Moving to Perth WA - any mumsnetters already there?

(65 Posts)
XBenedict Sun 16-Dec-12 12:55:32

We have applied to move to Perth probably just south of the city but we're waiting for the firm job offer. We have visited before for a holiday but just wondering if you had any advice ref schooling private v public? Any other tips would be greatly received smile

Mosman Mon 18-Feb-13 00:57:22

Lol well you have to start early in perth and it seems you've certainly done that lol
Good for you though much more organised than I was at that age.

Mosman, bought September last year smile. Was a 21st birthday present to myself, in a way.
BTW, saw you're trying to get a place at SMAGS- I went there as a boarder, bloody loved it!
We put our DD's name down for John Wollaston, last week. Only 10 years early but at least it's done now.

lisianthus Sun 17-Feb-13 04:32:29

No worries Oscar. Happy to help.

Mosman Sat 16-Feb-13 19:44:22

WankbadgersBreakfast - timing is everything though isn't it, when you bought your house makes the world of difference.

Oscarandelliesmum Sat 16-Feb-13 17:32:38

Lisanthus, thanka so much for such a helpful post. Am only just getting the hang of Also myself!
Mosman. I am so sorry, I hope things turn a corner for you soon. smile

Hmm, just to counter what some say about expense and 200 k not being much. DP and I earn 65kpa, own our own house on a decent block, admittedly not in a smart, shiny suburb but we're by no means broke. $120 a week for groceries, including nice meat and the like.
Petrol is shock though.

Got a cranky toddler, but yes, I live in Armadale.

newbiefrugalgal Sat 16-Feb-13 12:40:33

God he needs to man up and tell you everything!

I'm sounding stronger than I am, see my other thread on relationships.
sad

Start a new thread in relationships the girls over there are great!
Enjoy the drink, will have one for you tonight! Only lunchtime here so a bit early for me to start.

Mosman Sat 16-Feb-13 12:00:59

Am drinking heavily - saves on food I guess - I don't know he's begging for forgiveness but is then drip feeding details as he knows he's getting backed into a corner.

newbiefrugalgal Sat 16-Feb-13 11:11:09

Oh Mosman, that's crap (talking from one who knows!!)

How are you coping?
Do you have details, is he being honest with you?
What do you thinks going to happen!

lisianthus Fri 15-Feb-13 23:11:46

Oh hell. You poor thing. That is really rubbish. Am very sorry to hear that.

Mosman Thu 14-Feb-13 11:53:34

Aldi is coming to WA (genuinely excited !!!), not that i ever really got on with Aldi in the UK but the competition I believe will drive prices down in the other main supermarkets.
On another note, just as things were picking up it turns out H was having an affair in the UK and she tried to email here, so it's all turned to shit again.

lisianthus Thu 14-Feb-13 09:29:17

Hi Muttley- pm away! Always happy to chat. There are definitely things you can do to bring costs down, as well.

Oscarandelliesmum- yes, there are second hand furniture shops, from the independent bric a brac type to charity shops, as well as cheap furniture shops like Amart on Scarborough Beach Rd (not settled back in enough yet to know all the names of these shops but that was one mentioned to us). Ikea is more expensive here than it is in the UK- basically, if you are bringing a container anyway, fill it up rather than getting rid of things. Although I'm now trying to get rid of a shedful of things blush.

re cheap supermarkets, it's not quite the same in WA as it is in the UK. There is no real equivalent to Lidl and Aldi. There's two big supermarket chains, Coles and Woolworths. There's also IGA, which is small and naice and not at the cheaper end. However, we go to Spud Shed for vegetables, meat and some other bits and bobs which is very cheap - 10kg potatoes for $3.99 for example. I also go to my local Chinese and Asian "supermarkets" (i.e. they aren't very big) for items such as rice and dal as they are cheaper. Other ways to save (not tried these yet, but know people who do) : get your roadside assistance via RAC (WA) membership and benefits include access to Cash and Carry stores which are like Costco and usually just sell wholesale. Also, you can buy gift cards for Woolworths at 5% discount through them and then pay for your groceries with it, which adds up over a year. You also get other things such as cheap movie tickets. This is starting to sound like an ad, so I'll stop!

Anyway, the point is, there are lots of discounts available which aren't always obvious. You need to look about, talk to people and check websites such as Poms in Perth. There are also cultural differences such as that Australians (well, west Aussies, anyway) tend to entertain at home with barbecues, inviting people around and so on rather than meeting in the pub and tend to cook from scratch more often than is usual in the UK. There's no equivalent of the M&S ready meal. This way of living thus tends to be cheaper. You are also more likely to be able to buy things in bulk at the supermarket because of this. If you take advantage of it, spend $300 or so on a cheap freezer, buy in bulk and cook in advance, it pays off.

And Mosman, really glad to hear things are picking up for you.

I'll be quiet now!

oldnewmummy Wed 13-Feb-13 09:41:40

We live NOR, near the beach, and love it. Yes, it's quite expensive, but can't easily compare to the UK since I haven't lived there since 1997.

Whoever is moving to Kinross, that's a nice area (several friends there) and Kinross Primary is good.

A lot of it is luck. We've a good group of mates, and that makes a ton of difference.

I forgot to answer your OP about schools - our DC are in the local state primary, and it's fine. They are on waiting list at an fairly inexpensive private school, and likely to move there next year.

Hi Mutley77, we're in Perth too (northern suburbs). Moved here a year ago from London, and loving it. I'm lying on my outdoor sofa right now, fan blasting. We went to the beach as a family at 8am, back for brunch at 10. I really do feel like we are living a fairy tale life. Margaret river area has beautiful scenery, good wine tasting and excellent food, so when you need to get away, that's an easy first stop.

Our income is similar to Mosman's, we have one international holiday per year budgeted in, and we have more than we need really. I think $150k would have been plenty tbh, we have friends living very happily on much less. But of course it's all relative, as ever! Good luck, and feel free to message me if I can help at all.

We have moved countries before, and although this sounds flippant, determinedly focussing on the positives is what you need to make it work, anywhere.

Mutley77 Fri 08-Feb-13 20:35:08

lisianthus where do you live, it sounds great..? Would you mind if i pm you to ask.

We are being relocated to perth in 3 weeks and i am really anxious about finding a decent rental in a decent area with a decent school. Cost of living does seem v high.

Ask me in 3 months and im hoping i will love it smile

Mosman Fri 01-Feb-13 05:38:25

Pretty much everyone I've spoken to relies on some sort of family assistance and of course you get 50% of your childcare costs back if you earn under $170,000 in our case, then it'll all fall into place i hope.

Oscarandelliesmum Thu 31-Jan-13 21:07:34

Hi all, things are sounding slightly more reassuring - thanks for the info! Am about to start busily noting down the suggested suburbs mentioned for affordable family life and decent schools!
Are there things like second hand furniture shops, budget supermarkets etc?
Thanks again (exciting times!)

newbiefrugalgal Thu 31-Jan-13 19:30:41

Not a lot of people live and rely on benefits in Australia. The system is VERY different to the UK. It does exist but not to the same level.

Glad things are looking a little brighter Mosman.

Secondary state schools in Australia can be excellent, you don't need to only consider private.

ajandjjmum Wed 30-Jan-13 15:14:36

Take it DH has found work then? I know our friend has changed jobs since he arrived in Perth, so there must be work around. With four DC and a new home, I shouldn't think you've got much time to spare! smile

Mosman Wed 30-Jan-13 14:26:36

It's been a funny time, had to work full time to give us the cash flow to relocate and settle but then couldn't spend the time required to establish routines, find the right areas/houses, schools etc to make it all work.
Anyway I've given up work now and fingers crossed it all run more smoothly then I can reconsider my career, or not grin

ajandjjmum Wed 30-Jan-13 13:44:17

Sorry you're not finding things easier Mosman - hopefully it'll pick up with your move and schools getting sorted etc.

I remember reading threads before you emigrated, as we had friends moving to Perth at the same time. They have four girls - two who are now working - and they have settled in very well, although they are finding the summer heat a little overwhelming. They went from a pretty horrible area of the UK, and are now happy with their lifestyle, although missing family, as you would expect. So it can work out well OP.

Mosman Wed 30-Jan-13 13:32:01

I had rather hoped $2700 a week might cover the basics though, silly me.

migrant Wed 30-Jan-13 13:09:39

I think you will find a more positive attitude will reap huge rewards. Anyway, your post on larger families heavily hints that you're not staying here anyway and will soon be able to leave.
Lots of people do have wonderful lives here, I'm one of them, but if it's not for you, then maybe a return trip is the answer.
I have found Perth to be a great place to live, but I didn't come here expecting to live in opulence on $200 a week. I did come here determined to succeed.

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