Well, for us it was.
Four years ago on this very day, me, Mrs BobinOz and a very young Elizabeth landed at Brisbane International Airport and passed through customs as permanent residents of Australia.
Now that we have been here for four full years, we are entitled to apply for Australian citizenship. I’ll tell you more about that, and how the process goes, later. But right now, we’re celebrating.
I’ve bought a bottle of champagne, Cattier, $43.00, for those who want to know. It’s not a bad drop of bubbly, according to Mrs BobinOz. Well, it’s all hers. Me, I’ll be celebrating with a few pints of my home brew.
For any of you who would like to celebrate with us, feel free to grab the tipple of your choice. But you don’t have to have a drink to enjoy the occasion.
To mark the day, I’ve decided to pick out my favourite moments from each of the four years that we’ve been here so far. Allow me a second or two while I wipe a nostalgic tear from my cheek before delving into….
Our best days in Australia.
This, for me, is the easiest day of all to select. Our first months here in Australia were not plain sailing. Actually, they were quite tough at times. But when Elizabeth’s birthday came along, when we hadn’t quite been here for four months, we had an amazing party.
Why were those first few months tough? Check out these posts to find out:
It was in January of this year that Elizabeth started school. This was also the year I started this blog.
The blog actually went live at about 1:30 in the morning on January 1. It was supposed to go live just after midnight, but being as it was my first post and I scheduled it, I did something wrong.
When I got in, slightly bleary eyed from and New Year’s Eve party, I checked to see how my first blog post looked online.
It didn’t. It wasn’t there.
Anyway, by January 6 we were taking off on our Australian road trip. We wanted to squeeze in a good holiday before Elizabeth started school. And I was going to be blogging on the road!
Well, mobile blogging didn’t quite work out for me, but the road trip was fantastic! Another big highlight of our life here in Australia.
If you want to see more pictures from our Australian road trip, here are a couple of recommended posts:
- We’re All Going On A (Australian) Summer Holiday is where it all started and
- Take a Ride Along The Great Ocean Road has a video of one of the best roads in the country.
This was the holiday where I fell in love with driving my car all over again.
The highlight of last year could have easily been our holiday in Alice Springs and Uluru. But, amazingly, for me, that was eclipsed by our long weekend at North Stradbroke Island. A mere one hours drive from my house and a further hour or so by boat, this island really is like going back in time by 20 years.
I wrote three posts about it, which included three videos and three special guest appearances. Check them out here:
- It’s North Stradbroke Island Week Here on BobinOz
- North Stradbroke Island: Day Two
- Why I Never Took to Train Spotting
The year started very badly, what with the floods. But when the rains had stopped and Brisbane was beginning to dry out, we headed off to Adelaide for a break. It doesn’t rain much in Adelaide, and we really enjoyed our six sunny days without a drop falling from the sky.
But the highlight of this year has to be Tasmania. In particular, Elizabeth throwing a snowball or two at her mummy when we went to Mt Wellington.
Seeing snow was the whole reason for our visit to Tasmania, but Tasmania gave us so much more. It’s the Lake District of Australia in my eyes. I’m a big fan and I’m already looking forward to the day I go back to see some more.
Here are a couple of posts about our holiday in Tasmania:
So there you have it. Those are the four top highlights from our first four years living in Australia. Three of them come from holidays, but that’s what it’s all about here. Getting out and about and seeing new places.
It’s the great outdoors!
It’s all about enjoying Australia and I am enjoying Australia a great deal. And now I want to enjoy it as an Australian citizen. Hopefully, that will happen soon.
But right now, I’ve got a bottle of champagne I need to open.