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    Default Best and safest place in Australia to live??

    Hi everyone!

    Im looking for some advice/opinions! We have always lived on the Gold Coast and really do love it here mostly because of the weather and because there is always something going on to keep the kids entertained.

    lately I've been hearing lots of stories about crime of all sorts right on our doorstep and it's making me feel so uneasy! I'm feeling so worried about taking the kids out and them being safe that I'm seriously thinking about moving away. We love the coast,beaches,great weather,theme parks etc, where in Australia can we live and be close to all the things we love but be safe and happy??

    in your opinion does such an amazing place existing....and where is it!?

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    I'm sure there's lots of places. However, the things you describe you love = lots of people. And where there's lots of people, there's usually more crime. That's just the way it is. I'm also not sure most places are as bad as the media makes out they are! I think if you watch the news enough you'll be terrified of living anywhere.

    Bad things happen all over, even in the sleepiest of country towns. I have lived in "bad areas" according to the media and the public, and walked around at night without fear (and nothing ever happened to me). I've lived in places that, according to statistics, were "good areas" - I was broken into 3 times in 3 years there.

    We live in the Perth hills now. We love it, it's where we want to raise children, I always feel safe even with DH working away, for us it's perfect. I'm not naive enough to assume nothing bad would ever happen here though. I feel very safe from crime, but, hey, now we just have to deal with the bushfires! Of course, we're not really close to anything (which is fine by us!) but that's what makes it feel safer I guess. Less people.

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    We live in Hervey Bay, it's pretty safe and pretty nice. The beaches are clean and kid friendly as there's no surf, the atmosphere is relaxed and pretty friendly. No theme parks but Fraser Island is close. Doesn't flood as there's no river, the weather is about as good as you will get anywhere in Aus I think.
    I live in the suburbs here and my husband works away, I feel safe here. It's one of the more affordable places to live, though I hear rates are a bit pricey.
    Ive always lived regional (Bundaberg, Rockhampton, Gladstone), I hated Brisbane the last time I visited 8 yrs ago. Hervey Bay is the nicest place I've lived.
    I would like to move when the kids are a bit older though, as the job market here isn't awesome. Guess that's it's massive down fall.

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    I think you need to work out the 'risks' in order of concern to help find the right place. For example a place might have a low break-in rate, but be high risk for bushfires, flooding, cyclones/storms. I've lived in rural/regional areas where I felt very safe from street crime and one house we didn't lock the doors for the 2 years we were there. However drink driving was profusely ingrained into the culture and I never felt safe driving after dark. I was also always worried about a medical emergency being so far from ambulance/hospital services, or even a GP, which made me feel 'unsafe' IYKWIM.

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