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on 21 Aug 2012
Hi there! After toying with the idea of emigrating now for some 10 years since first visiting Oz, my husband and I have decided to take the plunge with our 3 children. He is an aircraft engineer and seems to be able to get a job pretty easily.. We have an 11yr old girl and 7yr old twin boys who love to be outside. We love walking our dog, going to the park, riding our bikes etc... we chose Brisbane as it is relatively 'green' and still reminds me of my routes (Derbyshire). Any advice on family friendly areas would be much appreciated, good schools, parkland etc. We love the beach but not that fussed if we have to drive there. Its such a minefield!!! Think my heads gonna explode! Its a massive decision for me particularly as I am very close to my family, so need to be around welcoming people. Please help x
Shantalie on 22 Aug 2012
Hi Helen.

The best areas in Brisbane for expats moving with children are probably Hamilton, Bulimba and New Farm. All of these suburbs are fairly close to Brisbane city centre and Brisbane has a good public transport network so you shouldn't have any problem getting around. 

Take a look our page on Accomodation in Brisbane for a better idea of whats available and how to go about buying or renting property in Australia.The Expat Arrivals Education and Schools page will also give you a great overview of the schooling system in Australia.

Best of Luck with the exciting move to Oz !
GabyS on 22 Aug 2012
Hi Helen!

As a general rule of thumb, the areas around the best schools tend to be family friendly. As you have so much to think about I suggest starting your search by thinking about schools. First decide what sort of schooling you want for your kids - will you be happy with Australian-curriculum schools (the Australian system is well regarded worldwide, and they will be cheaper than private schools) or do you want your kids to get a more expensive, private British education (ensuring an easy transition back to Britain if you return before their schooling's up)?

Once you've made that decision you can narrow down your options based on this list of top schools in Brisbane (http://bettereducation.com.au/school/Primary/qld/qld_top_primary_schools.aspx), where schools are ranked according to their exam results, and there is an indication of whether they are state or private schools. You can look at each school's web site and decide which one would suit you, and then do some internet snooping about the area it's in.

When moving it's always best to start with looking for a school as there can be waiting lists for the really good ones in nice areas.

Hope that's helpful :)
Anonymous (not verified) on 15 Dec 2012
Hello We are moving to Brisbane from the US for work. I am looking for an area with good schools (primary schools as our kids are young) and some space to move around it (we are moving from acerage)My husband's work is South of the river - I work from home. Nightlife/restaurants not important. Farmer's markets, parks, ect are. any advice? Was looking at the Manly area??
Anonymous (not verified) on 13 Feb 2013
Hi Manly would be a great area, Wynnum, Gumdale, Birkdale etc are all leafy, acreage and not far from the city or the southside. Plenty of Farmers markets around Brisbane as well and more popping up all the time. Loads of great primary schools as well as good secondary schools depending on your budget. We booked a services apartment through these guys http://www.corphousing.com.au but that was before airbnb.com. I noticed Corphousing don't have public listings to see as well so you need to contact them directly.
Anonymous (not verified) on 20 Apr 2013
Hi there. We would be moving to Aus soon on a 457 visa. We currently stay in Canada.I googled some stuff and found that its more expensive in Aus as compared to Canada. Schooling is one big expense as Canada is free education. Can someone guide me on typical fees for Catholic/Public/Private school for families moving on 457 Visa. Appreciate your valuable time in putting down the above info. Zeline
Anonymous (not verified) on 7 Mar 2015
I would prefer the carina/carina heights/Carindale areas for families. all within 10km from the city and well serviced by transport. Good schools, facilities, medical etc. Safe and convenient.

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