Tagged: Australia

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5 Things British Expats in Melbourne Miss About the UK

Having sworn to myself that I would not be mentioning anything relating to Covid-19 on this website, I can’t help noticing that lots of ex-pat Brits in Melbourne are talking about the things they miss about the UK, and the reality is that some are even talking of moving back there permanently, seemingly as a result of the global pandemic. Some people that have been here for just a couple of years and haven’t had the chance to explore and settle before lockdowns hit are feeling very isolated and wondering if they have made a mistake in emigrating to Australia,...

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So, what’s the Melbourne Weather Really Like? Rug up and I’ll tell you.

Its our Favourite Topic As Australia approaches its last month of winter, it would be very remiss, un-British, and un-Melburnian of me not to talk about the weather.  Yes, we Melburnians like to talk about the weather too, probably because we get so much of it.  Often within the same hour.  So, what’s the Melbourne weather really like? Melbourne is notorious for having four seasons in one day – remember the Crowded House song? That iconic band was formed in Melbourne so these guys should know … Upside Down First things first, coming from the Northern hemisphere, it takes a...

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How to Survive the Long Haul to Australia

I had it in mind to publish this post when international borders are fully open and we are once more free to travel.  However, that seems like such a long way off, so I thought I would exercise my freedom to dream.  I know that there are so many people out there longing to see family and friends again, so let’s get prepared for the day when we can start to make travel plans. I’ll never forget the first words of my dear sister-in-law when we greeted her in the arrivals hall at Melbourne Airport: “God it’s a bloody long...

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What About the Dog?

It’s not every day you are presented with the opportunity to change your life completely and go and live in a new country.  The decisions to be made are huge and it’s often difficult to know where to start with the thought process.  As soon as Australia became a possibility for us, my mind went into overdrive.  But I can tell you that the very first thought that popped into my head – and subsequently straight out of my mouth, was ‘What about the dog?’  I laugh about that now, because surely my instinctive reaction ought to have been ‘What...

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How to Access Healthcare in Australia: A Quick Start Guide.

When I first arrived in Melbourne from the UK, one of the key actions on my to-do list was to get to grips with how to access healthcare in Australia, both for myself and for the family. Australia has a reciprocal agreement with the UK which means you can access healthcare via the Australian national insurance scheme known as Medicare. This agreement covers medically necessary care out of hospital, medically necessary care as a public patient in a public hospital, and some prescription medicines under the Pharmaceutical Benefits Scheme (PBS). Here’s what you need to do. Get Your Medicare Card...