Great forum, really helping us out as we decide whether to uproot ourselves and 2 (soon to be 3) kids and plonk ourselves in Adelaide. We've been looking into it for a few weeks now (wife is a midwife so we think visa's should be OK) and we're very tempted. We enjoy a nice life in the UK but the world seems like a better place with some sun on your back and we know the kids (and us) would love the outdoor lifestyle. 8 months of drizzle per year here can get a little soul destroying.
One big question that has come up is "What are the flies & Mozzies like in Adelaide". I can see from other forums (spit!) that some people say they're no problem at all and others say they are a nightmare. I know that will be partly down to personality and how you react to things like that but can anyone try to help with a more descriptive view (like how many weeks/ months are bad/ does it stop you sitting outside of an evening)? I find personal space invaders like flying critters very annoying and would struggle to appreciate the other areas of life if they were a particular menace. I know it'll be seasonal and if we live near a river / still water it will be worse and we can use repellant / candles but I'm keen to know how annoying you find the little b*ggers. I see life in Adelaide as being predominantly outdoors - weekends at beach, morning/ evening runs & cycles that sort of thing and I don't want to be doing that in a bee-keepers outfit. Any guidance on this would be great.
Also, whilst I'm on a roll, We're currently looking at Flagstaff Hill & Aberfoyle as potential areas to settle in but I can't find much about them on the forum - can anyone give their thoughts? Oldest kid is just coming in to Primary one and the other is 3yo. The next will be born in October so we're looking for good family area, good schools, parks etc.
As this roll seems to be going ok, can I also ask for thoughts on Stirling/ Crafers/ Aldgate areas? I think they look nice but someone said they're often foggy so not ideal if you're pinning your hopes on crystal blue skies (don't worry, I'm not blind to the seasons!) just interested in thoughts.
We aim to spend another few weeks considering all our options then coming to a decision so all available thoughts and advice would be greatfully received.
Thanks in advance for your help.