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Beautiful One Day, Perfect the Next

Beautiful One Day, Perfect the Next

“˜Beautiful One Day, Perfect the Next'”¦”¦….a truthful quote to describe the climate in SE Queensland, and one that I heard from my husband’s “˜new boss’ to entice me to move my life to Brisbane! It worked “¦ along with my husband and two sons, I’m now into my 3rd year, and loving it! This is our story so far, hope you enjoy it”¦.

“˜Beautiful One Day, Perfect the Next'”¦…a truthful quote to describe the climate in SE Queensland, and one that I heard from my husband’s “˜new boss’ to entice me to move my life to Brisbane!

It worked”¦along with my husband and two sons, I’m now into my 3rd year, and loving it!

This is our story so far, hope you enjoy it”¦.

My first reaction to the move was “no way”.  We had only been back in the UK for 18 months, having spent the previous three years in Colorado USA.  We were just getting our lives settled, and the thought of moving our sons again and telling our parents we were, this time, taking their grandchildren half way across the world, left me, shall we say, slightly anxious!

But coming back to England, after being away for a while, had also made us even more aware of the hustle bustle of living in a country with such a high density population, and for a family who likes to be outdoors, the weather was a real downer!  Here was an opportunity for us, to experience another part of the world, and one that was hot and sunny!  So in early August, my husband and I took a trip to Brisbane.  Straightaway, we were smitten with the laid back lifestyle, feeling of space, clean parklands with BBQ facilities, miles of bike paths,  palm trees, exotic wildlife and to top it off, the weather was true to the quote, “˜beautiful one day, perfect the next!

We’re lucky our two sons (who were 12 and 10 when we moved) have inherited our adventurous genes and were very excited about the move, (telling them we would get a house with a pool may have helped!).  Our family, although a little surprised we were off again so soon, were happy for us and started planning trips over to see us before we had even left!

We moved to Brisbane on 24th November, just 3 1/2 months after our initial visit.  It was a whirlwind 3 ½ months, we were working to a deadline of December 1st, which is when my husband started his new job, somehow it all came together, with hugs, tears and goodbyes said, we moved out of our house, waving off the container with all our worldly goods, handed the house keys over to the new owners, stayed one night in a hotel then we were on the flight to Brisbane!

We arrived on 457 visas which were sponsored by my husband’s employers (we are now permanent residents).  We still had to submit all the relevant paperwork, medicals, police checks etc, but it is definitely a fast track way of obtaining a visa.  
I had done a lot of internet research before we left the UK, both on houses/suburbs and schools and had organized short-term rental accommodation and a rental car for when we arrived.

The first two weeks were really hard, we were tired, not just from the long flight but also exhausted from the months of intense planning to make it all come together.  And there was still so much to do, bank, credit card, Tax File Number, healthcare (Medicare), buy a car, all the things that would make our life easier.

But although it was hard in those first few weeks, we also had so much fun exploring, getting to know our way around, spending time at the beach, visiting the Koala Sanctuary, and I will never forget the look on my youngest son’s face when he saw a Kangaroo for the first time!

Finding a good school for our sons was a high priority and I had done plenty of research before moving and had a shortlist of schools in different areas.   We soon found one we all liked.  The school year runs from February to November, so they were able to start at the beginning of the new school year.

Within 9 weeks, we had bought a house, in the same suburb as the school (true to our word, it has a pool), and moved in with just a basic furniture rental package (beds, fridge/freezer, TV, washing machine), as our container wasn’t due for several weeks.

{mosbanner right}Now over two years down the track, we are all very happy, and well and truly settled into the laid back Queensland lifestyle.  Our sons have thrived in their new school, easily making new friends, and are involved in a variety of sports, including football, their passion!

As for me”¦.after initially working in Real Estate, I now own my own Relocations Business, helping people moving to SE Queensland, find their new homes, or schools for their children, or just a friendly face to meet up with for a coffee and chat.

I’ve not been homesick at all, probably because we have had a steady stream of visitors! That’s the best part of living somewhere that is “˜beautiful one day, perfect the next’, being able to share it with family and friends.

Good luck to any of you who are taking the enormous “˜leap’ to Australia, enjoy the adventure!

Sunrise Relocations , your personal connection to Brisbane and the Gold Coast, we can help you find accommodation, schools for your children, rental cars, provide maps, or just be a friendly face to meet up with for a coffee and chat.

©Jayne Burke