Our Tenth Full Year Living in Australia: 2017

I’ve actually lived in Australia for 11 years now, as at 14 November 2018, just one week ago as I write this. Each year though, I come up with a short video, around five minutes, of each of the ‘full years’, as in calendar years, I’ve lived in Australia.

So my first full year was 2008. This one, my tenth full year, was last year, 2017.

Back in January 2012, I wrote a post called Australian Holidays and Popular Destinations in which I said that…

“...many Australians holiday in a way that we would find quite unusual. They will drive an hour or two north or, maybe, an hour or two in some other direction. Then they have arrived. That’s it! They’re on holiday!

This video about what we got up to in 2017 shows just how we have now embraced the Aussie way of holidaying; we drove an hour or two north or, maybe, an hour or two in some other direction. Then we have arrived. That’s it! We were on holiday!

Do be sure to watch this in full-screen and HD if you want a chance to spot the two stingrays.

Our Tenth Full Year Living in Australia: 2017

Watch all 10 videos

If you would like to watch all the 10 videos in this series, you will find links to each of them from my homepage, which will take you to each individual post, like this one, with a little write-up for each video.

If you don’t want to bother with any of that reading stuff, and you just want one page with all 10 videos waiting for you to click play, visit my new page, The Yearly Videos.

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  • Meg Orchard November 23, 2018, 1:13 pm |

    Hi Bob,
    I have just come across your website while up with jet lag (flew back from Brisbane this morning) searching for visa help. I lived over there for 10 months last year travelling about and have just been back for a month visiting the family friends I stayed with. This trip has confirmed it’s where I can see my future, I’m 22 and already doubting my chances of getting out there, it all seems so overwhelming. Do you think a MARA Migration Expert is my best bet at helping me?
    I was due to start open Uni to study Interior Design but I want to ensure my course will enable me to move out there which I’m not sure It will?

    • BobinOz November 26, 2018, 8:38 pm |

      Yes, definitely worth speaking to a MARA registered migration agent, but I have to say, given what you intend to do, it would be difficult for anybody to advise. Reason being, whatever might be a good degree to get right now that could help you qualify for a visa to move to Australia, by the time you get that degree it could well have been removed from the list.

      All you can really do is try to get a degree and then work in an occupation that has been on the list for many many years, and is unlikely to be taken off it. Trouble is there are no guarantees what any government might do and what might change over the next four or five years.

      But yes, it wouldn’t do any harm to talk her migration agent about your situation to see what they say. My page Choosing a MARA Registered Migration Agent can help you find one.

      • Meg Orchard November 27, 2018, 2:14 pm |

        Yes, that’s exactly what I thought and I don’t want to be working towards that and it then goes off the list when my main goal is to get out to Australia.
        It sounds very impatient but I also don’t want to wait 3 years, after finding somewhere where I can see myself living I’m determined to get back.
        Does your agent help with student visas at all?
        I’ve done so much research but am just overwhelmed! I know I would need a scholarship so I just need pointing in the right direction on what would be best for me so I have a clear plan.

        • BobinOz November 28, 2018, 8:56 pm |

          I’ve just sent you a direct email Meg to answer this question, if you check your inbox (or spam folder if it’s not there) you should see it. Good luck, Bob

    • Alex December 12, 2018, 1:41 pm |

      You are young, so you should study IT. or something related to health.
      Even though is not easy to get a Skilled visa to live in any capital city, is es quite easy to get a sponsorship visa to work in the country side.
      I have some friends that were offered sponsorship if they migrate to some small town…
      After 3 years you can get a Sponsorship PR and do whatever you want.

      Thats the easyes path rigth now.
      But, a MARA agent can be more specific and helpfull…

      • Meg December 16, 2018, 10:12 pm |

        Thanks for the advice Alex,
        I am now looking to study a Diploma in Web Development which seems like a promising route.
        So now the major saving for the course has got to start! My aim is still 2020!
        Thanks again

  • Fleur November 23, 2018, 4:21 am |

    Hey Bob 🙂
    Love these videos. Have been following you for a year and hope to move to oz in about 5 years.
    Keep up the good work!

    • BobinOz November 23, 2018, 7:54 pm |

      Thanks Fleur, I do intend to keep up the good ‘work’ :-), but I’m not sure we can call it that when it is so much fun. Cheers, Bob

  • Alexander November 21, 2018, 11:07 pm |

    Hi Bob, I follow your journey since 2013. Really cool that you still create these annually videos and you guys are still having a great time in Australia.

    All the best,

    • BobinOz November 22, 2018, 9:21 pm |

      Hi Alexander

      Great to have had you around for the last five years, and thank you for your appreciation for these videos. We sure are still having a great time in Australia, long may it continue.

      Cheers, Bob

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