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Back in 2005 when we moved from the UK to Melbourne (via Brisbane), this forum was the best place to come for advice!
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We are looking at a move from the Mornington Peninsula to Busselton, after a couple of trips, one a holiday and another more of a reccie.

Just after others thoughts and opinions about Busselton area, high school, cricket, soccer, horse riding.

We had a great time when we visited, had a great feel, less traffic and hustle and bustle plus a better climate.

Jut interested in peoples thoughts - good or bad.
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I love Busselton, in fact the whole Geographe Bay area, it's probably one of the nicest parts of the world IMHO. I plan to retire to Dunsborough or near there in a few years time.
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Back in 2005 when we moved from the UK to Melbourne (via Brisbane), this forum was the best place to come for advice!
Hopefully nothing has cahnged.....only the people

We are looking at a move from the Mornington Peninsula to Busselton, after a couple of trips, one a holiday and another more of a reccie.

Just after others thoughts and opinions about Busselton area, high school, cricket, soccer, horse riding.

We had a great time when we visited, had a great feel, less traffic and hustle and bustle plus a better climate.

Jut interested in peoples thoughts - good or bad.
Beautiful part of the world, plus very close to Margaret River, Dunsborough and also the Karri country.

It wouldn't suit someone who loves the hustle, bustle and choice a city offers, it still has the feel of a relatively sleepy holiday town to me. But that is a huge bonus for people who like a more relaxed pace!

Sorry I can't help with your specific questions, I've only ever holidayed in Busselton. Best of luck.
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I lived there for nearly a decade, moved away (not far though) 5 yrs ago, lovely town, now classed as a city.

Between Nov-March you best know all the back roads to avoid touristy traffic. Plenty of sport clubs etc, keep an eye out on Busselton News, sport and weather | Busselton-Dunsborough Mail , local clubs advertise everything in the classifieds.

Plenty of high schools from Busso senior high, Cornerstone, MacKillop etc, can't advice as left before mine went to high school.
As a general rule, for nice areas to live, stay on West Busselton side of Queen Street as East side know for rowdy crowds plus the seaweed stink can cause problems. Sorry, head full of flu so not thinking straight but any specific questions, fire away!
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Thanks for the prompt replies folks.
I think that's why we liked it, relaxed pace etc.
The hustle and bustle is not what we want.
Here on the Mornington Peninsula, its getting busier by the month and summer is jam packed but its only a few weeks so no big deal. I assume Busselton is the same.
Melbourne is a wonderful city but to be honest, the big city life just isn't us. Nice to go for the day or overnight, shopping, meal, footy cricket etc but really its only once or twice a year.
Busselton seems to have all the shops you want, decent places to eat etc and Bunbury is close for the 'bigger shops'.
Not sure where we will live, will start in a rental for a while. Vasse looks ok?
(Really like Dunsborough too but work options will be a less there)
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Vases is newer but great area, infact anywhere from Queen Elisabeth Av onwards I highly recommend. Shops like Kmart, BigW are really the only reason to go to Bunbury, although that's still only 30min drive away, loads work in Bunbury & live in Busso. Dunsborough is very quick drive from Busso but if work (what do you do?) takes you to Bunbury then commute is obviously longer and less services in Dunsborough.
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Vases is newer but great area, infact anywhere from Queen Elisabeth Av onwards I highly recommend. Shops like Kmart, BigW are really the only reason to go to Bunbury, although that's still only 30min drive away, loads work in Bunbury & live in Busso. Dunsborough is very quick drive from Busso but if work (what do you do?) takes you to Bunbury then commute is obviously longer and less services in Dunsborough.
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My background is in mental health nursing, however worked for many years as a team manager and more recently as a Program Manager - Counselling, Youth Services and Family Violence.
I will be looking for any health service / allied health management position when the time is right.

Daughter is 14 (today) and will be taking her horse, as will my wife so need to arrange agistment. I know there are several pony clubs around.
Son 12, is mad on soccer and cricket and will be looking to get him into a club as soon as we get there.
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Vases is newer but great area, infact anywhere from Queen Elisabeth Av onwards I highly recommend. Shops like Kmart, BigW are really the only reason to go to Bunbury, although that's still only 30min drive away, loads work in Bunbury & live in Busso. Dunsborough is very quick drive from Busso but if work (what do you do?) takes you to Bunbury then commute is obviously longer and less services in Dunsborough.
Thanks Teza
My background is in mental health nursing, however worked for many years as a team manager and more recently as a Program Manager - Counselling, Youth Services and Family Violence.
I will be looking for any health service / allied health management position when the time is right.

Daughter is 14 (today) and will be taking her horse, as will my wife so need to arrange agistment. I know there are several pony clubs around.
Son 12, is mad on soccer and cricket and will be looking to get him into a club as soon as we get there.

The most important things of course are a good coffee shop and a good pub!!
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The hospital has just had an upgrade in Busso, but as said I haven't lived there in 5 yrs although I still have loads of friends there! Any chance your on facebook, could easily source that info for you that way with loads of parents I know with kids the same age?
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Thanks Teza, see you on Facebook.

Anyone on here done the trip from Melbourne to the SW corner??

Any tips??
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Hi....I'm in Australind. Busso is beautiful for a holiday....not much for teenagers to do if that's a consideration....
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No offence Mandy but when I left Busso my kids were 11+ yrs and I've been watching their friends turn into 16+ teenagers with plenty to do...
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Just looking at the high schools.
Is there a catchment area for Cape Naturalist College and Busselton High School?
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My biggest regret was leaving Busso in 2003. should have stayed and completed my 4 year visa requirements.

Wonderful place lots of clubs for the kids back then, low crime etc. Your winter woolies from the peninsular will still be needed!!
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Would you consider Bunbury? May have more work options for you there? Great school - Bunbury Cathedral Grammar which has huge blocks nearby (Gelorup?) that are really cheap. May have room for your horse there.......
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