BobinOz

A Tasmanian Ten Day Tour with Itinerary thumbnail

In July 2011 my family and I went for a winter holiday in Tasmania. We were there for a week, spending four days in Hobart before driving north to Launceston to spend a further three days there. During the holiday we discovered that 7 days was nowhere near long enough to explore Tassie, and vowed [...]

Moving to New Zealand Instead of Australia thumbnail

As you probably know, there is a great deal of rivalry between Australians and New Zealanders. It’s mainly in sport, which is most obvious with the Bledisloe Cup; the annual rugby league battle between the Wallabies and the All Blacks. Australia normally comes off second best in that one, to much gnashing of teeth here [...]

Magazine

It shocks me that I have been writing posts on this blog for over 11 years now, and I’ve never written one specifically about RSL’s. Never too late, as they say. I wrote this article some time ago, late in 2017, and it appeared in Australia and New Zealand magazine for their winter addition of [...]

Latest Visa News Update: April 2019 thumbnail

Visa charges to increase, Skilled Migration – Recent changes to the skill lists, New short-term temporary parent visa, Partner provisions – now NOT commencing 17 April 2019, New skilled regional provisional visas and New definition of Regional Australia.

Feeling Tense? Wash Away Your Brexit Anxiety in under Four Minutes thumbnail

On 23 June, 2016, the UK voted to leave the EU. Me, I was lapping up the sun in Airlie Beach as I enjoyed a Queensland coastal road trip. On 29th of March, 2017, Prime Minister Theresa May triggered Article 50, giving the government two years to prepare for the UK’s departure from the EU. [...]

The Truth about the Weather in Australia This Summer thumbnail

‘UK Set To Be Hotter Than Australia This Weekend’ Yeah, right. The sub-headline above has not been written by me, I’ve copied it from a UK tabloid who has been running with this story leading up to this weekend. Being a born and bred Brit, I like to keep up with the news in the [...]

Moving to Australia for a New Life Down Under thumbnail

Could this be your New Year’s resolution for 2019? In January 2006 my wife and I decided that we wanted to move to Australia, so that was our New Year’s resolution back then. By 14 November 2007 we had landed in Brisbane with our daughter, who was just three and a half years old at [...]

Our Tenth Full Year Living in Australia: 2017 thumbnail

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 [...]