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  1. North Adelaide will be pricey rental wise. And depending on your wants with cats, you will need to research rentals carefully. If you have a budget it could be you will be looking at units or apartments and these can have no pets allowed (it could be in the title for the entire block IYKWIM). Houses are a big jump up price wise although you can get a smaller town house type place (usually very small walled back yard type of places) for somewhere inbetween unit and larger house price). Keep in mind prices are given per week. Have a look at some recent rentals for North Adelaide to give you an idea of prices and options re pets. If you have 4 cats, it may rule you out with some landlords. If an ad says 'No pets' then pass it by. If it doesn't say anything or says pets allowed, then consider it fair game. Keep in mind there may be a limit or 1 or 2 pets (cat/dog type) per household and the landlord may not want 4 cats.,+sa+5045%3b+north+adelaide,+sa+5006/list-1 Also keep in mind viewings of rentals are open house and usually about 30-45 mins long, often after 5pm on weekdays and some on weekends. Its usually a case of view the property along with everyone else, if you like it, grab an application and hand it in before you leave or very soon after. If there is interest in the property and they get an application the landlord likes they won't usually hang around for others to apply. If you have 4 cats it could be worth having a couple of references to support your application and perhaps offer to pay a larger bond up front if you really want to snag it and they are not so keen on so many cats.
  2. I love the Botanic Gardens for an amble, then lunch at one of the cafes around the parklands or nip into the CBD for a bite. Then check out Central market and perhaps hit the museums and State Library. I love wandering all those and they are close together. Also things like the Adelaide Oval tour can be really interesting. My son and I really enjoyed it. As said, if you arrive in March then the Adelaide Fringe should be on and its well worth spending some time checking out acts and the gardens they set up for all the performers.
  3. North Adelaide if you can find something in your price range would get my vote. If you want to be able to get to the CBD with ease I'd suggest the southern end of it more (nearer the golf course and O'Connell) so its within a reasonable walking distance (more so in hot weather) of that and the main shopping mall in North Adelaide. Buses run and of course once you get over the river you are at the train station so can take that or the tram to go elsewhere or simply carry on and walk. Melbourne St side is lovely also but a bit further walking although of course buses run. Best bet is to check the routes they cover. FWIW though, even somewhere within the CBD would get my vote. When I first met my husband he was living a couple of streets away from the Central Market and it was fab being so close to everything and also having the parklands not far away. Norwood would be another area that could be appealing. Has a lovely main street, shops, cafes etc. Easy for the bus into the CBD also. Not all the good suburbs around the CBD have an easy option re a train. Depending on where you are in a suburb it could still be a bus ride to the train station. Or no train station possibly?? I don't know all the routes and stations. Check them out via the Adelaide metro website to see what areas are covered by what. I'd also look at suburbs served by the tram line (although they are more south than north at present but you can see how far the line goes and where it is extending to). If you can be within walking distance of the tram its a big plus point IMHO for access to the CBD.
  4. In that price range a decent 4 bed in those suburbs may be pushing it. Have a look on They tend to go for more around that area and as has been said often new builds are sub divided so smaller blocks garden wise and big house. Older houses can be found and may be dated decor and fittings wise but could be worked on to extend and decorate etc. But there is a big demand in the market round there and decent blocks tend to be sold fast. You could expand out to cover suburbs like Hove and Seacliff although if looking for state schooling check zones if needing high school options.
  5. Uk to Aus, I'd give Bob at Pet Air a call or email with your info. Probably Golden Arrow are worth checking out also. 4 cats is rather a lot. There are often by laws for cats here so you should get yourselves fully informed of what this could entail. Keep in mind also some areas may have a limit on how many cats you can keep per household. Research council pet info carefully to ensure you know where this applies and so on. Also the registration and de sexing etc.
  6. Hope you are enjoying it all so far and its going well
  7. Hello and welcome That's not that far off now! It'll soon come round. I'm a bit older, in my 40's and married with a child so possibly a bit out of your age range? I know @scooterdan and his partner are always happy to meet new people and are very welcoming. Perhaps give him a shout? Or he may see this thread when he next checks in and say hello himself Also a few people moving over or not long arrived have posted here. You are welcome to post replies or start a thread there to see if anyone is about. Hope to see you around
  8. Hello and welcome to the forum. I honestly cannot comment on Melbourne as never lived there. We did consider it as an option when we moved over (for husband it was moving back to Aus) but its size, climate and also the fact property is so damned expensive and we'd have been a long way out most likely and that wasn't what we fancied at the time. With regard to your questions, the main thing is work. I don't know how things are for midwives in Adelaide or Melbourne. Have you had a look on the job sites and any of the sites that list nursing jobs? Agencies? Been in touch with anyone? Uni wise, Adelaide has options. I am sure both of the things your kids are keen to study would be on offer. There are other uni options iirc but I've listed the main two below that spring to mind. Some further reading also For me the things I like about Adelaide are for starters its CBD. I don't need a London, Paris or New York. I don't even need a Birmingham in terms of a city size Adelaide suits us down to the ground tbh. I like the size of the CBD, I can wander round it with ease if I want. Surrounded by parklands and a good commute in by car (though longer in rush hour) and an easy journey in on the train for us. Bus is longer and not really used much. It has lots going on and lots of festivals over the year (Adelaide Fringe is a popular one for us, along with a few others). Some people say 'what about the kids, wont they be bored in Adelaide?' but tbh ours had we stayed in the UK would have grown up in a very small town (it was called a village but had grown a bit in recent years) and if we didn't want to swap village or small town living in the UK for living in or near London/Manchester/Birmingham etc then why would we move to Aus to go set up in a huge city and still be miles from its actual centre/CBD. Its a different kind of life for us here and we've settled right in and never really looked back in terms of family and making a home here. We live in the foothills, on the edge of a quiet suburb with the hills and open countryside within meters of our door. Local parks, trails, reserves on our doorstep and national parks are all around Adelaide and if we fancy a change we can hop in the car and head down to Victor Harbor or some such for a day out. Or head out into the hills more. Or hit one of the many beaches (miles of stunning coastline here as Adelaide in on a gulf and it reflects in the climate and coastline). We are about 10-15 minutes from the beach and love heading down in the evenings after school in the summer and cooling off. In terms of what would suit you, I honestly don't know as I cannot compare the two cities. For us, hubby has done fine in Adelaide and hasn't been out of work since we arrived. Also the cost of living in the main two cities would be too much for us. Its far more manageable here in Adelaide and we are very happy with our choice. We have a good standard of living and made friends, built a life for ourselves. Have you ever been to Aus? I can imagine for your kids it will be a big change and I can appreciate not all teens are keen on the move. I've read that happening often. Some settle well once they get here, others don't. How willing they are to give it all a chance and perhaps not live life on FB/Snapchat/Insta and so on with friends back in the UK. It means they stay caught up in life there and perhaps don't embrace life in Aus as well. That can happen to adults also too. Some people struggle to settle, culture shock, lack of work can take its toll in the early months perhaps and can also taint a move or perhaps see it begin to crumble whereas had work been found it may have made the move a much better experience. Some people simply get here and hate it. It happens. I'd research the job options in both cities and perhaps have a read of our suburb guides (not many but some to give you an idea and also perhaps have a browse of the suburb chat forum also Work will be key but of course there are other aspects to consider also. Lots say go where the work is, but a part of me is wary of going somewhere simply for the work as if you don't like the place, you are not going to be happy in the longer term I don't think (been there, done that, got the postcard). Longer term, once they finish their education, some kids move away interstate for employment reasons (work can be an issue in Adelaide for younger people but its impossible to know how it could go for yours). Hubby has friends who went to Sydney, Canberra, Melbourne and elsewhere after uni. Some went overseas. Others, lots in fact stayed in Adelaide. Younger family members are mostly still here, a few went elsewhere but have come back within a few years. However, given how things are globally, kids could fly the coop just as much in the UK and go live/work in London, Edinburgh or overseas somewhere. Or they could move from Melbourne to somewhere else. I guess its something to consider as a possibility in the future and how you would feel about this. I've rambled a bit. Didn't mean to. Not sure its of much use but I'll leave it as it is Feel free to drop me a PM if you want to chat a bit more
  9. You mean this? Not sure how much use they actually are or what exactly they cover. Can't recall many posts about people using the service so little/nothing in the way of feedback to point you to. If you do go, please let us know how you found it
  10. Would be interested to read it. If you happen to have a copy and want to scan or post pics of the article or find if the magazine has a link to it, feel free to post it/them here
  11. If you got signed off on the farm work and did enough to get your 2nd year at least that gives you wiggle room. And yes, down side of the WHV is the 6 month limitation in that year.
  12. That would probably be why. Its probably only really casual work on a WHV here. Unemployment rate and and given there are lots of teens and early 20's available for those jobs (and for the lesser casual pay?) employers are probably going to go for those first over someone older on a WHV. On a WHV you could probably find some farm or regional work or some such or even something casual via an employment agency but don't expect decent office jobs and so on to be heading your way at present. Its crap but its probably how its going to be unless you happen to know someone who can help swing you something.
  13. The places that spring to mind are seasonal and are not harvesting this time of year. How many more days do you have left to do? Have you tried Kangaroo Island? Or looked at the more regional areas of South Australia to see what is in season being harvested this time of year? I'd also perhaps swing past the youth hostels and see if they have anything listed. Or if someone is around to talk to.
  14. If you focus on units I'd suggest researching the areas and so on well before you sign anything. Also the units themselves. Some unit buildings are nicer that others. I chucked Glenelg North and surrounding suburbs (so Glenelg south, east and just lil old Glenelg) into Real Estate and put in 1 bed units/apartments and got these back I opted for Glenelg in my search based on my experiences of it. I enjoyed living there when we first moved over but it wasn't for us in the long term. Glenelg North I think has way more units and apartments that south or east. Glenelg itself has loads and more high rise ones that tend towards pricey as they are close to beach. North does also feel more transient I think with the amount of rental units round there. I personally prefer Glenelg east or Glenelg. South is also nice. Put each area into Google maps so you can see how those parts of Glenelg break down. Its not the cheapest area in general but it does have * Good access to trams (to the CBD) and buses and connecting then with trains on a couple of lines depending which way you go. * Vibrant beachside suburb with lots of cafes, restaurants, bars and shops. Jetty Rd is the focal point. * Lovely beach, volleyball and other sports played on it in summer. * Good local facilities, library, supermarkets, healthcare options. * Close to Westfield Marion (huge mall) with masses of stores, cinema, bowling etc. Also the aquatic centre is there too. If you are on a limited budget I'd not splash out on a big place as its a lot more money to find bond wise and then rent wise every week. I'd find a small decent place and then explore a bit for a few months and see where work is and go from there once the lease is up or you want to break it.