices for some products. I just need to be careful before putting something in my trolley.
Jobs - This is my only cause of concern. Ok it's only been two weeks and I've had one interview already. However, there are very few engineering jobs here and lots of people applying for the ones that are available. Hopefully I'll have a more positive update on jobs soon.
My car has arrived at the port at the weekend so I'm looking forward to get the car back within the next couple of weeks.
Apologies for rambling on. If anyone has any questions please ask.