Any positive stories about moving to Australia?

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PiratelostinOz Sat 02-Jan-16 16:36:14

DH has been offered a $110,000 job in Melbourne or Sydney - our choice. And I've been researching loads but mainly come across bad / negative stories.

We have a 2 year old. So it'll be 3 of us moving and would love to hear some positive stories.

We are preferring Sydney as my 3 Australian cousins live there & would love to have family nearby.

I'm not a city person but DH will be commuting into the CBD so I'm looking at living in the suburbs. Hopefully we can afford somewhere nice on his new salary. Sydney is so expensive though.

Anyway, any good stories would be much appreciated.
Thank you so much

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DanishBlue Sat 02-Jan-16 16:52:56

Go onto the site, you will get far more honest and useful information than on here. You will however hear the good, the bad and the ugly but definitely the truth about living in Australia, it is an excellent site.

DanishBlue Sat 02-Jan-16 16:54:13


PiratelostinOz Sat 02-Jan-16 17:21:43

Wonderful! Thanks Danish.

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shellybr Sun 03-Jan-16 01:41:22

We are in Perth and get our Citizenship in a few weeks. We love it over here. You need to check what kind of visa you are on. If its a 457 and you are still here when your little one goes to school there are school fees.

Go on you will get heaps of info on there about moving re area etc. $110,000 is going to be tight with the rents in Sydney.

PiratelostinOz Sun 03-Jan-16 16:07:00

Thanks for the Pomsinoz suggestion Shelly.

We deffo can't afford Sydney. sad

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HearTheThunderRoar Sun 03-Jan-16 19:59:56

Not a lot of help OP as I live in NZ but Melbourne is a very lovely city to live in, I would choose it over Sydney.

Has cheaper housing, a lot more culture and things to do, a very vibrant city. (great selection of museums, art galleries, things for kids to do etc) Fantastic public transport system for commuting. The only downside is beaches are better in Sydney and the weather is very temperamental in Melbourne (hot summers and cold winters).

If your not a city person I think Melbourne would be better and suburbs are very nice.


purpleapple1234 Tue 05-Jan-16 00:40:56

We are in Sydney and really like it. Everyone talks about how expensive it is here, but I think it is perfectly affordable for a small family. I will give you an overview of our finances. Our combined income is 150,000 dollars pa. After tax we get just shy of 9,500 dollars a month (go to to see how much money you will get a month).

Out of that comes rent: 3,500, daycare: 2000, food: 600, petrol and tolls: 300. Which leaves about 3000 dollars a month disposable income. We have a modest lifestyle, so put about 2000 dollars away in savings. Note that we should get the Childcare Rebate (one day!), so daycare should go down to 1,500, if I have calculated correctly.

We are me, DH and DD who is 3. We are living in a 3-bed house (too big for us, so are thinking of getting a lodger to help with the rent) in Sydney's inner west. It is a gorgeous area and we love it. It is as historic as Sydney gets, with water around us, lots of parks, a buzzy street life and a view of the CBD.

We have far more money than we had with exactly same jobs as in UK. The idea of saving in the UK was laughable, but now we can put away nearly a thousand pounds every month, even living the most expensive city, in one of the most expensive suburbs in a house with a garden that is too big for us! Happy days! will give you an idea of the cost of housing.

Of course there are flies in the ointment. The traffic is mad and I can spend hours in the car each day. It can be very difficult to a place in daycare (I wish that I had known that DD could go to the local public school's kindergarten, which would have saved money and start her off with her new schoolmates). The lifestyle can be very aspirational, in my local shopping arcade (for groceries!) there is a laser and filler salon. Nail bars and morning lattes seem to be the norm. But on the whole, we can afford to live here with no problems.

I have not been to Melbourne, so I can't say how they compare, but imho it is the coastline that makes Sydney so special. The number and variety of beaches, the walks along the shore, the seaside communities. But there is little to do when it rains or in the winter that doesn't cost a fair bit (or not that I have found). Good luck with whatever you decide.

PiratelostinOz Tue 05-Jan-16 09:37:52

Thanks for the fab posts! brew having a browse at houses <drooool>

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chloeb2002 Mon 01-Feb-16 16:29:08

Cost of living is such a variable. When we moved 8 years ago dh only worked, we had a small rental house lived in 100k a year gross. Now we both work, big acreage house, caravan, 4 kids! Doubled income.. Less left over. So it's definitely what you make it. grin

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