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Rainy day in Manly

It’s been quite cloudy this week and today when we stepped out of the house we noticed it had rained overnight (woah, stop the presses).

Tweenie Pom immediately said the air smelt different: “It smells like home, like Wimbledon,” he said happily. Little Pom agreed wholeheartedly. I sucked in a lungful of damp air and I too was reminded of home.

Now, for those who have read earlier blogs and may be wondering whether we have found a long-term rental, … Read more

AFB with ACN

When I first landed in Melbourne as a migrant from Malaysia in 1986, I thought I had arrived in paradise. All my dreams had come true. I spoke English very well but with a Malaysian accent. I thought Australians spoke English too, but I couldn’t understand what they said! I enrolled to study for a Bachelor of Business degree with Deakin University as a mature age student. I taped my lectures because I had difficulty following what was said. These … Read more

Maybe next year...

At chateau Mum’s gone 2 Aus we have a little green-eyed monster, frequently muttering “wish we were going to the snow…”, and it isn’t one of the kids!

Since living in Sydney we’ve picked up on the rhythm of local school holidays and the tendency to visit “the snow” during the July break.

Financial and other travel commitments mean we haven’t made a trip to the Australian snow fields, at least not during the winter season. “Maybe next year…,” has … Read more

LIKE Canberra - Mum does!

Last winter we spent a very enjoyable weekend in Canberra and shared our Canberra discoveries in A weekend in Canberra – excitement and education for kids. We recently had another short break in Australia’s capital city and had more fantastic family fun.

Many Sydneysiders we chat to are dismissive of Canberra, but we’ve been impressed with the things to do and places to see, and it’s very easy to get around. Yes, the grid-style layout of the city isn’t … Read more

Adelaide is the state capital city of South Australia, and a city that regularly wins liveability surveys. With a much smaller population than other of Australia’s state capital cities (for example, a quarter of Sydney’s population) people we have spoken to say Adelaide is a great place to live because it’s “easy”. Getting around the city is quick and all activities and attractions are within close proximity of the city – in fact South Australia’s official tourism site calls Adelaide … Read more

Continuing our series on Australian relocation: State capital city links and websites, today we’re sharing the love for online resources that help families who are relocating to Perth, the state capital city of Western Australia.

Perth has always been a popular location for relocating Brits – known to be Australia’s sunniest city, the contrast with the UK climate is stark. Being a relatively short flight from South Africa it’s also a popular destination for South African immigrants.

Here is … Read more

Today we’re continuing our series on Australian relocation: State capital city links and websites; so far we’ve covered useful online resources for families moving to Sydney, Melbourne and Hobart. Next in the series, we’re providing useful links and websites for families moving to Brisbane – Queensland’s state capital.

Mum visited Brisbane before having children and enjoyed the laid back vibe and river-side setting. The man made beach and pool along Brisbane’s South Bank has always stuck in … Read more