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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

When we told friends in Sydney that we were heading to Canberra for the weekend we got a mixed response. Some of our expat friends asked a cautious; ”Why?” and explained that they understood Canberra to be fairly boring and a clinical city. At the other end of the scale was the response from Aussie friends who know Canberra well, “Excellent, you’ll love it! There’s so much to do!”

We left Sydney at 2pm on a Friday in June. The … Read more

Last week we published part one of Mum’s top ten public BBQ spots in Australia. We have also written about Public BBQs in Australia – a way of life and provided our tips on how to use public BBQs like a local. Were you inspired? Have you found a favourite BBQ spot in Australia?

Here is part two of our list – the remaining five public BBQ spots that we’d recommend:

1. White Sands Park, Huskisson, Jervis Bay

Jervis Read more

Back in September, Mum talked about the Top ten online tools for expats and listed web tools for staying in touch and other useful stuff like Moonpig (customised online greeting cards), and LinkedIn (professional social networking site).

Since then Mum has realised that one of the most common reasons for people who are relocating to Australia, to turn to the web, is when they’re trying to decide where to live. Most “Australia” forums on the Internet hold posts from people … Read more

Today, Australian media is reporting on the results of a landmark survey by the Property Council of Australia. The survey looks at the capital cities of each of the Australian states \ territories. Residents were asked to score their cities on a number of factors. The most critical factors were;

- It is a safe place for people and their property
- There are good health care services
- There is a good public transport service
- There are … Read more