Guest theclarkes

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    Im probably on my own here, but does anyone else find it a bit quiet and boring here??? Apart from the beaches and Glenelg, the city.....what else is there?? I feel like would need to be in my 50s to appreciate living here......I guess its not how we envisaged Oz to be. :(

     

    Went to Queensland last month and had a little look around the Gold Coast, seems much more modern and happening there.

     

    Does anyone else feel the same?? All we have met are poms, is it my imagination or is Adelaide overun with us pommies???

     

    Really not feeling it here......question is.. is there a better place to live in Oz???????

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    Because of where we have moved from and the places we have visited we have had to learn to lower our expectations and then that way we are not disappointed and also to focus on the positives and not the negatives. We have been to Perth, Melbourne, Surfers & Cairns for holidays and have yet to find utopia. I hear where you are coming from!

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    Surely you must have known that before you come. Adelaide has a reputation of being a big town instead of a city and being a bit in the past. It's probably a big draw for the majority that come here. I don't think it's nessaserally a bad thing.

     

    Chris.

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    Queensland can't wait to have you there, sun sea crime and slime.

    Adelaide is different in many ways, if it's not for you the road leads in and out and oz is a huge place.

    At least you can say, been there was not for me ..

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    No need for diplomacy, public forum, spurs fan....

     

    I know many people come here without first coming for a visit, I make no apology for saying they are all mad!! Some are good friends who have doe this, and they know my views.

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    Im probably on my own here, but does anyone else find it a bit quiet and boring here??? Apart from the beaches and Glenelg, the city.....what else is there?? I feel like would need to be in my 50s to appreciate living here......I guess its not how we envisaged Oz to be. :(

     

    Went to Queensland last month and had a little look around the Gold Coast, seems much more modern and happening there.

     

    Does anyone else feel the same?? All we have met are poms, is it my imagination or is Adelaide overun with us pommies???

     

    Really not feeling it here......question is.. is there a better place to live in Oz???????

     

    The replies that you are receiving are not very helpful......................our friends moved from Essex to Adelaide in 2008 and then to Perth 2010 and have not looked back.

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    What replies do they want? They made a bad choice for them and want people to agree to make them feel better?

     

    I and others have no sympathy, harsh, but that's life.

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    Okay perhaps some more understanding posts might help the OP.!!!!

    What things do you like to do? What sort of lifestyle are you looking for? There is a lot in Adelaide but it might not be to your tastes. I don't think you have to be in your 50s either to enjoy the lifestyle here. There are certainly lots of younger people here who don't look overly depressed or bored.

     

    Adelaide is certainly not overrun with Poms. Certain areas you will find a lot of them though, perhaps you are living in these areas. The locals go about their lives more quietly perhaps than on the Gold Coast. They take their boat out, go waterskiing up the Murray,hire jet skis down on the lake at Goolwa. Go skiing in Victoria in Winter. Go to pubs with live bands, go to restaurants, cafes, join sports teams, go to the pistol shooting gallery in town. Go to Melbourne for the weekend when the fares are cheap, it's only an hour away.

     

    If you want to meet locals perhaps you need to invite some people from your work, throw a barbie and then you will probably be invited back and meet other locals. It can be difficult when you first move anywhere to discover what's on offer because you don't know where to look. Also some suburbs are just that and if you like cafe strips, bars etc then it's a bit of a drive so maybe look at other places to live.

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    I think the best advice that I can give is if you decide to try another place please do your research first. It's expensive emigrating or moving around to try to find paradise and paradise just does not exist. So we look for a place that ticks most of our boxes. Perth is great but property prices are really expensive and not all wages are more to counterbalance this. Our narrowing down went something like this, Melbourne and Sydney are just other big cities, yes more to do but carry the same problems as other places in the uk we tried to get away from. Brisbane is humid and floods every year. Cains and Darwin well you must be mad in my opinion. Then there's Adelaide a nicely backward place that's a bit quieter and houses on a par with our uk costs and decent wages for my job. After I come to that decision I then flew out on a reccie to Adelaide and Melbourne for 4 weeks to see it for ourselves. Been here 6 weeks now and no real surprises so for me it was money well spent. If you or anyone else takes anything from this thread it's research first.

     

    Chris.

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    Guest Tterrier81

    i agree and i was in the same boat, adelaide is a bit slow and borin, yeh theres the wineries and churches but there isnt much out there for under 30's, i have lived here 8 years so long enough to make my own judgements, i have now found a job in brisbane and have spent a few weeks up there recently doing research and in my opinion it is a much livelier place to live, and dont take any notice of the people on here who wont hear a bad word about adelaide, they probably havent seen much of what the rest of the country offers, adelaide isnt a bad place to live but its not for everyone and its ok to have ur own opinion on the place, what i do suggest if this isnt the place for u is to go out and explore, trust me, at first i thought adelaide was paradise but after doing a bit of travelling i can understand why it isnt for everybody

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    Im probably on my own here, but does anyone else find it a bit quiet and boring here??? Apart from the beaches and Glenelg, the city.....what else is there?? I feel like would need to be in my 50s to appreciate living her

    Does anyone else feel the same?? All we have met are poms,??

     

    I think you can do all the reccies you want but IMO living here is different. And what you imagine life to be like when you research what's on etc can feel different when you live here. Just as you might believe you won't miss your family or old life when you are preparing for the move, but time and distance can change that belief too.

     

    I personally enjoy what SA has to offer and I like the fact I can join in the frenzy of life in Melbourne or the excitment of a trip to the GC...but come back to a quieter state. I think there's plenty to do, you just have to want to do it! What appeals to some, won't appeal to others...doesn't mean the place is boring maybe just not for you and there's nothing wrong with that :)

     

    Each state/territory has it's own feel (speaking from my very limited experience!) so perhaps Queensland is the place for you. If you want to try somewhere else, why not?

     

    You are lucky that you have kids cos I think friendships can be made through playdates, sports etc but you've been here a year, haven't you, so I guess you've already experienced that?

     

    Just out of interest...did you enjoy Adelaide more in your first weeks/months of being here or has it just become more "been there, done that" over time?

     

    LC :)

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    Im probably on my own here, but does anyone else find it a bit quiet and boring here??? Apart from the beaches and Glenelg, the city.....what else is there?? I feel like would need to be in my 50s to appreciate living here......I guess its not how we envisaged Oz to be. :(

     

    Went to Queensland last month and had a little look around the Gold Coast, seems much more modern and happening there.

     

    Does anyone else feel the same?? All we have met are poms, is it my imagination or is Adelaide overun with us pommies???

     

    Really not feeling it here......question is.. is there a better place to live in Oz???????

     

     

     

    This is Rick, Wizzywozza's husband.

     

    What exactly are you looking for. I find Adelaide a fascinating, and interesting place, plenty to do and see. i have been here 5 years now, and always find something interesting to do, and see. So i ask, what is it you are looking for?

     

     

    I also find your ""I feel like would need to be in my 50s to appreciate living here"" a little insulting, as being in my 50s, i appreciate everything that is on offer in and around Adelaide from the country walks, socialising at barbys, to tearing it up in my band, and living the rock and roll lifestyle when the fancy takes me. IMO, Adelaide has just as much and a lot more than most city's around Australia.

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    Guest bigal

    Have you tried getting in to sport, footy, cricket, fishing, rugby or even riding a bike wearing silly clothes,you can always find a nice quiet street and bring some life to it by doing burnouts leaving squiggly rubberised lines everywhere,that's a very popular pastime.

    Take no notice of me I guess I'm just bored.

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    Guest theclarkes
    I think you can do all the reccies you want but IMO living here is different. And what you imagine life to be like when you research what's on etc can feel different when you live here. Just as you might believe you won't miss your family or old life when you are preparing for the move, but time and distance can change that belief too.

     

    I personally enjoy what SA has to offer and I like the fact I can join in the frenzy of life in Melbourne or the excitment of a trip to the GC...but come back to a quieter state. I think there's plenty to do, you just have to want to do it! What appeals to some, won't appeal to others...doesn't mean the place is boring maybe just not for you and there's nothing wrong with that :)

     

    Each state/territory has it's own feel (speaking from my very limited experience!) so perhaps Queensland is the place for you. If you want to try somewhere else, why not?

     

    You are lucky that you have kids cos I think friendships can be made through playdates, sports etc but you've been here a year, haven't you, so I guess you've already experienced that?

     

    Just out of interest...did you enjoy Adelaide more in your first weeks/months of being here or has it just become more "been there, done that" over time?

     

    LC :)

    Hi LC, same initials as my name haha. In response to your question yes we did like it more at first, but thats because we were getting used to it all, finding jobs, sorting schools, discovering places and what was around. Have bought a house too, with hindsight that probably was not the best idea but we didnt want to spend much longer paying someone elses mortgage especially when we needed a big 4 bed rental which was always going to be $450 plus!!!

     

    In answer to the other comments......We were originally heading for Qld but hubbies job came off the skills list so SA was our best option our agent told us, we hadnt really heard of Adelaide but obviously did a lot of research for the state sponsor. We did read a lot of negative comments about how quiet,backward etc it was and my boss at Thomas Cook who was well travelled said ' nooo you dont want to move there, its like the 1950s, theyre so behind the times!' So we took it on board but knew it would be better here than the UK, better job prospects (apparently), better weather (yes) and a safer place to bring up young kids (yes). Its just after sitting back taking it all in and visiting the Gold Coast it made me realise theres more exciting. 'happening' places we could be living. Who knows we will probably end up never moving but was just interested to see what other people thought of it here.

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    i agree and i was in the same boat, adelaide is a bit slow and borin, yeh theres the wineries and churches but there isnt much out there for under 30's, i have lived here 8 years so long enough to make my own judgements, i have now found a job in brisbane and have spent a few weeks up there recently doing research and in my opinion it is a much livelier place to live, and dont take any notice of the people on here who wont hear a bad word about adelaide, they probably havent seen much of what the rest of the country offers, adelaide isnt a bad place to live but its not for everyone and its ok to have ur own opinion on the place, what i do suggest if this isnt the place for u is to go out and explore, trust me, at first i thought adelaide was paradise but after doing a bit of travelling i can understand why it isnt for everybody

     

    Bit confused by your generalisation of nothing for the under 30's here. We have been over with our two sons (now almost 20 & 21 years of age) for over 2 and a half years now and they are never home as they have sooo much to do and so many friends and interests. Us old farts in our mid forties also don't have a problem with finding things to do either. As the saying goes, you're only limited by your own imagination.

     

    BTW, we have been to the Gold Coast, Central Coast, Sunshine Coast, Sydney (countless times) and Melbourne and though great for a break, can't wait to get back to good old Adelaide.

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    Guest Tterrier81

    i didnt say there was nothing for under 30's, i said there isnt much, and as i also said, adelaide isnt for everyone and i was just giving my opinion on what i thought of the state, i wasnt speaking for u or your sons

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    Hi LC, same initials as my name haha. In response to your question yes we did like it more at first, but thats because we were getting used to it all, finding jobs, sorting schools, discovering places and what was around. Have bought a house too, with hindsight that probably was not the best idea but we didnt want to spend much longer paying someone elses mortgage especially when we needed a big 4 bed rental which was always going to be $450 plus!!!

     

    In answer to the other comments......We were originally heading for Qld but hubbies job came off the skills list so SA was our best option our agent told us, we hadnt really heard of Adelaide but obviously did a lot of research for the state sponsor. We did read a lot of negative comments about how quiet,backward etc it was and my boss at Thomas Cook who was well travelled said ' nooo you dont want to move there, its like the 1950s, theyre so behind the times!' So we took it on board but knew it would be better here than the UK, better job prospects (apparently), better weather (yes) and a safer place to bring up young kids (yes). Its just after sitting back taking it all in and visiting the Gold Coast it made me realise theres more exciting. 'happening' places we could be living. Who knows we will probably end up never moving but was just interested to see what other people thought of it here.

     

    Adelaide is not backward, its just not a big City. I am out doing things almost every night, I may be dull, but I have many other dull people to mix with. I am sure exciting people mix with exciting ones too.

     

    As for the 1950s, I don't think thats fair at all.....change your attitude to a positive one and you will be amazed as to how much better you will feel...if not, as Stevo says, Ikea is next door.

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    Ermmmmm dont know what to say to some of your comments......i guess everyone is different and so far for nearly all of our family it hasnt clicked out here. It could just be us expecting too much, im probably best speaking to people that have left SA and made the move to QLD. Everyone on here has their own opinions and personal circumstances and interests. We may be more hard to please than you folk that like a simple, very laid back life me thinks

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    i didnt say there was nothing for under 30's, i said there isnt much, and as i also said, adelaide isnt for everyone and i was just giving my opinion on what i thought of the state, i wasnt speaking for u or your sons

     

    Dunno how anyone can say there's not much for the Under 30s to do - have any of you been to any of the Fringe shows, or the Comedy Clubs, or Rundle Street on a Friday night? Or the Garden of Unearthly Delights? Ok, I know March and February are probably the busiest months, but give The Rhino Rooms on Frome Street a try - or have a look at http://www.adelaidecomedy.com - better still, book and go along this Tuesday as there is a fantastic comedian called Georgie Carroll appearing there: she won SA's best comedy newcomer award this year and is well worth seeing. Take a stroll into Central Market one day, have a look at the show notice boards that are up in the escalator lobbies - loads of stuff going on, you just have to make a bit of an effort.

     

    Having said that, if the part of Essex you came from was Basildon or Southend, then you may well prefer the Gold Coast....:wink:

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    My life is far from simple I can assure you.

     

    My life is hardly laid back I can assure you.

     

    Adelaide is not Paradise.

     

    Adelaide is paradise compared to QLD and the humidity, cyclones, floods, QLDers, crime....

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    I find there's lots to do in Adelaide if you've got the time to get round it all, there's always some kind of festival going on, got the fringe festival coming up, and the garden of unearthly delights was fab last year, then there's some music festival in city in march followed by clipsal motor racing.

     

    there are lots of wine and food festivals down barossa valley most with free entries.. I always look in local paper and on kidspot website to see up coming events, there's plenty of nice beaches, various nature reserves pretty spoilt for choice.

     

    Most pubs have bands on w/ends bit loud and heavy sometimes but all good fun, and i quite like the adelaide casino on w/ends which has bands and dj, and north terrace has a good vibe with various bars and restaurants.

     

    We try and balance things out, do the family festival thing with kids, host bbq's and visit friends for beers and head up to City occasionally for Adult only nights out!!

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    Adelaide is paradise compared to QLD and the humidity, cyclones, floods, QLDers, crime....

     

    hmmm....qld, warmer winters, cyclones are more far north queensland, floods were less than 5% of the state, crime????yeh cos adelaides not got much crime goin on, other than the typical bikies shootin each other in the head at busy intersections, and it being the murder capital of australia, and to be honest, i dont think port noarlunga reef is much compared to the great barrier reef, do u?

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