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1. Posted by v-man (First Time Poster 1 posts) 13y Star this if you like it!

hi guys , i'm headin to aus. in late october to start working , i'm an electrician and my girlfriend is a hairdresser !! any suggestions where we should set up base ?? thanks !!!

2. Posted by Daawgon (Travel Guru 2015 posts) 13y Star this if you like it!

Certainly I'm no expert on OZ, but most people I know prefer Melbourne. Personally, I prefer the excitement/beach of Sydney.

3. Posted by OzRocco (Budding Member 47 posts) 13y Star this if you like it!

Lifestyle and a few hours to enjoy, or making a few bucks and working like a slave?
Crowds in your face or a bit of space to yourself?
So many variables - I reckon you might do well to lob in Perth as a first stop and try your luck.
Perth is a lot more laid back than Sydney & Melbourne.
If that's too slow (or dry) for you, head to Sydney or Melbourne, or Brisbane & the Gold Coast or if you want to cruise a bit slower - Adelaide or Hobart or Darwin.

At the moment there's a fair shortage of rental properties in Sydney and I think it may be similar around the country.

If you want to earn some bucks, and you don't mind roughing it a little (or fly in/fly out),
the mining boom in Oz seems to be paying pretty well if you're willing to live/work in North West Oz.

If you want to live near the beach and have 24/7 everything - Sydney or Melbourne or Gold Coast.

If you want to get away and live a bit - enjoy some of the country without the 24/7 rat race - head out of the cities and you'll find something.

Here's a few spots you might check out along the NSW coast: Ballina, Coffs Harbour, Port Macquarie, Newcastle, Wollongong, Kiama, Jervis Bay, Narooma, Bega, Eden. Plenty of work for tradesman in most places - same as everywhere - it has its ebbs and flows.

Feel free to message me with questions or for more info.

4. Posted by SimoneH (First Time Poster 1 posts) 13y Star this if you like it!

If you want to earn good money and have a relaxing time, I would recommend Darwin in the NT, or the North of WA.
Electricians can earn big money as there is a major skill shortage and lots of development happening.
Plus Hairdressers can get jobs easy too.

Lifestyle wise, it is lots of Sunday afternoons at the pub or by the pool (as the weather is warm all year round), great fishing and you are close to Kakadu, Uluru, Bungle Bungles etc for when you want to see some great natural wonders of the world.

Melbourne and Sydney are nice and good places to live, but pretty much the same as every other big city.

Hope that helps.
Simone H

5. Posted by mjburr (Budding Member 2 posts) 13y Star this if you like it!

i am going to australia soon, for 5 months, as part of a year travelling. iam a qaulified english electrician. i understand that the qaulifications are different out there however would i be able to get a job? wheres best to look? and how much could i earn? any advice would be great! thanks

6. Posted by andy11 (Full Member 136 posts) 13y Star this if you like it!

A above i am no expert here but i have been to Sydney / East coast and i know its a bit different than Perth. You might feel a bit lost in say Sydney. Hard to explain but i have a few friends who are Electricians and they have all emigrated over there, they all prefer Perth but then this is probably a massive generalisation based on a few case stories, i think what i am saying is that for long termers Perth seems to be more liveable in for outsiders whereas for short termers the East is much the place to be....

But what you really need to know is where is there work and where can you get a good wage etc...