Hi everyone, my partner not long left us here in the UK to start his new job in the mines in Emerald. We are planning to join him hopefully in June time. I am very nervous yet excited for our new family adventure. I have recently joined pomsinoz also so i can get some research done (as not much has been done up to now). I know very little about life down under and im hoping being a member on here will offer some great advice and help me plan our big move. At the moment we do not know where we are going to live in Queensland we have a few options but it is finding the right place for us that is proving to be quite hardwork. Coastal areas with lovely beaches and good schooling are important to us. We do not have to live in close proximity to Emerald as my partner will only be commuting once every two weeks hopefully. We have the option to even reside on the sunshine coast if we want to as my partner could do fly ins to work but whether this is going to be afforable and practical i am not quite sure. Something that i definately need to look into. I have been looking at areas such as Rockhampton, Yeppoon and Mackay but not sure if these places will match my desire to want be on the sunshine or Gold coast. I cannot believe that in the next few months we will be residing in Oz, seems like there is sooooo much to do in so little time. Eeeeeeeeek. I am very interested in any insight you can offer me to any areas that you think may be best suited us and even just general information on life in Queensland! As i will be looking after the children full time i want to be able to take them out and about and enjoy the outdoors with them as much as possible (something you can rarely do in rainy cold, england). I want to live in a friendly, safe area with good value for money properties (to rent). I am looking to meet new friends......any mummys out there with young children please come and say hi id be very happy to hear from you. I have two young children aged 1 and 3.