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    Guest caffhall

    Hi, :)

     

    Myself and my family are considering moving out to Oz, can anyone tell me why i should chose adelaide over somewhere like Melbourne? Any pros / cons? we've got kids of school age (6 and 3) so can anyone recommend good schools / suburbs. Basically, emigration sounds like a lot of hassle, is the move really worth it?

     

    Help me please!

     

    Thanks

     

     

    Cath

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    If you think it's a hassle then maybe it's not for you.

     

    Melbourne is a big city. The cheaper housing will be out in the outer suburbs, which are a long way out although it does have a good train and tram network. The city centre itself is like a cross between London and Paris with lots of laneways and very busy. Housing in Melbourne is much more expensive than Adelaide, but some types of jobs are more available than in Adelaide. The weather in Melbourne is generally cooler and wetter than Adelaide.

     

    Adelaide is smaller and it doesn't take that long to get anywhere. The beaches are easily accessible and it is still possible to buy reasonable housing near some of the coastal areas.

    Adelaide has mild winters, hot summers. You only need to heat your house for about 4 months of the year. In midwinter it gets dark at 5.30. Rental properties are cheaper than in Melbourne.

     

    There is lots of space, you aren't hemmed in. Outside of the city centre blocks of flats are only 2-3 stories high. More high rise is being built along the coast.

    Within 1/2 an hour you can be out of Adelaide into the country.

    Kids generally have a good outdoor life.

    It doesn't take 1/2 an hour to dress a little tacker to go outside. A fleece will usually do during the day.

     

    Australia has high quality food.The beef and lamb are grass fed. The fruit is usually fresh, with the tropical fruit being shipped down fromNT and QLD. There are lots of local producers that get their tomatoes etc into the local shops quickly and we don't have to eat crap imports from the EU.

     

    Anyway the application may seem like a hassle but to some people it's worth it, just so they can come and live here, evn if it is only for a couple of years.

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    Guest Django
    Basically, emigration sounds like a lot of hassle, is the move really worth it?

     

    Hi Cath,

     

    Welcome to PIA. Hassle? Noooooo adventure is the word you are looking for. A challenge maybe but not hassle. Is it worth it? It all depends on what you want out of life. We are moving because we yearn for an outdoor life we can depend on. Its hard trying to arrange a camping trip or a visit to a zoo and such with our weather.

    We what a totally different life for our children. Its not looking to good over here at the mo so we are going for it. Yes the visa process is a long drawn out affair but it gives you and your family opportunities that others can only dream about.

     

    Pete

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    Guest The Pottertons

    Hi Caffhall, Rachiegarlo has made some great points. We are at the beginning of the process really and so spend a lot of time researching which is the biggest piece of advice i can give. There is so much info out there and what you cant find out the people on here are great. Adelaide is definitely the place that sounds like it will fit with our family. Not as hot as Perth, Sydney or brisbane. More of a small town feel rather than a big city, Always close to the beach and the country and the cbd. And most importantly a great outdoor life for my children which we can only dream of living in the U.K Yes it can be a hassle but as Pete said its an adventure and if you see it as a long journey it will be less stressful. There is a lot of waiting involved but that gives me time to get my head around the changes we are making and become stronger in my decision. Good luck with things and i hope you make the right decision. Yvonne

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    Guest The Hadleys
    Hi, :)

     

    Myself and my family are considering moving out to Oz, can anyone tell me why i should chose adelaide over somewhere like Melbourne? Any pros / cons? we've got kids of school age (6 and 3) so can anyone recommend good schools / suburbs. Basically, emigration sounds like a lot of hassle, is the move really worth it?

     

    Help me please!

     

    Thanks

     

     

    Cath

     

    Hi Cath

     

    Me and my family started the process in January 2007 to immigrate to Aldeliade, we have just been granted our visa which to say I am delighted is a under statement. Every day of my life something happens or I read about something in the newspaper and I think to myself 'god I can't wait to get out of this hell hole', I have two girls aged 10 and 13 and the thought of them growing up and starting out in life living in the UK just horrifies me. We did a reccie last October and we know we are making the right decision. We are just waiting for someone to buy our house and we are off. The outdoor life and the fact that there are too many people in this country makes Ozz so more appealing.

     

    Apparently every country is ranked on its quality of life, education, health system, crime, ammenities, cost of living etc., Uk ranked 25th, Austrialia ranked 5th.

     

    You just need to research and possibly visit.

     

    Hope this helps

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    Yes it can be a hassle but as Pete said its an adventure and if you see it as a long journey it will be less stressful. There is a lot of waiting involved but that gives me time to get my head around the changes we are making and become stronger in my decision. Good luck with things and i hope you make the right decision. Yvonne

     

     

    Totally agree with you, it's not just you that has to get your head round the changes, it's others within your immediate and extended family.

     

    During the process, I personally was really struggling with the time it was taking, but totally understand now why it takes so long, it helps you to realise and adopt what is happening and makes you want it all the more.

     

    You know then that when your visa is finally granted that it is definately what you want and you are so ready for it emotionally and mentally.

     

    Good luck x

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    Guest paul_smart
    Hi, :)

     

    Myself and my family are considering moving out to Oz, can anyone tell me why i should chose adelaide over somewhere like Melbourne? Any pros / cons? we've got kids of school age (6 and 3) so can anyone recommend good schools / suburbs. Basically, emigration sounds like a lot of hassle, is the move really worth it?

     

    Help me please!

     

    Thanks

     

     

    Cath

     

    Hi Cath welcome to PIA,

    my advice is simple but true, RESEARCH, RESEARCH and RESEARCH some more, then visit, then visit again, then take a long time to make up your mind though if it was for you maybe you wouldn't consider it hassle??

    Adelaide hasn't got the same nightlife as Melbourne, it isn't as busy, it's more of a large country town than a city, a lot of travellers I met Loved Melbourne to bits and thought Adelaide was drab dull and boring (most in fact), I spent 3 months in Ade's and loved every second, when I went to Melbourne I thought it was too busy, dirty and cold.

    Honestly they are two very different towns depending on what you like, but no-ones comments are worth a jot, even mine, because we are not you, take a holiday, spend time in these places and find what you like about them, one mans rubbish is anothers gold, it seems to me that Adelaide takes a particular kind of person to fall in love with it, where as Melbourne is maybe a bit more mainstream.

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    Hi Cath welcome to PIA,

    my advice is simple but true, RESEARCH, RESEARCH and RESEARCH some more, then visit, then visit again, then take a long time to make up your mind though if it was for you maybe you wouldn't consider it hassle??

    Adelaide hasn't got the same nightlife as Melbourne, it isn't as busy, it's more of a large country town than a city, a lot of travellers I met Loved Melbourne to bits and thought Adelaide was drab dull and boring (most in fact), I spent 3 months in Ade's and loved every second, when I went to Melbourne I thought it was too busy, dirty and cold.

    Honestly they are two very different towns depending on what you like, but no-ones comments are worth a jot, even mine, because we are not you, take a holiday, spend time in these places and find what you like about them, one mans rubbish is anothers gold, it seems to me that Adelaide takes a particular kind of person to fall in love with it, where as Melbourne is maybe a bit more mainstream.

    Very well put paul!

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    Guest caffhall

    Thanks everyone for your views.

     

    We are just at the beginning of the research bit at the mo, so i guess its going to take some time yet.

     

    Any experiences anyone can share of how the kids have taken it?

     

    :v_SPIN:

     

    Cath

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