STAWELL - Scottish born couple James and Yvonne Livingstone have been reunited with the Australia they came to know and love after first arriving down under in 1969.
The couple have purchased a three bedroom home in Stawell and couldn't be more appreciative of the town's people, facilities and services.
"We were looking for the Australia we came too in 1969. A place where people actually spoke to you," Mr Livingstone said.
The couple arrived in the working class suburb of Williamstown 44 years ago, but their Scottish accents and humour remain as intact as ever.
They said Werribee, where they lived for the last 15 years, had changed too much and Stawell provided them with the opportunity to return to enjoying what makes this country so special.
"The demographics have changed so dramatically in Werribee and even in the city, it had become crowded and an uncomfortable place to live," Mr Livingstone said.
James is originally from Doune in Perthshire while his wife Yvonne is a Glaswegian from Glasgow, so the backdrop of the Grampians suits them well.
The couple searched far and wide for a property, visiting towns including Gippsland, Albury/Wodonga, Ararat and Great Western.
They even purchased a home in Maryborough before circumstances changed.
"It is almost a blessing in disguise that we had to sell that property now that we think about it," Mrs Livingstone said.
"Working our way up the highway and as we drove into town we both just felt that this is right, this just feels right. We found it ticked all the boxes for a retiree," Mr Livingstone said.
Once they were sold on Stawell the couple began their property search, again only arriving at the house they ended up buying by chance.
"We actually looked at one across the road first, but I asked the agent if we could have a look at this one," Mrs Livingstone said.
"When we got inside the fireplace was burning, I saw the decking out the back, it just felt so warm and inviting."
"We have a great view of the town from the kitchen. It was the right size, right price and the period was perfect," Mr Livingstone said.
"I think it is just the ambiance of the place, the general area and central location. We know most of our neighbours and we've only been here a week!"
While the Livingstones love the scenery and location you won't hear them say a harsh word about the service and facilities the town provides either.
"To actually have someone come up to you and say 'Can I help you?' and take you around the shop to find what you are looking for is so nice," Mrs Livingstone said.
"In Werribee you could die waiting for that kind of service."
Mr Livingstone, a carpenter by trade has been carrying out some home repairs and hopes to pick up a bit of casual work 'to keep the brain ticking over'.
He is also counting down the days until he can take his boat out on the water and take part in another great Australian past time: fishing.
Real Estate agencies will be hoping to catch more bites of their own, from potential buyers just like the Livingstones.