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Posted December 27th, 2012 - 10:49 am by from Shenzhen, China (Permalink)
Hello Everyone!

I'm about to move to Australia with residence permit. I have options to choose from which regions I would like to get job from and since everything is totally new and unknown for me about your impressive continent I would be so glad to hear any type of suggestions or advices, general information about the differences between regions.

Maybe as an important fact of me I love Nature, Hiking, Trakking, Surfing and all the Nature connected activities, so I'm rather happy with that than a huge industrial hub type of place.

I'm looking forward to hear info from U or website suggestions!

Thanks a lot!

Cheers!

Orsi

Posted December 30th, 2012 - 9:50 pm by from Newcastle, Australia (Permalink)
Hi Orsi,

Australia is a good choice ;)

I am afraid I cannot tell you which places to live as everyone has their own opinion ;) And it also depends on what kind of lifestyle you want. Eg big city versus smaller city, hot weather versus cold.

They say Melbourne is the "art and culture" capital but it is also cold in winter (6 to 13 degrees during the day) and hot in summer (sometimes reaching 40 degrees). People like Brisbane too which is very warm but also smaller. Sydney is very big ("rat race") and diverse with many immigrants, but is also a train ride away from the Blue Mountains for hiking and nature, and also a cheap train ride to Newcastle which I think is a nice city and is nearby other nature places and wineries, as well as beaches, hiking and other activities.

If you want small but pretty, then the Coffs Harbour area is nice - there are between 60,000 and 90,000 people living in that city, but it can also mean that jobs can be hard to find. So finding a job may also make you choose where to live.

So you could check out Newcastle, and if you don't like it, then Sydney is only a 2.5 hour train ride away (cost is $7.80).

The general advice is that if you live on the coast, it is pretty, cooler in summer and warmer in winter. Inland is dryer, hotter in summer and warmer in winter. For example, recently here in Newcastle it was a nice 26 degrees at the beach, but drive inland to Maitland a half hour away and it was about 35 degrees.

Do you have the option to travel a bit when you arrive in Australia, and visit some of the places before you decide?

Michael

Posted January 1st, 2013 - 2:50 pm by from Shenzhen, China (Permalink)
Hej Michael,

OH yeah I like your prompt answers and picturesc descriptions!
Of course one's choice is more made up by the job's future place, but since Aussie land is so vast and extended, I'm sure I will not need to be pushed to big cities once I get the approval.

Well I have no problem at all with cold places, which I would n't even say so if u don't have minus :)
I grew up in 4 seasons, where summer is hot, winter is cold :) I love the changes and all what it brings in the weather so it would not be an issue for me.
But definitely the coast area sounds much more attractive like this!

As I'm just in the doc collection and consultation part so far I don't know how my travel to Australia will go.I would definitely love to look around and see what and how is where! ;)
Let's see how things proceed with the authorities, than I hope I can make some time for the traveling part in advance the settlement happens :D