I used this site no end in the build up to moving and the information and advice was fantastic. In the build up to moving I loved reading the posts from new arrivals so now we are finally on the internet here goes.....
We arrived on 8 August - and the weather was actually quite cold. Only having a suitcase each we hadn't brought that many warm clothes, so that was fun! We moved into the midway apartments in Kurralta park. This was a really good base - equal distance from the city and Glenelg. We arranged for the Meet and Greet service and our volunteer was Brian - he was really good and I would definitely reccommend anyone to use this service. We got a hire car and started to explore.
I would say it took us about a week to really acclimatise to the time difference and we used the first week as a bit of a holiday. Then the second week in we decided to concentrate on getting a rental. We looked at a lot of places in Glenelg, some nice, some not so nice. But we decided in the end that the city was more for us just because it's likely that is where we would end up working, so refocused our search around Norwood, Unley and the city. We managed to find a rental and have just moved in - we are right in the city centre and we love it.
Not having the internet meant we spent alot of time in internet cafes and I think I underestimated how much you really need it. We were searching for jobs in Woolworths internet cafe, which was a bit surreal! My husband works in IT and got a job 4 weeks in, I work in marketing and start a job on Monday - so all in all things have moved very quickly.
In terms of the place, Adelaide is a lovely city. The beaches are nice and there is so many parks and open space. The road system and the fact the city is on a grid - feels very american, but it's easy to navigate around which is a bonus! We are starting to get used dollars, and are now trying not to equate evrything to what it would be in English, just trying to work it out in terms of income as to what is expensive or not.
We have bought a car, and I was surprised at how expensive they are. We had a VW polo at home and wanted something small, most cars are quite big here so i think we ended up paying a lot because we went for a Ford KA, but if you are happy in a large car then there are definitely bargains to be had. But they don't have MOTs over here - so I guess it works out in the end.
We are finding that food shopping is about the same as the UK, the central market is great for fresh produce and if you time it right there are some good bargains. Wine here is quite cheap, but beer is more expensive. My Husband and i used to love going to the pub at home and the pubs here are very different, especially the pubs that have pokies. Some pubs have a room bigger than the bar, just filled with pokies, you really have to see them to believe how bad they are!!
In general the pace of life seems slower and people are really friendly and it's a relaxed kind of place. The weather here is now starting to warm up and last weekend it was 28 degrees and we are only in Spring!
Other than that - we have been really busy trying to get settled, Ikea has been a godsend for cheap furniture! And we now just need to get Skype so we can get in touch with the folks at home.
Oh banking here is a bit different to the UK, we are with westpac and if you withdraw money at any other bank's cashpoint they charge you $2 a go! And if you get a ministatement from the hole in the wall - that's 65 cents!
It's definitely so far so good, so good luck to everyone in the process.
I hope you find this post interesting and helpful.