My Top 10 Favourite Podcasts

Moving to a new country and settling in is a long and complicated process.  I’ve found that listening to podcasts can be really inspirational and have helped me through many tough days, especially during the long lockdown in Melbourne during 2020.  Whatever your interests, there are so many podcasts to choose from.  I’ve built up my library over the last 4 years but to give you a head-start, here are my Top 10 favourite podcasts:

Mamamia Out Loud

When I couldn’t get to the coffee shop during lockdown to meet and chat with friends, this was the next best thing.  This Australian podcast has the tagline ’What women are talking about, 3 times a week’.  Three female presenters, expressing thoughts, opinions and lively discussion on a range of current topics.  It drops three times a week, on Monday, Wednesday and Friday and there is now extra content available through a paid subscription app.  Visit the website for more info.

The Quicky

From the same production team as Mamamia Out Loud, these bite sized episodes drop daily, Monday-Friday with a brief roundup of the day’s news, followed by a ‘deep-dive’ into a current topic.  I love listening to this when I’m getting ready in the mornings. Check out Mamamia.com for more info.

Coffee cup, smartphone and magazines on an armchair.
My Top 10 favourite podcasts.

Happy Place

Fearne Cotton’s Happy Place podcast is currently in its 9th season, dropping once a week.  Fearne has some incredibly inspirational guests – many of whom you will have heard of, many will be new names.  Fearne has been presenting since she was a teenager and she really has a great interview technique.  Her natural inquisitiveness and ability to listen really does draw out the best in her guests.

Slo Mo – A Podcast with Mo Gawdat

Mo Gawdat is the former chief business officer for Google X and the author of the best-selling book Solve for Happy.  As an interviewer, Mo is very sincere and curious and has a broad range of very interesting guests.  Mo’s own story is truly moving and fascinating, give his book a read if you can.  Audibly, Mo has one of the best broadcasting voices I’ve ever heard, so make sure you do as he says, find the time to slow down and listen to some fascinating stuff.

Food for Thought – with Nutritionist Rhiannon Lambert

I don’t know about you but I find a lot of the messaging around food, diet and wellness often confusing and conflicting.  Rhiannon is a registered nutritionist, owner of a leading Harley Street nutrition clinic Rhitrition and author of the best selling book Re-Nourish: A Simple Way to Eat Well.  The podcast is currently in its 11th series and Rhiannon seeks, along with experts in their field, to debunk all the myths and confusion around all things nutrition.  She just talks a lot of common sense, backed by fact.

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My Top 10 favourite podcasts.

On Purpose with Jay Shetty

Jay is a former Monk and is full of energy, empathy and purpose.  He has some great guests with some truly lively and thought provoking discussions.  His best selling book, Think Like a Monk is well worth a read.

Deliciously Ella – Delicious Ways to Feel Better

Ella Mills, cook-book writer and co-owner of the well-known brand Deliciously Ella, presents this podcast, along with her husband Matthew Mills.  They are both passionate about wellness and nutrition, particularly through plant-based eating.  The podcast takes a holistic approach in that It’s not just about what we eat, but also about other aspects such as how we sleep, the role of exercise, how we manage our mental health, etc.  They also have a really great value app ($1.49 AUD/month) which contains heaps of recipes, meditations, yoga, and pilates classes.

Desert Island Discs – BBC Radio 4

A BBC classic, reminds me of a Sunday morning in the UK, roast dinner cooking, log fire burning and ‘that’ theme tune.  Desert Island Discs has had such a variety of guests over the years, and the podcast includes some classic versions with Sue Lawley and Kirsty Young, and fresh episodes with presenter Lauren Laverne.

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My Top 10 favourite podcasts.

Confessions of a Modern Parent

Presented by Nadia ‘off-the-telly’ Sawalha and her husband Mark Adderley.  Confessions of a Modern Parent has refreshing and often gritty discussions around all sorts of topics relating to parenting teenagers and young adults.  You know when you get those ‘is it just me?’ moments with your grumpy teens?  Well, listen to this podcast and you’ll know it’s not just you!

How to Wow – with Chris Evans

I always liked Chris’s interviewing style when he did the Radio 2 breakfast show.  How to Wow is excellent value as most of the interviews last for a couple of hours, so are really in-depth.  And of course, he manages to get great guests

Well there you have my Top 10 favourite podcasts, with hours and hours of entertainment and thought-provoking discussions up for grabs.  I hope you find it useful.  Please do feel free to share some of your favourites in the comments section below.

The Melbourne Mum

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2 Responses

  1. Anna says:

    Hello Melbourne Mum 😊

    Have you checked out the Britstralian Podcast yet?

    I started it a couple of months ago. I speak to Brits about their experiences living in Australia; each episode is a different guest.

    Love your website so far and have managed to find you on instagram. Are you on Facebook, too.

    Anna xx

    • Hi Anna,

      Thanks for your message. I have only recently discovered the Britstralian Podcast and love it! I must update my ‘favourite podcasts’ blog post …

      Really appreciate your feedback on the website, it’s in the early days of development but I’m delighted that you love it so far.

      Yes, I’m also on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/themelbournemum

      Great to hear from you, keep in touch xx

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