Thank you to everybody for all your stories and your support it really helps to hear about all the different experiences everybody has.
We started this process 2 years ago with our visit to the East Coast and I think everybody is in agreement, Australia isn't as cheap as it used to be!
I think that things may be slightly different for us as this will be our 'huge' second move. I know the Isle of Wight isn't Australia but as far as lifestyles and people go, compared to London, it may as well have been as it is completely different to, as we say 'The mainland'. The average salary here is around £6ph. I came from working in the City, in the Banking Industry, to earning £6 per hour and because of our naivety/lack of research we didn't know that the salaries were so low and because of 'transport costs' accross the water everything is much more expensive. Thankfully my husband earned the same money as he did in London so we survived. I pretty much have stayed at home with my 2 children on and off but we now want to move to the 'next' level, personally and financially. I want to be able to enjoy all Australia has to offer. My children have had a wonderful time growing up on the Isle of Wight. It has been safe, wonderful beaches on my doorstep and my 12 yr old daughter even surfs. It is very beautiful here and very scenic but I know that you can't live on fresh air, sea views and beaches.
I loved Glenelg, the lifestyle, cafe culture, restaurants, marina and everything that it has to offer. I think we may need to take a leap of faith and just go for it. If anything, I know that I'll earn more than £6ph! Thanks again everyone for all your comments and watch this space, hopefully we'll get there............