I think the best advice that I can give is if you decide to try another place please do your research first. It's expensive emigrating or moving around to try to find paradise and paradise just does not exist. So we look for a place that ticks most of our boxes. Perth is great but property prices are really expensive and not all wages are more to counterbalance this. Our narrowing down went something like this, Melbourne and Sydney are just other big cities, yes more to do but carry the same problems as other places in the uk we tried to get away from. Brisbane is humid and floods every year. Cains and Darwin well you must be mad in my opinion. Then there's Adelaide a nicely backward place that's a bit quieter and houses on a par with our uk costs and decent wages for my job. After I come to that decision I then flew out on a reccie to Adelaide and Melbourne for 4 weeks to see it for ourselves. Been here 6 weeks now and no real surprises so for me it was money well spent. If you or anyone else takes anything from this thread it's research first.