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Hi all, we are a family of 4 (aged 32 & 29) kids (7 & 3 girls). We are from Dublin and waiting on a 457 visa to come through hopefully before christmas and us to move over in jan. We dont really know where to start! We are looking around bundoora area due to my job been in corburg we looking for kids stuff to do, family stuff really, is there any families that may want to hook up to settle us in!! lol Is the bundoora area ok for family/school life? Really excited, and nevous. Any inside advice??? Is a car necessary, are prices very expensive for a run about car?

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Hi all, we are a family of 4 (aged 32 & 29) kids (7 & 3 girls). We are from Dublin and waiting on a 457 visa to come through hopefully before christmas and us to move over in jan. We dont really know where to start! We are looking around bundoora area due to my job been in corburg we looking for kids stuff to do, family stuff really, is there any families that may want to hook up to settle us in!! lol Is the bundoora area ok for family/school life? Really excited, and nevous. Any inside advice??? Is a car necessary, are prices very expensive for a run about car?
While I did not exactly live in Bundoora, I studied in a campus there for about four years. The area is incredibly beautiful. Friends who live near campus pay a fraction of what I pay for rent, and have a lot more space. This is understandable as Bundoora is probably as far out as you can get with public transport. This also means that a car is necessary, especially for a family. You can drive to the city in 35-40 minutes as oppose to the hour+ journey it would take on a tram.

Having said that, the area is completely dead after dark. This is why I decided to live closer to the city - where you pretty much see people around the clock. Also, most houses are occupied by students - with student accommodation buildings scattered around everywhere. This is because there are two major university campuses there. Some things you may want to consider.

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public transport is good but you have to time your movement according to the bus/train schedule. car is not necessary but with kids i strongly recommend one. we purchased a 10 year old camry for $6000, paid insurance and car registration transfer over and above that. total cost was close to $7000 initially. husband uses public transport, we just take the car out over the weekends so the running cost isnt much

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Thanks for the info, brill stuff.

Im thinking twice about bundoora I wasnt aware of the colleges. I think we will invest in a car now.
My job is going to be based in Coburg for 3 months then moving to blackburn/doncaster area and bundoora seemed to tick the boxes for us.

We're lookin for community spirit, family life, kids stuff, local shops etc.. (We dont want alot!!!! lol) Any suggestions around these areas?

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Lots of Irish families here to help, just join our fb group Irish Families in Melbourne | Facebook

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Don't be nervous about moving to Melbourne its a great place so be excited.

Other areas you might want to consider living in are Macleod, Greensborough, Thornbury, Fairfield as these are situated quite well for travelling to Coburg and Blackburn/Doncaster. They are all really nice areas with good public transport.

A car is a good idea as it will enable you to explore the area better at weekends. It may also be your best option for getting to work as most public transport goes into the city centre and not so much goes across to other suburbs.

Good luck with the move. Keep us posted on your progress.

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That's brill advise, we are excited now we just got confirmed today that our visa has been granted!!!

After all our research we don't even know were to start now, lol.

Thanks for the advise, if any inside tips just let me know.
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That's brill advise, we are excited now we just got confirmed today that our visa has been granted!!!

After all our research we don't even know were to start now, lol.

Thanks for the advise, if any inside tips just let me know.
Congratulations on your visa grant and good luck!! I'm most certain you'll love living in Melbourne - after all, it "is" the world's most liveable city Let us know if you have any more questions.

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Will have loads of questions now it truely starts

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Bundoora is a very family orientated area! And the rent or buying is much cheaper. We just bought a house in Watsonia (next to bundoora) and move in Jan. Currently living in Brunswick, we are abit over the traffic, small streets and hearing the tram early in the morning. Plus the rent is high! Its only 30 mins from the CBD by train. And if you are near PLenty road there's a tram that goes into the city. I work in Coburg and it will take me about 30 mins by car to get to work. Good luck with your move, you will love melbourne.

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