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1. Posted by GingerSuze (Budding Member 2 posts) 7y

Hello everyone,

My partner and I have decided to move to Australia in August. It has been quite a sudden decision due to a change in our circumstances - so much to organise so I'm sure I'll be back bothering you all a lot!

My first question is one I'm sure you'll have heard before but I was wondering if you could advise us based on our particular circumstances. Which city is best to move to?

We're in our late twenties with no children, have 3 cats and will probably want to buy a house/flat near the centre of whatever city we move to. He's a software engineer and I'm a primary school teacher and we'd both like to find work asap. We both like city life - bars, theatre, good fitness facilities etc etc. Weather wise, we're not too bothered, as everything would be better than Scotland!

All your comments will be gratefully received.



2. Posted by mojorob (Moderator 1047 posts) 7y

For city life you'll probably be looking more at Melbourne, Sydney and possibly Brisbane though I'm not sure how big theatre is up there. With sprawling suburbs, it can be difficult to live closer to the city centre especially as there is a lot of competition - Brisbane is easily the city with the least amount of "sprawl".

With weather, it depends what you can handle - Brisbane is very humid, Sydney somewhat humid, and Melbourne usually dry. In all places it can get hot (35+ including days in the 40s), though in Melbourne there's usually a cool change after a day or two.

If you can handle heat & humidity I would say that Brisbane is probably most liveable out of these 3, if not then Melbourne. You mention you're a primary school teacher - it would be good to look at the requirements to register as a teacher now (be aware that these will be different in each state, as they have their own education departments). Also, the school year starts in late Jan/early Feb so you may not get far when you first arrive - perhaps look into substitute/agency work first.

3. Posted by hey_monkee (Respected Member 430 posts) 7y

I'd go for Melbourne. Its a nice city, with some good inner suburbs just a short train trip/tram ride away. Its got all the elements of city life you could want, and is currently getting a really hot summer. They do get a winter, although possibly not by Scottish standards ;) - not by my standards, I live at the bottom of NZ. I'm not such a fan of Brisbane, I found the heat somewhat oppressive and the traffic out of control! Once you have chosen your city, you could start job searching on the net, maybe you can secure something before you go if you're fortunate. You most likely won't find a permanent teaching position at this time of year, but you never know what else might be out there. Good luck, and let us know what city you decide on!

4. Posted by wotthefiqh (Inactive 1447 posts) 7y

Oi, Oi, Oi, Oi Oi, what about Perth?

Forecast for next 7 days -

Forecast for Monday Jan 25th
Cloudy periods. Light to moderate S'ly winds, shifting fresh S/SW in the

Precis: Cloudy periods.
City: Min 19 Max 31

UV Alert: 8:40 am to 4:20 pm, UV Index predicted to reach 10 [Very High]
Fire Danger: Coastal Plain: HIGH
Hills: HIGH
Tuesday Partly cloudy. Min 19 Max 33
Wednesday Sunny. Min 20 Max 36
Thursday Sunny. Windy morning. Min 21 Max 37
Friday Sunny. Windy morning. Min 22 Max 39
Saturday Humid change. Min 22 Max 34
Sunday Partly cloudy. Min 19 Max 35

1) Location on the beautiful Indian Ocean
2) WA's economy has done the best in Oz during the financial crisis and Oz didn't have any recession
2) Think WA has the lowest rate of unemployment in the country (Oz unemployment rate was 5.5 % in December 2009)
4) Smaller than Sydney and Melbourne so easier to get around and suburbs not hugely spread out (YET!)
5) Outdoor lifestyle all year round
6) Quality wineries 30 minutes drive away!!!

Bali is 3.5 hours away and the climate is the BEST!!!

5. Posted by mojorob (Moderator 1047 posts) 7y

Quoting wotthefiqh

Oi, Oi, Oi, Oi Oi, what about Perth?

Forecast for Monday Jan 25th
Cloudy periods. Light to moderate S'ly winds, shifting fresh S/SW in the

Precis: Cloudy periods.
City: Min 19 Max 31

That's on the cool side for a Perth summer Certainly had a few stinkers recently!

I left Perth out of the cities I suggested because the city itself can be a little, er...quiet? I suppose there's the Northbridge area and I'm not sure about Fremantle.

I think Canberra may actually have the lowest unemployment rate - but who would want to live there

6. Posted by GingerSuze (Budding Member 2 posts) 7y

Thanks everyone for your thoughts! To be honest we still haven't decided yet, but after finding out how long it's going to take to get us a visa, it doesn't seem there's any rush!

We hadn't really considered Perth before but I've seen some photos of it now and it does look gorgeous. It seems that the best job prospects for my other half might be in Sydney though... it's all so exciting!

One thing we're a bit concerned about - my partner is on the critical skills list, but I'm not. Will I be ok to go with him even though we're not married? I can find a lot of info about "de facto" visas when one person is an Australian or NZ citizen, but neither of us are. Do we need to get down the registry office??