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    Default Looking at Moving to Brisbane

    Well, not looking to be honest...have actively started applying for jobs and we will be making our way there once I manage to secure a position.

    Our rule is that once the kid starts high school (next year) we cannot move so we would like to escape from Sydney before then (not that we mind it here but we don't want to live here forever) so the mov ehas to be this year.

    Anyway, what do I need to know about dogs in Brisbane?

    I have already checked out council websites for registration etc but looking more for information about ticks, rental properties and pet friendliness (which looks promising from the sites I have been on) and any other relevant info.

    I currently don't treat my dogs for ticks but have heard the further north you go the more of them there are. Is this correct and what is the best product for keeping them away?

    TIA peeps

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    Oh yay someone will live near me

    What area are you looking to move to?

    Sorry I am on my phone will post in more detail soon.

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    I am not sure of the area...I really have no idea what the good suburbs or anything are.

    Hopefully I would get a job in the CBD.

    I have been lookign at rental properties aroudn the beachy suburbs as we'd like to not be too far from the beach. We don't mind a bit of a travel to work and I have looked at some of the slightly further away suburbs. If you can advise me of some great 'burbs with reasonably priced houses for rent, good schools (primary and high school) and transport etc that would be fab.

    We'd also be lookign to buy within the first 12-18 months.

    I was hoping to wrap up job interviews and stuff before I go back to work next week (so I dont need to take time off to attend) but I guess this time of year isnt that good for that. But now that we have made the decision to move to Brisbane, I am in a hurry lol

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    You do need to watch out for ticks reguarily. My sister lives in Darwin and her dogs had ticks (I've banned her from having dogs, she has one now but we had him as a pup and threatened to keep him and take him back if she doesn't watch out for him. So far she's been great.)

    I just bought some stuff from woolworths that does ticks, fleas and ants. You spread it in the garden and spray it with water and it supposedly gets rid of them. Will let you know how it goes. The dogs can't go on it for an hour after but once it's settled there's no harm.
    You can buy other things from coles and whatnot that offer to do this, like the mortein sprays. They are pathetic in my experience.

    I guess you need to watch pooch in the temperature. If he/she needs trimming then you'll need to do it more often. More water intake, you're meant to drink a fair bit in the warmer climate. Don't forget to ring the CAR and NPR to change all the identification details. CAR charge $6 or so, as do NPR.

    My sister lived in Brisbane for a bit, she said it's a lot like Melbourne. If you're a friendly person then you'll meet others, no worries Near the beach sounds lovely!

    Good luck job hunting!!

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    There is a great off lead dog park near Redcliff cannot remember exact address but go there when I am down that way, it is on an outlet to the sea, and people are very friendly there and dogs are also great, if you get housing over that way find it, can look up address later for you should you go that way. Good luck

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    OK I am on my laptop now!

    Um well I am a southside girl so I am a big southside promoter. Depends on what you like. Redland Bay, Cleveland, Victoria Point etc is near the beach including dog beaches has a really laid back atmosphere very coastal town type feeling. Otherwise on the Northside Redcliffe/Scarborough or Bribie Island (Bribie apparently has good dog beach and Scarborough has a good off leash area as previously mentioned as well as off leash beaches) are close to the beach and have a similar vibe. All of these places are within 30 - 45 minutes of the CBD maybe a bit more in traffic. Depending on what suburbs you are looking at between $400 - $450 for a decent 4 bedroom place probably more on Bribie Island (fyi not a proper island it has a road leading off) Depends on if you are wanting a big property etc also. Check out realestate.com.au and look at houses in these suburbs to get an idea. Renting with dogs is like most places you just need to apply to the ones who will allow them and see if they will accept your dogs. Sorry I am not real sure about schools as I was homeschooled and I am only 23 so no kids of my own but I am sure you can do a bit of research and find a good school. Depends on if you want private or not also. If your enquiring regarding public transport its ok but not fantastic if you are near a train station your ok buses can be a bit tedious. Traffic in Brisbane is 100 times better than Sydney but you still get nasty peak hour.

    Personally myself and no one in my family has had any issues with ticks on the dogs we had one cat get one once but found it in time. I don't treat them for ticks but they are short haired and I check them regularly and we live in a fairly bushy area. They also get bathed every 1 - 2 weeks.

    Outer suburbs of Brisbane are pretty dog friendly depending on the size and temperament of your dog. You can't take your dogs on patrolled beaches at all even on leash but there a a fair few good dog beaches. People on dog beaches tend to have well trained, well socialised dogs, I have only had 1 bad experience in 3 years.

    What sort of work do you do? I work in recruitment but its pretty slow at the moment coming back from Xmas. But depending on what you do could keep an eye out.

    Have I missed anything? Any other questions?

    Also I am on holidays for 2 weeks from next Monday so if I can be of help to you at all during that time let me know!
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    Thanks guys for the advice and stuff about dog beaches and such.

    K&P how funny you are in recruitment! That would be awesome if you could keep youre eye out for me. I will send you a pm around what I do and stuff.

    I have never been to Brisbane before (the move to Sydney was also a blind one lol) but my sisters love it there as does my mother so I know I will love it there. But I will go and look at some of the suburbs mentioned.

    I am really ridiculously excited about moving to be honest and I am just itching to find work and have applied for everything I possibly can up until today LOL

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    Good Luck with your move, if you like city living Brissy is great plus for a city it's very lay backed & keeps a little of a country feel to it. Would Brisbanite's agree with my thoughts, would love to know?
    Anyway if you going to live in the big smoke Brissy is heaps better than Sydney in my eyes.

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    CD comparing it to Sydney and the likes its definitely got a more laid back feel, lots less traffic, lots less people. More room to move and you can still be close to the city but get the feeling you are far away.

    No problems Lala, got your PM will keep an eye out for you!

    Thats great you have family here! I would be excited too if I was making such a big move.

    GL with the house hunting and job hunting! Let me know if there is anything else I can help with.

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    Thanks guys.

    Also, Jlala, would be great if you can let me know how that stuff works for the ticks....we will likely start them on tick treatment two weeks before we move anyway just to be safe and then we can adjust as necessary once we move.

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