Guest alan smallman

Reccy in May 2008 - Some advice please?

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    Guest alan smallman

    Hi

     

    My wife and I are flying to Adelaide for a 2-week reccy. We plan to hire a car and move on each day visiting different areas in different towns. We are looking to get a feel for the place, to see if people are friendly, visit a couple of hospitals (from a professional point of view - hopefully not as customers!!), and have a scout around different residential areas.

    Can anyone recommend any good (and reasonably-priced) B&B's please? Also driving around, are there areas to avoid going to? Where are the nice areas to live? Which hospitals have the greatest reputation?

     

    How about the weather? What should we expect coming over in May?

     

    Our main worry is the cost of higher education for our 18 year old son. He finishes college this year and would be eligible to study at Uni in UK. Thing is, he will be coming over with us when we finally decide to emigrate, and we're finding it difficult to gain any sort of info relating to courses in Performing Arts. From what we have uncovered, it looks like he would be classed as an overseas student. If that's the case we wouldn't be able to afford the fees that Australian Unis charge. Does anyone know of any courses (specifically at Degree level) offered at a Uni in adelaide which caters for 'budding' actors/singers?

    And what opportunities there are for kids his age coming over wanting to study at degree level?

     

    We're hoping to emigrate in Jan 2008 after our daughter's graduaton ceremony. Will be coming over via a recruitment agency. Obviously haven't done anything formal yet. We'll have a better idea when we return to UK after our 2-week stay. If anybody out there can answer our questions it would be greatly appreciated.

     

    Many thanks

     

    Alan & Pauline Smallman

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    Guest Kiki

    Hi there

     

    Can't really answer the part of your question regarding your sons education but we are going to for a visit in march with the 2 kids. ( 3 if you count my husband) Anyway I checked out hotels and B and Bs and caravan sites and found doing a short term rental was the cheapest option for a family of 4. to be honest I was surpursed at how pricey it was. That was just my experiences I might of been looking in the wrong places.

     

    Good luck

     

    Kimberley x

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    Guest salisbury massive

    We don't really do B & B's here in Adelaide and you'll be hard pushed to find any accomodation the further North you go. Most pubs have little apartments attached but I would advise you to try the Caravan parks and see if you can beat them down on the price, tell them you'll be paying cash, that should help. Here are the most popular places.

    http://www.levipark.com.au/

    http://www.brightoncaravanpark.com.au/

    http://www.adelaidecaravanpark.com.au/adelaide.html

    http://www.adelaideshores.com.au/Default.htm

    http://www.highway1touristpark.com/

     

    hospitals can be a bit tricky as there are public and private hospitals

     

    the main public hospital is The Womans and Childrens in the City, The Royal Adelaide, Flinders, Calvery Hospital, Lyell McEwin and Modbury in the North East.

     

    If you check out this nursing forum, you might get a better picture

     

    http://www.nursingdownunder.com/forum3/index.php

     

    I'll avoid the great "where should I avoid" debate, suffice to say you won't get robbed raped or murdered if you break down and have to walk after dark. Give me an idea of where you want to be in terms of beach, hills, near the city etc and then I'll give you a few pointers. Sorry can't help at all with the education bit, maybe have a look at the SA TAFE website as an alternative to Uni - http://www.tafe.sa.edu.au/

     

    Jo

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    Hello if your coming down south check out www.mclareninfo.com there are some nice B&B s in Mclaren Vale if you prefer that to self catering?

    Weather in May will be cold at night day temps are usually in the 20's and sunny, but with the way the weather is at the moment who knows!! Bring a jacket for sure!

    Not sure about the uni fees, but tafe does have performing arts classes check out www.unisa.edu.au Only ever been to Flinders hospital, they re building a big cancer hospital at the moment it has public and private options

    Hope this helps you a little bit? Good Luck

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    Guest alan smallman

    Hi Wendy

     

    Just wanted to say

    many Thanks for your information

     

    xx Alan & pauline

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    Guest alan smallman

    Hi Jo

     

    I'm thanking everyone for being so helpful and their interest in pointing us in the right direction. The womens' & children's hospital is a good example as we've looked at their site - it interests my missus as she's a gynae scrub nurse, so thanks for that. We are thinking of doing a bit of a circle, going to coast first (Saw Victor Harbour on the telly - that looked nice) and working our way up to the wine region and back to Adelaide before we fly back to UK. that's the only plan we have really. Thank you once again for you info

     

    xx Alan

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    Guest alan smallman

    Hi Kim

     

    I think my wife would agree with you on the 'kid' thing. I have surrogate wives/moms at work aswell (they all insist on treating me like a hapless bloke - maybe I am). Cheers and Many thanks

     

     

    Alan:)

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    Guest alan smallman
    Hello if your coming down south check out www.mclareninfo.com there are some nice B&B s in Mclaren Vale if you prefer that to self catering?

    Weather in May will be cold at night day temps are usually in the 20's and sunny, but with the way the weather is at the moment who knows!! Bring a jacket for sure!

    Not sure about the uni fees, but tafe does have performing arts classes check out www.unisa.edu.au Only ever been to Flinders hospital, they re building a big cancer hospital at the moment it has public and private options

    Hope this helps you a little bit? Good Luck

     

    Hi Wendy

     

    Sorry, I thought my thanks were a bit brief. Thank you for the info on weather. I feel the cold even in summer here (if u can call it that!!) so a coat will definately be in my suitcase. Many Thanks again

     

    xx Alan;)

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    Hi Jo

     

    I'm thanking everyone for being so helpful and their interest in pointing us in the right direction. The womens' & children's hospital is a good example as we've looked at their site - it interests my missus as she's a gynae scrub nurse, so thanks for that. We are thinking of doing a bit of a circle, going to coast first (Saw Victor Harbour on the telly - that looked nice) and working our way up to the wine region and back to Adelaide before we fly back to UK. that's the only plan we have really. Thank you once again for you info

     

    xx Alan

    Victors a nice town, along way south though ,you would have to work down that way otherwisw to the cbd Id say about 90 minute drive maybe more. As for uni,if youve got PR then you will pay about $6-8K, if on temp visa, you will pay international student fees which you could find on the uni websites, but at a guess $15k plus.per year.

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    Guest nicolette

    Hi Alan and Pauline, we are going to Adelaide towards the end of May with our two kids, starting in Melbourne and hiring a car and planning on driving up Great Ocean Rd to Adelaide and travelling around a bi to get the feel of the different suburbs/towns? We havent booked any accomodation either which is a bit hard to decide what to do as last time we went we just chanced it but with taking the kids this time cant really move around as much so it would be good to have a base for a few days at a time as we will be living out of suitcases which is hard work packing up every day! I have looked on a couple of sites which i found quite good for accomodation, see what you think

    checkin.com.au

    wotif.com.au

    stayz.com.au

    Most of them are cheaper if you book upto 28 days before but i think checkin.com will give you a price if you wanted to book before them but there is some really nice accomodation on these sites.

    What dates are you going?

    Regards Nicolette

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    Guest Welshy

    JUst saw an ad on tv last night for a performing arts school in adelaide.. sure it quoted a website address literally with performing arts in adelaide in the title - try a google search. I know from personal Uni experince that if you are coming on a temporary visa then you will pay international fees, which could be as mucb as $15k per year. If you are coming on a permanent visa then you pay the same as Aussie residents, although I dont think you would qualify for a hex loan (same as student loans in the UK). Hope this helps

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