My answer to What are the pros and cons of relocating from England to Sydney, Australia?
Answer by Desmond Last:
I emigrated to Australia in 1989 from England. I am in the U.K at the moment but about to return to Sydney.
Mt first ‘shock’ was the Spider. It was huge. I was in my car at traffic-lights. I pulled down the sun visor and saw my first Huntsman. I could not get out of the car quick enough. It was big enough to give me a lift if I had run out of petrol.
My second shock was how easy it was to get a job.
My third shock, having come from class-conscious U.K , was that there was no class. Everybody was treated the same, and nobody felt as if they had to doff their hat to the Lord and Master.
My fourth shock was that I could go swimming after work – at the beach, Red-leaf Double Bay.
My fifth shock was that everybody was friendly.
The only tine I wanted to go back to the U.K was when I was in Katherine, Northern Territory. I was working for Dee Jay Engineering, mostly mine shutdown work. I went for a swim in Katherine River. All night I could not stop itching from the mosquito bites. It was so bad I was thinking about getting on a plane and going back to the U.K just to be cold again.
Australia is a long way from Europe. But only 14 hours from the U.S. If you leave a lot of family behind you will miss them.
The only other downside is the Government. I am taking the Federal Government to court for Human Rights abuse, but my view is objective. There is too much Government for such a small population and too much regulation.
The photo is of me. I owned Sydney Boats for 12 years. Selling yachts and powerboats on Sydney Harbor and did very well until a group of criminals entered my life. I could never have done the same in the U.K
But all that aside I would rather be in Australia than the U.K