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Old Jun 26th 2017, 3:09 am   #16
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But that's OK if you don't leave the house. What if you want to go for a walk, nip down the road for a coffee or fry up, hit the local pub for a footy game.

Any good in the west?
Well, if you want a walk there are quite a few routes created as they put the estates together, you can kind of chain parks and 'conservation areas' (and to the OP, the parks usually have playgrounds, BBQ areas, etc.) into longer walks, and then there's the more rural walks, etc.

Coffee places pop up (obviously) and I could certainly walk to 2-3 if I wanted to.

Not sure about fry ups, more asian cafes, etc.

And there is a local 'hotel' - which I try to avoid - if you want footy. No decent 'pubs' though.

City is ~20mins by train, but lots longer in rush hour.
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Thank you all for your responses. I think we would look at running the pr visa along side the temp from what your all saying.

My husband does seem to meet the pr requirements but I know this isn't guaranteed!

Minefield!!!!

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If we do get to aus I will miss watching the footie on a Saturday afternoon 😂
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You could try reading this Melbourne or Brisbane for a British family? and other threads by this poster, there may be some useful info in there re Melbourne as your circumstances sound very similar (young children, love outdoors, need good schools, husband whose company is willing to relocate him in multiple countries).
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You could try reading this Melbourne or Brisbane for a British family? and other threads by this poster, there may be some useful info in there re Melbourne as your circumstances sound very similar (young children, love outdoors, need good schools, husband whose company is willing to relocate him in multiple countries).
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Well, if you want a walk there are quite a few routes created as they put the estates together, you can kind of chain parks and 'conservation areas' (and to the OP, the parks usually have playgrounds, BBQ areas, etc.) into longer walks, and then there's the more rural walks, etc.

Coffee places pop up (obviously) and I could certainly walk to 2-3 if I wanted to.

Not sure about fry ups, more asian cafes, etc.

And there is a local 'hotel' - which I try to avoid - if you want footy. No decent 'pubs' though.

City is ~20mins by train, but lots longer in rush hour.
Sounds very Ramsey Streety. Not my cup of tea.
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But that's OK if you don't leave the house. What if you want to go for a walk, nip down the road for a coffee or fry up, hit the local pub for a footy game.

Any good in the west?
That house is stunning but does seem cheap! Beautiful
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Well, if you want a walk there are quite a few routes created as they put the estates together, you can kind of chain parks and 'conservation areas' (and to the OP, the parks usually have playgrounds, BBQ areas, etc.) into longer walks, and then there's the more rural walks, etc.

Coffee places pop up (obviously) and I could certainly walk to 2-3 if I wanted to.

Not sure about fry ups, more asian cafes, etc.

And there is a local 'hotel' - which I try to avoid - if you want footy. No decent 'pubs' though.

City is ~20mins by train, but lots longer in rush hour.
you've just used the word estate: and 'chain'. isn't there a sense of superficiality? In the East you feel a sense of history and see seasons roll through people's front gardens as leaves turn colour in the autumn...people do more than discuss home movie theatres...they own books and take an interest in the arts (etc) rather than see their life as a shopping trip with ornaments.
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Visiting Ramsey street is on my bucket list!
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Visiting Ramsey street is on my bucket list!
I prefer Summer Bay
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Oh I wouldn't mind visiting there either!
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If we do get to aus I will miss watching the footie on a Saturday afternoon 😂
Just stay up late and watch it on Saturday night instead
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you've just used the word estate: and 'chain'. isn't there a sense of superficiality? In the East you feel a sense of history and see seasons roll through people's front gardens as leaves turn colour in the autumn...people do more than discuss home movie theatres...they own books and take an interest in the arts (etc) rather than see their life as a shopping trip with ornaments.
It's australia. Realistically, it has no history etc.

One of the things I noticed coming here was how there was a huge continent of a country, but they crowded together in what would be considered low class, high density hovels because they thought it was more cultured, etc. to be in the middle of the city.

It's fake. Culture doesn't come from where you live, it come from what you are. Far too many of the 'arty' types here are just rehashing trends from 5 years ago (or more) elsewhere, jumping on bandwagons. It's got no depth, little authenticity, and no innovation.

So it doesn't tend to move me, or guide thoughts. What I can say is that in order to build, they have to put in quite a lot of parks and facilities, and generally make it a nice place to live. Sure you could say it's McMansions, but for someone from Scotland, that should be a good thing!

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It's more expensive than it was a year ago!

As I said to beoz, it's not atypical, with a number of similar properties overlooking lakes, etc. When you compare like for like on what you can afford West vs East, it's pretty significantly different, even after those prices have risen. Wouldn't want to buy one of them, they are built to a price and will fall apart after 20-30 years, but renting...

One thing I did forget to mention, lots of families with kids in this area, so lots of potential friends for kids, etc.
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It's australia. Realistically, it has no history etc.

One of the things I noticed coming here was how there was a huge continent of a country, but they crowded together in what would be considered low class, high density hovels because they thought it was more cultured, etc. to be in the middle of the city.

It's fake. Culture doesn't come from where you live, it come from what you are. Far too many of the 'arty' types here are just rehashing trends from 5 years ago (or more) elsewhere, jumping on bandwagons. It's got no depth, little authenticity, and no innovation.

So it doesn't tend to move me, or guide thoughts. What I can say is that in order to build, they have to put in quite a lot of parks and facilities, and generally make it a nice place to live. Sure you could say it's McMansions, but for someone from Scotland, that should be a good thing!



It's more expensive than it was a year ago!

As I said to beoz, it's not atypical, with a number of similar properties overlooking lakes, etc. When you compare like for like on what you can afford West vs East, it's pretty significantly different, even after those prices have risen. Wouldn't want to buy one of them, they are built to a price and will fall apart after 20-30 years, but renting...

One thing I did forget to mention, lots of families with kids in this area, so lots of potential friends for kids, etc.
Friends for my kids is very important I need them to be happy where we are too! It's obviously a massive move for them!
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If we do get to aus I will miss watching the footie on a Saturday afternoon 😂
Aussie Rules football is quite a spectacular game and worth watching. There are more players, greater athleticism, and much bigger scores.
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