Carole and Andrew
Agent appointed Sept 06, changed agent July 08, visa granted 7.3.08
House not sold... decided to rent
Left UK 15.10.08, Arrived Adelaide 26.10.08
Now in Seacliff
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I just dont STILL understand why people ask this question and people give answers like this.
Come over and look for yourself, its the only way to be sure, we dont know you and you dont know us , so how can we possibly advise you on the best place to live??
I know people who live in 5 of the above subs and all are happy!
Please dont take this as a personnal attack, its not. I just dont get it and have chosen now to ask why.
Backpacked round Australia 1992. Married Australian husband in Adelaide 1994. Lived in Adelaide 1994-1997. Moved back to UK & lived in Essex/Herts 1997-2009. Returned to Adelaide November 2009. 2 kids dual nationality.
Culturally, I think that all major Australian cities are very similar. Having made my home in Adelaide, and feeling very much at home as a dual citizen, I feel at ease in all the major cities. Have no fear about where you live in Australia - if you choose the right suburb, you will be fine.
If you think that October in the Gold Coast is too hot, you will have all your feelings reinforced from December to March, the really sticky season! As others have mentioned, Adelaide is seasonal, and also has short-term changes, with the max daytime temperature varying by more than 10 degrees during any week - quite a contrast to those predictable SE Queensland temperatures. Yesterday it was 33 degrees here, and today is 19! It can be boiling hot in summer, but unless the temperature tops 35, the evenings are remarkably balmy. If you come to Adelaide, you WILL need ducted air-conditioning and I personally insist on ducted heating for the cold winters. An air-conditioned car is essential too. Have those basic comforts so that you can avoid the extremes of weather and you will love Adelaide.
Someone else jokingly said that there are too many poms here. There is no such concept. Let's keep swelling the numbers and I will open a shop selling Shreddies, Cadbury chocolate, clothes and all the other things that people seem to miss about "home".
There are a couple of Juvive jails at Campbelltown that the kids try and escape from now and again.
Holden Hill has the big police station for the Northern suburbs.
Golden Grove used to have a bad rep but it's okay nowadays, and Greenwith is good.
I agree some places do get better, look at Mt Barker. I lived there 9yrs ago and it was very rough but now it's got it's self off the ground and doing well. Nice little satellite city.
Sorry but those places I mentioned are still like that otherwise I wouldn't say anything.
I have close family friends at Christies Beach. They love it there but have to have bars on their windows and make sure everything is locked up all the time. They've been burguled 8 times in 12 years.
I just would hate to say these places were fine and for someone moving across to lose faith and leave with in a year because this is a great country. And believe me I know some people that have done that. Just trying to help and nothing taken from your remarks, it's actually well thought. I'm trying to move to Darwin and want exactly the same kind of advice. It's just a lot of people are too polite to say anything.
My surogate parents live at Hallet Cove :) They moved out here about 4yrs ago now. They eldest and family are coming out in December but they got a visa for Melbourne due to the type of work they do.
And to the person who will open a shop..... shreddies and sugar puffs please!!! Oh and pot noodles and that chicken supreme in a tin so I can make my yummy pancakes again.
There's some lovely suburbs in the North East, come for a drive around, you can stop for lunch at Tea Tree Plaza or one of the hotels, and see for yourself what suits you and your family.
As for the original poster, why not come down for a week's holiday and have a look around? I know a week isn't long, but you'll be able to get a bit of a feel for the place and will either realise that where you are isn't so bad, or that Adelaide has the small-town feel you want! What sort of line of work are you in? We had some clients recently who came down on a recce trip from the Gold Coast to here, and they were amazed at how many jobs were available in his line of work here, compared to there. In fact, we did some leg work on his behalf before his arrival, sorted him out some interviews during his visit, and he left after a week with a job offer. There is a lovely lady who lives up on the Gold Coast that we do a lot of work with, if you wanted to give her a call for a chat to someone local, let me know and I'll pass on her details to you - she's in the UK at the moment at the Emigrate shows with Judy, but back soon. She's been to visit us here in Adelaide, so should be able to give you a fair comparison.
(Just back from a holiday to the Gold Coast, and glad to get back home to Adelaide!)
Last edited by Diane; 13-10-2008 at 10:00 AM.
Sometimes the grass will appear greener on the other side because it has been fertilised by bull****
My only problem is I dont like suburb slagging as someone always lives there, and I dont like suburb upping because it is up to the individual to make their own choices, based on their own family needs and requirements, not for them to make a decision on where to live when we get there "cos Joe Bloggs says XXX is a good place to be."
I do wish people wouldn't lump suburbs together as a whole. I live in Salisbury Heights and believe me there is nothing rough about where I live. As with UK council estates, once they've got a bad name - it sticks. Same here. I think you would love Adelaide, its small, easily accessable and it can get cold in winter, I've got no heating in my house, we just stick an extra jumper on and use oil filed radiators, we've spent a lot of money on insulation and thats healped heaps. adelaide has a dry heat and we very rarely get humid days.
Gilles Plains as a suburb isn't that bad, its older and has a lot of building going on. Older properties that are very run down are being knocked down and replaced with 2 courtyard villas with small gardens on the same lot. If you've got children I wouldn't recommend it because the state schools are not that good. If you can afford private, St Pauls College (Boys only)is very nice and I guess you would have to look at a lutheren primary, otherwise there is Cedar College at Oakden. The main selling point would be its close to the City if you are working that way. There is a private girls school Kildare but I think they only take them from year 8.
Take a look at Dernancourt, its near to Gilles Plains and has some older style great properties, also Hope Valley, lovely. If you want overpriced and close together check out Northgate, Oakden and the "fabulous" new suburb of Lights View. If you want an up and coming knock em down and rebuild area have a look at Clearview which is close by also. Walkley Heights is another close suburb.
On top of the hill in Salisbury Heights
thankyou sarahsmartiepants(i just love the blue ones...smarties that is,not your pants)..i agree 100%....christies beach on the list??????????god,how id love to live in one of those million dollar houses on the esplanade!...anyone on your way out here,please dont be put off by what you read..make your own minds up...no offence meant to anyone!