When you first move to Australia, you may decide to stay in short term accommodation for a while before deciding on where you want to live. If you’re lucky enough, you may have friends or family to stay with but eventually you’ll need to find a place of your own.
Some people come over and buy a house straight away but I really recommend renting for at least 6-12 months before buying your own home. It gives you a chance to get to know the city, discover what areas you like and don’t like and settle into life without the pressure of trying to buy the right house.
Yes it’s annoying having to jump through a landlord’s hoops and not be able to do what you want to the house, but it’s better than rushing into making a purchase of hundreds of thousands of dollars and then later realising it’s not the right house for you.
So what do you need to know about renting a house in Australia?
During the stress of moving overseas, you’re bound to have times when you feel at complete lows and ridiculous highs. And if there’s one thing that has the power to lift your mood when you’re feeling at your lowest, it’s got to be music.
When we started our countdown to moving to Australia I created a playlist of songs about Australia or from Australian artists which I pretty much played to death before we migrated. I wouldn’t even know where it is now but that playlist got me through the last 6 or so months before we made our big move.
Since then, I’ve heard so many songs that reminded me of the migration process so I’ve decided to create the ultimate migration playlist to help get you through the tough days! Of course it’s going to be subjective based on your personal taste in music but most of these songs I’ve picked based on the emotions they evoke and their poignant lyrics. So here it is:
I was very excited to be invited to experience some good old African hospitality at Zebra’s African Steakhouse in Bicton. We arranged a date and only later did I realise it was on our 3 year ‘Perthaversary’ which made the day even more special for us!
The restaurant is really easy to find, just off the Canning Highway and with massive black and white striped signage on the wall. There is plenty of parking available off street and on street which is a bonus in Perth! Upon entering the restaurant we were immediately transported back to Africa – there is an outdoor bar area which had a blazing fire warming up the cool autumn evening with plenty of seating options.
Last week I was asked to become a regular contributor to The South African, a publication for South Africans all over world, but mostly based in the UK. I was so excited to be asked and couldn’t wait to start writing, despite having quite a busy schedule between family, work, running a Facebook group (which takes way more time than you would think!) and writing this blog.
I was given several topics to write about and I suggested a few as well. One of the topics was briefed as a light-hearted piece entitled ‘10 Differences Between South Africans & Australians‘. I wrote it in less than a couple of hours and emailed it off to The South African, who said it was great and scheduled it to be posted and shared on social media.
Within minutes of the post being shared on Facebook, the comments, likes and shares started flowing. I saw the article being shared on some groups as well and that’s where my inspiration for this blog post came from. Instead of people having a laugh or commenting on points they agreed/disagreed with, out came the charming expats with chips on their shoulders. Really big chips.
Yesterday I was so excited to go the the 2nd annual TIA (This Is Africa) Festival in Perth. I wanted to go to the first one last year but we had family that arrived on the day of the festival so I didn’t think I could impose babysitting duties on them as soon as they landed!
This year the festival took place at McCallum Park in Victoria Park, just across the Swan River from East Perth. The venue was good with plenty of free parking all around.
One of the most stressful things about migrating is finding work in your new home country. The current job climate in Australia is not what it used to be 5 years ago or even 10 years ago (obviously this is industry dependent and can vary wildly from industry to industry). W.A. is seeing a downturn in the economy and especially in the mining sector where many local residents work.
However it’s not entirely impossible to land a job, either before you arrive in Australia or shortly after.
Here are my top 9 ways to help you find a job in Perth.
A couple of weeks ago I was excited to be invited along to experience some good old South African hospitality at a restaurant which is a Perth icon – Pancakes At Carillion.
While the restaurant was established way back in 1983, it was recently taken over by South African owners Marilette, Dorette and their husbands who are working hard to maintain its iconic status when it comes to crepes and pancakes in Perth. Many of their customers today actually visited Pancakes At Carillion as children and are now bringing their children here too which I think is just fantastic. It’s situated in Carillion City in the Perth CBD on Level 3.
After it’s roaring success in 2015, the TIA ‘This Is Africa’ Festival is back in 2016 and will be bigger than ever! It will be taking place at McCallum Park (just off Canning Highway) on Saturday 16 April from 2pm until 10pm. The park overlooks Heirisson Island and the city so the views are going to be pretty spectacular.
In 2015, over 1,000 people attended the festival and most of these were South Africans and Zimbabweans (because there are just so damn many of us here!). This year, organisers and brothers Dean and Lloyd Hildebrand are aiming for ticket sales of 2,000 which will be a significant increase on last years attendance.
I spoke to Dean and Lloyd (who also organised Boktown Perth last year) about the upcoming event and what people can expect from it this year.
You may already have planned what items will be shipped (if any) and what items you will be carrying with you when you fly to Australia to begin your new life, but have you worked out what you will pack in your checked baggage and what you need to keep with you in your hand luggage?
Aside from the obvious wallets, phones, hand sanitiser and in-flight entertainment items (like headphones, iPods, books or Kindles), there are a few key things you should ensure go in your hand luggage to make life a lot easier when you eventually arrive.
This week saw the first ever live performance from Melbourne-based Kevin Fraser right here in Perth. He has built up a bit of a cult following in the last year thanks to his hilarious Youtube videos which started out as a simple way to tell his friends and family back in South Africa all about his Australian adventures.
I sat down with Kevin a few days before his show to find out more about the man behind the camera, how he got to where he is today and most importantly what’s next for him.