After 5 years of plucking up the courage to follow my heart we have finally decided to make the big move from UK to Australia. Trouble is we now have to decide which part of it to aim for! Anyone have any advice on where's best for our fresh start? We are a family of four - my partner and I are aged 32 and 34, with a 14 year old boy and a 10 year old girl. We know a couple of people in Perth so have focused on that area until now, but I'd like a broader view before making a decision. We want quality of life, not city centre, but with stuff going on for us and the kids. Ideal climate would be less humid but lots of sun, cheaper housing would be a major bonus, work opportunities are crucial - between us we are a plasterer/builder, accounts/office administrator, trampoline coach and novice car mechanic. Any info on absolutely anything to do with emigrating to or living in Australia, i.e. healthcare system, education, what/where to avoid, crucial info etc will be greatly appreciated as I'm kind of doing this blind!
I'm slightly envious of you. It's a brave move, but I wish I was doing it. We (+partner and two kids) travelled for a year and spent two months in Oz and loved the relaxed way of life.
Haven't been to Perth but I hear very good reports about it. My only thought is that it's not very near anywhere else if you fancy a change of scene!
Personally I like the East coast, because you can travel up and down and see different places. However, for settling down you might like Brisbane if you want warmth without maximum humidty. Further north would be steamy, and further south leads to Sydney property prices I think. Melbourne is great but can be colder.
Having said that, I once met a woman from Adelaide (where I haven't been) who said it never dropped below 20C even in winter, which is a dream for a Brit!
I'm a local boy from Adelaide so hopefully this advice can help a little!
The east coast is where it all happens. Most travellers go up and down the east coast, there are the snow fields, the mountains, the most famous beaches, the great barrier reef.. there's just a lot to do on the east coast.
Perth is also beautiful and probably has consistently the best climate of anywhere, plus the prices over there are very agreeable. The trouble with Perth is that it is a world unto it's own, it's a massive hike to the rest of australia, and although there is enough to do around Perth itself, if you want to have a broad spectrum of australia to see and do i dont think it would be the best place for you.
I am from adelaide and i love it here. The prices are pretty good for housing (cheaper than the east coast) however the city itself isnt nearly as attractive as the cities of the east. Its a pretty small city and definately a step down on the pace of the rest of the world. Oh we have our own events and everything too.. and the weather is fairly agreeable, the lowest in winter is around 10above but that is rare, it is normally around 20. We are also not as wet as melbourne.
Job opportunities will be plentiful i think. No matter where you are as long as you have an accent and are happy you wont have any trouble!
Our health care system is really good.. 100% better than the states and canada, but i dont know the system in the UK so cant compare.
If you aim for somewhere on the east coast, Sydney is the best but the most expensive, melbourne is very interesting with massive amounts of cafe's and places to go and eat and interesting things to do, more arty and stylish.. but the down side is that it is notorious for rain. Further north is the best bet, brisbane is warm. Lots of sun and not too humid, any further north and youre getting into the humid areas.
The best thing to do is to come down and if you can afford it travel around for a while! Start in Sydney and check it out, then go down to melbourne and have a look, then if you like come to adelaide and check out the quieter side, or go up to brisbane and have a look a the sunshine coast!!! Each city is differnent and interesting in its own way, so the best thing is to find what suits you and follow your instincts.. and budget!
Good luck! I think you are very brave!
If you want any more specific info email me and i can give you more detail about adelaide in particular but also around to the best of my knowledge!