Renmark and surrounding areas
Im coming out to South Australia starting work with the Police in March,
after training my family are joining me and we are looking at areas to live, ive got thread going for the Murray Bridge area and now im after advice in relation to Renmark and surrounding areas such as Loxton Barmera and Paringa.
The reason im after advice into so many areas is it is the omst important decision i will make, im after working nearish however happy to travel up to 50 kms each way.
im interested in the schools as i have a 4 year old and 1 year old.
Also is there work in the area for my wife when she gets settled.
Adelaide to Renmark is 250kms.
Dont think i will be working in Adelaide if i choose to move to Renwick area as a bit far to travel!!!!
I just done that journey a couple of weeks ago, I have friends living in Berri which is approx 20 mins from Renmark, in fact their kids go to school in Renmark. The area is beautiful and they have a gorgeous home with 2.5 acres for a fraction of what you would pay in the city but as previously stated its a good 2.5 hours from Adelaide
To be honest i dont really care about the distance to Adelaide im not going for the city life, i just want something where my children can grow and be in a nice school, also to have work close by in the country so the Renmark area seems really nice.
You'll get repeated references to Adelaide because obviously most of the employment opportunities are in and around it. If you're definitely going to be working in the Riverland, then that would explain your choice. Renmark is a nice place, a bit too 'out of the way' for me, but you could do a lot worse.
Originally Posted by Ant1382 and kerry
It's a nice area, if you want to be out in the sticks, Waikeree (probably spelt wrong) is nice and has a good small town set up. You are of course right on the Murray in these areas, so free time doing water stuff should be good. Your closer to Victoria than to Adelaide so few of us will know whats on that side of the border.
These are towns where everyone will know your name, just look at the population figures to show this.
I hope you like flies and heat, if it gets to the 40's in Adelaide, then it nears 48's in the riverland. You will be lucky to see rain, apart from the crops and the town centre's it's quite barron.
I am not trying to put you off, just giving you a heads up. I like it out there, but i only visit for an hour or two. I would hate to land and make that 3 hour trip to the place you where going to settle.
My advice is still to land and then decide, take a drive out that way, but make sure you have a good look around first, You can have 40 acres of fruit farm cheap out there, but it will cost a fortune to keep the land watered!
Spot on Jim. To be honest mate SA really comprises of one place to live....Adelaide. I doubt if there would be any other poms living anywhere but Adelaide and you may find the country town attitude of places like Renmark and Murray Bridge a bit too much of a gap from what you are used to. It is hard enough emigrating to Adelaide but to go to one of those two towns would be a real culture shock. They are definitely not like an english village! Just my opinion and hope this helps.
Originally Posted by jim and adel
Maybe try Adelaide first then travel out and visit those type of places when you get here to get a feel for it.
I appriciate all the replies, the problem i have is i'd love to come then find a place however i have 10 weeks till the family arrive and during this i have all the training to do, i'd like to know roughly what area id like to live, i dont know if these are areas where you can live and work, i know over here its not recommended as it can cause problems. Im also looking at the Murray bridge and Barossa areas.
Hi I have lived in SA for 30 years.Murray Bridge?I don't know think thats such a great place to bring up a family myself.I lived there temporarily quite a long time ago.The main street is fine(not what you'd call pretty but neither is the town!)It has a good range of shops,pubs ect(go onto Google Street View and you'll see what I mean.I always thought MB was abit on the rough side to be honest.My two brothers live in the Barossa and find it pretty ok,infact they know the local cop in their town pretty well(in a good way of course!)I think if I were you,I;d personally head for the Barossa.Its far prettier,and has a more relaxed feel about it.Most people don't choose to visit Murray Bridge as such,most just past through it on the way to Melbourne!