Yep, shopping starts late on a Sunday and until recently, there were only about 3 areas that were allowed to open on a Sunday at all. Joondalup is getting either a David Jones or a Myer (sorry cant remember which) soon.
People are often 'north' or 'south' and dont generally move to the other (the divider is the Swan River in the city).
I'm north, and agree with the pp regarding the Kwinana area (also from teachers who have taught in the area) that I wouldn't move my kids there. In saying that, there area certain areas north that don't have very good reputations too.
Mandurah is a different story altogether. Housing is cheaper an there are lots for kids to do there, there are FIFO transport busses going to the airport all the time. The beaches and estuary are good, and lots of school options. Keep in mind it still has a 'regional' feel to it and your kids would have to travel to the city if there's anything they want from there, but the train is easy.
I would rephrase what a lot of people are saying if I could... I would avoid the OLD areas of kwinana. The new areas, like wellard, are really nice, without the problems these people are mentioning
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I second or third or forth Mandurah. It has a real community feel. Only 15 minutes away from a fantastic hospital in Rockingham. A lot of great schools in and around the area. I would be wary of coodanup though but the rest is pretty good, even the outer suburbs of Mandurah like Madora bay, safety bay, falcon, erskine, north and south yunderup, Greenfield's, Ravenswood, pinjarra, halls head, Dudley park, lakelands, dawesville, Miami.
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Sonja are you able to compare any suburbs from melb to those over in perth?! prob a bit hard but it's nice to get another melbournians opinion on perth suburbs!
I did have a look at the Mandurah area but I feel that it really is a bit of a hike by public transport into the cbd for hubbys work but it does look like a really nice area and the rentals seem to be a bit more affordable
Probably not very easily, as we moved to Perth when I was 6 months pregnant with DS1 and TBH we don't really get out and about to many different areas. We lived in Fitzroy North when we were in Melbourne and led a very inner city lifestyle. When we moved to Perth we went for the opposite of what we had in Melbourne - we live in Trigg which is 500m walk from the beach and nowhere near great cafes or restaurants.
It depends on what you like and where you lived in Melbourne. Sorry I haven't read back - do you say where you are currently living? While we are much further from the city here than we were in Melbourne, the train is very quick and reliable.
TBH Perth is nothing like Melbourne - nothing at all. We have changed the way we live entirely, and the kids are so much better for it. While DH and I loved living in the innercity, the kids were over it and I don't know how much longer we would have survived with 3 kids living with everyone on top of each other. I'm very happy to give you as much help as I can though.
Just a suggestion, maybe pm the op if you have advice of suburbs not to live it. Many people on this site may live in these areas and could easily be offended.
Acerbaby that's a pretty good idea as I really dont want to offend anyone either but earlier on in the post a lady came on and said she couldnt pm me as i'm a newbie! not sure how I can receive pm's maybe I need to post more topics or something?
Sonja I do know of fitzroy and yes it is very inner city living I lived in coburg myself before having children but then moved south of the city where I currently live now.
Here in Vic the children need to have turned 5 by the end of April to attend school that year but over in WA I think iv'e read that they have to turn 5 by the end of June the year they attend is this correct?
so with DS1 he can start school here once he turned 5 as he is an early feb baby but my DS2 cant start til the following year as he turns 5 at the end of June.
So should I be looking for Pre-schools instead of a kindergarten?
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