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Living in Oz - pros and cons?

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McDreamy Mon 18-Jul-11 19:22:33

Trying to make a list myself but having not lived there can't fill it in properly!

coansha Tue 19-Jul-11 00:51:39

ok, I would do a financial section, practical & emotional section.
Look at the area you intend to move to and check out house prices, which varies from city to rural(normally cheaper & more for your $) look at cars, living costs of food, clothes, petrol, utilities, factor in electric for a/c or solar costs for pool.
Medical & dentists fees, no NHS sadly.
Possible school fees, even public (state schools) have fees, not normally huge but get a budget planned of your $ out goings to income.
Remember removal costs & flights etc
Practical jobs(?) if not contingency fund to keep you going for say a year.
Look at a time-scale, work that in.
Emotional list will be the hard one to do, do you need or get family support, but you need to think about it.
Australia is a fabulous country lots of opportunities and amazing to go discovering, first 2 years area bit like a honeymoon than its normal life.
It is down to personal wants and desires I think and if you love it fabulous, but as a soon to be returner to UK after 6 years I have loved it and loathed it at points, but now things have come to point where if we return its now or never so we are returning, DH works overseas so job is not issue.
I will say that you need to remember that despite sharing a language we have been brought up in 2 different cultures some are for the better and others definitely not but think you need to discover these things on your own and maybe its the perfect move???
I would have in retrospect, rented out Uk house, go for 2 years and decided at the end of this period.
One point for pro lists is the 1st time home-owners grants and rural grants to live rurally, big bonus.
if you have any queries inbox me.

Indaba Thu 28-Jul-11 01:44:32

personally would forget the finances first, and think how it'll effect family life.

we have lived overseas for a while and financies probably are not great in the totality but we have gained so much from everything else that we don't care

kids have learnt loads, as have we.

fab experience

and if you find its pants, you can always return

never try never know!

good luck!

Indaba Thu 28-Jul-11 01:48:04

just re read my message and it sounds trite

all i mean is that is thats easy to get caught on the negatives when you drill down on the finances

there are is a big upside on trying something new

good luck!

Bubbaluv Thu 28-Jul-11 02:54:16

Did you see the thread the other day about "Things I need to know about Aus"?
You'll probably learn lots from that.

Hevian Thu 28-Jul-11 03:03:58

I live in Perth at the moment and I have lived in Sydney and Brisbane. For me personally I find it a very superficial country to live in. There's no depth or soul. It's bland.

I miss Europe very much. The history, the culture, the buzz; everything.

Australia was good 20 years ago when I backpacked here. I was 20 then and just wanted the easy life. Australia was cheap as chips in those days. Times have changed and it's very expensive and over-priced here.

idlevice Thu 28-Jul-11 03:49:03

Agree with Hevian. The observation that Australian has no culture, a monoculture or limited culture in comparison to Europe is very common, but it very much depends on the type of person you are. If you love beach holidays or holidays in the sun compared to city breaks or touring holidays (as an indicator to what you like to do in your leisure time) then you are probably more likely to love the Australian lifestyle.

There is culture here of course but I find it more difficult to access than in the UK as it is confined to the city centre; no touring theatre companies for example, and the newspapers/TV/radio don't compare well to the UK's. Sydney only got its version of Time Out about 3 yrs ago, it comes out monthly & there are hardly any listings in it. The listings in the weekend newspaper are just two pages so I think there are less things going on - but it is a smaller population & it doesn't have the heritage/historical side of things. Also going out to do/see something specific in leisure time isn't generally part of the lifestyle here, they do sports, socialise with family at home/parks/beaches or work on the home/garden more instead. Probably why it is often said to be a good country for family life (but not everyone's obviously).

Bubbaluv Thu 28-Jul-11 09:08:24

It's such a hard thing to define because what is good about Aus is not what's good about England and vice versa.
Also, are we comparing suburban Brisbane to London or comparing a midlands country village to inner city Sydney? The answers will obviously be completely different depending on your specifics.
I agree that suburban life in Aus can lack cultural exposure etc, but then again I used to live in Darlinghurst in Sydney which had much more buzz than the village where I lived in Hertfordshire.
If you are a gallery buff and spend every weekend at the theatre or trawling historic sites then stay in Europe. If that's not super-important to you then you will probably be able to find an area in Aus that suits you.
We really are going to need a little more guidance about the things that matter to you before we can give you much useful info.

saffronwblue Mon 15-Aug-11 04:08:18

Australia doesn't offer the exciting riots that you have been enjoying in the UK lately - is that an example of bland, limited culture?

tryingtoleave Mon 15-Aug-11 14:23:43

I lived in Canberra and we got lots of touring theatre companies - bell Shakespeare, Sydney dance co etc. I didn't get to see much of it post dcs unfortunately...

But Perth is probably quite different to sydney which is different to Melbourne...

tryingtoleave Mon 15-Aug-11 14:28:32

I think the weather must be a huge pro. We have just moved from canberra, which has freezing winters, to Sydney and we are blissed out with the warm winter weather. We've spent all the last few Sundays at the beach, smugly reminding each other that we would have been shivering in a barren Canberra park or ( horrors!) at a club or soft play. We did really like Canberra in all other ways, though.

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