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Old Mar 7th 2008, 10:49 pm
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Thought I'd throw this one into the pot

http://britishexpats.com/forum/showt...30#post5465430

This is a link to a post regarding our first year in Melbourne. Hope helps any of you still on the top half of the world.

Good luck all

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Old Mar 7th 2008, 11:17 pm
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hi everyone

we are heading to mornington in may, just got visa grant today. its gr8. anyone going to mornington area kep in touch, can meet for nights out or in as they do in oz.

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hi everyone

we are heading to mornington in may, just got visa grant today. its gr8. anyone going to mornington area kep in touch, can meet for nights out or in as they do in oz.

Diane
Hi Diane

Jason flies on the 3rd April, will be staying in the CBD initially, but we are looking to settle Mornington way, once the children and I arrive, looking forward to meeting you Congrats on the visa, hope you are celebrating tonight

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Plenty of people do commute from Mornington, they accept the 1 hr 20 min+ drive in return for living in Mornington.

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Wallan and Kinglake would be the Furthest distance that anyone travels that works as a Pysch nurse at the Royal Melbourne... which is right next to the RCH. No Mornington Psych Nurses at the Royal Melbourne.
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Originally Posted by mancfamily View Post
Evening all,

We've changed our minds so much about where we will head to upon arrival, but we've now decided to go to Mornington or nearby.
We plan on 3-4 weeks of visiting the different areas and schools etc before we commit to a rental property.

OH has accepted the long commute to the cbd, in return for living in beautiful surrounds

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Consider Geelong and it's surrounds, it's a much easier trip in than Mornington... especially by train.
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Originally Posted by stubbieholder31 View Post
Hi, please could anyone offer some advise on the Western Melbourne areas.
We are looking for nice suburbs, good schooling and any other general advise you can throw at us. The Deers park region looks pretty good? Can anyone confirm this or give us there views on this part of the world?
Would be good to hear from anyone who has experience of these area's.
Deer Park is about 10 minutes from where I am. To be honest, it's not quite my cup of tea it's fairly run down in parts and when we looked at neighbouring Cairnlea (which is lovely) the real estate agents face put us off when we asked if there was much trouble from Deer Park . Saying that, a lot of kids from Deer Park get swimming lessons with my kids and they and their families all seem like really lovely people.
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Hey

Enjoying reading this thread and can't wait to get over there.

Moving over permanently around Aug/sept but over on my validation trip in April.

I will be in Melbourne with a friend from Sydney from the 1oth of April for a week. Are there any meet ups on the weekend of 11/12/13th of April and if so can we come!!
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Im a psych nurse and live in Mornington. Been here 2 years, building in Mt Martha.
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Hi All,
Hoping to move to Melbourne in August and have been looking at the following areas:

Vermont, Vermont South, Ringwood, Heathmont, Bayswater, Wantirna, Scoresby and Nunawading.

My sister lives in Glen Iris (but jumped on the ladder 11 years ago) and there's no way we could live in the surrounding areas - but would like to be near her as such.

Anyone feel like commenting on these areas with regards to:

1. Commuting to CBD?
2. Good schools?
3. Good reputations as an area?
4. Any other comments?

Thanks a million!
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Anyone got any comments on Dingly Village good or bad?
We're landing on 7th May, but we've got 4 weeks accommodation with OH job in CBD before we have to start looking for rentals.
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Old Mar 10th 2008, 11:30 pm
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Hi All,
Hoping to move to Melbourne in August and have been looking at the following areas:

Vermont, Vermont South, Ringwood, Heathmont, Bayswater, Wantirna, Scoresby and Nunawading.

My sister lives in Glen Iris (but jumped on the ladder 11 years ago) and there's no way we could live in the surrounding areas - but would like to be near her as such.

Anyone feel like commenting on these areas with regards to:

1. Commuting to CBD?
2. Good schools?
3. Good reputations as an area?
4. Any other comments?

Thanks a million!
Irish Gal

Sorry but I don't know those suburbs too good. However, a few points.

1.Commuting to CBD could be a pain if you have to use the freeways at rush hour and public transport is also packed at rush hours. However, this may be a price you pay for living in your own dream area.

2. There are good and bad schools in all areas, so I don't think this is a big problem. When you are finally narrowing your search down to a couple of areas, then check upon the schools.

3. Again, reputations can be misleading. For instance Ringwood has had a bit of a rough rep, but I think it's fine. Then again, like all places there is good and bad. Essentially, if you can see mostly good in somewhere, then the place will be ok.

4. Which brings me to my final comment. I suggest you don't commit to anywhere before you land. Rent as cheaply as you can in any area for 6 months or one year and check out the suburbs which you have shortlisted. And be prepared to be flexible. You hear all sorts of things on here about how good or bad some places are but everyone is different and what some people like others hate. You will be the same and you won't know what is right for you until you've had a feel for the place.

Good luck, and sorry I couldn't be more specific.
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Anyone got any comments on Dingly Village good or bad?
We're landing on 7th May, but we've got 4 weeks accommodation with OH job in CBD before we have to start looking for rentals.
Dingly Village is ok. It has been a bit of a building site recently as they've been building a new freeway nearby which means getting to Frankston, and therefore Mornington will be easier. Dingly is probably 15 minutes drive to the sea....maybe Black Rock or Sandringham....and not far from Oakleigh to the North (great if you like Greek food) and Moorabbin to the South. It can feel a bit out of the way (although it isn't), but that can be a good thing.

Commuting to the CBD may be a bit of a pain. Driving in rush hour is no fun, and I'm not sure there is a train line so you may have to drive to your nearest Frankston line train which will be busy.
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Thanks for the advice! I think we'll be doing the renting thing for at least a year anyway (thats if we ever sell our house here :curse
Only 8 weeks to go
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Old Mar 11th 2008, 11:27 am
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Originally Posted by Sianystar View Post
Thanks for the advice! I think we'll be doing the renting thing for at least a year anyway (thats if we ever sell our house here :curse
Only 8 weeks to go
No worries...and don't be hassled with renting. It can be a bit tough to find places in some areas but there are properties out there for those who are looking. I'd pick somewhere not too far out from the CBD if you're not too familiar with Melbourne. A central(ish) location gives a good base to travel around. Then choose south if you want the sea, North if you want the city feel, East for suburbia, and West if you like living dangerously

Only joking...anywhere within about 10Km's of CBD is seen as central
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Old Mar 11th 2008, 11:53 am
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Thanks Shakmaty. I suppose I'm just anxious to get over there and trying to research in advance. I'll still be heading for East though as that's where my sister is based!
Take care
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Thanks Shakmaty. I suppose I'm just anxious to get over there and trying to research in advance. I'll still be heading for East though as that's where my sister is based!
Take care
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No worries. Don't discount renting around Glen Iris/Burwood/Ashburton/Ashwood etc, while you're looking for an area you want to permanently settle
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