7 Things I’ve Learned Since Moving to Australia

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LOFT shirt, Tokito pencil skirt, Enzo Angiolini booties.

Need some moving to Australia advice? I’ve learned so many new things about Australia since moving down under on a work visa a month and a half ago. I can wholeheartedly say that packing up my bags and moving here was one of the best decisions I’ve ever made. 

Here are 7 lessons I’ve learned since moving here:

1. The two scariest things most people face when moving to a new country is 1) actually getting the courage to move and 2) worries about finding employment. I was so scared of moving across the world and not finding a job and running out of money. Finding employment as a foreign worker was more challenging than finding work in Canada (for obvious reasons) but once I found a job my worries and anxieties about failure went away. Before I moved here I thought I would have a typical backpacker job, but I was extremely lucky and found a professional job in my field. The economy in Australia is good and there’s opportunities here in a variety of fields.

2. The weather in Australia can be unpredictable. Yesterday we had a huge rainstorm in Queensland that flooded parts of Brisbane and stranded thousands of people on their commute back home. Roads became rivers in a matter of hours and so many cars got stuck in the water. I’ve never seen rain like that before. It was an end-of-the-world pouring rain kind of rain. We literally got 2 months worth of rain in a matter of 24 hours. If you’ve been following the news, Sydney has been having some unpredictable weather as well.

3. Actually seeing kangaroos or koalas in Oz is not as common as most foreigners think. You can still see them in the outer suburbs and definitely in the outback but they don’t wander around the city like most stereotypes lead us to believe. The first time I saw a kangaroo and a koala was a week ago when I visited an animal sanctuary.

4. Australians are warm-hearted people with a blunt sense of humour. If an Australian likes you, they will definitely make fun of you. Being really sensitive over little things doesn’t fly here. They won’t be mean about it but they will definitely mock you a little – with love, of course.

5. I’ve noticed that Australia has a much stronger connection to Britain than Canada. The British way of life is still very strong here. Culturally, Canada is very much influenced by the United States and that’s something I’ve never fully realized until moving here.

6. The food here is much better quality than Canada’s. Almost everything tastes better and fresher, and the veggies and fruits here are not genetically modified like they are in North America. Most fruits and veg here isn’t grown with harmful pesticides either. The beef is grass fed and chicken is free range. Local tropical fruits are really abundant here, which is another huge plus!

7. Australian slang takes a while to get used to. There’s so many words and expressions out there, but here are the most common ones: afternoon is arvo, avocado is avo, fries are chips, a washroom is a dunny, a cars hood is a bonnet, appies are nibblies, McDonalds is Macca’s, and a rat bag is a bratty little kid.

I love living here and I’m already thinking about ways of extending my stay. If you’re thinking about moving to Australia I really encourage you to do so. You can always shoot an email and I’ll be more than happy to tell you more about it!

Kurilpa Bridge, Brisbane

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 City Beach crop top and skirt, Marc by Softwalk sandals, vintage purse.

Checking out the Kurilpa Bridge in Brisbane is a must for any tourist! Since I’m new to Brisbane one of my favourite things to do on the weekends is exploring all the cool things this city has to offer. Without a doubt one of my favourite things about Brisbane is its interesting urban design. I love how the city effortlessly mixes historical architecture with modernist buildings and structures. My boyfriend and I stumbled upon this cool bridge after spending half a day at the Gallery of Modern Art (GOMA), which lies in a stunning location by the river in Brisbane’s South Bank area. Despite being recognized as a world class city in recent years, Brisbane still isn’t the most pedestrian friendly city, so this bridge is part of a municipal effort to make the city a more friendly place for cyclists and pedestrians. Interestingly, the name “Kurilpa” reflects the Australian Aboriginal word for the South Brisbane and West End area, and means “a place for water rats.” I live in South Brisbane, and I have yet to see any water rats there to confirm the accuracy of the description. Apparently the Brisbane river is home to bull sharks though, so maybe that’s what the Aboriginals meant? 

Easter Sunday

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Marciano jumpsuit, Marc Softwalk sandals, The Trend crossbody purse. 

Happy Easter everyone! I hope you had a wonderful Easter dinner with your loved ones. Since I live in Australia now having an Easter dinner with my family wasn’t going to happen this year. Luckily for me, my best friend and her roommates invited us over to their house for a lovely homemade dinner to celebrate the holiday. It’s so great to have my best friend here, it honestly feels like home away from home. She was the one who actually encouraged me to come here. It’s always been my dream to live in Australia but I was too scared to take the plunge and do it. I craved adventure down to the very depths of my soul but the thought of moving abroad and failing just terrified me. Thankfully I came to my senses and followed my dream!

Since moving to Brisbane almost three weeks ago, I found a job in my field and a place of our very own. Luckily, our studio apartment came fully furnished. Most apartments and houses in Australia don’t come with basic appliances like a fridge, a washing machine, and sometimes even a stove, so finding a fully furnished place was such a blessing. We live in a quiet residential area just 15 minutes away from the central business district and another 15 minutes away from my work. We also live right across from a park that has the largest bat population I’ve ever seen, but that’s a blog post for another day. Let’s just say that there’s a lot of weird critters down under. Not even giant fox bats can scare me now!