We are living in Flagstaff Hill which is South of the city and in the foothills so it's lovely and green with fabulous views driving on a morning of the flatlands and the sea. There are some lovely schools which you can walk to and plenty of cycle paths. We are still discovering lots ourselves and the people here are friendly and helpful. Although they do struggle with the Northern accent so you will probably end up modifying your speech a bit. We arrived here late June and had quite a few difficulties esp with accommodation, but there is a lot of support on this forum! On a 489 visa we have to stay here for 2 years but it's not hot enough for us yet (we should've gone to Darwin ourselves!!!) Also, check out BobinOz his website helped us.