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  1. We used Aunt Betty when we booked our upcoming visit back to the UK. It's the online arm of Flight Centre and gave us a really good price on some good Qatar flights - cheaper than Webjet, Skyscanner etc could come up with. No hassles so far, haven't flown yet though!
  2. *Hiring a car [emoji50] I have no particular plans to hit one - but at least I'll have travel insurance if I do...
  3. We're going to when we head back to the UK for a visit in August. Regardless of whether you feel you need it in the UK you could be liable for a massive medical bill were you to fall ill mid flight and end up having medical treatment somewhere enroute. Plus, as you mentioned, I'd want to be covered for lost luggage, trip cancellations due to ill health etc. Additionally, as we're planning on hitting a car for a portion of our stay, it usually works out significantly cheaper to buy travel insurance which includes rental car excess cover than it would to do that through the car rental company. It pretty much pays for itself that way... Whether you can separate out the components I'm not sure but if, for example, you cut out medical cover you'd be liable if you need treatment somewhere other than the UK. However remote that possibility might be.
  4. We used Allfix Plumbing who are down south I believe. Would highly recommend them based on the work they did at our place. Sent from my MotoG3 using Tapatalk
  5. Bowden is an inner north-western suburb of Adelaide under the local council area of the City of Charles Sturt. Situated only 2.5km from the City and located directly adjacent to the Parklands, it is the closest suburb to the CBD when travelling north-west along Port Road. History and background The 'Village of Bowden' was established in 1839 by James Hurtle Fisher, who named it after his native village in Northamptonshire. Bowden has historically been a semi-industrial area and, until recent years, has comprised a mix of workers cottages, factories and the Brompton Gasworks. In October 2008, the SA Government announced the purchase of the 10-hectare Clipsal factory site in Bowden to become a new "green village". They announced plans for up to 1,500 medium and high density sustainable and energy-efficient residential apartments, with retail outlets and commercial offices set around a town centre, for the former industrial site. The $1 billion Bowden Development was designed to be a "transport-oriented development" (TOD) and was expected to take 12 to 15 years to complete. Construction on the first stage and parks were officially opened in May 2013 by Premier Jay Weatherill. Construction commenced on first residential dwellings in 2013. First residents moved into their homes in 2014. Bowden is fairly unique in Adelaide being designed as a medium to high density inner suburb comprising predominantly apartments and townhouses. As such, the target market is predominantly young professionals and families who want to enjoy the benefits of apartment-style living in a safe, walkable urban neighbourhood close to the CBD and a reduced level of car dependency. For more information on the Bowden development, refer to the Life More Interesting website: https://lifemoreinteresting.com.au/ Transport As it has been specifically designed as a Transport Oriented Development, Bowden is exceptionally well-served by public transport. Trains: Bowden train station is currently being completely rebuilt and, when re-opened in late 2017/early 2018, will enable residents to travel directly to Adelaide CBD in approximately 4 minutes. As there will be no other stops between Bowden and the city, passengers can take advantage of '2 section' fares which are approximately half the price of a standard ticket ($1.92 as of April 2017). In the opposite direction, trains run to the cruise ship terminal at Outer Harbor, via the historic city of Port Adelaide and the bustling beach-side town of Semaphore, or via a spur to Grange with its quiet beach and pleasant 2km walk to the busier Henley beach. A two minute walk across Park Tarrace, North Adelaide Railway Station provides access to the Gawler Line, with services running both to the CBD and north as far as the country town of Gawler. The new Bowden railway station Trams: The nearest tram stop is at the Adelaide Entertainment Centre, a 2 minute walk from Bowden 'village centre'. Whilst the journey is a little longer than the train (10 minutes) it is a free service and therefore popular with commuters. The tram line runs past the new Royal Adelaide Hospital, the UniSA City West Campus and the footbridge to Adelaide Oval. Trams are free all the way to the southern edge of the CBD, but continue on to the beach-side suburb of Glenelg thereafter. Due to be completed by 2018, the North Terrace tram line extension will add an additional spur to the free service – this will run past the University of Adelaide campus to the old Royal Adelaide Hospital site and the Botanic Gardens. Frequency of trams is approximately every 10 minutes in peak hour. Entertainment Centre tram stop Buses: Multiple and regular buses run along Port Road, providing additional direct access to the CBD. Cycling: The suburb is perfectly placed for commuting to the CBD by bike – a trip takes approximately 10 minutes at an average pace, with the route entirely along off-road cycle paths through the Parklands and along the River Torrens. A dedicated cycle path to Queen Street in Croydon is currently under construction with the first phase due for completion in mid-2017 and the second phase by the end of 2018. Once completed, it will be possible to cycle to the popular Queen Street shopping and dining precinct in Croydon without riding on a road. Amenities and leisure As well as all of the amenities and attractions of the CBD within very close proximity, Bowden has its own 'village centre', the main feature of which being the very popular Plant 4 building. This converted industrial building houses a bar, various eateries, clothing, craft and produce markets and a well-stocked IGA supermarket. Various other community events such as yoga classes and outdoor cinema screenings are regularly held. For more information see: https://www.plant4bowden.com.au/ In the parklands directly opposite the Bowden Development are a small skate park, tennis courts a children's playground and a community garden. A 5 minute cycle or 10 minute walk along the River Torrens is the very popular Bonython Park featuring a large kids adventure playground with zip wire, a lake, communal BBQs, a kiosk selling snacks and refreshments as well as ample open space for ball games or picnicking. For the adults, the popular Gov hotel is located a few minute's walk away on Port Road. As well as being a great traditional pub, it is also a very popular live music venue, attracting many famous overseas and Australian artists. Across the road from the Gov, the Adelaide Entertainment Centre (capcity 12,000), has hosted some of the biggest music acts to tour Australia. For live music fans who also love craft beer, the Wheatsheaf Hotel is in George Street, Thebarton - a mere 5 minute tram ride away. http://wheatsheafhotel.com.au/ Whatever your age, if you're looking for vibrant, apartment-based living a stone's throw from the CBD with easy access to parklands, pubs and live music, Bowden could be the suburb for you. If you're under 35 then I strongly suggest this should be your first port of call when looking for your new home in Adelaide.
  6. Croydon (together with adjoining West Croydon) is an inner north-western suburb of Adelaide, situated approximately 3-5km from the western edge of the CBD. It is located within the City of Charles Sturt. History The Village of Croydon was laid out in 1855, comprising the 40 acre Croydon Farm and was most likely named after Croydon, England based on the birthplace of one of the original land owners, Philip Levi. Demographic Historically, the area has been populated by Greek and Italian migrants, however in recent years the suburb has grown considerably in popularity and is undergoing a period of change where younger couples and families are buying and renovating properties in the area. According to the previous ABS census data, the suburb comprised 65% native-born Australians and 15% European-born residents (this is reflected in figures showing that 6% of residents speak Italian and 8% speak Greek). The majority (75%) of houses are owner occupied, with 25% being rented. Detached dwellings form 83% of housing stock, semi-detached 6% and units only 3%. Housing Croydon and West Croydon are predominantly heritage suburbs with only a few new dwellings. The most common house styles are late 1800s-early 1900s Federation cottages and 1920s-1930s bungalows (a particular housing style in SA, not to be confused with the generic UK term for a single-storey house). Some particularly grand examples exist along the railway corridor of Euston Terrace/Day Terrace. A 1900s Federation-style house A 1920s/30s bungalow To the west of Rosetta Street (i.e. the western side of West Croydon), more 1940s and 1950s dwellings exist, many in the Spanish Mission or Art Deco styles. The median house price as of April 2017 is $559,000 and the median weekly rent is $420. The majority of houses in the area are set on large (700sqm) blocks, with good-sized back yards. The area has commonly been known for its ‘market gardens’ so fruit trees, veggie patches and backyard chooks are very common. The area is rapidly gentrifying and many houses have been renovated, although period features and frontages are usually retained (many properties are local heritage-listed). Large rear extensions with open plan living and outdoor entertaining areas are quite common, as people take advantage of the block sizes in order to extend. There are still a few ‘fixer-uppers’ to be found if you fancy a project. Shopping, & eating Unlike many suburbs, Croydon has a bustling ‘village centre’ - the Queen Street/Elizabeth Street area. This popular shopping and eating precinct boasts: Red Door Bakery – award winning pies, cakes and all manner of baked goods. Coffees, teas, croissants - the works. http://www.reddoorbakery.com.au/ La Lorientaise Crêperie – by far the best crêpes (sweet and savory) I have ever tasted. https://www.facebook.com/LaLorientaiseCreperie/ http://citymag.indaily.com.au/habits/plate-and-cup/introducing-la-lorientaise-creperie/ Croydon Social – family friendly dining where everything is cooked in a wood-fired oven. Fantastic pizzas and always a great range of craft beers. https://www.facebook.com/CroydonSocial2016/ http://citymag.indaily.com.au/habits/plate-and-cup/first-look-croydon-social/ Queen Street Café – friendly and popular café for breakfasts and lunches https://www.broadsheet.com.au/adelaide/cafes/queen-street-cafe Hype and Seek – vintage, industrial and mid-century furniture and clothing store http://www.hypeandseek.com.au/ Plus… Azalia Boutique – women’s clothing store One Small Room –mid-century furniture plus jewellery, cards and books. Oscar and Willow - homewares Queen St Pilates Studio Curious Orange Hairdressers Palladeum Hair Brooklan Tree Organic Skin and Beauty West Croydon also has a growing shopping and eating precinct on Rosetta Street - currently featuring The Bruncherie Cafe, two hairdressers and Pineapple Vintage retro clothing store - https://www.facebook.com/pineapplevintageretro/. For the big weekly shop, Welland Plaza is within easy walking distance just across Port Road. Here you’ll find a mid-sized Coles, a Post Office, Sushi Train, Dan Murphy’s liquor store, a great independent fruit and veg shop, pharmacy, café, two bakeries, butchers, newsagents, book shop, noodle bar and even a DVD rental place. A 5 minute drive along South Road is the new Brickworks shopping centre. Here there’s a mammoth new Woolworths supermarket as well as a Big W, another fruit and veg place, an EB Games and various other stores and cafes. Parks and Schools In the heart of Croydon, next to the Queen Street shops and cafes is a ‘village green’ complete with grassed and landscaped park area, toilets, basketball court, BBQ and picnic area and a very cute train-themed kiddies playground. Grab a cup of coffee from Queen Street and join the other families in the park area, whilst the little ones play on the equipment and wave at trains as they pull into the adjacent station. As well as this, there are various parks dotted throughout the suburb, most with play equipment – you’re not going to be more than a 5 minute walk from a park wherever in Croydon/West Croydon you live. Additionally, the whole suburb is zoned 40km/h, making it very family-friendly. Kilkenny Primary School is located in West Croydon (http://www.kilkennyc7.sa.edu.au/) whilst several other unzoned primary schools exist in nearby suburbs. The suburb is zoned for Woodville High School (http://www.woodvillehigh.sa.edu.au/) - two train stops west from West Croydon station. Transport The suburb has great transport links including: Trains: The suburbs are serviced by two train stations only 1.6km apart. Trains to the CBD run every 15 minutes and journey times are 7 minutes and 8 minutes from Croydon and West Croydon stations respectively. Trains home from the CBD run until after midnight. Due to the short distance, trips between Croydon Station and the CBD are approximately half the price of a standard ticket ($1.92 as of April 2017). In the opposite direction, trains run to the cruise ship terminal at Outer Harbor, via the historic city of Port Adelaide and the bustling beach-side town of Semaphore, or via a spur to Grange with its quiet beach and pleasant 2km walk to the busier Henley beach. Trams: The nearest tram stop is at the Adelaide Entertainment Centre, a 10-15 minute walk along Port Road from Queen Street in Croydon. The tram line runs past the new Royal Adelaide Hospital, the UniSA City West Campus and the footbridge to Adelaide Oval. Trams are free all the way to the southern edge of the CBD, but continue on to the beach-side suburb of Glenelg thereafter. Due to be completed by 2018, the North Terrace tram line extension will add an additional spur to the free service – this will run past the University of Adelaide campus to the old Royal Adelaide Hospital site and the Botanic Gardens. Frequency of trams is approximately every 10 minutes in peak hour. Buses: Multiple and regular buses run along Port Road and Torrens Road, providing direct access to the CBD. Cycling: The suburb is perfectly placed for commuting to the CBD by bike – a trip takes approximately 15-20 minutes at an average pace, with the route predominantly on cycle paths through the Parklands and along the River Torrens. A dedicated cycle path between Queen Street in Croydon and the Parklands on the edge of the CBD is currently under construction with the first phase due for completion in mid-2017 and the second phase by the end of 2018. Once completed, it will be possible to cycle between Croydon and the CBD, through the parklands without riding on a road. The cycle path will also provide a direct 5-10 minute connection to the expanding community of Bowden with its bars, eateries, markets and shops. In the opposite direction, a cycling greenway (a route through quiet back streets) runs all the way to Outer Harbor. Driving: The CBD is a 10-20 minute (traffic depending) trip by car along Port Road. The beaches at Grange/Henley Beach are a 15 minute drive by car. From Port Road, access to the north-south freeway (current stage to be completed by the end of 2018) will provide very easy access to the Barossa Valley wine region to the north. Once the southern stages are completed at a later date, access to McLaren Vale in the south will be equally easy. Community Croydon/West Croydon has a great, slightly arty community atmosphere. This is not only evident through the number of families seen walking and cycling through the suburb but in the many painted stobie poles (power line poles), mosaic pots and benches and other street art that adorns the area. Very active community groups looks after the gardens at Croydon and West Croydon stations and various artworks such as knitted flowers and home-made butterflies often grace the fences at Croydon Station. On several occasions in recent years, Queen Street/Elizabeth street has been closed for community street parties and events. Due to the high number of productive gardens in the area, there are regular fruit and veg swap meetings where apples can be traded for peaches and so forth. The West Croydon & Kilkenny RSL on Rosetta Street is open to the public every day and hosts a well-attended ANZAC Day dawn ceremony annually. In summer the RSL runs a weekly ‘night owls’ lawn bowls evening, beginners are welcome. All in all I’ve loved living in Croydon for the past two years. It has the type of ‘village’ feel that can sometimes be missing from Australian suburbs, and is immensely walkable. If there was a suburb in Adelaide in which you could live quite happily without being dependent on a car, this is it. Worth a look if this sounds like what you are looking for.
  7. There are also the suburb guides on here and on the Poms in Oz forum: https://www.pomsinoz.com/forum/40-suburb-guides/
  8. Another thing to bear in mind is that, unlike the UK, many suburbs are purely residential and have no 'centre' of their own (you might get a chicken shop or something if you're lucky). As such, it's easy to fall into a car-dependent lifestyle if you end up somewhere like this. If you like cafes etc then I reckon it's worth doing some research on what exists in, or close to, a particular area to see what options you have within walking distance (bearing in mind that your idea of walking distance might be reduced significantly when it's 40 degrees outside and you need to lather the family up with sunscreen if you're heading out for longer than 10 minutes). Traffic is generally light compared to the UK, I haven't been involved in anything I'd really class as a traffic jam since I've been here - even the worst peak hour hold ups still move. However, if you don't have to use a car on a daily basis you'll probably appreciate it - like everywhere else in the world traffic will only get worse as time goes on. Other than the hills, Adelaide's really flat and excellent for cycling. There's pretty good (and gradually improving) cycling infrastructure but some areas are better served than others with dedicated bikeways into the CBD. Depending on the route, cycling on the main roads can be a bit hairy as the Adelaide driving style can be somewhat on the aggressive side. There's a good bikeway along the tram line into the CBD from the south. Another great one (the Torrens Linear Park) in from the West and East. There is soon to be a good one in from the north west where we are which will run straight into the parklands surrounding the CBD without needing to touch a road. There are probably others. Being close to one of these will open up other commuting options for you and the hubby. Let us know if you narrow it down to a few areas - someone on here is bound to be familiar with a particular area.
  9. You should be alright - I work vaguely in the area and see a lot of such jobs advertised. A few things I'd recommend: 1) Be prepared to accept short-term contract roles initially. A lot of jobs are advertised as short-term and expand into permanent roles if you're the right fit. 2) Use recruitment agencies. They were invaluable for my partner and I and lead to long-term/permanent roles for both of us. 3) Do some research on CV formats that Aussie (specifically Adelaide) employers expect (recruitment agencies can help here too). I was surprised to find that they expect quite lengthy CVs - a two pager would be considered a no-no here (unless things have changed in the last couple of years). 4) I found it helped to de-UK my CV. After I removed my .co.uk email address and any references to the UK from my CV and cover letter I found the response rate increased significantly. I still kept the content the same but only included company names, not locations (i.e. you would have had to have done some Googling to realise I hadn't been working in Oz for the last 10 years). On my cover letter I simply mentioned I had PR, not that I was a recent immigrant etc. This might be a coincidence but I felt this worked for me. 5) I also found that getting any Aussie-based work experience on my CV and a corresponding reference opened up many more doors as I feel it gives employers the impression you're genuine and are likely to be around for the long haul. Again, might just be coincidence. Worth bearing in mind if a short-term contract comes up which isn't a perfect fit but would do the job of getting something local on your CV.
  10. Well, if a beach lifestyle isn’t your number one priority then it would probably be best to factor in where you are likely to be working in order to keep your commute to a minimum. Adelaide can still be a very affordable place to live, even close to the CBD. What are you and your OH likely to be doing for work? If it’s office work then it’ll most likely be in the CBD, if it’s healthcare, engineering etc then that’ll expand your search area a little bit depending on where you end up securing a job. As per NicF’s post, it’s really difficult to judge how you’ll feel about a suburb without having visited it. When we first came over we lived in Glengowrie which everyone seems to rave about as a great suburb – but, whilst it was perfectly nice it just felt a little quiet and homogenous for us. Plus, the 40 minute bus ride to work each day was time wasted in my opinion. When we were in a position to buy we moved to Croydon in the inner north-west. It’s got a great village atmosphere, cute parks for kids, cafes and beautiful heritage houses. Plus it’s only 7 mins on the train to the CBD. We absolutely love it here, but that’s because it ticked all of our boxes. You might find you want something different – i.e. newer, open plan houses etc. Do you have to find somewhere before you move over? If not I’d highly recommend renting somewhere close to the city for a few weeks whilst you house hunt in areas which feel right to you and are close to your workplace. I really don’t think you can go far wrong – the only real dodgy areas are quite far north around Elizabeth etc. There a few places in between which have a slightly ‘gritty’ feel about them but I wouldn’t rule out north, south, east or west of the city at this stage. Whilst traffic is really not bad by UK standards, I’d highly recommend finding a place on either a train or tram line if you’re likely to be working in the CBD. Buses are OK but, like everywhere, they’re not the best. The exception to that would be the O-Bahn line that runs off to the north east of the city as it operates more like a train on its own track. Whilst they are generally considered quite a classy area, the eastern suburbs aren’t really served by trains or trams so you’d be stuck with the bus there. Train lines run off to the north-west, north and south (Google maps should be your friend here in determining the suburbs they run through). The tram runs from Bowden in the north-west, through the city and then south to the beach side suburb of Glenelg. The peak hour tram commute to the CBD from Glenelg can take 40 mins though. Edit: here's a link to the Adelaide metro rail network map https://www.adelaidemetro.com.au/content/download/271180/1469292/version/2/file/Rail_network_121014.pdf The hills are beautiful and the Aussie wildlife is just stunning (the kids would love it). It’s about 40 mins on the train from Blackwood and you’ll get the stunning views along the journey. The only thing you’d have to bear in mind is the bushfire risk in the summer. I love it up there though.
  11. When you say max 40 minute commute, is that because you specifically want to live away from the CBD, or are you open to all suggestions? Many poms move down south (e.g. Seacliff, Noarlunga etc) as you tend to get a bit more for your money down there, although garden sizes I think are smaller as the houses are newer. You will have to commute each day if you work in the CBD though. There are still many affordable suburbs much closer to the CBD - either heritage or new housing. Makes commuting much easier and also it will be easier to access the city for leisure too. Really depends what you want from a suburb as you'll likely be able to find good daycare in most of them, and safety is unlikely to be a problem outside of a few places. Do you want a quieter, beachy existence in a newer house but further from work and the city, or do you want to keep your commute to a minimum and live closer to the city (for work, shopping, footy, cricket, parklands, entertainment etc). Beer in mind that many inner suburbs still have very easy beach access.
  12. uk calls

    It's not really a local service - it's just that performance of the same provider's network will vary depending on which area of which suburb you live in, depending on how far you are from the node/exchange/whatever the technical word is. Do you know whereabouts in Adelaide you'll be moving to? I'm sure there are services online where you can look at approximate data speeds by area - someone more knowledgeable will point you towards those hopefully.
  13. uk calls

    Haven't tried anyone else but I've found TPG to be fine - ok data speed, good customer service and I think I've got some sort of deal on international calls - but I must admit I haven't used the landline in a couple of years - most mobile contacts/payg recharges can include an international offer if you choose it which is all I use nowadays (note to self: cancel landline). Sent from my MotoG3 using Tapatalk