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    Why do live where you do?

    Thanks @northshorepom - very helpful. We find loads of places that seem good, except for high schools, and we also struggle to understand the school 'ratings'. We can try for a selective high school, but that is far from guaranteed. The better government non-selective high schools are dotted around the city. Many decent ones in the shire, some on the north shore (Killarney heights) and some in the inner west or west of there (west of Balmain etc). I am not entirely convinced by league tables and reports for schools here in the UK to be honest. They only show part of the story. We prefer to try and understand from recommendation and word of mouth. I think this might also apply to Sydney. Except there are more private and church schools. I'm sure we'll work something out though. It's just hard to tell from the schools websites and those bettereducation results. Cheers
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    Why do live where you do?

    Choosing a suburb in Sydney Is hard as hell. So many variables. We have some loose ideas and 6 months before we land. If we didn't have kids in school or might be easier as we could find out through trial and error. But as we don't have that luxury it's hard! It seems the places that tick all the boxes are too expensive for us So it's a case of nailing a decent compromise. If anyone has any tips based on good schools, commute to cbd and not too far from a beach (less than 30 mins) that would be good
  3. Our flights are booked and we arrive on the 4th July. We are about to look for short term rental accommodation. It seems people use stayz and airbnb. Are there any other tips? It needs to be somewhere big enough for 2 adults and 3 kids age 12, 9 and 5 Any suggestions most welcome.
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    Arriving in early July

    Our flights are booked and we arrive on the 4th July. We are about to look for short term rental accommodation. It seems people use stayz and airbnb. Are there any other tips? It needs to be somewhere big enough for 2 adults and 3 kids age 12, 9 and 5 Any suggestions most welcome.
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    Choosing a suburb in Sydney?

    Great @Jayen I'll try again tomo. Merry Xmas!
  6. Hi We are trying to settle on a suburb to live in when we move over to Sydney in 6 months time. We are hoping to get a 3 or 4 bedroom place in the catchment area for Killarney Heights high school. The catchment includes Castlecrag, Northbridge, Killarney and Forestville. We have seen some places for rent around $800 - $950 p/w (not sure exactly what we can afford yet - still trying to work out the budget). Between my wife and I, we should make $120k gross (ish) once things are up and running. possibly more... depending if my wife does 3,4 or 5 days a week. Our criteria would be: 1 hour and under to the CBD for work commute (less is better!) Decent state high school (non selective), and good primary school. can get to the beach in maybe 20 mins Nice outdoors stuff to do, parks etc Safe and good for kids In addition to this it would be nice if there were a few things to do where we lived. Places to eat or have a beer etc (nice but not essential). If anyone has any advice, that would be good. I have already seem a lot of good tips about this on PIO from people like North Shore Pom - but thought I'd double check, as we will be booking our arrival accommodation soon, and will need to narrow our options. We have also looked at the Shire as there are a few good schools there and maybe other parts of the north shore (in the catchment for Davidson HS) We are also into the eastern suburbs, but we'd need to live in Randwick, Coogee or Kingsford to be in the catchment for Randwick Girls school - and it seems like we wouldn't be able to afford to live there unless we loved in a small house. We might end up driving each other around the bend!
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    Choosing a suburb in Sydney?

    it's quite interesting and useful. maybe some extra parameters might help - the initial 3 are great, but most of the places we looked at looked too far from the beaches maybe
  8. Organising our move to Sydney in June 2015
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    Costs commuting from northern beaches to CBD

    Thanks. That seems a lot cheaper than my UK commute (which is about £60 a week / around $105)
  10. Hi all We are researching places to settle when we move to Sydney area in 2015. We are quite keen on the northern beaches and places a bit inland (Dee Why, Narrabeen, frenchs forest etc) Does anyone know how much it costs to get the express bus daily (return) downtown to CBD? Thanks
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    Community nursing

    Hello We are moving over in 2015 from the UK. My wife is a very experience senior community nurse/sister and we wanted to know if anyone on here could advise us on wher to look for work? Any links/tips much appreciated
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    Best place for a family to live in Sydney

    Is the inner west likely to be a fairly small house, but great links in and out of the city? (I would be most likely to work out that way). We are a family of 5 (kids will be 5,8 and 11 when we get there) Because I was recommended that area by someone else in my business (advertising/design) for being able to get in and out of work
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