We've come to Adelaide with a very open mind, and there are many things that we like and a few things the jury is out on. I think the biggest shock factor for us is living in a city and we were well aware of that before we came. Working in IT, I knew I'd probably be in the city centre and a short commute (its taking me about 30 mins door to door from Lockleys on the bus - woot!) outranks living outisde the city for us. We've plumped ourselves right next to the linear park and a short cycle to the beach so that feels like a good compromise. Miss the Cornwall and Devon countryside quite a bit, but also enjoying (maybe even loving) being buzzed by green parrots and those lovely gum tree colours in the sunshine, I also love the "big" country views - really big skies over the sea, Adelaide hills, etc....views from Lofty are amazing. The Aussie attitude is infectious too - they tell it like it is and like a laugh. Easy.
It's always been the dream to come and live in Australia - and I was so despondent with the UK, just felt I was working for diddly squat and I think we've made an investment in our, and our children's, future - I hope so anyway.
I think Diane hit the nail on the head - the day to day life contains a lot of the same stuff, but then you get more opportunities to step out of that and enjoy the good things. I don't see us ping ponging, we couldn't even afford to go back and come back out again for a start, but I think we are happy enough to stand by our new life and see where it takes us.
The one thing I would wish is that people would stop telling us how hard it'll be when it's high summer and 40+ !!! I GET IT!!!!!!!!!!!