January 6-7, 2015
Landed in Rockhampton!
First thought: What a small airport.
Second thought: God it’s even hotter here.
Third thought: Wow, we’re really here.
Luckily for us, the hospital provides us with temporary accommodation for up to one month while we look for a place of our own. That meant our first stop in Rockhampton was… the hospital to pick up keys!
Yes, we did rent a car for our first few days. We had to. Rocky is a small city of over 70 000 people and I don’t think there’s public transportation. I mean, since moving here, we have seen buses – but where do they stop and how often do they run? Nobody seems to know for sure.
As we are a couple, they were kind to put us in the same 2 bedroom apartment. Clean, modest, with all the basics we needed – including air conditioners that were so ancient, they sounded like trucks parked by your headboard :P. All jokes aside, the place was nice and we were very grateful that our accommodation was provided.
Here are a few photos!
I joked to Michael that they would provide hospital towels, as our stay was provided by the hospital – I was right!
Although the temporary accommodation was comfortable and available to us for a month, Michael and I really wanted to find our own place and move in before starting work on January 12, 2015. That left us with 5 days.
Luckily for us, we had been searching online for weeks prior to coming to Rockhampton and had called in advance to set up appointments for the 3-5 places we really liked.
The next morning, we drove around to check out 4 places. Our top choice was our first inspection and the only application we submitted. 2 days later, it was accepted and we received our keys. Gave a call to the removalists and our stuff was delivered on Sunday. Things worked out perfectly.
We continued to stay at the temporary accommodation over the next week or so while working on unpacking and setting up our new place.
Newly built, 3 bedroom (each with a huge walk in closet), 2.5 bathroom duplex house with a tandem garage and backyard patio. Quiet neighbourhood and located a convenient 10-15 minute walk to hospital and grocery stores – perfect for us as we haven’t bought a car. Place feels like home already!
And that is the story of how we settled in Rockhampton 🙂