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  1. Hi, do you do really short-term, e.g. for 2 weeks? Air B&B is ridiculous prices. We're looking at 22/7 - 5/8. Thanks, Neat
  2. Hi VeryStormy, Thanks for your reply. Was it you who posted on here last years selling your house in Dawesville...? Rings a bell... Hope you settled back in the UK quickly :-) Last night we were convinced Dawesville was the place but this morning my husband has been reading about the mosquitoes and he's really allergic so I think it's out now :-( Alkimos was top of our list but the nearest school (Mindarie Senior College) has bad NAPLAN results and a low ICSEA rating (not sure how much faith to put in these nor what they really mean, but I don't have anything else by which to judge a school!), and Merriwa Baptist College - although the fees are only $2k - it's still an extra $5k a year more than public school once all 3 children are attending... and I'd have to drive my son there whilst the girls are at primary and he'd either have to get there really early or the girls would have to be late! (How do you do two school runs at the same time?!). Roleystone is still my favourite hills / bush option but a bit concerned about (1) fires and (2) not as much for the kids to do when they're teenagers... Alkimos doesn't seem to be near any national parks except Yanchep though (everywhere else is 1-2 hours' drive away) and once we're bored with that, where do we go...? We're trying to book temp accomm and even the cheap areas are commanding ridiculously high fees - quite surprising given it'll bid mid-winter! :-(
  3. Hi all, Are mosquitos worse inland / by sea / NOR / SOR? Specifically, in Alkimos / Roleystone / Dawesville / Halls Head / Pinjarra / Darlington... Cheers, Neat
  4. PS incase you're wondering / confused, I'm both Nomadneat and Wombatgirl - hadn't realised I'd already joined so joined again and now I have two usernames! Never sure which one I'm logging in with as, depending on the device I use, it does it automatically!
  5. So we're coming from Melbourne to Perth next month and have a few areas shortlisted:- Alkimos, Halls Head, Dawesville for beach options, and Roleystone, Pinjarra, Darlington for bush options. I love the countryside and walking around national parks, but we also love being near the sea (we're currently on the Mornington Peninsula). I', having a baby end Sep so wouldn't go on the beach much as they're not very beach-friendly (sunscreen, beach tents, baby crumble in the sand!...) but I love walking along boardwalks by beaches and we also love new estates but not where there's nothing there. Alkimos seems to have lots of amenities and facilities but all the community events are organised by the housing developers and the cynic in me thinks these will stop once all the houses are built. My son is into soccer and my daughters ride (I'm really horsey so it would be nice to be somewhere rural). But we're not moving again so wherever we choose has to see us through primary and secondary school...will the hills have enough to keep teenagers entertained? I don't want them being surf dudes either though, as I'm paranoid about sharks! Schools seem very hit-and-miss - either primary are good and secondary are bad, or vice versa! Does anyone have any pros and cons of hills vs beach and any local info on the areas I've mentioned, please? I'd be most grateful.... We're very indecisive and some days we're 100% beach and then, other days, we're 100% hills / bush! But we need to secure an air b&b and not sure whether to pick it in the middle of these areas or actually IN one of these areas. We'll only have 2 weeks to find a rental so we need to do most of our research now.... Thanks in advance for any help or local info. Cheers, Neat :-)
  6. We're also looking at areas and I thought Kinross College was a good one, so one might assume the area is fairly decent...?
  7. Hi VeryStormy, Thanks for your reply. Yes we have to have ambo cover here, too (we also have dental / optical extras). The move will very much depend upon my husband's employer being on board, because currently he is in the city twice a week so a move to Perth would mean being completely home-based (save for the odd client visit) because he'd be the only Perth employee thus not worth hiring office space for. If he lets us go then we'll wait until we get PR (going for our medicals today - 186 Direct Entry) to keep our options open... I've looked at Mandurah and just read a previous post about high levels of crime but, as with any large area, I guess this is par-for-the-course really. We're next to Frankston and it gets a bad rap but some parts are lovely :-)
  8. Hi, We're currently living in south-east Melbourne and considering a move to Perth because we just can't get on the ladder here, and the beaches are nicer in Perth (plus a few other reasons I shan't bore you with). Currently looking at areas and the affordable ones (Rockingham, Mandurah, Warnbro, Butler) appear to have cr@ppy schools. What do you guys think of these places? We need decent primary and secondary schools:- Waikiki Safety Bay Port Kennedy Baldivis Meadow Springs Mullaloo Alkimos Connolly Mindarie Quinns Rocks Jindalee Joondalup ??? Also, is healthcare the same in WA as in Vic? I'm due a caesarean end Oct and it's covered by Medicare (as is my 34 week scan) but my friend in WA had to pay for her scan so I wanted to check I wouldn't have to... And are there any decent hospitals outside of the metropolitan area, please? Unsure as to whether to move when 30 weeks pregnant or with a new baby(!). Don't fancy a 5-day road trip under either circumstance really, but we have to get the car over there and I'm thinking doing it whilst pregnant would be easier, but that leaves us 8 weeks to prepare for the move if we go around that time... scary!! It's either that or stay here and downsize for a year to save money, but then we'd be tied into another rental contract in WA and I worry the prices will go up again during that time :-/ Any advice would be great, cheers :-)
  9. Is anyone shipping their car or doing the great Melbourne-Perth road trip?!