funkymunky Posted June 21, 2018 Report Share Posted June 21, 2018 Hi, so where to start.... So exactly a year ago, my wife, two kids (one 5 and the other almost 2) went on a month (end May to end June 2017) long trip to see family and friends. The trip included spending two weeks in Brisbane, 3 days driving from Brisbane to Sydney and 9 days in Sydney. We stayed with family in Woody Point, Brisbane, we where spoiled rotten. We got a good impression of what Brisbane is like, commuting, Coffee, social life and out door life. We spent a couple of days in the CBD and surrounding areas. Our first impression was WOW! We spent a lot of time out doors, including a trip to Moreton Island, Bribie Island, Noosa, the Glass Mountains and visited a old school mate of mine at the Loo with a View in Mooloolaba. I had to make the compulsory trip to Bunnings for a sausage sizzle. I was in my element! Our drive down the coast was pretty awesome, I insisted on renting a Holden SV6 station wagon for the trip, it may have cost more than the Toyota sedan, but I could drive one of those any day back home, If i was going to do this, i was going to do it properly! We stopped over at a couple of the big touristy places, Byron Bay, Coff Harbour, Gold Coast, Port Macquarie, I cannot remember them all, spent most of the three days driving, cramming as much in as possible. On arrival in Sydney, both my wife and I where like oh great, we are back in JHB! ugh! But then we settled down, we stayed with friends in Beaumont Hills. A nice area. One thing that grabbed my attention was how many parks there where around the place. People where friendly and easy going. I dropped the rental off at the airport, got caught out filling up at a more expensive petrol station! Doh! Two kilometers down the road was another filling station with lower prices. In Sydney, we did the whole tourist thing again, visited the Zoo's and Reptile Parks. Ferry ride in Sydney, a trip to Bondi Beach, just to say we have been there, done that, thank goodness it was cold, otherwise my kids would have been in the sea in two seconds. We where treated to a fantastic weekend away with our friends, they took us to see Woolongong and Hyams Beach. 14 Deg C and my kids had stripped and where in the water before I could blink. The sand at Hyams beach is pristine and white, almost blinding white. We also spent a lot of time in the CBD, going for a seriously tasty dinner at the rocks. walking around the CBD at night was such an enjoyable experience. I compared it to what we could do at home and I felt safer at 22:00 there than I did in my own back yard at night. The light show at the Sydney Opera House was amazing. On the second last evening, my wife stayed and had drinks with family in the CBD, I took the kids home on the train and then we caught a bus to the house. My wife left the CBD at 10, walked through the CBD to the bus stop, caught a bus and phoned me when I needed to pick her up from the bus stop. It amazes me how well public transport just worked. So before our trip I was keen to move over, so while we where there, I asked a million and one questions, mostly about how things work, salaries, medical aid, insurance, cars, transport, possums, kangaroos, weather and most important life style. My wife was not really interested, but since we have gotten back, we have talked a lot about moving and the impact it would have and what would need to be done. We live on a plot on the outskirts of Centurion, my wife teaches horse riding, we have a couple of dogs, many horses and moving would require a lot of planning as to how to close down the business and how to get rid of the animals. I think this is going to be the hardest part. I plan to start my visa application process in August, we shall see how this goes. I have been lurking in this forum for the past year, but decided I should actually join, share my experiences and ask questions. Cheers for now. FunkyMunky Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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