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Old Feb 12th 2018, 1:52 pm
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We are moving from London to Australia later this year with our 3 kids and have chosen Geelong and the Bellarine Peninsula. Just looking for other Brits who may have done the same kind of move and could advise on what life is like for kids in that area. Also, would you live in a smaller beach town on the Peninsula or do you need to be in Geelong to access all a family needs. Lastly, what's the weather like round there and how cold does it get? Thank you!
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Old Feb 27th 2018, 12:37 pm
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Hi, not another Brit but lived in Geelong for a number of years and would happily move back there as absolutely love it (but now have just relocated to the UK). Weather is an easy one -- weather is very nice and you do actually get the feeling of 4 seasons in a year which isn't so apparent elsewhere in Australia. Summers aren't as hot as elsewhere - so don't get the longish runs of high 30s/40 degree days and winters are coldish. You'll be able to look up on the temps online but I can rarely remember a true frost when we lived there.

A lot of activities/institutions are obviously based in and centred around Geelong but you would depend on what you are interested in. Nothing is far apart and certainly the trend is for the smaller towns to spread out (as is Geelong) so the distances between places is def. reducing. I think almost all of the coastal towns have shopping strips, if not brand new shopping centres (so much development going on), libraries, sporting teams etc. Happy to answer any other questions though.
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Default Re: What's family life like in Geelong/Bellarine.

My last address in the UK was Grummant Rd Peckham.

I'm South London born and bred, although I did leave there at a relatively young age at 24.

I've lived in the Inner North of Melbourne since I arrived in 1980, it's been a relatively easy move as this part of Melbourne or Australia as a whole I believe offers the least cultural change in moving from the UK, especially London.

Geelong is a nice place to live and with a family, however, personally I would be very careful about getting what you wish for. My Aussie born and bred Daughter lives on the outskirts of Geelong in a place called Torquay, she loves it. Me not so much as it's too rural and quiet for me especially in the evening. The Bellarine would take a lot of getting used to after Peckham.... although it depends on how much you like where you live now.

Geelong is probably a great place for a family, however, dont expect to be free of the inner city problems that you get in a place like Peckham. Australia as a whole conversely seems to have more youth and drug problems in it's quieter regions as there is so little to do in these locations. Inner Melbourne has a minute fraction of Inner London problems, with most of the benefits.... All in all it's a bit utopian here in Inner Melbourne., like London without most of the issues.

Personally, I'd move to the familiar and take stock and move on from there. It's up to you. You'll find the people friendly in the Geelong region, you probably will feel cold even though the winter temps are generally always above 12C minimums.

Like i said before a move from Peckham to the Bellarine would be one of those things that looks great for a holiday, but not so good to live. That's my opinion though and others may well have totally different view..... There again they ain't Sarf London born and bred and I've definitely carried the edginess of my upbringing right through to my 63rd year and still don't feel at home in quite locales.... everyone's different though. I hope you get a different viewpoint in this thread from someone that lives around Geelong.

One thing though... They won't be from inner South London eh
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it's a bit utopian here in Inner Melbourne., like London without most of the issues.
Amen to that.
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