After years talking about it, myself, my husband and baby son have decided to take the plunge and emigrate...I'm excited but also scared...are we doing the right thing? What about the family and friends we are leaving behind? etc etc. I'm sure you've all gone through the same thoughts and emotions. Some days I'm really positive about it all and others I'm not, mainly just because I think I will miss my mum so much and I feel guilty about leaving her as she is 73 (though very active) and on her own but as I keep reminding myself I only have 1 life and I do think that as a family, we will have a better quality of life in Australia. Anyway just wanted to say Hi, it's good to read this site as at least you know you aren't on your own. We are thinking of emigrating to the Brisbane area and are going out to do a "rekkie" this Oct/Nov time to check out houses and nurseries/schools etc as we don't have a clue where to live...on the internet, all the houses look amazing. Can anyone recommend any good primary schools or nurseries, as that would be really helpful. Also if anyone has emigrated recently and can recommend any suburbs that would be good too. As far as the Visa application goes I have a potential company that is interested in sponsoring me on a temporary, long term work visa and I figure we can apply for residency after 2 years. My only concern with this is what if it doesn't work out once I have started. I know there are options to move your visa if you can get another company willing to take it on, but it sounds a lot of hassle if that happens. Is anyone currently applying for the permanent visa option? How long is that currently taking to process? If it is less than a year it may be better if we do that and then I am not tied to anyone, however I have heard it can take upto 2 years to process and that is too long for us to wait. It would be great to hear from anyone who has emigrated just to re-assure me that although there may be initial teething problems with starting afresh, life is good down under and worth this current stress and guilt!!