5 Things I Dislike About Living in Australia

5 Things I Dislike About Living in Australia

Things I dislike about living in Australia  I have been living in Oz for 4 years and love it here except for 5 things that really irritate me. Remember this is the lucky country so I reckon that everything should run pretty smoothly, no excuses. That’s quite naive coming from an old goat like me […]

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Vivid Sydney 2018 Light Show Spectacular

Vivid Sydney 2018 Light Show Spectacular

Vivid Sydney 2018 Spectacular Video by Natgrapher Video Published 25 May 2018 I can’t believe its that time of the year again and according to everyone I know who have seen it they agree that it’s the best light show, ever. Vivid Sydney 2018 celebrates 10 years of amazing light shows and displays around Sydney […]

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Eight Great Reasons To Live In Australia

Eight Great Reasons To Live In Australia

Great reasons to live in Australia I want to share my eight great reasons to live in Australia.  It took me a bit of time (4 years) but as I learn more about Australia’s fascinating fauna and flora and see it’s beautiful natural wonders, the more I love it here. Here are eight reasons to […]

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Two Tasmanian Visa Options – 2018

Two Tasmanian Visa Options – 2018

Two Tasmanian Visa Options Tasmania values its migrants so if you are thinking of moving to Australia then the Tasmanian option may be worth looking into. Tasmania is considered by most people who have visited there as one of the most spectacular places in the world. I have yet to come across anyone who has […]

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Australian Pet Owner

Australian Pet Owner

Australian pet ownership is high Maria Venter – South Africans to Oz According to the RSPCA, Australia has one of the highest rates of pet ownership in the world. About 63% of Aussie households own pets, with dogs being the most common at 39%, and 29% going to cats. The rest goes to birds, horses, […]

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5 Reasons to Love Australia in 2018

5 Reasons to Love Australia in 2018

5 Reasons to love Australia in 2018 1) Climate When you think about why you love Australia the first thing that comes to mind for most people is blue skies with lots of sunshine. Yes, most of Oz basks in the wonderful warm glow of that big yellow ball up above but you must take […]

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Australian Christmas – Tradition

Australian Christmas – Tradition

Australian Christmas celebrated the Aussie way Maria Venter  Well first of all, as the Aussies tend to shorten every longer word they can, it’s not Christmas, but rather Chrissy! Coming from SA we are used to the warmer kind of festive season, but there are still some major differences in the way Aussies celebrate Christmas. […]

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Australian Religious Groups – Census 2016

Australian Religious Groups – Census 2016

Australian religious groups census results Australia recently held a plebiscite to ask the nation if marriage between gay people is acceptable by many Australians. This has been a big deal here and the yes vote won the day quite handsomely. The marriage equality bill will become law before Xmas this year. For many Aussies their […]

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My Sydney Harbour Bridge Climb

My Sydney Harbour Bridge Climb

My exciting Sydney Harbour Bridge climb Maria Venter – South Africans to Oz So what’s it like climbing one of the world’s most recognized landmarks? I have only one word that sums it up….magical! And this is how I got to do it: During my first year in Australia as a broke backpacker, I took […]

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Australian RSL Club Culture

Australian RSL Club Culture

  Maria Venter – South Africans to Oz Returned and Services League of Australia The Clubs were established to provide hospitality for war veterans as well as a place for them to build comradeship. Today they are profitable organisations which are frequented by most Australian families. You find these clubs in almost every town, ranging […]

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Australia’s Great Kangaroos

Australia’s Great Kangaroos

Kangaroos – a hop, skip & jump Frank Rijkers – South Africans to Oz When arriving in Australia a while back to visit our daughter it was my mission  to see Australia’s great kangaroos in their natural environment. I had already seen them at the Sydney Taronga Zoo and the Australian Reptile Park which was […]

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Whale Sharks At Ningaloo Reef WA

Whale Sharks At Ningaloo Reef WA

Whale sharks at Ningaloo Reef where dreams come true I have just returned home (Avoca NSW) from Perth where my daughter and her family live. It was a wonderful 10 days catching up with the family. Perth is one city I really enjoy visiting as it’s spacious, modern, clean and has a great vibe. In […]

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Coober Pedy Opal Capital Of The World

Coober Pedy Opal Capital Of The World

Coober Pedy is a unique place to visit Maria Venter – South Africans to Oz Since opal was discovered here in 1915, Coober Pedy has evolved into one of the most unique places to visit in Australia. It’s a cosmopolitan town with a population of 3,500 and over 45 different nationalities. Today it has over […]

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Aussie Vegemite Is Big In Bite

Aussie Vegemite Is Big In Bite

Aussies love their Vegemite Growing up in South Africa our school lunch pack nearly always included Marmite sandwiches that we loved. I remember swapping them with other kids for their fancy cheese, lettuce and tomato sandwiches often with a bonus sweet as a bribe. Marmite sandwiches were hot! I cannot remember exactly when, but one-day […]

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Australian Gun Violence – Amnesty 2017

Australian Gun Violence – Amnesty 2017

Will Australian gun violence  decrease after this amnesty? Frank Rijkers – South Africans To Oz Australian gun violence seems to be on the increase and with the threat of terrorism the government is determined to remove as many guns from society as possible. I always thought of Australia as a relatively gun free society but […]

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Indigenous Australian People – Aboriginal

Indigenous Australian People – Aboriginal

Indigenous Australian People – Aboriginal quick facts Maria Venter – South Africans to Oz So who exactly are the Indigenous Australian People and where does the term ‘Aboriginal” come from? Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people are indigenous Australians descending from groups that existed in Australia and surrounding islands before the Europeans arrived! The word […]

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Koala Emotions – 10 Mixed Feelings

Koala Emotions – 10 Mixed Feelings

10 Koala emotions you will love  These wonderful cuddly animals are often called koala ‘bears’ but they are in fact marsupials, or pouched mammals. I have come across quite few koalas when hiking in the gum forests and because they are hard to spot, it’s always a big thrill when you find one. When I […]

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My Australian Bucket List – 9 Places

My Australian Bucket List – 9 Places

My Australian bucket list – 9 places to see When I arrived in Australia as a permanent resident 2 years ago, one of my first actions was to compose my Australian bucket list of places I want to see. Now, 2 years down the line, I have been able to tick off a few of […]

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13 Differences Between Australia and South Africa

13 Differences Between Australia and South Africa

13 differences between Oz and RSA Frank Rijkers – South Africans to Oz I was always of the impression that South Africa and Australia were very similar. Boy, how wrong was I. Just because we play the same sports does not mean that we have much else in common. It’s the same as trying to […]

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Birds of a Feather Flock Together

Birds of a Feather Flock Together

Birds of a Feather or Soort Soek Soort!   Maria Venter – South Africans to Oz As thrilling as it is starting a new life in a new country (I’ve personally done it 4 times so far….call me crazy!), it’s always nice to hear a familiar accent from the Motherland! And believe me you hear […]

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