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Old Mar 12th 2008, 2:30 pm
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Originally Posted by WelshRanger View Post
Lived in Adelaide, Melbourne and Brissie. best were in this order Brissie, Adelaide , Melbourne. Melbourne is like many other cities e.g Birmingham, Manchester
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Not a fan of Melbourne then ?

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Old Mar 12th 2008, 2:33 pm
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Originally Posted by Buzzy--Bee View Post
You could consider Langwarrin, although it is a 1 hour commute from the CBD. Get a decent house for your 400k and close to the beach and peninsula too.

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Just for the record we're looking in that area,one of the reasons being the proximity to the sea

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Old Mar 12th 2008, 2:39 pm
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Originally Posted by stuckinblighty View Post
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Not a fan of Melbourne then ?

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No didn't like it at all. Lived in North Balwyn about 25 mins from the CBD. It was along haul to get anywhere, Mornington was well over an hour away, and quite adrive down to the sea. The Yarra looked as though it was flowing upside down. Best thing there was the casino
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Old Mar 12th 2008, 3:18 pm
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No didn't like it at all. Lived in North Balwyn about 25 mins from the CBD. It was along haul to get anywhere, Mornington was well over an hour away, and quite adrive down to the sea. The Yarra looked as though it was flowing upside down. Best thing there was the casino
a casino in the river ? sounds interesting
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When you rent an unfurnished place, is that totally unfurnished i.e. no white goods? Just wondering whether to stick the washing machine and dishwasher into the container.
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Old Mar 12th 2008, 8:36 pm
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When you rent an unfurnished place, is that totally unfurnished i.e. no white goods? Just wondering whether to stick the washing machine and dishwasher into the container.
Most places are rented unfurnished - this usually means they will have a cooker and a dishwasher. We didn't bring any electricals with us so rented a fridge, washing machine and tv when we first arrived. Now (after 3 years) we have finally moved out of rental into our own place - fantastic!!!
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Old Mar 12th 2008, 9:20 pm
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Originally Posted by Pootle View Post
Most places are rented unfurnished - this usually means they will have a cooker and a dishwasher. We didn't bring any electricals with us so rented a fridge, washing machine and tv when we first arrived. Now (after 3 years) we have finally moved out of rental into our own place - fantastic!!!
That's great. If you don't mind me asking, whereabouts are you moving to
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That's great. If you don't mind me asking, whereabouts are you moving to
We were renting in Ivanhoe - now just up the road in Heidelberg Heights.

When are you moving over?
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Old Mar 12th 2008, 10:25 pm
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Originally Posted by WelshRanger View Post
No didn't like it at all. Lived in North Balwyn about 25 mins from the CBD. It was along haul to get anywhere, Mornington was well over an hour away, and quite adrive down to the sea. The Yarra looked as though it was flowing upside down. Best thing there was the casino
Clearly it was a long haul. 25 mins to the CBD???? Many of us would love that short a commute.

They do call that area North Boring so I understand......

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Old Mar 13th 2008, 12:03 am
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Clearly it was a long haul. 25 mins to the CBD???? Many of us would love that short a commute.

They do call that area North Boring so I understand......

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Old Mar 13th 2008, 7:46 am
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Originally Posted by Buzzy--Bee View Post
Clearly it was a long haul. 25 mins to the CBD???? Many of us would love that short a commute.

They do call that area North Boring so I understand......

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I didn't say it was a long haul to get to the CBD, I meant that it was a haul to places in general! If this sarky comment is indicative of the kind of comments that a new member gets then you're not going the right way to encourage people to participate!
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Originally Posted by stuckinblighty View Post
Just for the record we're looking in that area,one of the reasons being the proximity to the sea

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mate, I'd steer clear it's a bit of a dump and has a really bad reputation

have you considered upper beaconsfield I hear that's nice.
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Old Mar 13th 2008, 8:12 am
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mate, I'd steer clear it's a bit of a dump and has a really bad reputation

have you considered upper beaconsfield I hear that's nice.


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Old Mar 13th 2008, 9:40 am
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Default Re: The Melbourne thread

Originally Posted by Kapri View Post
Every time i log on to expats I look for any info re: Melbourne but most people seem to be heading for Perth or GC.
So here is the official Melbourne thread. Who's going there? When? Who's been there? For how long? What's good? What's bad? What's indifferent?
The Perthies have their own thread for contacts so I thought we should have a Melbourne one.
I'll kick it off.
I'm aiming to be there by the end of this year. I've never been there despite having been to other parts of Australia. My reason for going to Melbourne is that it's the only place my OH would consider but now I've started researching it I'm feeling very excited.
It never gets a look in on Wanted down under so I even started watching Neighbours to get my fix of it
Who else is going there/ there already?
The reason you hear more about Brits going to the GC/ Perth is because it's a mecca for them, whereas Melbourne has more Europeans, which is the reason we came here.
We didn't want to only hang around with Brits and have many varied friends which makes life much more interesting.

The good things about Melbourne is it's known as the CLASSY sister to BRASSY Sydney.
We're in a bay so no rough seas, rips or sharks.
We have a decent winter (it snows on the mountains) and variable summer. Yesterday was a pleasant 25 celcius and today is a hot 39 - keeps life exciting. Thankfully we don't get too many days that hot. At least there's no humidity.
The Grt. Ocean rd. is around the corner.
I've met a lot of people who tried Perth, felt very insular so came here and love it.
We are known for our cuisine and art.
The city has very modern buildings as well as lots of beautiful old preserved ones.
We have the Grand Prix (for now) and the tennis Open.
We don't have all the creepy crawlies you get on the GC!

Only bad points I can see is when it gets hot like today!! Thank goodness we have really good evaporative cooling air conditioning - as well as heating for the winter!
Another bad point - the drought! But I've been led to believe it's a usual cycle and not any other modern influence like global warming - YET!!

The more we visit the in-laws in Sydney, the more grateful I am to live here in Melbourne.

If anyone has any doubts, read Billy Connelly's travels to Australia and see what he says.

Good luck!

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Old Mar 13th 2008, 9:54 am
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Default Re: The Melbourne thread

Originally Posted by Pootle View Post
We were renting in Ivanhoe - now just up the road in Heidelberg Heights.

When are you moving over?

Hoping to move in June. My mother in law is at the last stages of cancer so we'll obviously wait etc.
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