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Old Jan 8th 2015, 2:16 am
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Originally Posted by jad n rich
Brisbane - big market town.

Really when did you last go there 1960?

Brisbane, like most Australian cities is never going to be in my top cities of the world, but its the third biggest city in Australia.

So Australia goes from Sydney, Melbourne to Country town.

Market town with well over 2 million people. Its a biggie
But I doubt it is the expanse of Metropolitan Brisbane that is referred to. The city centre, like most Australian centres hardly reflect such a population mass, that the given population may suggest.
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Old Jan 8th 2015, 2:19 am
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Originally Posted by Bix
Which was the gist of what I was saying or at least meaning.

Because we come from different backgrounds we are all likely to prefer something different now and in the future that will change too.
Which of course is why some can look at the same thing and view it in opposing light.
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We do know what you mean, we were never homesick about England, sure we missed certain things but we just got on with our life in Aus but after about 3 years we started to get fed up of seeing the same things in WA which we had travelled extensively so we started to visit other states (a great cost) and even though our nearest other state Adelaide was just over a 3 hour flight when we arrived it was very much the same as in WA, the only place that felt slightly different was Queensland as it was much greener and so humid (we visited Jan/Feb) but never the less it was mainly the same as WA. We then decided to try overseas and this satisfied us for a while but really we missed the nearness of Europe and all its wonderful Cities and cultures so we headed back to the UK and we are quite happy here. I know it's not the same for some people as a lot are just content with their "own back yard" which is grate but for us we did find Australia after a while a bit confining for us unless of course you don't mind the expense and quite a while sat on a plane.
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Default Re: Australia is too bloody far away....from everything

Originally Posted by brits1
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We do know what you mean, we were never homesick about England, sure we missed certain things but we just got on with our life in Aus but after about 3 years we started to get fed up of seeing the same things in WA which we had travelled extensively so we started to visit other states (a great cost) and even though our nearest other state Adelaide was just over a 3 hour flight when we arrived it was very much the same as in WA, the only place that felt slightly different was Queensland as it was much greener and so humid (we visited Jan/Feb) but never the less it was mainly the same as WA. We then decided to try overseas and this satisfied us for a while but really we missed the nearness of Europe and all its wonderful Cities and cultures so we headed back to the UK and we are quite happy here. I know it's not the same for some people as a lot are just content with their "own back yard" which is grate but for us we did find Australia after a while a bit confining for us unless of course you don't mind the expense and quite a while sat on a plane.
I tend to agree. Just a few nights down south in WA inclusive of meals and wine was very close to what paid in a good Rome hotel in recent times.
While a stay in Broome was more.
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Originally Posted by the troubadour
I tend to agree. Just a few nights down south in WA inclusive of meals and wine was very close to what paid in a good Rome hotel in recent times.
While a stay in Broome was more.
You got away lightly - our last 4 night trip to Margaret River cost more than it would have cost for 4 nights pretty much anywhere in Europe - including flights from Oz!
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You got away lightly - our last 4 night trip to Margaret River cost more than it would have cost for 4 nights pretty much anywhere in Europe - including flights from Oz!
And some wonder why over priced OZ is falling out of favour with international tourism. Not only over priced but I find very ordinary service and general value as well.

Two sets of friends of ours were coming on return visits and both cancelled when checked out how costs had gone up.

Both sets, who know one another went at separate times to South Africa, at less than half the flight cost from Frankfurt not to say a much shorter distance, and all raved about the quality of the country in the way of tourist venues, nature, people and while not exactly cheap far better value compared to Australia. (prices have been rising there as well though, I know) Much what I found on an extended visit there a couple of years ago.

I get the impression Margaret River tries to sell itself as something akin to the French Riveria. Nice spot but way over priced for what it is.

Even more reason to set oneself up outside Australia, closer to the action before the age encroaches.
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The reality is for about 10 months of the year it is lovely weather and really not that hot.
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Default Re: Australia is too bloody far away....from everything

Originally Posted by aussietobe
The reality is for about 10 months of the year it is lovely weather and really not that hot.
Reality of where?

Define lovely weather, thats totally subjective, as is "not that hot".

for instance I am currently in tassie, reality is 10 months of the year 20 degrees-ish, fair few grey days, bits of rain most days. That to me personally is lovely weather, and definitely not that hot, which is why I like it.
Brisbane on the other hand looms like a spectre at the feast at the end of the week, with at least another three months of 25 plus, humidity through the roof, nightmare weather, and we've had it since September.
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Originally Posted by Pollyana
Reality of where?

Define lovely weather, thats totally subjective, as is "not that hot".

for instance I am currently in tassie, reality is 10 months of the year 20 degrees-ish, fair few grey days, bits of rain most days. That to me personally is lovely weather, and definitely not that hot, which is why I like it.
Brisbane on the other hand looms like a spectre at the feast at the end of the week, with at least another three months of 25 plus, humidity through the roof, nightmare weather, and we've had it since September.

Another lifestyle thread devolves into discussing the weather


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Another lifestyle thread devolves into discussing the weather


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Well it seems that, for many, there is not much beyond the weather.
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Originally Posted by Grayling
Well it seems that, for many, there is not much beyond the weather.

That is something that I have noticed myself. Far too many people seem to think that the weather is pretty much the be-all and end-all in consideration of a potential move here.

as I said before, it matters not a jot to me - the fundamentals are that many of the things I enjoy doing are simply not available here. Australia has been great for me in terms of my career and finances, but now I am mortgage free, I want to spend time doing those things I like. And I can't do them here, so it leaves little option but to start looking around for somewhere else now...


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Originally Posted by Swerv-o
That is something that I have noticed myself. Far too many people seem to think that the weather is pretty much the be-all and end-all in consideration of a potential move here.

as I said before, it matters not a jot to me - the fundamentals are that many of the tings I enjoy doing are simply not available here. Australia has been great for me in terms of my career and finances, but now I am mortgage free, I want to spend time doing those things I like. And I can't do them here, so it leave little option but to start looking around for somewhere else now...


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Exactly my thoughts as well.
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Default Re: Australia is too bloody far away....from everything

Originally Posted by Swerv-o
Another lifestyle thread devolves into discussing the weather


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Actually i was just wondering at the randomness of that post I replied too
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Default Re: Australia is too bloody far away....from everything

I dont mind 25c , 27 even.

But UV is the biggest problem. Its extreme most of the year. And its a factor many people dont even consider, till its a bit late.

Melbourne gets some respite for 3 months a year then off it goes again.
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Personally, I hate sunny weather - was never a fan of it in the UK and have grown to despise it here. I spend all summer longing for the winter to arrive

One of my favourite pastimes is walking / hiking - something that is hard enough to do here, but the sun makes it impossible for most of the year. The best climate for hiking is cool and even drizzle.
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