Launching this month

Launching this month

Mum has worked hard to ensure that Mum’s gone 2 Aus provides invaluable support, advice and information for families relocating to Australia. In 2011 we published our first ebook and soon had three ebooks offering everything relocating families need to know about the Australian education system, school-life in Australia, and choosing schools and suburbs.

With any published work it’s critical to keep content up to date. Later this month Mum will be retiring our Smooth Switch to Read more



Last year Mum published The trouble with selling property in the UK at the end of a stressful few months negotiating and completing the sale of our London home. Nearly nine months later I finally feel ready to talk about property again!

Thankfully, the story of our Australian property purchase is much lighter – we entered the Australian property market the easy way.

The dreaded auction

Most readers will know that it’s common to buy and sell property in … Read more

AFB with ACN

Shereen is now in the relocation business

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 … Read more

Would you like to share your Australian relocation story with Mum’s gone 2 Aus readers?

Mum welcomes contributions, that will be published a guest posts, of up to 1,000 words (500 words is enough, 800 words ideal and 1,000 words plenty).

We’d be happy to hear about your relocation experience – the challenges, the successes, the surprises…or you could pick a topic that you feel would be particularly useful to other readers – finding schools, exploring the city or suburb … Read more

Loving the Aussie beach lifestyle

Loving the Aussie beach lifestyle

Later this year it will be four years since Family Mum’s gone 2 Aus left London, ready for the move to Aus. Last month it was three years since we launched this blog: Mum’s gone 2 Aus, providing essential support, advice and information for families relocating to Australia.

Recently Mum has received a few messages over on the Mum’s gone 2 Aus Facebook Page asking where I am, and how I am. I admit … Read more

Two years ago, in Five things that (still) surprise us about Australia, Mum explained that lack of censorship and the regular informal use of language in popular media in Australia often takes us by surprise.

Language used on the radio and on television regularly raises a smirk, and on occasions a shocked gasp.

Earlier in the year, we visited The Snowy Mountains and were stopped in our tracks by this sign, displayed on a public rubbish bin in Cooma:… Read more

Maybe next year...

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 … Read more