So inspired by the bacons 6 months update heres ours-
Arrived 10th January, had 2 weeks rental accommodation booked, first 2 weeks were hectic, hot and fun! Got medicare, ambo cover, tfn number etc and OH went and registered with a few agencies. We also found a long term rental and moved in.
Over the next months we got a job each :) most of the house stuff (gradually) and a car.
Since then OH has got a better job (in terms of enjoyment and $$) and I'm still at the same place (happy).
Life has settled a bit and its good :)
We have virtually everything we need for the house and are enjoying exploring at the weekends.
Cant believe 6 months has gone by but this feels like our home and I have no urge to go home and Ive had no homesickness- don't get me wrong I miss my family and want them here and Ive had moments were I realise I'm missing out on family stuff and wish I was nearer to be there for someone etc but I don't actually want to go home. Skype has been amazing for us and we use it often either to phone home for a chat or to actually see people which I think is brilliant and does make a huge difference.
We have had tough times- especially at the beginning, the uncertainty of signing for a 12 month rental whilst neither of us were employed, the first job OH had was a contract- it was extended but we didn't know for a while week to week what money would be coming in. We lived off savings and didn't go mad- we rented small and bought the basics until we felt more financially secure to buy more- that worked for us, taking our time little by little building up as we go.
The weather, the beaches, the hills and the sunsets are amazing, the people are friendly the city is lovely, the pozzies are fun and welcoming. Unexpected things like having to buy duck down winter duvet and heaters for the house (!) have not even dampened our spirits!
I second the Bacons we did lots of research and lived within our means and also got lucky (someone on here helped OH with a his dream job and we will be forever grateful for that help and advice and friendship- its made a huge difference- thanks Y :)
So all the stress and heart ache and guilt and panic were worth it for us, we feel settled, happy and content (just want it a bit warmer at night.. or someone to educate the Ozzies on insulation in houses lol!)
I hope this helps someone just about to make the move, good luck to all, life it what you make of it... and a bit of luck on top :) xx