We've just done the opposite qld-vic, before we moved 6mnths ago i had never been to vic i knew no-one had no family or friends and was SOOOOOOOO scared. At the time of the move DD1 had just turned 2 adn DD2 was 5mnths. We were in Rockhampton (about 3hr drive from middlemount), so cant give you any advise on the town middlemount but from what ive heard its got the basics and thats pretty much it, as far as i know its mainly a mining town and most ppl i know from there do trips to rocky or mackay for the main things, i went to school with alot of borders from there.I can tell you a bit about our interstate move. Through huggies i made a wonderful friend she then introduced me to a playgroup and i made more friends then also through huggies ive made alot more friends we have now settled in, we have daycare and playgroup and gym and playdates to keep us busy. Its super hard doing a big move especially with children but in our case its been worth it smile best luck with everything smile
I also went the other way......Mackay to Victoria, just around the corner from us3girls smile
Middlemount is really a nothing town. The hardest thing about far north queensland is that everything is so far from everything. And travelling that far in a big move with three kids is NOT easy. Not at all. BUT if you are organised it can work. Be prepared to feel as though you are in limbo for an extended period though, until you can find a place to settle in (I moved in to mine yesterday).
Yeah I think it would mean trips to Rocky and Mackay (Mackay sounds nice?). I think the job is a permanent role - we haven't heard the nitty gritty details yet but would hate it to not be a secure position after such an upheavel. means renting out our house while we're gone too so not too easy to come back (I mean, we could rent in the meantime, but still).
DH says I'll be able to make more friends but thats not the point. I need my mommy! lol. There is the phone, but thats not the same as helping with the kids at swimming time, is there daycare to help out so I can do housework/groceries easier, what if I'm not well and there's no-one to help? So much to consider....
I lived in Mackay for four years. I do not recommend it. It is a nice town to visit but that's it. There is next to nothing for kids save for playgroup and a music group, there are no play centres except for the PCYC, and you can go to the lagoon but it's full of hooligans carrying on so not ideal for mini people. There are several parks but only a few are fully fenced. THe weather is not at all conducive to playing outside. THe sun is brutal, and when it is hot it is almost too hot to play and when it is raining it is too wet. And the humidity sits around 98% for much of the summer, when it is wet season.
That's Mackay though. Not Middlemount. I've never been to middlemount but talking to people who have it is not a place I would be moving in a hurry.
Sorry, I grew to really hate far north queensland and am ecstatic to be back in Victoria.
As PP's have said mine jobs are fickle. THey can be gone in the blink of an eye. And to move to a backass town with the risk of that happening, well, I wouldn't do it.
All the best.....