Help please! myself,partner and little boy are coming out on hols in Nov.I have been to Perth as child and loved it but would like to see other areas,just dont know where ?my other half is a Gas engineer/plumber,so along with the idea we may decide upon moving to Auz in the near future,can anyone recommend where would be good for job opportunities in that area for a Brit? Also where has plenty to do,lots of beaches and good weather also,in November?
Hi Gemma, nearly all of the major cities in Australia have good beaches! Some, like Sydney have dozens of ocean beaches and harbour coves/parks/pools. Melbourne wraps itself around a big bay and has several calm beach areas + only an hours drive to visit some wilder ocean facing beaches. Adelaide has miles and miles of calm kid-friendly beaches. Brisbane isn't right on the ocean, but the Gold Coast, an hour away, is.
I think that when considering places to live in, you might want to think about other aspects of life that are important as the beach one is easy to tick off! (cheap? good nightlife? outdoor activities? art & culture?) Check out some of the other Q&A on this site about Australia and visiting cities and you'll probably get a feel for what they might be like.
Also, often overlooked are the regional centres like Woolongong, Pt MacQuarie etc - often they can provide an amazing lifestyle with a lot less expense than living somewhere like Sydney. Also, I believe that if you're a 'Tradie' as we say in Oz, there's often good work in these places, but it'd be good for your husband to get in touch with some people working in his area to check this out first.
Have fun in your search. almost 5 years ago
I would highly recommend securing a job before embarking on a family relocation, especially with the current employment situation.
Even for tradies, there is no money. Many families have cut back and delayed renovations, etc due to redundancies, job losses and general belt tightening.
In saying that, Melbourne is a fast growing city and a really lovely place to live. Its not as expensive as Sydney, but has a great lifestyle in cafes, restaurants, parks etc.
As Christy suggested, even smaller towns on the coast can offer a lot to families. Port Macquarie in NSW, as well as Newcastle, and further north are just lovely. almost 5 years ago