Before we did our reccie I was dead set on Glenelg. During the reccie I realised that this wasnt for me and it wasnt because of the slightly higher rental prices etc, it was because it was too "touristy" reminded me of a little Blackpool. After driving around the burbs for days on end we decided on the hills ourselves, but the beach is only a short drive from Eden Hills and a short drive the other way to Mount Barker etc so happy medium.
Been to Hahndorf, as others have said, really lovely but only for a day out. Personally I would get bored living up there, especially soon after arrival, I think you will need people around you somewhat.
Hope you make the right choice for your family Lisa
Thanks for your really helpful comments. I have made my decision to stick with the original plan of Noar and take it from there. We have never been to OZ - so we are judging on research and what friends have told us. I think we will stick with it as well as the kids have it in their heads where we want to go and as you have suggested - start looking once we get there.
I just go through phases of panic and feel like I need things straight in my head here before I can think of moving - if you know what I mean.
I will still try and get the OH into Lederhosen though - watch this space
Hahndorf nicht so schnell
Hi Lisa, David here again, paying my rent every day in the tower of song! We are indeed renting but starting to have the discussion about do we want hills or beach, esp some of the hills regions are a bit of a fire risk which is of course on people's minds, though I can't speak for Hahndorf in that respect, its quite close to the expressway which is a good thing. I went to Hahndorf for a night in winter when I came for my job interview, because like you I liked the sound of it, German heritage, bit of history, bit of country etc. Have been back there since a few times over the last month or so.
I would agree with the people who say there are lots of nice places, near beaches, but still in hills/bush, and the Hills villages apart from Hahndorf are very nice. I find Hahndorf too touristy and expensive, and not very authentic, and also when I stayed in winter it was a bit of a ghost town and little was open in the evenings (there were quite a few vacant commercial units too), though I'm told that Hills towns are a real neighbourly spirit. Lobethal has a German history, I believe, and seems more of a normal place. People are worried about the fires though in the hills. We went to Tanunda in the Barossa last weekend and it had some really cute cottages and houses and had a good country town feel, but its way out over an hour away from cbd.
What does cheer me up is that there are lots of nice areas to live around Adelaide, and I wouldnt even think about making decisions about Hahndorf vs Noarlunga until you've had a chance to look around a bit more once you get here- I know that its important to get some certainty esp with kids, but short term renting at least gives you a chance to get your bearings.
Originally Posted by jomark
Do Da Dum Dum De do da dum!!:D
We have decided to go to Noar and then take it from there. Hubby came in wtih map of mount lofty region but told him we look at in when we in oz - I have made my mind up now ( I think!!)