Our First Week in Australia!

Our First Week in Australia!

Well here we are – our first week in Australia and we’ve made it through, despite the jetlag and general exhaustion!

We rented a furnished apartment in the city and I’m so glad we did – it meant we could get off the plane and have a ‘home’ to go to immediately rather than a temporary hotel.

The apartment is really nice with lots of room for Miss M to run around in.  The Landlord’s stuff is pretty garish and old though so we’ve put a lot it it away and have been gradually buying our own.  Kitchen things mainly that we need anyway.

I’d love us to buy our own house again ASAP so we’ve spent a lot of time driving and walking around the area getting to know it.

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We had never even been to the city we’ve moved to before so it’s all so new!  It was quite a brave decision to come here without knowing the area but we have friends here who love it and did a lot of research and we think it ticks all the boxes.

The city is a nice size with opportunities but nowhere near as big and busy as Sydney.  I loved living in Sydney before but often found it too busy for me.  I definitely found it too expensive!

The houses are much more affordable than Sydney too so I’m hoping we won’t have to live in a shoebox – we’ll see about that.

It’s a great place for kids too with lots of beaches and parks and good schools.

Unfortunately getting childcare is almost as competitive as Sydney but we’ve managed to get both kids in to the same one and they start in a couple of weeks.  I start my new job in November and I’m so excited about it!  We all met my new colleagues yesterday and they seem really lovely.

They have done so much to help us settle in, they looked around the apartment for us before we rented it to check it was ok and when we arrived they’d got us milk, bread, vegemite, beer, champagne and a big bucket of toys for the kids – how amazing is that?!  They seem really family friendly which is wonderful.

As much as I’ve loved my mat leave,  and I’m making the most if it being my last one, I’m really looking forward to starting work again and getting into a routine.

My office is a stones throw from the apartment and the beach is only a 15 minute walk away!

I love being near the water, I’d love to but a house on the beach but we’re not millionaires :).  At least here, the beach is only ever really a 10 minute drive away.

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Our apartment has a gym and a lovely outdoor pool so I had my first swim yesterday!  I really should use the gym too as the weight I lost is starting to creep back on I’m sure – really must buy scales at some point!

There are lots of shops nearby and we’ve spent a lot of time setting up the apartment with the essentials we need and although my birthday isn’t until next month, I’ve already had my presents from Mr M as I saw them in a shop and loved them – I’ll post some photos soon :)

It hasn’t all been easy though – we had a mini disaster when we arrived!

The flight was immense, 27 hours of flying and waiting around at airports with a toddler and a baby just isn’t any fun.

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The Trunki we got for Miss M really helped as it gave her something to focus on and when she was tired, something to sit on!

Inside were her favourite toys and stuffed toys including her very favourite one, “Dog Dog”.  He’s her best friend and she adores him and won’t sleep without him.

Just before our last flight, which was a short internal one, Dog Dog came out if the Trunki and sat with us as we had a drink at the cafe at the Gate.

You already know where this is going, don’t you?

Yes, Dog Dog did not make it on board although we didn’t realise until we had gotten off the flight and Miss M had a major meltdown – argh!  If you’ve seen the Peppa Pig episode where Peppa leaves Teddy on the plane – it was a bit like that but worse.

We didn’t know at that point if she’d left him at the airport or on the plane, we just knew that Dog Dog was gone and Miss M was devastated.

I was devastated and I would have happily swapped our 17 other bags for Dog Dog at that point!

The Qantas woman at the counter was no help but her colleague, who I think was ground staff was lovely and sympathetic and gave me a Lost and Found number to call.

It took me 4 different telephone numbers and 5 hours but Dog Dog was finally tracked down!  He was retrieved from the cafe and put in a safe place but unfortunately Qantas wouldn’t post him to us and insisted we come back to the airport to get him.  Um, that was a whole flight away!  Luckily our cousin lives in the same city and very very very kindly drove to the airport to collect Dog Dog and post him to us.  Hurray!!

Our First Week in Australia! lovefrommim.com Emigrating from the UK to Australia

So apart from that drama and the jet lag, we’re starting to feel quite settled now.  It’s been as massive upheaval and we’re probably going to be very busy for a long time getting set up but we’re very happy to be in Australia :)

Have you been to Australia before?  Let me know if you have and if you have any recommendations of where we should visit now we’re back!

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  1. 16th October 2015 / 2:07 am

    Oh wow what a story! I’m so glad you got Dog Dog back! :)

    • 16th October 2015 / 4:28 am

      Oh thank you! Me too – it was like losing a family member! :) x

  2. Anne Dalzell
    16th October 2015 / 5:27 pm

    Congratulations on making it to Australia safely. It’s funny that the story about Dog Dog resonates the most. So pleased he was returned, no thanks though to Qantas. Sounds like you’re having the most amazing adventure. Looking forward to hearing more about this exciting time in your lives. Never been to Australia but sounds gorgeous.

    • 16th October 2015 / 10:49 pm

      Thank you so much! Oh Dog Dog, what a nightmare that was :)

  3. 17th October 2015 / 9:49 pm

    Glad you’ve arrived and settled in okay! Definitely a big brave step but it already sounds like it’s working out for you, u have swimming pool envy ;)
    Eek glad you found dog dog. ..We have a woof woof that’s now 11 years old same as his owner – kids are so original with names ;) and why do they only ever lose the favourites?!
    Stevie xx

    • 18th October 2015 / 4:52 pm

      Thanks lovely! Ahh Woof Woof sounds lovely ha ha – such imaginative names ha ha!! x

  4. 18th October 2015 / 8:08 am

    So glad you got their safely and Dog Dog got recovered! Looking forward to hearing more about Oz x

    • 18th October 2015 / 4:53 pm

      Thanks lady – oh the drama, so glad he was returned safely! x

  5. 18th October 2015 / 8:59 am

    Oh wow congrats on the move, the dog dog saga sounds stressful but at least he is safe now! I visited Melbourne, Sydney and a few other smaller places which I can’t remember the names off offhand! It was 20 years ago, I have family over there so did a bit of a tour. Good luck! X

    • 18th October 2015 / 4:54 pm

      Thanks lovely! Sydney and Melbourne are so lovely, I’d love to revisit Melbourne as only had a weekend there before x

  6. 18th October 2015 / 4:28 pm

    Wow I’ve been wondering how you got on. Poor dog dog I can imagine how that traumatised the whole family! I definitely have swimming pool envy! Bets of luck, #sundaystars

    • 18th October 2015 / 4:31 pm

      Thank you so much! Oh the Dog Dog incident was unbearable – he’s part of the family ha ha! x

  7. 18th October 2015 / 6:35 pm

    Wow, how brave of you. We’re hoping to visit Australia in the summer as I have a friend who lives in Port Douglas. Very excited if not a little scared about the flight with a two year old!
    Very glad Dog Dog found his way home. What an adventure he had and what things he will have seen! ☺️

    • 18th October 2015 / 7:41 pm

      Oh you’ll love it here! The flight isn’t exactly fun but you’ll have plenty of entertainment on board to keep them occupied. Try to sleep as much as you can before the flight to stock up on zzzzzzs! :)

  8. 18th October 2015 / 10:33 pm

    Glad you’ve arrived safely! And so glad she got Dog Dog back :)
    Good luck with your new home xxx

    • 19th October 2015 / 11:49 am

      Thank you so much Beth! x

  9. 18th October 2015 / 10:35 pm

    Welcome to Australia! I’m in Sydney, shoot me an email if you’d like me to let you know of some Aussie blogging groups. Hope you all settle in quickly.

    • 19th October 2015 / 11:49 am

      Oh thank you so much Claire, I AM going to email you now :) x

  10. 19th October 2015 / 12:15 am

    Congrats on making the big move and arriving safely! That’s so exciting that you have a whole new life ahead of you, sounds like you’ve settled in well already. I travelled Oz in my younger days and we loved Brisbane – it’s definitely somewhere I thought I’d be able to live, the size of it is perfect. So glad that you got Dog Dog back in the end – at least it’s a story to tell your daughter in years to come! Have a blast. xx

    • 19th October 2015 / 11:50 am

      We are not too far from Brisbane – I love it there too :) Thanks so much! x

  11. 19th October 2015 / 2:28 am

    I[‘ve been wondering how you’ve been getting on! Looking fab!

    So pleased dog dog got found, and he deserves a blog post on his own for his adventures!

    • 19th October 2015 / 11:51 am

      Hurray, thank you! Oh I’m so pleased Dog Dog is back with us, that would have been a disaster ha! x

  12. 19th October 2015 / 6:11 am

    Oh no, poor Dog Dog getting left behind! We recently flew to florida and I was paranoid about losing my sons “ducky” en route so I packed him in the suitcase. But my son then had a meltdown at 3am when he woke up in a strange bed in a strange house….all because “ducky lives at home! not on holiday”….you can’t win can you!! Best of luck in your new lives xx #sundaystars

    • 20th October 2015 / 7:59 pm

      Ha ha oh that’s so sweet! How dare you remove Ducky from his home – kids are brilliant :) x

  13. everything mummy
    20th October 2015 / 6:21 am

    Sounds like the move is going well minus dog dog’s disappearing act! hope he gets back to you safe and sound soon! Thanks for linking up to #SundayStars x

    • 20th October 2015 / 8:00 pm

      He has been returned – hurray ha ha! x

  14. 23rd October 2015 / 8:57 am

    Wow I’m well jealous I absolutely love Brisbane, looks amazing. Glad you found dog dog.
    You must visit Steve Irwin’s zoo its one of the best zoo’s I’ve been to. Your little ones will love it.
    Enjoy x

    • 25th October 2015 / 1:52 pm

      Ah we flew in to Brissy but we actually moved to NSW :) I do live Brisbane too though! x

  15. 6th January 2016 / 12:59 am

    I loved living in Sydney. So much there! I loved how you can stumble across reserves in the middle of the city, and all the brightly-coloured birds. My brother lives in Melbourne (Footscray) and loves it. Xxx

    • 6th January 2016 / 7:48 am

      Sydney is so beautiful – and Melbourne! We’ve ended up up the coast in Newcastle and love it :) come for a visit! x x

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