Well, that's that then.

Old Jul 29th 2007, 12:04 pm
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Originally Posted by St.Georges Girl
I had that too Soapy, that's why I came. I stayed because I don't like to be defeated, I hate giving in once I start something, but being that way can work against you, so I would never tell anyone to stick it out if their heart is somewhere else. Being here as long as we have has certainly done me no favours and I have many regrets, which in itself is very sad. I wouldn't wish that on anyone.

That's because he is nice. He's one of the best our Soapy.


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Old Jul 30th 2007, 7:16 am
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Originally Posted by TraceyW
Back from my rekkie in Brisbane and the Gold Coast safe n sound. The most popular question peeps are asking me at the mo is "Well, are you moving there then?" and the answer is "Nope!"

We had a good time and saw some spectacular countryside in the hinterlands. Talk about 'take your breath away' beautiful! After being scenery starved for so long over here, me and my mate kinda overdosed a little on the stuff!!

We had a wonderful day out at Byron bay, another truly wonderful place, saw whales, ate our lunch over-looking the landscape and felt at peace with Australia for the first time since I'd landed some 3 long years ago. We then travelled into the NSW hinterlands and went for coffee at a lovely little place called the "Crystal Castle". Very spiritual indeed!! Again, the shire of Byron was awesome.

Friday we went to Australia Zoo, and yes, we saw Bindi and Terri!

But....and there's always a but isn't there!.....after travelling over 1000 km's in a week, up and down the Gold Coast (inland) there was nowhere that we could say was 'the place' we wanted to live in, or if it even came close, we couldn't afford it. The prices are going silly over there, and this was confirmed by several real estate agents who complained they couldn't meet the demand for houses at the moment. The houses we could afford now will be completely out of our price range in 15 months time.

So that's that then. Decision made; it's off home to Blighty for deffinite now for us in Oct 08. I'm a little sad because the dream is absolutely over for us. I feel a bit deflated because we so wanted this Australian adventure to work, but hey ho, it's not to be and it's onwards and upwards to look forward to a new life in Devon.
Hi Tracey
I was wondering, after your jaunt, in what ways would you say its different over the east side of this island if any?
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Old Jul 30th 2007, 10:18 am
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Well, for starters, you lot have some pretty spectacular mountains over there don't you? That's something that the west doesn't have. We have a few bumps here and there!! Your scenery is amazing, ours does not compare at all.

We drove around a lot of suburbs, and because we saw quite a few older suburbs, they were a little shabby compared to the ones here in Perth, because everything here is so shiney and new. Now please don't take offence all you Brisbanites, I can only comment on what I saw and give a comparison.

You have a lot of variety for entertainment; theme parks, Surfers Paradise, Coolangatta etc. We cannot compete here and don't even try! But, along with that entertainment and commercialism comes the yobs, grime and tackiness. Where we stayed (Surfers) is just like Benidorm really. You just have to accept it for what it is.

I thought the drivers here were mentally unbalanced....yours are certifiable! Complete and utter nutters! I saw people tanking down mountain roads at crazy speeds, tailgating like they were glued to my bumper and the cutting up that went on ....well, my language was blue all week!!

Your petrol is a bit cheaper than ours.

Supermarkets were about the same for quality and price.

That's about it really. We only had a week there, so we didn't see all that you have to offer over there but I had more "WOW!" moments in a week than I've had in three years here. But alas, it wouldn't be the right move going over there, but I'm glad I went and saw it.
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Here's a few pics of the scenery over in the hinterlands;
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And here's Byron bay and Surfers.
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Old Jul 30th 2007, 2:04 pm
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Originally Posted by TraceyW
And here's Byron bay and Surfers.
Fab piccies Tracey

I loved Surfers - fantastic place. Byron Bay I found nice and scenic, loved seeing the whales and the views but don't think I'd want to go again - bit too quiet for me. I really regret not seeing the hinterlands as I've seen piccies in books and it looks just amazing. Oh well, may visit one day when I make some money
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Default Re: Well, that's that then.

Originally Posted by TraceyW
Well, for starters, you lot have some pretty spectacular mountains over there don't you? That's something that the west doesn't have. We have a few bumps here and there!! Your scenery is amazing, ours does not compare at all.

We drove around a lot of suburbs, and because we saw quite a few older suburbs, they were a little shabby compared to the ones here in Perth, because everything here is so shiney and new. Now please don't take offence all you Brisbanites, I can only comment on what I saw and give a comparison.

You have a lot of variety for entertainment; theme parks, Surfers Paradise, Coolangatta etc. We cannot compete here and don't even try! But, along with that entertainment and commercialism comes the yobs, grime and tackiness. Where we stayed (Surfers) is just like Benidorm really. You just have to accept it for what it is.

I thought the drivers here were mentally unbalanced....yours are certifiable! Complete and utter nutters! I saw people tanking down mountain roads at crazy speeds, tailgating like they were glued to my bumper and the cutting up that went on ....well, my language was blue all week!!

Your petrol is a bit cheaper than ours.

Supermarkets were about the same for quality and price.

That's about it really. We only had a week there, so we didn't see all that you have to offer over there but I had more "WOW!" moments in a week than I've had in three years here. But alas, it wouldn't be the right move going over there, but I'm glad I went and saw it.
Being a Brisbane girl and being in Brisbane right now I would say that is a pretty accurate description. Especially the driving!
The housing thing is right too. I remember my English Grandfather used to call Brisbane a shanty town and until I lived in the UK and got used to all brick housing I had no idea what he meant. There are some lovely well kept 'Queenslanders' in the older suburbs but there are some shockingly tatty looking asbestos riddled nightmares from the 50s, 60s and 70s in the outer suburbs.
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