Our Fourth Full Year in Australia

We moved to Australia in November 2007. About 13 months later, I launched this website with a video called Our First Full Year in Australia.

Since then, each time I’ve complete a full calendar year, I make another video. I now have four videos; 2008, 2009, 2010 and today I’ve added my video for 2011.

In each video I try to capture the spirit of the year in 5 minutes or less. This year I have failed. This one lasts 5 minutes and 9 seconds.


The good news though is that it’s in HD, so don’t forget to click the strange boxy square thing bottom right of the video so you can fill your screen like a proper TV!

Here it is….

Want to see more videos in this series?

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  • Nanda September 15, 2017, 11:02 pm |

    Hi Bob,

    I got my PR after a long wait(2 years).. I am planning to move to Australia in December.. I would like to know if I have to apply for an Immicard or something like that to travel to Australia. I only received an email saying “grant letter”. Would that be suffice to travel or should I apply for anything else to be ready to travel. Please advise.. Thanks in advance.


    • BobinOz September 18, 2017, 4:39 pm |

      Sorry, but I don’t even know what an Immicard is, pretty sure they didn’t have those when I moved here 10 years ago. I haven’t got one, and I came here on PR as well.

      My best advice to you would be to check on the government’s immigration website to find out exactly what you need these days, as the rules do change from time to time. It’s always best to get this information from the horse’s mouth, so to speak.

  • S M Humayon July 9, 2017, 1:44 pm |

    Dear Bob
    I am reza, a new immigrant in Australia. Started my life in ACT. My visa subclass is 489. Can I get some financial assistance since, I could not manage a job here form Government Authority


  • Abby February 20, 2017, 6:00 am |

    Hi, I am.wondering if you can tell me the rough cost a month of living for a family of 4? We are looking to move from the UK to the Brisbane area, we are also looking into which visa would be best however it will be in at least 2 years as the cost of moving is very high.

  • Jo February 17, 2017, 6:57 am |

    Hi moving to Brisbane this November after being in NZ since 2006.
    Still trying to work out if the cost of living Would be better in OZ ?? Tax seems high too ? Please help Bob

  • Di Shepherd July 15, 2016, 11:54 pm |

    Hello Bob
    You won’t remember me but I’ve written to you before and you were most helpful and informative. I have since been into various sites to try and find out about something else, i.e. whether certain illnesses would prevent us from moving to Oz. We have Aussie friends near Sydney but they don’t have an answer. Anyway, as British retirees, we would be paying our own health costs, and with that in mind, my question is whether you know if my having RA would stand in our way? Thank you.

    • BobinOz July 18, 2016, 1:56 pm |

      I couldn’t tell you for sure Di, but if you Google “Fact Sheet 22—The Health Requirement” you will find the government’s guidelines on this which I’m sure you will find very helpful. Good luck, Bob

  • carol April 7, 2015, 7:02 pm |

    oh my goodness i would not have a clue what to do if a snake entered my house… probably have a heart attack. i’m loving this blog

    • BobinOz April 8, 2015, 5:36 pm |

      A heart attack is probably not the best defence when confronted with a snake, phoning a snake catcher is probably a better idea 🙂

      Glad to hear you are loving the blog Carol, thanks, Bob

      • Ant May 16, 2018, 6:01 am |

        I wouldn’t know what to do..what snake was it? Have you had many in the house or garden? Planning to move over within the next year and have a snake phobia. Great website!

        • BobinOz May 16, 2018, 9:07 pm |

          I didn’t know what to do 🙂

          I think it was a green tree snake, they are not venomous. You’ll be pleased to hear, it’s the only snake that has ever been into my house. Well, as far as I know.

          Don’t worry too much about the snakes though, I rarely see them, maybe once a year?

  • Baljit November 18, 2014, 1:48 am |

    Hi bob,just read ur efforts,actually I am also planning to visit Australia I m 45 wife 40 son 14 daughter 18.we husband wife both r graduate and having own transport business.guide the right way for pr in Australia.its just For children’s bright future.hope u understand better.

    • BobinOz November 18, 2014, 7:50 pm |

      I can’t guide you personally, I’m not qualified, but my MARA migration agent is, please see Visa Assessment Service for information of how you can get him to help you.

      Cheers, Bob

  • Daz August 11, 2014, 10:02 pm |

    Hi Bob, great video. Do you get many floods during the year? I am just looking into moving with my family to Oz and thinking about Brisbane. Thanks

  • Mit June 25, 2014, 12:00 am |

    Hey Bob, what happened your dog? That snake really scared me. How did you get rid of it?

    • BobinOz June 25, 2014, 3:55 pm |

      Poor old Baggy simply got, well, old. He made 15 years, not bad for a chocolate lab but cancer got him in the end, so we had to call in the vet. He died peacefully.

      As for the snake, if you really want to know how I got rid of it, check out my snake video. Make a cup of tea or coffee, sit down and enjoy.

  • MrsNZ April 2, 2012, 9:11 am |

    Hey Bobinoz
    Great video. I loved it. Please don’t think this is rude/prying. But are you & your family loaded? It seems as though you have a FANTASTIC life & I am wondering if this is the ‘norm’ for your average aussie family? My husband and I would dearly love to move to Brisbane, the kids would think all their Chritmasses had come at once if they had a pool in the garden. 🙂
    Thanks Bob,

    • BobinOz April 2, 2012, 9:36 pm |

      I wish! No, MrsNZ, I am not loaded. We don’t spend a lot of money each year, and we are very careful what we do spend it on. For example, the whale watching trip, that was on a halfprice deal, one of those coupons.

      You don’t need to be rich to enjoy the great Australian outdoors.

  • beena manu March 10, 2012, 5:31 pm |

    My God,this much of water! What to do? we can’t stop natural things,may God is balancing the world with Tsunami, earth quake,floods …………we are doing so many bad things to the earth,so she is responding to us …….(to every action there is equal and opposite reaction)
    here in kerala we have one snake catcher ‘vava suresh ‘ like your black snake, he is handling snake like flowers……so many snake bites he overcome…. really a wonder to us…
    here water falls are many,Athirappally,vazhachal…..
    backwaters in kumarakam,Alappuzha……
    beaches in kovalam,sanghumukam,kochi etc…
    feel the unity in diversity of India from one end to the other
    I like most is Himalayas,especially ‘kailasam’
    Enjoy the life in Australia to the coming years and share

    Good luck
    Today is the best day

    • BobinOz March 13, 2012, 12:48 am |

      Personally I don’t think it’s anything to do with us, it rained heavily on this earth long before the Industrial Revolution. Where you live sounds quite beautiful too, I love waterfalls!

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