Wow, Just read the message from the Bakers. I feel exactly the same in terms of being lonely, we arrived in November. Both Steve (my husband) and I have jobs and are renting a lovely little place near the city. Our quality of life (loneliness aside) is far better here and we are not finding the cost of living too bad either. I am a mental health nurse and work about 3 shifts a week on the wards and Steve works in a record shop about 3 days also. In the Uk we were renting also but both working 5-6 days a week in stressful jobs. We are by no means flush now, we drive a banger of a car and our place is fairly compact but we are only working 3 days a week! We spend 4 days doing as much free or cheap stuff as possible, the beach, the art gallery, museums, city walks, parks, botanic gardens... the list goes on and on. I think there are a few major differences to alot of people though, we do not have kids and we are not buying a house. We arrived here with virtually no money after travelling and we have chosen in my opinion a better lifestyle which includes, a crap car, a small rented house and less well respected jobs! Obviously, we may have lost the plot and this may no be the case forever. The loneliness is the killer for me, not having any friends to meet up with or family across town, and although we do loads together it is not the same as having others around. I have recently joined a choir and I am thinking about doing some volunteer work at the zoo and trying salsa or something like that... We are going back to the Uk for a short time in April and I hope this will help us to shake off the rose tinted glasses that creep up when we are having down days. There is no doubt that it is a struggle and it takes alot of effort to keep doing new things and going to new places to remind ourselves just how beautiful Australia is and why we are here. I know that if we do end up going back we will have given it our best shot. Best of luck to everybody whatever you decide. Oh and ps, if anybody wants to meet for coffee that would be great!