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Old 10-03-2011, 04:43 PM
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where to start?

Hello there. My wife and I are seriously considering moving to Australia but we honestly don't know where to start!
We are both self-employed running small sole-trader businesses. She is an online translator for Spanish and Portuguese texts. I use Disc Jockey skills in work with Youth Groups, especially young people with behavioural or other special needs including young offenders. I also still DJ occasionally.
We have 2 girls aged 3 and 6.
I have lived in Townsville, Queensland and seen a lot of the country. I have camped in the atherton rainforest, been out bush a lot and been on the reef. It was a placement year working as a field research assistant during my degree. My wife has lived in mexico on placement during her degree. We both know we adore the tropics. The main reason for our move is for the climate but we wouldnt necessarily insist on moving to the tropics as we need to balance housing, schooling and work. We just want to get away from the U.K. climate.
In the U.K. we have found difficulties with applying for things like mortgages simply because of our status as sole traders. We are worried and expecting the immigration process to be similar.
Can anyone point us in the right direction to start? Or even better, put our minds at ease?

thanks in advance.

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Old 10-25-2011, 05:19 PM
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Hi there Bluefoot, I'm not much help to you because I'm going for the first time. I saw you have lived in Townsville which is where I've been thinking of calling home for a year. Any suggestions for someone who has no schedule, can live anywhere, but needs cheap and safe living?

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Old 11-11-2011, 02:19 PM
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hi mate,

so sorry for v. late reply.

I was there nearly 16 years ago plus had arrived with a work placement so had contacts who helped me find a shared house. This time I will be trying to arrive with kids and wife so a very different situ...

Still... if you really have no schedule and no requirements as to where you can live why not just hang out with the backpackers? There are heaps of cheap hostels and dorm-style accomodation in all towns on the Aussie tourist trail.

A few nights in one of those should give you time to have a look around and check out the lie of the land.

Google "backpacker hostel townsville"

f you are really brave go the whole hog as I did 16 years ago... Fly to sydney, get a train to the outskirts near the highway up the east coast, and stick yer thumb out... thats right, i hitch-hiked from sydney to townsville over 4 weeks. Saw all kinds of people and places and got used to the culture so was better placed to know what to look for when it came to settling for a year

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