What a good idea for a thread. I too don't post very often and only seldom have a quick peek on here.
We have been here for nearly 3 years and can honestly say it's the best thing we have ever done. We arrived here with hubbie already having secured a job but with a house still for sale in the UK. This prompted me into getting a job sooner than anticipated but that was relatively easy with 3 job offers in one day. I am still at the same company and they are fantastic to work for, always got some social event going on and have regular 'one on one's' with my manager in the coffee shop across the road!
The kids were 10 and 14 when we arrived, 14 is probably not the easiest age to move to the other side of the world but they both took to 'aussie' life very well. The oldest is now nearly 17, drives himself around in his Ute and has got the surfie hairstyle to match. They found aussie kids to be very friendly and accepting.
Our social life is fantastic and rarely a weekend goes by without some event or other. We both earn more than we did in the UK and find living expenses to be slightly more on the whole but it is a case of swings and roundabouts. The council rates for example are much cheaper than we had in the UK.
Of course we miss our family and friends but with 3 lots of visitors this year that will keep us going! Oh and the annual leave is cumulative so you can save up for holidays or for when your visitors are here.
Oh, and i love the cheap interstate airfares, will be popping to Melbourne quite soon for $100 return to see John Mayer in concert.