I'm new here... at the moment we're still in the UK, but my husband has been offered a job in Adelaide so we're at the 'seriously considering it' stage! Hubby's contract would be for three years initially, with relocation expenses and a slightly higher salary than he is on now, so it seems too good an opportunity to pass up. The only downside is that neither of us have ever been to Australia and we're not likely to get chance to look about until he has accepted the job (and at that point they can fly him out to have a look at residental areas etc). Sooo.. I'm here hoping to get to know some of you guys who have made the move already and can offer some insight! :) We have a one year old daughter who I'm a SAHM too, so I won't be working in SA - be nice to hear from anyone else out there with children :)
Looking forward to meeting you all! *waves*
Hi and welcome to PIA, we decided to immigrate to Oz and we had never been either, and I cannot believe how beautiful this country is. It is completely opposite to the UK. The ozzies seem to have the work play balance off to a tee, work hard and play hard.
It is a big step, and when we were considering moving we kept hearing "we had that chance some years ago and never took it".
We didn’t want to be one of those "what if" families so grabbed the opportunity with both hands, we both believe it’s better to have tried and failed than not tried at all.
On a plus note we now know it is the right choice, out children love it hear and love their school, my eldest did here week of swimming lessons not so long back, included in the week was snorkelling, body boarding, surf boarding, swimming and canoeing, I don’t thing she would have had the opportunity to do that in the UK.
What ever decision you make will have to be the right one for you and your family, we love it here and have no intention of going back our quality of life is twice as good as it was in the UK even if were not better off.
Last edited by Carolandcraig; 07-04-2010 at 09:31 AM.
hi there we made the move to Adelaide without having been here on a reccie or anything, we find the place amazing, great people and a great way of life....
any questions just ask away on here people are very keen to share and help fellow migrants out...
Life is for living......take every opportunity you can. Rent your house in Uk and take this once in a life time opportunity. Best wishes Linda
We had never been to Adelaide or Australia before, nearly 2 months in and we are settling in well. Kids are loving the outdoor lifestyle. Where abouts will your husband be based?
we also made the move without having come here first and I can honestly say that it is the best thing we did, we love it here and the children are thriving, we have even had another little man since coming (unplanned but definitely a blessing). as you will see on my signature I have a 'few' children so would be happy to meet up when you arrive. Joe now 2.5 was 13 months when we flew over and it was fine.
We were going to move without doing a reccie, but we were lucky enough to be given the chance via BBC to go to Perth and we went on to Adelaide. As previously said, life is for living, once you have tried it, if it does not work out at least you have tried and you will not be saying 'what if' for years to come.
The decision you make together wil have to be right for your hubby, you and baby noone else, extended family emotions cannot answer the what ifs or fulfil your immediate family's dreams and destiny.
We all have questions and doubts, I do, and we are still waiting but still going, and we do not have the offer of a job, relocation costs and accommodation all thrown in to the adventure as you said 'too good an opportunity to miss' :)
Good luck with it all, it does seems as though you could have it made
Tanya x x
Thank you so much for all the replies, it's really nice to hear from people who have made the move and love being in SA! Hubby and I are both really taken with the idea of moving to Adelaide, although it's the usual things that are holding us back from rushing in and saying 'yes' - the stress of relocating our family halfway across the world, leaving parents and siblings behind (particularly as our daughter is my parents' only grandchild), finding someone to take on our cat for at least three years (and maybe permanently).. I guess these are the things we need to think carefully about.
Michelle : my OH would be working near Mawson Lakes, so we'd be looking at living in North-West Adelaide. I've looked at rentals online a bit but haven't devoted any serious time to it yet :)
Tracey: thanks so much for the offer of a meet up if we do decide to come over! It'd be great to already know some people in Adelaide. How did you find travelling with Joe? Assuming we leave this year my daughter will be about 18mths old and I dread the idea of a 20+ hour flight with her!
Tanya: How exciting that you and your family were on 'Wanted down Under'! I was googling around earlier trying to find an online episode set in Adelaide, but didn't have any luck. I used to love watching it when it was on last year, I just wish it was still on now because it would seem so much more relevant to me at the moment! :)
Hi, thats great news, we are in exactly the same position- we havent been out yet (but hope to in the next 6 weeks).
There seems to be so much to do that we havent even planned yet!
Out of interest, what line of business is your husband in?
BAE technology park?
Theres a few pomms work there, they should be able to settle his mind regarding work.