Life in Australia

Amazon in Australia – 3 Months Post Launch thumbnail

It would have been some time in 2016 when Amazon announced it would be coming to Australia to sell physical products in addition to the already available digital books. 2017 was filled with rumours of an impending launch throughout the year. The rumours weren’t just about the launch though, there was much talk about the [...]


It’s been almost 4 months since I last posted one of my Australia and New Zealand magazine articles online, so certainly time for another one now. Interestingly, that last article was about Selling a House in Australia, this article is about buying one, with sea views. Is that really still possible? Well, yes, just, but [...]

Beach Bars in Australia Revisited; or Not… thumbnail

My last blog entry here, when I added the video about Our Ninth Full Year Living in Australia, was just before Christmas. So, I’ve had a pretty lengthy festive break. Bear in mind though that it is, or rather was, also the long six week school holiday break here for summer. So what with Christmas, [...]

Our Ninth Full Year Living in Australia: 2016 thumbnail

There are several sayings about being late. To be ‘fashionably late‘, for example, is somehow cool and something to be looked up to. Then there is the very forgiving ‘better late than never‘ kind of late. That’s being late and still getting a pat on the back. And then there’s the kind of late that [...]

Selling a House in Australia thumbnail

Some of you will recall that I wrote a couple of articles about buying a house in Australia for Australia and New Zealand magazine recently. The first one was called Househunting: Australia and the UK Compared and the follow-up titled Buying an Australian House; Housing Chain? What Housing Chain? Of course, usually if you buy [...]

Bring a Plate: Entertainment in Australia thumbnail

Back in May of this year, in England, thousands of people would have headed to their nearest leading newsagent clutching £3.99 in their hand. They would have exchanged this money for a copy of their favourite publication, Australia and New Zealand magazine. Of those thousands of people, some of them, perhaps half a dozen, or [...]

Cooking on Gas: LPG and Natural Gas in Australia thumbnail

As you know, we recently moved to a new house. Our previous house was all electric, which wasn’t such a bad thing, especially after we fitted our solar panels. One drawback though was our cooker, it was electric. Mrs Bob would tell me whilst it looked like a normal cooker, it had one major difference. [...]

Australian Government Abolishes 457 Visas thumbnail

Today the Australian Government made a special announcement, and for some of you this will not be very good news at all. Political rumblings have been going on for a while with the opposition and a couple of fringe parties expressing their disapproval of this temporary work visa. The government insists though that this is [...]