Sunshine Coast

Living on the Sunshine Coast

Sunshine Coast The Sunshine Coast has a population of around 330,00 people and is an area of Queensland situated on the eastern coast, about one and a half to two and a half hours drive north of Brisbane. As with the Gold Coast, the Sunshine Coast is an area with beautiful beaches and stunning hinterland, all in one.Sunshine Coast Location

So what is the difference between the Sunshine Coast and the Gold Coast? People in these parts can argue all day long about which is best but they’re both great. But they are different.

In a nutshell, the difference is that the Gold Coast is more commercial, it’s busier and it is the home of many theme parks. But if you like your beaches a little quieter, although not too quiet, go Sunshine Coast.

Right in the middle of the Sunshine Coast is my favourite beach, Mooloolaba. The towns of Mooloolaba and Maroochydore are so close together they are almost one. Between them they offer beautiful beaches, plenty of cafes and restaurants, large shopping centres and the beautiful Maroochy River.

Nearby, the “world famous” Eumundi Markets are open each Wednesday and Saturday morning until around 2 PM in the afternoons with over 1000 arts and crafts stalls selling their wares. Described as more than just a market, fabulous food and world-class music.

Another world-class attraction not quite within the area, probably about 15 km outside, is the Australian Zoo, probably one of the best zoos in the world.

The real beauty of the Sunshine Coast is when you’ve had enough of the beach, you are literally 10 to 20 minutes drive away from stunning hinterland. The scenic drive from Maroochydore to Mapleton via the Bli Bli Road is breathtaking. When you arrive, you can enjoy a relaxing beer in the historic pub whilst taking in the rolling hill views looking back towards the sea.

You could continue your scenic drive by taking in Montville and Maleny and even push on about 20 km outside the Sunshine Coast area to see the Glass House Mountains.

The Sunshine Coast may not be as popular as the Gold Coast but it is less expensive and still has plenty to offer.

What’s the weather like?

Sunshine Coast Annual WeatherAgain, being so close to Brisbane the weather is very similar to the climate in the city. So no need to worry about winter and like the Gold Coast, you can use the beaches all year round.

And it will come as no surprise that possible severe weather that may affect the area from time to time is also as it is in Brisbane; cyclones and flooding. Those looking to move to this area and concerned about flooding should take a look at the Sunshine Coast Council’s Flood Information Map.

Here’s a map of the Sunshine Coast

Sunshine Coast Map
The Sunshine Coast can be broken down into three main areas:

  • North Sunshine Coast – Includes Noosa and the Hinterland
  • Central Sunshine Coast – Is the region of Maroochy
  • South Sunshine Coast- is the area around Caloundra

Questions about Sunshine Coast?

If you have any question about living in Sunshine Coast, please please feel free to ask them in the comments below. Or if you know this city well, why not tell us what you think of it or maybe even help out by answering some of the questions people have about the area. I’m sure anybody thinking of moving here would be very grateful for any help you can give them.

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  • Josie August 17, 2017, 12:46 am | Link

    Hi Bob,
    My husband and I are hoping to move from Artic-like Melbourne winters (a welcome return for him) to the beautiful Sunshine Coast. As he is originally from there I’m hoping employers won’t see us (ok, me) as an “alien’ and getting a job fairly easily. In fact I have a Skype interview next week with the local university, USC (Sippy Downs) so at least I’m being given a chance. My only real concern isn’t the summer heat, I can handle those, we get a few here that are stinkers too, but rather the humidity, which (after visiting Cairns recently) left me wondering if Queensland may be prove a mistake? What are your thoughts on summer climate in the SC?

    • BobinOz August 18, 2017, 12:05 am | Link

      I’ve been living in Brisbane for 10 years, I wouldn’t swap this climate for any other, even though it can get a little humid at times in the summer. I’ve written about it, you can read the article here…

      http://www.bobinoz.com/blog/18200/the-truth-about-humidity-and-the-weather-in-brisbane/

      The thing is though, humidity is a very personal thing, everyone has a different level at which it becomes a problem. If you read the comments on the article you will see what I mean. What I can tell you for sure though is, Brisbane, which is very much the same climate is Sunshine Coast, is nowhere near as humid as Cairns.

      I think you’ll be fine, our sometimes humid weather, I’m sure, will suit you much better than those ‘Arctic’ conditions in Melbourne. Good luck with your move, I hope it goes well.

  • Sharon August 7, 2017, 2:32 pm | Link

    Hello, my husband and I are looking towards retirement in about 6 years (2023). Currently living in Western Sydney, but looking to retire close to the water as my husband loves to fish – we have a boat (I like to drop a line myself as well). I love to see live music, pub rock, blues, just about anything. We currently enjoy living in our quiet suburban street, with neighbours we know, without living in each others pockets. My parents were both from Queensland (Kingaroy and Mackay) and my roots are drawing me back….
    My questions are:
    What would be a good Sunshine Coast suburb for us?
    How far would I have to travel to see live music, regularly (say once a month)?
    Are there many traditional ‘Queenslander’ homes about?
    Thanks.

    • BobinOz August 7, 2017, 7:31 pm | Link

      Maybe a local who knows Sunshine Coast better than I do will correct me on this, but my thinking is to see decent live music you will probably need to travel into Brisbane, SC is not renowned for its nightlife.

      On that basis, you don’t want to go too far north, my preference would be to head close to either Mooloolaba or Maroochydore. I’ve heard good things about Buderim and I wouldn’t discount living in the hinterland either, say Montville, Maleny or Mapleton. Still close enough to the beach but the beauty of the rolling hills and countryside.

      And yes, there are plenty of Queenslander homes around here still.

    • Renee Stiles August 18, 2017, 11:19 pm | Link

      Hi Sharon you should look
      At Noosa it is a lot more natural and fishing live music is at your door. The hinterland towns of Eumundi, Pomona and Cooroy are also lovely.

  • Faisal July 9, 2017, 6:28 am | Link

    Hello,
    I am looking to move to one of the regions in queensland, heard a lot about Sunshine Coast. Can you please let me know if there is any architecture firms out there where i can get a job to survive with my family? Also, any good Architecture Universities around?
    would love to hearing from you.
    Thanks,
    Faisal

  • Jason Davis June 26, 2017, 5:30 am | Link

    Hi there

    I’m planning to move to the Sunshine Coast in around 2 years with my wife and three children aged 11, 3 and the other one is on th way! We currently live in Wales, UK.

    I’m a qualified electrician and have had my own company for ten years now. I am looking for a change of lifestyle so want to work for somebody else.. can anybody tell me if there is a demand for experienced electricians in the Sunshine Coast area ?

    Also we would love to know which parts of the Sunshine Coast have the best schools and the nicest areas to live in?

    Any comments would be greatly appreciated 😀

    Many thanks

    Jason Davis

    • BobinOz June 26, 2017, 8:56 pm | Link

      It has been mentioned that quite a few companies are relocating to Maroochydore in Sunshine Coast, and that the place is expanding with new buildings going up. One would assume that means there is some work for electricians in the area, but I couldn’t tell you precisely what the demand is.

      You can do research on that through my page Getting a Job or a Sponsorship and maybe somebody local will be able to give you a more accurate answer than I can. I’ve heard good things about some of the schools up that way and I think if you stick close to Maroochydore you won’t go far wrong. Again, a local may be able to give you more on that than I can.

      • Jason June 27, 2017, 2:12 am | Link

        Thanks very much for your time I’ll take a look at that 🙂

  • Lesley June 4, 2017, 11:38 am | Link

    Hello,
    I am thinking of moving to the Sunshine Coast and wondered which area would be the cheapest in terms of rent and other cost of living expenses. Id like to live near the beach and not in a dodgy area but wondered if any areas were a little cheaper than others?
    Thanks

    • BobinOz June 5, 2017, 7:35 pm | Link

      Yes, Caloundra at the south end is probably cheaper than the bit in the middle around Maroochydore and definitely cheaper than Noosa which can be quite expensive.

      Best thing to do is research it over on my page called Cost of Buying or Renting a House in Australia. Cheers, Bob

    • Peta June 26, 2017, 7:53 am | Link

      Hi nambour is cheaper ATM but apparently rising
      15 mins to beach or mountains

  • Glenda May 15, 2017, 10:46 pm | Link

    Hi I am one of the Australia Awardee for the Australia PNG scholarship/fellowship program.

    We will be the at USC QLD on the 20th of this month till first week of July. I read the weather pattern but wish to know how people are dressed during the summer and winter and where closer shops I can find clothes to suit the weather.
    Thanks

    • BobinOz May 16, 2017, 9:02 pm | Link

      Even in winter, it’s still very warm here in Sunshine Coast during autumn and winter, usually 20°C to 25°C. I wear nothing much other than T-shirt and shorts, most people, especially at university, will dress very casually.

      It does get a bit chillier at night time, so you might need a sweater or a fleece or maybe even a very light jacket. Plenty of shops near where you will be, I think the biggest shopping centre will be in Maroochydore.

      Hope you have fun whilst enjoying your studies, good luck, Bob

  • Woj April 18, 2017, 8:56 pm | Link

    Hi 🙂
    I have written numerous times regarding the sunshine coast. Our arrival date is getting closer and closer – we fly out to Oz in september 🙂
    One question. We are a family with young children. We lived in Coolum for 2 weeks this year (to activate my wifes partner visa) and simply loved it, but like I wrote before in one of the posts – would be thinking about Mooloolaba as its closer to Marroochydore, so more chance for work etc.
    But what about places/suburbs like Buddina or Kawana Waters? They seem awesome on the map! but how are they in real life? safe? work potential? crowded or laid back? would also be interested in a place with good schools (our kids will be 3.5 and 7 so will be primary school level).
    Thanks upfront 🙂

    • BobinOz April 19, 2017, 12:15 am | Link

      Woj, this is Sunshine Coast, it’s all safe, it’s not crowded, it is laid-back. Work potential isn’t linked to a particular suburb, just get work anywhere in Sunshine Coast, the closer to where you live the better, and your commute will be fine assuming you have a car.

      How are they in real life? You will not be disappointed 🙂

      • Woj April 19, 2017, 3:36 pm | Link

        Bob. Thanks again 🙂
        Simply cannot wait for this move!! 🙂

  • Katya April 8, 2017, 12:35 am | Link

    Hi everyone!

    My husband and I going to move to Queensland next year. We currently live in Namibia. I am a qualified primary and secondary teacher from Ukraine with international experience and my husband (Namibian German) is a qualified and experienced diesel mechanic who has worked in marine industry for the past 3 years. Particularly, he does propulsion engineering. We would like to consider moving to the Sunshine Coast, but we are not sure whether we will find jobs as a teacher and a mechanic/propulsion engineer.

    Could anyone advise us?

    • BobinOz April 10, 2017, 9:24 pm | Link

      I’m afraid this is one of those almost impossible questions to answer, whether or not you will find jobs. The job market is quite tough here in Australia at the moment, so there are no guarantees that anyone can find a job, and sometimes it’s even more difficult for new migrants.

      Have a read of the following post and especially the comments…

      http://www.bobinoz.com/blog/17033/whats-it-really-like-trying-to-find-a-job-in-australia-2015/

      I know we are now 2017, but not much as changed. All you can do is research the numbers of opportunities available in the area via the link on my page Getting a Job or a Sponsorship and compare the numbers of vacancies on Sunshine Coast with the vacancies available in other parts of the country.

      That will give you the best idea of what might be available to yourself and your husband. Good luck, Bob

    • Vishalini April 14, 2017, 10:08 am | Link

      We have lived on the Sunshine Coast for almost 14 yrs. We came with extremely strong portfolios & experience. We submitted over 100 applications and did not get even one interview. Finally we started a registered charity/ incorporated association with its own funding base and served the community giving substantial material aid and an array of free services. Only then did we get offered appropriate employment. Our experience is the job market on the Sunshine Coast is a closed shop that preferences locals, family/friends etc.

      • Dan April 30, 2017, 1:24 pm | Link

        Hi Vishalini.

        I’m writing this from Melbourne. After living for 26 years thinking of moving to Sunshine coast mainly due to better weather. . My worry is about job perspective .

        Are you able to shed some light please.

      • Julie Adamson August 4, 2017, 4:00 pm | Link

        Sadly Queenslanders do not like outsiders, they have had this mentality for years & years. I recall a couple from Sydney (born in Australia) moved to Brisbane it took them both nearly a year to get jobs (office worker & Fitter & Turner). They found out this was the norm looking for a job in Qld.
        I don’t know if the mentality has changed but if you were not born in Queensland you are considered a Foreigner. Hopefully with many Australian Retirees moving into Coastal areas in Qld from other States may help to broaden Queenslanders opinion of Aliens (not born in Qld).
        People in Sydney & Melbourne do not judge other Australians from interstate or from overseas because these cities are very Multicultural.
        Queensland is a long way behind Sydney with things to do & places to go –
        I have been to Qld (Noosa, Brisbane, Cairns, Gold Coast) these area are much quieter than Sydney except for the Gold Coast which has a bad name for violence & drugs.
        My Brother (retired) lives 60 minutes from Noosa (in the Bush) he loves it but….there are no jobs & a lot of unemployed people & druggies, perhaps a bit like the wild Wild West.
        Many parts of Qld is like the wild Wild West – Hunting is a much favoured Sport killing Kangaroos, Wild Pigs/Goats etc is very popular & lots of Pig Dogs. It is not uncommon to see Utes (cars) with Pig Dogs in Cages in the back.
        Personally I find that side of Queensland horrible….& the locals love their Guns for Hunting.
        Men & women head off at weekends into the Bush to Hunt – I did speak with a Professional Roo & Pig Shooter he told me a lot of women love Hunting.
        If you love Sunny, warmer to hot days Queensland is the place to live.

        • BobinOz August 7, 2017, 6:11 pm | Link

          This is hilarious Julie, I assume you meant it to be funny? Sadly I suspect you didn’t, I think you’re being serious, which makes this a really quite ridiculous comment. You simply cannot generalise over 4 1/2 million people like this, humanity doesn’t work like that.

          Very amusing though, thanks for making me laugh out loud.

          Dan and Vishalini, please take Julie’s comment with a pinch of salt. She has no idea what she’s talking about. I moved to Queensland from the UK 10 years ago and I’ve never once been treated as though I am an ‘alien’ by any of my fellow Queenslanders here, whether they are Australian born and bred, born in this state, or moved here themselves from another country as I have.

          I’ve driven the length and breadth of this state, covering thousands of kilometres, I’ve never once met or spoken to a roo or pig hunter, male or female, or seen pig dogs in cages hanging off the back of utes. We will have pig hunters here though, because we do have a wild pig problem, see…

          http://www.bobinoz.com/blog/9729/australian-animals-of-the-outback-another-imported-pest/

          But really, calling this place like the wild west, that’s really very silly, because the vast majority of Queenslanders live one of the major cities here, not the outback. Sure, farmers in very remote areas will use guns to protect their stock, as farmers elsewhere in Australia would and the rest of the world. But to label all Queenslanders as some kind of gunslingers is just plain daft.

          • Julie August 7, 2017, 10:00 pm | Link

            Sadly what I have written is true –
            Are you aware of the Dog Fights –
            I am involved in Dog Rescue in Victoria, Qld, NSW.
            Council Pounds in the Bush & in Qld are full of dump Pig Dogs – I have spoke with Hunters on FB. One of the Hunters told me he loves his 3 Pig Dogs he knows of many Hunters who shoot their Dogs in they do not do their job or they just take them for a drive & leave them in the Bush to starve or die of thirst. Woman in Rockhampton told me she isn’t getting any more Little Dogs because they keep disappearing. I asked what happened to them she replied, “When I’m at work idiots jump the fence & take the Dogs – I asked her what happens to the Dogs – she said they are used for Dog Fights up here it’s a wild town.
            Bob if you’re beers involved with Animal Rescue you would be appalled at the cruelty toward Sogs & Cats & the offenders walk away with usually a Good Behaviour Bond which makes people involved with Rescue angry.
            Once you leave the Capitol cities in Australia – it is like another World – Guns are rampant in the Country the excuse is they live or work on a Farm & they need the Vuns for control of Feral Animals….you cannot compare city life to the Country Life.
            Bob you think you are an expert on Australia after just a few years. I have lived in Australia 74 years (before you were born).
            I have an English Friend friom Yorkshire she has travelled the World extensively (off the tourist track). She commented to me one day Sydney & the Gold Coast seemed to attract some very bad types for some reason & she has lived in London, LA, New York, Indonesia even the Solomon Islands…Brisbane is like a Country Town in comparison to Sydney.

            • BobinOz August 8, 2017, 8:56 pm | Link

              Julie, my issue with your comment is that you have pigeonholed the entire population of the State of Queensland as gunslingers, narrowminded, unwelcoming, pig hunting dog killers.

              It’s just not true. Sounds to me like the last time you came to Queensland was in 1973.

              Yes, there are illegal dogfights in Australia, I’m not denying that. They do happen in Queensland, but they also happen in the Hunter Valley in New South Wales and also in Melbourne, Victoria. I’m sure they happen all around this country and in other countries as well.

              Yet you seem to imply it only happens in Queensland and that everybody’s doing it, which is laughable.

              Just because you have lived in Australia for 74 years doesn’t mean you know more about Queensland than I do having lived here myself for 10 years. And really? You have a friend from Yorkshire who tells you the Sydney and the Gold Coast seem to attract some bad types?

              I prefer hard facts and confirmed statistics to find out how safe or not a place is, like…

              http://www.bobinoz.com/blog/21582/crime-statistics-in-australia-finding-safe-suburbs/

              Bless you Julie, bless you.

        • Renee Stiles August 18, 2017, 11:23 pm | Link

          No things have changed lol 😂 we love welcoming new comers. I think most Qld’s love animals more then Sydney people as we have way more pets lol I rescue wildlife and animals. Noosa and it’s hinterland is a lovely place it’s different to most other qld towns. Come visit and see.

          • Julie Adamson August 19, 2017, 11:46 am | Link

            Renee, Sadly I have to disagree – I am involved with Animal Rescue on FB. I am Friends with many Animal Rescue Groups mainly in NSW/QLD/VIC. I check the Rescue Groups every day & Share the Dogss/Cats in Pounds many are on the KILL LIST. I noticed a few years ago QLD Pound Dogs were very large X Breeds. I found out these were failed or abandoned Pig/Roo Dogs. Last night I checked the Qld Pounds & Rescue Groups so many desperate large Dogs waiting to die in the Pounds ie Townsville, Rockhampton, Mackay etc. The Dogs are not given the Green Dream (euthanised) they are SHOT by the Council Ranger (Country people have told me Bullets are cheaper). Having spoken with RSPCA Officers in HO Brisbane even they despair at the indifference of the Qld Councils & Dog owners. Nothing has changed it is the mentality of the inhabitants of QLd. My Brother lived inI Mackay now moved down to Curra he has a failed Pig Dog from Mackay Pound. Rescue Groups in Qld are desperate for Foster Carers for large Dogs Rescued from Pounds. There are virtually no little Dogs they are all rejected Hunting Dogs & the Pounds can’t keep up with the Dumped Hunting Dogs. The Dogs are killed within 7-14 days Councils aren’t interested in Saving them locals have told me . The Hunting Dogs are usually not aggressive they have been forced to Kill when they would prefer to be living the life of andomesricayed Dog Please go on FB tou will find countless Rescue Groups in Qld who need Volunteers etc. Google Pig Dogs Hunting Qld. Having discuses Animal Rescue with Qlders Puppy Farms are growing in Qld – Rescue Groups they have told the owners of the Puppy Farms they have Shop/S & want to buy Puppies what they saw was like from a Horror Movie. Puppy Farm owners Inwas told have Guns & you would never visit one unless invited. Your female Premier Anna ? Did say she was going to bring in New Laws in Qld regarding the cruel Puppy Farms too date she has done zero…& the Dogs die !!! She is just another useless, indifferent Politician.

  • Carly March 29, 2017, 1:21 am | Link

    Hi Bob
    My Husband and I (29&31) and our 2 children (4&5) are hoping to be moving out to Oz realistically end of 2018. I am a newly qualified nurse and my husband is a bricklayer. (he’s been self employed for 6 years and doing really well)

    Just a few questions…
    Will my Husband have to be employed when we first move out, or can he go self employed straight away?

    We really liked the look of Perth (mainly the weather) but are worried it will be too boring for the kids as they get older. We were also told jobs are few and far between and that my husband would struggle for work.
    We also like the look of Sunshine coast, I hear a big hospital has just been built and its not too commercialised like the Gold Coast, but still closer to the action if we wanted to venture down there. I did read that it rains ALOT there is this true? I have looked on a few forums and everyone seems pretty undecided on decent areas.
    We ideally want a 3/4 bed house (be nice to have a pool)
    Close to the beach (ideally walking distance)
    Lots of parks and activities for kids locally
    Good schools and not too far off the beaten track to commute to work.

    Thank you to anyone who reads this or can offer some advice.
    Things are starting to get real with the visa and we are getting nervous x

    • Mark March 29, 2017, 6:43 am | Link

      Hi Carly I cant answer all your questions exactly but can chip in with some bits. Your husband, Not sure, is he having skills assessed in UK for the Visa? Which will help but here in Australia as a tradie (that covers most disciplines in trades people) he needs to be registered. To work as a builder or trades person in Australia you must have a licence or be registered (depending on your state or territory). A licence or registration may require a combination of technical qualification, experience, skills and knowledge prior to application. Now he may be able to take a course on line before arriving or his skills assessed in UK . What I think may be wise is certainly enquire with the registration authorities in at least one state, what he needs to do?. Id certainly be collecting a portfolio of work and get customers to sign them off as he has done it otherwise its just a bunch of pictures.
      Perth I am not sure you may fall lucky you may not, There is its been suggested two economies in Au one is Sydney and Melbourne one is the rest of Au. I have met in the last few months four families from Perth All moved over from Perth to Melbourne two originally from UK. Their almost common bond a better prospect for them and children. Of course not living in Perth not sure anyone is going the other way.
      What I can say is look at the two big cities as well but not right in them where its become expensive. As these two cities expand they need more houses. Melbourne 17 new suburbs are being built. As those get built further out where its cheaper to live so will the need for infrastructure Hospital’s etc come. Now I appreciate you want a job when you land almost but maybe a half hour commute for a few years may not be so bad. As an example Mornington Peninusla which has more building work than I can shake a stick at going on and is commutable for your husband to three of the new suburbs also has a new hospital at Franskton its about an hour from Melbourne but still Melbourne Metro area I am sure similar must exit in Sydney. Maybe Wollongong have a look at. I am not suggesting these may be better but have a look. I personally have no idea on the SC or GC but your 4 last lines of what your looking for are achievable most places your looking at. One tip though close to beach is pointless with pool you dont go much,I have found, premium house prices close by and a house full of sand, it gets everywhere. With a pool ten minutes drive is good and car is easier to vac out than house.

      • BobinOz March 30, 2017, 12:10 am | Link

        Mark has made some very good points, your husband would certainly need to satisfy the rules and regulations and probably get some kind of registration in place in order to ply his trade here. Can he be self-employed though?

        I’m guessing that your visa application is based on your skill as a nurse and that you are the main applicant? If that’s the case then your husband would be able to work for whomever he wants, including his self, provided he proves his qualifications and gets that registration.

        As for where, I tend to advise people to go where the work is as that’s usually so important. One of the big pluses for Perth is that it is a great place to bring up kids, and your children are very young. It’ll be a long time before they start to get bored and it is easier to live closer to the beach in Perth. They just have so much of it.

        Sunshine Coast is great as well, and as you say, they have a new hospital and again, it would be a great place to bring up your children. But as Mark has pointed out, I can’t imagine either Perth or SC having as much building work going on as Melbourne does.

        It’s difficult to decide, I know, but in truth it’s really hard to pick somewhere to live in Australia that is really horrible 🙂 That’s why I tend to say go where the work is, because if the money isn’t coming in, life just isn’t as bouncy and wherever you go, I’m sure you will get to love it.

        • Naomi Gerardin April 5, 2017, 1:59 pm | Link

          Hi Carly, I agree that the bigger cities will definitely offer more work opportunities, but just want to point out that the Sunshine Coast is expanding very quickly. There is currently not enough housing and many new estates being build with future ones in the pipeline. Between the new private hospital, plans to extend the local airport to an international one, the smart city project, and Queensland Government empowering new businesses here, the job opportunities on the Sunshine Coast is growing fast to. We are blessed with amazing weather, the best beaches and a lifestyle difficult to match. A few people do the daily commute to Brisbane (100km), but I would honestly not advice it. In good traffic it takes 90 minutes, but in heavy traffic (peak times), it can easily more than double. Best of luck and I am sure you will make a happy home wherever you land 🙂

        • Deb July 1, 2017, 9:21 am | Link

          Yes and no as far as the ‘wherever you go’ Bob, I’m in Vic on the Mornington Peninsula and although its pretty its also freezing here coming Winter.. Our family wants to relocated to SC and have been looking at Nambour.. Weather plays a huge part in how we feel, we have money coming in here and thats great, but we feel we are locked up for a big chunk of the year as its so bloody cold :(… I grew up in Perth so moving to VIC 20 years ago (Gulp) was something I did for career, but I have been wanting to relocate for a few years now.
          Me and hubby both do our own businesses so thinking the time is right, can’t do another Winter here.. If people like the cold, traffic and literally 4 season in one day Melbourne is great, however if you like the outdoors, a more chill atmosphere and want sunshine in your life – QLD is worth a pay cut, if that what it takes… My thoughts of course 🙂

          • BobinOz July 2, 2017, 7:44 pm | Link

            Well I do agree on this, weather it is a big influencing factor, I specifically chose Brisbane because I wanted a warmer climate. It’s interesting that you moved to Melbourne from Perth and can’t stand the winters, I know many people who have moved from the UK to Melbourne can put up with it, simply because England is actually colder.

            Maybe if I’d moved to Melbourne direct from the UK I’d put up with it, but now that I’ve enjoyed 10 years in Brisbane, I don’t think I could hack it either.

            Sounds like Sunshine Coast would be a good move for you, you’ve done your time now in Melbourne 🙂

    • deepika April 6, 2017, 12:56 pm | Link

      Hey bob
      Can we get flat for rent in gated community has all amenities in Sunshine coast.

      • Naomi Gerardin April 6, 2017, 1:22 pm | Link

        Hi Deepika,
        Yes there are gated communities/estates all over the Sunshine Coast to suit most budgets. In Peregian Springs (Sentosa, Caprice) you will find smaller units and most have a community pool, close to school and shops. A few more examples: Whitehaven – Yaroomba; Pelican Waters and Noosa Springs. Caloundra and Mooloolaba have many appartments that require key foyer entries, with underground parking.
        Why are you looking for a gated community? I use to live in one, but if safety is your concern I do not think you need to worry too much. It is safe in most places and I find that since I moved I get out more and meet new friends. It was like living in a bubble at the time.

        • BobinOz April 7, 2017, 6:55 pm | Link

          Yes, I agree with Naomi, it doesn’t get much safer than Sunshine Coast, not the sort of place where a gated community is of any real benefit.

        • deepika April 12, 2017, 4:31 am | Link

          Thanx for reply. actually Noami in India we used to stay In hatred community only so I am bit nervous about independent house.
          Tomorrow midnight travelling to Sunshine Cost. Hope will get your help whenever needed by reply my mails

          • Vishalini April 14, 2017, 10:15 am | Link

            Deepika we lived in India 15 years previously. Now we have taken Australian citizenship and been on the Sunshine Coast for almost 14 years. It is such a safe place to live. Please be peaceful that coming here is worth the journey and adjustments to settle. The Sunshine Coast is a very special place.

            • Deepika April 20, 2017, 9:06 am | Link

              Hi vaishalini
              Thanx for reply. Already in Sunshine coast.Loving the place. Just looking for apartment.

              • Trupti shelar April 28, 2017, 1:07 pm | Link

                Dear Deepika,

                Kindly share your experience of settling in Sunshine coast. I m an Indian too and planning to settle in Australia too. Visa is under process.

                Regards,
                Trupti Shelar

                • deepika April 28, 2017, 4:10 pm | Link

                  Hi trupti
                  R u moving to sunshine coast ?

                  • Trupti May 10, 2017, 1:11 pm | Link

                    Hi Deepika,
                    Yes planning to move to Sunshine coast.
                    I am an Indian single female and want to understand initial challenges to get settled there and what basic stuff I need to carry to start with.

                    Warm Regards,
                    Trupti

  • Karol March 28, 2017, 4:24 pm | Link

    Hi Bob, I’m living in Sydney a only one month, but since I decided to move to Australia I really wanted to live in Sunshine Coast/Brisbane! I just came to Sydney because I have a cousin here, but I don’t like the winter, so I probably wont enjoy here so much! I have 5 years experience in the industry area, as waitress/bartender, and I would like to know how is the Job area there, and how expensive is to live there! And do you think it would be a good change to make more money? Thank you!

    • BobinOz March 28, 2017, 10:54 pm | Link

      Well, you won’t make more money here, the best places to make money I would say are Sydney, which you don’t like, and then Melbourne, which has even colder winters than Sydney. They are definitely the places with the most jobs.

      That said, Brisbane is a lot cheaper to live in than both of those other cities and Sunshine Coast is a wonderful part of the country with some great beaches. Not commercial, really quite laid-back but all the better for it.

      Whether or not you can get work up here, I really couldn’t tell you. There are jobs about, but landing one is something only you can do, and I can’t predict whether that will happen or not. If you work in hospitality, then maybe you should also consider Gold Coast which is far more commercial, so more restaurants and bars, and again has great beaches.

      The weather up here is great for all those who do not like winter, so perfect for you. Research jobs on my page called Getting a Job or a Sponsorship.

      Good luck, Bob

  • Mark colgan March 22, 2017, 1:06 pm | Link

    Hi bob , I’m living in Sydney for the last 8 years with my wife and two kids , we would like to move up to the Sunshine Coast to live , we have friends living up there for a few years, we have visited the Sunshine Coast many times, I work in construction as a site foreman, what are the chances of me getting a full time job up on Coast .thats key to moving is getting jobs . Can you give me some advice, Cheers Mark.

    • BobinOz March 22, 2017, 9:59 pm | Link

      Well, that’s always been the downside of Sunshine Coast, the lack of work. I couldn’t tell you whether or not you’d find a job there, but what I would suggest is you do everything you can to line one up before you make the move.

      At least research it thoroughly, you can do that via the links on my page called Getting a Job or a Sponsorship

  • Poonam February 16, 2017, 11:40 pm | Link

    Hi Bob
    Ll there b any fee for public school for children coming on 489 regional visa?

    • BobinOz February 17, 2017, 9:05 pm | Link

      Well you have asked exactly the same question on a different page and I have answered you.

      • Poonam February 17, 2017, 11:11 pm | Link

        Thanku so much bob.

  • Krista February 11, 2017, 3:26 am | Link

    Hi Bob,
    We used your visa assessment service which I have raved about on that page of your website. We submitted our application for a 189 visa and we’re now at the waiting to hear back stage of the process. In hopes that we do have a successful application I’ve been looking into potential areas to live in Australia. Would you or any of your website readers know if the Sunshine Coast has strong baseball and tennis programs? We are from Canada which may explain our love for baseball (Go Blue Jays!) and we foresee our 3 year old son playing baseball as he grows up. Tennis seems to be very popular in all of Australia so I don’t think we have any worries finding tennis clubs. If yourself or any readers have any insight to provide it would be greatly appreciated.
    Thanks.
    Krista
    Newfoundland, Canada

    • BobinOz February 12, 2017, 7:55 pm | Link

      Hi Krista

      Yes, I remember you, I think we may have exchanged some emails at some point. I have my fingers crossed for you, I hope your application is successful.

      Hopefully a local will be able to give you more information about baseball in Sunshine Coast, but I know we do have baseball going on around here and in Sunshine Coast. Check out qld.baseball.com.au/

      As for tennis, yes, extremely popular here, I don’t think you will have any problem finding decent tennis clubs and facilities. I know there are loads here in Brisbane, but I’m sure they have them in Sunshine Coast as well. Hopefully though somebody will read this and give you more information about what is actually up there.

      By the way, quite a few houses have tennis courts in the back garden, not loads, but they are about. Might be worth searching for if you are that keen.

      Good luck, Bob

    • Christy March 16, 2017, 7:02 pm | Link

      Hi Krista!

      I am an Aussie/Canadian, my husband and I recently moved to the Sunshine Coast. It is a beautiful place with so much to offer. In answer to your question, as Bob mentioned, tennis is a very popular/prominent sport here. Baseball is not as mainstream but there certainly are opportunities to join baseball teams here and be involved in the sport. Young kids usually start with T ball and progress from there. My husband plans on joining a team once we are settled. Best of luck with your application and do keep in touch if you end up here! Always great to meet fellow Canadians 🙂 (Go Blue Jays!).

      Christy

    • Woj April 5, 2017, 7:27 pm | Link

      Hi Krista.
      I was at the Sunshine Coast in March this year. Asking around for work as a tennis coach, I did visit a few clubs. Small club in Coolum Beach, a fairly larger one in Mooloolaba (which we really enjoyed BTW), few clubs in Maroochydore – so in a nutshell, there are clubs (smaller or larger) nearly everywhere, so I am sure you will find a tennis centre or courts which will be close by..

  • Jodie February 5, 2017, 8:08 am | Link

    Hi Bob

    Good to see a more recent blog about living on the Sunshine Coast. I have a teenager who is just about to turn 16. I worry about stories you hear about youth that live on the ‘coast’. Are there any such issues with bored teenagers etc?? What are your thoughts on moving from Sydney to a coastal area such as the Sunshine Coast? we are over Sydney and would like a change. Thank you.

    • BobinOz February 5, 2017, 9:24 pm | Link

      Hi Jodie

      It’s hard for me to give an accurate answer, simply because I do not live on Sunshine Coast. I’ve been there though, plenty of times, and I’ve heard from many people who do live there, I really can’t see this being a problem.

      Sunshine Coast is very much a laid-back and quite quiet area, it’s the opposite of the commercial areas of Gold Coast. I really don’t think you’re 16-year-old is going to be led astray by anyone. Hopefully though, a local will read about your concerns and give you a better answer than I can.

      One thing for sure though, Sunshine Coast will definitely be a big sea change from Sydney.

    • Cathy February 6, 2017, 1:03 am | Link

      Hi Jodie,

      I brought up my three sons up on the Sunshine Coast as a lone parent and all went to state schools there and didn’t have a problem with ‘bored’ youth. Like anywhere, it depends upon your own kids, who they mix with and what their interests are. Mine were not beach goers or surfers but quieter computer types who played ice hockey. There is plenty to do for teenagers, sports, the beach, hinterland, music events and the like held at Moffat Beach and places like the Gold Coast theme parks for the day. I think you also need to consider what direction your teenager is likely to take as he progresses through school to adulthood – TAFE or Uni or apprenticeship or job and check out the likely availability of each. And don’t forget about yourself, what you want as remember your teenager may not be with you for very much longer as he forges his own way in the world. Where do each of you want to call home?

      Cathy

    • Naomi April 5, 2017, 12:43 pm | Link

      Hi Jodie,
      We moved to the Sunshine Coast when my daughter was 12 (she is now 17). She was very apprehensive to leave friends behind from Brisbane and did not enjoy the first year. Now however, she is loving it and does not want to live anywhere else. I believe we are blessed with a quality lifestyle here that is unmatched. I know it differs from child to child, but we have found it much easier to make friends here than in the city. There is a community feel and most teenagers are easily connected with each other with many possibilities to connect in healthy outdoor environments. The opportunities (indoor and outdoor) lend itself to a naturally more active and healthy lifestyles. My daughter has not been bored and it is safe to travel around the coast. For example, she would regularly jump on the bus from Coolum beach to meet friends in Noosa, Sunshine beach or to the plaza for
      a fun day. There are also plenty work opportunities for teenagers and a great way to teach them life skills, while earning some pocket money. I am happy to answer any questions concerns you may have 🙂

    • Woj April 5, 2017, 7:23 pm | Link

      Hi Jodie. I too was really worried about things I have read about “the coast”. We had a chance to spend 2 weeks on the sunshine coast in March this year. We were looking for a quiet and laid back place, which woiuld be great for bringing up kids. And to be honest? We loved the SC. So friendly that its hard to describe. I think most of the thigs u might read about “drugs, alcohol, coward punches etc) might occur, but I presume more in places like Sydney, Melbourbe, and if the SC – then IMO more Gold Coast than Sunshine, as the sunshine coast is far less party packed and thus, less alcohol packed. I know I would rather live on the SC with our two small children than the GC. Not much info I gave you, but hope it helped a little bit (now I had a chance to give some info out to someone, quite a few occasions I was helped out here on this site 🙂 )

  • Madeline Crosthwaite February 4, 2017, 1:02 pm | Link

    There is always quality work to be found on the Sunshine Coast. We have had difficulty finding quality staff as have many others in our industry. It pays to call local businesses directly and inquire instead of relying on job boards online.

    • Woj April 5, 2017, 7:30 pm | Link

      Hi Madeline.
      What is the industry that you are in? So good to read a post like that, which actually confirms that finding a job on the SC is far from impossible… 🙂

  • Shahid January 10, 2017, 10:53 pm | Link

    Hi BOB
    I have to move Buderim area with family , I have 489 visa , by profession I am IT professional.But IT jobs are difficult to find there,would you suggest me what type of work is suitable for survival with family, how about rent in buderim for 2 bedroom house.
    Kindly suggest me something so that i should be mentally prepare for that time. I have kids as well.

  • Lily January 6, 2017, 10:46 pm | Link

    Hi,

    I’m a french student and I’m coming to the sunshine coast at the end of the month to do an internship. My work place is Maroochydore so I would like to know if you have any tips about the areas I can look into for accommodations.

    • BobinOz January 8, 2017, 1:21 am | Link

      Well it’s all really nice up there, there are no ‘bad areas’, and Maroochydore is marvellous. I’m actually on my way out there tomorrow for a three day beachside break and really looking forward to it.

      If I were you, I’d just go for accommodation that suits your budget and is close to where you will be working. I’m sure you will love the whole area. Good luck, Bob

  • Aj December 14, 2016, 8:06 am | Link

    Hey bob , thinking of relocating to sunshine coast a family of 5. And suggestions of areas to look that are not so expensive to live.

    • BobinOz December 14, 2016, 8:46 pm | Link

      I don’t really know the area well enough, but if you want not so expensive you will almost certainly need to stay away from the beach and definitely not Noosa. The hinterland is very nice though, but hopefully somebody who knows Sunshine Coast well can guide you better than I can.

      Anyone got any tips for Aj?

      • Cathy Browning January 21, 2017, 11:41 pm | Link

        Hi Bob, great site, just been nosing around the site. Lived on the Sunshine Coast for years, then Cairns, in the UK for a while but intend to return to my house in Caloundra in the next few years. Happy to help with suggestions to people intending to live in and around those areas in any way, shape or form. May even do airbnb myself when I return as my adult kids in Brisbane.
        In Queensland, the nearer the beach the more expensive property is. For those in the medical fields, the new Sunshine Coast University Hospital will open with about 450 beds in 2017, with ability to grow to more than 738 beds. Check out this link for job opportunities. http://www.schealthjobs.health.qld.gov.au/

        La’Dell – seems that the Sunshine Coast would be an ideal place for you and your family. Lots of young families around, good schools, variety of beaches, my kids loved it. Not as fast as the Gold Coast of which I’m not a fan. For your business interests, it sounds a great place with the population and the demand for early childhood services increasing. The Sunshine Coast hinterland is very green and reminds me of rolling hills of Yorkshire although the palm trees gives it away! Love it up there, Maleny, Montville, rural areas. Public transport is restricted to the main coast roads between Landsborough, Caloundra, Maroochydoore and Noosa, not the hinterland. Trains go from Landsborough a small rural town to Brisbane, takes approx one and a half hours – slow and the bus from Caloundra to Landsborough takes approx 30 minutes.

        Happy to help with any other questions -just ask!

        Cathy

        • BobinOz January 22, 2017, 9:22 pm | Link

          Hi Cathy

          Thank you, glad to hear you like my site 🙂

          Yes, I heard about a new hospital being built in the Sunshine Coast and for anyone who can get work out that way, it’s a great place to live. Work, I’ve heard, can be hard to get in SC. Like yourself, I’m more suited to the Sunshine Coast than the more commercial Gold Coast, but both to have mighty fine beaches.

          I know the areas you have mentioned really quite well, we holiday up your way quite regularly and Mooloolaba and Maroochydore are probably our favourites along with the hinterland that you mention.

          Thanks for your offer to help some of my readers, it would be great if you could. I might think I know the area quite well, but is not the same as having lived there as you have.

          Cheers, Bob

        • Peter February 1, 2017, 12:35 pm | Link

          Hi Cathy.

          I read your post.
          We live in vic. Family of 5. I am a professional draftsman with a bachelor of architecture looking to establish a business there (caloundra/maroochydore/mooloolaba) .some time soon. I have two houses here in vic and plan on renting them out while i move up. We love the place after a recent visit. Been there twice now but only seen the face value…is it really worth the move? Dont know if you can answer this also but is there much work for draftspeople? I am also a welder. Thanks Cathy.

          • Peter February 1, 2017, 12:36 pm | Link

            Thanks

            • Cathy February 1, 2017, 10:55 pm | Link

              Hello Peter,

              I am currently living in the UK so can’t answer you question re employment which has always been difficult on the Sunshine Coast. I lived in Caloundra so can really only talk about that town and generally about the others in the area.

              Lots of building has been going on in Caloundra in the last 10 years – the place has exploded from when I first arrived there in 1996 when it was still a sleeply beachside suburb. Houses and units as well as new commercial buildings have sprung all over the place. Mooloolbaba is very touristy, and Maroochydore is the man town in the regions. I prefer the quieter Caloundra where there are numerous schools, most built and opened over the last 10 years to accommodate the growing population – mostly young families although it also has a large retired population. With 8 different beaches, and only about 1 1/4 hours from Brisbane Airport, it has a lot to offer. There is a laid back feeling to the area compared with cities. The weather is better than in Vic – if you like the heat.

              I think only you can do your due diligence and discuss it with family. The area is a lovely place to live and you can get up into the hills for a burst of greenery. Of course the vegetation is different, no bulbs grow, trees are all those that grow in the sub-tropics so no autumn leaves to scuffle through. It’s these little things that make you realise that you are in a warmer area of the country.

              With two properties to rent out, it seems you are in a good position to make the move. Why not go for it, you can always return to Vic if it doesn’t work out.

              Happy to help with more specific questions. Generally speaking, the closer to the beach, the more expensive the property, but not everyone wants to live by the beach.

              I can’t advise you whether or not to make the move, only you and yours can decide that.

              Cathy

              • Peter February 2, 2017, 5:12 pm | Link

                Dear Cathy.

                Thankyou so much for your informative response. The way i see it is that the risk of moving to the sunshine coast is worth it for my family to appreciate a better quality of life. We have been living in Shepparton all our lives. This town holds little opportunity for myself, my wife and my children now so i am prepared to make the move. I understand the financial predicament that may follow if all goes bad but i am carefully planning this out over the next few months to ensure a safe transition. If it is ok with you…i would like to keep in touch from time to time and ask you specific questions regarding real estate options (beach vs inland) etc in the near future. I understand you are in the uk but any perspective/advice from your point of view would be highly appreciated as you have first hand experience. Thankyou once again. Kindest regards…pete.

  • Renat December 11, 2016, 9:11 pm | Link

    Hi Bob,
    Me and my partner are thinking to relocate there. I m european and she is japanese and we have a baby. We are wondering if there would be issues for culture background and if it would be an expensive place to live
    Cheers

  • La'Dell November 27, 2016, 6:43 pm | Link

    Hi Thank you , Yes it does help it gives me confidence that it sounds like the right place to start and look for schools and houses to rent . Is it a good area for pre Schools and young families ,
    for my work ?

    thanks again .

  • La'Dell November 26, 2016, 9:09 pm | Link

    Hi Bob, I have read so much on your web pages over the 4 months , I feel I could pass an a level on your information . Which is fantastic , plus exciting . But a little overwhelming as you have said Australia is massive .I’m a single mam with four young boys ages between 6 years an 15 years . flying to Australia in May 2017, My mind is make up, fights are booked its the best , safe option for me and my children , as I have an x partner who has tried and still makes threats to kill us .we have had to relocate our lives three times in the past 12 years . my job , then twice i had to close my business, as one was a Montessori Day Nursery , I built up over 8 years now my Children’s Communication Business , toddles and Pre School Classes I run .
    he just keeps finding us.
    Reason I’m being open as I’m reaching out for help .NOT for visas I have that sorted .
    for friendly families connections , so me and my children do feel so isolated , and alone I’m a strong, well educated woman , NOT looking for a man . just in case any one thought that , lol
    I am left thinking , What I would find help full ….is help and advice on places to first try and settle.
    My family needs to feel for the first time they are safe and free , some where we can call home and build roots , make friends who we are not going to loose contact with for the first time in our lives .So far I feel the Sun Shine Coast would suit us .
    if I described my idea for home , could any one give us advice on what they think.
    In England Ilike the Yorkshire folk , Cornwall and Dorset country side and beaches not Newquay or Bournemouth, but Poole and Kennack sand , Coverack ,
    I would like the peaceful tranquil Beaches, close by yet I will need a area which is good for young famliy , Schools for my children and mother and toddler groups , Pre School Nurseries for my Work . I like the idea of Brisbane to visit when I want noise and color in my life ,
    Friendly folk where we can join a community .I love the aspect of diving in the Barrier Reef , and sailing ,what you you recommend ?
    Thank you to Any One who as Read this , thank you to any one who Offers advice .

    • BobinOz November 27, 2016, 9:28 pm | Link

      Glad to hear you have been reading lots of my website La’Dell, I’m almost tempted to devise a very tricky exam for you just to test your knowledge. Maybe I should come up with an exam for all of my readers?

      We could have student of the year and all sorts of things!

      But maybe I won’t 🙂

      Anyway, Sunshine Coast does actually sound perfect for you, although it’s nothing like Yorkshire, we don’t have anything in this country that is like Yorkshire. But Sunshine Coast is very much like Australia’s Cornwall inasmuch as it’s got beautiful beaches, it’s laid-back, it’s friendly, it’s safe, and there’s not much work.

      Drive 20 minutes inland and you have rolling hills and countryside. Perfect.

      Unlike Cornwall though, the weather is fantastic almost all the time on the Sunshine Coast. And, as you say, you can pop into Brisbane for your city fix whenever you want. Your children will love it there.

      Good luck with your move, Bob

    • April January 26, 2017, 6:10 pm | Link

      Hello I can relate to your situation without saying to much.. did you have any luck??..

  • uday November 26, 2016, 3:59 pm | Link

    hi bob

    My wife and me are planning to move to sunshine coast on student visa as my will be studing in Uni of Sunshine coast and i will be supporting her as i will be working full time. I have 2 years of experience in Customer service in Vodafone and BBus in Marketing and Managament from University of Newcastle Australia so is it easy to find job in Sunshine coast. So any suggestion on above quires wud b great help and i want to know that does sunshine coast comes under regional area or not

    • jim November 27, 2016, 11:50 am | Link

      Hi Uday,

      I had been relocated to the coast and its been 4 months now. its a beautiful place with peaceful living. Further, jobs at coast is challenging but not impossible. you need to work hard to get the job based on our experience, it took 2 months for us to secure the job after getting here.

      It is in regional Area (Helps to secure Points for PR).

      It is growing region and there is a new international Airport being constructed which possibly will be ready by 2020 (long way though).

      Hope this helps……

      • uday November 29, 2016, 2:40 am | Link

        Thanks a lot Jim, appreciate your response. I was more keen of knowing about part time jobs. What kind of jobs are available their to name a few ? What are you into ? Thanks a ton for sharing with us Jim .

        • BobinOz November 29, 2016, 8:51 pm | Link

          Sunshine Coast is a beautiful place to live, but it is also known as a place where it is difficult to find work. It’s a bit of a tourist area as well though, so maybe there are some part-time casual jobs about. It won’t be easy though.

          You can search for jobs through the links on my page called Getting a Job or a Sponsorship.

          Hope that helps and good luck, Bob

          • Uday November 30, 2016, 2:29 am | Link

            Hi Bob thank you so much I want to know that my wife applied for admission in Murdoch Uni and Uni of the Sunshine Coast , as i read it is very difficult to find jobs in Perth. So what u think which wud b right place to get part time as well as full time is it Perth or Sunshine coast. As you will be knowing that on student visa spouse get full time and student get 20 hours per week. In beginning it wud be difficult but we are targeting to earn 3 k to survive and to save bit to pay for next year so 1500 dollars wud b enough to pay expenses for four weeks and save 1500 dollars for next years fees. Also want to know what if i work in brisbane so how is job opportunities in Brisbane so help if u have any info on above matter and your info are really helpful as I read about perth on your blog as it very difficult to find jobs so want to really know which wud b better place Perth or Sunshine Coast as it is very difficult to make decisions bcoz have no clue about the real situation as you will be able to help us to make decisions whatever info you have please share it wud b great help and thank you so much for your reponse.

            • BobinOz November 30, 2016, 11:32 pm | Link

              It’s really difficult to say, but my gut feeling is that both Perth and Sunshine Coast would be equally difficult to find jobs, and it would be slightly easier in Brisbane. You wouldn’t want the Sunshine Coast to Brisbane commute each day though, it’s a very long round trip.

              I really can’t help any more than that, but I do hope it works out for you whichever place you decide to go to.

              • Carol Bell January 20, 2017, 3:36 pm | Link

                Before you take the long journey, I would be finding out if he can follow you. Its great to move to the other side of the world but if he can follow it wont solve your problems. I would really research the work options, the further you go out of the city the less work there is. Its great to have a beach at your door but it is no good with out work. I would live closer to the city and work on the beaches when you have had time to see how it all works out. From the UK myself.

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