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Hi all,just thought i'd share our experience of migrating to oz.

We flew out to Oz on Feb 1st from Glasgow to Perth with a 2 hour stop in Dubai,then a flight from Perth to Brisbane.It seems an odd way of doing it but we booked last minute as the sale of our house was dragging on.
We found out 2 weeks before we left that the buyers mortgage had fallen through and we decided to fly out anyway with some financial help from our families.(This was the 2nd time the sale fell through)
We found the flights really easy and not as long and boring as we expected,had we known this we would have holidayed here before.

The day before we flew out we were going to our solicitor to leave everything to do with the house in his hands and 3rd time lucky,the couple who bought our place got another mortgage and we completed that day.
It felt so much better knowing everything was tied up before flying out.

We had read on here that the general feeling was to go to the airport alone and that was our plan,however,both sets of parents came to the airport as my mother had said,we cant stop them anyway!lol.
The airport was fine until we made our way to the departure lounge then the eyes welled up on everyone. Once in the departure lounge,we sorted that out with a couple of drinks and looked forward to coming to Australia and the Gold Coast in particular.

We had sent our dog over in advance to the Sydney Quarantine Center and we had to fly him with JAL Air from Heathrow as he is a Pug,they are a short nosed breed and anyone looking to send over a short nosed breed should use Ryslip Kennels in Bracknell,we checked out other companies and some would say they would get the dog on with Quantas ect.I did my own research beforehand and some of the companies had no idea what they were talking about as i had to tell them that most of the airlines wouldnt fly our breed of dog.
He struggled with the heat on arrival as it was over 40 degrees and the vets were great with him,cooling him down and getting cold packs ready for him when he arrived at the center.
We decided to fly to Sydney for the weekend and drive back up with our dog as we didnt want to put him in another plane.The drive back took 10 hours and we stopped a few times for a quick bite to eat and toilet breaks.I found the drive much easier than driving from Glasgow to London.

Darling Harbour in Sydney is lovely and full of restraunts and bars,its a must for anyone visiting the city,we also met up with friends who showed us the opera house and we had a few drinks in a bar across from it.

We had arranged accomodation through Doub on this site and he kindly allowed us to use his furnished appartment on Broadbeach even though we had our dog coming,most furnished accomodation wont take dogs.
We were 200m from the beach and you could hear the waves from the front door at night.The location was great and a 5 min walk had us in Broadbeach center where the restraunts were great,we were also a 5 min drive from Jupiters Casino and Pacific Fair shopping center,in the other direction we were about a 15/20 min walk to Surfers Paradise,which is loveley.We even sat and watched the beach volleyball tournament a couple of weeks ago,you cant do that in Glasgow!Lol.

The hardest thing is not knowing where anything is but all you have to do is ask.The aussies have been friendly enough and once we got a car it made everthing easier to find.

We had planned to rent in Adelphi Springs at Southport from the minute we decided to move over to the Gold Coast and as luck had it,the last available pet friendly house became available as someone gave up their lease early,so we grabbed it!
Its a beautiful complex and im suprised by how few people actually use the pools and spa,it also has a small gym too.
Then we spent a few days trying to buy furniture and managed to get it delivered on the same day we moved in.It was all in by 12:30 which left us the rest of the day to lay by the pool.

Onto the social side now,we generally head into Surfers at the weekend as its about a 5 min taxi ride away.
We also went to the expat meet at Pacific Pines and stood out like rabbits in the headlights when we went in.We were greeted by Soapy and had a good night.
You've been a great help Soapy in making us feel welcome,cheers mate.
We enjoyed the day at the spit and i never thought id be playing beach cricket!
We also had a good night at Soapy and Paulines for Paulines (ahem!)21st birthday and met a few good people who offered good advice.

All in its been great so far,ive not looked for work yet but we saw a nearby place yesterday that we may lease to start Julies Nails and Pedicure business,rather than her work for someone else.If we decide to take it then ill help get it off the ground before looking for a job.
If it goes well enough i could always stay in and watch the dog!

5 weeks on and still loving it.

Brian and Julie
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Originally Posted by brido View Post
Hi all,just thought i'd share our experience of migrating to oz.

We flew out to Oz on Feb 1st from Glasgow to Perth with a 2 hour stop in Dubai,then a flight from Perth to Brisbane.It seems an odd way of doing it but we booked last minute as the sale of our house was dragging on.
We found out 2 weeks before we left that the buyers mortgage had fallen through and we decided to fly out anyway with some financial help from our families.(This was the 2nd time the sale fell through)
We found the flights really easy and not as long and boring as we expected,had we known this we would have holidayed here before.

The day before we flew out we were going to our solicitor to leave everything to do with the house in his hands and 3rd time lucky,the couple who bought our place got another mortgage and we completed that day.
It felt so much better knowing everything was tied up before flying out.

We had read on here that the general feeling was to go to the airport alone and that was our plan,however,both sets of parents came to the airport as my mother had said,we cant stop them anyway!lol.
The airport was fine until we made our way to the departure lounge then the eyes welled up on everyone. Once in the departure lounge,we sorted that out with a couple of drinks and looked forward to coming to Australia and the Gold Coast in particular.

We had sent our dog over in advance to the Sydney Quarantine Center and we had to fly him with JAL Air from Heathrow as he is a Pug,they are a short nosed breed and anyone looking to send over a short nosed breed should use Ryslip Kennels in Bracknell,we checked out other companies and some would say they would get the dog on with Quantas ect.I did my own research beforehand and some of the companies had no idea what they were talking about as i had to tell them that most of the airlines wouldnt fly our breed of dog.
He struggled with the heat on arrival as it was over 40 degrees and the vets were great with him,cooling him down and getting cold packs ready for him when he arrived at the center.
We decided to fly to Sydney for the weekend and drive back up with our dog as we didnt want to put him in another plane.The drive back took 10 hours and we stopped a few times for a quick bite to eat and toilet breaks.I found the drive much easier than driving from Glasgow to London.

Darling Harbour in Sydney is lovely and full of restraunts and bars,its a must for anyone visiting the city,we also met up with friends who showed us the opera house and we had a few drinks in a bar across from it.

We had arranged accomodation through Doub on this site and he kindly allowed us to use his furnished appartment on Broadbeach even though we had our dog coming,most furnished accomodation wont take dogs.
We were 200m from the beach and you could hear the waves from the front door at night.The location was great and a 5 min walk had us in Broadbeach center where the restraunts were great,we were also a 5 min drive from Jupiters Casino and Pacific Fair shopping center,in the other direction we were about a 15/20 min walk to Surfers Paradise,which is loveley.We even sat and watched the beach volleyball tournament a couple of weeks ago,you cant do that in Glasgow!Lol.

The hardest thing is not knowing where anything is but all you have to do is ask.The aussies have been friendly enough and once we got a car it made everthing easier to find.

We had planned to rent in Adelphi Springs at Southport from the minute we decided to move over to the Gold Coast and as luck had it,the last available pet friendly house became available as someone gave up their lease early,so we grabbed it!
Its a beautiful complex and im suprised by how few people actually use the pools and spa,it also has a small gym too.
Then we spent a few days trying to buy furniture and managed to get it delivered on the same day we moved in.It was all in by 12:30 which left us the rest of the day to lay by the pool.

Onto the social side now,we generally head into Surfers at the weekend as its about a 5 min taxi ride away.
We also went to the expat meet at Pacific Pines and stood out like rabbits in the headlights when we went in.We were greeted by Soapy and had a good night.
You've been a great help Soapy in making us feel welcome,cheers mate.
We enjoyed the day at the spit and i never thought id be playing beach cricket!
We also had a good night at Soapy and Paulines for Paulines (ahem!)21st birthday and met a few good people who offered good advice.

All in its been great so far,ive not looked for work yet but we saw a nearby place yesterday that we may lease to start Julies Nails and Pedicure business,rather than her work for someone else.If we decide to take it then ill help get it off the ground before looking for a job.
If it goes well enough i could always stay in and watch the dog!

5 weeks on and still loving it.

Brian and Julie
Great post guys. Glad everything has turned out for you. Sorry we didn't get to meet up but things were quite hectic. LOL about the volleyball though. We were at the beach then too. Our apartment was right next to it. We loved Surfers too although we will probably be heading a bit nearer to Brissy for Craig's job. Still hoping to be moving out at the end of May but depends on the house sale. Good luck with the business.

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Hi all,just thought i'd share our experience of migrating to oz.

We flew out to Oz on Feb 1st from Glasgow to Perth with a 2 hour stop in Dubai,then a flight from Perth to Brisbane.It seems an odd way of doing it but we booked last minute as the sale of our house was dragging on.
We found out 2 weeks before we left that the buyers mortgage had fallen through and we decided to fly out anyway with some financial help from our families.(This was the 2nd time the sale fell through)
We found the flights really easy and not as long and boring as we expected,had we known this we would have holidayed here before.

The day before we flew out we were going to our solicitor to leave everything to do with the house in his hands and 3rd time lucky,the couple who bought our place got another mortgage and we completed that day.
It felt so much better knowing everything was tied up before flying out.

We had read on here that the general feeling was to go to the airport alone and that was our plan,however,both sets of parents came to the airport as my mother had said,we cant stop them anyway!lol.
The airport was fine until we made our way to the departure lounge then the eyes welled up on everyone. Once in the departure lounge,we sorted that out with a couple of drinks and looked forward to coming to Australia and the Gold Coast in particular.

We had sent our dog over in advance to the Sydney Quarantine Center and we had to fly him with JAL Air from Heathrow as he is a Pug,they are a short nosed breed and anyone looking to send over a short nosed breed should use Ryslip Kennels in Bracknell,we checked out other companies and some would say they would get the dog on with Quantas ect.I did my own research beforehand and some of the companies had no idea what they were talking about as i had to tell them that most of the airlines wouldnt fly our breed of dog.
He struggled with the heat on arrival as it was over 40 degrees and the vets were great with him,cooling him down and getting cold packs ready for him when he arrived at the center.
We decided to fly to Sydney for the weekend and drive back up with our dog as we didnt want to put him in another plane.The drive back took 10 hours and we stopped a few times for a quick bite to eat and toilet breaks.I found the drive much easier than driving from Glasgow to London.

Darling Harbour in Sydney is lovely and full of restraunts and bars,its a must for anyone visiting the city,we also met up with friends who showed us the opera house and we had a few drinks in a bar across from it.

We had arranged accomodation through Doub on this site and he kindly allowed us to use his furnished appartment on Broadbeach even though we had our dog coming,most furnished accomodation wont take dogs.
We were 200m from the beach and you could hear the waves from the front door at night.The location was great and a 5 min walk had us in Broadbeach center where the restraunts were great,we were also a 5 min drive from Jupiters Casino and Pacific Fair shopping center,in the other direction we were about a 15/20 min walk to Surfers Paradise,which is loveley.We even sat and watched the beach volleyball tournament a couple of weeks ago,you cant do that in Glasgow!Lol.

The hardest thing is not knowing where anything is but all you have to do is ask.The aussies have been friendly enough and once we got a car it made everthing easier to find.

We had planned to rent in Adelphi Springs at Southport from the minute we decided to move over to the Gold Coast and as luck had it,the last available pet friendly house became available as someone gave up their lease early,so we grabbed it!
Its a beautiful complex and im suprised by how few people actually use the pools and spa,it also has a small gym too.
Then we spent a few days trying to buy furniture and managed to get it delivered on the same day we moved in.It was all in by 12:30 which left us the rest of the day to lay by the pool.

Onto the social side now,we generally head into Surfers at the weekend as its about a 5 min taxi ride away.
We also went to the expat meet at Pacific Pines and stood out like rabbits in the headlights when we went in.We were greeted by Soapy and had a good night.
You've been a great help Soapy in making us feel welcome,cheers mate.
We enjoyed the day at the spit and i never thought id be playing beach cricket!
We also had a good night at Soapy and Paulines for Paulines (ahem!)21st birthday and met a few good people who offered good advice.

All in its been great so far,ive not looked for work yet but we saw a nearby place yesterday that we may lease to start Julies Nails and Pedicure business,rather than her work for someone else.If we decide to take it then ill help get it off the ground before looking for a job.
If it goes well enough i could always stay in and watch the dog!

5 weeks on and still loving it.

Brian and Julie
It sounds so great It's where we're heading the end of august! reading about it makes me really impatient Glad you're enjoying it so much.
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Originally Posted by brido View Post
Hi all,just thought i'd share our experience of migrating to oz.

We flew out to Oz on Feb 1st from Glasgow to Perth with a 2 hour stop in Dubai,then a flight from Perth to Brisbane.It seems an odd way of doing it but we booked last minute as the sale of our house was dragging on.
We found out 2 weeks before we left that the buyers mortgage had fallen through and we decided to fly out anyway with some financial help from our families.(This was the 2nd time the sale fell through)
We found the flights really easy and not as long and boring as we expected,had we known this we would have holidayed here before.

The day before we flew out we were going to our solicitor to leave everything to do with the house in his hands and 3rd time lucky,the couple who bought our place got another mortgage and we completed that day.
It felt so much better knowing everything was tied up before flying out.

We had read on here that the general feeling was to go to the airport alone and that was our plan,however,both sets of parents came to the airport as my mother had said,we cant stop them anyway!lol.
The airport was fine until we made our way to the departure lounge then the eyes welled up on everyone. Once in the departure lounge,we sorted that out with a couple of drinks and looked forward to coming to Australia and the Gold Coast in particular.

We had sent our dog over in advance to the Sydney Quarantine Center and we had to fly him with JAL Air from Heathrow as he is a Pug,they are a short nosed breed and anyone looking to send over a short nosed breed should use Ryslip Kennels in Bracknell,we checked out other companies and some would say they would get the dog on with Quantas ect.I did my own research beforehand and some of the companies had no idea what they were talking about as i had to tell them that most of the airlines wouldnt fly our breed of dog.
He struggled with the heat on arrival as it was over 40 degrees and the vets were great with him,cooling him down and getting cold packs ready for him when he arrived at the center.
We decided to fly to Sydney for the weekend and drive back up with our dog as we didnt want to put him in another plane.The drive back took 10 hours and we stopped a few times for a quick bite to eat and toilet breaks.I found the drive much easier than driving from Glasgow to London.

Darling Harbour in Sydney is lovely and full of restraunts and bars,its a must for anyone visiting the city,we also met up with friends who showed us the opera house and we had a few drinks in a bar across from it.

We had arranged accomodation through Doub on this site and he kindly allowed us to use his furnished appartment on Broadbeach even though we had our dog coming,most furnished accomodation wont take dogs.
We were 200m from the beach and you could hear the waves from the front door at night.The location was great and a 5 min walk had us in Broadbeach center where the restraunts were great,we were also a 5 min drive from Jupiters Casino and Pacific Fair shopping center,in the other direction we were about a 15/20 min walk to Surfers Paradise,which is loveley.We even sat and watched the beach volleyball tournament a couple of weeks ago,you cant do that in Glasgow!Lol.

The hardest thing is not knowing where anything is but all you have to do is ask.The aussies have been friendly enough and once we got a car it made everthing easier to find.

We had planned to rent in Adelphi Springs at Southport from the minute we decided to move over to the Gold Coast and as luck had it,the last available pet friendly house became available as someone gave up their lease early,so we grabbed it!
Its a beautiful complex and im suprised by how few people actually use the pools and spa,it also has a small gym too.
Then we spent a few days trying to buy furniture and managed to get it delivered on the same day we moved in.It was all in by 12:30 which left us the rest of the day to lay by the pool.

Onto the social side now,we generally head into Surfers at the weekend as its about a 5 min taxi ride away.
We also went to the expat meet at Pacific Pines and stood out like rabbits in the headlights when we went in.We were greeted by Soapy and had a good night.
You've been a great help Soapy in making us feel welcome,cheers mate.
We enjoyed the day at the spit and i never thought id be playing beach cricket!
We also had a good night at Soapy and Paulines for Paulines (ahem!)21st birthday and met a few good people who offered good advice.

All in its been great so far,ive not looked for work yet but we saw a nearby place yesterday that we may lease to start Julies Nails and Pedicure business,rather than her work for someone else.If we decide to take it then ill help get it off the ground before looking for a job.
If it goes well enough i could always stay in and watch the dog!

5 weeks on and still loving it.

Brian and Julie
Great post Brido, glad to hear the two of you are settling into Aussie life. Hope Julies business goes well!

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OOoo how jealous am I, we are hoping to get out soon to Gold Coast have family in Clear Island Waters, I love to read posts when u know the places someone is talking about.

I'm a nail tech so let Julie know I might come looking for a job, I can see myself painting toes all day in the sunshine for a living hehe

U guys sound like your having a ball. Enjoy.

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what a brill post brido!
plenty of info there for everyone still to make the move



do you want picked up on sunday?
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oh and for the rest of ya


these two are so easy going and would fit in anywhere.
jools is aff her nut once she gets to know u
and brian wants to be an alky when he grows up
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I didn't realised you two were "Brido"! Great to meet you both at Soapy's - I was the only Irish one. Great post and good luck with the potential new business. We'll no doubt meet again another time. All the best. Michelle x
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oh and for the rest of ya


these two are so easy going and would fit in anywhere.
jools is aff her nut once she gets to know u
and brian wants to be an alky when he grows up

PMSL!
Cheers for the glowing reference mate.

I think one of us will drive on Sunday,or get a taxi driver who knows where theyre going this time.lol.

Just let me know the time.
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Hi all,just thought i'd share our experience of migrating to oz.

We flew out to Oz on Feb 1st from Glasgow to Perth with a 2 hour stop in Dubai,then a flight from Perth to Brisbane.It seems an odd way of doing it but we booked last minute as the sale of our house was dragging on.
We found out 2 weeks before we left that the buyers mortgage had fallen through and we decided to fly out anyway with some financial help from our families.(This was the 2nd time the sale fell through)
We found the flights really easy and not as long and boring as we expected,had we known this we would have holidayed here before.

The day before we flew out we were going to our solicitor to leave everything to do with the house in his hands and 3rd time lucky,the couple who bought our place got another mortgage and we completed that day.
It felt so much better knowing everything was tied up before flying out.

We had read on here that the general feeling was to go to the airport alone and that was our plan,however,both sets of parents came to the airport as my mother had said,we cant stop them anyway!lol.
The airport was fine until we made our way to the departure lounge then the eyes welled up on everyone. Once in the departure lounge,we sorted that out with a couple of drinks and looked forward to coming to Australia and the Gold Coast in particular.

We had sent our dog over in advance to the Sydney Quarantine Center and we had to fly him with JAL Air from Heathrow as he is a Pug,they are a short nosed breed and anyone looking to send over a short nosed breed should use Ryslip Kennels in Bracknell,we checked out other companies and some would say they would get the dog on with Quantas ect.I did my own research beforehand and some of the companies had no idea what they were talking about as i had to tell them that most of the airlines wouldnt fly our breed of dog.
He struggled with the heat on arrival as it was over 40 degrees and the vets were great with him,cooling him down and getting cold packs ready for him when he arrived at the center.
We decided to fly to Sydney for the weekend and drive back up with our dog as we didnt want to put him in another plane.The drive back took 10 hours and we stopped a few times for a quick bite to eat and toilet breaks.I found the drive much easier than driving from Glasgow to London.

Darling Harbour in Sydney is lovely and full of restraunts and bars,its a must for anyone visiting the city,we also met up with friends who showed us the opera house and we had a few drinks in a bar across from it.

We had arranged accomodation through Doub on this site and he kindly allowed us to use his furnished appartment on Broadbeach even though we had our dog coming,most furnished accomodation wont take dogs.
We were 200m from the beach and you could hear the waves from the front door at night.The location was great and a 5 min walk had us in Broadbeach center where the restraunts were great,we were also a 5 min drive from Jupiters Casino and Pacific Fair shopping center,in the other direction we were about a 15/20 min walk to Surfers Paradise,which is loveley.We even sat and watched the beach volleyball tournament a couple of weeks ago,you cant do that in Glasgow!Lol.

The hardest thing is not knowing where anything is but all you have to do is ask.The aussies have been friendly enough and once we got a car it made everthing easier to find.

We had planned to rent in Adelphi Springs at Southport from the minute we decided to move over to the Gold Coast and as luck had it,the last available pet friendly house became available as someone gave up their lease early,so we grabbed it!
Its a beautiful complex and im suprised by how few people actually use the pools and spa,it also has a small gym too.
Then we spent a few days trying to buy furniture and managed to get it delivered on the same day we moved in.It was all in by 12:30 which left us the rest of the day to lay by the pool.

Onto the social side now,we generally head into Surfers at the weekend as its about a 5 min taxi ride away.
We also went to the expat meet at Pacific Pines and stood out like rabbits in the headlights when we went in.We were greeted by Soapy and had a good night.
You've been a great help Soapy in making us feel welcome,cheers mate.
We enjoyed the day at the spit and i never thought id be playing beach cricket!
We also had a good night at Soapy and Paulines for Paulines (ahem!)21st birthday and met a few good people who offered good advice.

All in its been great so far,ive not looked for work yet but we saw a nearby place yesterday that we may lease to start Julies Nails and Pedicure business,rather than her work for someone else.If we decide to take it then ill help get it off the ground before looking for a job.
If it goes well enough i could always stay in and watch the dog!

5 weeks on and still loving it.

Brian and Julie
Hi guys,

Glad you got there safe and sound.

Cheers

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Lovely update and great to read that your Pug is fine
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Cheers for the glowing reference mate.

I think one of us will drive on Sunday,or get a taxi driver who knows where theyre going this time.lol.

Just let me know the time.
Hi brido , We met briefly at the last glasgow meet ,great to hear that you both have settled in I will pop into see julie for my nails when we arrive on our recci in may . We arrive in sydney 21st may then brissy 26th still dont know weather to fly up or drive up?
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Hi all,just thought i'd share our experience of migrating to oz.

We flew out to Oz on Feb 1st from Glasgow to Perth with a 2 hour stop in Dubai,then a flight from Perth to Brisbane.It seems an odd way of doing it but we booked last minute as the sale of our house was dragging on.
We found out 2 weeks before we left that the buyers mortgage had fallen through and we decided to fly out anyway with some financial help from our families.(This was the 2nd time the sale fell through)
We found the flights really easy and not as long and boring as we expected,had we known this we would have holidayed here before.

The day before we flew out we were going to our solicitor to leave everything to do with the house in his hands and 3rd time lucky,the couple who bought our place got another mortgage and we completed that day.
It felt so much better knowing everything was tied up before flying out.

We had read on here that the general feeling was to go to the airport alone and that was our plan,however,both sets of parents came to the airport as my mother had said,we cant stop them anyway!lol.
The airport was fine until we made our way to the departure lounge then the eyes welled up on everyone. Once in the departure lounge,we sorted that out with a couple of drinks and looked forward to coming to Australia and the Gold Coast in particular.

We had sent our dog over in advance to the Sydney Quarantine Center and we had to fly him with JAL Air from Heathrow as he is a Pug,they are a short nosed breed and anyone looking to send over a short nosed breed should use Ryslip Kennels in Bracknell,we checked out other companies and some would say they would get the dog on with Quantas ect.I did my own research beforehand and some of the companies had no idea what they were talking about as i had to tell them that most of the airlines wouldnt fly our breed of dog.
He struggled with the heat on arrival as it was over 40 degrees and the vets were great with him,cooling him down and getting cold packs ready for him when he arrived at the center.
We decided to fly to Sydney for the weekend and drive back up with our dog as we didnt want to put him in another plane.The drive back took 10 hours and we stopped a few times for a quick bite to eat and toilet breaks.I found the drive much easier than driving from Glasgow to London.

Darling Harbour in Sydney is lovely and full of restraunts and bars,its a must for anyone visiting the city,we also met up with friends who showed us the opera house and we had a few drinks in a bar across from it.

We had arranged accomodation through Doub on this site and he kindly allowed us to use his furnished appartment on Broadbeach even though we had our dog coming,most furnished accomodation wont take dogs.
We were 200m from the beach and you could hear the waves from the front door at night.The location was great and a 5 min walk had us in Broadbeach center where the restraunts were great,we were also a 5 min drive from Jupiters Casino and Pacific Fair shopping center,in the other direction we were about a 15/20 min walk to Surfers Paradise,which is loveley.We even sat and watched the beach volleyball tournament a couple of weeks ago,you cant do that in Glasgow!Lol.

The hardest thing is not knowing where anything is but all you have to do is ask.The aussies have been friendly enough and once we got a car it made everthing easier to find.

We had planned to rent in Adelphi Springs at Southport from the minute we decided to move over to the Gold Coast and as luck had it,the last available pet friendly house became available as someone gave up their lease early,so we grabbed it!
Its a beautiful complex and im suprised by how few people actually use the pools and spa,it also has a small gym too.
Then we spent a few days trying to buy furniture and managed to get it delivered on the same day we moved in.It was all in by 12:30 which left us the rest of the day to lay by the pool.

Onto the social side now,we generally head into Surfers at the weekend as its about a 5 min taxi ride away.
We also went to the expat meet at Pacific Pines and stood out like rabbits in the headlights when we went in.We were greeted by Soapy and had a good night.
You've been a great help Soapy in making us feel welcome,cheers mate.
We enjoyed the day at the spit and i never thought id be playing beach cricket!
We also had a good night at Soapy and Paulines for Paulines (ahem!)21st birthday and met a few good people who offered good advice.

All in its been great so far,ive not looked for work yet but we saw a nearby place yesterday that we may lease to start Julies Nails and Pedicure business,rather than her work for someone else.If we decide to take it then ill help get it off the ground before looking for a job.
If it goes well enough i could always stay in and watch the dog!

5 weeks on and still loving it.

Brian and Julie

Ooooh reading your update has brought back some happy memories we have shared in Darling Harbour in Sydney, the Gold Coast in Surfers and the Spit
Good to hear you have settled in well, were looking to move to the GC too and want to live in Upper Coomera.
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Originally Posted by sharon45 View Post
Hi brido , We met briefly at the last glasgow meet ,great to hear that you both have settled in I will pop into see julie for my nails when we arrive on our recci in may . We arrive in sydney 21st may then brissy 26th still dont know weather to fly up or drive up?
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12 hour drive
1 hour flight

i have done both and really enjoyed the drive
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Old Mar 9th 2007, 9:59 pm
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I must drive faster than you,then again a taxi driver always takes the long cut!

Thanks to all who have replied and if i can help anyone out,let me know.

Scotschick,hope the rekkie trip went well and sorry we couldnt meet up but things were far more hectic than i thought they would be.Im sure we'll meet again at a meet soon.

Michelle,maybe we should all wear our avatars to any meets! That way we'll all recognise each other.Lol.Im sure we'll have a blether next time.We drove through part of Robina the other day,its very nice and def worth considering a move to.
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