Mum’s gone 2 Aus provides all the essential support, advice and information you need for your family relocation to Australia. Aimed at mums (and dads) moving to or visiting Australia, we provide practical advice, share unique insights and experiences, and guide you through some of the most challenging times of your move.
We know how stressful it is to move to the other side of the world without work; we’ve had sleepless nights choosing childcare facilities and schools. We share our experiences and are honest about what we got right, wrong or would do differently.
In our articles Mum comments on the quicks of life down under and shares Australian immigration and education news. We talk about the topics affecting you whilst you transition to your new life in Australia, whichever state, territory, city or suburb you have moved to.
Our articles cover the planning stage of your relocation; shipping personal belongs and preparing your relocation budget, and analyse the best suburbs for families moving to Australia. We share shopping tips and family activity recommendations; and never forget the emotional impact of your relocation, as well as the practical tasks involved.
Our most viewed articles cover the baby formula, food and nappy brands sold in Australia; tips on securing a rental property and advice on Family Tax and other money and tax matters. One of our most commented on articles explains why relocating as a stay at home mum (SAHM) is tough – it is!
Our essential ebooks help you plan your move to Australia. We save you time, and help you take action and enjoy your move.
- A Smooth Switch to Australian Schooling: Understand the impact of your move on your child’s education – term dates, school year groups, critical transition years, critical study years and much more. Our ebooks save you time and encourage informed decision making.
- Choosing Schools and Suburbs: A process orientated action plan that supports your Australian school, suburb and home search. Understand what you want out of your home in Australia and create a shortlist of potential suburbs and schools. Includes essential tools and advice on how to research and identify the best schools and suburbs, wherever you’re moving to in Australia.
- The ABC of Australian Schooling: Our only ebook aimed at children. This ebook covers 100+ terms and procedures used in Australian schools. The simple format, with plenty of images and brief text descriptions, is easy to follow and will help the whole family feel more confident about the transition to Australian schooling.
We also offer a discounted ebook bundle. You can download all three ebooks for $30, a saving of $15 on the cost of downloading each book individually.
I’m a British wife, mum of two boys, IT professional and freelance writer. I moved to Sydney from London (UK) in January 2010. I’m an Australian Permanent Resident thanks to the skills of my brilliant husband (yes, I’m very aware that he is going to read this!).
Over the years I’ve worked in major cities across Europe and the US. As a student, I spent time in France and Italy. Perhaps I’ve got inherently itchy feet?
Mr Mum’s gone 2 Aus (who is South African) was the driving force behind our move to Australia but I was eventually an eager accomplice.
What was our reason for moving? We moved because we want a better quality of life for our children. We want to live in an environment where children can be children, where they can spend the majority of their time outdoors, and where society acknowledges that the needs of children and families are paramount to building strong and positive communities.
Of course, much of this is true of the UK and many other countries, but some of it is tricky to apply, particularly in cities like London. In Australia, Sydney to be precise, we hoped to have the best of both worlds…challenging and rewarding jobs and a relaxed and outdoor lifestyle. We have been living in Sydney for nearly two years and in many ways we have achieved our dream. We LOVE our children’s lives here.
It would be remiss of me to say that this ‘dream’ doesn’t come at a price. We miss family and friends in the UK, although we have had plenty of visitors. We gave up a certain amount of financial security by moving to Sydney and spent a huge sum of money setting ourselves up. We feel the work \ life balance isn’t quite right here…yet; we’re hopeful this will improve.
Writing this blog and interacting with other families who have relocated to Australia has kept me sane over the past few years; it has allowed me to share the emotions I have been feeling and the challenges my family has faced. Importantly, it has kept me busy at a time when I was too busy with the children and settling in process to source other work.
Mum’s gone 2 Aus has become my mini-online relocation business. We have regular advertisers on the site; our essential ebooks are selling well and have received excellent feedback. Our blog has gained a large following (38,000 visitors, 180,000 page views per month) and provides a niche service to families moving to Australia.
Want to know more?
If you’d still like to know more about Mum and why I write this blog here’s a list of eight useful and useless things you might or might not want to know;
- I proposed to Mr Mum’s gone 2 Aus on a leap year, on the telephone from Washington DC. He was at a safe enough distance to say no, but thankfully he said yes.
- I am the proud Great-Great-Great Granddaughter of a famous British convict, sent to Van Diemen’s Land (Tasmania) in 1834.
- I’m not proud of who I am if I don’t have a Skimmed Latte by 10am.
- I love hearing from readers who have found this blog useful…go on, drop Mum an email.
- I love it even more if you ‘Like’ Mum’s gone 2 Aus via Facebook – here’s the button.
- When I was a teenager I wanted to be an Agony Aunt.
- The most rewarding article I’ve written explains why Relocating as a stay at home mum (SAHM) is tough. Reader comments proved that the emotions I experienced are common; publishing the article has helped us all.
- The biggest thing I worried about when planning our move to Australia was making friends. I’m amazed by how easy it is to meet people when you have kids but recognise that making friends once you’re a parent has its challenges.