Hi I'm very interested in getting general opinions of areas to live in Queensland as we're thinking of heading that way and hubby may be posted anywhere but we have the opportunity of specifying some preferences. I am in HR and would quite like to maintain my career, but am a broad generalist with skills and experience ranging from operational to strategic in stand-alone or larger teams, so am flexible and reasonable marketable and I would consider starting a consultancy business if need be (but that might mean I would ideally need access to an airport from time to time - an hour or two away fine). The only place we cannot specify as a preference is Sunshine Coast, which would always have our first preference (still enough business/entrepreneur activity and near enough to City and airport if needed but quietish enough to be out of the din unless commuting). Brisbane is an obvious choice for one of the three preferences available (I have heard North is better than South) - any comments? (and what is the traffic in Brisbane really like..?) But we're not really city people (crowds and noise don't interest us and we don't need lots of activities on tap) so seeking advice on alternatives for preferences 2 and 3. I'm used to commuting from more rural into city - In the UK we lived in a small rural village and I commuted 50 mins - 1 hour each way into places like Uxbridge and Slough near London, so faced the traffic daily and would still be prepared to, and on occasion on weekends liked to be able to get in the car and 20-45 mins later be somewhere else. We quite like small, but not too small and self-contained without opportunity to 'escape' from time to time. Other points - we don't mind the heat, like motorcycling and scuba diving, and could possibly settle into a small community, but I'd still prefer to keep my skills up. No need to consider schools. Here are the preference choices (each option before or after a comma): Brisbane: Metropolitan North Region, Metropolitan South Region Southern Region: Ipswich District, Toowoomba District North Coast Region: Bundaberg District, Gympie District, Redcliffe District, Caboolture District South Eastern Region: Logan District, Gold Coast District Central Region: Gladstone District, Mackay District, Rockhampton District Northern Region: Mount Isa District, Townsville District Far Northern Region: Cairns District, Innisfail District, Mareeba District All ideas/comments welcome Thanks in advance!