we are currently considering where we would like to emigrate to in australia. We have family friends from years ago in perth and although they would be people we could visit and ask advice from,we wouldn't be able to stay with them when we arrive.
We like the idea of adelaide as it seems to be an older city with more traditional architecture and lots of church schools which appeals. And we have also read it's a great place for families as well as being not as expensive to live in as perth. But Equally we really want a beach lifestyle. We have been to perth before and know that it offers us this but does adelaide also offer the same sort of beach lifestyle? Obviously there are beaches in SA but does it offer the same sort of lifestyle that perth would, eg boogie boarding/surfing, snorkelling, days out at the beach etc? Although we have checked out pictures and videos of the beaches It's hard to really know what they are like unless you see them in person, are they as picturesque as Perth's beaches? Sounds silly but is it warm enough to go in the sea for most of the year? We also read on the PIO forum that a poster felt that adelaide was a bit run down. I know it probably won't be as slick and modern as perth and this doesn't bother me as I prefer a bit of tradition but is it considered Australia's poor state in terms of cleanliness and how smart the council keeps it? I don't want to offend any adelaideans(?!) by asking this but it was the impression I have been given at times from different posts I have read.
Also I'm slightly worried about how cold it gets(never thought I'd say about oz!). Is it bearable and you need to just use extra layers and a plug in radiator? Is it the same sort of coldness one might experience in perth during winter? Does SA experience days upon days of rain? Last autumn/winter I think it literally rained everyday for 4 months in SE England and became very depressing and gloomy so really wouldn't want to end up somewhere that had similar winters. To be honest I think we are leaning more towards adelaide for us as a family but just wanted to see if there was an outside/ beach lifestyle to be had there most of the year round? Have you found that you don't spend as much in days out as the weather lends itself to more activities that are free? We have worked out that we would have a weekly income of just over $1000 a week and be coming over with about £85000/$156,000. Would like the majority of this to be a deposit on a house so we can get on the ladder ASAP.mWould this work for a family of 4 in adelaide? We get the impression it would be a bit of a struggle in perth and we would both have to work but is it affordable on this in adelaide?
I appreciate that some of these worries/ questions won't be able to be answered unless you have lived/been to,both perth and adelaide but any opinions about beach lifestyle etc in SA would be appreciated! Would love to do a reccie to both but getting us all over there for a holiday is just too much money at the mo.
thanks for reading ;-)