Many thanks for all your replies. I was interested particularly since we actually sold our hous 3 years ago and negotiated jobs in....................................Brisbane!!! for various reasons it fell through and looking back at the time, maybe it was meant to be.
This time around (house issues apart - we re-bought - I could kick myself!!!) all the 'kids (26, 21, 19) are on board and we have no extended family to talk of, so we don't have those kind of issues holding us back.
We chose Adelaide because of its climate, property prices, and the idea that things are a little 'behind the times' (originally coming from Birmingham to Boston was a huge culture shock in terms of this particular point and we have gotten used to it now and enjoy being a little out of the way, tho there are some disadvantages). We too (tho this may seem unfair as we haven't even visited other states only SA) thought more or less the same about moving to other states, and after weighing it all up thought Adelaide would be the best all-round option.
What's definate is that we don't want to stay here . We were 'there' in April when Adelaide had a week of rain, and when it was getting dark at around 6pm. We didn't notice the early dark and more to the point, it didn't affect us like it does between Autumn and Spring here in the UK. We thought this may be to do with the fact that (rain aside) when you get the sun all day in an OZ Autumn, it's equivalent to a UK Summer's day!! We will keep our options open however and will take every opportunity to travel around the country (if we can afford to) and sample other places and cultures. Hopefully, then when we feel we have an idea of where we would like to settle for good (inc Adelaide) we will then be able to nail our colours to the final flagpole. I think renting is a good option for the first couple of years to see how it all pans out. Coming over helped us to see that the streets aren't paved with gold - indeed, we saw drugs being injected in a public space late one evening, and an amusing spectacle of 'Road Rage' right outside the University during 'rush hour', but hey, has anyone been to Boston lately? As has already been said there are issues anywhere you go (I like the analogy of same doodoah in a shinier bucket - I'm gonna use that at work). We're gonna give it a go because we are lucky enough to have a choice (that's if the house does sell). But we wouldn't necessarily rule out other options/place to live, but I think that's more to do with the way we are rather than any places we would end up in (if that's not a silly thing to say?).
Interesting one, which does make you think. As always, I appreciate all your thoughts and experiences. It's all good (as my son says!!).
Just read this thread and had to comment on this post! My personal thought are that Sutton Coldfield is lovely, if you like middle class suburbia, keeping up with the Jones' latest Land Rover Discovery, competing with the exotic holiday destinations and talking about how much your property is currently worth (Oooops! nobody is talking about that at the moment!
alipally is putting all people in one boat and regardless of where you live not all the people are the same, or as alipally described!!!
It is no good moving to Adelaide if it is not going to offer you a better lifestyle, education house etc than you have at the moment. But there are other states within Aus that people can try.
Just because someone does not like Adelaide does not mean they are stupid or need to be insulted
Hi Alan Think your "kids" might find Adelaide a bit on the boring side. Lots of young adults leave Adelaide for the bigger cities like Sydney, melbourne or Brisbane. I think because Adelaide does not have the same vibe as other places. Personally I like Brisbane especially the city beach. We left UK thinking we were going to Brisbane but then my husbands' company sent us here. We had the choice of Adelaide or go back to the UK. Not sure it was the right decision but hey we may change our minds once summer hits.
Adelaide isn't for us because we have done nothing but struggle financially here, maybe if the job and pay situation had have been better things may have been different, but that is not the only thing, to some the slow pace of life and the backwardness is enjoyable.
Don't get me wrong it is much better not having so much traffic on the roads but the road infrastructure is so frustrating at times, there isn't a main highway/motorway you can jump on if you are travelling a distance, so therefore hitting traffic lights and driving 60kph does make the journey seem to go on and on. There is some slow progress going on up the north but nothing happening in the south as of yet.
Adelaide needs a south to North motorway and has needed one for some time.
Adelaide is a Joke to most the other states and it is often made fun of.
The housing maybe still a little bit cheaper for housing but not much.
It was stated a few weeks ago that Adelaide was the most expensive for grocery shopping. It also one of the less cheaper places for stamp duty on houses.
The wages are mostly less here than other states, so to sum it up, I don't think it is that cheap to live here at all.
Having said all this, we aren't far from a choice of beaches and I suppose you can't get that in other states without paying a bit more and we do get lovely sunsets over the sea, so there are some pluses for living here.
All these are my own thoughts,of which I have got shot down in flames many a time on another Adelaide forum for expressing, so people that love adelaide carry on doing so, but let other people air their thoughts.
I know living in Queensland wouldn't be perfect no-where is but after visiting it twice, I just know I would prefer to be there rather than here.
What do you mean?
Originally Posted by HALT
I am in a professional job in health are you saying that i will have to perm my hair and listen to disco? COOL.
Sounds like you have a good life Sarrfend Boy but I know what you mean about missing things. I have always missed the Speedway and Music from the UK but I would rather live here. Some people say that Adelaide is a beautiful place to live but don't understand why they are homesick. At the end of the day you are brought up in the UK on a diet of soccer, good music etc and it's hard to adjust. On our recent trip I was surprised at how easy it would be to fit in again!! Coming back to Oz was hard for the first week or so and it's not streets ahead of the UK like it used to be but overall I still prefer it. I think some of the new guys coming over are expecting it to be warm all year but it gets really cold in the winter, BE PREPARED!!!
Originally Posted by Southend boy
I did say that plenty of people like it and that it was just my opinion. It wasn't a generalised sweeping statement of what everyone should or does think about the place... It isn't my intention to insult anybody, and I hope that nobody else took it that way... but having lived there, been there and done that, it is and remains my view on it.... It's not insulting it's just how I see it. If I went to a party, it took approximately 30 seconds before the question of 'what do you do for a living?' was asked followed by 'What car do you drive?' and then judgement was duly passed on you.....;)
Originally Posted by lynne
It's just not for me, but for plenty of others it suits very well.
Like I say this is JUST my view, others, may have different experiences....
It's the old saying ;
One mans' feast is another mans' poison..... or castle/ prison.... anyhoo, you get the idea, I hope!
Last edited by Alipally; 12-09-2008 at 12:26 AM.
Originally Posted by Alipally
Whats wrong with asking a new face what they do for a living ??? Guilty as charged my lord.
As for cars...who cares ????
My icebreaker is usually "Have you ever swam with a shark?"....it rarely gets a yes in UK..but I don't think it'll be an unusual question when we get to oz..lol.
Originally Posted by passionate pom
The only sharks I've seen over here are selling cars!! Don't worry Carol Ann, you will almost certainly never see one unless you decide to be put into a cage and lowered into shark infested waters at Port Lincoln!! Yes you really can do this!!!
Originally Posted by rockpool crab