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Everyone says that they are leaving for Australia for a better quality of life.

May I ask the expats - has their quality of life improved and if so how.

Whats the great attraction?

What is a normal weekday evening like and what about the weekend.

How do you put in your spare time and what are the differences from back home.

PS - I mean after the honeymoon period of the first few months have gone!!!

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Hi Leolion,

Life here really is what you make it.

Some friends of mine moved to Melbourne (from the UK too) and they are out most nights in restaurants with friends. Living in a city that big is their idea of heaven and my idea of hell

Our quality of life has improved since we no longer have to sit in long traffic jams - my husband actually walks to work. The weather is warmer so that he does not suffer from chilblains every winter.

In the evenings we attend clubs such as Rotary and Toastmasters - we were so busy stuck in traffic jams that we never had time to actually be part of the community. I've been recognised here more now that we've been here 7 months than I was after 10 years where we used to live in the UK.

Depending on the weather we may also go for a walk around the Blue Lake where we live.

Weekends are still spent exploring the surrounding areas such as the Grampians in Victoria, or the coastline towns in SA. Since it's the summer there are lots of weekend festivals so we go to some of them too.

If you are into sport there is netball, basketball, footie (Aussie rules), soccer, golf and much much more. Some of our friends play golf every weekend and I'm seriously thinking about taking lessons. Other friends children are out nearly every night with some sporting activity.

The attraction is the way of life, the people who are friendly and the weather.
Financially we are much better off and live in a house that would be far more expensive back in the UK, but that is also why we chose to live in this area. So that we could buy a house, live a laid back life, and still have money to invest in other ventures.

The differences....
The tv is worse since there are adverts every 5 minutes with popular programs. Around here people think nothing of driving 4 hours to get to Melbourne or Adelaide. You may find people holding down several jobs here which was a surprise. The cost of living isn't as cheap as I expected.
Car prices can be cheaper than the UK, but usually the 'on the road' price is not shown on the car.

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We're currently waiting approval of our 457 visa after being out in Perth back in December.

However what I did find was that things weren't generally cheaper than UK and our earnings were either less or equal to what we had before but interest rates are higher...

I have been assured that I would have no problems buying a 3 bed house. I guess it is lifestyle people opt for rather than money then? We're giving up a 4 bed detached house with double garage but I'm assuming a 3 bed detached may have a greater overall floor area in the public rooms...

Although every area I showed an interest in, I was told was very expensive. I hope I find the right place to live.....

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However what I did find was that things weren't generally cheaper than UK and our earnings were either less or equal to what we had before but interest rates are higher...
Things generally are not cheaper here - there is a "Cost of living" post towards the top of the forum that will agree with you there.

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I have been assured that I would have no problems buying a 3 bed house. I guess it is lifestyle people opt for rather than money then? We're giving up a 4 bed detached house with double garage but I'm assuming a 3 bed detached may have a greater overall floor area in the public rooms...

Although every area I showed an interest in, I was told was very expensive. I hope I find the right place to live.....
Perth has become very expensive over the last few years with some major property developments and the extension of the train line in the south. We actually looked for areas where we would not have to spend all our money on a house so that we could invest some and have a good quality of life. That's why we're not in a major city but obviously people have to choose what os est for them and their family.

When you are looking at houses check how big the garden is if that is important to you since we've found that some new properties are all house and little or no garden.

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Hi. Have lived in Zimbabwe and the UK, so will try compare Aussie to UK as was force to leave my home country so can't make any comparison, as never wanted to leave. (sorry back to your question). We live in Sydney with two kids on one salary. My husband is in the high salary category. Yesterday we went to get morgage advice and there's no way in hell we can afford to buy in Sydney. Interest rate are 9.02% so alot higher than the UK. Renting is alot cheaper, compared to living in London we have a really nice place. It is NOT cheaper here at all, so don't think it will be. Medical is excellent after my experience of Uk Hospitals. As for way of life, unfortunately I compare everything to home so its not really that better for me, except financially of course. Lots of things to do with kids, with the great weather. BUT having no family here its extremely stressful when you have kids and no support network, so thats something to really think about. Of course everyone is different and stronger in alot of ways. Goodluck.

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