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Hi Clare, sorry for late reply, been away camping in our new trailer!! Aldinga Beach is a lovely place to bring your family up. There are several good schools here both state and private and 2 high schools (one of the in Willunga nearby). I have 2 little girls 3 and 4 years old and one on the way and feel very happy that the kids can play out and be safe and have plenty to do. we are a five minute walk from a beautiful beach, there are loads of lovely, well kept playgrounds and there is a cub scouts, surf lifesavers and plenty of sports clubs in Aldinga. I send my children to Willunga school purely out of personal preference, and the fact that we are not yet permenant residents has stopped us from paying for private schooling just yet.
There is an awful lot of new development in Aldinga at the moment with 3 housing estates going up in the 2 years we have been here, but there is a side of Aldinga that would be right up your street for refurbs and renovation work. Most of the houses not on the new estates have been up for years and 99% of them need seriously updating imo!!
It takes about an hour to drive into the city from here so your hubby would probably have to endure some of a drive to get to work, but when we were in UK we only lived 5 miles from our work still it sometimes took just as long to get there!!
There is a shopping centre in Aldinga that is being extended at the moment, we have a Coles supermarket but Foodland opens up next month (very good news!!) they are also currently building a McDonalds and there will be about 30 shops in the shopping centre when its done. We also have a really good post office. Bigger shopping centres are the collonnades in Noarlunga, which has most of the major stores, and is about a 15min drive down the expressway, and if you want a proper shopping centre like Meadowhall of the trafford centre then there is the Westfield centre at Marion which is huge and has every shop you need as well as restraunts and bowling and cinemas and a 25 min drive from here.
All in all, I am a fan of Aldinga Beach, our little family have settled in really well and would hate to leave here for now, we have loads of friends and a great social life and i would recommend it to everyone who doesn't mind being a way away from the city. If you have any more questions please giive me a shout!
Filozima, why wouldn't she need all these details? Planning the biggest move of your life in moving your family across the world has to include meticulous planning and research if you want it to succeeed. If you come here on a whim then life can be very difficult. This forum is such a valuable tool for families hoping to make the move to Australia. I wish i had access to it when we were still in the UK planning our move, and hope that the info I have learned since and now pass on to others is a help to them. I really hope that you do your research if you are seriously moving here as you will be in for a big big shock if you think you can just turn up at the airport and settle straight in!!!
thankyou sooooo much,what a really helpful post.like you said its difficult trying to work out what best for you all as a family,we have tried to research as much as possible,reading all about the different places to live but actually being in contact with someone whos actually living there is the best without a doubt,Also great news that you were camping,we love camping and i actually put a post on here a few weeks ago asking wether it was worth bringing our camping things with us and wether it was popular in australia,we had lots of replies saying defo bring it all with us so thats great for us .We are just waiting for the smp to come out which we were told were supposed to be out by today at the latest but no news as yet :-( it seems to be taking for ever. If we are on the new smp we will be moved to priority 2 which will hopefully speed us up. Thanks once again for being so helpful,clare x
Hi i would just like to also say thank you for this very usefull info as we are also waiting to apply at the mo and it is very frustrating !! But while we wait i'm doing lots of research as where we would like to live, what areas will be good for our 2 sons etc.
Thanks again :D