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Hi, I’m Lauren, and I LOVE being an expat in Sydney but am fed up with all the misinformed and useless expat guides out there, not only giving bad advice but also charging for it! So I created Sydney Moving Guide written by expats, for expats. Click here to read my story.

What to Pack When You Move to Sydney

It’s time to make some hard decisions about what is going with you when you move to Australia. Here are three things you need to think about before you start packing: what's going in your suitcase, being shipped and downsizing before you move.

Three Things You Need to Know Before Getting Your International Moving...

Before you start thinking about what you are going to pack up and ship to Australia, READ THIS! It will make all the difference when getting a moving quote.

101 Sydney Facts That Will Surprise You

After living in Sydney for a number of years, I still am learning new things about the city. I've put together a list of...

Australia’s 457 Visa Will Be Completely Removed and Replaced with the...

On April 19, 2017, 216 occupations were removed from the list of eligible occupations for a 457 visa and caveats were applied to 59...

Medium and Long-Term Strategic Skills List (MLTSSL)

If you are applying for any of the following Australian visas, your occupation must be listed on the MLTSSL.Skilled Independent Subclass 189 visasGraduate...

Short-Term Skilled Occupation List (STSOL)

If you are applying for the following visas, your occupation must be on the STSOL:Skilled Nominated Subclass 190 visasSkilled Regional Provisional Subclass 489 visas...

Are You Eligible for a Second 417 Visa?

(Note: This post was originally published on the True Blue Migration Blog. True Blue Migration is a partner of SMG and is currently offering...

Car Finance for Expats in Australia

Are you thinking of buying a car when you arrive in Sydney? Here's what you need to know about financing a car in Australia.

Can I Work Whilst My Partner Visa is Processing?

(Note: This post was originally published on the True Blue Migration Blog. True Blue Migration is a partner of SMG and is currently offering...

Grand Pacific Beach Drive and Other New South Wales Road Trip...

The team at Alpha Car Hire provided Sydney Moving Guide the content for this post.There is more to New South Wales than Sydney.When you...

Same-Sex Partner Visas for Australia

Couples in de facto and same-sex relationships can apply for an Australian partner visa in two stages. It's a bit tricky so check out our in-depth guide.

Free Australian Visa Assessment Plus $150 Discount on Visa Management Fees

New Partnership with True Blue Migration and a Special Offer for Sydney Moving Guide Readers. I'm very happy to announce a new partnership between Sydney...

Five Tips for Finding a Rental in Sydney Without a Tenant...

The team at Kathryn Hall Real Estate provided Sydney Moving Guide the content for this post.What you need to know about Sydney's competitive rental...

A Newcomer’s Guide to Coffee in Australia

Australia has a unique coffee culture of it's own that is influenced mostly from the large Italian immigrant population. One of the wonderful things...

A US Expat’s Guide to Voting from Abroad

Everything US expats need to know about voting from overseas from how to register to vote to tax liability plus references.

101 Things To Do in Sydney Your First Year as an...

I started this list because my husband bet me that I couldn't come up with 101 things to do in Sydney as a new...

Top Five Cafes in Bondi That Anyone New to the Suburb...

It is a known fact that the best coffee in the world is in Australia. What? You didn't know that? Well, you will soon...

Top Five Bars in Bondi

Planning a night out in Bondi? Here are five bars in Bondi that will not disappoint.Newcomers to the Sydney Suburb of Bondi are often...

What You Need to Know About Sydney’s Public Transport

Quick Overview of Sydney Public Transportation Being a major metropolitan city there is no shortage of ways to get around the beautiful Australian City of...

What to Expect When Getting a Home Loan in Sydney as...

The team at Savvy provided Sydney Moving Guide the content for this post.Those who marvel at the harbours and beaches of Sydney from countries...

Top Five Wine Bars That Every New Sydneysider Must Try

The Sydney is full of fantastic bars including several top notch wine bars.Here is a short list of my favourite five wine bars...

How to Register Your Vehicle in New South Wales

This is a guest post from Harry Sarkissian owner of Reliance Auto Centre in Chatswood.Are you planning on buying a car in Sydney? Well, you...

Detailed Account of the Cost of Living in Sydney for a...

The cost of living in Sydney is a shocker to almost everyone moving to Australia, even for those moving from cities more expensive like...

A Parent’s Guide to Living in Bondi

Any parent in Bondi, Australia will tell you that this is the place to live. There are so many things for kids to do,...

Top Three Tips for Finding Sponsorship for Australia from Sponsored Jobs...

Are you looking for a job that offers visa sponsorship for Australia?Then you're in the right place, but before you start applying for jobs...

Advice and Insider Tips for Americans Moving to Sydney from Expat...

Moving to Sydney on a Working Holiday Visa then Applying for Permanent Residence Katie Dundas arrived in Sydney with only a few suitcases. She now...

Newcomer’s Guide to Using the Opal Card in Sydney

Navigating Sydney's Public Transport with the Opal Card If you are moving from the UK, then the Opal card is Sydney's version of the Oyster...

What You Need to Know About Selling Your Home in Australia

The team at RateMyAgent provided Sydney Moving Guide the content for this post.There comes a time when some of us are faced with the...

Quick Guide to Australia’s Skilled Migration Independent Visa (subclass 189)

Disclaimer: I am not a registered migration agent. All the information that follows on the Skilled Migration Independent Visa (subclass 189) I have summarized...

Quick Guide to Australia’s Temporary Work (Skilled) Visa (Subclass 457)

Disclaimer: I am not a registered migration agent. All the information that follows on the Temporary Work (Skilled) visa (Subclass 457) is based on...

A Quick Guide to Australian Rules Football

Going to an Australian Rules Football game is a must for any expat new to Australia.In fact, attending a Sydney Swans game is...

Top Brunch Spots in Bondi

Looking for the perfect brunch spot in Bondi?If so, then no need to worry because there are many restaurants in Bondi where you...

What You Need to Know about Australia’s Short-Term Mobility Visa

The Short-Term Mobility Visa is a new program aimed at easing the migration of skilled people desiring to come and work in Australia.The...

Advice and Insider Tips for Americans Moving to Sydney from Expat...

Moving to Sydney on a Prospective Marriage Visa to Becoming an Australian CitizenCristin Kelly has really packed in a lot of major life events...

A Quick Guide to Australia’s Working Holiday Visas

Working holidays, as they are known, are becoming incredibly popular in Australia, and if you’ve been considering heading to the land Down Under to...

Seven Cheap Eats in Manly

Even though beachside eating seems to attract a premium charge at many restaurants in and around Manly a little effort will reward you with...

Advice and Insider Tips for UK Expats Moving to Sydney from...

Moving to Sydney on a Tourist Visa Before Applying for a 820 De Facto Partner VisaAnnabel Symonds has a wonderful blog called Londoner in...

Advice and Insider Tips for Americans Moving to Sydney from Expat...

Moving to Sydney with a New Baby Erin and John moved to Sydney when their daughter Cecilia was only 8 weeks old.How's that for...

Basics for Buying a House in Australia

The team at Homesales provided Sydney Moving Guide the content for this post.Now that you’re ready to buy a house, what are your next...

Seven Cheap Eats in Bondi

Where To Go in Bondi to Get a Quick Bite to Eat As the sun sets over the horizon at the end of a lazy...

An American Expat’s Guide to Cricket

Cricket is a very popular sport in Australia, not just for watching at the pub with your mates but also for playing at the...

Advice and Insider Tips from Relocation Agent and Sydney Concierge Founder...

Ten years ago, Layla Roberts moved to Sydney from the UK.She is now the founder of Sydney Concierge, an agency that helps others...

One Thing Every Pet Owner Must Have When Looking for an...

Finding an apartment in Sydney is hard with the competitive rental market. Finding an apartment in Sydney that is pet-friendly is going to seem...

What You Need to Know about the Qantas Walkabout Air Pass

The Ultimate Ticket to AustraliaQantas isn't kidding around with this pass! It's the best way to see more of Australia, especially if you don't...

Nine Tips for Finding a Permanent Rental in Sydney

Advice for Finding a Rental in Sydney Before the InspectionToday's QuestionWell we finally did it - we are in Sydney! Been here two...

Furnishing Your First Apartment in Sydney on a Budget

Doesn’t matter if you decide to ship your household to Australia or arrive with just a suitcase, after finding your first apartment in Sydney...

44 Ocean Pools and Inner Harbour Baths in Sydney To Go...

Almost every beach in Sydney has an ocean rock pool either at the north or south end of the beach. The most famous and,...

Tips for Finding an Apartment in Sydney with Minimum Savings

Are you moving to Sydney on a shoestring budget?If so, then today's Mailbox Monday post is for you. It's all about finding cheap...

Tips and Advice Every Expat Moving to Sydney Needs to Know...

From UK Expat Living in Australia to Best Selling Author, and now, Relocation Expert at The Expat ConciergeI have a fantastic expat interview for...

Five City Walks in Sydney Every Expat Must Do

All the walks I’ve listed below are walks that I’ve done and highly recommend but there are a few things you need to be...

How to Write a Resume for a Job with Sponsorship for...

Are you looking for a job with visa sponsorship for Australia?Yes? Then you need to pay special attention to how your resume is formatted.Nadine...

An Expat’s Guide to Car Rental in Sydney

Yes, this is a sponsored guest post but renting a car when you first arrive in Sydney is a good idea. Many expats do...

How to Figure Out Where to Live in Sydney Before You...

How do you decide where to live in Sydney when you've never been before?Well, you could spend hours Googling each suburb or going through...

Is Two Weeks Long Enough to Find an Apartment in Sydney?

Most expats moving to Sydney on a 457 visa only have two weeks to find an apartment.In fact, I have yet to hear of...

Advice and Insider Tips for UK Expats Moving to Sydney from...

Moving to Sydney after Travelling the WorldI'm very excited to be able to share my first expat interview with you today.Travel blogger Jayne...

Can You Apply for a 457 Visa while on a Tourist...

Applying for a 457 visa while present in Australia on an eVisitor Visa or a Working Holiday Visa Today's Email I'm planning on going to...

When Do You Need to Apply for a Working Holiday Visa?...

How far in advance should you apply for a Working Holiday Visa? What's the cost? How long is it valid for once granted? Today's Email I've...

Applying for a Permanent Residency Visa While on a Temporary Work...

Do you need a migration agent if you already have a Temporary Work Visa?Today's Email I moved to Sydney four months ago on a sponsored...

How to Get Your 189 Visa as an International Student in...

This is a guest post that I think it's is very relative to any international student studying in Australia that wants to stay on...

Resources for Parents Moving to Sydney from South Africa

Resources for Parents Moving to Sydney from South Africa.Caitlin's question below at first glance may seem very specific to her situation but the resources...