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How to eat an elephant...1 bite at a time!




Good morning,


From lines drawn in the sand, to ensure we weren't frogs adapting to the boiling water, to now, has taken a while. But Friday 1 Nov 2013 marked the day we told our 2 girls (8 and 10 yrs), we had decided to emigrate to Oz.


We are Robyn (Montessori Pre-school Owner), hubby (Energy Efficiency Industrial Engineer business owner), 2 daughter. We will be leaving behind a beautiful home, 2 businesses, a bunch of soonish emigrating friends, family, 2 Ridgebacks, 1 very old Jack Russell, a cat, and chickens, to start our Oz adventure. We plan to leave at the mid of June 2014.



So we began with selling my house and attached pre-school - done


Contacting agent for Medical reping - done - she recommended Melbourne and Sydney, and contact again in May


Then we sent through the letter to my girl's Primary school - done


We told as many friends in person and via calls -done


Got quotes to container (20ft)- done


Contacted IOM-done


Closing down Engineering projects - hubby



Although we received our grant 175 in August 2009, we have been going through the questions and answers, doubts and rethinks everyone does. From my side, I want for my girls, what I had or at least more of what I had as a child. For me I want the freedom, opportunity and a few more guarantees. A fresh start is also really appealing. Graeme has his own reasons, but most surround his girls. So in short, same stories, different family?



I have been reading this forum for a while now and I am so glad I can finally join, and take another bite! Life is going to be crazy for the next 7 months (21/2 yrs) but I do crazy. I also do organised and list making, so hopefully these traits will stand me in good stead.



So for now, that is the story of us.



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Welcome to the forum

I truly believe you will find freedom and opportunity and that fresh start. Being open to opportunity that presents is the key. There will be trade offs, it may take a while to find the perfect home or even the perfect place to live, but there is a place somewhere in Australia that will tick those boxes,

Good luck.

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Thank you.

We activated Easter 2010.

I have been trying to get a feel for suburbs and realise job will dictate a lot. However, I am curious, after reading all the comments. Is it possible to find a suburb at a reasonable price range and quality of say 600pw to 750pw, with 3 bedrooms reasonably close to a child-friendly beach and good primary schools. And public transport? It seems like a 45 minute hop to a beach?

In Sydney.

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Awesome! So nice to hear your story. The time will fly. We leave in 29 days and I have no idea where the last 7 months went! Best of luck to you guys.

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Welcome to the forum and good luck with the rest of your planning. This journey is accomplished by eating the elephant one bite at a time.

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Welcome, congrats on getting the visa and good luck for the last, exciting few months before the big move! ?

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Congratulations and good luck with all your final arrangements... we love Melbourne, great city to live in!

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For $600pw you can get a 4 pr 5 bedroom house. Its towards the high end homes. Especially in canberra

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http://www.domain.com.au/search/rent/state/nsw/area/northern-beaches/region/sydney-region/suburb/frenchs-forest/?ssubs=1&bedrooms=%3E3&from=600&to=750&searchterm=frenchs+forest

Its definitely doable in Sydney in my area. Most of the area was built in the 60/70's, so wont win prizes for architectural excellence, but thousands of people live here happily. In fact we thrive. Its 15mins to the beach, surrounded by national park, great state schools, a quick hop to the city. Please, before you leave for Australia, shake the South African notion about perceived wealth and status, and that you need to live in a "new" house. I am always floored by my fellow countrymen who tell me that they live in an old house, then it turns out to be about 10 years old. Good luck, I know its difficult feeling your way around from over there.

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Hi,

Found this amazing site which is part of the NBN system in Canberra.

If only this was in SA.

http://www.police.act.gov.au/crime-and-safety/crime-statistics.aspx

It lists all crimes by suburb by Qtr by year.....you are able to compare suburbs and make filters.

What a win. Hope this helps.

Good Luck .

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Thank you everyone for your responses. Makes this all a little less daunting, having a group of knowledgeable people on line.

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