Calling all ex Brits over in Brisbane! Me and my partner are looking to move to Brisbane in the New Year. The poor English weather and equally miserable economy being two of the main reasons. Im looking for some help to a few questions which i appreciate may have been answered elsewhere but i can be quite specific in what we are looking for. A bit about us; I am 25 and my partner is 27. I am looking at jobs in Construction with a salary of circa $100k/yr and she is an Occupational Therapist (not sure about salaries though). We live in Liverpool city centre at the moment but dont really make the most of it (we dont go to gigs, meals out often enough to justify the location but do enjoy having the shops within a 10 minute walk and train). We have no children or pets but do have a car which we intend to leave garaged in the UK with family. I am English, she is Northern Irish (and yes, it gets worse when she has a drink!). So: 1. Where is a nice place to live? Either looking at a city apartment or a house on the nice suburbs within commutable distance of Brisbane centre. Likely cost? 2. What are clothes/food/rates like over there? Comparable to the UK? UK x 2? 3. Are the Australians as friendly as people say they are? 4. What are you experiences so far? Apart from leaving family and friends in the UK, what are the most difficult things to deal with? 5. What is the lifestyle like? I currently leave the house at 6.30am, travel 1.5hrs to work, leave at 5pm, get home at 6.30pm (on a regular day). Do you start early, finish early in QLD? Generally speaking we want to be able to enjoy ourselves during the week (beach, walks... me play golf!) 6. Are there any unexpected financial or lifestyle surprises to be expected when we get over there? Thanks for your help guys! George.