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Do you want to start a new life Australia?


Do you dream of a new life Down Under but are confused by all the different rules and regulations?

Do you want to start a new life in Australia but feel unsure if it’s the right decision for you and your family?


Then you’ve come to the right place.


Proudly South African In Perth aims to share valuable information about moving to Australia.

Having done it myself, I know the entire spectrum of emotions you are going through before, during and after you make the move.


What Will You Get From Me?


On this blog, you’ll get practical advice about the many different aspects of migrating, such as the visa process, shipping and travel arrangements.

I also write about the emotional aspects that come with moving countries and help you to establish a new life in Australia.

Being Perth based, I also share awesome places to go, fun things to do and exciting events to check out.

While I am based in Perth, much of the information I share can be applicable no matter where you in Australia you are heading.


Who Am I?

Reeva Cutting


I’m Reeva and I lived in South Africa until I finished my degree at UCT. I migrated to England in 2003 and after 8 years just could not take the cold anymore! I took a look at where I could live that was warm – and settled on Perth, Australia!

After a long two year migration journey, I arrived with my family in Perth in 2013 and have not looked back since. I am married to an amazing and supportive Englishman (who is really an honorary South African!) and we have a gorgeous son who keeps us super busy.

I set up a closed Facebook group called Proudly South African in Perth & WA in December 2013 after getting increasingly frustrated with all the drama on the existing Facebook groups for South Africans in Australia. It grew quickly (I had 400 people join in the first 2 hours!) and attracted many members who clearly felt the same way as I did.

Early on in 2015 we reached 3000 members and so I decided to take the next step and set up this blog where I could share my knowledge and experiences with not just members of the group, but anyone interested in moving to or living in Western Australia. As of January 2019, we have over 7,000 members!

My articles and interviews have appeared in The South African, SA People, Merise Magazine, Fin24Expat Focus, MoveHub and Expat Arrivals.

In 2017 I was so excited to be featured on both TV and a travel podcast. You can listen me on episode 79 of The Thoughtful Travel Podcast talking about cultural differences in Australia and watch my TV appearance here:

Get In Touch


I would love to hear from you with any suggestions of what you would like to see on the blog, get in touch and let me know.


Work With Me


If you’d like to work with me, head over to my Work With Me page find out more about how I could help your brand or business and ask for my media kit.



Now sit back, grab a cuppa and start reading!


Here are some of my most popular posts to get you started.

If you’re not in Australia yet, check out:

I Want To Migrate To Australia – Where Do I Start?

How To Choose Where To Live In Australia

The Hidden Expenses Of Moving To Australia

50 Things You Need To Know Before You Migrate To Australia

Shipping Your Goods To Australia: What To Bring & What To Ditch

How To Find A Job In Perth (applies across Australia)

Living In Australia: Expectation Vs Reality



If you are already in Australia, check out:

13 Ways To Make New Friends When You Migrate To Perth

The Ultimate Perth Bucket List For Your First Year In Australia

How To Put Petrol In Your Car

7 Things To Do In Your First Week In Perth

How To Survive The Expat Blues

10 Things You May Notice When You Move To Perth

The Ultimate List Of South African Shops In Perth

The Australian Equivalent Of South African Shops