Australia is our home, and although we aren’t able to drop everything and hit the road (hello jobs and a steady income!) we still get out and explore as much as we can. Our weekend adventures, which occasionally stretch into week or month-long jaunts around Australia, make us feel more than anything that we are lucky to call this vast country home.
Dean and I were lucky enough to find each other in the big wide world, but as he is from England and I am from Australia, we were also unlucky enough to go through a very complicated visa process. The Australian Partner Visa, sometimes referred to ominously as the 820/801 Partner Visa, has been (and remains) a complex and difficult bureaucratic challenge. We are not migration agents (in fact, we couldn’t even afford one), but we hope our journey provides a look at the inside of this particular visa.
In my life I have been fortunate enough to have a few opportunities to explore Australia as a whole. While I am certainly not claiming to have seen all there is in Australia (although I admit it’s a dream), here’s a few stories to get you started.
The Northern Territory of Australia, sometimes known as the Outback or the unconquered frontier of Australia, as been my home for most of my life. I was born and raised in the isolated territory, and over the years I have learned that a part of me will always call it home.
Dean and I lived in the Northern Territory for two years while establishing ourselves after migrating back to Australia from the United Kingdom. We did a fair bit of exploring when we were there.
New South Wales
While Dean and I do not live in New South Wales, it remains one of our favourite states and the one we have travelled in most frequently after the Northern Territory. We love the stunning beaches, national parks, and wide open spaces!