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Hi ,

We have applied to emigrate to Australia and are undecided on which city to live in but have narrowing it down ...................the choice is between Melbourne and Perth ......................is there anyone who has lived in both cities .........and if so could you tell me what you prefered?

We have vizited both cities , I prefer Melbourne ( I am in the fashion business) but my hubby prefers Perth ( he is in Aviation finance -a C.A. by profession -he is not a pilot but he does fly his own plane )

We are in our forties and have two children ( 12 and 15 ) I also have two adult children( from a previous marriage ) who live and work in Melbourne.

Any comments/thoughts would be appreciated .

Dee. :ilikeit:

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Hi DeeDee,

Oops, I just noticed that your post has gone by with no response thus far - very unusual for our usually very talkative bunch :ilikeit:

I personally live in Sydney, so have no comment on either city, but perhaps some of our other members can offer you some advice in that area!

Hopefully we'll see some feedback soon ;)

Cheers

Ajay

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Hi DeeDee,

I didn't respond to your post as you wanted people who had lived in both Perth and Melbourne and we have only lived in Perth although very good friends of ours stay in Melbourne.

My thoughts on Perth....

It is a lovely place to bring up children, there is not much traffic (the locals complain but really it takes 30 minutes to travel 25km in peak hour), houses are more expensive , it is not as sophisticated , it is more laid back, people here seem to know everyone (mention a name of someone you met and the person you're chatting to will say they know them from some obscure place), you can live reasonably close to the actual city.....

If I think of more I'll let you know.

I love Perth, I lived in sandton and Kyalami and I honestly thought I would struggle being in a quiet city but Perth is booming at the moment and it is set to continue.

Cheers

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Hi DeeDee

Welcome to the forum

I haven't lived in either city, also only been a visitor over the years, but I think that you need to articulate what it is you want from "your" city and then see which one best fits your requirements. I adore Melbourne, but will be living in Perth, that's the city that ticks a number of my boxes.

Cheers

Cindylou

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Hi Deedee,

My manager just immigrated to Perth in March, she has 2 children 7 and 11 I think they are and her family just loves it there. Kids started school last week and also seem to be enjoying it and fitting in. They are most chuffed that they are allowed to ride their bikes to school ON THEIR OWN.

She reckons they only things she misses are her friends and her maid :ilikeit:

I have been to Perth, Sydney and Cairns and it all comes down to personal opinion , we all have our own tastes, likes and dislikes.

Candice

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Hi Deedee

I have lived in Melbourne for ten years, but have never been to Perth, except flying through on my way to SA. I agree with the others, it is a personal thing.

I think the most important aspect is where the most job opportunities for you both will be. I would imagine that for you it would be either Melbourne or Sydney for the fashion business. I have absolutely no knowledge of your husband's occupation so cannot offer any advice there!

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I cannot agree more with Mara regarding the fashion business as I think Melbourne will be much better, then also if you are after big city life Perth will not be for you.

A lot of people will tell you that there is more job opportunities in Melbourne and this is true but one thing you must remember is that there is also that much more people competing for those jobs. We visited Melbourne in 2005 and it is a very nice city but I am very glad we ended up in Perth as weather wise it is much better then Melbourne and coming from a big city I rather like living in a smaller city, but at the end of the day it is all about personal choice!

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Deedee

I've sent you a PM. Melbourne any day. I've lived in both and wished we had come to Melbourne first.

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Hi DeeDee

Tough decision!

Melbourne beautiful city 3 to 4 million people.Mediteranean climate-relatively cold and wet winters.Great public transport system -trams. Competes with Sydney as major financial centre.Beaches not that close to CBD-probably St Kilda.Great shopping great restaurants.Sporting facilities probably biggest and best in Oz.If you like snow skiing Mount Buller not too far from Melbourne.Easier acces to other major Oz cities.

Perth also beautiful in its own way approx 1.5 million people and growing.Weather on average warmer than Melbourne.Vistas along the Swan river spectacular.Housing quite expensive even by Oz standards.Almost as expensive as Sydney.Loads of ex South africans( someone once suggested that Perth be renamed "Johannesburg East".Beaches relatively close to CBD.

Haven't help much so far.If you like the hustle and bustle of a big city enviroment then Melbourne would be my recommendation .

Beauty of your dilema is that they are both great cities to live in.

Good luck.

Manny

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DeeDee

First criteria is job - no matter where you live you need to be able to work - My understanding and I am a bloke after all, but Mel&Syd seems to be the fashion capital of Aus. So then you need to ask teh quesiton where can your spouse work with his skills. If he can work in Mel then your choice is made for you. If he cant then you either need to look at a different city or be prepared that only one of you may find work. In which case who is going to be the primary bread winner - then that decides your location.

A case can be made for both Mel and Perth. Comes down to what you enjoy - what are your hobbies&lifestyle etc. Personally I love Mel - Lived in Syd and only gone through Perth on business.

However for me golf was my passion and we moved from Mel to Syd so that we could live where we do today. Sounds selfish, but dont worry my wife and kids have scored in this decision as well :ilikeit:

We have the best of all worlds - 10min to the beach, couple of hours from mountains in winter for skiing, plenty of shopping around for my wife, 20mins to school for kids, 5mins to 36holes of golf for me ;):D , 5mins to rec centre/gym. Some people seem to carry on about Mel weather - not sure why - thats why you have central heating and aircon. SOmetimes yes you can get 4 seasons in a day, but thats what makes Mel unique - its about attitude and what are the positives that outway the negatives - no place is ever perfect, but as long as you have more good days than bad - then you are ahead of the game.

I think we have been very fortunate in that Australia has given us probably a better lifestyle and opportunity than we had in S.A. Not the case for everyone. One thing I would say is that no matter where you decide to go - dont jump in and try to buy a house immediately - give your time to settle in, have a look around, take some time and visit some of the other states and then make that decision. There is alot of pressure moving countries without settling in a new place and you dont like where you live.

Rgds

matman

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DeeDee

First criteria is job - no matter where you live you need to be able to work - My understanding and I am a bloke after all, but Mel&Syd seems to be the fashion capital of Aus. So then you need to ask teh quesiton where can your spouse work with his skills. If he can work in Mel then your choice is made for you. If he cant then you either need to look at a different city or be prepared that only one of you may find work. In which case who is going to be the primary bread winner - then that decides your location.

A case can be made for both Mel and Perth. Comes down to what you enjoy - what are your hobbies&lifestyle etc. Personally I love Mel - Lived in Syd and only gone through Perth on business.

However for me golf was my passion and we moved from Mel to Syd so that we could live where we do today. Sounds selfish, but dont worry my wife and kids have scored in this decision as well :ilikeit:

We have the best of all worlds - 10min to the beach, couple of hours from mountains in winter for skiing, plenty of shopping around for my wife, 20mins to school for kids, 5mins to 36holes of golf for me :ilikeit::ilikeit: , 5mins to rec centre/gym. Some people seem to carry on about Mel weather - not sure why - thats why you have central heating and aircon. SOmetimes yes you can get 4 seasons in a day, but thats what makes Mel unique - its about attitude and what are the positives that outway the negatives - no place is ever perfect, but as long as you have more good days than bad - then you are ahead of the game.

I think we have been very fortunate in that Australia has given us probably a better lifestyle and opportunity than we had in S.A. Not the case for everyone. One thing I would say is that no matter where you decide to go - dont jump in and try to buy a house immediately - give your time to settle in, have a look around, take some time and visit some of the other states and then make that decision. There is alot of pressure moving countries without settling in a new place and you dont like where you live.

Rgds

matman

Hi Mat,

You actually moved to Mel and not to Sydney, It was a long business trip hey??

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Hi Mat,

You actually moved to Mel and not to Sydney, It was a long business trip hey??

H iTanja

yes you are right - We moved from Syd to Mel. - a long business trip and different timezones.

Just got back this morning - was on the redeye overnight from Singapore - man I hate that flight.

Good to be home - looks like we may have some rain - could get wet on the golf course today - dont mond - we need every drop.

Rgds

matman

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Both Melbourne and Perth are great places to live in, so if you choose one, don't kick yourselves all the time that you didn't choose the other.

Whichever place you settle in will be a good choice and heaps of people around planet Earth would give their right arm to be living down the same street as you.

My young bloke came back from a competition in Perth that he was in about a month ago and was raving about the place.

Perth is the sunniest capital city in Australia, yet the most "remote" city in the world! i.e. the nearest other city is Adelaide, which is like driving from Cape Town to the Limpopo border with Zimbabwe. . . . not exactly a Sunday arvo's drive!

Western Australia is booming at the moment meaning you'll have to pay top dollars for housing but your job opportunities will abound.

Melbourne on the other hand is more than twice the size of Perth and is a helluva lot closer to Sydney, Brisbane, Canberra and Adelaide.

It's a graceful old city with a real "Victorian" feel about it, yet its CBD is vibrant and bustling.

The State of Victoria all around Melbourne is one of the prettiest parts of Australia, in my opinion, too.

Like what everyone is trying to say, in the end, it's a matter of personal choice.

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