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If you want good sea surf and fun for you and your family and want to keep sane and good education that you dont have to pay for then adelaide is not for you we stayed there for 11 months and found it very backward. you can only do the tourist things so many times and national parks before getting realy board.
:DWe now live on the goldcoast queensland and wish we had come sooner there is a lot more to do and cost of living is cheaper and things like festivals that you would pay for in adelaide are free here and climate is better all year round and work is plenty. If you can get a permanant residents visa so you get all benifits from day 1 and roofers are needed here.:D
Hope that helps and all the best alan taylor.
We have looked at both Perth and Adelaide (and we also live in Bolton!) we have visited both and liked both however we feel there are more opportunities(in business) in Adelaide. Perth is now soo expensive we are not considering it atall and have applied for our visa for Adelaide. In our opinion Adelaide is a similar size to Bolton but alot better and very near the beach! We have received our State sponsor ship and the application to the DIAC went in 2 weeks ago so now we just have to wait.
Good luck with your decision.
Adelaide v Melbourne I would really appreciate your thoughts.
Work / Beachside living / Cost of living.
Is Adelaide too quiet too quaint ???
Is Melbourne to big
Is the weather that different ?
All you answers as always are much appreciated
Melbourne has more rain and it is colder than here.
Have no idea about work,food seemed to cost the same when we visited Victoria, not Melbourne its self.
I think Melbourne being big, you could easily be too far from the beach as the subs spread out further/or too far from the city.
I think the quiet/quaint question is hard to get an answer for.....
I think pub life in Oz is no where near the same so you cant compare that, restaurants seem to start closing up early here, all the main concerts seem to come here as well as minor ones. They have the royal show yearly, which I havent been to but my 2 teenagers have been and said it not good! They have just has "sexpo" at the show grounds where you can ride the gerbil and meet a couple of porn stars!!!
You could call it "quaint" in the way that it doesnt take to change very easily, it has to be eased into slowly!
What hit me about Perth was the way kids seemed to respect the country and others. There was one occassion when a group of them were at the top of some stairs and in the UK you feel threatened but these guys actually helped my wife up the stairs with the pram. I dont know if I have had a too idilic view of Australia, thinking Adelaide as a little like Little house on the prairie. The more I here it is starting to sound a bit rough and I guess Melbourne is worse. I know you get yobs everywere but some of the posts recently on this site have been pretty surprissing on the violence that you get there. Swindon can be bad on the weekend but .....
I need some more sober views if you would be so kind.
IS it a case of just staying away from certain known areas or is it more wide spread. Do you get the kids totally disrespecting everything like in the UK where they dont give a **** and get away with murder?
In general No...., it's not rampant roughness. There are a lot of good kids here who care for their environment, their families and friends. Of course there are some ratbags also, but like anywhere those are the ones who have a higher profile. Most of Adelaide is pretty clean, people generally not throwing rubbish onto the streets, but of course you will see some. Lots of kids here have strong beliefs in causes and will voice them. There are run down, grungy looking suburbs, there are a lot of nice ones aswell. There are over 1 million people here so you are bound to get all types.
Sailed SS Australis out of Southampton 1977.Arrived October in Adelaide via Melbourne 1977.Liverpool/London 1987 - 1992
Adelaide 1992 to eternity:)and one day you'll wake up and stop counting how long you've been here.
It will depend on where you live.It's the same the world over for larger suburban areas.
There are good bits and bad bits.
I find there is something for nearly everyone here - just takes some finding at times:).
We have been talking about Adelaide for 4 or 5 years. We are now finacially in a position to go for it, having said that it will still be a struggle but, I am now kinda torn between Adelaide and Brisbane....What to do????
I have tried to look at reasons for both but the two things that seem to clash for me are, and I'm struggling to find which is most important:
Employment - My research shows more opportunities in my field in Brisbane.
Settling - We live in a town with a population of aroung 50,000. My thoughts are that Adelaide would be easier, for the family, to settle in that Brisbane.
This is my quandry and I'm really stuck because, to me, having steady employment will help wth settling in but will we, as a family, be happy in Brisbane?