Taking a job opportunity can lead to a major move
MOVING house can be a big enough of an adjustment for a young family - especially when you're new home is located at the other end of the country.
Yvette Espinoza-Araya, Matthew Evans and their daughter Amelia said goodbye to their home in Melbourne Victoria earlier this year to begin their new life in Gracemere.
A graduate mid-wife, Yvette applied for full time work and an opening at the Rockhampton Hospital was available.
But rather than finding a place to live in Rockhampton, the couple decided on making Gracemere their new home.
"We really like it here," Yvette said.
"We've been visiting the beaches, the caves and crocodile farm so far in the region.
"We plan to make the most of checking out Central Queensland until next July - it is then when my placement finishes and depending on job availability I may stay, or we may be on the move again."
Matthew's work commitments at a local music school and recording studio has also provided him with flexible hours so that he has time between work to spend with his daughter.
Aside from a slight weather adjustment, Matthew said the family were settling in nicely to the small town charm.
"Both Yvette and I grew up in Melbourne, so this is definitely a massive change of scenery for us," he said.
"Everyone is just so chilled here and we can't get over the traffic and how easy it is to get around town.
"To get to work in Melbourne, it would take an hour-and-a-half one way."