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#1 Suisho25

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Posted 27 October 2014 - 06:22 AM

Dear People of Melbourne,

My family and I will be making the move to Melbourne in 7 weeks time. We consist of me, my husband, and three daughters, aged 9, 6 and a 5 month old baby. We are leaving Northern Ireland behind us and starting a new life in Australia. We picked Melbourne for its diverse culture, out door living and family friendly persona, although having never set foot in Australia before, we are taking big a step into the unknown.

We have our flights booked, a room in Box Hill North booked for a month, and 10 boxes for shipping a few of our belongings, and that's about it. We have studied the areas, schools, life styles and watched every programme about Australia on TV and read every Australian info website out there, to try and prepare. We have an Aussie Bank Account, a PO box and even an Aussie Skype number. We could do with an IT managers job of Tim, or at least and Interview for one in mid December to set our minds at ease, but we know that is unlikely to materialise until our feet are on Aussie soil. We will just have to take a leap of faith.

I would love to hear from others with similar family units to see what life is really like in Melbourne and if you guys have any advice on getting settled in, or even just on the best things to do at Christmas time in Melbourne, considering, this will be the first time the girls are experiencing life away from the UK without their Grand Father and pet Dog. :-(

Once we have a job for Tim lined up, we will then be deciding upon schools etc, so advice there would be appreciated, also.

Looking forward to joining you all soon.

Chrystal & Family

PS. My photo is entitled There must be more to do on Sunday afternoon than this!!

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#2 PZ.

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Posted 28 October 2014 - 10:39 PM

As a regular visitor there one thing to consider is the UV rays are very high, even in winter, so be very careful about how much time you spend outdoors in the sunlight. Strongly recommend you use an appropriate skin protection, especially for the kids.

 

You also need a myki card for public transport access; coins are no longer accepted, but the tram service is excellent.

 

If you're in the Southbank area you might like PJ O Brien's Irish pub; it's a decent feed for a reasonable price :)


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Posted 29 October 2014 - 02:49 PM

Hi Chrystal.
What Power (above) says about the sun is very important.
You will arrive at the start of Summer and the temps will get high for well past February. Once you get past the first Summer all should be well. In London and such the Summer temps drop after sunset, but that does not often happen in Melbourne, so if it is hot in the day, a good chance it will be hot at night. Ceiling fans over the bed help to sleep.
Take care at the beaches and never swim away from the flags.
Do not swim in rivers unless you are with people who know the place. Don't dive into unknown water, it is easy to be a para or quadriplegic.
Don't expect public transport lto be as good as London or other places.
The card system is !!!
On the roads, stay away from the VIPs. You will know them because they own every lane and use them all without warning, especially in Melbourne.
Box Hill is a good choice. Good schools, not many bogans I believe.
When you arrive, join a club, say netball for the women in the family or Box Hill Hockey for all the family, they will accept you and teach you and you will immediately be in a social group. Any boys, then take them to Box Hill Soccer Club, one of rhe best in Melbourne. If you have boys and they know soccer, they will be welcomed with open arms.
Oh airfares are expensive within Australia.
If Melbourne is too hot then Hobart is you only option.
All inland towns are boiling hot in the Summer and freezing at nights in the Winter.
Victoria is the bushfire capitol of rhe world so stay right away from notified danger areas.
Let us know how it all goes!
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