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Hi all, am new to this so you will have to bear with me...! Myself and my husband have dicussed the move to oz, but are still not sure its the right thing to do. We have a 5 yr old boy and a baby whi…

Posted on February 21, 2011 at 15:52 10 Comments

Hi all, am new to this so you will have to bear with me...!

Myself and my husband have dicussed the move to oz, but are still not sure its the right thing to do. We have a 5 yr old boy and a baby which is due in 2 weeks and are wanting to make there lives a better one.

My husband lived and worked in Australia over 10 yrs ago and since doing some research has noticed that the cost of living is not that much different to the u.k..???

We need to be sure that it is the right…


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At 22:19 on February 21, 2011, Le Loup said…

I find it very difficult to advise anyone in regards to coming to Australia. Mainly people coming from the UK seem to want to get into the big cities, all I wanted to do was find work wherever it was.

Life here where I am is good, of course I came over as a young man on my own & have been here for over 40 years now. If your husband has a trade as a plumber, then he should find plenty of work. If it was me, I guess I would settle in a colder climate, somewhere with four seasons. At least that way a plumber gets extra work in winter when all those pipes burst!

I have never regretted moving to Australia. Rents can be high, but again that is mostly in the big cities. I live near Armidale City which is not far from Tamworth,Uralla,Guyra,Glen Innes. A small city and nice. I was up in the Territory for 10 years, and survived cyclone Tracey in 74. It is very hot up there & only two seasons, wet & dry.

I find the temprature and lifestyle here in Armidale just about right. It gets hot wherever you go in Australia in summer, but you only have 3 months of it here where I am & then things cool down. I have been married for over 30 years and we have raised 3 sons here.

Regards, Keith.

At 21:53 on February 21, 2011, Sarah Husselmann said…

Hi Kerry,

We moved to Sydney in Jan 2010 (myself, my husband and two children (aged 3 and 16 months when we moved). We got our permanent residency visas 4 years before taking the plunge - I kept getting cold feet, mostly because I didn’t want to be away from my family.

It might not be the easiest thing to do but long term I think we've done the right thing. We were living in London so there is a big difference between our lifestyle there and here. The children go to the beach several times a week, and they swim pretty much every day. My youngest son’s preschool is centred around being outside, and my eldest is at a school with 20 children in each class. For me, the move has been all about the children; as long as their quality of life is better I’m happy. 

I’ve struggled a little over the past year, missing my family and friends, but it’s getting easier. The cost of living in Sydney is high so I think it’s unrealistic to think you’d be coming here to be better off financially – this might be the same in other cities and states.

We’re in Sydney’s Eastern Suburbs, which is an expensive area (four bedroom house $1,000 per week!), but we love the lifestyle so the compromise we’ve made is that we’ll rent for longer before buying,  and live in a smaller property. Sydney’s Northern Beaches are great for families too.

On a positive note, I’ve found making friends and building a support network quite easy. People are welcoming and friendly. I meet people in the same situation as us all the time.

I write a blog with the aim of helping mums moving to Australia, or considering the move, ( – you might find more food for thought and inspiration there.

I’d say, if you have the opportunity give it a go...although there will be ups and downs you don’t want to look back and wonder “what if...?”

All the best, Sarah


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