Login | Register
SearchMy Stuff
My ProfileMy PreferencesMy Mates RSS Feed
2
Reply to Topic
Author Discussion

Progressive

Original Poster:

1,179 posts

76 months

[news] 
Wednesday 4th April 2012 quote quote all

Following my post a few weeks ago, it's finally happening. Contract signed, visa approved and flight being booked as we speak.

What are the often forgotten essentials to do when leaving UK for a considerable time? In my case between 2 and 4 years.

Aside from tying up my loose ends here and packing, I'm at a loss. Opened an Australian bank account, sorted healthcare and readied my phone for use out of the UK.

Jenkski

19 posts

158 months

[news] 
Wednesday 4th April 2012 quote quote all
Don't use your phone, buy a sim or something locally. I was out in WA for a month late last year, left my data roaming on and was rewarded with a £1100 phone bill when I returned back to the UK!

Good luck. I'm hoping to join you all when the pain of my visa application has been completed.

200bhp

5,138 posts

106 months

[news] 
Wednesday 4th April 2012 quote quote all
My 176 visa was granted this morning!!

Progressive

Original Poster:

1,179 posts

76 months

[news] 
Wednesday 4th April 2012 quote quote all
Missed a detail in my description. I'm having it unlocked so I can get a local network contract upon arrival.

You guys heading out to WA?

200bhp

5,138 posts

106 months

[news] 
Wednesday 4th April 2012 quote quote all
Progressive said:
Missed a detail in my description. I'm having it unlocked so I can get a local network contract upon arrival.

You guys heading out to WA?
We are indeed - Aiming for the end of August.

I've gone for a 176 visa meaning I dont have to find work before I arrive although I'm going to make contact with a few companies in the coming months.

What are you doing for accommodation upon arrival?

Glad to see the miserable buggers on the PomsInOz forum diddnt put you off!
Advertisement

Progressive

Original Poster:

1,179 posts

76 months

[news] 
Wednesday 4th April 2012 quote quote all
My new employer puts us up for one month then on our own two feet. Got a couple of mates in Perth so I'll probably locate to near them.

200bhp

5,138 posts

106 months

[news] 
Wednesday 4th April 2012 quote quote all
Bonza! - At this rate we'll be able to organise a sizeable Pistonheads gathering later in the year!

Jenkski

19 posts

158 months

[news] 
Wednesday 4th April 2012 quote quote all
Yep, also heading to WA. Busselton to begin with, then who knows? Most likely near Perth, as I'm more likely to find work there.

PH meet would be good!

Bibbs

2,841 posts

97 months

[news] 
Thursday 5th April 2012 quote quote all
Good luck guys, let us know once you are here.

toby9980

65 posts

73 months

[news] 
Thursday 5th April 2012 quote quote all
Hi Guys

Currently out in Perth, what lines of work are you looking for? might be able to help with contacts etc.

Also renting out here is really expensive, especially around Perth. You need 2 weeks deposit usually and you need to put down 1 weeks worth of rent as a security bond if you are interested in a property. This is returned if you are not successful and deducted as a first week rent if you are. Generally looking from $250+ per week depending on what you are looking for.

Trains are really good and loads of busses but what ever you do dont try and get a taxi home if you have a late one as they are pretty non existant after 11pm.

Otherwise all good, hope it all goes well

Progressive

Original Poster:

1,179 posts

76 months

[news] 
Thursday 5th April 2012 quote quote all
Toby - Any recommendations on where to stay / where not to stay? It will be me and my other half, both 25, like a lively night but nothing too lively (Northbridge by the sounds of it). Looking for an active, healthy lifestyle around like-minded people...

johnfm

10,988 posts

137 months

[news] 
Thursday 5th April 2012 quote quote all
Like anywhere, there are some really dodgy areas. Some really dire, bogan infested dumps north and south of the river.

I haven't been back since 2010, but the place is certainly an interesting place to live. Incredibly expensive (overpriced for what it is) beach front and river front homes.

Lots of good areas though - but will be pricey.

If it was me, I'd be looking to be nearish the beach (what else is the point of living there??) or river to make it convenient to enjoy.

THe sprawling northern beach suburbs, while remote, are bearable - ie north of Hillarys. Closer to Perth (so more expensive) Sorrento, Floreat, etc. I'd avoid Scarborough - never really liked it.

Cottlesloe, Claremont, Swanbourne - just too expensive.

Just south of Fremantle there is some bearable stuff.

Mandurah - while really far south is now virtually commutable due to the train service.

st, I miss my home town.

frown

200bhp

5,138 posts

106 months

[news] 
Sunday 8th April 2012 quote quote all
Just had a thought of something you may have missed - Have you told the tax man you're leaving? You could be in-line for a small tax refund.

toby9980

65 posts

73 months

[news] 
Wednesday 11th April 2012 quote quote all
Hi Progressive

As mentioned places are pretty expensive especially near the water.

Sounds like you want to be easily commutable to the city but still a bit quieter.

Check on realestate.com.au for rentals and buying to give you an idea of prices.

Dont really know north of the river too well but avoid living in Northbridge or Highgate areas.

Nedlands os nice just west of the city centre or south of the river como, vic park are really nice but pricey, about $400 per week for a 2 bedroom house.

Trains are reliable and loads of busses but for night life the city gets pretty dead after 11pm ish and taxis are a nightmare.

Mandurah is nice but it is a train ride 50mins ish, rockingham is about 35mins.

Fremantle is good but anywhere west of the city is pretty expensive as its close to the coast.

East you have Cannington areas (its massive subburb) but probably avoid Gosnells and maddington.

For nights out there are loads of bars in town, Northbridge isnt really its all cracked up to be and can be pretty dodgy.

Remember its about $10-$12 per pint (about 7 GBP)

Its a good place and everyone is friendly so hope it all goes well!!

johnfm

10,988 posts

137 months

[news] 
Wednesday 11th April 2012 quote quote all
I would steer clear of any of the south of the river inner suburbs.

Why?

No point in going to a city like Perth and then living in stholia.

The northern and southern sprawl up and down the coast is well served with trains - and close to the beach.

I'd stick with the coast.

Bibbs

2,841 posts

97 months

[news] 
Wednesday 11th April 2012 quote quote all
Also spend a bit of time to get the visa sticker in your passport.

Saved the wife loads of hassle at this end.




200bhp

5,138 posts

106 months

[news] 
Wednesday 11th April 2012 quote quote all
Bibbs said:
Also spend a bit of time to get the visa sticker in your passport.

Saved the wife loads of hassle at this end.

You can have it stamped at the immigration office in Perth - Its free and takes 10-15mins.

Having it done in London takes a few days.

Bibbs

2,841 posts

97 months

[news] 
Wednesday 11th April 2012 quote quote all
200bhp said:
You can have it stamped at the immigration office in Perth - Its free and takes 10-15mins.

Having it done in London takes a few days.
Wife posted hers off and got it back he same week.

Don't even know where the immi office is in Perth. It was just something we could 'tick off' before arriving.

james280779

1,902 posts

116 months

[news] 
Thursday 19th April 2012 quote quote all
Bug spray!

dont buy the bushmans as it sh*te. I live in the outback and I make my own - its 10x more effective

500ml baby oil, 15-20ml eucalyptus oil, 5 ml dettol! you'll never look back and keeps your skin soft. about 50 times cheaper too!


Progressive

Original Poster:

1,179 posts

76 months

[news] 
Sunday 29th April 2012 quote quote all
Update:

Arrived this evening. Weather isn't what I expected!

Again, cheers for the information guys!
2
Reply to Topic