“˜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”¦.
"The 6th Jan 2007 was the first anniversary of our arrival in Perth. When we arrived in Australia, after getting so much help from the members of this web site, I promised I’d do a “˜6 weeks in’ update and then a “˜6 months on’ etc, but I never got around to it, so here are a few thoughts about our first year in Oz."
We moved to Australia a year ago and the Gold Coast suits us because we loved living close to the sea when we lived in Bournemouth, and we are now less than 5 minutes drive from beautiful beaches here. We thought after 2 years of reading posts on British Expats, which we have found as an invaluable mine of information, and the first anniversary of our arrival at BNE, that we would like to share our ‘roller coaster’ of experiences over the last 12 months.
Nothing can help more whilst in the middle of a migration adventure than reading the first hand experience of those that have gone before you. Continuing our series of interviews, Sue answers our questions on how she and her family settled in Queensland, Australia and tells us about their new lives.
"I’ve always liked reading the posts and articles detailing how other members of this site have got on in Australia after being here for a length of time. We have been here for 6 months now, so here goes my attempt of putting down on paper what this has meant to us. We left England on 29th December on a very cold night with snow around…" Read on to see how BritishExpats member "tabby" worked her way through her to-do list.
"I very much like living in Australia. I like the weather, (I have a health condition which is better in warm weather), and I like that I can still dry my clothes outside in the middle of winter because the sun’s shining. I like that if it’s grey and raining it will probably be sunny the next day because where I live the weather systems move. I like the attitude here – friendly people overall. I have found none of the snob factor barriers to opening a business that I found in the UK – everyone is interested in what we’re doing and supportive." BritishExpats member iPom shares her ‘likes’ of Australia.
We started the visa process for our move to Australia in June 2004. Having never traveled any further south than France and never managing to get to Scotland, it was quite a shock to everyone who knew me that I would want to move to Australia! I had only ever been on a plane once and that was only in the last few years. However, we felt that if we didn’t do it now, we would never have the chance in the future.
After living in Sydney, Australia for 2 1/2 years british expats member "ShozInOz" and his family have moved back to the UK. Moving back after emigrating is a tough decision to make, one that is not to be taken lightly. In this article he tells us why they made the decision to move back, shares his thoughts of life in the UK and their plans for the future.
So here we are 4 months down the line, and what an experience it has all been. It feels like we are the only english family who didn’t emigrate to Brisbane, Perth or the Mornington Penninsula! I’m sure that is not true but it sure feels like it. We moved to Anglesea on the Great Ocean Road in Victoria. It was for a total life change. English life was full of indoor activities for the kids and meant Richard working a 14 hour day, 6 days a week.