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User currently offlineBaylorAirBear From United States of America, joined Jan 2005, 2913 posts, RR: 49
Posted (8 years 3 months 2 weeks 4 days 10 hours ago) and read 1990 times:

Hello, y'all.

I'm currently considering a move to Australia in a few months. I'm not sure what I'm asking for, but any advice is appreciated. I'm looking at Western Australia. This move is actually quite likely. I'm planning on staying two to five years

Are there any popular housing listings online? Is there anything I, as a handsome Texan, should expect upon arrival? I hear things are pretty cheap and the exchange rate is good. Are there plenty of Sheilas with brown hair and brown eyes? Is there any way around quarantining Amos for thirty days?  crossfingers   angel  Can I come on a work visa, or do I need to naturalize? Do I need ridiculous outlet converters? Does the water in the bowl really drain clockwise? Are there really kangaroos and koalas?

I'll be looking for work as a pilot. What is the process for getting certified in Oz? Will my pilot credentials transfer over?

Thanks much for any replies,

BAB wave 


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User currently offlineVHVXB From Australia, joined Apr 2006, 5525 posts, RR: 18
Reply 1, posted (8 years 3 months 2 weeks 4 days 9 hours ago) and read 1982 times:

Well BAB the following website might help you fina a place to live in WA
http://www.realestate.com.au/

As for your visa requirements this is the Australian govt immigration website. It will tell you everything about the visas you need in order to work in Australia
http://www.dimia.gov.au/ this we

Quoting BaylorAirBear (Thread starter):
Is there any way around quarantining Amos for thirty days

I don't think so the AQIS is pretty tough when it comes to bring animals and plants into Australia
hope this helps
Mitaal


User currently offlineCornish From United Kingdom, joined Feb 2005, 8187 posts, RR: 54
Reply 2, posted (8 years 3 months 2 weeks 4 days 9 hours ago) and read 1975 times:

Quoting BaylorAirBear (Thread starter):
I'm currently considering a move to Australia in a few months. I'm not sure what I'm asking for, but any advice is appreciated. I'm looking at Western Australia. This move is actually quite likely. I'm planning on staying two to five years

Hey BAB. You know the Australians are very choosy about who they let in to their country. Have any of them actually met you yet ?  Wink



Just when I thought I could see light at the end of the tunnel, it was some B*****d with a torch bringing me more work
User currently offlineBaylorAirBear From United States of America, joined Jan 2005, 2913 posts, RR: 49
Reply 3, posted (8 years 3 months 2 weeks 4 days 9 hours ago) and read 1964 times:

Quoting Cornish (Reply 2):
Hey BAB. You know the Australians are very choosy about who they let in to their country. Have any of them actually met you yet ?  Wink

A valid point, my friend Big grin I'm actually meeting my first one this weekend in D.C. We've emailed and talked on the phone for ages, so I think we'll get on alright.

This is terribly exciting for me. Notwithstanding active duty deployment, I've never lived away from my hometown of Waco.

Thanks for the links, Xray Bravo,

BAB



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User currently offlineVHVXB From Australia, joined Apr 2006, 5525 posts, RR: 18
Reply 4, posted (8 years 3 months 2 weeks 4 days 9 hours ago) and read 1964 times:

Quoting Cornish (Reply 2):
Hey BAB. You know the Australians are very choosy about who they let in to their country. Have any of them actually met you yet

Yes this is true. Since your from the US i don't think you will have a problem about moving here. But what Cornish said is true. Australia is currently lacking skilled workers so people who want to come to Australia must have some type of skilled background whether it be a building, plumbing or hairdressing.


User currently offlineIAH777 From United States of America, joined Mar 2008, 0 posts, RR: 4
Reply 5, posted (8 years 3 months 2 weeks 4 days 9 hours ago) and read 1958 times:

Quoting VHVXB (Reply 4):
Australia is currently lacking skilled workers so people who want to come to Australia must have some type of skilled background whether it be a building, plumbing or hairdressing.

How's the market for chronic forum posters? He may be able to help.  fight 


User currently offlineCornish From United Kingdom, joined Feb 2005, 8187 posts, RR: 54
Reply 6, posted (8 years 3 months 2 weeks 4 days 9 hours ago) and read 1958 times:

Quoting BaylorAirBear (Reply 3):
I'm actually meeting my first one this weekend in D.C. We've emailed and talked on the phone for ages, so I think we'll get on alright.

If it's a romantic meet then my advice would be to stay off the subject about the most unusual place you have done a doodoo Big grin



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User currently offlineANCFlyer From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 7, posted (8 years 3 months 2 weeks 4 days 9 hours ago) and read 1956 times:

Qantas077 lives in Perth . . . drop him an e-mail . . .

Wait, no, better yet, just show up on his doorstep and say "Hiya Cousin".


User currently onlineAeroWesty From United States of America, joined Oct 2004, 20636 posts, RR: 62
Reply 8, posted (8 years 3 months 2 weeks 4 days 8 hours ago) and read 1951 times:

Quoting VHVXB (Reply 4):
hairdressing

No wonder BAB is considering a move Down Under.



International Homo of Mystery
User currently offlineBaylorAirBear From United States of America, joined Jan 2005, 2913 posts, RR: 49
Reply 9, posted (8 years 3 months 2 weeks 4 days 8 hours ago) and read 1937 times:

Quoting IAH777 (Reply 5):
How's the market for chronic forum posters? He may be able to help.

I'm just trying to catch up with UTA_flyinghigh Big grin

I can see it now. Aerowesty's planning a move to Oz, all the while singing Dream Lover, by Bobby Darin.

BAB

[Edited 2006-06-02 13:18:10]


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User currently offlineJap From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 10, posted (8 years 3 months 2 weeks 4 days 7 hours ago) and read 1919 times:

Good luck! Big grin

I too am considering moving to Australia- I'll be sharing an appartment with my best friend. In Canberra tho (yes, aussies... comment all you want, I love canberra  Wink), possibly Sydney later on  Silly

I'm going on a Young Person's visa though... but if I choose to stay, I'll have to change that of course.


User currently offlineSpinalTap From New Zealand, joined Mar 2005, 440 posts, RR: 0
Reply 11, posted (8 years 3 months 2 weeks 4 days 7 hours ago) and read 1914 times:

I don't know much about Western Australia but you may be interested to know that WA was the home of the late Pat Mullins world record roller:
http://www.abc.net.au/tv/heroes/broadband/episodes/01Pat_her_leghi.asx



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User currently offlineBaylorAirBear From United States of America, joined Jan 2005, 2913 posts, RR: 49
Reply 12, posted (8 years 3 months 2 weeks 4 days 7 hours ago) and read 1898 times:

Quoting Jap (Reply 10):
Good luck! Big grin

Thanks, Jap!

Quoting SpinalTap (Reply 11):
WA was the home of the late Pat Mullins world record roller

Impressive. 19 kms. How many miles is that Big grin I'll bet her one heavy shoe gave her a potential energy advantage, making it easier to roll.  scratchchin  I guess I have to mark her off my famous-peole-to-meet list.

Any info on the town of Karratha? Personal experiences there?

Thanks, again,
BAB



I'm just skipping stones...
User currently offlineJap From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 13, posted (8 years 3 months 2 weeks 4 days 6 hours ago) and read 1889 times:

Quoting BaylorAirBear (Reply 12):
Impressive. 19 kms. How many miles is that

You gotta learn the metric system first though, mate  Silly

1.6 km = 1 mile. 1 km = 0.6 mile  Wink

19 km = 11.9 miles Big grin


User currently offlineVHVXB From Australia, joined Apr 2006, 5525 posts, RR: 18
Reply 14, posted (8 years 3 months 2 weeks 3 days 19 hours ago) and read 1852 times:

Quoting Jap (Reply 10):
I too am considering moving to Australia- I'll be sharing an appartment with my best friend. In Canberra tho (yes, aussies... comment all you want, I love canberra

Well jap that would a go move if you were to move anywhere in Australia. Canberra is a good place to live. It also has the one of the lowest unemployment rates in Australia and people who work there get paid more too.


User currently offlineOzGuy From Australia, joined Apr 2005, 392 posts, RR: 13
Reply 15, posted (8 years 3 months 2 weeks 3 days 11 hours ago) and read 1832 times:

Quoting Jap (Reply 10):

I too am considering moving to Australia- I'll be sharing an appartment with my best friend. In Canberra tho (yes, aussies... comment all you want, I love canberra Wink), possibly Sydney later on Silly

There's nothing wrong with living in Canberra. I love visiting Sydney but honestly, Canberra's a great place to live and it's still central so visiting our other cities is no big deal.

Quoting BaylorAirBear (Thread starter):
Are there any popular housing listings online?

I realise this is an ACT listing only, but allhomes.com.au is a very good housing site if you're considering living in the Canberra region. As for Perth, you'll find that pricing is very affordable over there. It has risen recently (it actually has the fastest growing housing prices in the country, they went up about >7% last year) but it is still a very cheap Australian city to live in. Brisbane is also cheap, it's more expensive to buy housing there but insurance, food, fuel etc. all tend to be a lot cheaper. I could comment on the other cities but I'll leave that to someone who lives there.

Quoting BaylorAirBear (Thread starter):
Are there really kangaroos and koalas?

lol, kangaroos are EVERYWHERE. To put it into perspective, we went to a ski town that's about three hours from Canberra a few weeks ago and every ten minutes or so we were seeing an animal who'd played chicken with a car and lost. On this trip we passed two wombats, seven kangaroos, three snakes, an echidna, a dog, five foxes and a sheep, but that was just what I saw and I was reading for most of the drive so there were probably more. Seeing living specimens of the rarer animals such as wombats and koalas is a little more difficult, but definately not impossible. All good zoo's will have them and there're lots of reserves with 'koala walks' where tyou can try to find them yourself along a few km's of walking tracks.

Quoting BaylorAirBear (Thread starter):
I'll be looking for work as a pilot. What is the process for getting certified in Oz? Will my pilot credentials transfer over?

I don't actually know anything about the conversion of licence, but I do know that despite the fact that there are pilot jobs out there, we've got too many pilots as it is (though I guess the same could be said for America). Wherever you end up flying make sure you make a excellent impression on your employer - that way you can sponsor my application with them in a few years time  Wink  Big grin

Good luck mate, Hope everything works out for you (same goes for you JAP  Smile )


User currently offlineGemuser From Australia, joined Nov 2003, 5659 posts, RR: 6
Reply 16, posted (8 years 3 months 2 weeks 3 days 10 hours ago) and read 1826 times:

A coupla of points nobody has mentioned:
1) Oz is further from EVERYWHERE than ANYWHERE else! With the possiable exception of NZ, they are closer to LAX!
2) Perth is the most isolated metropolitian area on the planet! Its nearest metro neighbour id Jakata
3) AKL is closer to SYD/CBR/MEL than Perth.
4) The whole country suffers from these distances
5) All of these thing result in some thing being unreasonabley expensive and other things unreasonabley cheap!
6) Nobody has heard of baseball, basketball or gridion and especially ice hockey!
7) If you can become comfortable with the Ozzie way of life, then it is a GREAT place to live, if you can't it is HELL.

Gemuser



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User currently offlineKiwiTEAL From Australia, joined Nov 2005, 253 posts, RR: 1
Reply 17, posted (8 years 3 months 2 weeks 3 days 8 hours ago) and read 1814 times:

Quoting Jap (Reply 10):
Good luck!

I too am considering moving to Australia- I'll be sharing an appartment with my best friend. In Canberra tho (yes, aussies... comment all you want, I love canberra ), possibly Sydney later on

Jani

You come from the land of "ice/snow" in winter - and i gotta tell you that Canberra is exactly the same! I'm only 350 miles north, but our weather in Sydney is almost like another country - even on the same days!

Sadly - altho it's the capital of Oz - its a hole!, comercially designed, a city in itself, awful roads - it still houses the best art gallery and museums in Oz. Move to Sydney when it gets tooooooooooo COLD! (plus theres no beaches)

John
KiwiTEAL


User currently offlineBaylorAirBear From United States of America, joined Jan 2005, 2913 posts, RR: 49
Reply 18, posted (8 years 3 months 2 weeks 3 days 8 hours ago) and read 1804 times:

Quoting OzGuy (Reply 15):
we passed two wombats, seven kangaroos, three snakes, an echidna, a dog, five foxes and a sheep,

Damn Gkirk and his "special parties!"

Quoting OzGuy (Reply 15):
I realise this is an ACT listing only

Finally, someone, other than me, has used my home airport code (albeit unintentionally) Big grin

Quoting OzGuy (Reply 15):
As for Perth, you'll find that pricing is very affordable over there.

There were a few listings on Craigslist for PER. There were some hella nice places, furnished, for like $500 a month! I hope that's the norm. crossfingers 

Quoting OzGuy (Reply 15):
kangaroos are EVERYWHERE

Are you able to have them as pets, and would they get on well with a dog?

Quoting OzGuy (Reply 15):
you can sponsor my application with them in a few years time

You import me some Budweiser and Honey Brown every month, and you've got a deal.  silly  What's the drinking age there?

Quoting Gemuser (Reply 16):
Nobody has heard of baseball,

 Wow!

Quoting Gemuser (Reply 16):
Oz is further from EVERYWHERE than ANYWHERE else!



Quoting Gemuser (Reply 16):
Perth is the most isolated metropolitian area on the planet!

These are both in my top five list for moving to Oz.  Smile

Thanks for the comments and good wishes!

BAB wave 

p.s. Will I be a loser for knowing Crocodile Dundee I and II by heart?  rotfl 



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User currently offlineJap From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 19, posted (8 years 3 months 2 weeks 3 days 7 hours ago) and read 1800 times:

Quoting KiwiTEAL (Reply 17):
Jani

You come from the land of "ice/snow" in winter - and i gotta tell you that Canberra is exactly the same! I'm only 350 miles north, but our weather in Sydney is almost like another country - even on the same days!

Sadly - altho it's the capital of Oz - its a hole!, comercially designed, a city in itself, awful roads - it still houses the best art gallery and museums in Oz. Move to Sydney when it gets tooooooooooo COLD! (plus theres no beaches)

My friend and I actually will move to Sydney if I decide to stay permanently  Wink But since she lives in Canberra with her family now, it's a good place to start off- and when we can afford it, we'll make the move to Sydney.

I've always loved Sydney from the bottom of my heart- so of course, that is where I will reside in the future if I end up staying in Oz Big grin

The thing about canberra being the same as denmark isn't entirely true though  Wink The summer is warmer and the winter... well, the aussie winter is like the danish summer, actually Big grin


User currently offlineBMIFlyer From UK - England, joined Feb 2004, 8810 posts, RR: 58
Reply 20, posted (8 years 3 months 2 weeks 3 days 7 hours ago) and read 1796 times:

Quoting Jap (Reply 19):

Take me to Oz with you, please  Wink

I'll do chores, etc......



Lee



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User currently offlineKiwiTEAL From Australia, joined Nov 2005, 253 posts, RR: 1
Reply 21, posted (8 years 3 months 2 weeks 3 days 7 hours ago) and read 1789 times:

Quoting BMIFlyer (Reply 20):
Take me to Oz with you, please

I'll do chores, etc......

LMAO - pommy wimp  Smile (buy a big blanket!)

kisses for winter xxxxxxx


User currently offlineBMIFlyer From UK - England, joined Feb 2004, 8810 posts, RR: 58
Reply 22, posted (8 years 3 months 2 weeks 3 days 7 hours ago) and read 1787 times:

Quoting KiwiTEAL (Reply 21):
LMAO - pommy wimp (buy a big blanket!)

kisses for winter xxxxxxx

Eh?  Wink



Lee



Sometimes You Can't Make It On Your Own
User currently offlineQANTASforever From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 23, posted (8 years 3 months 2 weeks 3 days 7 hours ago) and read 1784 times:

Quoting BaylorAirBear (Thread starter):
I'm looking at Western Australia.

Dear god....why?

Quoting BaylorAirBear (Thread starter):
Is there anything I, as a handsome Texan, should expect upon arrival?

Some strange looks from customs as you arrive at Vienna Intl.

Quoting BaylorAirBear (Thread starter):
Are there plenty of Sheilas with brown hair and brown eyes?

No.

And if you are interested in meeting women in Australia, your first step is to not call one a 'sheila'. It's an antiquated and parochial term that isn't really welcome in Australia's cities.

Quoting BaylorAirBear (Thread starter):
Is there any way around quarantining Amos for thirty days?

Rabies exists in the United States. It doesn't exist in Australia. So no.

Quoting BaylorAirBear (Thread starter):
Can I come on a work visa, or do I need to naturalize?

lol Have you considered asking the Australian government a few of these questions?

Quoting BaylorAirBear (Thread starter):
Do I need ridiculous outlet converters?

Define ridiculous. Our power points are different to yours.

Quoting BaylorAirBear (Thread starter):
Does the water in the bowl really drain clockwise?

Our toilets are different to yours, they're supercharged. So again, no.

Quoting BaylorAirBear (Thread starter):
Are there really kangaroos and koalas?

No. It's a conspiracy of naturalists.

Quoting BaylorAirBear (Reply 18):
Are you able to have them as pets, and would they get on well with a dog?

Holy god.....are you serious?

Quoting BaylorAirBear (Reply 18):
You import me some Budweiser and Honey Brown every month, and you've got a deal.

Or you can just buy it from a shop here.

Quoting BaylorAirBear (Reply 18):
What's the drinking age there?

18, same as voting age.

Speaking of which, I'd be happy to give you a crash course in Australian politics. I also offer the "Qantasforever *REAL* Australian history lecture", at a very reasonable rate.

QFF


User currently offlineBaylorAirBear From United States of America, joined Jan 2005, 2913 posts, RR: 49
Reply 24, posted (8 years 3 months 2 weeks 3 days 6 hours ago) and read 1783 times:

Quoting Jap (Reply 13):
You gotta learn the metric system first though, mate  silly 

1.6 km = 1 mile. 1 km = 0.6 mile  Wink

19 km = 11.9 miles Big grin

And you gotta work on multiplication  silly 

19 km x 0.6 miles = 11.4 miles.

Oohhhhhhh SNAP, booyahhhh!!!  Wink

BAB Big grin



I'm just skipping stones...
25 Post contains images BaylorAirBear : Not you again QFForever! You must be the driest Aussie I've ever exchanged with Sorry, I missed your post earlier as I was typing mine. So... A few go
26 QANTASforever : Western Australia is like what the eastern states were...10 years ago. Perth is very spread out, very clean, but also rather small. I think there's o
27 Post contains links Q330 : http://casa.gov.au/fcl/overbr.htm -Q
28 IAH777 : Put your rainbow flag away, BAB.
29 Bill142 : Remember that Perth is still in 1985.
30 VH-KCT* : And it's hardly a part of Australia! There are sharks in the city, all the place names are French and Dutch, there's a 3 hour time difference, and it
31 Post contains images 'Longreach' : We would be a very rich country with all the natural resources we have... We get sick of supporting the Eastern States financially
32 BNE : The Treo 650 will work in Australia; although you will need to buy a new charger for it. I have only know one family out of 100s that ever had a kang
33 Melpax : the drinking age here is 18. the flip side is that drink-driving laws are VERY heavily enforced. The legal BAC for fully licenced drivers is .05, & p
34 J.mo : Perth was in 1985 when I was there in 1992. JM
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