Moving to Brisbane - Should I , Should I NOT?

Im 32 and a childrens nurse, a have a husband and twin girls 9yrs old. I am looking to immigrate over to Brisbane and have found a nice hospital, in which i can apply for work.
Now the BIG qestion.... Where can I live / rent that a nice area to bring up my little girls, close to schools, close to the hospitals but not too far away from civilisation oh and of course not too expensive.

This is such a big big decission and I want to do it right so need your help guys as your the ones living out there and are seeing the day to day negatives and positives..

The hospital in which I would like to be working is the Royal Children's hospital Brisbane We have a budget max of $200.00 and would idealy like a 3 bed property. We wouls also be open to rental prices.

EDIT: hi sorry its the royal childrens hospital in Brisbane where i wish to work, we have a budget of max $200.00 to buy and would idealy like a 3 bed property. Also what is the weather like there and also flooding??

Please reply
Thanx Jo
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DON'T!

bernardc4
bernardc4

Why not?

annej8
annej8

Just keeping it real... Brisbane is racist and humid + stinking hot 8/12 mths.

jasonwright12
jasonwright12

Annej8 is correct. Brisbane houses look gruesome

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It's possible to buy for 200k, perhaps a flood affected house that needs a lot of work in Rocklea, doubt that's what the original poster was thinking about though. Flooding you can check the flood wise and flood flag information on the council website which is free and a very good resource.

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Hi Jo,
By now you may have already moved but I suggest Runcorn as a good safe suburb of Brisbane having lived there for 4 years. It has fantastic public transport into the hospitals and the city - an express bus line most of the way and a train station. Living there is not too expensive like some inner eastern suburbs and it's almost half way to the Gold Coast which has the best beaches in Australia. Rent would cost you about $325 - $350 per week for a 3 bedroom unfurnished townhouse. There are some townhouses around there which are furnished for about $450 per week. Sydney has the best climate in Australia but it's expensive and overcrowded. Summer is hot in Brisbane but with airconditioning it's OK. Most accommodation complexes have pools. Good luck with your search.

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As it has been said above, $200k will unfortunately get you nowhere in the area you're looking into. But why not renting? It is a great idea, especially when moving to "unknown territory". It's more affordable and you can try before you eventually buy in a particular area. It will also give you the chance to build some savings...
We have dedicated agents who know the area like the back of their hands, and a wide choice of rental properties. Don't hesitate to contact our assets manager, she'll happily help you ([email protected]).
And moving to Brissy is the right decision: life is good out here!

Philippe, for
Open House Realty Group (www.facebook.com/ohrgfriends)

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We moved to Brisbane from VIC a month or so ago. We have 3 small children and had no idea we'd be dealing with 3m carpet pythons catching possums on our roof at night! We live in what feels like civilisation, not the bush but in the short month that we have been here, we'd had 2 sightings of one rather large python just behind our back fence, and then again the other night I looked out my bedroom window to find, probably the same one, coming down off our roof half a metre from my face! If you are going to move here, at least watch this video from a local snake catcher showing where he finds snakes on people's property - look out if you leave the doors or windows open! This video is entitled "Here is our Top 10 Snake Catching Moments of the Year!" https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CbhGvTpGSng

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Have you considered the Gold Coast? They have a HUGE new hospital there. There are also some private hospitals around. If it is lifestyle that you're after - you can't beat the Gold Coast.

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Hi Jo, the RBH is a great hospital close that borders Spring Hill where I mainly sell in. I am sorry but I doubt you can buy any property of any sort for $200k. A studio unit cost $250k upwards. You could though get a place but it would be a fair way from the city. Some of the areas that were affected by the floods last year may be a possibility. The weather in Brisbane is warm & humid. No flooding this year in Brisbane although some outer areas like St George are having it bad. regards, Jonzun

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Joseyjo it could help if you mention the hospital and price range for rental and details such as house/apartment/townhouse etc :) If it's Redcliffe hospital the best locations will be different to if you are working at Greenslopes.

We just bought an apartment in Coorparoo for a doctor who worked at a nearby hospital, nice suburb. There are always plenty of things to research and having a drive around yourself would be invaluable as well as getting suggestions from other hospital workers. Good luck with your search!

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Hi

I am a recent mover from Sydney outer suburbs to Brisbane outer suburbs.
Coming from the UK it is going to be a culture shock whichever way you look at it. You are going to spend years comparing prices to how they are back in the UK, I know I did for a good long while.

The most important things I looked at when moving was proximity to a train station, ideally you want to be within a 5 minute drive from your house and 5-10 min walk at the other end. This opens up a lot of suburbs. disregard the negative ninnies in here whinging about lack of transport, its fine if you plan appropriately.

rents start at about $300 for a poky little hole, obviously the further out you go the more you get for your $.
I am 30 mins on the train to the city centre, renting a big house, 3 bedrooms for $350. a bargain in my eyes.

Weather is 1000 times nicer than UK, be prepared for stinking hot summers and warmish winters.
flooding is a thing but only in areas around the main river, easy enough to avoid that with a bit of research.

I know you have decided not to move but do your research, plan out what you want, check sites like realestate.com.au for renting and buying to give you an idea of prices.

Ask questions, hit me up on here and ill answer anything you throw my way.

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Dont know what to make of the question posed by Jerseyjo, if you care to read ANY of the Aussie news online it would be apparent that the Qld Govt has been shedding nurses like old socks. The hospital you mentioned has lost a lot of staff, and they are not being replaced any time soon. Nurses are a commodity in Australia, they sure dont have the respect they deserve and are always overworked. Brisbane hospitals have some fantastic nurses but they are soldiers really, often just struggling to get things done because they have to. Keep in mind the Australian hospital system is endemic with clicky groups of people who look after each other as long as you fit in with their demographic. This is not hidden at all, nor is it acted upon when reported.
I would not be coming to Australia unless you have at least a 4 year agreement with a hospital before you leave and more than 50% deposit for a home. Whatever you do , DO NOT believe anything the Govt or the ABS say about the jobless rate, it is at least double what they claim it to be.

Australia thrives on part time workers and casuals, we have the highest number of casual workers in the world, the highest number of volunteers per capita too, we also have banks who make billions of dollars in profit within 6 months. Yet are never investigated. Those same banks do not hesitate to begin proceedings to take your home should your mortgage fall into arrears.

My advice, for what its worth is to ignore the Aussie advertising for workers in the UK, they want your money, plain and simple.
Do your homework and talk to REAL nurses via the nursing union , find nurses to talk to in Facebook etc. Most Aussies will tell you anything just to get your money, one way or another. Its a dog eat dog world at the moment, high rent, high cost of homes, high electricity, high cost of food, most expensive fuel in Asia, expensive cars, expensive schooling, expensive fees for anything.
Just remember that 126,000 Brits LEAVE australia every year for these reasons, AND 80,000 Aussies leave for the same reason, most never come back except for holidays. Where do they go ? to the UK and America of course.

joseyjo
joseyjo

Well all I can say is I wished I had never asked for any opinions... Thank you to those who have given their honest opinions and advice sensibly I appriciate that . The others of you that have nothing better to so than fill this page with ur negative comments and gripes you can sod off and find someone else's page to fill with your miserable Coments and if you want to have a slanging match between it selves then do it privately so the rest if us don't have to suffer it.... For the record I'm staying in the UK you have a beautiful country and we enjoyed our holiday there but there's no place like home ......

angelij
angelij

Wow you're a wealth of information. Thank you. I am actually planning to move to Brisbane next year. Angeli

misss
misss

Spot on in every way.

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Hi
I currently live Ballarat Victoria 113km from Melbourne CBD Im 31 yrs old still live parents about time move my brother live Spring Hill QLD not sure buy in Brisbane Suburbs

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Guys ... I am moving to Brisbane , thinking of New Farm or West End .. my work will be in Fairfield road , i am looking for something furnished for first month , i am looking for something CLEAN , what would be the AVG price ? and any other area could be similar in the distance to Fairfield and could be cheaper

misss
misss

West End is cheaper, New Farm pretentious without justification. South Brisbane cheaper overall, and just easier to get about.

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I am wondering what decision you took finally. Brisbane is recognized as one of the most livable cities in the world. I will be happy to help interstate move to Brisbane providing you would need me to help. Also we can help you by giving information related to living in Brisbane.

samw14
samw14

Hi Troy Interested in moving to either Brookfield or Pullanvale from Melbourne. What are the cons and pros ? Will these areas be affected by flood and hurricanes. How about broadband internet facility, public transport and traffic congestion during peak hours ? Regards Sam

jasonwright12
jasonwright12

Samw14. Bris houses esp south look gruesome and worse than Doveton/Noble Park. Be warned Qld summer is hot & humidity . No summer daylight savings. Backward eh

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Hi Josey. I'm currently living in Brisbane. I came here 4 years ago from a beautiful big city. If your looking to move in Brisbane- rent and food prices here are so expensive, I mean 10x of the real prices. Translink/transportation here is going over the roof, every year they increase it 15%, just one way cost you already 7-8$..compare to other cities in Australia..Rent cost 420$ average for 2 bedroom apartment plus expensive electricity bills....Everything here is over-priced. Well this are things that probably help you to decide. We are deciding to leave Brisbane -
One sailors once says- Brisbane is the only cemetery I've ever seen with lights.

broodon
broodon

That is a load of rubbish...... move to Sydney where everything is cheaper (not)! Brisbane isn't that bad.

angryaussie
angryaussie

Compared to prices around other european countries Brisbane is ridiculously high for everything. I have been here 32 years now, it never used to be like this but sadly its where things are at now. Yes, Sydney is worse in some areas, thats why it needs to be bulldozed and start again lol Food prices here are more expensive than London .... veges are 4 times the price in the uk currently. Chicken, Pork, Beef in fact ALL meat is double the price of the UK ..... transport is a joke and the govt likes to keep it that way. They are not about to forego petrol taxes to make it easier for you to get to work by train or bus. I live south of Brisbane and in 32 years at least 500,000 more people here ... and STILL NO TRAIN service ... BUT they contracted a road to be built to connect us to the highway at least, however the tolls are ridiculous , I spend approx $100 a week on tolls alone ! and the road has a license to be tolled for the next 40 YEARS ! Sod that, we are selling up and moving out ... and out of Queensland ..... to Adelaide in SA where life is a LOT more affordable.

mattsey
mattsey

I agree with Broodon, I moved up to Brisbane from Sydney about 3 months ago and loving it up here. Housing prices are much cheaper in Brisvegas compared to Sydney. I was paying 365 per week for a shitbox house in Blacktown in Sydney that was falling apart and needed work done on it and now only paying 300 per week for a 4 bedroom modern place. I agree that Translink goes through the roof and I have written them numerous emails hoping that if enough people kick up a stink it would change but all I got were excuses. Brisbane has the best trains in Australia, at least all of them are air conditioned and they are not grotty like the sydney trains and overcrowding isnt anywhere near as bad as Sydney. Dont get me wrong....there are people standing on Brisbane trains but nowhere near as bad as Sydney.

Pattieone
Pattieone

angry, you really DO sound angry, as well as a typical whinging POME. Adelaide is stunning, but it burns in summer and freezes in winter. Enjoy.

angryaussie
angryaussie

Thats true Mattsey, concur with broodon about Sydney prices, I can only speak for Brisbane myself. Errrrrr hellooooooooo Pattie, typical Aussie reaction when the truth hurts your pride to throw out the winging pom line. There are thouasands of people who have the same view as myself, i meet them every day, I work in peoples homes and business premises everywhere. It is time the Govt, both federal and state, AND local councils go their hands out of our pockets ! This country cannot afford the scial policies of the UK and America either, we have a tiny working population of just over 9 million ..... and as such we need to be more self sufficient like we used to be. Ramping up real estate rentals in the cbd area and those close to transport hubs can only happen because the public transport system is pathetic outside of the same lines Brisbane had 30 years ago. The trains themselves are beautiful but only if you live near a line. Ask the young families living out in Yamanto and Ripley how cheap their new home is when they add 2 hours a day to their travelling and 150 a week in fuel costs. Hard questions are tough for most aussies I know, they get stuck in their throat lol Most of the time ..... I have many many good aussie friends who also share my views, just wont say it ....

Pattieone
Pattieone

Angry, see that's the beauty or not of the internet. You know nothing about me... :-) you don't know that I also wasn't born in this country. As people used to say to new Aussies who complained excessively ...'if you don't like it, go back where you come from' and I tendto agree. With well over 50 years of living here, I, unlike you, am proud to call myself Australian.

angryaussie
angryaussie

LMAO complained excessively ??? I havent even started yet. Where you are from has nothing to do with the discussion here. I am perfectly aware that when I decide enough is enough, it will be time to leave. In the meantime there is a lot to be done, a lot to be acknowledged and a lot to be put on the table to be discussed, debated and acted upon. Not sure where your coming from with the 'new aussies' crap, i hardly think 32 years is new although in your 50 years your brain looks like it took a holiday. Yes I am proud to be Australian and British for that matter .... that does not mean I am prepared to sit back and watch this country be sold to Asia and forfeit the future of my grandchildren. There is no need to reply Pattie, am not interested in your left wing civil libertarian nonsense, get some backbone and call things for what they are , it doesnt hurt to be honest . Although in todays Australia the truth and justice have nothing in common.

DeborahSalmon
DeborahSalmon

I will say that say if you have never lived in Perth WA trust me its cheaper to live .. WA is nuts !

DukeyBoy
DukeyBoy

WOOHOOOOOO

JaneM
JaneM

sounds like you do ALL the talking AngryA to folks who are trapped in their homes and having to listen to your opinions until you leave.And you misinterpret it as them listening and agreeing with you..sad bugger. Go to Adelaide..you will find fresh problems there to moan about

joseyjo
joseyjo

I would appriciate you not using my coment page to air your grievances please do it else where angryaussie & pattieone

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if you did buy on the islands redlands hospital would be the ideal place for you renting in the redlands would cost you $300 plus a week on the mainland

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Hi Joseyjo, the Gold Coast is beautiful, but to travel up to Brisbane daily in the traffic can be a bit of a strain: you can commute via train but say from Nerang would be 1 hr10 mins, each way into and out of the city. The train ride is comfortable and relaxing however will cost you over 100.00 per week currently. April 2012.

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Remember what the song said. "Moving to Queensland" was not OK"

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Hi Jo - I lived in Brisbane for over 40 years and hated the summers. The humidity there is horrendous, though remarkably some people thrive on it. Do a little research on Hobart, Tasmania - population just over 200,000 people, housing is cheap and there aren't any traffic hassles. Hobart offers all the things other major cities do, but without being busy. Tasmania is truly a beautiful state, the people are friendly and rentals are cheaper than other capitals. There is the Royal Hobart Hospital, as well as other private hospitals, so work shouldn't be too much of an issue. I'm a single mum and moved here with my 2 kids who are thriving, are in good schools and best of all, are happy. Good luck with your search.

Pattieone
Pattieone

Just been to Tassie for holidays and I concur...Tasmania is stunning and Hobart a beautiful little city. It's summer though is like a Qld winter and the winters are bitter. If you don't mind that kind of weather I'd say Go for it. Brisbane is very humid,but has gorgeous winters. For my choice I'd go back and live on the Sunshine Coast any day.

Gangster
Gangster

so would I . and also in nudge. wait for spring, goto nudgee beach, send it and get inverted under the moon.

DukeyBoy
DukeyBoy

hahahaha

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Hi Jo, why don't you try the mater children's hospital in south Brisbane...the RCH is closing in 12 months to make way for the Queensland children's hospital at the Mater site. It's a great place to work and housing on the south side is generally a bit cheaper. Check out www.mater.org.au. All the best

Btw I'm a paed at the mater so just a little biased, but really love where I work.

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Anywhere along the busway or train line would work well for you. The parking at the RCH is horrendous and you wouldn't want to drive. You might have trouble with $200 a week in rent or buying for $200k as you probably won't find anything near the hospital for that price. Why don't you apply for a job at the Mater Children's Hospital on the south side? The other reason is the RCH will be closing in about 12 months to make way for the queensland childrens hospital at the mater site in south Brisbane. You could get a more affordable place on the south side towards eight mile plains and there is a busway the entire way so no traffic and quite efficient. I may be a bit biased because that where I work and find it a great place and always looking for nurses. Www.mater.org.au

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hi jo for under 200 k you can buy on russel or macleay islands they are very cheap for where they are but commuting to and from the islands would not be a good thing unless you had your own boat with a car on the island and one on the mainland with trailers either end

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Agree with the answers above - It will be hard to find a property in Spring Hill for $200K. Should look further out where you can commute via Train. You may find something in Nerang (Gold Coast). Good luck.

Pattieone
Pattieone

you won't find anything, anywhere in Brisbane or outer burbs for $200,000, or $200 per week. You would be living in a garage if that.

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Are you looking at buying for $200,000 or renting for $200 per week. It may be diffucult to rent or buy at this level, You may be able to buy somewhere like Caboolture and commute via train, I would expect travle time would be approx 1 hour (Via Train).

At times their is flooding (probably 2-5 times in the last 10 years) around the Royal Children's but it normally does not affect the Hospital itself.

Pattieone
Pattieone

Unfortunately there's flooding again right now.

Gangster
Gangster

its not as bad as the previous year, and this year, hardly any flooding. what i am hoping for, is a few years of the el nino ENSO patterns. La nina has taken our wind the last few years. El nino will keep us inverted under the moon forever. bombing 25kts has been quite consistent here in QLD this season! yew!!

Gangster
Gangster

if you dont believe me, just check it for yourself. http://www.bom.gov.au/climate/enso/

pennyc6
pennyc6

Don't move to Caboolture it is gross.

kerried
kerried

After reading the comments, Angry Aussie speaks the truth of what is happening in Qld and Australia. Do your research people and start to seriously look at what is happening around you...the cost of living, food etc., legal system, mental health, escalated property cost education costs, Australia will become the most expensive country in the world. How do I children and grandchildren foresee their future? Something has to break.....and it will be many people !

jasonwright12
jasonwright12

Kerried. Agreed. Damn expensive country. Ridiculous bills. Cardboard houses. Qld winters are nice esp in sunny coast. summers are hell hot and high humidity

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