glad to hear things have worked out for you, it does seem unfurnished rentals are hard to find at the moment, good luck with the move!
Thanks everyone for your wishes, advice and offers of help both on this thread and my pm box. I am actually blown away by you all.
We had a fabby reference from Judi the owner of our short term rental. We offered $30 more per week than the asking price and still someone beat us to a much loved rental. We went to look at a couple more today. The second one was lovely. Although we were not really looking for one with a pool we thought we would give it a look. Tracey stayed in the car while I had a look around. My first thought was 'we'll never get this' as we had been turned down for lesser gaffs. I told the agent we were just over from the UK and really needed somewhere and asked a few questions about the property. Then we swapped over. I kept the kids quite while Tracey had a look around and she also spoke to the agent but really gave her the hard luck sob story. Tracey said she nearly made herself cry. Anyway to cut a long story short the agent phoned us back within 15 minutes and offered us the place.So its going to be a hot aussie summer for us instead of a cold wet english winter. You cannot imagine the relief. It really is like a huge weight has been lifted from our shoulders.
Again thankyou to everyone that has contacted me over the past couple of weeks with offers of help with the children, advice on what to do at the opens, etc. What a difference a day makes (cue for a song methinks).
Once we move in we will have a bit of a house warming and invite you all round.
It just goes to show you that 2 weeks really isn't enough time to secure and move into a rental. Although we have secured one we won't be filling out the lease until Thursday morning. We have already started our 3rd week here and I believe we were very lucky today. If I did this again (which I won't as I love it here) I would book up a short term rental for 4-5 weeks.