Thanks for your advice!
A very good point about Christmas - maybe for the benefit of our parents it's be nice for them to have the kids for a "last Christmas". Worth thinking about..
We were thinking that if we come in November I would have a chance of picking up some holiday work in hotels there - that was my career til I became a "homemaker" three years ago! Though not having previous Australian experience might work against that.
The one thing we are really worried about is not being able to get work for months and using up all our savings. (like everyone else I guess!!) That'd be okay if it was just the two of us, but with the two little ones it is a scarey prospect.
Anyway you've given me lots to consider, always good to hear a different point of view!