Hiking The Royal National Park Coastal Trek

I love spring! The temperatures are rising and the days are getting longer (thanks to daylight savings), which means it’s a perfect time to explore Sydney’s beautiful surrounds and get some much needed nature-time. The Royal National Park Coast Trek is one of the best hikes that I’ve done around Sydney – it’s easy to […]

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Why being busy is holding us back

Ocean baths in Newcastle NSW

I’m back! I can’t believe I haven’t posted anything in over a month – I swear I will be better. Making this blog a reality was, after all, one of my main goals for this year. I could say that it has been a busy year so far. Work, life admin and life in general […]

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A Romantic Hunter Valley Getaway

Stonehurst Winery in the Hunter Valley

I’m not usually an overly romantic person, however it has been a very busy couple of weeks (family visiting, moving house, work is crazy) and now that everything is starting to calm down again, I feel it’s time to focus a on our relationship a bit more. It’s crazy how you can live together as […]

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The Inner West Food (and Drink!) Series: My 5 Favourite Pubs

Bottles of alcohol at a Sydney pub

After sharing my favourite cafes, lunch spots and restaurants in Sydney’s Inner West, it’s time for the last instalment of the Inner West Food Series: my 5 favourite pubs in the Inner West. There’s a reason why Aussies tend to “love their local” – pubs are the perfect place to spend a boozy Sunday afternoon […]

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The Inner West Food Series: My Top 5 Restaurants To Go Out For Dinner

Tramsheds in Sydney's Inner West

Now that we’ve tried the best cafes and the best places to go out for lunch in the Inner West, it’s time for dinner! Check out my 5 favourite restaurants in Sydney’s Inner West below. Il Grappolo They call themselves “Rozelle’s Hidden Gem” for a reason – this place is incredible! Take your pick from […]

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The Inner West Food Series: My Top 5 Places To Go Out For Lunch

dried fruit

If you’re still hungry after trying my 5 favourite cafes in the Inner West, check any or all of the places below – they’re perfect for a casual weekend lunch. Ungaro Raw This vegetarian/vegan joint in Rozelle (across from the Rozelle Collectors Market) is one of my all-time favourite lunch spots. My favourite dishes on the menu […]

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The Inner West Food Series: My 5 Favourite Cafes

cafe sign

Given my recent post about why it is great to live in Sydney’s Inner West, I thought it is time I let you know about a few of the great cafes, restaurants and watering holes that I have discovered so far. There’s quite a lot to share, so I will be splitting this out into several posts […]

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Applying for a Partner Visa 801

couple at sunset

The Partner Visa 801 or permanent Partner Visa is the second stage in the partner migration process. You can only apply for this visa 2 years after you have applied for the first stage of the visa (temporary Partner Visa 820). You can read up on how to apply for the 820 here on my […]

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How to apply for a Partner Visa 820

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Before I start, here are a few facts around my visa journey: I applied for a Partner Visa 820/801 in February 2014. The temporary visa (820) was granted in May 2016, and I became eligible to apply for the second stage permanent visa (801) this month (February 2017). I applied onshore (from Sydney) and submitted […]

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