We're British. We were only in Perth for a 2 year contract, after a 5 year contract in Singapore. Loved it! We visited Sydney in May 2007 and within hours we decided that if DH's work sent us there, we would move in a heartbeat. But we ended up in Perth!
I saw the Pilbara cyclone on the news. The Pilbara gets a few cyclones each year but they rarely make it down as far south as Perth. None did while we were there. I need to go and check whether this one is expected to be different.
Which part of QLD are you going to? I have friends in Capella, and we spent a week in the Whitsundays just off Townsville. We saw 2 wild echidnas and hand-fed rock wallabies. It was a-ma-zing!