Hello our family is made up of myself Lynne my husband David and our two boys Adam 18 and Paul 11 years and grandad who is 86 yrs We have been successful in obtaining our 136 skilled independent visa and visited Adelaide to validate it in August. Well we were very disappointed with Adelaide. It was cold, the houses were poorly designed. There were very few large houses and if you did find one it would be on a small plot. The majority of the old houses have been pulled down and 3 or 4 houses have been build on the same plot. It seem 20 years behind for everything. We stayed in the Barossa valley which is a beautiful area of Adelaide. We were 30 minutes from the central of Adelaide (not in rush hour) 45 minutes to the centre in rush hour, yet the Aussies said we were miles away. Yet there was no bus service to the area so our 18 year old and grandad were stranded without a car. For the 18 year old (who has left school) there seem very limited opportunites. What is Brisbrane like for a family of different ages? We are so glad we validated as there is no way we would of stayed in Adelaide.