Gold Coast

Living on the Gold Coast

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The Gold Coast has a population of just over half a million people and is an area of Queensland situated on the eastern coast, about one hour’s drive south of Brisbane. But unlike Brisbane, this place really is on the beach. And right in the centre of those beautiful beaches is Surfers Paradise, probably the area’s main attraction.gold coast location 300x247 Gold Coast

But the Gold Coast is not all about beaches. The area is also enriched by the surrounding hinterlands, mountains and spectacular national parks, all of which are breathtaking. Tambourine Mountain is especially worth a visit. The Gold Coast also boasts over 400 km of canals and is home to a spectacular array of sea life and wildlife.

The Gold Coast also has a cluster of theme parks, it’s Australia’s theme park capital; with Movie World, Wet ‘n’ Wild, Sea World, White Water World, Dreamworld as well as the Australian Outback Spectacular and for nature lovers, the Currumbin Wildlife Sanctuary.

So, you see? It’s not all about beaches. But the Gold Coast does still have beaches aplenty, over 40 km stretching from Southport all the way down to Coolangatta on the New South Wales border. And these beaches are just perfect for surfing.

I’m not sure, but the already mentioned Surfers Paradise may well be the most commercial Beach in Australia, that’s what I am told. But I am a guy who has been to Blackpool and I was born in Southend. Both of those beaches resorts ARE commercial. To me, Surfers was quiet by comparison.

But I am told that late nights over the weekend it can get quite boisterous. But if Surfers is still too busy for you, there are plenty of other beaches to choose from in the area that are even quieter.

So beaches, mountains, hinterland, theme parks, canals, surely this has got to be the best place to live in Australia? Perhaps, but it is very much a tourist area and it is also probably one of the most expensive area in Australia to live in. It’s a close call between it and Sydney.

What’s the weather like?

gold coast annual weather Gold CoastBeing only around 70 kilometres south of Brisbane, the weather on the Gold Coast is not too dissimilar from that of the city.

Although it does boast even more sunshine, getting around eight hours each day. Again, winters are very mild so you can make use of the beaches all year round.

Possible severe weather around the Gold Coast are, again, as in Brisbane, cyclones and some flooding.

The areas of the Gold Coast:

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The Gold Coast can be broken down into four main areas:

  • North Gold Coast – including Outer North and Inner North
  • Central Gold Coast – including both North Shore and South Shore
  • South Gold Coast – the South Coast area
  • The Hinterland – including the Central Hinterland and the South Hinterland

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Tabitha July 21, 2011 at 11:05 am

i really want to live here more than anything in the world. it looks like a great experience and…. all i can say is wow ! i absolutuly love it ! ps: im 12

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BobinOz July 22, 2011 at 8:58 pm

Well I hope you achieve your dream, you certainly have plenty of time to plan. Maybe you should start by convincing some adults around you?

Good luck Tabitha!

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Chris September 26, 2011 at 6:37 am

Hi Bob,
My 175 visa has now been granted! woooohoooo, I will be heading here ASAP, just gotta sell the house and fold up my life here in the UK.
Im sure your site will prove invaluable to us, like finding a school for our 6 year old daughter, work for mrs chris etc.
Only an hours drive from Brissie so may hook up for a beer or a barbie!

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BobinOz September 26, 2011 at 9:07 pm

Congratulations Chris, hope to see you in Australia soon. I wont put the snags on the barbie yet, sounds like you still have a bit to do before you can leave the UK.

Hope everything goes well.

Cheers

Bob

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chris April 19, 2012 at 10:53 am

Hi Bob, WE’RE HERE!!!!
landed in brisbane last week and are now in Coomera on the gold coast in temporary accommodation, have not stopped since we got here! full on and loads of form filling etc, not really had time to enjoy it yet although im sure i will soon enough. I start work on monday, im sure that will be an eye opener!
your site is prooving very useful, thanks mate!

Chris and family

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BobinOz April 20, 2012 at 12:38 am

Hi Chris

Welcome to Australia! Get those forms filled in and get down to the beach! Not much time left, it’ll be winter soon and you’ll have to put some socks on.

Hope you settle quickly and get to love this place as much as I do.

Cheers

Bob

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Kris Hampton December 10, 2011 at 7:07 pm

Me and my twin bro are planning to move to the gold coast in about a years time! We’re only 21 so can anyone recommend the best place for us to go? All we really need would be a nice house or bungalow to rent not to pricey, a beach, a job but most importantly a good GYM!!! Any thoughts? Cheers !

Kris

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BobinOz December 13, 2011 at 11:35 pm

Most of the Gold Coast is quite expensive, but check out my page about the Cost of Buying or Renting a House in Australia and search through the rentals, see what you can find.

I wouldn’t worry too much about gyms, there are loads of them almost everywhere in Australia.

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chloe December 14, 2011 at 1:14 pm

me and my partner are wanting to move to surfers paradise we want 2 get an apartment 2bedroom close to cbd the only thing is we havent been there before lol im wondering how easy employment is there i work in hospitality however my partner is a construction worker, also we are just starting off and i dont know if we will survive some where we dont know . please help

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BobinOz December 16, 2011 at 10:11 pm

Too hard to answer, but you should check out….

Cost of Buying or Renting a House in Australia
and Getting a Job or a Sponsorship

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amelia December 28, 2011 at 11:29 am

Could you wear jeans here?

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BobinOz December 30, 2011 at 1:05 pm

I’ve not tried it myself, but I’ve seen others wearing them and getting away with it. So I say yes, go for it!

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Lucy February 4, 2012 at 9:17 pm

It has been my dream ever since I was 11 years old to live in the Gold Coast.

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BobinOz February 7, 2012 at 12:17 am

Sometimes dreams come true Lucy, I hope yours does.

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lozza clarke March 4, 2012 at 5:03 pm

Hi BobinOz, we are from sunny Chelmsford not too far from southend. Currently living in SA but moving to Qld, can you help on suburbs, we like the look of Springfield lakes, seems to have everything for families and us adults and isnt a flood zone but we were hoping to be a bit closer to the beach. We also like Gold coast, can you suggest any suburbs with the same newish housing, shopping centres, good schools etc but 15 mins approx drive to a beach???

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BobinOz March 5, 2012 at 6:23 pm

I think anything 15 min from the Gold Coast would probably be quite expensive, although I am not a property expert from that area. So maybe somebody else can help you out with this one?

Springfield Lakes won awards I think, it’s all very pretty and well laid out, but I don’t know what it’s like to live there. Sorry I can’t be more helpful.

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Sarah March 25, 2012 at 2:23 am

Hi Bob,
I am moving to the gold coast with work (Bond Uni) and I have no idea where to live! I’m looking for somewhere a bit hip & cool, a bit more like Brighton than Blackpool! Any ideas? Also, will I definitely need a car or is there any other way I could commute to work?
Thanks Bob!
Sarah

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BobinOz March 26, 2012 at 11:43 pm

Hi Sarah

I don’t really know the area well enough to advise you specifically, although Surfers Paradise is the place where it all happens. Anywhere close to that would probably work for you. Not sure whether you’d get by without a car though.

Wherever you choose to live, I hope it works out good for you.

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Jrk August 27, 2012 at 8:46 pm

Varsity lakes or Robina or mermaid waters wld be good places for u to stay. Nice suburbs, lots of good shops and a great school (Varsity College) state school for the kids if u hv any.
Safe as well

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Dmitrij April 26, 2012 at 4:52 am

Hello Bob
First of all wanted to say that you’re doing a great job.All info. about OZ is very helpfull and gives me extra motivation.I am security officer in London(Westfield shopping centre:-) Security officers not in Demand list as far as I know :-( Can I apply for apprenticeship from UK and get an Australian qulification there?

Thanks

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BobinOz April 27, 2012 at 12:00 am

I don’t really know about that one, maybe someone else reading this can help. Anybody?

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Dmitrij April 27, 2012 at 4:58 am

Hello Bob
Thanks for answering anyway.We all got diferrent situations and it’s not easy to answer.Looks that this summer “sunny”(if any) weekends I’ll spend in no further than Sothend :-)).Never mind ‘This time next year':-) Your site is still great source of information .
Best regards
Dmitrij

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BobinOz April 27, 2012 at 8:17 pm

Thanks Dmitrij!

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Kayleigh June 11, 2012 at 11:52 pm

Hi Bob,
I have FINALLY booked my tickets and will be flying out to my birth place Brisbane during September!! My uncle lives in Surfer’s Paradise so I’m very excited to get out and start exploring, especially all those theme parks!
I love your blog and it’s helped me know what to expect when I get there, thanks for all the useful information :)
Kayleigh

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BobinOz June 12, 2012 at 2:07 pm

Congratulations Kayleigh! That’s a great time to arrive, September, it’ll just been warming up nicely by then. Perfect for hitting the beach and all of those theme parks.

Have a great time, hope you get to love his place as much as I do.

Cheers

Bob

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lew September 5, 2012 at 4:12 pm

Hi Bob, heres a question ive been pondering for a while.Ive bookes up to stay in Burleigh heada with my wife and 2 small children to see what life is like there for a potential move. . But now the more i look into the gold coast the worse i see and hear. Gun crime,drugs,gangs,drivebys,bikers,stabbings. It sounds alot like london and i live in a sleepy village 60miles from london. What is life really like on the gold coast.??

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BobinOz September 6, 2012 at 1:00 am

Hi Lew

The Gold Coast wouldn’t be my choice of somewhere to live, only because I prefer quiet to commercial. It has all the theme parks and a glorious coastline, but many here describe it as Australia’s Miami. It is a bit of a crime hotspot, and as you say, it’s mostly gang-related; bikers, drugs and that sort of thing. The drive-by shootings are more often than not gang against gang, don’t even think about opening a tattoo parlour.

That said, I have friends who live there with kids, small kids, they don’t feel as though they are living in a ghetto. Life goes on, people walk about, they go to the shops and they play on the beaches. I’ve heard some of the schools are good.

Surfers Paradise is pretty much the centre of it, Burleigh Heads is close to that. Maybe you should consider moving somewhere in the area, and the Gold Coast is a big area, that is a bit away from it all. Not sure exactly where that might be, but maybe somebody else with more no knowledge can help you with that. Bottom line, choose your suburb carefully. Good luck!

Cheers

Bob

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lew September 8, 2012 at 3:54 pm

So is queensland class as the gold coast. we were thinking that queensland is where we would like to be located. maybee noosa or varsity lakes. . where is safe and good in australia. west oz?

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BobinOz September 8, 2012 at 9:45 pm

The Gold Coast is in Queensland, Queensland is quite big, about seven times the size of the UK. The Gold Coast is a small area in the south-east of Queensland. Most of Australia is safe and good, but the Gold Coast currently has a bit of a reputation as being a crime hotspots.

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Orion September 12, 2012 at 2:17 pm

Hi there, Im thinking of moving there next year and iv neva done anything like move away from my country even thow im just next door lol (NZ) im just sceard, nerves i gess but it will be a better future for me and my family, im just hopeing that we will be ok haha but i bet ill love it haha.

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BobinOz September 13, 2012 at 1:50 pm

Nothing to be scared of Orion, we don’t bite here. Well, some things do :-)

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gerry October 11, 2012 at 11:05 am

i what to live in the gold coast thems park

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BobinOz October 11, 2012 at 11:03 pm

You want to live in a theme park?

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gerry cruz groombridge October 11, 2012 at 11:06 am

live in the gold coast

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BobinOz October 11, 2012 at 11:03 pm

Oh, maybe not.

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Michelle February 14, 2013 at 1:45 am

Hi Bob! LOVE your site! We’re moving to the Gold Coast in November and will be buying a house via Internet as well. Could you recommend a realtor or agency? Did you get to see the house on skype or just thru internet photis? Also, you’re link to buying a home has really helped us so far! Thanks for all you do!

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BobinOz February 14, 2013 at 1:18 pm

Hi Michelle

Firstly, I do have to say that when we bought our house on the Internet we really did have one strong advantage, we knew exactly which suburb we wanted to live in from previous visits and when we found the house online, we knew exactly where it was.

We knew the road, we knew the surroundings, so for us the decision wasn’t so reckless. Other than that, all we had to go by were photographs and when we saw the house for real for the first time, the photographs certainly did flatter the place :-)

Buying a house online, sight unseen, is a scary business, but I still can see some advantages. It’s really not something I would overly recommend though. For the best place to search though, check out my page called Cost of Buying or Renting a House in Australia.

Good luck!

Bob

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Ian M February 18, 2013 at 12:53 am

Hi bob, great site! I am 29 and from england and intend on moveing to australia on a whv next march with 2 friends, we have all worked in the tourist industry in spain for the last 10 years my friends doing bar work and myself entertainment (singing,hosting karaoke, dj’ing etc) and also bar work, so would you say the best place for us to find work is the gold coast? Or could you advise of anywhere better or alternative decent places to find work in tourism. I would also like to know how hard it actually is to find this kind of work? Also what would be the best time of the year to arrive on the gold coast to have the best chance of finding work? When we arrive in oz in march we intend to do 3 months of seasonal work straight away so that we can apply for our second year extention but have made no firm plans on where to go after that. I have also noticed that you can rent a nice 3 bed house or apartment between the 3 of us for less then what you would pay to stay in a hostel, would you advise this or is there any pitfalls? We intend to stay on the goldcoast for at least 6 months. Answers to my questions and any advice would be muchly appriciated!
Thanks Ian

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BobinOz February 18, 2013 at 3:28 pm

Wow, lots of questions Ian, most of which I don’t really know the answer to. I wouldn’t think the Gold Coast is your best bet to find work, there’s probably more work in Sydney, but I’m guessing. I’m not suggesting you go to Sydney instead, just answering your question.

I’d be surprised if you could get an apartment between the three of you that works out cheaper than backpacking, but even if you could, qualifying for a rental is quite hard. You’ll need references, probably, deposits, advance rent and you’ll need to commit to at least six months in one place. Whether a landlord would really want to rent his apartment out to 3 lads on a WHV, I couldn’t tell you. I’ve got an idea though :-)

I never answer questions about how easy/difficult it might be to find work, and I’m also not sure if there really is a best time of the year to arrive, or not.

I’d do more research if I were you, in particular you may need some kind of qualification to work behind the bar here, I don’t think it’s hard to get, but you can’t just do it. Only those who have shown that they understand the our alcohol laws are here in Australia are allowed to work the bar.

Hope that helps a bit.

Bob

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patrick March 2, 2013 at 7:30 am

hey everyone,
I am coming up on my collage graduation and am looking to move to australia for a year before returning back to the US. I am looking for the best place to live and work with young professional like myself, while in australia. From south florida so i need to be by the ocean, also looking for a bigger city, night life, SURF, GIRLS, some adventuring, but most importantly embracing Australia for what it is for the little time I’ll be there. Hoping someone can point me to the best location. appreciate any and all advise. thanks

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BobinOz March 4, 2013 at 5:38 pm

Do you need to stay in one place for the whole year? If I were you, I’d move around a bit. Definitely do Sydney, the Gold Coast and Melbourne, maybe even check out Byron Bay. That’s quite trendy, plenty of young surfer dude types go there.

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Racquel March 5, 2013 at 8:26 am

Hi there Bob!

Im fourteen and I live in Canada. I’ve wanted to visit Australia since I was 12! I want to visit for a long amount of time too. The whole summer, maybe! I want to go to a place where it has a lot of attractions and something interesting to do everyday but not far away from everyday culture. Just so i can see how life would be if i moved there in the future. I also really badly want to learn how to surf! So beaches are a must. Australia just seems like a country full of a million places to go! But the real question is, Whats the best place to stay? Can you help me out?

Your site is great,
Racquel

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BobinOz March 5, 2013 at 9:44 pm

Hi Racquel

Good to see you are planning ahead, it’s great to have ambitions and to know exactly what you want to do.

Here’s what I think you need to look into, and that’s getting a one year Working Holiday Visa to come here to Australia, as you are from Canada you are able to apply for one of those, but you will have to wait until you are 18.

That visa will allow you to stay in Australia for up to a year and also work at the same time. That will give you plenty of time to check out this country, and I’d be looking at places up and along the East Coast. If you want to be surfing, then choose somewhere like Byron Bay in New South Wales or Surfers Paradise on the Gold Coast in Queensland.

They are both fun places to be, great for surfing and plenty to do.

Hope to see you here soon :-)

Cheers

Bob

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Niki April 5, 2013 at 3:40 pm

Hi Bob,

I’m planning to move to QLD from Sydney. I’m looking for a SAFE place to stay between Gold Coast and the GC airport. Do you have any suggestions?

Thanks for your help :)

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BobinOz April 6, 2013 at 12:43 am

Hi Niki

Well I don’t know the area well enough to make suggestions, but I would say that although the Gold Coast has a big reputation for being crime central, it is still, relatively speaking, a very safe place.

Are you talking about a place to go temporarily or permanently? If you can make that clear, maybe somebody who lives down that way can help you out better than I can.

Cheers

Bob

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iris May 14, 2013 at 12:57 am

hi !
i’m 16 years old and live in Holland, Europe, and i really want to move to australia especially to gold coast. but one of my parets is a cook and i don’t know if there is work for her in Australia. same is for my dad he is a welder.
please comment

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BobinOz May 14, 2013 at 1:42 pm

Cooks and welders are both skills that are in demand here in Australia, but the most important question is do your parents want to move to Australia?

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Emily May 16, 2013 at 12:21 pm

Hi! I just got to the Gold Coast from the US. I’ve been staying in Varsity Lakes and so far I’ve been very unhappy. I’m looking into other options and since I don’t really know the area I’d really like some help. Ideally what I want is to live somewhere that is literally right next to the beach- wake up, go outside, the beach is right there. I’d really like to get surfing lessons and begin to do that regularly. I’m not worried about money, but I would like somewhere relatively safe as I am a girl in my 20’s. I would just like to be right next to the beach with other young people around and a place to be able to go out. So far being in Varsity Lakes I’ve gone down to Market Square and it’s been completely dead & most of the people I’ve met that go to school here live about a half hour out and commute to school. Is there a certain area you can recommend that I look for a place to move to? I noticed there were a lot of apartments in Burleigh Heads right by North Burleigh beach? but it is a rather ghetto-y area. How about surfers? Would living in surfers be a good idea? Really only thing I care about is being next to the beach with a good night life. Thanks!

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BobinOz May 16, 2013 at 3:27 pm

Hi Emily

I’m in Brisbane, so I don’t know too much about it down that way, hopefully someone from the Gold Coast will be able to answer your question more fully.

I think Burleigh heads is worth checking out, but if your heart is not set on living in the Gold Coast, you might want to try Byron Bay a little further south. It’s full of young people, good for surfing and has plenty going on at night.

Cheers

Bob

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David May 26, 2013 at 12:49 pm

hey bob and interested peoples,,we live in nz,yup hopin to cross the ditch to live in

broadbeach,,wife and myself will be renting only,,and only looking for part time

work etc,,tiz our time to chill out enjoy life and the beach,,so any ideas on where

to look for part time/regular work from anyone would be so grateful,,cheers

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BobinOz May 27, 2013 at 7:23 pm
Mike Dunn June 4, 2013 at 7:38 am

I would first like to thank you, your blog and website really helped me find the correct visa that I can apply for in which after my school has been paid off here in Aurora, Colorado in the United States, then I can get nominated for a managers position. So hopefully in the next five years I can find myself in Australia.

One of my things I am wanting to do in Australia is:

1. Become a citizen of Australia in hopes of also keeping my citizenship in the US as a dual citizen.

2. After I become a citizen I can finally start planning out my business in the gold coast region. That business is a zoo and aquarium.

It will be called the Queensland Mountain Zoo & Aquarium and I plan on dedicating my business to my heroes in Australia, The Irwin family and especially to my hero growing up as a child, STEVEN ROBERT IRWIN!

So again bob thanks mate, I hope to I will be able to meet you soon once I get to Australia.

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BobinOz June 4, 2013 at 1:52 pm

Hi Mark

Glad my website has been helpful, hope to see you here in Australia soon.

Those are some pretty ambitious plans you have there, I hope you succeed, and if you do I wondered if you could let me have a complimentary family pass to the Queensland Mountain Zoo and Aquarium?

I’ll do a post on it :-)

Cheers

Bob

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Mike Dunn June 5, 2013 at 9:57 am

Thanks Bob, and as the future owner of the Queensland Mountain Zoo & Aquarium, I would personally like to take you up on that offer, so yes you and your family will get a free complimentary pass to my business, in fact I will also do better, I would like to in fact do business with your website, so once I become citizen I will inform you when I am ready to begin planning. Oh and the name is Mike not Mark.

I look forward doing business with you. Just email me a pdf version of your post before you post it to your website for confirmation.

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BobinOz June 5, 2013 at 7:03 pm

Hi Mike

That sounds great, I’ll look forward to it. Sorry I got your name wrong by the way. Got it now and I’m looking forward to the opening of your new zoo :-)

See you later!

Bob

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Helen June 14, 2013 at 7:35 pm

Hi bobinoz
me and my boyfriend are moving to goldcoast in a months time, we are struggling to decide which area is best to live in. were only young and will be seeking full time jobs, so are looking for the best place in goldcoast to keep us entertained and also has plenty of jobs. any advice on where to go please ?? :) thank you

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ellie June 15, 2013 at 7:15 pm

We are planning to move to gold coast by end of this year, I have two boys school age, any opoinion which suberbs are best for families and which areas to avoid.

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BobinOz June 17, 2013 at 1:08 pm

Hi Helen and Ellie

I don’t know the Gold Coast well enough to advise you which are the best (or worst) suburbs, hopefully someone who does know the area well might be able to help you out.

All I can tell you though, is that Surfers Paradise is pretty much the “centre” of the area and the liveliest (and probably most expensive) suburb there. Hope that helps a bit anyway.

Cheers

Bob

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Amanda A. June 22, 2013 at 2:40 pm

Hi Bob, I’m 14 years old and live in California, I have been wanting
to go to Australia for the longest time. How old must i be to get a visa
And visit. Also what kind o visa would I need?

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BobinOz June 23, 2013 at 11:44 pm

Hi Amanda

If you are coming here without an adult to accompany you, then you need to be at least 18 years old before you can qualify for a visa of your own. Not long to wait, but don’t count the days, you need to enjoy your life now as it is :-)

If I were you, I would look into getting a Working Holiday Visa to start with, assuming they are still available in four years time. It’s a temporary visa that can last between one and two years, but it allows you to work here as well, so you can pay your way. It’s a great way to see Australia and decide whether it really is the country of your dreams.

Cheers

Bob

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Alex June 23, 2013 at 6:25 pm

Hi Bob! I’m going to come in Griffith University in Gold Coast. I read a lot of information about the city and found a terrible thing – Gold Coast crime city! Constant crimes involving teenagers, attacks on pensioners, theft, and so on. Is it really so? Please be honest. Thank you.

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BobinOz June 24, 2013 at 12:29 am

Yes, it is known as “crime city”, but in terms of safety it’s not a dangerous place to be. I don’t know which country you are in right now, but everything is comparative and I would say the Gold Coast, despite its reputation, is very much comparatively safe.

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Алекс June 24, 2013 at 1:51 am

Thanks for the answer! I’m in Russia.
In general, the people are friendly? Brisbane in this plan is better? Is it possible to safely walk around the city at night? Young people is aggressive?

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BobinOz June 24, 2013 at 9:34 pm

I feel quite comfortable walking around the streets of Brisbane city at night, I have never felt threatened and yes, I do find the people very friendly. Some people are aggressive, of course, but it is very rare, you would have to be quite unlucky to just walk into it.

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Алекс June 24, 2013 at 11:53 pm

I’m sorry, but I do not understand. You wrote about Brisbane or the Gold Coast? Not worrying, I can walk on the Gold Coast at night? The city’s population friendly, I understand correctly? Sorry again for this “interrogation” :)

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BobinOz June 25, 2013 at 1:45 pm

I was talking about Brisbane, I’m sure the Gold Coast won’t be too much different, although there are probably some areas that it might be best to stay away from. I’m not sure which areas they might be, if indeed there are any, but maybe somebody from down that way will let you know about that.

I’ve been down the Gold Coast quite a few times and been out at night, again I have never felt threatened or endangered and on one night I remember walking the streets for about an hour at around 2 AM trying to get back to my hotel, couldn’t get a cab anywhere. Again, no hint of trouble. Hope that helps.

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Алекс June 25, 2013 at 5:41 pm

Thanks a lot!

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alexander August 29, 2013 at 9:53 pm

Hello Bobinoz , i am 17 years old and i live in Greece. A year ago i have seen a video clip of bliss n eso, which took place in Gold Coast.After this video i searched for more and more places and informations about Australia. I really find cool the life in Australia and somewhen i’d like to move from Greece,Thessaloniki to Gold Coast,Australia!!
Can give me any advice or some useful informations?!!

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BobinOz August 30, 2013 at 1:28 am

Best advice I can give you Alexander is to get qualifications, skills, education and work experience that makes you a desirable citizen in the Australian Governments eyes. This country isn’t easy to get into, but it can be for the right people.

I suggest you play around with my page about Visas and especially the visa wizard, that will give you a good idea of where you need to place yourself to be in a good position to put in an application for a visa.

Good luck, hope you make it here one day, Bob

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Kai September 19, 2013 at 3:34 pm

Hi

I lived in the Gold Coast between 2005-2012 and have found it to be a great place to live, surpassing Sydney and Melbourne. I’m in my early twenties and have never felt threatened even when partying late into the night in Surfers. People are very friendly and I even walk and jog around late at night along the Gold Coast Highway and Robina areas.

For people that wants to surf and have a night life but do not like Surfers for its tourists, try Broadbeach instead. The crowds are older than the rowdy Surfers teens.

Hope this helps :) I would love to go back to Gold Coast again.

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BobinOz September 19, 2013 at 10:02 pm

Good advice Kai, I may be a lot older but I have also staggered around the streets of Surfers Paradise late at night after having a few beers, never felt any concern about those around me either. Certainly never felt threatened.

I also agree that Broadbeach is a good option, especially for oldies like me :-)

Cheers, Bob

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Karen October 28, 2013 at 7:43 am

Hi Bob

Great job with your website, it is so helpful for many people, so many thanks!

Here’s my story, a bit complicated – we need to make a decision about where to move to with our young family (2 boys aged 4 and 7 years). I have always been keen on Goldcoast from what I have read/seen on internet, but am also looking at Maroubra. My husband works in the mines in NSW inland so Maroubra may be best (and I have had an offer of part-time employment in Sydney) – however, property there is very expensive so i dont know whether it would be more cost effective for us to live in GC area where property is so much cheaper – and my husband can fly to us (he works rotas – 6 wks on 3 wks off). We really want to be close to the beach and good schools, be safe and be able to enjoy the outdoor lifestyle. I may also be able to get work at one of the universities in GC area. So decisions..maroubra or gc …or somewhere in between..help!!

Thanks,

Karen

Im in the UK right now – husband travels back to us every couple of months atm. So keen to just get settled over in Oz!

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BobinOz October 28, 2013 at 7:10 pm

Thanks Karen, glad you like my website.

This is something only you can decide, it’s a big decision, but I can’t help you make it. I haven’t lived in either place, although I have visited both, but that’s not the same as living there.

I’m afraid you and your husband are going to have to deal with this one, but I hope whichever decision you make it turns out to be the right one for you.

Cheers, Bob

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Paul December 10, 2013 at 4:01 am

G’day Bob

What area of the Gold Coast would be suitable for a couple of oldies (my wife and I will be in our 60’s when we finally get there on a Parent visa) to live?

Obviously we won’t need a family area or near schools. Possibly near shopping centres, or cafes and restaurants would be nice.

Any help would be appreciated.
Thanking you.
Paul

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BobinOz December 10, 2013 at 10:19 pm

Hi Paul

I don’t really know the suburbs down there well enough to advise, but I would suggest you check out Tamborine Mountain and some of the other surrounding areas a little bit inland. You are still only 15 or 20 minutes drive from the beach, but you are in awesome hinterland.

Just a suggestion, cheers, Bob

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jen December 27, 2013 at 9:57 pm

Hi Bob , I leaves in Adelaide for 8 years ,I plans to move to gold coast or Brisbane..I been there for a week and straight away fall in love but still deciding which one is the best for our future. School , safe house , and job..worried about flooding and crimes so please advice me the area out of flood and crimes..thanks ..

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BobinOz December 28, 2013 at 1:23 am

Both cities are pretty safe, but it’s fair to say that there is more crime on the Gold Coast than in Brisbane. I prefer Brisbane out of the two, which is why I live here. As for flooding, I’ve written a post about that, see Brisbane Floods.

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Mit Sengupta January 14, 2014 at 8:40 pm

Hey Bob, how safe Gold Coast is? Some say it’s the crime capital of Australia? Is that true? http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fpaUHAFN1V0

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BobinOz January 15, 2014 at 2:10 pm

Good old Today Tonight, they can make a trip to the dentist sound as though you’re taking your life into your own hands :-)

Yes, there is crime on the Gold Coast, maybe it is Australia’s capital of crime, but it’s no Detroit. I have never felt threatened walking the streets of the Goldie, whether at day or night. I’ve never seen anything bad happen but yes, sometimes bad things do happen there as they can anywhere.

I’d say, in the scheme of things, it’s safe, but maybe not as safe as other places in Australia. I don’t know where you live, but I wouldn’t mind betting the Gold Coast is safer.

Cheers, Bob

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Mit Sengupta January 16, 2014 at 12:02 pm

I wonder if Adelaide is cheaper and safer than it? Is it?

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BobinOz January 16, 2014 at 9:42 pm

Yes, I would say it is, but probably harder to find work there.

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Sam January 18, 2014 at 5:57 am

Hi bob! I’m only 16, but I’ve been obsessed with austrailia ever since I was younger, and Its definetly a dream of mine to move there when I’m a little older( maybe attend college in oz). But I’m the only one in my family with this desire, so I would be going at it alone. I was thinking Gold Coast maybe? I’m not sure, do you think I would make it alone? Also, would I be able to go to college there? If not, just live there! Thank you so much :)

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BobinOz January 20, 2014 at 10:15 pm

Yes, it’s all possible Sam, you may have to pay for the education though, I’m really not sure how that would work though. May I suggest that you save as much money as you can and when you’re 18 apply for a Working Holiday Visa.

It’s a 12 month visa that can be extended to 2 years under the right circumstances and it allows you to work here as well. It’s a great way to discover Australia and find out if it really is the country of your dreams. To find out more, see my page called WHV.

Good luck, Bob

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Jason Temple February 5, 2014 at 9:10 pm

Hi guys, If anyone is curious about share accommodation on the Gold coast or you know someone who is or even looking for a room mate… I highly recommend this site or link http://www.goldcoastflatmates.com/aff/set/2000

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Xeryus February 12, 2014 at 8:36 am

I just have to say, the Gold Coast is up on a bit of a pedestal, whenever there is a bit of trouble – Australian MEDIA really like to jump on it and bring the place down a step or two. It’s a very safe place in reality and crime is no different from anywhere else. If you do silly things like leave your car unlocked etc.. eventually someone will bad intentions will come across it. If you get to drunk and be an ass… like anywhere you may annoy the wrong person that isn’t very passive…
Like all cities it has it’s low income area’s where crime tends to be higher, just avoid them. 10-15 Minutes South of the CBD you have Burleigh Heads, Palm Beach area – Typically the residents are Mature ( 35+) and the same North, area’s like Biggera Waters seems quite nice, but like it has been said – make a call or email a real estate agent in the area.

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BobinOz February 12, 2014 at 4:06 pm

I agree, in the scheme of things, the Gold Coast is a safe place to live. I’ve had a few boozy nights out there myself, never saw any real trouble.

I’d much rather walk around there at night than in some areas of, say, London.

In terms of committed crimes in the Gold Coast compared with other cities in Australia, it probably does come higher up in the list, but that doesn’t make it an unsafe place and as you say, there are good areas and bad areas and that can be said of almost everywhere.

Cheers, Bob

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UKAussi February 26, 2014 at 12:37 am

We are adding Brisbane and Gold Coast to our backup list if Sydney doesn’t work ou for us when we come over. All depends on IT jobs for me.

BTW Bob, although I was born in Yorkshire I actually grew up just outside Southend in Canewdon in the late 60s/early 70s. Would often go visit the WWII planes at the airport :-)

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BobinOz February 26, 2014 at 2:57 pm

Ah, yes, Canewdon, nice and quiet up that way. You’ll find the Gold Coast a little different :-)

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Tarryn March 3, 2014 at 4:33 pm

Hi Bob

My husband and I are immigrating probably next year. He will (almost definitely) have a job on the Gold Coast. Myself however I presume I’d have to commute to Brisbane. Is this doable? Are there suburbs between the two that would make live easier for both of us in term of commuting?

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BobinOz March 4, 2014 at 12:47 am

It’s not really doable in my opinion, without traffic you are probably looking at an hour and a half between the two places, so you wouldn’t want to be doing it twice a day in rush hour.

Living in between the two isn’t a great solution either, you’d not get the benefit of living in Brisbane or the Gold Coast if you do that. My top choice for you would be to really try and find work on the Gold Coast or for both of you to find work in Brisbane.

Good luck, Bob

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Luke March 17, 2014 at 3:34 am

Hi Bob!

Myself, my girlfriend (25years old) and her 2 year old daughter are just about to start the process of applying for a 189 visa through an agency, your website has helped us loads so far. We were looking to move to brisbane until recently were more swaying towards the gold coast….. simply because of the theme parks, beaches etc…. more the kind of thing we would like and also we think would be great for the littlen. Im a gas fitter/plumber….im going to guess there shouldnt be toooo much of a problem fiinding work there? I really want to get onto the mines aswlell if u have any advise for that? I was even thinking of commuting to southern brisbane if it came to it, i know ive read people saying its a long commute, but i work all over the place back here (live in southend on sea) and most days is around 2 hours away so i dont think it ould bother me too much.

Any advise would be brilliant!

Thanks!

Are there good schools in the gold coast and would you recommend for children?

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BobinOz March 17, 2014 at 8:27 pm

I’m afraid I can’t be much help to you Luke, I have no idea what the job situation is like for a gas fitter/plumber around here so I couldn’t possibly tell you how easy or hard it might be for you to find work.

Wherever you do find work though, that’s probably going to influence where you eventually live. A commute from the Gold Coast to southern Brisbane wouldn’t be too bad, but if you have to go to the north of Brisbane, that would be too long a commute.

Can’t suggest any specific schools on the Gold Coast either, but it might help if you check out my page Which school?.

Good luck, Bob

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Chantelle March 29, 2014 at 7:17 am

Hi,

I live on the GC. Moved here from NZ in 2000.

Re: job I’d look on the local job sites seek.com.au for south east qld, brisbane, Gold Coast. There specific sites for mining, and a lot of prerequisite training/creditations (health & safety etc) that need to be done first. I’d get reference letters from employer if you have done these types of thing prior to.

If you are looking to commute then I would be looking at suburbs close to the M1, id get a map, with the M1 motorway on it and look at suburbs, what area are close to schools, research the schools (note: I don’t think there are any ‘bad’ schools, lower economic areas like southport have TSS (The Southport School) which is in an ‘ugly’ suburb, but is one of the top 3 GC schools.

Myself as a single mum of 3 (13,12,4yrs) I’m in gold coast australia crime rate the western suburbs, Gilston. Love it, lived everywhere in the GC, but keep coming back here. So it must be good.

Good luck
Chantelle

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Gary March 29, 2014 at 8:34 am

Hi I’m 33 years old from the UK. Me, my wife and 5 year old son are looking to move to the Gold Coast next year to live. I am a refrigeration and air conditioning engineer (in the trade since I was 16). What are the chances of getting employment? Hopefully I would think my trade would be in demand.

Thanks

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BobinOz March 31, 2014 at 2:10 pm

You would have thought that kind of trade would be in demand, but I don’t know for sure. I suggest you go to my page about Getting a Job or a Sponsorship and search for what you do using the links to the three online employment agencies you will find there.

Good luck, Bob

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karol April 10, 2014 at 11:15 am

I’m moving to the Gold Coast end of next month my job has been relocated from Sydney to Brisbane. I was on holidays on the coast in Jan and i loved it i could see myself living there… Im looking into living in Southport still close to everything. I was looking into the transport and OMG i cant believe how much the train ticket cost to Brisbane double than Sydney.. I guess this is something that will have to deal with… But if i was to move to QLD it would def be for the lifestyle. I live 45 mins away in Sydney from the city and it take me 25 min by train to be in the city… But i hear the trains are better up there…

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BobinOz April 10, 2014 at 12:51 pm

I know exactly what you are saying, when we were in Sydney recently we were amazed at how cheap your public transport was. Then, of course, we realised Brisbane’s was expensive. Very expensive compared.

So you are hoping to get a train from Southport to Brisbane each day? Not sure how long that will take, but I would have thought well over an hour.

Cheers, Bob

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Karol April 10, 2014 at 4:34 pm

Its 1 hour and 9 mins on the train… and 10 mins drive to Nerang Station.

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BobinOz April 10, 2014 at 9:52 pm

Well, in the scheme of things, that isn’t too bad is it? You can always read a book or have a kip :-)

I hope your move is everything you want it to be, cheers, Bob

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Francesca April 18, 2014 at 3:18 am

I have always wanted to move to Australia and live in the Gold Coast near the beach. I am 15 now and living in the uk and my dream is to become a marine biologist and move to Australia. Could anyone tell me how I would get there and would I need to get a job as a marine biologist in England first? Are there lots of marine biologists jobs available in The Gold Coast? It would be so much easier if I could move to Australia with my mum and dad and sister because it would be easier for them to get a visa. I don’t think they would move at the moment as my grandad has just been diagnosed with cancer but I think living near the beach would be a better experience as a child instead of a working adult.

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BobinOz April 22, 2014 at 3:12 pm

Have you told your mum and dad this is what you want to do? Hopefully they can help you achieve your dream. I’m not sure how many jobs there are here for marine biologists, but the best thing you can do is work very hard at school, do well in exams, and hopefully get a place in a University studying marine biology at degree level.

Then, hopefully, when you are an adult with some work experience and a degree, you may be able to lodge a successful application to move to Australia. Other than that, it’s down to your parents moving sooner and if you can talk them into that, then yes, it would be great living on the Gold Coast as a child.

Good luck, Bob

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Isabel April 19, 2014 at 8:26 am

Hi! I was wondering what are the prettiest/best towns you know of? I’d love to live in Australia. And, I also am writing a story taking place in Australia. Doing some research before-hand. So, is there anything cool/interesting I could know?

Thank you!

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BobinOz April 22, 2014 at 5:17 pm

Gosh, prettiest? That’s a tough one. Hobart might be up there, but I couldn’t tell you for sure. I’ve not seen them all yet :-)

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Nasriezal Mazlani April 21, 2014 at 3:07 pm

Hello Bob . I want choose Australia to get more experience and skills .
So where place that i should choose to get a opportunity to work .
and firstly i want to improve my language in english so that i can connect more to the others . i want study language at the same time i want to work to get my future there .. i hope u can understand and give me a answer ASAP .. thank you bob .. i really appreciate it .. hehe

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BobinOz April 22, 2014 at 5:47 pm

Sounds like you want to come here to study, for most people that means they have to pay for that education. If you need help with this, check out my page about Student Visas.

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nasriezal syah April 23, 2014 at 1:21 am

no bob. actually i want to work . im just want to study about speaking and understanding in english because my english is poor .. i want to work there .

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UKAussi April 23, 2014 at 5:38 am

You need existing work skills to be approved for a work visa.
I would recommend that you take English courses online in your current country and look at what skills you need to be approved for a visa and study those also in your current country
http://www.immi.gov.au/Pages/Welcome.aspx

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Erin April 24, 2014 at 2:23 am

Hi Bob,

My family is moving to the Gold Coast from the U.S. for 12 to 18 months through work. We have two kids who are crazy about soccer/football. The oldest is a girl who is 8 and plays in a competitive academy (practices 6 to 8 hours a week) here in the States. Do you know if there are similar academies for that age group in the Gold Coast?

Thanks so much for all of the great information!

Erin

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BobinOz April 26, 2014 at 2:43 pm

Hi Erin

Soccer, or football as I much prefer to call it, is getting more and more popular here in Australia. For sure you will be able to find somewhere for your girls to play, and hopefully somewhere where it is as competitive as you would want it to be.

Australians do take their sport quite seriously.

I can’t give you any specific names of clubs, but I’m sure you will turn something up via Google. Bear in mind also that futsal is quite popular here as well, that’s five a side indoor football, so may be worth searching that too.

Good luck, and enjoy the Goldie. Bob

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Erin April 29, 2014 at 9:36 am

Thanks so much, Bob! I looked up Futsal. This sounds right up our alley! No rainouts, lots of touch time! We will definitely look into this.

Thanks again!
Erin

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BobinOz April 29, 2014 at 10:05 pm

Great stuff, cheers!

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pete April 28, 2014 at 2:53 am

Hi Bob,
my wife and i will be moving from California USA (but we’re Brits) to Brisbane in July.
Was just curious as to which part of Brisbane you are in?
Enjoying this site… Good work.

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BobinOz April 28, 2014 at 5:29 pm

I’m in the Western Suburbs Pete, it’s all a bit green around here, like living in the countryside. It’s not for everyone, some say it’s a bit too quiet. I’m talking about suburbs like Kenmore, Kenmore Hills, Bellbowrie, Moggill & Anstead, Brookfield, Pinjarra Hills, Pullenvale, Karana Downs, Kholo and Mt Crosby.

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pete April 30, 2014 at 3:08 am

As it happens Bob, that’s right we we’re thinking we wanna be!
I think we’ve drawn a line at Pinjarra Hills being the furthest point down as we’d need to get to the CBD daily.
The whole area between there and Indooroopilly look our cup of tea.
I reckon you get a much bigger bang for your buck when it comes to Rental property too.
Just a little concerned on how far it’ll be to the nearest pub!

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BobinOz April 30, 2014 at 8:55 pm

You won’t be going on a pub crawl, that’s for sure. They have just done up the Kenmore Tavern, it’s actually very nice now, but if you need regular access to the CBD, that’s as far out as you would want to be.

We are not blessed for pubs out this way.

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pete May 2, 2014 at 7:29 am

Thanks for that!
we’re leaning towards Kenmore/Indooroopilly. How on earth do you actually pronounce that?…. In-doo-roo-pilly or some other wayward way?
Hoping you may still have a small Advertising spot available by the time we get there too.

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BobinOz May 2, 2014 at 9:04 pm

Indrapilly will do it, much easier. I’m sure I will find an advertising spot for you, let me know when you get here. Good luck, Bob

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Roger May 2, 2014 at 11:56 am

The GC is the BEST place on Earth! Seriously even now coming in to winter we all know how many sunny days we have to look forward to, wouldn’t be anywhere else :)

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adams May 28, 2014 at 8:23 am

Hi Bob! so excited about the good work you are doing.I’m 26yrs,male and wish to come when i take my annual leav dis year.I would love to work.Where do you think i will get instant job.I’m actually a nurse but would love to do any related work.
Stay blessed and wish to meet you should my dream come thru

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BobinOz May 28, 2014 at 7:28 pm

Instant job? Ha ha, you’ve got me on that one. Check out my page about Getting a Job or a Sponsorship.

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Scott June 8, 2014 at 10:09 am

Moving there from Adelaide next week, should be a good change of scenery.

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BobinOz June 10, 2014 at 1:04 am

The surf will be a bit livelier, that’s for sure. Nightlife even more so. Have fun!

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Ignacio June 10, 2014 at 4:20 am

Hello BOB!!! Thanks for your website, it is amazing, and very useful for us. We are a couple from Argentina, we are 28 years old. And we are looking for a new place to settled down, and we want it to be Australia. We got a work and travel visa, but we want to stay longer.
One possibility is Gold Coast, because we both love living outside and the beach, and we want to learn surf.
What do you think of our choice? Do you have any recommendation? Also we need to find a job or a sponsorship?

THANKS

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BobinOz June 10, 2014 at 4:21 pm

Anywhere on the east coast from Brisbane down to Sydney and across to Melbourne would be good for you to visit. The Gold Coast is a good choice if you like surfing and a good nightlife. See Working Holiday Visas and Backpacking in Australia for additional information.

Good luck, Bob

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Jo June 17, 2014 at 1:10 pm

Hi Bob,

I emigrated to Sydney 7 months ago on a permanent visa. I’m a nurse but it look me 5 months to find secure work. The agency I was with kept cancelling my shifts. They said for nursing in Sydney, jobs are at a 20 year low.
Sydney didn’t feel right from the moment I arrived, and even though I’ve got a casual job I enjoy, I’m now thinking of moving to the Gold Coast. I’ve done my research and the consensus is that there are plenty of nursing jobs.
I’m intrigued by your comment that it’s a very expensive place to live. How so?
Rent for us is about 250 per week cheaper, travel seems a similar price. Is it food or bills that are more expensive?
Thanks

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karol June 17, 2014 at 3:40 pm

Hi Jo,

I’ve just moved to QLD from Sydney my job got relocated.. I’m loving the lifestyle here especially the weather! Rent yes its definitely cheaper here i used to live in a 2 b/room unit & now i live in a 3 b/room house & still pay cheaper. Travel is very expensive more than double i work in Brisbane and live on the GC but its definitely worth it… If you can find work close to home thats def a bonus. I have a friend that works in Nursing & she says there’s a lot of work for sure i live in Southport & theres a few retirement villages around not sure what kind of Nursing jobs your after. Food and bills is the same well you just need to know where to shop.. If you make the move you wont regret it.. It feels like your always on holidays so much to see and do expecially if you are an outdoors person.. In sydney i could never live 10 min from the beach. Good luck if you make the move…

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BobinOz June 18, 2014 at 1:23 am

There you go Jo, Karol has given you a much better answer than I could have (thanks Karol).

When I say the Gold Coast is expensive, it is relative to most other places, but not Sydney :-)

Good luck, Bob

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Jaime Castro October 18, 2014 at 11:01 am

Hi Bob, congrats on ur website, you must be a very patient person to respond all questions..amazing! My family and I are planning to move to oz sometime near March. We have to little girls, 1 and 4, we’re from Latin America, so we like tropical weather. We’re also into the health industry, sports, triathlon, wellness and zumba. We’re also a catholic family, not fanatic, but beleivers and we’re moving because of the unstability of the country we live in both politically and securit wise…so we’re doing it because of our girls’ future. I have family in Melbourne, but i don’t like the VIC weather, so we’re looking into WA, Scarborough and the second choice is near GC, QLD, specifically Burleigh Waters is the place we have been searching, as they both have a catholic school near by.

However, it’s not everyday you get to move to the other side of the world with your whole family and experience a sudden culture change. We can addapt rapidly, but my main question is, Out of all the questions and comments you get, which city/area would you say is best for your kids to grow up, with a secure community, vibrant and happy people (not necesarily surfers type) and that if you had the chance to move from Brisbane, where would you choose in my case?

thanks

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BobinOz October 19, 2014 at 9:07 pm

These are tough questions Jaime, I’m not sure I’m in the position to do the answers justice. Firstly though, I love Brisbane, so if I had the chance to move from here, I wouldn’t take it. But if I HAD to move from here, then Sydney would be attractive to me, but I could not afford to live in the part of Sydney that I would really want to live in. The best areas can only be afforded by the very well off.

You say you are looking at WA, Perth would probably be a better place to bring children than perhaps the Gold Coast is, because the Goldie does have a bit of a bad reputation and it comes to crime. That said though, I’m sure you will find everywhere in Australia to be way more secure and safe than where you are coming from.

The downside of Perth though is it is a very long way from everywhere else and if you were to choose the Gold Coast it would be much easier and cheaper to visit your family in Melbourne every now and then.

Tough choices, I hope I’ve helped a bit and I certainly hope you make the right choice for you in the end. Good luck, Bob

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Tanahya November 2, 2014 at 12:16 pm

Hey Bob,
I’m a Noosa girl born and bread, traveled around the country a few times to check out other places but nothing compares to the Sunny Coast. Currently moved tdown to Mooloolaba for better hopes of work, but there is nothing & its slowly killing me (26yo). So I’m thinking about the GC. What’s the jobs situation like (mainly for retail and hospitality)
Cheers

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BobinOz November 3, 2014 at 5:25 pm

Well I’m pretty sure the job prospects down on the Gold Coast are better, but I don’t know exactly what they are like. Hopefully somebody who lives down that way will help you out and answer your question Tanahya.

Can anybody help?

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Jessica November 21, 2014 at 11:18 am

Hi Bob,

I am am a dual citizen (born in the states) planning to relocate to the Gold Coast. It’s been a long-time dream of mine, and I plan on making it happen next year. Based on the research I have done, there seems to be a lot of public transport. Is it fairly easy to get around from town to town on the Gold Coast? I won’t have a car initially, so I am trying to figure out where to live/work, etc. Is there a town you recommend where it is convenient to get around without a car?

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BobinOz November 22, 2014 at 7:17 pm

Ah, I don’t know is the short answer Jessica, I’ve only ever driven down there by car so I’ve not had much to do with the Gold Coast public transport. Hopefully someone who lives that way will help out.

Anybody know the answer to this?

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