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.
We moved to Victoria in 2017 for a new adventure, and in the years since we’ve made it our mission to see as much of the beautiful state as we can.
From the Great Ocean Road to the Grampians, and the Dandenong Ranges to Daylesford and beyond, we have driven, hiked, wandered and photographed so much of this amazing location.
The Northern Territory of Australia, sometimes known as the Outback or the unconquered frontier of Australia, has been my home for most of my life.
Dean and I lived in the Northern Territory for two years while establishing ourselves after migrating back to Australia from the United Kingdom in 2015. We did a fair bit of exploring when we were there.
New South Wales
Many years ago Dean and I lived in Sydney, just for a few months, and while the city wasn’t for us we have always been big fans of the state. Some of my extended family and Dean’s adventurous relatives live in N.S.W and we try and visit there whenever we have an opportunity to do so.